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welcome to newsday — reporting live from singapore — i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines: president biden tells g7 leaders he's sticking to his afghan withdrawal deadline — saying any delay will expose america to terrorist attacks. each day of operation brings added risk to our troops, but the completion by august 31 depends upon the taliban continuing to cooperate. six come from six in kabul — desperate scenes at the airport as the taliban say no more afghans will be allowed there. we'll get analysis on that decision by president biden — as the final days of the evacuation approach. in other news . the paralympic games open in tokyo with more than 4000 athletes from 160
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countries taking part. and — tributes to the rolling stones drummer — charlie watts — who's died at the age of 80. it's eight in the morning in singapore, and 8pm in washington where president biden has made clear that he intends to stick to next tuesday's deadline for the us to complete its evacuation mission in afghanistan. in a televised address from the white house, he said the longer us troops remained at kabul airport, there was growing risk of an attack by a terrorist
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group known as isis—k. the taliban has made it clear though, the deadline stays. here's president biden: here's president biden. we are currently on a pace to finish by august the 31st. the sooner we can finish, the better. each day of operations brings added risk to our troops, but the completion by august 31 depends upon the taliban continuing to cooperate and allow access to the airport to those who are transported out and no disruptions to our operations. we'll have more on that in a moment but first — our chief international correspondent lyse doucet reports from kabul and the situation at the airport. her report contains some distressing images. "stay calm," orders this taliban guard. there's no calm here. not in a crowd too big to count, too big to control. but the days are numbered now before the us pulls its soldiers from this
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airfield, before their last evacuation flight lifts off. panic is rising. most afghans have waited here for days, including four—year—old twins usna and usnia. their father was a guard for the us military. they've got documents to prove it. "it's been such a bad experience," their mother says. "so bad — my children have been so scared." "we are meant to leave." you can feel the fear — it's notjust the kids. wahida faizi, an afghan journalist, believes she's not safe under taliban rule. they know i'm a journalist. if they know, i know they will kill me. one day you will come back to afghanistan? never. it's not my country. after this, it's not my country.
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gunshot. these are the last moments for afghans who feel not only are they leaving their country, they're losing it, leaving everything behind. this is a journey like no other. the most importantjourney they're probably going to make in their lives. and it's a journey so fraught with risk and fear. wahida faizi, in her red headscarf, keeps pushing forward. on this side, british soldiers glance at papers. they stand guard — doing whatever they can to contain the chaos along with us troops. translation: these americans are inexperienced. _ they asked the people to come in a very short time. they made this rush of people. this is the mismanagement of the americans, and nothing else. and at a taliban news conference today, an even starker message.
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translation: my message to the americans is that - they should evacuate all their citizens by the deadline of august 315t. they have the resources, they have planes, they have the airport. they should evacuate all their forces and their contractors and those belonging to them. we will no longer allow them to evacuate afghans. in the centre of this city, behind another gate, another place of hardship and heartache — families displaced by fighting. they're on the move, too. now that the taliban have taken control, they're boarding buses to take them back to kunduz in the north. this man was injured there in a gunfight there. translation: yes, - i want to go back home. we don't even have food here, and i haven't been able to geti treatment for my arm. a nation wounded by war, a people pushed from their homes. afghanistan's long conflict turns another corner. no—one's sure yet
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where it will lead. lyse doucet, bbc news, kabul. well, for more on presdident biden�*s latest remarks on the evacuation from afghanistan here's our washington correspondent nomia iqbal. i don't think the president wants to make any set in stone statements because after all, he did infamously — and i think we can use that word — say last month that it was very unlikely that the taliban would take over afghanistan, and look where we are. but the brutal truth of it is thatjoe biden isn't really calling the shots here. and neither are any of the other 66 nations or the eu or nato or un, who all had this meeting with him this morning. the people who are running the show and who are in control are the taliban, and that is effectively what biden was saying in his speech — that they are talking to the taliban, that it's
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all dependent on the taliban allowing access to the airport, allowing people out. and so he knows that is a situation they're in. and if the taliban turns around and says, "well, look, if you guys aren't out by the into the month, then there will be consequences." why would president biden take the risk of leaving troops in, espicially when he's made the point that he wants all americans out because he doesn't want any deaths? what was interesting in his speech, he focused on the evacuation mission. i think that's the positive spin the administration is trying to give. he made the point of saying since august the 12th they have evacuated, more than 70,000 people out of kabul, and they will continue. anyone who wants to get out will help, and it looks like he feels very confident it would appear they can complete the mission by august the 31st.
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they don't want to risk anything from the taliban, and i should mention it's not just the taliban on the ground, also isis k, an afghan affiliate of the islamic state. as sworn enemy of the taliban, and i don't think the americans want to get into a situation whether they're not only having to face the taliban, but also isis k. we'll have more on afghanistan later in the programme but for morejust go to our website — where there is a live page updated with all the latest developments on those evacuations from afghanistan — as well as a breakdown on how many afghans are leaving — and where they will go. let's take a look at some other stories making headlines around the world. democrats in the us house of representatives have reached a compromise that brings president biden�*s one—trillion— dollar infrastructure bill a step closer to being enacted. they've agreed to vote before the end of setember on legislation already approved by the senate. it would see a vast
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expansion of social services and climate initiatives. us vice president kamala harris has accused beijing of �*coercion and intimidation�* over its claims to large parts of the south china sea. the hotly disputed territory has long been a bone of contention. ms harris has now arrived in vietnam for the next leg of her south east asian tour and she reaffirmed us commitment to the region. these are unlawful claims and have been rejected by the 2016 arbitral tribunal decision. and beijing's actions continue to undermine the rules—based order and threaten the sovereignty of nations. the united states stands with our allies and partners in the face of these threats. former new york governor andrew cuomo has been stripped of his international
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emmy award. cuomo received praise for his regular televised briefings during the height of new york's covid crisis last year. but he resigned following allegations of sexual harrassment by multiple women. he denies any intentional wrongdoing. still to come a bit later in the programme: the paralympic games open in tokyo with more than 4,000 athletes taking part. but first. some of the world's biggest pop and rock stars have been paying tribute to the rolling stones drummer charlie watts, who's has died at the age of 80. the musician had been a member of the band since 1963. sir paul mccartney described watts as a "fantastic drummer, steady as a rock" while sir eltonjohn called him "the ultimate drummer. david sillito looks back at his life. crowd chants "charlie! charlie!" ijust play the drums for keith and mick. i don't play them for me. charlie watts — cool, calm and distinctly dapper,
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the steady back beat of the rolling stones. in a statement, the band said it was with immense sadness they were announcing the death of their beloved charlie watts. amongst the tributes, eltonjohn, ringo starr, paul mccartney. charlie was a rock and a fantastic drummer. he was though always a reluctant rock star. i can't play the drums at home, so i walk about, and to play the drums, i have to go on the road, and to go on the road, i have to leave home. it's like a terribly vicious circle — it's always been my life. a graphic designer by trade, he was not expecting his evening sideline with a little blues band called the rolling stones to make him famous. we'd like to play a bo diddley number. all right! i'm all right! but forfellow drummer, kennyjones from the small faces and the who, he was a crucial part of the stones' magic. charlie was a lovely, |
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smart, amazing guy. the reason he was such a great. drummer is because he had such a great feeling about himself and for others. _ the way he delivers the beat was absolutely spot—on. - he is the heart and the soul of the rolling stones. - but his real passion was jazz and rather than drugs and groupies, he liked antique silver and classic cars — even though he didn't drive. but even the sensible stone had his moments. he knew he had a problem when the high priest of debauchery, keith richards, took him aside one day and gave him a talking to. married for more than 50 years, he was always happiest at home with his dogs and horses, but his place in music history is on stage keeping it together with the world's greatest rock and roll band. as expected, there's been lots of reaction to charlie watts' death. ringo starr, the beatles
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drummer tweeted a picture of him passing charlie a set of drumsticks — along with the message — "god bless charlie watts — we're going to miss you man". canadian singer bryan adams described him as "one of the greatest rock drummers ever and a real gentleman", and passed his condolesnces to family and the band. eltonjohn posted a picture of himself with charlie. he wrote that it's a "very sad day", and that "charlie watts was the ultimate drummer and "the most stylish of men." and nile rodgers, guitarist and songwriter from the band chic, posted a him, tweeting "rest in power charlie watts." if you want to get in touch with me i'm on twitter — @bbckarishma. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme. fireworks mark the official beginning of the paralympic games in tokyo — with the opening ceremony taking place in an
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almost empty stadium. he's the first african—american to win the presidential nomination of a major party, and he accepts exactly 45 years ago to the day that martin luther king declared, "i have a dream." as darkness falls tonight, and unfamiliar light will appear in the southeastern sky — an orange glowing disc that's brighter than anything save the moon — our neighbouring planet, mars. there is no doubt that this election is an important milestone in the birth of east timor as the world's newest nation. it'll take months and billions of dollars to repair— what katrina achieved injust hours. - three weeks is the longest the great clock has been off—duty in 117 years, so it was with great satisfaction that clockmaker john vernon swung the pendulum
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to set the clock going again. big ben chimes this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. our top story: president biden tells g—seven leaders he's sticking to his afghan withdrawal deadline — saying any delay will expose america to terrorist attacks. over the last week, we've seen chaotic and desperate scenes at kabul airport as people try to flee afghanistan. one of them was a young woman from nottingham, who was visiting relatives with her mother and two young siblings when the taliban took control. she's now back in the uk and our correspondent navtej johal has been speaking to her.
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glad to see you again. lovely to see you. you look so handsome! thank you! the sound ofjoy and relief. rageeb has spent the past week worrying about his wife, adult daughter and two small children who have been trying desperately to leave afghanistan. they travelled there last month from their home in nottingham to visit sick elderly grandparents, and never expected to be caught up in the taliban takeover. these images were filmed by rageeb�*s 24—year—old daughter last week, as they tried to get through to the airport in kabul. rageeb, a taxi driver, said he feared for their lives. now they've finally returned to the uk. how are you feeling today? i'm very happy, very happy. just so happy and glad. just obviously, they are so tired at the moment, just landing at the airport. i'm very overjoyed because i didn't even know that. in the morning, i felt so angry and annoyed, but then when i heard that, like, when i heard they were
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here, my emotions, like, immediately changed. his daughter spoke to me from inside the airport. watching the taliban on tv was, it was just like a horror movie for me. but seeing them face—to—face, it was something like — i can't describe it at all. it has been really, really tough. because everywhere you go, you see them. with their guns, and they're really, really rude, there's no respect for women. much relieved to see my siblings here, really happy, oh, we are home, back, we're going to see dad. so they're really happy. seeing them happy, mum happy, it's just everything for me. and i'm just waiting to see my dad and my brothers. the family who have returned from afghanistan will need to complete a ten—day hotel
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quarantine before they can be reunited with the rest of the family in nottingham. and although they are still worried about their relatives that remain in the country, this family are looking forward to putting the anxiety of the last few days behind them. navteonhal, bbc news, nottingham. staying with afghanistan — one of the key reasons why president biden says he must keep to the deadline of withdrawal on august 31st is because of his concern over a terror threat, including from the afghan affiliate referred to as isis—k. for more on that i've been speaking to sana jaffrey, the director of the institute for policy analysis of conflict. i was very surprised by the remarks the president made in terms of the justification for leaving quickly, which is exposure to terrorism, when the rest of his administration has been assuring americans and others across the globe that the risk of terrorism in afghanistan
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has been contained. so now to use the threat of terrorism as a reason for bungling the evacuation seems contradictory to early remarks made by the administration itself. in terms of isis for us on being a threat, this is again surprising. this is a group that has been weakened persistently over the past two years. it has suffered total losses in fight with the afghan army, us forces and also the taliban itself. i would be very curious to see what sort of sources are reporting that isis is now involved in an acute threat to the united states, especially at the airport. but i don't want to speculate more before seeing the facts. fair enough, sana, it is an extremely fluid situation on the ground obviously. but away from isis k, there have been concerns that in any case what is happening
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in afghanistan might well lead to a revival of islamic militancy, something that many governments in this part of the world, southeast asia, are also concerned about. what are you hearing from your contacts who follow the al-qaeda for instance, or isis, what are they seeing in those circles? so this is absolutely the best news that pro—al qaeda groups have had in a very long time. within southeast asia we have seen on social media channels run by extremist circles and also in official statements, just a general celebration of the fact that the taliban have won and the main message they've taken away from this is that persistence pays off. and there is no doubt that this will inspire many extremist regions. there are also groups that are unhappy with this victory, so pro isis groups in southeast asia have been denouncing the taliban victory as one that came out of a nefarious deal
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with the united states, rather than genuine jihad. but i would imagine that their followers would be under pressure, just as pro—al qaeda groups would be inspired by this, pro isis groups would be under pressure to demonstrate their relevance in the coming days. so there is general inspiration, but how it translates into action is something else and we have to wait and see. and briefly, just to say, what are you seeing in terms of an imminent threat in southeast asia? is that something we can rule out? i don't think we can rule out anything categorically, but i think given the links to al-qaeda within southeast asia are old, most of the pro—al qaeda groups
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have trained with the mujahideen in the 1990s and the fact that the leading pro—al qaeda groups in the region in indonesia are under police crackdown at the moment. hundreds of their members are injail. we can say that their imminent threat is low. i think the long term threat from this taliban victory is actually the model of islamic state that the taliban would promulgate and then it would become something groups would want to imitate here. the opening ceremony for the delayed paralympic games has wrapped up in tokyo. 4,000 disabled athletes from more than 100 and 60 countries are taking part in two weeks of competition. as with the olympic games, stadiums will be largely empty but tokyo's national stadium was still the focal point of the ceremony, which started with a firework display against the skyline of the city. dozens of dancers started the show, invoking the japanese tradition of puppetry. then came the athlete parade, led by the six athletes of the refugee team. the flag of afghanistan was carried by a volunteer
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as a show of solidarity, as its athletes are unable to compete. 0ur correspondent rupert wingfield hayes has more from tokyo you can see behind me here the national stadium. inside there at the moment, the opening ceremony for the paralympic games is well under way. you may also be able to see that there are a lot of police around me here in the streets. you may be able to hear them as well, using their megaphones to tell people to disperse. there are quite large numbers of people who've gathered here outside the stadium again tonight to watch the fireworks, to get a sense of the atmosphere as the paralympics opens. not nearly as many we saw a month ago for the opening of the olympics, when literally tens of thousands of people were out on the streets here. partly, that is because the situation for covid has changed dramatically in the last few weeks. infection rates here
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in tokyo have risen sharply. we're now seeing 20—25,000 new infections a day injapan. there are more than 10,000 people in tokyo waiting for hospital beds with covid, and because of that, the authorities, the police you can see here behind me, are trying to disperse people to stop them coming out and gathering in places that could cause the infection to spread more. so, many people have asked me how do the people of tokyo feel about the paralympics going ahead. is there enthusiasm? is there hostility? and i think the answer is emotions here are, again, very mixed. there isn't hostility towards the games itself, or to the athletes. people here are very welcoming to the people who come to compete, and they will watch the games on television with enthusiasm, as they did with the olympics. i think the hostility is mainly towards the international olympic committee and the japanese government for the very bad management they have made of the covid pandemic, the very slow roll—out of vaccines here and the fact this has been pushed ahead with despite
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the fact the pandemic has been getting worse and worse. and the other thing to say about the paralympics is it is a chance for disabled people to showcase their talents to the world and to show that they are basically fundamentally no different from anybody else. to that end, the japanese government was hoping to have tens of thousands of schoolchildren attend the events. that has had to be scaled back, and because of that, the impact of these games on the stigma surrounding disability injapan and in asia, unfortunately, may be reduced. you have been watching newsday. stay with us. just to remind you of our top story: president biden has reiterated that he is confident the evacuation mission from afghanistan can be completed by the deadline of august—the—31st. he said the pace of flights had increased and all people with the necessary papers
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should be able to leave. that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. hello there. western scotland was the warmest part of the country on tuesday and it will be again on wednesday. we had cooler, cloudier conditions in some parts of the country, mind you, particularly here in the midlands, and that cloud is still around in the same place at the moment. high pressure still in charge, keeping it dry, but we've got more cloud coming down across the north sea that'll push further inland during the day. but we start with some mist and fog patches in scotland and northern ireland, then the sunshine comes out in many areas. there's the cloud coming in off the north sea, into eastern england, through the midlands and towards parts of wales. and we'll have more cloud again across the northern isles of scotland, but also, cloudier skies in the northeast of mainland scotland, perhaps even into the borders as well. elsewhere in scotland, the sun will be out and it's going to be warm —
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26 degrees again around glasgow. and in the sunshine in northern ireland, 24 celsius. could make 24 in cumbria as well. cloudier, cooler weather, though, for northeast england through lincolnshire, the midlands, into east wales, but also for east anglia. sunshine more likely across southern counties of england, though in the southeast, it's still quite a chilly wind blowing, and we've got all this cloud coming further inland during the evening. so, a lot of cloud, i think, at headingley for the first day of the test match. it's going to be dry. it'll be dry for day two on thursday, but it will feel quite a bit cooler. now, we saw all the cloud in the north sea. it's actually on that weather front there, very weak. it's pushing inland during wednesday night. a little light rain or drizzle here and there, and by the time we get to thursday morning, it's cloudy and damp across wales and the southwest. but the cloud should thin and break. sunshine comes out across many western parts of the uk, but there'll be more cloud blown in by a strong wind off the north sea into eastern scotland for a while, but more especially across eastern parts of england. and here, temperatures may be no better than 16 or 17 degrees. further west in the sunshine,
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it will be warmer, although not quite as warm as wednesday. with that weather front out of the way by the end of the week, we still have high pressure in charge. still a cool breeze coming in around some of those north sea coasts, and we'll see some cloud developing, particularly inland across england and wales on friday. more in the way of sunshine for scotland and northern ireland, and the weather should brighten up a bit more across east anglia and the southeast. but temperatures are going to be near 18—20 celsius at the end of the week.
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