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this is bbc news. the headlines at five: the final uk flight to evacuate civilians from afghanistan has left kabul. the ministry of defence says further flights will bring home uk diplomatic staff and military personnel. the us military says one of its drones has taken out an islamic state group planner following thursday's attack, which killed as many as 170 people at kabul airport. concerns about rising covid infection rates as large crowds expected to flock to beaches and festivals over the bank holiday weekend. members of the scottish greens have backed a deal that could see its leaders in government for the first time. two world records for the british cycling couple, husband and wife lora and neil fachie, who are amongst seven gb paralympians to win gold today.
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good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. in a few moments, for viewers on bbc one we'll have a full round—up of today's news with ben brown — but first, our top story. the ministry of defence has announced that the final dedicated flight purely for the evacuation effort from afghanistan has left kabul. further flights leaving from the airport would be able to carry evacuees, but would also transport uk diplomatic staff and military personnel as the operation winds down. it comes as the british ambassador to afghanistan sir laurie bristow said it was "time to close this phase" of the evacuation effort. our correspondent simonjones has been given more details about the winding up of evacuations effort of afghan civilians in kabul. the operation over the past couple of weeks to get out british citizens
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and also interpreters and other staff who have helped the british authorities over the past couple of decades in afghanistan. the mod made it clear that today was going to be the day that the final flights carrying just civilians were going to leave kabul airport heading for the uk. and then, just after 1pm today, we got confirmation from the mod that the final flight for civilians had left. there will be further flights during the course of the weekend but the focus of that will be to get out the military personnel. there's been around 1,000 british troops in afghanistan in recent days — some have already returned. there may be space on the flight for civilians but it's largely going to be military and diplomatic personnel who are going to be taken out on those final flights. other people of course left behind. one of those who's been a presence at the airport over the past couple of weeks has been the uk ambassador to afghanistan, sir laurie bristow, and he posted on social media a film he'd made
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about his final thoughts today. the team here have been working until the very last moment to evacuate british nationals, afghans and others at risk. since the 13th of august, we've brought nearly 15,000 people to safety and about 1,000 military, diplomatic, civilian personnel have worked on operation pitting in kabul, and many, many more elsewhere. thursday's terrorist attack was a reminder of the difficult and dangerous conditions in which operation pitting has been done and, sadly, i attended here yesterday the ceremony to pay our respects to the 13 us soldiers who died. it's time to close this phase of the operation now but we haven't forgotten the people who still need to leave. we'll continue to do everything we can to help them. nor have we forgotten the brave, decent people of afghanistan. they deserve to live in peace and security. sir laurie bristow, the british ambassador to afghanistan.
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but as he said, simon, there are more people eligible who have not been able to get out. what happens to them? the government are keen to talk about the fact they've got out around 111,500 british citizens and other afghan interpreters over the past couple of weeks but it's thought hundreds more people who would be eligible to come to the uk are still in afghanistan. what's going to happen to them is unclear. because the government is saying that what's ending today and over this weekend is really only the end of phase one of this operation and it's going to look in a second phase to bring eligible people to the uk, but it's not clear how that system will work. for example, that's likely to require cooperation of the taliban if it's going to be international flights, or potentially people may be asked to go to land borders, but how that system of processing would work is not entirely clear at all. plus, of course, the uk has committed to taking around 5,000 refugees direct from the region in the first year, up
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to around 20,000 over the next four or five years. we're told from the home office we're going to get more details this week of how that scheme is going to work but certainly it's been a very complex couple of weeks and those complexities are likely to continue as the uk looks to get more people out of afghanistan, even once direct flights have ended. conservative mp bob seely, who sits on the foreign affairs committee and also served with the army in afghanistan. earlier, he gave his thoughts on the idea of people being left behind in afghanistan. and there are potentially brits there who could be taken hostage, although i suspect the greater danger is for those people who have got dual nationality — who the taliban will have some hold over. but, look, just overall, it's great that we've got 111,500 people out, but whichever way you look at it, this is a dunkirk for the 21st—century. and it's unlikely to have a happy ending.
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this is, you know, bad news on top of some pretty bad news. we did not have to pull out of afghanistan. it's great that biden has ordered this air strike that's killed a planner for isis—k. that's not going to bring back the 180 people who were killed, and the reason why there is people are out is because the united states and nato pulled out after 20 years. we did not have to. and i think the world is going to become a much more dangerous place, and it's going to be a pretty miserable time being in afghanistan as well. so, how, then, does britain and the international community more widely support people left in afghanistan, with the taliban in control of most of the country? well, i think it's extremely difficult because, when you had people on the ground, when you had a functioning embassy is, when you had afghan security forces — 70,000 afghans have died fighting the taliban, to say that they didn't fight is simply not true — when we were giving them air support and when the contractors were there servicing the helicopters, and when the drones were up, they were making a fair fight of it.
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so, ithink, clearly, the taliban are now running the country, which they are, anything that we want to do on principle becomes much more difficult. having human intelligence on the ground becomes much more dangerous. being reliant on drones — well, human beings make decisions based on flawed information because a drone is 30,000 foot in the air. you know? we are losing our ability to fight forward terrorism that's coming out of afghanistan. it may not make a difference in our societies overnight because the people who have been let out of prison, they probably want to score—settle in afghanistan for the moment. but eventually they are going to be looking at people who helped the west — people who helped britain, who helped america, people who helped nato, and then others. and they will be turning their eyes further afield, to the far enemy — so europe, the united states, but also allies and friends in india as well. it's not a good situation either way. in the last hour, the pentagon has confirmed that a us
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military drone strike killed two "high profile" targets — including a planner for the is—k group — in eastern afghanistan overnight. they have two high—profile planners, one facilitator, that are no longer one facilitator, that are no longer on their_ one facilitator, that are no longer on their muster roll. so they have lost some — on their muster roll. so they have lost some capability to plan and to conduct _ lost some capability to plan and to conduct missions. barbara, make no mistake. _ conduct missions. barbara, make no mistake, nobody is writing this off and saying — mistake, nobody is writing this off and saying we've got them, so we don't _ and saying we've got them, so we don't have — and saying we've got them, so we don't have to worry about isis k any more _ don't have to worry about isis k any more not— don't have to worry about isis k any more. not the case. as i said earlier, — more. not the case. as i said earlier, the _ more. not the case. as i said earlier, the threat is still active, still dynamic. we're still laser focused — still dynamic. we're still laser focused on that and we aren't thinking — focused on that and we aren't thinking for a minute that what happened yesterday gets us in the clean _ happened yesterday gets us in the clean but — happened yesterday gets us in the clear. but do we believe that we had valid targets? bad guys who can do bad things— valid targets? bad guys who can do bad things and plan by missing school? — bad things and plan by missing
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school? absolutely. —— bad missions. we're _ school? absolutely. —— bad missions. we'reiust_ school? absolutely. —— bad missions. we're just going to have to keep watching — we're just going to have to keep watching the intelligence going forward.
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good afternoon. the uk's last evacuation flight purely for civilians has left the afghan capital kabul. the head of the armed forces, general sir nick carter, said it's "heart—breaking" that british troops haven't been able to rescue everybody — he said hundreds of eligible people have been left behind. the american—led airlift of those trying to escape taliban rule is due to end on tuesday. here's our diplomatic
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correspondent caroline hawley. the race to finish an unprecedented rescue mission is almost done. the pentagon says more than 110,000 people have been airlifted out of the country in the past two weeks by us forces and its allies. among the planes leaving kabul airport today, the last british evacuation flight for civilians. we've done an extraordinaryjob to evacuate as many as we have, but i'm afraid it's absolutely heart—breaking that we can't bring everybody out. and i think that point has been made very strongly, certainly by the defence secretary and others over the last ten days or so. personally, i've probably had over 100 messages from different afghans who i know in my long association with the country, and many of those friends of mine won't make it out. and for me, not a day passes without me having a bit of a tear in my eye about all of that. day after day, british personnel have been processing afghans desperate to escape. altogether, nearly 15,000 people
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have been brought out by the raf — british nationals and afghans who had worked with the uk, along with their families. but hundreds have not been able to reach the airport. afghans whose lives are now at grave risk. it's time to close this phase of the operation now. but we haven't forgotten the people who still need to leave. we will continue to do everything we can to help them. nor have we forgotten the brave, decent people of afghanistan. they deserve to live in peace and security. at raf brize norton this morning, british personnel arriving back on uk soil. by the end of the weekend, we are told that the last military flight will have left kabul — the last soldiers and diplomats will be out. over the past 20 years more than 100,000 british troops served in afghanistan. a56 british lives were lost. the mission began by ousting the taliban from power. it ends in a rush to get home, on a timetable dictated by the militants. caroline hawley, bbc news.
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well, those who were eligible to leave — but have been left behind — must now decide whether to stay in afghanistan and live under taliban rule, or try to find other ways of fleeing the country. our correspondent secunder kermani reports from kabul. outside kabul airport warning shots ring out. since thursday's awful suicide bombing by the local branch of the islamic state group, the crowds here have grown smaller, but some still remain, desperate to get out of the country. tens of thousands have been evacuated. these afghans escorted by the taliban. others, however, are being left behind. like this pizza shop ownerfrom essex. he'd travelled to kabul to help try and take his afghan national wife and young children home.
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i got in yesterday, and they said stay away from the airport and stay in a safe place. and today i was calling, but nobody answered. elsewhere in kabul, the city remains unusually quiet. the is attack has left many fearing they could be further bloodshed. the united states today said it killed two key is operatives in a drone strike in the east of the country. everyday life in kabul is growing increasingly difficult. with banks closed for nearly two weeks now. this is one of the handful of cash machines still working. we are not begging the bank staff to give us money. this is our own money to get — but we have family, we have children. if we don't have money, how should i prepare bread for my family?
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translation: when i see what has become of the _ translation: when i see what has become of the country, _ translation: when i see what has become of the country, i _ translation: when i see what has become of the country, i feel- translation: when i see what has become of the country, i feel it - translation: when i see what has become of the country, i feel it is i become of the country, i feel it is impossible — become of the country, i feel it is impossible to live here. everything is becoming more expensive, i feel like i_ is becoming more expensive, i feel like i am _ is becoming more expensive, i feel like i am suffocating. the taliban swept into kabul unexpectedly easily, but governing this city and the rest of the country is likely to be a far bigger challenge. the group says it will take time for lives to stabilise. one of the few businesses not complaining, this taliban member selling flags. others are still anxiously waiting to see what life under their rule will look like. secunder kermani, bbc news, kabul. the latest coronavirus figures from the government, show there were 32,406 new infections recorded, in the latest 24—hour period, which means, on average, there were 34,226 new cases per day in the last week. 133 deaths were recorded in the past 2a hours, with an average of 112 deaths a day in the past week. on vaccinations, 88.2%
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of adults in the uk, have now had their firstjab, and 78.2% have had both doses now. with large crowds expected to flock to beaches and festivals over the bank holiday weekend, there are concerns about rising covid infection rates. public health officials in some areas are calling on holiday makers to take lateral flow tests before travelling. phillip norton reports from scarborough. ice creams and sand castles. with a strong message of hands, face, space, and take a test. the temperature was well into the 20s in scarborough today. the first bank holiday weekend in england since coronavirus restrictions were lifted. i've got one vaccination — you are doubled, aren't you? yeah. we take all the precautions we can. but we know the sun is good for everybody, so it's nice to be out and about. like many areas, north yorkshire council has asked visitors to take a lateral flow test before
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coming to results. and if they found they were busy, to consider going elsewhere. but in the south—west of england, that message has been taken even further. infection rates in devon and cornwall have spiked, and with a number of festivals taking place and a busy holiday season, extra government support and testing is being provided from monday. elsewhere, thousands of music fans are enjoying the reading and leeds festivals, where there is also a chance to grab a jab. we want to take every opportunity to get as many people vaccinated as possible. especially at the moment, we are targeting the younger age group and where better than to come to a place like this, where the majority of the population is under 20, under 30. festival fun and busy beaches. health officials are hoping the stay safe message has been taken on board. phillip norton, bbc news, scarborough. it's been the most successful day of the games so far for great britain
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at the paralympics in tokyo. the team have won seven gold medals — including a dramatic double — for a golden couple — in the velodrome. andy swiss's report contains some flashing images. meet british sport's new golden couple — neil and lora fachie, husband and wife, and gold medallists within 20 minutes of each other. first neil and tandem pilot matt rotherham took the time trial in a new world record, before lora and her pilot corrine hall produced a display of pursuit perfection. what a story, what a ride! a case of same surname, same outcome. for the couple, who are both visually impaired, a remarkable feat. she told me she was crying, and i had to admit that i was too. but, yeah, i mean, we sort of planned for this, but you never really expect it to all come together like that. and the gold rush continued. jaco van gass, jody cundy and kadeena cox in the mixed team sprint.
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they were trailing china, but somehow cundy turned it round. can he claw it back? oh, yes, he can! oh, it's unbelievable! well, it's been some cap games for britain's track cyclists, they've won six gold medals in total. and tonight, over at the athletics stadium, others were following their example. in the 100 metres, a new star was born. 21—year—old thomas young winning gold on his paralympic debut. there was also gold in the women's100. sophie hahn once again showing her brilliance on the biggest stage. in the pool there was gold for the mixed relay team, and another for maisie summers—newton — just 19, but already a double paralympic champion. but the celebration of the day belonged to will bayley. the former strictly competitor showing some less than fancy footwork, but he's into the table tennis final — just imagine what he'll do if he wins it.
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andy swiss, bbc news, tokyo. england's cricketers have pulled off a stunning victory in the third test against india. they took eight wickets this morning to win by an innings and 76 runs — and level the series 1—1. here's adam wild. in leeds, they came ready for a carnival. what they got, in fact, was a procession. history tells us to expect the unexpected at headingley. england here springing the surprises. cheteshwar pujara didn't seem to see that coming. ollie robinson and england up and running. pujara gone for 91, but the big prize was that of virat kohli. he had passed 50 but couldn't get past the waiting hands ofjoe root. robinson wreaking havoc — so too england's more established names. this wasjimmy anderson undoing ajinkya rahane. moeen ali offering a quick break from the quick bowling, no less deadly. but the morning belonged to robinson. this saw off ishant sharma, his fifth wicket. craig overton delivering the knockout blows.
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headingley had expected a day of drama. what it got was a morning masterclass. adam wild, bbc news. that's it — we're back at ten past ten. now on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. goodbye.
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hello. this is bbc news. more now on the paralympics, british sprinters thomas young and sophie hahn have both taken gold in the t38100 metres. to have the community behind you, it's really quite moving. a to have the community behind you, it's really quite moving.— it's really quite moving. a selector 15 earlier, i spoke to his parents, bridie and rob. coming up to tokyo he had done 11.03 and obviously his previous personal best was in dubai at 11 seconds, but he has always wanted to aim to beat the 11 seconds and it was so great because today, he did it. and what a place to do it. rob, what were you thinking when you watched him run? you don't have long to actually see him in action, do you? no, it felt a bit surreal. it was just so amazing and i was so emotional, i didn't know what to do. from the interview i have read,
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he said he wasn't even thinking about the medal, he was only thinking about how fast he had run. it is doubly impressive for him. yes, he has been watching the time. he has done a couple of previous bests but coming up to these games he has been doing 11.17, 11.22, so i was pleased to see he had done under 11. hoping in the last couple of weeks he would be able to do it. and he has come through. i love the fatherly understatement, "i was quite pleased," that's wonderful. tell us about his running history. when did you first spot he was quick? he always liked running around and playing football as a child and then, many years ago,
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he was chatting to a teacher at school who said, "what aboutjoining a club?" so, hejoined charnwood athletics, i think in 2013, in loughborough, down the road, and he went on and on from there. and he loved it so much, hejust kept going and going, literally, and didn't stop. from starting out there, he found something he loved and something that he turned out to be really good at. he used to run round the block here just to exercise, and sometimes i'd say go for your run and he would come back and i'd say you can't have been that quick, and that was when we noticed how quick he was. and this is his first olympics, and a gold first time out — do you know what his aspirations
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are for the future? when he comes home, he will keep training hard every day all the time and he'll be looking forward to the home commonwealth games next year because, obviously, hopefully by then we will be allowed to have a full stadium of fans for all the athletes to cheer them on. then he'll be looking forward to the next worlds and training for paris. who does he get the speed from? definitely not from me! rob's always been quite sporty. i'm not very sporty. i like sport, but i'm not great myself, apart from swimming. well, that's good enough. rob, it's all down to you but i bet you can't keep up with him these days! no, no!
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one day, i'll tell you a story about that, but not now. i know shepshed, so next time i'm back in leicestershire, i might drop in. you're more than welcome. thank you. i know i would be, that's the way we do things in leicestershire! thanks for speaking to us. give our congratulations to thomas. thank you very much. dying to know what the other story is. hello there. as far as bank holiday weekends go, this is one of the better ones and it was a good start to the weekend for england's cricketers. for anybody hoping to see a full day's play at headingley, such as yorkshire lad here, it was a bit disappointing. we've had a day of sunshine at headingley, had a day of sunshine in central scotland where we have seen the highest temperatures today. you can see from the fields it's very dry. it's been a very dry summer for scotland. it's not been the case elsewhere across the uk and in europe,
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there's been a lot of heavy showers today. one or two light showers clipped the south—east early on, those are pretty much gone now. with high pressure in charge, should be dry overnight. clear skies for many areas to start with but more cloud will come down from the north into scotland, northern ireland and the far north of england, so these areas won't be as chilly as they were last night. further south with clear skies, temperatures in rural areas could easily get down to six or seven. heading into sunday and much cloudier day than today, across scotland, northern ireland and northern england. it could be quite grey across much of the northern scotland, north—east england, one or two spots of drizzle. elsewhere, it should tend to brighten up a little. sunnier skies further south. some patchy fairweather cloud developing through the day and still quite breezy in east anglia and the south—east of england and our top temperature probably be 20—21. cooler than that for eastern scotland and the north—east of england under the cloud. we got high pressure in charge this weekend, still there into next week. the centre of the highs to the north—west of the uk,
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and it means the winds around it are feeding in off the north sea. those winds will drag in a lot of cloud around on monday. there may not be too much in the way of sunshine. the best of the sunshine will be towards the western side of the uk where we're more sheltered from what's likely to be a stronger wind in many areas on monday, and that wind off the north sea will make it feel cold around some of those north sea coasts, the best temperatures out towards the west, again 20, possibly pushing 21. tuesday looks fairly similar. if there is any sunshine first thing, it may fill up with cloud a bit more, a lot of cloud on the scene again on tuesday and again a fairly brisk wind coming in too. those temperatures are not going to change very much. near some eastern parts of the uk, temperatures only 16 or 17. with high pressure in charge throughout the week, it's going to be dry, quite breezy, some sunshine and again, the best of the sunshine in the west.


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