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this is bbc news. i'm sally bundock with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. an international warning to the taliban — you will be expected to make good on your pledge to respect human rights. protests have been held across europe, calling on governments to do more to help afghans trying to leave. half—a—million children in desperate need of shelter and drinking water in haiti after the earthquake which has left nearly 2,000 dead. and the trial is due to begin of the singer r kelly, accused of racketeering, bribery and sexual abuse.
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hello and welcome. the united states says it will be looking for the taliban to make good on its pledge to respect human rights that it gave in its first official statement since taking control of afghanistan on sunday. the united nations said it would first need to see action on the ground. president biden has spoken about the afghan situation with the british prime minister, borisjohnson; the white house says a meeting of g7 leaders next week will discuss a common strategy. here in the uk, the first evacuees from afghanistan arrived overnight from kabul on an raf flight. the british government has set out plans for up to 20,000 refugees from afghanistan to be resettled here. up to 5,000 will be allowed to come in the first year, with priority being given to those most in need, particularly women and girls. parliament is being recalled this morning to debate the crisis in afghanistan.
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here's our chief international correspondent, lyse doucet, with a recap of what the taliban have said. the republic has fallen. its leaders fled. taliban rule is returning, day by day its fighters more visible on the streets of kabul. patrolling with us military vehicles left behind or lost by government forces. taking on tasks to show they're in charge now. and showing the new face of afghanistan to the world. the first press conference by a man who's long been a mystery: taliban spokesman zabihullah mujahid showing his face in public for the first time, making their message clear. translation: i reassurel all internationals, the un, all embassies, our neighbours,
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that we will not be allowing the soil of afghanistan to be used against anybody. we have given amnesty to everybody. there is no revenge. all those young people who have talent, who have got an education, we don't want them to leave. day by day, afghans come to terms with the taliban again. waiting, not for words, but for what will change in their lives. let's see what afghanistan brings. i want to stay here, i want to fight for my students. i want to fight for our vision of afghanistan. and i know things are never going to be the same any more. it'sjust...| have to be here. and, so far, some surprises. female presenters are still fronting popular news programmes. a talib taking her questions. but many fear it's just a shiny new show for now. women are already taking to the streets. "we exist," they shout.
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"work, education, political participation is our right." women make up half of afghan society. "don't upset us," they tell the taliban. "be our voice." the taliban also focused on that fear. translation: there will be nothing - against women in our ruling. our people accept our women are muslims, they accept islamic rules. if they continue to live according to sharia, we will be happy, they will be happy. they've said that so many times before. as an afghan woman, i wouldn't trust them because they don't have a very good track record of keeping their promises or something like that. if they were so keen on women's rights, they wouldn't stop herat girls from going to university. they wouldn't stop women working in banks in kandahar. these are two different narratives. with fighting finished, time forfun, too — taliban style.
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not the usual image of austere islamists, but it may be but a brief pause before new rules come into force. their words have changed, many wait to see what they really mean. lyse doucet, bbc news. european leaders say they're working quickly to try to evacuate afghans who worked with western forces as interpreters and in other support roles during the 20—year military operation. but the eu is worried the situation could lead to a large—scale migrant crisis on the continent. protests have been held across europe, calling on governments to do more to help afghans trying to leave. courtney bembridge reports. thousands of protesters gathered in berlin and cologne, calling on the german government to do more to get people to safety. translation: it is shameful what is happening there. - people have been left in the lurch and will continue to be left in trouble.
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translation: we are here| because the government has failed. we demand an immediate airlift right now, right here from afghanistan to germany to bring people who are in danger to safety. this afghan refugee was among the crowd. he settled in germany but there is little relief, with very real fears for his family. translation: i haven't been able to sleep for three - or four days. it is like i have gone mad. i do not know what is happening with my family, where my family are. all i heard they are somewhere between kabul and pakistan and at the moment all the borders are closed. there have been protests in switzerland as well. this is outside the united nations headquarters in geneva. translation: we are here to ask for international help to come - to the rescue of civilians who are still there and who are
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in serious danger of death because, for the most part, they have worked for the west and they find themselves trapped in the middle of the taliban. european leaders met on tuesday and say their objectives are twofold. we cannot abandon them and we will do, we are doing everything we can in order to bring them and to offer them shelter in the european union member states. second we have to ensure that the new political situation created in afghanistan by the return of the taliban does not lead to a larger scale migratory movement towards europe. these are some of the evacuees who have made it out of afghanistan. they were taken to uzbekistan on german army planes. germany's foreign minister says that more evacuation flights are planned but the taliban now controls all access points to the airport and is only allowing access to foreign nationals.
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let's cross to afghanistan now and speak to a journalist who has gone into hiding. we are keeping thisjournalist anonymous. we are keeping this “ournalist anonymous-h we are keeping this “ournalist anonymous. you are in hiding riaht anonymous. you are in hiding right now. — anonymous. you are in hiding right now. as _ anonymous. you are in hiding right now, as are _ anonymous. you are in hiding right now, as are so - anonymous. you are in hiding right now, as are so many - right now, as are so many others. what did you of what the taliban had to say in the press conference yesterday? inaudible i have never seen his photo... 0ranything inaudible i have never seen his photo... 0r anything else about him except i recognise... he had said good things about women and how to rule the
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country like allowing women to be active in public and keep sharia law. people are doubting about that. women who have been in other taliban states recently because according to them freedom to women based on sharia does not mean equality for women, sharia does not mean equality forwomen, doesn't sharia does not mean equality for women, doesn't mean women can do anything they like. so, yes, there are so many doubts and people are very suspicious about the taliban. but so far the situation in kabul, people
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are frightened that they can still go out and do things that most people are hiding. {iii most people are hiding. of course we are hearing a lot about anything reporting on what is happening in kabul but elsewhere in afghanistan, it is not so easy to hear what is going on with regards to women, how they are being treated and what taliban militants are doing outside the capital? i hear people in the north talking about the taliban starting to surge people's homes. looking for people who worked for the government, looking for military vehicles,
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for weapons, they are scared of people in the north. i think people in the north. i think people are worried and in other places like kabul. this is what makes people worry and feel uncertain about their security. we are hearing that some businesses have been able to reopen in kabul, bakeries and pharmacies, those kinds of shops, for example, but what are your thoughts on when a new normal, undertaliban are your thoughts on when a new normal, under taliban control, start to set in, as it were? that is true. some shops are open, small businesses are open but it is not like usual normal
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thing. people are still scared. most businesses are closed. people are worried and it is a little bit not really how it should be because taliban moving around in army trucks with weapons, the same way they normally. it is scary. people are scared of them and they do not talk to people. people do not talk to people. people do not talk to them. you do not see a very normal type of thing to happen. see a very normal type of thing to happen-— see a very normal type of thing to happen. yes, absolutely. we can completely _ to happen. yes, absolutely. we can completely appreciate - to happen. yes, absolutely. we can completely appreciate that. j can completely appreciate that. thank you so much for speaking to us. that is an afghan journalist remaining anonymous, currently in hiding in afghanistan, giving us a sense
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of how things are today after that extraordinary press conference where the taliban spokesperson, zabihullah mujahid, was finally revealed to the world, having been someone who had been heard but not seen, the mysterious taliban leader. there you can see him there. so events in afghanistan have been moving very fast indeed. do across all of the latest by the website, we have the news, developments and analysis on the team on the ground and in 15 minutes we will be looking at the challenges facing businesses in afghanistan as you were hearing there, some shops are reopening but very few so we will be weighing up the risks and the challenges. that is coming up later in the programme. a tropical storm has hampered efforts to help the survivors of saturday's
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powerful earthquake in haiti. almost 2,000 people are known to have died. tens of thousands forced into temporary shelters are now having to deal with flooding, heavy winds and rain. unicef says half a million children have been left with limited or no access to shelter and safe water. 0ur correspondent, james clayton, reports now from the town of les cayes, one of the worst affected areas. at times, it feels like haiti is being hit from all directions on multiple fronts. first, the earthquake. then, the storm. it hit just after dark. violent winds and horizontal rain. misery loaded on top of misery. all across this town people have been left with a stark choice: do they either sleep in unsafe structures or do they decide to sleep on the streets in the wet and the cold? this is the biggest camp in the area: people seeking refuge on a football field. they were told they'd be safe here, but as the rains poured, they were soaked, their tents ripped apart by the winds.
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the people here are desperate and angry. translation: we have problems here. - just look at the conditions. and where are the government? they're not here. there are injured people here, too. this woman's foot has a deep laceration, but she's had no medical attention. and another woman tells me she has not eaten since saturday. the other option here is to sleep in homes already badly damaged. joshua runs the local lottery shop. he and his family were lucky the house didn't totally collapse, but they've had to make a difficult decision. and did you sleep here last night? translation: yes, i slept here in this broken - house last night. there was wind and rain. but the other people in the tent city had to sleep outside on chairs. there are simply no good options in this situation. these are desperate times and the storm has meant that the help that is needed by air and road simply hasn't arrived. james clayton,
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bbc news, les cayes. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: art for all the senses — the dutch museum that is catering for people who are visually impaired. the big crowds became bigger as the time of the funeral approached. as the lines of fans became longer, the police prepared for a hugejob of crowd control. idi amin, uganda's brutal former dictator, has died at the age of 80. he's been buried in saudi arabia, where he lived in exile since being overthrown in 1979.
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two billion people around the world have seen the last total eclipse of the sun to take place in this millennium. it began its journey off the coast of canada, ending three hours later, when the sun set over the bay of bengal. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: an international warning to the taliban — you will be expected to make good on your pledge to respect human rights. protests have been held across europe calling on governments to do more to help afghans trying to leave. the american r&b singer r kelly goes on trial in new york later today accused of racketeering, sexual abuse and bribery. currently held without bail, he denies the charges, some of which date back as far as two decades.
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from new york samira hussain reports. r kelly is one of the most successful artists of all time. sometimes called �*the king of r&b,' kelly has been credited with redefining r&b music. but, for the last two years, the embattled musician has been behind bars. r kelly and members of his entourage are accused of recruiting women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity with the r&b singer. he is also accused of paying victims and witnesses to cover up his alleged crimes. in a now—infamous interview with an american network, kelly fervently denied any wrongdoing. i didn't do this stuff! this is not me! i'm fight for my (bleep) life! he shouts.
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robert... y'all all trying to kill me? allegations of sexual abuse are not new for mr kelly. he has been facing them for more than two decades. but the only time he faced criminal charges, back in 2008, he was acquitted. these new allegations against kelly are far more serious. if found guilty, he could spend the next several decades in prison. let's get some of the day's other news: fire crews in southern france are still battling to control a wildfire near saint tropez a day after it broke out in a motorway service area. about 900 firefighters are tackling the flames in the hills behind the mediterranean resort. 20 people have suffered smoke inhalation and six firefighters have been injured. 10,000 people have been evacuated. european ministers will discuss later how to manage the soaring number of migrants who have crossed into the european union from belarus.
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lithuania, which borders belarus, says more than 4,000 migrants have entered illegally so far this year. it blames belarus for encouraging people to make the journey as payback for recent sanctions. new zealand's health chief says the country can expect 50 to 100 cases of coronavirus in the first outbreak there in six months. a handful of people have now tested positive for the delta variant since tuesday, including a fully vaccinated hospital worker in auckland. the country is now in a three—day nationwide lockdown. the australian airline qantas has announced it will require all of its employees to be vaccinated against covid—19 by the middle of november. pilots, cabin crew and airport workers will need to be fully vaccinated by then, while other staff will have until the end of march next year. time for all the sport now. it has taken a while but
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simona halep's season is finally looking up. the two—time grand slam champion was among the winners at the cincinnati open on tuesday. the former world number one, who missed the french open and wimbledon because of a calf injury, beat poland's magda linette to claim her first victory since may. halep, the number 12 seed, lost in the first round in montreal last week and was taken to three sets by linette, but raced through the decider 6—1 to seal her place in the second round. in the men's singles, there was a shock defeat for the number 13 seed, roberto bautista agut. he was beaten in straight sets by grigor dimitrov, who won the title in 2017 but is unseeded this year. the bulgarian won 6—3, 6—4, and plays alexander bublik of kazakhstan in the next round. on to football, and bayern munich have retained the german super cup, winning 3—1 at borussia dortmund. in the annual meeting of the league champions and cup winners, robert lewandowski and thomas muller scored either side of the break to put bayern 2—0 up.
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midway through the second half, marco reus reduced the deficit with this effort from the edge of the penalty area before a defensive error was punished by lewandowski, whose second goal of the game sealed a 3—1 victory for the champions. it is a record—extending ninth win for bayern in the super cup and a first trophy for their new head coach, julian nagelsmann. some football transfer news, and tammy abraham has completed his move from chelsea to roma. the italian side have paid the european champions $47 million for the striker, who has won six caps for england. abraham has signed a six—year contract with roma and the deal includes a buyback clause set at $91; million. olympic champion armand duplantis says he wants to become the greatest pole vaulter of all time, surpassing his hero, the legendary sergey bubka. the 21—year—old american—born swede won the gold medal
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in tokyo with a height of 6.02 metres, but he failed with later attempts to break his own world record of 6.15 metres set in rome last year. duplantis, who won a silver medal at the world championships in doha in 2019, aims to go one better in eugene, oregon next year as he looks to claim his first world title. the dutch cyclist fabio jakobsen won tuesday's fourth stage of the vuelta a espana and also took over the green jersey in the point classification. he won a sprint for the line to claim his third stage victory in the vuelta following two wins back in 2019. but there is no change at the top of the general classification. estonia's rein taaramae retained the red jersey despite crashing near the end. he leads by 25 seconds from the frenchman kenny elissonde. a museum in the netherlands has opened a new exhibition aimed at people who are visually impaired. called the blind spot and based in the city of utrecht,
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it recreates existing artworks but adds extra dimensions, including sounds and smells. tim allman has more. art tends to be, by its very nature, a visual medium. a display of colour and light, texture and contrast. but galleries like this have long struggled to cater for those whose vision is impaired. so here at the utrecht�*s central museum they are moving beyond two dimensions, transforming paintings into sculptures, inspired by one woman's interaction with 3d art. it helped her to touch the painting. she was blind, and then she was very... she had a lot of emotions, she was touched. and then i called jeroen and we
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thought we had something. it's based on a theme of inclusivity. that moment was the starting point to actually create this exhibition. you don't look at this art. you touch it, you smell it, you listen to it. the visual becomes physical. spectacle is replaced by something much more tactile. translation: the second painting, from what i felt, | that was just a regular painting. from what i felt, there were all kinds of blocks. one can feel very well the kind of shapes those blocks are. sighted visitors are encouraged to cover their eyes so they too can experience the exhibition in a new way. it has been described as a first experiment — art for everyone, that triggers all the senses. tim allman, bbc news. a lot more still to come on the programme. in our business coverage we will be looking at the situation in afghanistan
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are some businesses begin to reopen. but as we were hearing earlier in the programme from the journalists based there, there is still an awful lot of fear and trepidation about what is ahead. i will see you in a moment. hello there. sunshine was limited across the country on tuesday. but we did see some good spells of sunshine for central south—eastern scotland, where temperatures reached close to the mid—20s celsius. for the next few days, though, we hold onto the largely cloudy skies and it's going to feel pretty cool for the time of year. we maintain these west—north—west winds across the uk. this moisture—laden air rolling in off the atlantic will bring a lot of cloud, the thickest of it across the northern and western fringes, where we could see some light rain or drizzle. but again, like tuesday, with some shelter to central eastern scotland, east of the pennines, south—east
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wales and south—west england will see some good spells of sunshine. the winds quite brisk again particularly across northern and western coastal areas. and those temperatures pretty much where they've been the last few days, high teens for most, but in the sunnier spots, the low 20s once again. now, as we head through wednesday night, it stays rather benign — pretty cloudy for most. there will be the odd spot of light rain and drizzle across northern and western hills, the odd clear spell too. and temperatures no lower than 11—15 celsius, pretty much where they've been the last few nights. so as we head on into thursday, again it's a similar story. a lot of cloud around, the odd spit and spot of light rain here and there. a weather front will be pushing into wales and then spreading across parts of england through the day. that'll bring some showery bursts of rain, but behind it, skies will tend to brighten for south—west england and wales. and again that could lift temperatures into the low 20s celsius. 0therwise, again, it's the high teens. that weather front spreads across eastern england during the first part of friday. and then we've got the new area of low pressure starting to work its way into western areas. that'll bring some cloudy, wet, breezy weather
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to northern ireland and maybe western fringes of britain. for most i think it's another rather cloudy day, but i'm hopeful later in the day we'll start to see some sunny spells increasing across the south. that'll lift temperatures up into the low to mid—20s celsius. 0therwise, again, it's the high teens for most. this new area of low pressure will slowly work its way in during the start of the weekend. but we start to pick up southerly winds, and that will tap into something much warmer across france into central, southern and eastern parts of england. so we'll see a brief warm spell to start this weekend with some sunshine around. could see up to 26 degrees or so in the south. that weather front, though, will continue to push its way eastwards, bringing some showers, some of which could be heavy and thundery. then many places will see those showers during the course of sunday.
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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. some businesses have reopened in kabul. we weigh up the threats and challenges and to what extent trade will resume. is christmas cancelled? huge problems in the supply chain means goods may not reach shelves in time for the celebrations. and a double whammy hit french wine producers — huge wildfires and frost—hit crops could cut production in half.


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