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britain says it will use "every hour that's left" to get people out of afghanistan, after the us refuses to extend its airlift deadline beyond next tuesday. huge crowds persist outside kabul airport — day and night people wade through human sewage to try to get airside to flee. is it worth it? is it betterjust staying here in afghanistan for the moment? translation: there's no way we can stay here. the americans should shoot us or let us through. afghan families in the uk can only watch and wait in desperate worry for loved ones who are stranded. what you think is going to happen to yourfamily? what you think is going to happen to your family?— your family? they will get killed, 100% the your family? they will get killed,
10094. they will _ your family? they will get killed, 10094. they will get _ your family? they will get killed, 10096 they will get killed. - tonight, the us secretary of state said the taliban had committed to allow us citizens and afghans at risk to leave the country after the end of the month evacuation deadline. also tonight: the mother of claudia lawrence, who went missing 12 years ago, says she's in utter shock over a new police search for her daughter. i've prayed daily for answers, even if they're bad. i've prayed daily for something. researchers say booster shots of the covid vaccine may be needed, after a study suggests waning protection for the double—jabbed after six months. and dame sarah storey wins the first british gold at the paralympics in tokyo, the 15th gold of her career. and coming up in the sport on the bbc news channel, england are totally dominant in the
first day of the third test against india, bowling the visitors out for just 78 before putting in a brilliant batting performance at headingley. good evening. the government has promised to use "every hour" left to help as many people as possible escape from afghanistan before us troops withdraw at the end of the month. over 80,000 people in total have now left the country. latest figures released by the ministry of defence show that more than 10,000 people have been airlifted out of kabul by uk forces since august the 13th. of that number, more than 6,300 are afghans and their families. a further 2,000 afghans who are eligible to come to the uk remain in the country. from kabul, our afghanistan correspondent secunder kermani and camera operator malik mudassir sent this report. shame on them! they've been through so much already. now wading through sewage in the hope of somehow being able to leave this country. huge crowds are still flocking to kabul airport,
under the watch of american and british soldiers. despite the dirt, the dust, the gunshots and the chaos, people are still coming here, and they're coming here in their thousands. here, a makeshift camp has sprung up. most of the people gathered don't have permission to board an evacuation flight. the few that do are struggling to make their way inside. translation: we've been waiting here for six days and six nights. i the american embassy told us to come here, but we can't get past all these crazy people. is it worth it? is it betterjust staying here in afghanistan for the moment? there's no way we can stay here. the americans should shoot us or let us through. yesterday, the taliban said they're not in favour of afghans leaving. we saw no sign of them
preventing people where we were, but they're clearly frustrated with the scenes unfolding. with time running out, there's a sense of panic amongst those trying to escape. many worry they'll be left behind, like this former british army interpreter who is yet to receive a response to his application. it's very dangerous for us, because from the day the taliban entered kabul, i've changed my home three times, so we are just two days, two nights we are living in one place. he's only got one document from the british army, and it doesn't even say who signed it. but we managed to find his former boss, now a retired soldier in the north of england. i absolutely remember him as one of about eight interpreters i worked with out in afghanistan on my tour, and like all of the others that i worked with, he was a brave, bright, intelligent lad who actually genuinely wanted to
do better for his country. the british government says no—one's life should be put at risk because of their support for the uk's efforts in afghanistan and that it's working around the clock to relocate as many eligible afghans as possible. so are other countries. but these are the last days of the effort, and many who want to leave are set to left behind. secunder kermani, bbc news, kabul. the taliban's takeover of afghanistan has caused huge anxiety for afghan families settled in the uk who are desperate to help their loved ones still in the country. many fear their relatives are now trapped. our special correspondent ed thomas has been speaking to people here and in kabul. is he 0k? can he talk to us? right now i'm scared, and i can't talk properly. they are all going to kill us, we don't want that. the phone calls to kabul.
the anguish, uncertainty of what comes next. inside, ifeel like i'm broken into many, many pieces. my body is here, my soul is in afghanistan. and so is the rest of nahida's family — uncles, aunties, in—laws. most of them work for the afghan government or western forces. this is a picture of the taliban they have taken secretly, my brother—in—law. we've blurred these images not to reveal the family home. so this is them in the house, this is the taliban. they want a female member of ourfamily. they're asking for the women? yeah, yeah, they were just sitting there. there was a0 of them. is that a rifle? yeah, yeah. nahida says all the women in the family have been moved to a safe house. beeping. see, this is the problem they have, because they are in hidden places, they don't have much signal, so we have to ring so many times. yeah, she's saying that she's really ill, she can't go to the doctor's or anything. they are eligible under the resettlement scheme,
but we've heard nothing. what do you think is going to happen to your family? they will get killed, they will get killed. 100% they will get killed. if i leave them and something happens to them, i'll never be able to forgive myself. from manchester to kabul. it's extremely difficult, if not impossible. is that gunfire behind you? that's right. it's not so bad now, actually, at night it was really bad. this is sher shah — a british citizen hiding in kabul with young children and elderly parents. my father is in his 80s, my mother's elderly and ill and frail. they cannot survive without me. a family isolated, with decisions to make. going to the airport with young children is extremely difficult, if not impossible. the four gates to kabul airport are blocked by thousands of people. i really wonder how many of them are genuine. documents are being faked all over the place, and i wouldn't be surprised if some people manage to get onto the flights to the uk with fake documents. but there are lucky ones. i'm in manchester, i think.
officially flown out of kabul, now in quarantine. the kids are sleeping in another room. this is the amazing view of this green city. khasrow�*s thankful — safe and alive with his family. kabul has collapsed on hands of the taliban. it was shocking for us. what have you left behind? my home, my friends, my ambitions, my future, my country. everything. we worked for nothing, i think. our special correspondent ed thomas there speaking to people here and in kabul. our chief international correspondent, lyse doucet, is in kabul. lyse, we keep hearing voices of despair, and you are witnessing these scenes too.— despair, and you are witnessing these scenes too. yeah, we have heard time _
these scenes too. yeah, we have heard time and _ these scenes too. yeah, we have heard time and again _ these scenes too. yeah, we have heard time and again from - these scenes too. yeah, we have i heard time and again from officials in london that we will use every hour that is left to get people out, but the fact of the matter is there are simply not enough hours. we have met some of the british soldiers at the airport, and their efforts are absolutely heroic, they are working around the clock to try to process as many people as possible. and we use these tidy phrases, evacuation, airlift, but for the afghans who are still going to the airport, trying to go there, they are there in their thousands, this is a game of russian roulette. listen to what secunder kermani people staying six days and nights, wading through sewage. who would do that unless they were desperate to leave? on top of it, we have had another advisory from the other not for saying there is a risk of a terrorist attack, and they are telling people, don't go to the airport. but people are going to the airport, and again the taliban are
stopping vehicles now, either vehicles put on by government to have very cordial relations with the taliban, but others are getting through. the problem is that there are so many different taliban, and they all think they are in charge, and some of them have photographs of what people should be having. some people have to get out, they are at risk, others want to because they think it is their only chance. and if you think it is bad now, what about the days before the gates closed shut?— about the days before the gates closed shut? , , ., ,, , ., closed shut? 0k, lyse, thank you, l se closed shut? 0k, lyse, thank you, lyse doucet _ closed shut? 0k, lyse, thank you, lyse doucet there _ closed shut? 0k, lyse, thank you, lyse doucet there reporting - closed shut? 0k, lyse, thank you, lyse doucet there reporting from | lyse doucet there reporting from kabul. after the us rejected pleas from european leaders to extend a presence in afghanistan beyond august 31st, time is fast running out for the uk airlift at kabul airport, as british troops are likely to leave ahead of us forces. the foreign secretary, dominic raab, wouldn't spell out an exact timetable for the british operation, but there are suggestions it may have to end as soon as friday. our defence correspondent jonathan beale has more. already exhausted, but these british
troops know that time's running out. still trying to help as many as possible, but the window's fast closing. and soon they'll have to think of their own departure. the americans have got to be given time to get out after we have pulled out. it's about 48 hours which they've got left to actually extract people before they have to start focusing on their own extraction. western forces are still trying to have to worry about their own security to complete that extraction. aircraft have been firing flares as a precaution to avoid the potential danger of surface—to—air missiles. but securing the perimeter of the airfield as forces draw down will be a battle in itself. the biggest fear now for commanders on the ground is the threat of a suicide attack, with the focus on extremists linked to the group calling itself islamic state. it's hard to overstate
the complexity and the danger of this effort. we are operating in a hostile environment, in a city and country now controlled by the taliban, with the very real possibility of an isis—k attack. we're taking every precaution, but this is very high risk. they're no longer being called the enemy, but the taliban are waiting at the gates. some may look more professional, but there are still questions as to whether they have really changed. the us says the taliban have promised that foreign nationals and some afghans will be allowed to leave after the deadline. but can they be trusted? the taliban has professed a whole range and made a whole range of undertakings. i think the reality for us is to be able to engage, not recognise, not confer legitimacy, but engage and test whether they're serious about wanting to live up to those assurances, and be very clear about
what the international community will do if they are, and what they will not do if we see the barbaric practices of the past. it is not like any other withdrawal. when british troops and us marines left helmand in 2014, they had months to carefully prepare, and they were handing over to friendly afghan forces. in contrast, this has been described as the most complex evacuation in recent times. and as one military officer put it bluntly, "it'll soon be time to get the hell out of dodge." jonathan beale, bbc news. let's join our correspondent barbara plett usher in washington. tonight, us secretary of state has said that efforts to get remaining eligible people out will go on beyond next tuesday's deadline. that's right, he said that the administration was looking at
detailed plans to continue services to facilitate the departures, even after the military airlift ends, although he couldn't say what type of diplomatic presence they would keepin of diplomatic presence they would keep in kabul. he said the taliban had committed to continuing safe passage for those part of the evacuation effort. the taliban have said they would prevent afghans from leaving and i asked about that. a state department official said that was open to interpretation, but they had commitments and a taliban spokesman has said those with legal documents will be allowed to leave after tuesday. the report is afghans
with legal documents are sometimes struggling to get to the airport. will they brave their way through when the taliban are in charge? everyone in the state department is well aware of that and it looks as though the deadline will be kept and he was signalling resolve. thank ou. the mother of claudia lawrence has after it emerged that police have a begun a new search for her daughter at a popular fishing spot near york. claudia, who worked as a chef at york university, disappeared 12 years ago. danny savage has this report. what happened to claudia lawrence? a search of these former gravel pits now used as fishing lakes near york may finally answer that question. for 12 and a half years, claudia's family has been living with the torment of her disappearance. police believe she was murdered. today, her mother spoke about the latest search. i think there might be a light at the end of the tunnel there. i hope so. butjust as her mum, it'sjust... it's the thought that somebody might
have done something to her, and the fact that it's taken 12 years. claudia lawrence was last seen alive walking down this road on the way home from work. she lived in his terraced house here, just a few doors down from the nags head inn, where she would often meet friends for drinks. the last known conversations she had, though, were on the night before she disappeared, and they were charts on the and they were chats on the telephone with her mum and dad. i'm in another world. i'm in total shock. i wish i'd been prepared a bit more for it, other than on the day, because i'm certain this didn'tjust happen on the day. it must have been known about. claudia's father, peter lawrence, died earlier this year, not knowing what had happened to his daughter. joan lawrence says her faith has helped her. i mean, i've prayed daily for answers, even if they're bad.
i've prayed daily for something. and i know they will come. something has changed in this investigation to lead to this new search, but police won't elaborate on where any new information has come from. for claudia's family, this is another agonising twist in this 12—year mystery. danny savage, bbc news, york. the latest government coronavirus figures show there were 35,81l7 new infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period, which means on average there were 33,828 new cases per day in the last week. the most recent figures show there were more than 6,500 people in hospital with the virus yesterday. 149 deaths were recorded in the past 21l hours, with an average of 106 deaths a day in the past week. on vaccinations, 87.9%
of adults in the uk have now had theirfirstjab, and 77.4% have had two. protection against coronavirus starts to reduce within six months of people being fully vaccinated with the pfizer or astrazeneca vaccines. new research by experts working on the zoe covid study suggests that booster vaccines will be needed. our health correspondent sophie hutchinson has this report. more than three—quarters of adults in the uk have now had two doses of a covid vaccine, but how long that protection lasts is a crucial question. sarah, a head teacher, received her second dose in april, but injune, after herfamily all caught the virus, she became infected too. obviously, i'd been shielding at home, i'd been staying in different rooms, keeping doors and windows open, wearing masks in communal areas of the home. so i'd hoped not to get it
with my double vaccine, but i knew there was always a possibility of getting it. it was obviously very disappointing to get it in the end, and my symptoms were just like that of a heavy head cold, really. i didn't have to stop working, i was working from home throughout that period. i had to rest a little bit more than usual, but i felt like it was a much lighter version than i had the year before. sarah's one of a growing number of people who've been infected despite being double—jabbed. today's study by the zoe covid team adds to the evidence that vaccines lose some effectiveness over time. it found protection from infection, with both the pfizer and astrazeneca vaccines, reduced slightly within six months of the second dose. but for most, the vaccines still seem to prevent severe disease. what this study tells us is that we have to keep an eye on the level of immunity and track it as time goes on, so that we can make a prediction,
one month, three months, six months into the future, of when a booster might be required. and infections have been rising sharply in some parts of the uk. scotland, where schools have gone back, hit another record high today, well over 5,000 new cases, with more than a third among teenagers and children. experts are warning the new term is likely to be difficult. so i think we do need to be braced for a challenging period. exactly how high the numbers will be is very challenging to predict that. where i think we can be more confident is that levels of mortality are going to remain low, because we have study after study that still shows the vaccines are working. cornwall�*s rocketing rates of infection have been blamed in large part on a music and surfing festival. preparations are well under way for this weekend's reading festival, where thousands will gather,
and where there are crowds, there is likely to be covid. sophie hutchinson, bbc news. let's take a look at some of today's other news. the use of tasers by police forces needs to be reviewed to prevent a loss of trust in the communities they serve, according to the police watchdog. a review by the independent office for police conduct found black people were more likely to face a taser and that some officers were not considering the risk of injury to vulnerable people. the unite union has elected its first female general secretary, sharon graham — who takes over from len mccluskey. unite is the labour party's biggest trade union funder. graham's appointment has been welcomed by labour leader sir keir starmer, who came under criticism from her predecessor. tesco and iceland have warned there could be food shortages at christmas due to issues with the supply chain. the supermarkets are calling for the government to allow more emergency lorry drivers from overseas to help solve the problem. customers are being
urged not to panic buy. the england captain harry kane has announced he won't be leaving tottenham hotspur during this transfer window. the striker, who's contracted to spurs until 2024, has been the subject of intense transfer speculation all summer. manchester city had previously confirmed that they were interested in signing him. cricket, and england got off to a flying start against india on the first day of the third test at headingly. after dismissing the visitors forjust 78 runs, england's opening batsmen then reached 120 without loss — a lead of 42 runs. our sports correspondentjoe wilson was watching the action. strange things happen at headingley�*s cricket ground, the unexpected, the dramatic. an indian team spilling over with confidence collapsed. james anderson took the first three wickets, including india's captain virat kohli for seven.
ollie robinson dismissed rishabh pant. controlled aggression is the big idea. little more india's captain could do now, except count. is that rohit sharma? could that be 67—6? yeah. and this here withjoe root�*s stretching catch was 78 all out. so, how did that happen? well, england bowled with extreme discipline. why waste time with intimidation when you can be taking wickets? this ground of the extraordinary, where grown men dress as seagulls to pursue a six foot bag of chips, was now the scene of serene english batting. where english fans might have waited for something to go wrong, nothing did. runs just kept flowing and india on the first day lost sight of the match. rory burns and with him haseeb hameed, a new opening partnership, added 120 runs together and they're still going. for england, better things have
happened here, but not many. joe wilson, bbc news, headingley. the cyclist dame sarah storey moved a step closer today to becoming britain's most decorated paralympian after she won britain's first gold medal at the paralympics in tokyo. the gold was the 15th of her career, and she broke her previous world record in the process. in total, great britain claimed six medals on the first day of the games. our sports correspondent andy swiss has been watching the action in tokyo. a golden start from one of britain's most golden athletes. for dame sarah storey, it seems winning is just a way of life. storey arrived here with 14 paralympic titles and the 15th was never in doubt. in the pursuit, she'd set a world record in qualifying and her all—british final against crystal lane—wright was more a victory procession as she caught her team—mate with laps to spare. and dame sarah storey! nearly 30 years after her paralympic debut, storeyjust keeps getting better.
she needsjust one more gold from her two remaining events here to become britain's most successful paralympian. and for her husband, barney, and children charlie and louisa back home, the pride was only too clear. yes, as soon as she came quite close to crystal, i was like, "i know she's going to win." it was totally worth it, and i was screaming my head off. it was absolutely superb. it's... yeah, quite surreal in some ways, being so many thousand miles - away and still enjoying i that amazing experience of seeing sarah win again. and there was another medal in the velodrome — steve bate, who's visually impaired, and his pilot, adam duggleby, beaten by the netherlands, but silver wasn't a bad consolation. a glittering start for the cyclists, then, especially for dame sarah storey, for whom history now beckons. and there was more british success
to come, as across tokyo at the aquatic centre, the medals were soon mounting up. they weren't quite the colour they might have been, though. tully kearney says she had to learn to swim again after missing the rio games through injury, but with a huge lead in herfinal, she seemed on course for remarkable triumph. but over the final length, gradually, she was reeled in. if it was 199 metres freestyle, she might have won, but it was the 200 metres, and agonisingly, she didn't. pipped by china's zhang li, still silver for kearney, but oh, so close to gold. it wasn't the only near miss for britain's swimmers. world champion reece dunn was involved in a thrilling finish in the butterfly before being just edged out. but with a silver for him and a bronze for 18—year—old toni shaw, the sight of britain's paralympians on the podium is already becoming familiar. andy swiss, bbc news, tokyo. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night.
the barometer�*s pointing to fair weather for the next few days. there really is going to be very little change from day to day, probably well into next week, as this area of high pressure persists across the uk. the only regional difference across the uk will be the amount of cloud that we're going to have. so you can see earlier on here across many western and northern areas, and indeed the south, it was sunny. further east and also across the midlands, we've had some persistent cloud. now, this pattern�*s going to continue over the next couple of days. we'll see northerly winds here affecting the north sea. they will continue to drag in some cloud, so that does mean a pretty cloudy start for some of us on thursday. the further west you are, i think the clearer the weather will be in the morning, but you can clearly see that it is pretty overcast first thing.
you this is bbc news, the headlines. the us secretary of state, antony blinken, says the taliban have made a commitment to allow american citizens and at—risk afghans to leave the country after the end of month evacuation deadline. but, there's been continuing chaos and confusion at kabul airport, with a massive crush of people thronging the entry points as the deadline approaches. the latest us intelligence report into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic is inconclusive, according to us media reports. it looked at whether the virus could have been the result of a lab—leak, or passed from an animal to a human. latest research in britain into the efficacy of coronavirus vaccines indicates that the protection given by two doses of the pfizer and astrazeneca vaccines starts to wear off within six months.