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hours not weeks — it's a race against time to evacuate people from afghanistan. pressure is growing on the us president to delay withdrawing american troops from the country, including from the uk. we are really down to hours now, not weeks, and we have to make sure we exploit every minute to get people out. we'll bring you the latest. also this lunchtime... the government clamps down on "cowboy" firms offering pcr travel tests by removing nearly 60 companies from its website. young people warn of the debilitating effects of long covid as part of a campaign to encourage teenagers to get vaccinated. flash floods in the american state of tennessee have claimed more than 20 lives with dozens of people still missing. more than 15 inches of rain has fallen.
45—minute queues, litter and erosion — walkers on mount snowdon in north wales are urged to respect the landscape, as the number of visitors soars. i want to become the mayor with wolverhampton. i want one of those nice chains on my neck and i'll be calling all the shots. and from boxing olympic silver medallist to mayor of wolverhampton, ben whittaker�*s dream comes true, for a day anyway. and coming up on the bbc news channel... the 12 women involved in september's solheim cup have been named, with three english players involved, including georgia hall after she finished second at the women's open. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. britain and america have "hours not weeks" to evacuate
people from afghanistan, according to the defence secretary. pressure�*s growing on us presidentjoe biden to delay the withdrawal of american troops beyond his august 31st deadline. he'll have talks with the leaders of the g7 group of nations tomorrow. however, a spokesman for the taliban said they won't allow any more time for the current evacuation mission. in kabul, there's been a gun battle at the airport and a member of the afghan security forces has been killed. paul adams reports. this is a vast, multinational operation. kabulairport full this is a vast, multinational operation. kabul airport full of military planes ferrying foreigners and afghans to safety all around the clock. but for how long? the taliban have said again that western troops must be out of the country by the end of the month. without their cooperation and america's huge presence none of this can continue. but international pressure to keep
it going is mounting. the defence secretary visiting scottish troops, who could be sent to join the effort, says the clock is ticking. the prime minister is at g7 going to try and raise the prospect of seeing if the united states will extend. i don't think there is any likelihood on staying on after the united states if their timetable extends even by a day or two, and that will give us a day or two more to evacuate people. we are down two hours, not weeks, and we have to make sure we exploit every minute to get people out. make sure we exploit every minute to get peeple out-— get people out. overnight the latest raf fli . ht get people out. overnight the latest raf flight to — get people out. overnight the latest raf flight to arrive _ get people out. overnight the latest raf flight to arrive at _ get people out. overnight the latest raf flight to arrive at brize - raf flight to arrive at brize norton. the ministry of defence says it has evacuated almost 6000 people so far, the foreign office sending more staff to kabul to help process those who remain. america has flown 30,000 out, but no sign yet of an extension. my 30,000 out, but no sign yet of an extension-— 30,000 out, but no sign yet of an extension. g . , ., , ., extension. my heart beats for those --eole ou extension. my heart beats for those peeple you see- _ extension. my heart beats for those peeple you see- we _ extension. my heart beats for those people you see. we are _ extension. my heart beats for those people you see. we are proving - extension. my heart beats for those| people you see. we are proving that we can move thousands of people a
day out of kabul. we are bringing our citizens, nato allies, afghans who have helped us in the war effort, and we have a long way to go and a lot could still go wrong. iltg’ith and a lot could still go wrong. with vast crowds — and a lot could still go wrong. with vast crowds still _ and a lot could still go wrong. with vast crowds still descending on the airport every day, america is trying to control expectations. but the atmosphere remains volatile. one afghan was killed early this morning in a gun battle involving american and german troops. at another entrance one former interpreter, who we are not naming to protect his security, said he, his wife and young daughter were stuck. i think we are in hell— young daughter were stuck. i think we are in hell and _ young daughter were stuck. i think we are in hell and you _ young daughter were stuck. i think we are in hell and you are - young daughter were stuck. i think we are in hell and you are waiting l we are in hell and you are waiting for ia, 15 hours without water, without food. the reason why you are suffering all this is because you work for the british army, because you work for foreigners. in work for the british army, because you work for foreigners.— you work for foreigners. in kabul, sins of you work for foreigners. in kabul, signs of normal— you work for foreigners. in kabul, signs of normal life, _ you work for foreigners. in kabul, signs of normal life, but - you work for foreigners. in kabul, signs of normal life, but this - you work for foreigners. in kabul, signs of normal life, but this is i signs of normal life, but this is still a city on edge. ministries are
not yet functioning, uncertainty about the next government. but amid the fear, some of those who have the most to lose our four now determined to stay. if most to lose our four now determined to sta . ., ., , most to lose our four now determined to sta. ., ., , ., most to lose our four now determined to sta . ., ., , ., ., to stay. if all of us leave with our bans, to stay. if all of us leave with our bags. who _ to stay. if all of us leave with our bags. who is _ to stay. if all of us leave with our bags, who is going _ to stay. if all of us leave with our bags, who is going to _ to stay. if all of us leave with our bags, who is going to give - to stay. if all of us leave with our| bags, who is going to give people the hope that we will be with you, that we are going to go through the same situation, the same circumstances that you are going through. all the afghans are not the 20,000 people you see at the airport. in 20,000 people you see at the airort. . , 20,000 people you see at the airort. ., , ., ., airport. in the valley north of kabul signs — airport. in the valley north of kabul signs of— airport. in the valley north of kabul signs of resistance. - airport. in the valley north of| kabul signs of resistance. the taliban have never really conquered this place. leaders here say they want peace, but are prepared to fight for a different kind of afghanistan.— fight for a different kind of aft hanistan. ~ ., ., , ., afghanistan. what we are standing for ri . ht afghanistan. what we are standing for right now _ afghanistan. what we are standing for right now is _ afghanistan. what we are standing for right now is for _ afghanistan. what we are standing for right now is for the _ afghanistan. what we are standing for right now is for the whole - for right now is for the whole country the sovereignty, for peas, for people, for inclusivity be intolerance and moderation. the taliban also _ intolerance and moderation. the taliban also speak of a negotiated solution, but say they have the
valley surrounded. our political correspondent nick eardley is in westminster. the clock is ticking according to the defence secretary. yes, a matter of hours, not weeks, to get people out of the country he said this morning. the operation from uk forces has been speeding up significantly in recent days. there are more than 6600 people who have been evacuated by the uk in the last ten days or so. but there are still thousands left and that is the main reason that borisjohnson is making this plea to president biden to move back his deadline of the end of the month to remove us troops. we have heard from ministers in the uk this morning that they are pretty clear that without that us back—up, without the boots on the ground and the infrastructure they have built up the infrastructure they have built up around kabul airport, there is no prospect of the uk staying. so there is not much the prime minister can
do now apart from hope that president biden agrees to that request and that the taliban in some way allow that to happen, despite the warnings that they have been making this morning that there would be consequences if us and uk troops stay beyond the end of the month. so time it really is running out at the airport and there are increasingly questions being asked about what happens after that stage? we have also heard ministers here talk about setting up hubs in the wider region to allow people who are eligible to come to the uk to apply for refugee. very little detail of how that will work in practice, and there are some big, practical questions, given that most of the country and the surrounding region are less than friendly to uk foreign policy. surrounding region are less than friendly to uk foreign policy. our security correspondent frank gardner is here. how realistic is it to think this
deadline might be extended? ﬁst how realistic is it to think this deadline might be extended? at the moment it is — deadline might be extended? at the moment it is very _ deadline might be extended? at the moment it is very unrealistic - moment it is very unrealistic because of what the taliban have said. they view the presence of foreign forces as an occupation and they have said august the 31st is a red line and that is only eight days away. if they are persuaded to extend that, they will want something in return. ideally they would like recognition, but it is a bit early for that. if the us, and britain will not stay there without the us, if the us decided they were going to stay on beyond that, without taliban compliance that brings extreme risk, at worst case an aircraft being shot down out of the sky, more likely clashes at the gate, some kind of harassment. you are entering a completely different paradigms at that stage. it would become a hostile situation. an nhs video featuring younger patients suffering the debilitating effects of covid has been released as part of a drive to encourage young adults to get a vaccine. the government says it has
met its target of offering a jab to all 16 and i7—year—olds in england by today. here's our health correspondent dominic hughes. as a junior doctor, i've seen a lot during this pandemic but nothing has shocked me more than seeing younger people being admitted to our hospitals with covid—i9. and as well as their age, many of them have one other thing in common, they were unvaccinated. the video's message is simple. covid vaccines protect against not just the virus but the debilitating effects of long covid too. my lungs, out of nowhere, just kind of stopped. i struggled to breathe and sitting, lying down, obviously sitting upright. i couldn't breathe, my energy levels dropped so walking of any kind of distance i would get automatically tired. this is part of a new push on vaccinations aimed particularly at younger people. one of those who took part is 25—year—old megan higgins. she initially fell ill injanuary and then struggled for months. i used to be a horse rider,
i used to run, i used to walk the dog a lot, and it got to the point where sort of working in a school as well, i couldn't even do head, shoulders, knees and toes, the hokey cokey with the kids, i was so tired just doing anything physical. the video comes as the government announced all 16 and i7—year—olds in england have now been offered a vaccine. in the three weeks since they became eligible, around i million letters and texts have been sent inviting teenagers to get a job. teenagers to get a jab. so far, more than 360,000 to 16 and i7—year—olds have had theirfirst dose. all 12 to 15—year—olds in england thought to be at risk have also been invited to get a vaccine. infection rates are currently highest among younger adults but so too is vaccine hesitancy. i would urge people to get a vaccine. adults might be unable to work but children may be prevented from learning and i think it is such an important time in your life, you don't want months in bed, you don't want months when you are unable to do your
sport or go out dancing or do anything you want. you want to be in the prime of your life. meanwhile, the government has announced a contract for 35 million more doses of the pfizer vaccine, the one being offered to younger people, to be delivered from the second half of next year. today's message is that being young, fit and otherwise healthy is not enough to protect you from the virus or long covid, but being vaccinated can make a big difference. dominic hughes, bbc news. dozens of companies that sell covid pcr travel tests are to be removed from the government's list of approved providers. the firms either no longer exist or don't provide all the tests required by holidaymakers. our transport correspondent caroline davies is here. why is this happening? these are the test you have when you come back from a foreign country to the uk. you have either one or two tests. the government lists these providers on the website with the cheapest at the top down to the most expensive and it has come under
criticism for not keeping a close enough i as to what is going on. some say a particular price on the website and when you go to them they are more expensive or not available at all. some people have said they have paid for tears and not receive results or have received them very late. even as test providers have complained there are cowboys operating in this market. the government has said now that 80 providers will be given a two strike warning. that is for misleading prices, their prices will have to be updated, and they could be removed from the list entirely if they are found to be doing this again. 57 companies have been removed because they no longer exist because they don't provide these tests. the government says it will conduct regular spot checks. this has been welcome, but there has been criticism it has taken so long, particularly by the consumer group, upper case witch? they also point out the fact that so many of these
companies being given these warnings or removed suggests it has been difficult for travellers over the summer to find realistic testing sites. more than 20 people have been killed by flash floods in the us state of tennessee, with dozens still missing. record rainfall of more than 15 inches in some areas sparked widespread flooding over the weekend. roads and bridges were washed away and power cuts have affected thousands of people. daniela relph reports. those living here described a wall of water coming in hard and fast. flash floods overwhelming parts of tennessee. the rain and wind tore through communities with a ferocity few had predicted. it was a terrifying experience as residents tried to save their homes and theirfamilies. i'm trying to get them out of the door but the water is so high and it's pushing against the door that i'm having a hard time pushing to open the door to get them out, i'm holding two babies.
the aftermath is a landscape strewn with floodwaters, wrecked vehicles and severely damaged homes. in many counties, there is bewilderment at how quickly the storm took hold and this remains both a recovery and a search and rescue operation with many still missing, including children. tremendous loss of life, a number of missing people on the ground, homes washed off their foundations, cars strewn around the community, it is a devastating picture of loss and heartache. the worst hit area was humphreys county west of nashville. here the floodwaters rose so quickly many people just couldn't escape their homes. the plight of those living here recognised in last night's presidential address. i want to begin by expressing my deepest condolences for the sudden and tragic loss of life through this flash flood. i know we have reached out
to the community, we stand ready to offer them support. i asked the administrator to speak to governor lee of tennessee right away and we will offer any assistance they need for this terrible moment. tens of thousands of people are still without power. roads and bridges remain impossible in some places, impassible in some places, hampering rescue efforts. there were hurricane warnings in the north—east of the united states over the weekend but it was here, further south in tennessee, where the extreme weather really hit and took lives. daniela relph, bbc news. our top story this lunchtime... the defence secretary warns there are only �*hours not weeks' left to evacuate people from afghanistan with pressure growing on the us president to delay withdrawing american troops from the country. coming up... it's set to be the most watched paralympics on tv ever. we'll hear from the great britain team who are hoping to build on their medal haul from rio.
coming up on the bbc news channel... england are without fast bowler mark wood for the third test with india this week. he's out with a shoulder injury, as england look for a way back in the series at headingley. a widow who lost her husband to a gambling addiction is urging the government to stop online betting companies from giving away free bonuses, which allow you to bet without depositing any money. luke ashton took his own life in april after he started gambling again while on furlough during lockdown. jayne mccubbin has been speaking to his wife, annie. i looked out of the window and his van wasn't there. and then the panic set in. i rang the police and they came round and took a statement. around about four o'clock on the 22nd of april,
i looked out the window and two policemen got out the car and the way they walked in, i knew what they were going to say. annie's husband luke had taken his own life. she had no idea why until police handed back his telephone. gosh, i can't even describe the shock. i saw betting activity that must have consumed him from morning till night. it just escalated. it became uncontrollable. and i knew — i knew why he'd done it. the gambling commission estimate there are around 350,000 problem gamblers here in the uk. luke had previously beaten an addiction but, when lockdown hit, the a0—year—old was furloughed. that's when annie says the first of many free bets landed in his e—mails,
and luke was drawn back in. there's no doubt about it. the only people that knew about luke's addiction were luke and the company. and at no point did they step in and do anything about it. there was a free bet that dropped into his account the day he disappeared. by that point, he had already, you know, decided on what he was doing. search "free bets" online and you will find a staggering number. they are inducements, so they are the free cigarette or the free shot of heroin. it's your first shotl of heroin, isn't it? liz and charles ritchie set up the charity gambling with lives after their 2a—year—old son jack took his own life in 2017. they and annie want to see free bets banned. i've spoken to so many mums and dads who say to me,
"i warned them about road safety, i warned them about sexual predators, i warned them about drugs. i didn't know there was another predator out there to warn them about." annie is pushing for change in the name of her husband just as the government reviews current legislation to make sure it is fit for the digital age, the government told us. the betting and gaming council told us... "promotions are an issue for individual operators," but added, "the industry is determined to protect people. and the rate of problem gamblers has remained stable for the past 20 years." free bets, they are not designed to give anyone anything, they are not designed to be free. they are enticing people to open accounts and, potentially, they cost lives. jayne mccubbin with that report. two people stabbed to death in westminster have been named by police who are hunting for a9—year—old lee peacock.
sharon pickles was pronounced dead at a home on thursday evening and in the early hours of friday, clinton ashmore was found stabbed at a property nearby. police believe the murders are linked and that mr peacock knew the victims. the doctors' union the bma has written to the government to raise concerns about road safety caused by the backlog in dealing with medical assessments for driving licence applications. the union warns that people are by—passing queues at their local gps and going instead to independent practioners who may not have full access to their medical histories. gogglebox star mary cook, known for her appearances with friend marina wingrove, has died at the age of 92, channel a has said. the friends from bristol were among the most popular members of the tv review show�*s line—up. a statement issued on behalf of mary cook's family said they were "extremely saddened" to share the news. john lydon, lead singer
of the sex pistols, has lost a high court case to stop the band's music from being used in a new tv drama. former drummer paul cook and guitarist stevejones had sued mr lydon after he tried to veto the use of the punk group's songs in a show directed by danny boyle. tomorrow the opening ceremony of the paralympics gets under way in tokyo. it's set to be the most watched paralympics on television ever. the great britain team are hoping to build on the ia7 medals won in rio five years ago. paul carter reports. he grunts. good. for british power lifter ali jawad, the one—year delay to the paralympics from last year was a blessing in disguise. a flare—up of crohn's disease meant he was too ill then to compete but now he is fighting fit for tokyo. i would have not qualified last year if the games had gone ahead because i was too sick. my brain was like, "yes! i've been
given another chance," but my body was like, "can you hang on for another year?" so, yeah, just being here is my gold medal. the pandemic has changed every athlete's path to these paralympics. for each of the more than a,000 athletes from around the world competing, these will be a games like no other. none of us really knew what it was going to feel like coming out here, under the circumstances with, you know, covid, so to come out here and to be made to feel so welcome has just been amazing and it straightaway feels like a paralympic games. ok, it's not going to be the same as my previous two experiences but you certainly still have that really special feeling and that kind of goose bumps when you came in. despite a backdrop of disabled athletes shielding and with restricted training, the 227 strong team from paralympics gb are looking to build on the ia7 medals won in rio five years ago. clearly, the last 18 months have been very different in terms of how athletes have been able to prepare for the paralympic games.
it remains, i guess, resolute that we are here to do the nation proud, to do ourselves proud, and create, you know, lots of medal moments but also lots and lots of memories for the british public as well. the popularity of paralympic sport grows with each games and tokyo looks set to be the most watched paralympics ever on television. for wheelchair tennis players like andy lapthorne, whose sport is becoming increasingly integrated with its non—disabled counterpart, the opportunities both in awareness and earning potential are also increasing. the sport is moving really fast in the right direction and you are able to earn a living off the game now and as somebody with a disability growing up, that wasn't around when i was growing up. do you think tennis could almost be a bit of a template for some of the other disabled sports to follow? yeah, i don't know how easy that's going to be to do but it would be great to see other sports try and do the same thing.
organisers have said these games have been ten times more challenging to stage than the last and they've already had their difficulties, with the afghan team not being able to compete and covid cases confirmed in the village, but as the flame makes its way towards the stadium, hopes are high that the delayed 2020 games go on to become a belated success. paul carter, bbc news. snowdon in north wales has long been a magnet for hikers wanting to reach its summit — the highest point in england and wales. around 700,000 people now visit the mountain annually, up from 0.5 million in 2018. but the impact of so many visitors takes its toll , and this summer has seen a5 minute queues to reach the top — as chris dearden reports. hundreds of people queueing in the mist for a5 minutes. not a shopping centre,
a football match or a big gig but the highest mountain in wales. snowden has always been a busy place in august but locals say this year it has been busier than ever and not everyone is dressed or prepared for weather conditions like these at the top. you can't stop anybody but you can see they are not used walking the mountain with the clothing they've got on and things, you know. i've seen a few, you won't believe this, in flip—flops and thing, you know. and you give them advice and they don't want to know either. we can't say anything any more, there's no point, you know? flip—flops or walking boots, the authorities estimate that around 700,000 pairs of feet will have gone up snowdon by the end of this year. they say the increase is because more british people are taking their holidays in the uk at the moment but it is putting strain on mountain rescue volunteers who were called to three casualties in three hours last saturday lunchtime, and campaigners say it is putting
strain on the mountain itself. litter, footpath erosion, wild camping, traffic, parking. these are all... in a sense, none of these are new but they have all acquired a really sharp edge in the last 18 months. that is definitely thunder. and the authorities have been trying to spread the message with videos like this on social media to remind people to be prepared before they head to the top. they say this summer was always likely to be busy and lots of plans are in place to manage the traffic lower down and the footfall higher up. chris dearden, bbc news. the changing of the guard has returned to buckingham palace. it's the first time since the pandemic began 18 months ago that the ceremony has
taken place at the palace. it usually happens at three different locations in london — buckingham palace, stjames's palace and wellington barracks. british boxer ben whittaker won a silver medal at the olympics in tokyo, a massive achievement, but his dream was actually something else, and now it's come true. liz copper reports. it's a golden accolade, a political honour, a source of civic pride — becoming the mayor of wolverhampton. boxer ben whittaker donned the official regalia of the first citizen. this had been ben's manifesto after his olympic quarterfinal. i want to go back with a gold medal and i want to become the mayor of wolverhampton. i want one of those nice chains on my neck and i'll be calling all the shots. everybody in wolverhampton will have a nice ice grill, and a nice big chain, courtesy of ben whittaker. after trying on that nice big chain, it was time to get to work
with some official engagements, amongst them, a visit to a city centre youth club. it's a dream come true, i keep saying this, when i was a kid, with my coach i said, "i'm going to be the mayor, i'm going to be the mayor." went to the olympics, "i'm going to be the mayor." come back, i'm the mayor! so dream's a reality, really. the role of the mayor involves encouraging young people and this group seemed impressed. we both do boxing. together and itjust... that's our dream, so we're - going to hopefully reach them. this inspired me a lot, and i can't believe he won the medal, a silver. i was proud, he should be proud of himself. . he made everyone else proud, it was the best he could do. i everywhere we've been today with ben, he's been inundated with people wanting to wish him well, telling him how proud they are, having pictures with him. and he's so good with the local community. he is happy to meet everybody. there were celebrations as ben met the crowds at wolves, time also for some new policies. i've told people that the kids can have monday to wednesday,
have a couple of playstations and a bottom grill, so i think i'm winning with the kids. the mum and dads, things like that, they're not agreeing, but if you can get the kids to vote, i think i'll get a couple of votes and you might see me there with the chain on, with the robes permanently. it could be a while before he swaps the boxing ring for the political fray but this honorary mayor seems to have secured the popular vote. liz copper, bbc news, wolverhampton. world trade centre one has been hit by lightning as tropical storm henri battered new york. look at that bolt. it can be seen striking the top of the building in lower manhattan, connecting with the spire 550 metres above ground level. more than 120,000 homes in rhode island are without power because of the storm. time for a look at the weather. here's tomasz schafernaker. thank you. thankfully the storm is
blowing itself out. back here, the weather couldn't be any different. it is completely different. it is looking settled, high pressure is in charge of the weather. in fact, this is monday's weather map. essentially speaking, this is a blocking weather pattern. it will not allow the weather systems to come in from the atlantic so whatever we have now, we will be stuck with it for the next six or seven days. the thing we will be forecasting in the areas of cloud which are floating and flowing in the high pressure. sometimes where they gather, there will be fleeting showers but other than that, a dry day with hazy sunshine or if you are lucky we have blue skies as well. these are the temperatures through the afternoon. low 20s at the very best but we are talking mostly around the high teens which is below