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planes, trying to escape. mr biden admitted the situation had unravelled quickly, but defended the withdrawal. i stand squarely behind my decision. after 20 years i've learned the hard way that there was never a good time to withdraw us forces. in kabul, taliban militants on patrol in the streets — there's widespread fear the regime will bring repression, especially of women. we have to take some bold stances for the protection of women and girls, for the protection
of minority groups and for peace and stability. here, the raf is bringing more uk citizens back to safety from afghanistan, and the government is increasing the number of troops to help in the evacuation. also on the programme. a change to the rules on self—isolation in england and northern ireland if you are pinged. nearly 1300 people are known to have died in a massive earthquake in haiti — and a tropical storm is now heading towards the devastated country. and india pull off a stunning victory in the second test against england. and coming up in the sport, on the bbc news channel. it's a winner takes all clash in the hundred as the southern brave and the oval invicibles go head to head.
good evening. president biden has tonight sought to defend the manner of the us withdrawal from afghanistan — after chaotic scenes at kabul airport as desperate afghans tried to flee the country following the taliban's takeover yesterday. people crowded around departing aircraft, and some even clung on as the planes took off. several are reported to have been killed. us and uk troops are engaged in evacuating their citizens, while the international community tries to define its response to the taliban's lightning—speed victory. we'll have more on president biden�*s speech in a moment, but our first report tonight is from our south asia correspondent secunder kermani. running for their lives, frantically trying to escape afghanistan on this us military plane. this is how desperate some afghans are to leave the country. a handful tragically clinging
on even after take—off, before falling to their deaths. foreign nationals — and some afghans — are being evacuated, but huge crowds gathered after rumours even those without visas could travel. gunfire. outside the airport, even more chaos. taliban members firing in the air to assert their authority, trying to keep control. despite the dangers, some residents still risking their lives to try and get inside. the group has promised an amnesty to those with links to the government, but many still fear they'll be targeted by the militants. inside the airport, american forces fired into the air too. us officials claimed two armed afghans were killed.
an eyewitness told the bbc the victims were ordinary people. i just saw with my eyes three people, but there's more people, maybe. it's a very, very bad situation and people are in chaos. no—one is quite sure what comes next in afghanistan, though it's clear the taliban are in charge. their members are out in force, patrolling in vehicles seized from government security forces. "we're preventing looters and thieves from harming the people," says this fighter. the group has also reportedly been demanding all weapons are handed over to them. the unravelling of the state has come at a pace many are still struggling to comprehend. now it will be the taliban who decide what direction the country takes. we want an afghan inclusive islamic government. so, by that, we mean all other afghans have also participation in that government.
so, of course, that needs a little bit of time and deliberation and talks. the terror and panic at the airport today an awful ending to two decades of international efforts to rebuild this country. for all its fractures and rampant corruption, afghanistan had also seen fragile progress. the future for its people is now deeply uncertain. secunder kermani, bbc news. for the latest from kabul we can speak to the bbc�*s malik mudassir. we saw scenes of panic at the airport, you were there, what was it like? this morning when i went to the airport to see what the situation was like it was the most chaotic scene i've ever seen in the last ten
years. people werejust scene i've ever seen in the last ten years. people were just trying to get to the airport with their families, children and everybody. they were rushing to get into the airport, climbing walls and not even scared of the bullets that the taliban were firing to disperse them. i could see the desperation and anxiety in their faces that they just wanted to flee the country. they did not even have any travel documents. they did not even have any travel documente— they did not even have any travel documents. and in the city centre what is the _ documents. and in the city centre what is the atmosphere _ documents. and in the city centre what is the atmosphere like - documents. and in the city centre j what is the atmosphere like now? documents. and in the city centre i what is the atmosphere like now? in the city centre this afternoon i have seen the taliban patrolling in those vehicles that were provided lately to afghan forces and the weather and controlling the traffic and they have taken over all official buildings. and their paperwork as well.-
official buildings. and their paperwork as well. official buildings. and their maerworkaswell. ~ ., president biden tonight defended the us withdrawal from afghanistan, saying he stood squarely behind his decision, and that there was never a good time to withdraw. but he did acknowledge that events there had unfolded more quickly than anticipated. 0ur north america editor jon sopel reports. the sudden capture of the country's capital has shocked the world. whatever the political bent of the network... the taliban has taken over afghanistan, seizing control of kabul... ..the verdict today has been unanimous and brutal. the biden administration is redefining the word "incompetent". an epic humiliation of us foreign policy, a woeful mishandling by president biden. just a month ago, the president said a taliban takeover of afghanistan was highly unlikely. and given this backdrop he had little choice but to cut short his vacation and return to washington by
helicopter to answer his critics. he was helicopter to answer his critics. he: was unrepentant. i stand squarely behind my decision. after 20 years i've learned the hard way. that there was never a good time to withdraw us forces. i always promised the american people i would be straight with you and the chooses test did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated. he test did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated.— had anticipated. he shifted the blame firmly — had anticipated. he shifted the blame firmly on _ had anticipated. he shifted the blame firmly on the _ had anticipated. he shifted the blame firmly on the leaders . had anticipated. he shifted the blame firmly on the leaders of| blame firmly on the leaders of afghanistan and the military. we ave afghanistan and the military. - gave them every tool that they could need and paid their salaries, provided for the maintenance of the air force. provided for the maintenance of the airforce. we gave provided for the maintenance of the air force. we gave them every chance to determine their own future. then he osed to determine their own future. then he posed this _ to determine their own future. then he posed this question. i'm - to determine their own future. then he posed this question. i'm left - he posed this question. i'm left aaain to he posed this question. i'm left again to ask — he posed this question. i'm left again to ask of— he posed this question. i'm left again to ask of those _ he posed this question. i'm left again to ask of those who - he posed this question. i'm left| again to ask of those who argue he posed this question. i'm left - again to ask of those who argue that we should stay, how many more generations of our daughters and sons would you have me sent to fight
the afghanistan civil war? the hurried evacuation of the us embassy caught everyone by surprise and unleashed a torrent of criticism. it seems again the biden administration has no _ seems again the biden administration has no plan _ seems again the biden administration has no plan and has created another crisis _ has no plan and has created another crisis in _ has no plan and has created another crisis in afghanistan where it did not need — crisis in afghanistan where it did not need to be. this is about leadership and the way in which we are removing ourselves and withdrawing from afghanistan did not need to— withdrawing from afghanistan did not need to occur. withdrawing from afghanistan did not need to occur-— need to occur. outside the white house there _ need to occur. outside the white house there have _ need to occur. outside the white house there have been _ need to occur. outside the white house there have been protestsl need to occur. outside the white - house there have been protests from pro—afghan groups. this woman served two tours of duty in afghanistan with us air force.— with us air force. today i'm embarrassed _ with us air force. today i'm embarrassed to _ with us air force. today i'm embarrassed to an - with us air force. today i'm. embarrassed to an american. with us air force. today i'm - embarrassed to an american. why? because we pretended to be allies with these people and then we just left them like lambs to the slaughter and it is a moral. joe biden is immoral. the slaughter and it is a moral. joe biden is immoral.— slaughter and it is a moral. joe biden is immoral. the anguish is deep among _ biden is immoral. the anguish is deep among former _ biden is immoral. the anguish is deep among former afghan - biden is immoral. the anguish is - deep among former afghan nationals. they do not care any more about
afghanistan. we are not as important as we were back in 2000. that is the reason we are here, we're here to speak up for the women who worked for the united states. to speak up for the women who worked for the united states.— for the united states. to date near the iranian border _ for the united states. to date near the iranian border in _ for the united states. to date near the iranian border in life _ for the united states. to date near the iranian border in life is - the iranian border in life is carrying on with an air of normality but what will the city and the country feel like in a few months with the taliban back in charge? will it be 2001 all over again? it's 20 years since the taliban was toppled by the us, who blamed them after 9/11 for harbouring 0sama bin laden and other al qaeda figures. the taliban say they have changed since last being in power. back then, they established sharia law and denied rights to women. 0ur chief international correspondent lyse doucet looks now at how the taliban is likely to govern this time — and how the world might engage with them. step—by—step, a return to rule. ever since the taliban
signed a deal last year with the us, their old enemy, they've been emboldened. moments like this started to shift their international image. recent months saw their flags hoisted from the ground. district by district they won the fight against gun troops. and in many places they just walked in. not because there were strong, the government was weak. —— afghan troops. the were strong, the government was weak. -- afghan troops. the corrupt government — weak. -- afghan troops. the corrupt government and _ weak. -- afghan troops. the corrupt government and corrupt _ weak. -- afghan troops. the corrupt government and corrupt leaders - weak. -- afghan troops. the corrupt government and corrupt leaders are | government and corrupt leaders are also pretty much responsible for this because they did not stand up for their own people. they did not take people into their confidence butjust take people into their confidence but just took the aid take people into their confidence butjust took the aid money and went away. that is why so many lost
confidence in them. these scenes were recently filmed for us in wardak, a province at the gates of kabul. scenes of an orderly transition, the taliban taking over, taking care of the people. but more grisly videos have been surfacing too of alleged abuses and atrocities. what do you say now to those who fear the return of the taliban? they should not fear. because the government which will come after this, it will be acceptable to all afghans. but taliban rule returns to an afghanistan dramatically different from the one they governed so harshly in the late—1990s. we've reported on the change — however imperfect and incomplete — over the past two decades, no—one expecting their lives could be so suddenly shattered. afghans, especially women, now fearing they will lose everything they gained.
iam speaking i am speaking for millions of afghan girls and women who are about to lose theirfreedom to girls and women who are about to lose their freedom to go to school, to work and participate in the political, economic and social life of the country. political, economic and social life of the country-— political, economic and social life of the country. and neighbours are anxious to- — the fate of this landlocked country affects them all. to the north, central asian states know how easily extremism crosses borders, reaching russia too. iran knows afghans will flee its way, and any instability will spill into pakistan too, and far beyond. so many people have become internally displaced in afghanistan, so many are becoming refugees, so we actually need immediate help and assistance for them. there is, you know, there's so much to talk about right now and a lot of us are just deeply,
you know, deeply depressed about the situation there. a depressing, deeply uncertain and dangerous time. for now, most afghans are just trying to get through each day, before they confront fundamental questions about their future. lyse doucet, bbc news. here, the foreign secretary dominic raab said everyone was caught by surprise by the pace and scale of the taliban's takeover, but that the government is making every effort to get thousands of uk nationals and afghans who worked with foreign forces out of the country. but the defence secretary ben wallace acknowledged in a tearful interview that some might not be able to leave. 0ur political correspondent alex forsyth reports. these will be among the lasting images of this 20 year war. the scramble to flee as kabul fell. away from this.
away from this, military planes are evacuating british nationals and afghans who worked for british forces. but the government acknowledges not everyone will make it out. and it's a really deep part of regret for me. some people won't get back. some people won't get back, and we will have to do our best in third countries to process those people. why do you feel it so personally, mrwallace? because i'm a soldier. because it's sad and the west has done what it's done. and we have to do our very best to get people out and stand by our obligations. in the early hours of this morning, a flight landed at brize norton carrying some 300 people, with more planes expected in coming days. those on board heading to safety, but others eligible for places face logistical barriers, paperwork, passage to the airport. and all the while, those afghans who helped foreign forces are at risk of reprisals. ali, not his real name, was an interpreter for the army and foreign office.
he's been in the uk for five years with his young family, but fears for his parents and his sisters still in afghanistan. anything is possible. could possibly happen. raped, killed. one of my sisters has just graduated from high school and another sisterjust graduated from from the law. they were hoping for the future, for the future of afghanistan. but now there's no hope for them. everything has just gone. 600 british troops have already been sent to afghanistan to help bring back those who qualify. and 200 more are being deployed to process as many people as possible in what's now a race against time. it's just heartbreaking. this former marine who served in helmand now runs an animal welfare charity in kabul. he's refusing to leave, worried about the fate of his afghan staff. my staff have been loyal to our charity. they've supported soldier animal rescues. i'm not leaving them here now to what's going to be an absolutely
horrendous fate. labour says getting people to safety must be the priority. if those in afghan have helped us, the uk, in our work in afghanistan, we've got an obligation to them. in the longer term or medium term, we need a safe and legal routes for refugees. with the plight of afghans felt far and wide, the government says it is focused on getting people out with a plan for refugees expected soon. ministers admit, though, they were caught out by the pace of what's fast become a crisis. alex forsyth, bbc news. let's speak to our north america editorjon sopel. president biden facing criticism toniaht. ., , , ., tonight. completely unbound and he ointed the tonight. completely unbound and he pointed the finger— tonight. completely unbound and he pointed the finger at _ tonight. completely unbound and he pointed the finger at afghan - tonight. completely unbound and he pointed the finger at afghan forces. | pointed the finger at afghan forces. he presented it as a binary choice, we stay or go, he couldn't form some kind of peacekeeping role in
between. joe biden has felt the full rath of the policy establishment in washington. the military top brass have been opposing what he has been trying to do. full wrath. republicans and democrats have been critical. joe biden has said that whilst people may be critical of the implementation of the policy, the policy itself is the right one. a majority of americans support bringing the troops home but it is a mighty big bet he's making. if any terrorist attack were to happen where people might say, there is a line between the pull out of us forces emboldening the taliban and this attack, that becomes a very risky moment forjoe biden. for the moment, he may be bloodied, but he's unbowed. . , moment, he may be bloodied, but he's unbowed. ., , . from today, people in england and northern ireland who've had two covid vaccine doses no longer have to isolate for ten days if they're in contact with someone who's tested positive. the guidance, which applies to the under 18s too, now says that people should take
a pcr lab test. business owners say the changes — already in place in scotland and wales — will make a big difference after widespread �*pinging' by the nhs app caused staff shortages. here's our medical editor, fergus walsh. the pints have kept pouring at this community pub in york, despite nearly all the regular staff being pinged. volunteers came to the rescue when the pub manager — who lives upstairs — was told to self—isolate. she says life will be much easier from now on. the new rules mean that small businesses can get by with the staff that they've got, even if someone is off with covid. so it's going to make a massive difference. not having to close means not having to throw stock away. phones ping. nearly 700,000 self isolation alerts were sent out in england and wales in one week injuly in what was dubbed a pingdemic.
now the double jabbed and under 18s will be advised to take a pcr test if identified as close contacts by test and trace, but it won't be compulsory. if you're identified as a close contact, you are significantly at higher risk of having the virus yourself and potentially becoming unwell, even if you are double vaccinated. so although the information about seeking a pcr test is advisory, i would really encourage people to take it up. it's very important. covid hospital admissions are now averaging around 800 patients a day, that's around a fifth of the level seen in the winter peak. so there's no risk of the nhs being overwhelmed, but it's still disruptive, given the record backlog of treatment to deal with. the lifting of restrictions in england four weeks ago did not lead to a massive surge in hospitalisations, despite some dire predictions, but there are concerns about what the autumn may bring.
which is why vaccination remains so important. in croydon today, people were mostly getting second doses, which means they'll be regarded as fully immunised in two weeks' time. i work for an estate agency, so once one person goes, we all have to self—isolate at the moment, and we can't do viewings and things like that. i think having the ability to just go about your day, obviously get a test if you need one, i think will be a massive, massive help. being double jabbed doesn't mean you're immune from catching covid, and anyone testing positive is still legally required to self—isolate wherever they live in the uk. fergus walsh, bbc news. the latest government coronavirus figures show there were 28,1138 new infections recorded, in the latest 24—hour period, which means on average there were 29,086 new cases per day in the last week. 5,894 people are in hospital with coronavirus. 26 deaths were recorded in the last 2a hours — but the number of deaths recorded at weekends normally falls quite sharply.
on average there were 89 deaths a day in the last week. over 89% of adults in the uk, have now had their firstjab. and 77% have had both jabs. aid workers in haiti are racing to provide food, water and shelter to survivors of saturday's earthquake, before a major tropical storm hits the country. hospitals are struggling to cope with thousands of injured survivors. nearly 1,400 people are known to have died after the quake struck on saturday. the problems are even more acute in remote areas. 0ur correspondentjames clayton managed to travel to the town of les cayes to the south west of the epicentre, and sent this report. many of these people were asleep when the earthquake hit, their homes caving in. it's hard enough to treat survivors
of any natural disaster, but when the hospitals themselves are under fear of collapse, it makes it all the more difficult. well, this hospital is simply too unsafe to have people stay inside. so they have brought everyone outside here and they have tried to place them under the trees, under tents, to try and keep them a little bit cooler and out of the hot sun. but what you're seeing here is 48 hours after the quake, the doctors have run out of painkillers. they have run out of antibiotics. and there are major concerns about things like infection. elsie had just woken up when the earthquake hit. her son has a serious compound fracture and needs to be taken to the airport to be lifted out. seeing him in such pain is overwhelming. there simply aren't enough facilities to treat people in this remote part of the country. from the hospital some of the injured are taken to this airport waiting for a flight out to the capital, port—au—prince. like 19—year—old tanya, who is pregnant.
so you woke up and basically tried to run out, but then the house collapsed on top of her? she says her leg hurts and she has abdominal pain. most of the hospitals here are in need of the basics. iv solutions, bandages, medications. including antibiotics and pain management medications. they are in the same situation where they have run out. overall it is dire. you know, sitting here with three hospitals that are moving patients to the airport for transportation out. there is no coordination. a tropical storm here is also preventing flights in and out of the capital. the people here need help but at the moment, not enough is coming. james clayton, bbc news. a minute's silence has been held to remember the victims of last week's mass shooting in plymouth. five people died in the attack in the keyham area on thursday. today the home secretary has called on police forces in england and wales to review the way they consider applications for firearms licences. 0ur correspondentjon kay reports.
they gathered in parks and playgrounds across plymouth. it's been really hard. i think we're still all in shock from what's happened, aren't we? at the city's guild hall, some of those who responded to the shootings joined community leaders to remember 3—year—old sophie martyn and herfather, lee, shot at random as they walked home. maxine davison, the first victim, who was the mother of the gunman. stephen washington, who was walking his dogs when he was killed, and 66—year—old kate shepherd, who died from her injuries in hospital. the bell rang for each of them. bell tolls
applause i grew up in keyham, went to school there. leanne came to remember the neighbours she's lost. just trying to process it all, really. it could have been any of us walking along the street that day. my family, my children, anybody. and it's really hard to sort of realise that it was that close. so, all of these civic things just seem really important to be here. many people here question how jake davison was allowed to own a gun. but for now they're thinking not about the killer, but about his victims, and how one man's actions have scarred an entire city. jon kay — bbc news — plymouth. cricket, and it was a thrilling final day in the test match between england and india at lords. england were chasing 272 runs to win — but as the end of play
approached their tailend batsmen were trying to cling on for a draw or wickets to force a draw. they failed, and india won by 151 runs. our sports correspondentjoe wilson was watching. for india to get to this, it first required this. mohammed shami, in the team for his bowling, got to 50. tumbling runs for england as india's tail enders took them to a lead of 271. enough, the captain declared. we bowl, stand by. england's second innings featured four players out for nought, including both opening batsman. the race was now india against time. by the tea interval india had taken four wickets, needed six more for victory. now, hang on, is that rain orjust english wishful thinking? cold, hard reality. joe root out for 33 and india's captain now sensed the test itself. but he needed mohammed siraj to bowl fast. there's one for you, 0llie robinson. oh, my goodness me! both teams had been aggressive. the match was reaching its limit. nine overs left in the day, joss butlerfaced 96 balls and gone. it was left forjames anderson
to try and to fall. and for siraj to sprint towards the future. try stopping india now. joe wilson, bbc news, lords. that's it. have a very good night. hello there. even where we've seen some sunshine today, it's not felt particularly warm thanks to that northwesterly wind. and it remains on the cool side through the rest of this week, a lot of cloud coming our way, the chance of a bit more rain and drizzle as well. and after some sunshine for eastern areas this evening, overnight, we're going to find the cloud coming back in again from the west, thickening up, a bit more rain and drizzle on the way overnight and some mist and some hill fog in the west as well. mild night with that increasing cloud, milder than it was last night in the northeast of scotland. it starts quite cloudy for most of us, i think, during tuesday, and we've got this rain and drizzle around. the worst of it tending to push away during the morning, but still some damp weather
here and there in the afternoon. it will brighten up a bit across the west country and eastern parts of scotland are bit more sheltered from that northwesterly wind that's still going to be blowing during tomorrow. that will make it feel on the cool side, especially under the cloud, where temperatures will be 17 or 18 degrees. get some sunshine and temperatures could reach 21 celsius.
this is bbc news, the headlines... president biden has strongly defended his decision to withdraw us troops from afghanistan. mr biden said the clear goals of the us mission in afghanistan were focussed on counter—terrorism, not nation—building. thousands of afghans have been trying to flee the country as the taliban take control. there was mayhem and panic at kabul airport, with people clinging to moving planes, trying to escape. the mayor of kabul says the taliban have asked him to stay on in his post to ensure stability. he said the militants were surprised they'd been able to take over so rapidly, and most of their leaders were not in kabul. the united nations secretary general has urged the taliban to exercise the maximum restraint to protect lives. speaking to the security council, antonio guterres called on the international community to make sure that afghanistan was never again used as a safe haven for terrorist organisations.
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