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none of us know, nobody knows. who do you think is responsible for the sign? i reckon it's probably ryan reynolds or somebody like that, definitely. yeah, definitely ryan reynolds. but surely there are other people in this town that might want to do that? no one else that could afford to do something like that. it's only plastic. still a lot of money, isn't it, surely. why, do you know who put it up? no, that's why i am here! i'm trying to find out from people like yourself! so no closure on the matter, only continued speculation and intrigue. surely we will find out soon. let's hope that we do. time for a look at the weather. here's louise lear. someone else who can put wrexham on the map! while the sun is always shining over wrexham! but at the moment it is cloudy and we've had the odd spot of drizzle. the weather
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story very frustrating at the minute but there is some sunshine to be had today and it is probably feeling a bit warmer with lighter winds. the best of the sunshine to eastern scotland and north—east england and down to the midlands. the cloud thick enough for some drizzle add to the west and that is likely to linger for much of the afternoon. for many it is the wind direction that the issue, still a north westerly across scotland and a lighter westerly elsewhere driving in that cloud. temperatures further west more subdued this afternoon. 14, 19 west more subdued this afternoon. 1a, 19 degrees. through this evening we keep the cloud going and it will turn quite mistaken on the west facing coasts and hills. more drizzle as well. a relatively mild start to thursday morning and once
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again a great start. there could be some window of fine weather into northern ireland and just the north of england ahead of some showers developing in the afternoon. it really is going to be a frustrating story once again. 13 — 21 celsius the high but it seems likely that friday will be a quieter day. the wind direction is going to change and it will revert back to more of a southerly and that means with the dryer story and a bit more sunshine coming through, and the southerly wind direction, perhaps a degree or so warmer. some rain in the west so not for all but if you get the sunshine you're likely to see temperatures peaking at 23 or 2a degrees. we are tapping into some of the heat without southerly direction coming from europe. not that extreme heat we told you about but for the start of the week across the east of england temperatures could be into
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the mid 20s. it comes with the caveat because a weather front is pushing in and there could be some spells of heavy rain out to the west on saturday. so mixed fortunes in the bastion sunshine into the east on saturday, thundery outbreaks of rain for the second half of the weekend in particular. a reminder of our top story... as taliban leaders return to afghanistan, the prime minister defends the uk's strategy — insisting he'll honour the commitment to the country's people. that's all from the bbc news at one, so it's goodbye from me. on bbc one, we nowjoin the bbc�*s news teams where you are.
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good afternoon, it's 1.30pm and here's your latest sports news. formula one�*s japanese grand prix, due to take place in october, has been cancelled because of a rise of covid cases in the country. the news comes just less than a week before the start of the paralympic games in tokyo with fi saying the decision to cancel the grand prix had been taken by the japanese government. the revised calendar for the season will be revealed in the coming weeks. and just four days after winning the formula e drivers�* and team titles mercedes say they'll leave the championship after next season to redirect resources into developing electric vehicles. mercedes will look at selling the team rather than closing it. wolves striker raul jimenez says he thought there was a chance his career was over after fracturing his skull against arsenal last year. the mexican made his premier league return at the weekend after nine months out. he now needs to wear a specially manufactured headband to protect his skull when he's playing. patrick gearey reports:
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that mark above rauljimenez�*s right ear is all we can see of what happened. the end of a line that stretches back nine months from the life—threatening terror of a fractured skull through surgery, uncertainty and recovery and finally back to football. i feel now that i am a player again after a long, almost nine months. i think it was the right moment to come back and start the season again and i feel really good. november 29 last year and early in the match between wolves and arsenal, jimenez clashed heads with david luiz. he was given oxygen on the pitch and rushed to hospital where he had emergency surgery on a fractured skull. he might never have played again. doctors said he might not even have lived. yes, they told me it was like a miracle. i never thought about, finishing my career,
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or stopping playing. it was a chance of that, but i was always confident that i'm going to, i was going to return. jimenez! jimenez has always gone in where it hurts, he has the fearless instincts of any top striker but how does he balance that with safety? he got some advice from a man with experience, goalkeeper petr cech famously used a helmet after his skull injury. jimenez will wear his own version. i know i have to be in the same line as doctors and surgeons like they say it is the best for me to use it. the one i was in, in the last game, i feel very comfortable just in the training sessions, hit the first ball with the head and then the other one is like before. rauljimenez says he will do less heading in training but when the moment comes in a match
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he will head the balljust as before and just for that incident, he'll have to forget the past nine months ever happened. patrick geary, bbc news. arsenal women have begun their campaign to reach the champions league group stages today with a win. nikkita parris scored the final goal in a 4—0 win over kazakhstani side fc okzhetpes in moscow. it's a long and winding road for qualification — this is the so called "league path" with teams split into mini—tournaments. the winners of these tournaments then reach the play—offs which is the gateway to the group stages. glasgow city beat birkirkara from malta 3—0. glentoran trail at swiss champions servette late on and later this afternoon celtic are in norway, up against levante, and swansea play cska moscow. after reaching the semi—finals with australia at the tokyo olympics, hayley raso has signed for manchester city on a two—year deal. she spent last season at everton, scoring five goals in 22 games, and says playing in the champions league played a "really big part"
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in her decision to join city. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in the next hour. we will talk more about the story which has dominated here, the focus is on the house of commons because it is back in an emergency station. —— session. mps have been debating the taliban's return to power in afghanistan. the prime minister opened the debate by saying that the conflict in afghanistan over the past two decades was seared into our national consciousness and that the collapse of government forces had taken everyone by surprise. but he denied there'd been a failure in the uk's emergency planning and said that the uk would honour it's "enduring commitment to the afghan people". labour leader sir keir starmer said
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the government had been slow to act and that the prime minister must "snap out of his complacency". we will be supporting, doing everything we can to support those who have helped the uk mission in afghanistan and investing everything we can to support the wider area around afghanistan and to do everything we can to avert a humanitarian crisis. the west could not continue this us led mission, a mission conceived and executed in support and defence of america without american logistics, without us airpower and without american might. i really think it is an illusion to believe that there is appetite amongst any of our partners for a continued military presence orfrom military solution imposed by nato in afghanistan, mr speaker, that idea ended
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with the combat mission in 2014. and i do not believe that today, i do not believe that deploying tens of thousands of british troops to fight the taliban is an option. no matter how sincerely people may advocated it, and i appreciate their sincerity but i do not believe that is an option that would commend itself either to the british people or, mr speaker, to this house. mr speaker, we must deal with the position as it is, accepting what we have achieved and what we have not achieved. we are clear and we have agreed that it would be a mistake for any country to recognise any new regime in kabul prematurely or bilaterally. instead those countries that care about afghanistan's future should
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work towards common conditions about the conduct of the new regime before deciding together whether to recognise it and on what terms. we willjudge this regime based on the choices it makes and by its actions rather than by its words. that was part of the early stages of the debate. that was part of the early stages of the debate. the labour leader sir keir starmer said it was unconscionable that not everyone who helped the british forces will come back. the prime minister's judgment on afghanistan has been appalling. mr speaker, mr speaker, nobody believes that britain and our allies could have remained in afghanistan indefinitely. or that britain could have fought alone. nato leaders were put in a difficult position after president trump
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agreed with the taliban that all us forces would withdraw by may 2021. but mr speaker, that agreement was made in february 2020. 18 months ago. we've had 18 months to prepare and plan for the consequences of what followed. to plan and to prepare for the resettlement of refugees, of those that have supported us, for supporting the afghan government in managing withdraw, for securing international and regional pressure on the taliban and support for the afghan government. the very problems we are confronting today in this debate, were all known problems of the last 18 months and there has been a failure of preparation. the former prime minister theresa may reflected on the long—term implications of the western worlds withdrawl of afghanistan. it must also be of key concern
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to us, the message this sends around the world to those who would do the west harm, the message it sends about our capabilities and most important about our willingness to defend our values. what does it say about us as a country? about nato if we are entirely dependent on a unilateral decision taken by the united states? we all understand the importance of american support, but despite the comments from my right honourable friend earlier, i do find it incomprehensible and worrying that the united kingdom was not able to bring together not a military solution, but an alternative alliance of countries to continue to provide the support necessary, to sustain a government in afghanistan. surely one outcome of this must be a reassessment of how nato operates. nato is the bedrock of european security, but russia will not be blind to the implications of this withdrawal decision and the manner in which it has been taken.
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neither will china and others have failed to notice the implications, because in recent years the west has appeared to be less willing to defend its values. this cannot continue because if it does, it will embolden those who do not share those values and wish to impose their way of life on others. i'm afraid i think this has been a major setback for british foreign policy. we boast about global britain, but where is global britain on the streets of kabul? tom tugendhat, chair of the foreign select committee and served in afghanistan said joe biden�*s comments about allies fleeing were shameful. he added, anyone who hasn't fought for their country should be careful about criticising those who have. like many veterans, this last week has been one that has seen me struggle
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through anger and grief and rage. the feeling of abandonment of not just a country but the sacrifice that my friends made. i have been to funerals from poole to dunblane. i have watched good men go into the earth. taking with them a part of me and a part of all of us. and this week has torn open some of those wounds. left them raw. left us all hurting. and i know it is notjust soldiers, i know aid workers and diplomats who feel the same. i knowjournalists who have been the witnesses to our country in its heroic effort to save people from the most terrific fates.
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——horrific fates. i know that we have all been struggling. and if this recall has done one thing, let me tell you now mr speaker, it has achieved one thing already. i have spoken to the health secretary and he has already made a commitment to do more for veterans mental health. tom tugendhat, the chair of the foreign of select committee. that debate in parliament is continuing at the moment, likely to go on for quite a few hours. if you would like to watch it live, you can watch it on bbc parliament. the headlines on bbc news... the prime minister defends the uk's strategy in afghanistan, as taliban leaders return after years in exile. the stench from a staffordshire landfill site — one localfamily is at the high court to argue the fumes could be causing health problems.
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the chicken restaurant chain nandos is forced to close about 50 branches because of supply problems. the scottish government has confirmed that exams will go ahead next summer if public health advice supports the move. formal exams have been cancelled for two successive years in scotland because of the coronavirus pandemic. the content pupils will need to cover for the national 5, higher and advanced higher exams has been reduced because of the disruption. ministers said contingency plans for further adjustments were in place, to ensure fairness for learners. let's cross to reporting scotland's education correspondent lucy whyte.
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there seem to be quite a lot of caveats in that announcement, what should assessment of what is actually happening and what are students meant to make of this? yes. students meant to make of this? yes, i think ultimately _ students meant to make of this? yes i think ultimately overcomes a students meant to make of this? is: i think ultimately overcomes a big relief to many. we've had formal exams cancelled for two years in narrow. if we go back to 2020, that was our fairly quick cancellation. thejudges grade were was our fairly quick cancellation. the judges grade were put through a moderation system which meant some people had their marks downgraded and that was eventually changed and it went back to teacherjudgment. last year we had a system of continuous assessment when exams work cancelled. people —— some people branded assessments as exams by another name. so they have normal exams to aim for next year. we are back to school already in scotland so people can get down to work and hope for the best regarding the
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situation we're had a next spring. i situation we're had a next spring. i guess students will be told to work as hard as they can and assume everything will be as normal, if any of us can remember what normal is. is your sense the government is giving itself room to change the plans if they really have to? yes. plans if they really have to? yes, not 'ust plans if they really have to? yes, notjust room. — plans if they really have to? yes, not just room, they _ plans if they really have to? yes, notjust room, they have - plans if they really have to? is: not just room, they have already set notjust room, they have already set out to back up plans. the first one is contingency number one is if there is a lot of disruption to learning in the coming term and the one after christmas like last year potentially with isolation and another lockdown but hopefully not, exams might not be able to go ahead next spring then modifications will be made to what is accessed in those exams. we are just hearing that they might be given prior knowledge of the topics. —— what is assessed.
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contingency number two, it is a situation everybody hopes we are not in the spring is is public advice says we cannot hold exams, we will return to using teacherjudgment. crucially that was based on assessments and work that has already happened within the school year so pupils are starting back—to—school this week in scotland are going to be thinking about that worst—case scenario already. everything there doing from this week onwards could result in their grades. week onwards could result in their arades. . ., week onwards could result in their arades. ., ~' , ., , week onwards could result in their arades. ., ~ i. , . _ grades. thank you very much, lucy. thank yom — thank you. a leading member of the sikh community in the south of england is calling for an apology from the government after he says he was treated like a "covid prisoner" while staying in a quarantine hotel. pritheepal singh says he also believes he may have contracted covid while at the hotel, forcing him to quarantine for another ten days at his home in southampton. south today's steve humphrey has the story.
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so what is like being in the fresh air? it is beautiful. lovely in the park, nice flowers. singh is enjoying seeing and smelling the flowers. after returning from a visit to india he had to quarantine in a hotel and then at home after getting covid, possibly at the hotel. traumatised there and then come back home and do another ten days. bbc south today spoke to him when he was in a quarantine hotel in london. one of the security guards would take us in the lift and take us to the terrace where we could get fresh air. it is not good. you said it felt like being in prison. a covid prisoner, that's what i call it, the covid prisoner. the cost of complying with the quarantine rules has just gone up. travellers from red list countries now have to pay £2,285 each for the ten—day stay.
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the hotel should be fit for purpose and providing for the guests. the hotel where he stayed said for privacy reasons it can't discuss individual guests. in a statement it said... the hotel said the rota for organising guests' time out of their rooms is managed by security staff working on behalf of the department of health and social care. the department says, we are making every effort to ensure that everyone's needs are met at quarantine facilities. meanwhile pritheepal is looking to take legal action over what he sees as an abuse of his human rights. steve humphrey, bbc south today, southampton. a baby gorilla who was
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hand—reared by staff at bristol zoo is celebrating his first birthday reunited with them. it's been a rocky start for the western lowland gorilla who was abandoned by his mother when he was just a few days old. natasha turney has been to meet him. he's just had a bit of a birthday lunch outside but has now headed back into the inside area to have a rough and tumble with his mum. hasani's first birthday is today. we first met him a year ago when he was born and cuddled up with his mother. but he has had a bit of a rough journey since then with the keepers on hand to help him on the way. you have been there throughout it. tell me what has happened. it has been an interesting year, let's say, a challenging year for all of us and hasani. when he was first born, he seemed to be doing very well. his mum seemed to be coping very well. but over the first four to five weeks we saw a bit of a deterioration in his condition, he was looking a bit weak,
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he wasn't feeding as well. her mothering style became a little bit neglectful. she would put him down, she wasn't carrying him properly and those sorts of things. we did lots of interventions to try to speed them up and keep them together but it wasn't working. so we did hand rear him. after about six to eight months we felt he was ready to try a reintroduction with his mother. that, unfortunately, wasn't successful. but we had a plan b up our sleeve and that was a surrogate mother, another female in our group and she took him on and he is back in the group. how has he been settling back in now? he is absolutely loving life, he plays from dusk till dawn, sorry, dawn until dusk i should say! he is really happy, he is vibrant, he plays with different members of the group. he gets lots of cuddles from mum and he still gets his milk from us. he has having the best of both worlds. hasani's part of the conservation programme here. he is expecting a very special tea this evening, some pellets, carrots, almost mushed together in a special birthday cake.
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he's got lots to look forward to today. a museum in the netherlands has opened a new exhibition aimed at people who are visually impaired. called the blind spot, 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
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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 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
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as a first experiment — art for everyone, that triggers all the senses. tim allman, bbc news. much more coming up at two o'clock, more from the house of commons on that emergency debate from —— about afghanistan. that emergency debate from —— about afghanistan. now it's time for a look at the weather with louise lear. very frustrating weather at the moment as our summer keeping us on our toes. this has been the story in newquay and corwall, more cloud the further west you are. cloudy skies continue for the afternoon. there are some breaks in the cloud, north—east scotland and england seem best of the sunshine. some sunshine north of london, we will be chasing the cloud this afternoon. they can offer a spot of drizzle at times, always out to the west. wind direction playing its part, not as strong as yesterday.
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keeping it cool in scotland, driving in that flow of cloud from the atlantic on the west. where we get some sunshine continuing we could see 22 degrees. 72 fahrenheit. through the night tonight, with all the cloud we will continue to see more drizzle and missed pushing on of the west but it will not be a cold night. temperatures will hold up into double figures and we do it all again tomorrow. a grey start but a window of finer weather, you can see just here, ahead of another weak weather front which will bring shower and outbreaks of rain. just when you think it is dry and settled and sunny, think again there will be showers in the afternoon. temperatures disappointing for this time of year, highest values 21 degrees. moving into friday, it looks likely we will see another weather front waiting in the wings which will bring outbreaks of rain slowly but surely. ahead of this on friday, a dry and bright start,
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clouding over in the afternoon, the rain arriving from the west. temperatures likely to be a degree or so warmer, 23 degrees with the best of the brightness, and a change in wind direction. we are dragging up some of the warmth from the near continent, particularly in east england temperatures could be promising. that is only half the story however. it does look that for the weekend we will see heavy and persistent rain as this weather front pages and on the west so mixed fortunes for the weekend, warmth and sunshine in the south and east but the rain spreads for the second half of the weekend.
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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 2: angry exchanges in a packed house of commons as mps accuse the government of serious failings — the prime minister says the uk will honour its commitment to the afghan people. we have so far secured the safe return of 306 uk nationals and also afghan nationals as part of our resettlement programme with a further 2000 afghan applications completed and more being processed. there's been a major miscalculation of the resilience of the afghan forces and staggering complacency from our government about the taliban threat. in afghanistan, senior taliban leaders arrive,


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