�*welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines. the us president lays out a forceful defense of his nation's withdrawal from afghanistan — ending america's longest war. we succeeded in what we set out to do in afghanistan over a decade ago and we stayed for another decade. it was time to end this war. american uniforms, american weapons — but taliban fighters. these are the spoils of a war — that was america's longest military mission.
now it is ended and the worst of ways. rescue operations continue in louisiana — as hurricane ida brings life—threatening floods — millions of people remain without power. and — run out of russia. our moscow correspondent sarah rainsford files her final report from the country, after being labelled a threat to national security and — from russia with love. our moscow correspondent sarah rainsford files her final report from the country, after being labelled a threat to national security. ata time at a time where russia is increasingly seeing enemies around, it seems i have been added to the list. welcome to bbc news — broadcasting to viewers in the uk and around the world.
president biden has praised the airlift of american citizens from afghanistan as an extraordinary success. mr biden insisted the us had achieved everything it set out to do in afghanistan, and no other country would have been able to fly out so many people. we have succeeded in what we set out to do in afghanistan over a decade ago. then we stayed another decade. it was time to end this war. this is a new world. the terror threat has metastasized across the roadway beyond afghanistan. we are left with a simple decision. eitherfollow are left with a simple decision. either follow through on the commitment made by the last administration leave afghanistan or say we were not leaving and commit another tens of thousands more troops going back to war. that was the
choice. the real choice. so how is the president's assertion that staying longer wasn't an option being viewed domestically? here's our north america correspondent, peter bowes. toa to a large extent, president biden preps in stronger terms and perhaps with more emotion, he repeated what he had said several weeks ago in terms of his reasoning behind the decision to leave on august the sist. decision to leave on august the 31st. he did not want to extend the forever war. we knew that was his policy and he also said he didn't want to extend the forever exit. and that is more pertinent to what we saw in recent weeks and that is where he is getting a lot of criticism and will continue and is continuing to get a lot of criticism where as he sees the evacuation process more than 120,000 people success. there are others who believe the whole evacuation process as we
saw it wasn't necessary had been planned in a different way. this was a defiant president, but he was defensive and also laying the blame to some extent at the afghan forces, the forces that the us of armed and trained over recent years saying that he believed and he clearly thinks that many would hang on for much longer against the taliban and donald trump are doing a deal with the taliban. in kabul — the taliban have been making the most of their first day in full control of afghanistan — an �*enjoyable moment of victory�*, according to its leaders. taliban fighters have been keen to show off some of the equipment and weapons left behind by us forces, while pointing out that they now control more of afghanistan than they did 20 years ago. the taliban are claiming they have won independence but there are hugely challenging problems facing afghanistan — and the taliban leadership in particular — as they try to establish some kind of stable government. 0ur chief international
correspondent lyse doucet, and cameraman robbie wright, sent this report from kabul. american uniforms, american guns, but these are taliban special forces. badri unit 313. they are in charge at kabul airport. translation: our message i to the americans is they should not have any plans to attack muslims again. 0ur message to all afghans is we are going to protect them. surreal to enter what was a us hub. whiteboards from a moment in time just days before kabul fell, when us soldiers plotted an orderly pull—out. this is what they left behind. hangers are full of helicopters.
all disabled, destroyed, so the taliban cannot use them. the best of american military hardware, the best of its generals, were part of its longest war. and now it has ended in the worst of ways, and it will live long in memory, here in afghanistan, in america, and far beyond. today, an airfield flooded with fighters. their first urgent task, repairing the runways so commercial airlines can fly again. translation: as you can see, these infidels destroyed - the entire airport. they haven't left any machinery in good repair. we had a team ready to fix this mess ever since we came to kabul. now that the americans have left we are ready to clean it up. all flights have stopped, but afghans still keep trying to get in, to find a way out
of this country. taliban guards turn them away. the last us flight lifted off last night, and the skies exploded with taliban soldier, after the last american exploded with taliban celebration, after the last american soldier, major general chris donahue, was on his way home. when we drive through the streets of kabul, the city seems much the same, until we get to the banks. to the queues stretching all the way down the street. most banks are shut, most don't have any money. some people have stood here for days wondering if they can withstand this for long. i should build a future, i should study. so definitely if the situations are like that, you should stay for one weekjust to take 10,000 afghani...$100 from the bank, so it's not possible to live here. a country turned upside
down and inside out. an old order suddenly ripped away, a new one suddenly started, in chaos and uncertainty. lyse doucet, bbc news, kabul. earlier i spoke to dr florian weigand, co—director of the centre for the study of armed groups at the 0verseas development institute. i asked if he thought the taliban had a plan on how to run the country: de taliban clearly have a little experience with regard to governance. so they're not just an armed group, notjust an insurgency, over the past two years, they have been expanding their control of the country and actually governing rural areas of the country and providing services, such as justice, conflict resolution and also collecting taxes. so, they do know a little bit but it would be a stretch to say
they have a blueprint. the focus very much has been military and they fight for the islamic and red for what does the islamic emirate actually entail which is been very vague as of late. entail which is been very vague as of late-— as of late. what do you think will be the — as of late. what do you think will be the biggest _ as of late. what do you think will be the biggest challenge j will be the biggest challenge in governing now? first will be the biggest challenge in governing now?— will be the biggest challenge in governing now? first of all, there's the — in governing now? first of all, there's the political— there's the political challenge. they need to gain local legitimacy and many people do not trust the taliban and they need international partners. but also the economic challenge. looking back at the past government. the government had 80% of international aid for its budget and now the taliban need to generate revenue to finance all the activities of the state to pay salaries for teachers, for civil service and finally, there's a looming humanitarian crisis. this hunger in the country and a lot of displacement and the taliban need to urgently address these issues. , , ., .,
issues. his statement earlier on, president _ issues. his statement earlier on, president biden - issues. his statement earlier on, president biden talked . on, president biden talked about the future relationship between the us and afghanistan and a key part of that is that the us is expecting the taliban to keep to their commitments and letting people out, suggesting that that some kind of leverage that the us holds over the taliban. how do you see the relationship laying out? it see the relationship laying out? , , , ., out? it is very interesting to watch and — out? it is very interesting to watch and see _ out? it is very interesting to watch and see president - out? it is very interesting to i watch and see president biden really viewing the taliban is a new part of the us and accepting them as a legitimate government of afghanistan. at the same time realistically, it's going to be very difficult for president biden to enforce these commitments and crucially, many afghans would be very afraid of actually trusting the taliban and those most threatened and feel most threatened by the taliban will think twice before going to the airport relying on these commitments, fearing that they might be arrested on their way out.
the bbc s moscow correspondent has left russia expelled by the authorities after being labelled a threat to national security. sarah rainsford, who first reported from moscow for the bbc more than 20 years ago, just as vladimir putin came to power, has been told she can never return to the country. moscow claims the move is in response to the expulsion of a russian journalist from the uk two years ago, but the decision comes amid a severe crackdown on independentjournalists and opposition activists within russia. here s sarah s report. this was the moment i discovered i was being expelled from russia. according to a specific law, i've been designated a "threat to national security" and, as such, i'm not allowed into the country. pulled aside at passport control, i was told the fsb security service had banned me for life. i recorded the conversation.
i was returning from belarus, where i'd confronted alexander lukashenko on the mass repression and torture of peaceful protesters. his loyal supporters rounded on me... ..in a coordinated attack. vladimir putin's presenting this as just another working visit. .. i've reported from russia for two decades — the whole span of vladimir putin's presidency. there've been highs — like the world cup — but i've also charted the slow erosion of freedoms here. the crackdown on dissent. a year ago, the government put me on short—term visas. sarah rainsford... then i became the news, as state television announced i had to leave. after tense negotiations, i had been allowed to enter russia... they let me in — for now. ..but only to pack.
i was then told my visa wouldn't be renewed — supposedly what happened to a russian reporter in london, but that was two years ago. when i was called in here, to the foreign ministry, they kept insisting that my expulsion was nothing personal — they talked about it as a reciprocal move — but they refused to even engage with the fact that i've been labelled "a national security threat". they said that was just a "technical moment". but, at a time when russia is increasingly seeing enemies all all around, it really feels like i've now enemies all around, it really feels like i've now been added to the list. it's happening as the pressure on russian journalists who don't toe the kremlin line is intensifying. dozhd tv has just been added to a growing blacklist of media labelled "foreign agents" — for getting funds from abroad. this terror of "foreign agents" means that we — dozhd — we are enemies of the state. the pretending of being democracy is over.
it is very bad, and it could become much worse — any time. so, i'm leaving a country i first came to as the soviet union fell apart. when free speech — or freedoms — were new and precious. it feels like today's russia is moving in reverse. sarah rainsford, bbc news, moscow. if you wanyt to get in touch with me i'm on twitter — @bbckarishma fleeing the fires of northern california. tens of thousands evacuate, as the blaze spreads and forests burn.
she received the nobel peace prize for her work with the poor and the dying in india slums. the head of the catholic church had said mother teresa was a wonderful example of how to help people in need. we have to identify the bodies and round the coffins and take them back home. parents are waiting and wives are waiting. hostages appeared, some carried, some running, trying to escape the nightmare behind them. britain lost a princess today, | described by all to whom she reached out as irreplaceable. an early—morning car crash in a paris underpass ended | a life with more than its share of pain and courage, - warmth and compassion.
this is newsday on the bbc in singapore. 0ur headlines. our top story president biden describes the us evacuation mission from afghanistan as an extraordinary success — the day after the end of america's twenty year presence in the country. in other news — tens of thousands of people have been moved from the shores of lake tahoe in northern california, as a major wildfire spreads there. the caldor fire has already burned more than 190 thousand acres since it began more than two weeks ago. authorities have closed all 18 national forests in california to protect the public. 0ur correspondent james clayton has more.
when fires get this hot, but this intense, they are very hard to stop and this fire is headed straight for a californian beauty spot. 0ver californian beauty spot. over the past few days, residents of south lake have looked on in horror as the caldor fire got closer and closer to their homes. closer and closer to their homes-— closer and closer to their homes. , , ., , �* homes. this is the worst i've seen it- _ homes. this is the worst i've seen it. the _ homes. this is the worst i've seen it. the town _ homes. this is the worst i've seen it. the town is - homes. this is the worst i've seen it. the town is crazy - seen it. the town is crazy t in: seen it. the town is crazy trying to _ seen it. the town is crazy trying to get _ seen it. the town is crazy trying to get out. - seen it. the town is crazy l trying to get out. everyone seen it. the town is crazy - trying to get out. everyone in this time _ trying to get out. everyone in this time was _ trying to get out. everyone in this time was ordered - trying to get out. everyone in this time was ordered to - this time was ordered to evacuate on monday leaving their homes at the mercy of the flames. nearly 4000 firefighters are trying to stop it or at least diverted. 0ften fighting it by hand, this is dangerous work.- fighting it by hand, this is dangerous work. this fire is shown to — dangerous work. this fire is shown to be _ dangerous work. this fire is shown to be unpredictable, | shown to be unpredictable, terrain driven, whether driven and it's been very active, very rapid progression at times. the caldor fire _ rapid progression at times. the caldor fire is _ rapid progression at times. the caldor fire is not the biggest caldorfire is not the biggest fire that california has seen this year, but what makes it so dangerous is its proximity to residential areas. south lake
tahoe is an alpine town on the california border high up in the mountains. californians spend summer holidays here, you can ski in the winter. it has a special place in peoples hearts. a place of fun and adventure. if the ski slopes have been transformed into an inferno, the clear air of tahoe turned to dense smog. much of what happens now depends on wind direction and fire intensity. firefighters say they are now embroiled in a tense firefight which will likely take days to save the town. a state of emergency has been announced here, if the area were to be engulfed, it will represent some of the most large—scale destruction from us forest fires in modern times. meanwhile, four people have died and more than a million remain without power after hurricane ida slammed into the us gulf coast on sunday.
officials say electricity may not be restored in some areas for weeks. hurricane ida tore through the area on sunday with winds reaching 240 kilometres—per—hour it's not good here. and we were hit with a category four hurricane, sustained winds on the coast and up in baton rouge or i am, we are doing pretty 0k. the storm is forecast to lead a love further west than it did and we dodged a bullet that comes the expense of a lot smaller communities and new orleans area, got a tonne of 0rleans area, got a tonne of rainfall, a tonne of wind and the area of new orleans is the power. in communication is really difficult and there's no service, no electricity across a huge swathe southeast louisiana.—
louisiana. the louisiana governor _ louisiana. the louisiana governor i _ louisiana. the louisiana governor i understand i louisiana. the louisiana l governor i understand has louisiana. the louisiana - governor i understand has put it in stark terms saying that there is no timeline for when they can go back home. what is been the reaction in the local community to this?— community to this? right, i would say _ community to this? right, i would say that _ community to this? right, i would say that you're - community to this? right, i would say that you're in - would say that you're in louisiana, i think people are just kind of coming together i was at home in louisiana yesterday and it is reallyjust people trying to help each other and there is no power, there is no cell service, there is no internet and it's really just people coming together to try to help each other. certainly people who are in these disaster areas, i think a lot of them totally understand that not everyone has the resources or the means to be able to evacuate when the stomach this is coming and so, right by the eye of the storm went over almost and there were still a lot of people there yesterday that were just trying to pick up the pieces.- to pick up the pieces. paul, what efforts _ to pick up the pieces. paul, what efforts are _ to pick up the pieces. paul, what efforts are being - to pick up the pieces. paul, | what efforts are being made to pick up the pieces. paul, . what efforts are being made to restore the vital infrastructure that you were just talking about, the power
lines, the cell service, for instance?— lines, the cell service, for instance? there are tens of thousands _ instance? there are tens of thousands of _ instance? there are tens of thousands of energy - instance? there are tens of i thousands of energy company workers that are flooding into the state as they are telling us, but i think at this point there aren't any real estimations of when these areas are going to have power back. the releases that we've gotten today say that they're just doing the surveillance there. just getting to the end and figuring out what is wrong with things but there's just no timeline on when things will be fixed. massive areas fell into the mississippi river in new orleans and that is or that entire areas without power and it it's just, there entire areas without power and it it'sjust, there is no timeline at this point. we are for three weeks, could be more. brazilian researchers have found that a molecule in the venom of a type of snake could be used in a drug to combat the virus
causing covid—19. the study published in a scientificjournal found that the molecule produced by the "pit viper" reduced the virus�*s ability to multiply in monkey cells by seventy—five percent. they hope to test the substance in human cells at some stage but gave no timeline. as you can see, we as you can see, we were as you can see, we were able to see that the peptides not only inhibited the development of the virus, inside the cell, but we are also able to see here that it was able to inhibit one of the proteins that is very important for the development of the virus. and the propagation of new viruses. the environmental campaigner, greta thunberg, says she will only attend the un climate change conference in glasgow later this year, if the event is "safe and democratic". for her, that means ensuring participants from poorer countries are fully vaccinated and able to travel to take part. 0ur environment correspondent kevin keane reports
she sailed across the atlantic twice to get the last un climate conference in 2019, but this time, she's not so sure. greta thunberg wants to go to the glasgow talks, but says her participation is conditional. hi, greta. in an interview for bbc scotland, i asked what was stopping herfrom coming. well, of course, i'm not100% sure yet, but if it's considered safe and democratic then i will, of course, go there. i take it you mean by that that it's accessible to the world's poorer nations. yeah. how important and why is that to you? because that's the essence of this meeting. it should be all about climate justice and, of course, we can't achieve climate justice if everyone is not contributing on the same terms. cheering. it won't be the first time greta has visited the uk. she addressed a large crowd in bristol last year before the pandemic. but it will be her first time in scotland. she famously clashed online with donald trump and doesn't seem too impressed with his successor.
the biden administration doesn't seem to take climate, the climate crisis, the least bit serious, since they are actually expanding fossil fuel infrastructure. so, it shows that they are not ready to take action. and she says the same applies to the uk government, which is considering whether to approve a new oil field off shetland. i think that maybe summarises the whole situation that we are in. the fact that these kinds of countries who are actually hosting the cop is planning to actually expand fossil fuel infrastructure, to open up new oil fields and so on. chanting: what do we want? climate justice! when do we want it? now! with such a large following, greta's absence from cop26 will be felt, but she says if all participants are vaccinated and allowed to travel, so will she. kevin keane, bbc news. the final trailerfor the upcoming james bond film — no time to die has finally been
released after being repeatedly delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. bond could be seen racing around a picturesque italian village in his iconic aston martin, before facing perilous shootouts against his enemies. with plenty of action, the trailerfor "no time to die" shows actor daniel craig's bond on a mission that will change everything. from rescuing a kidnapped scientist to hunting down a mysterious villain — bond faces a series of stunts and underwater conflicts which fans have come to expect. daniel craig's final outing as 007 is now scheduled for general release in october.
that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. hello there. the last day of august was rather cloudy and cool with spots of drizzle across eastern areas. best of any sunshine towards the west. indeed the next few days of september are looking pretty similar, often cloudy, occasional drizzle in the east. a little bit of sunshine at times, particularly across the more sheltered western parts. for wednesday it's a rather cloudy picture again. the thickest of the cloud against eastern coast where we will see light rain or drizzle. but through the afternoon we could see quite a bit of sunshine for scotland, maybe northern ireland for the western virginia and into the southwest. but it will be breezy across the channel. certainly around the north sea coast. that will take at the edge of the temperature, highs here around the mid to upper teens.
further inland a little bit warmer where you have the sunshine across central western scotland in particular we could see temperatures reaching around 21—22 degrees. as we head through wednesday night it stays mostly cloudy so for england and wales, a bit of cloud continuing for eastern scotland then it will trundle its way eastward although some western parts of scotland, northern ireland could stay clear. it will be fairly cool under clear skies where we have the cloud and the breeze 11—14 degrees. very little change for thursday and friday. an area of high pressure still sitting on top of us and bringing this north, north easterly airflow. it'll bring a lot of cloud again into northern and eastern areas in particular. further west that you are a better chance of seeing some sunny breaks of course, temperatures in the sunshine reaching the low 20s. otherwise it's mid to high teens in the cloudier spots. for the weekend, signs of change was an air of high pressure begins to break down and moves eastward which allows this area of low pressure to slowly push
in from the atlantic. that's going to bring in increasing breeze and also the chance of showers or even longer spells of rain particularly for part two of the weekend. saturday doesn't look too bad. looks like irt will stay mostly dry. variable cloud, light winds. light winds with some sunshine. the winds will start to pick up across southern and western areas as that area of low pressure arrives was up by the end of the day he could start to see showery burst of raisins arriving here. temperatures, low 20s in the brighter spots. mid to high teens across the far northeast. into sunday it looks like we will see a band of rain start spreading across the country that could be quite heavy. followed by sunshine and heavy showers.
this is bbc news. we will have the headlines and all the main story at the top of the hour as newsday continue straight after hardtalk. welcome to hardtalk, i'm stephen sackur. the taliban now have the afghanistan they fought forfor two decades, a country rid of american and nato troops, theirs to bend to their will. or maybe it's not as simple as that. can the taliban afford to forego international aid and economic assistance? do they need to build