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this is bbc news. the headlines — an independent inquiry finds shocking failings and "blatant hypocrisy" in the way major religious groups have handled allegations of child abuse. we looked at the jewish we looked at thejewish religion, we looked atjehovah�*s witnesses. we looked at 38 in total, and i think we found failings in every organisation we looked at. a state of emergency in new york — at least 1a people have died in flash flooding — three inches of rain fell in one hour in central park. imagine the horror of you're sitting on your— imagine the horror of you're sitting on your own — imagine the horror of you're sitting on your own basement apartment and the weter— on your own basement apartment and the waterjust floats in all of a sudden, — the waterjust floats in all of a sudden, with no notice, and you struggle — sudden, with no notice, and you struggle to _ sudden, with no notice, and you struggle to get out, but you can't.
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it's an— struggle to get out, but you can't. it's an awful, awful situation. the foreign secretary says the uk will need to engage with the taliban about reopening kabul airport and getting people out of afghanistan. we are working at pace. as you can see, we are out here, i'm out here engaging with all of the key partners and i will be moving on, travelling wider in the region to facilitate that, as well. commentator: dame sarah storey, record-breaker, _ commentator: dame sarah storey, record-breaker, history _ commentator: dame sarah storey, record-breaker, history maker! - dame sarah storey becomes britain's most successful paralympian of all time — a remarkable ride in tokyo bringing her 17th gold medal. and — mamma mia! are abba about to release new music, nearly a0 years after they last performed together?
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a public inquiry has found shocking failings and "blatant hypocrisy" in the way major religious groups have handled allegations of child abuse. the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse says a number of religions, including thejehovah�*s witnesses, orthodoxjudaism and islam, are morally failing children; it found that in some cases religious leaders discouraged the reporting of abuse, in order to protect the reputation of their organisations. the report has been produced at the end of weeks of public hearings in which survivors of abuse gave evidence. richard galpin reports. i did not fully recognise what was going on at the time was wrong or had a label for it. and these were my parents. sarah, not her real name, was very
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young when she says her father, a jehovah witness, started abusing her. her mother, a particularly devout member of the jehovah's witness, also abused her, she says. it was very abusive and very controlling. and although i feel like my mother's mental health issues were her own mental health issues, i feel like the witness religion gave her a framework to hang that abuse on, to justify it. and, ultimately, to get away with it. the allegations were eventually reported by a member of the organisation when she was 13. and yet, she says, nothing was done by the jehovah's witnesses. the witnesses say it is the parent's responsibility to report any allegations to the police, but as you can see in a case like mine, that clearly isn't good enough. it is not enough to expect children, to expect the perpetrators to report themselves to the police,
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it is laughable. today's report is highly critical of many religious organisations. we looked at the jehovah's witnesses, the jewish religion, 38 in total, i think we found failings in every organisation. it would be unfair to pick one out, but in all of them those failings made it easier for abuse to happen and much harder for it to be reported. amongst the recommendations are calls for all religious organisations to have a child protection policy in place. and for the government to amend legislation to ensure inspectors have sufficient powers to check the quality of child protection in suspected unregistered schools. but for some, these recommendations from the report don't go far enough. campaigners supporting jewish people here who have been abused say progress is slow, and want it to be made mandatory for any religious person to report abuse to the police.
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injusta injust a moment i am going to talk to a solicitor who is with me who works with survivors of abuse, but before i speak to him, just worth bringing you a government statement, because one has just been released, literally in the last few moments, the government reaction to this report today, saying "nothing is more important than the safety of our children. the government is absolutely committed to stamping out child sexual abuse and protecting children from harm across all settings must we recently published the tackling child sexual abuse strategy, the first of its kind, setting out our long—term ambition to tackle all forms of sexual abuse, whether it takes place online, or in families, institutions or communities. finally it says, we welcome the report, we are committed to carefully considering the findings and recommendations, and the department for education has orally committed to legislating to broaden the category of institutions that must register and so comply
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with standards, and we conducted a consultation last year on how that should be done". so that is the first formal government response we have had to the findings of that public enquiry today. well, as i say, with me is alan collins, who is a solicitor who has been representing survivors of abuse, a group within thejehovah�*s witness specifically. thank you very much for coming in today. crucially, have you been able to speak to some of the people that you represent, and we would be interested to know their response to these findings? yes. we would be interested to know their response to these findings?- response to these findings? yes, i have. so response to these findings? yes, i have- so they _ response to these findings? yes, i have. so they are _ response to these findings? yes, i have. so they are pleased - response to these findings? yes, i have. so they are pleased that - response to these findings? yes, i | have. so they are pleased that this has been highlighted, you know, the tragedy and the unacceptability of abuse of children, young people and the vulnerable in religious organisations but at the same time they are frustrated that there is no prospect in the very near future of mandatory reporting being legislated, because the key issue here, or one of the key issues, is
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the fact that these organisations are able to operate effectively in a legal vacuum. there is no compulsion to report allegations of child sexual abuse to the authorities, and thatis sexual abuse to the authorities, and that is of real concern, and it is unacceptable, and i think there is a frustration that there is no prospect of that happening soon. you would hope there would be a moral compulsion. would hope there would be a moral compulsion-— would hope there would be a moral compulsion._ but. compulsion. indeed was not but clearly from _ compulsion. indeed was not but clearly from the _ compulsion. indeed was not but clearly from the people - compulsion. indeed was not but clearly from the people you - compulsion. indeed was not but| clearly from the people you were trying to help that wasn't there? the thread that runs through all of this is the fact that allegations are not reported, or if they are reported, it is late, and there is this pressure, subliminal pressure not to report. we are dealing with religious organisations, where children and young people are being nurtured in that kind of culture, that kind of context, and so you've got that very special relationship, and that relationship, in one sense,
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is, you know, some may sense very worthy, but the downside is that it adds an extra layer. it prevents disclosures, and when disclosures are made, there is that pressure may be not to follow through. yes. are made, there is that pressure may be not to follow through.— be not to follow through. yes, and that's interesting, _ be not to follow through. yes, and that's interesting, that's _ be not to follow through. yes, and that's interesting, that's what - be not to follow through. yes, and that's interesting, that's what i'ml that's interesting, that's what i'm interested in, so some of the people you try to help or you represent, are there examples where people have spoken out and they have tried to raise the issue, but somewhere along the line it has been shut down? is that a fair the line it has been shut down? is thata fairsummary? the line it has been shut down? is that a fair summary? that the line it has been shut down? is that a fair summary?— the line it has been shut down? is that a fair summary? that is a very fair summary- _ that a fair summary? that is a very fair summary. it _ that a fair summary? that is a very fair summary. it has _ that a fair summary? that is a very fair summary. it has happened - that a fair summary? that is a very fair summary. it has happened too| fair summary. it has happened too often, and the risk is that pressure is still there.— is still there. and, now, this re ort is still there. and, now, this report looks _ is still there. and, now, this report looks at _ is still there. and, now, this report looks at 38 _ is still there. and, now, this report looks at 38 different. report looks at 38 different religious organisations. you will, i know, represent people who have come from the jehovah's know, represent people who have come from thejehovah�*s witness background, that is just one of the 38, nonetheless there is a particular issue there, because as i
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understand it, there is that rule, do i call it a rule, an acceptance that if there is an allegation of abuse raised, they have to be at least two witnesses?— least two witnesses? yes, it is perverse- _ least two witnesses? yes, it is perverse- you _ least two witnesses? yes, it is perverse. you know, - least two witnesses? yes, it is perverse. you know, others i least two witnesses? yes, it is l perverse. you know, others may least two witnesses? yes, it is - perverse. you know, others may say not so, but in my opinion it is perverse that this internal requirement is that, unless the perpetrator, or the alleged perpetrator, or the alleged perpetrator, has confessed, orthere are two witnesses, that puts effectively the break on matters being investigated, so to speak. there is that in—built resistance, or brake, to follow through on the allegation, and the enquiry is very critical in its report of that, because it is perverse. it hinders, it has the potential of causing considerable harm to the victims, and, of course, it may well insulates the perpetrator from further investigation, so it is dangerous and it is wrong, and the enquiry was quite right to highlight
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that, in my opinion, and to criticise it.— that, in my opinion, and to criticise it. . ., , ., criticise it. and, that said, you are talking _ criticise it. and, that said, you are talking from _ criticise it. and, that said, you are talking from specific - criticise it. and, that said, you - are talking from specific examples of the people you try to help, but the jehovah's witnesses themselves have released a statement in today —— in response to today's findings, saying we do have a policy to report allegations of abuse to statutory authorities even if there is one complainant. i'm interested in what the people you are representing would say to that.— the people you are representing would say to that. they would say that their experiences _ would say to that. they would say that their experiences do - would say to that. they would say that their experiences do not - that their experiences do not reflect that. the reality is different. but even if we accept at face value that there is this policy, and it holds water, it is operating in a vacuum and is contradicted by the fact that they have this two witness rule, for their own internal disciplinary measures, and you've got that in—built conflict there, and it sends the wrong message. so even if they argue, we are justified with
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our policy, the reality, however, from the victims perspective is very different, and the enquiry was quite right to highlight this conflict. thank you so much for being with us, allan collins, for talking about mass. the jehovah's allan collins, for talking about mass. thejehovah�*s witness saying it does have a policy —— for talking about that. there will be much more to come on that major enquiry over the course of the afternoon and evening. for now, we mustjust pull away from that because we are going to head to washington, dc. president biden hasjust started to head to washington, dc. president biden has just started speaking to head to washington, dc. president biden hasjust started speaking in the last few minutes. a variety of topics, but of course we know about the havoc being wrought on the north—eastern us. so let'sjust the havoc being wrought on the north—eastern us. so let's just hear the president. north-eastern us. so let's 'ust hear the president.— the president. and into nevada. it is also one _ the president. and into nevada. it is also one of— the president. and into nevada. it is also one of the _ the president. and into nevada. it is also one of the few _ the president. and into nevada.
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it is also one of the few files - the president. and into nevada. it is also one of the few files that i it is also one of the few files that has turned — it is also one of the few files that has turned from one side of the sierra _ has turned from one side of the sierra nevada mountain range to the other _ sierra nevada mountain range to the other so _ sierra nevada mountain range to the other. so far it has burned more than _ other. so far it has burned more than 200,000 acres. tens of thousands of people have had to evacuate — thousands of people have had to evacuate their homes. the fire is threatening close to 35,000 structures, and more than 4500 firefighters from the state and my federal _ firefighters from the state and my federal team are working to contain and suppress this raging wildfire. the department of defence has trained — the department of defence has trained and is deploying additional firefighters to support our ongoing firefighting efforts in california. this disaster declaration will help with evacuation, including children and feeding for those who have been displacett _ and feeding for those who have been displaced. i want you to know i have seen _ displaced. i want you to know i have seen these — displaced. i want you to know i have seen these firefighters up close. their— seen these firefighters up close. their courage is astounding, and they are — their courage is astounding, and they are some of the bravest people i they are some of the bravest people i have _ they are some of the bravest people i have ever— they are some of the bravest people i have ever known, and i have known a lot of— i have ever known, and i have known a lot of them — i have ever known, and i have known a lot of them. my heart goes out to them, _ a lot of them. my heart goes out to them, my— a lot of them. my heart goes out to them, my thanks is an abundant thanks— them, my thanks is an abundant
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thanks for— them, my thanks is an abundant thanks for what they do. now i want to provide _ thanks for what they do. now i want to provide an update on our efforts to provide an update on our efforts to help _ to provide an update on our efforts to help millions of americans down south _ to help millions of americans down south recover and rebuild from hurricane — south recover and rebuild from hurricane ida. we have been monitoring this hurricane closely and the — monitoring this hurricane closely and the devastation it has caused. today. _ and the devastation it has caused. today. six— and the devastation it has caused. today, six deaths. about1 million homes _ today, six deaths. about1 million homes without power in louisiana and mississippi. _ homes without power in louisiana and mississippi, while the catastrophic flooding _ mississippi, while the catastrophic flooding was not as severe as it was during _ flooding was not as severe as it was during hurricane katrina 16 years ago. _ during hurricane katrina 16 years ago. ida — during hurricane katrina 16 years ago, ida was so powerful it caused the mississippi river literally to change — the mississippi river literally to change direction, change the flow temporarily. the good news is as a result— temporarily. the good news is as a result of— temporarily. the good news is as a result of significant multibillion—dollar federal investment in the levy system around metro— investment in the levy system around metro and _ investment in the levy system around metro and new orleans, it held, it was strong, — metro and new orleans, it held, it was strong, it worked. but too many people _ was strong, it worked. but too many people into — was strong, it worked. but too many people into many areas are still unprotected and saw storm surges and flooding _ unprotected and saw storm surges and flooding that was devastating. we have seen the reports of wins up to
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170 mph _ have seen the reports of wins up to 170 mph -- — have seen the reports of wins up to 170 mph. —— winds. have seen the reports of wins up to 170 mph. -- winds. it have seen the reports of wins up to 170 mph. —— winds. it has not yet been _ 170 mph. —— winds. it has not yet been confirmed by fema, but 170 mph, causing _ been confirmed by fema, but 170 mph, causing unimaginable damage, with avery— causing unimaginable damage, with avery and _ causing unimaginable damage, with avery and downed power lines making roads impassable, and slowing response — roads impassable, and slowing response efforts to save folks and property — response efforts to save folks and property. now the people continue to shelter— property. now the people continue to shelter in _ property. now the people continue to shelter in place. tomorrow, i will be travelling to louisiana to meet with the _ be travelling to louisiana to meet with the governor, as well as the parish _ with the governor, as well as the parish presidents and mayors, and the local— parish presidents and mayors, and the local officials representing the affected _ the local officials representing the affected areas. governor edwards encouraged me to come, and assured me that _ encouraged me to come, and assured me that my— encouraged me to come, and assured me that my visit will not disrupt recovery— me that my visit will not disrupt recovery efforts on the ground. that's — recovery efforts on the ground. that's what i wanted to be sure of. my message to everyone affected is we are _ my message to everyone affected is we are all— my message to everyone affected is we are all in this together. the nation — we are all in this together. the nation is — we are all in this together. the nation is here to help. that's the message — nation is here to help. that's the message i've been making clear to the mayors, governors, energy and utility— the mayors, governors, energy and utility leaders in the region who my administration has been working closely— administration has been working closely with over the past few days.
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working _ closely with over the past few days. working with governors in the area, even _ working with governors in the area, even before — working with governors in the area, even before ida made landfall, i issued _ even before ida made landfall, i issued an— even before ida made landfall, i issued an emergency declaration for louisiana _ issued an emergency declaration for louisiana and mississippi to help us respond _ louisiana and mississippi to help us respond quickly. female pre—positioned more than 4.3 million meals _ pre—positioned more than 4.3 million meals and _ pre—positioned more than 4.3 million meals and more than 3 million litres of water— meals and more than 3 million litres of water -- — meals and more than 3 million litres of water —— fema prepositioned. before _ of water —— fema prepositioned. before it — of water —— fema prepositioned. before it hit. we deployed more than 250 generators, and we are working to getting _ 250 generators, and we are working to getting more into the area, especially to the hospital is in desperate need of them. the department of health and human services — department of health and human services deployed a 250 bed federal medical— services deployed a 250 bed federal medical shelter in new orleans, and five medical assistance team is available — five medical assistance team is available throughout the state. since _ available throughout the state. since the hurricane hit, more than 6000 _ since the hurricane hit, more than 6000 members of the national guard have been— 6000 members of the national guard have been activated in the louisiana, mississippi, alabama and texas _ louisiana, mississippi, alabama and texas and _ louisiana, mississippi, alabama and texas and other states to support
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search _ texas and other states to support search and — texas and other states to support search and rescue and recovery efforts — search and rescue and recovery efforts for— search and rescue and recovery efforts. forthose search and rescue and recovery efforts. for those who have lost their— efforts. for those who have lost their homes, states have been working — their homes, states have been working with the american red cross to open— working with the american red cross to open almost 50 shelters across the gulf— to open almost 50 shelters across the gulf coast. we know that there is much _ the gulf coast. we know that there is much to— the gulf coast. we know that there is much to be done in this response, on our— is much to be done in this response, on our part — is much to be done in this response, on our part. we need to get power restored, _ on our part. we need to get power restored, we need to get more food, fuel and _ restored, we need to get more food, fuel and water deployed. i get hourly— fuel and water deployed. i get hourly updates on the progress from fema _ hourly updates on the progress from fema well _ hourly updates on the progress from fema well into the night, and we will he _ fema well into the night, and we will be working around the clock until— will be working around the clock until the — will be working around the clock until the critical needs of the region— until the critical needs of the region are met fully, and we will meet _ region are met fully, and we will meet them. even as we tackle the core elements of the disaster response, we are also deploying new tools to _ response, we are also deploying new tools to help speed this recovery. things— tools to help speed this recovery. things that have not been used very much _ things that have not been used very much in _ things that have not been used very much in prior hurricane responses. working _ much in prior hurricane responses. working with private companies that own and _ working with private companies that own and operate the lifeline infrastructure, like electricity and communications, we've used the latest _ communications, we've used the latest technology to accelerate restoration of power and cell phone
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service _ restoration of power and cell phone service it _ restoration of power and cell phone service it is— restoration of power and cell phone service. it is beginning to get back up, service. it is beginning to get back up. but _ service. it is beginning to get back up, but there is a long way to go. for example, to minimise the amount of time _ for example, to minimise the amount of time it— for example, to minimise the amount of time it would take to get the power— of time it would take to get the power back to everyone, i've directed _ power back to everyone, i've directed the federal aviation commission, the faa, to authorise the of— commission, the faa, to authorise the of surveillance drones to assist ida's damage —— to assess ida's damage — ida's damage —— to assess ida's damage to _ ida's damage —— to assess ida's damage to energy infrastructure, while _ damage to energy infrastructure, while ensuring those flights do not disrupt— while ensuring those flights do not disrupt aerial search and rescue missions — disrupt aerial search and rescue missions. likewise, i have asked the pentagon. _ missions. likewise, i have asked the pentagon, the department of homeland security— pentagon, the department of homeland security in_ pentagon, the department of homeland security in the department of energy to immediately make available any satellite _ to immediately make available any satellite imagery they can help provide — satellite imagery they can help provide in assessing the extent of the damage. drones and satellites can make — the damage. drones and satellites can make the work faster by getting it to the _ can make the work faster by getting it to the places that are most desperately in need. they can identify— desperately in need. they can identify where the lines are down, mapped _ identify where the lines are down, mapped the damage, help get the transmission lines back up and running — transmission lines back up and running and all —— in all the parishes _ running and all —— in all the parishes. but people, hard—working
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people— parishes. but people, hard—working people doing hard and dangerous work~ _ people doing hard and dangerous work. there are more than 25,000 linemen— work. there are more than 25,000 linemen and — work. there are more than 25,000 linemen and clearance grew from 32 states _ linemen and clearance grew from 32 states and _ linemen and clearance grew from 32 states and the district of columbia racing _ states and the district of columbia racing to _ states and the district of columbia racing to restore power. —— clearance — racing to restore power. —— clearance grew. on alabama, to have died on _ clearance grew. on alabama, to have died on the _ clearance grew. on alabama, to have died on the job. this is complicated and really— died on the job. this is complicated and really dangerous work —— two have _ and really dangerous work —— two have died — and really dangerous work —— two have died on the job in alabama. we are working — have died on the job in alabama. we are working as fast as humanly possible — are working as fast as humanly possible to get it done. it is important to know that the region hit by— important to know that the region hit by ida — important to know that the region hit by ida is the nation has key centre — hit by ida is the nation has key centre of— hit by ida is the nation has key centre of oil refinery and infrastructure. that is why we are not waiting — infrastructure. that is why we are not waiting to find out the full impact — not waiting to find out the full impact on oil refineries and production. we are moving already quickly— production. we are moving already quickly to— production. we are moving already quickly to increase the availability of gas _ quickly to increase the availability of gas and — quickly to increase the availability of gas and easing the pressure on -as of gas and easing the pressure on gas prices — of gas and easing the pressure on gas prices around the country. i have _ gas prices around the country. i have directed the secretary of energy— have directed the secretary of energyjennifer grant home to use all of— energyjennifer grant home to use all of the — energyjennifer grant home to use all of the tools at her disposal, including — all of the tools at her disposal, including using the strategic
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petroleum reserve to keep gas flowing — petroleum reserve to keep gas flowing to the pumps in order to get critical— flowing to the pumps in order to get critical supplies to the region to beat _ critical supplies to the region to beat the — critical supplies to the region to beat the pandemic i have directed the department of transportation to renew— the department of transportation to renew an— the department of transportation to renew an energy declaration to provide — renew an energy declaration to provide flexibility on how many hours _ provide flexibility on how many hours a — provide flexibility on how many hours a truck driver can drive. many people _ hours a truck driver can drive. many people know — hours a truck driver can drive. many people know there is a limitation of the number of hours you can be on the number of hours you can be on the road _ the number of hours you can be on the road the — the number of hours you can be on the road. the transportation department is broadening that to include _ department is broadening that to include transportation of gasoline and other— include transportation of gasoline and other types of fuel as well, in addition _ and other types of fuel as well, in addition to— and other types of fuel as well, in addition to medical supplies and food _ addition to medical supplies and food in — addition to medical supplies and food. in addition, the environmental protection— food. in addition, the environmental protection agency has approved emergency waivers for louisiana and mississippi _ emergency waivers for louisiana and mississippi that will expand the supply— mississippi that will expand the supply of gasoline that can be sold in those _ supply of gasoline that can be sold in those states, and increase availability at such a critical time —
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availability at such a critical time. these actions should help reduce — time. these actions should help reduce the risk of gas shortages and price increases is as a result of a hurricane — price increases is as a result of a hurricane-— price increases is as a result of a hurricane. . , , , hurricane. we believe the president there, hurricane. we believe the president there. keep — hurricane. we believe the president there. keep an _ hurricane. we believe the president there, keep an eye _ hurricane. we believe the president there, keep an eye on _ hurricane. we believe the president there, keep an eye on that - hurricane. we believe the president there, keep an eye on that if- there, keep an eye on that if anything further emerges. our correspondence amir hussain is in new york, and in addition to what —— samira hussain. an extraordinary news briefing where you are in the last hour or so, just reminding us of the severity, the torrents of rain, and really how people were caught by surprise. just rain, and really how people were caught by surprise.— caught by surprise. just to make this abundantly _ caught by surprise. just to make this abundantly clear _ caught by surprise. just to make this abundantly clear to - caught by surprise. just to make | this abundantly clear to everyone caught by surprise. just to make . this abundantly clear to everyone at home, i realised that i'm standing outside and it seems like it's a beautiful day, but last night it was a very different story. within a one—hour time span, there was more than three inches rain that fell in central park, and that eclipsed a record that was set only 11 days ago, when we had another storm system ripped through new york city. and having that amount of rainfall in that quick of time, it took a lot
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of people by surprise, and unsurprisingly it caused a lot of flash flooding. i'm sure you can see some of those pictures now of new york subways that have just been absolutely inundated, just rain falls within the subway system. in fact, there were thousands of people that were trapped on new york city's subways, and the subways right now are not fully operational. only about half of them are running. same thing for new york city roads. we saw that there were thousands of people that were stuck and stranded on roads for hours and hours, as they were dealing with these flash floods that made some of these roads just impossible to pass. i floods that made some of these roads just impossible to pass.— just impossible to pass. i mean, it is tuite just impossible to pass. i mean, it is quite terrifying _ just impossible to pass. i mean, it is quite terrifying to _ just impossible to pass. i mean, it is quite terrifying to think- just impossible to pass. i mean, it is quite terrifying to think about i is quite terrifying to think about it, and i mean, we are talking about new york city, but what the residents have been through, you could translate that to any big city in this country, and the prospect of it is terrifying. in terms of the political response and the emergency response, where is the balance between trying to help people right now, and then trying to think we
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cannot be caught off—guard like this again. how many people are talking about the future and future weather events, as we now call them? i about the future and future weather events, as we now call them? i think ritht now events, as we now call them? i think right now for — events, as we now call them? i think right now for new _ events, as we now call them? i think right now for new york _ events, as we now call them? i think right now for new york city - right now for new york city residents are assessing the damage, and trying to figure out how to get the water out of their basement, and how to rescue whatever items they can salvage. and i think right now it is very much a recovery effort happening in new york city. i think you are right, though. if you take a step back, i think a lot of people were asking the question about, look, we have seenjust were asking the question about, look, we have seen just a were asking the question about, look, we have seenjust a lot were asking the question about, look, we have seen just a lot of really impactful weather events happen in the united states. remember the storm that president biden was talking about, or rather the damage from louisiana, which is what he was talking about a lot during that press conference. that is the same storm system that left that southern part of the united states and came across the eastern seaboard. and so i think it is important to realise that, look,
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this is really an issue that is happening with regards to climate change, at least that is on the part of officials here, and i think you will see a lot more talk about that from the biden administration right down to local officials.— down to local officials. thank you very much _ down to local officials. thank you very much for— down to local officials. thank you very much for now. _ the foreign secretary dominic raab has held talks in qatar about the situation in afghanistan, in particular, the prospects of the taliban reopening kabul airport. mr raab said his priority is to secure safe passage out of the country for the remaining british nationals and the afghans who worked with them. our diplomatic correspondent, james landale reports. dominic raab in qatar this morning, visiting a centre where some of those fleeing afghanistan are being processed. for many, the gulf state was their first stop after escaping kabul, and it's from here where some will eventually head for britain. but what of those left behind? the focus of mr raab's talks with qatari leaders,
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were the prospect of persuading the taliban to reopen kabul airport and provide a route out for british nationals and afghans who are at risk and wish to leave. the foreign secretary said ensuring safe passage would be an early test for the taliban. i do think we feel a responsibility to make sure that the remaining british nationals and afghan workers can come to the uk. that's why we watch with great interest what may be possible at kabul airport. but we're also here, and i'm here, notjust in qatar, but moving on afterwards, to talk to regional countries about how we can ensure safe passage through third countries. qatar already has a technical team at kabul airport, discussing what needs to be done to resume flights, and qatar's foreign minister was optimistic. we are working very hard, and also engaging with taliban to identify what are the gaps and the risks for having the airport back up and running. but we will remain hopeful
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that we will be able to operate it as soon as possible. the foreign secretary said britain would not formally recognise the new taliban government, but it did want what he called "direct engagement". that's already begun here in the qatari capital of doha, where the taliban have a political office, and where the british embassy to afghanistan will now be based. a senior british official, sir simon gass, has held talks with taliban officials here and will brief the foreign secretary on their outcome. on the next step of a tour that critics say has come far too late, mr raab will head for pakistan. his aim, he said, was to form an alliance of nations, to exert maximum moderating influence on the taliban. james landale, bbc news. there are growing concerns that afghanistan's economy is on the verge of collapse.
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prices are rising and it is extremely difficult for people to access cash. many are hoping the taliban announce the formation of a government soon which could bring relative stability after weeks of uncertainty. our afghanistan correspondent secunder kermani spoke to faiz zaland, professor of public policy at kabul university to get his thoughts on how soon that could happen. tella bands are working very hard to get a greed from different sectors within the taliban, or different leadership, on the new government. —— talibans. it will be soon but not tomorrow. there are still things they should figure out. there are things on the nominations, there are things on the nominations, there are things on the nominations, there are things on representation, there are many issues on inclusivity, so mid next week there will be an announcement.— next week there will be an announcement. talking about inclusivity _ announcement. talking about inclusivity there, _ announcement. talking about inclusivity there, that - announcement. talking about inclusivity there, that has - announcement. talking about. inclusivity there, that has been a buzz word. the taliban have talked about forming an inclusive government. we know they have held discussions with figures like the
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former president mapped karzai, but recently we are hearing from sources that not might not be a role for them in the new government, might not be a role for women, certainly at a senior level. what is your understanding of what the taliban's thinking is? it understanding of what the taliban's thinkint is? . . understanding of what the taliban's thinkint is? .,, _, . understanding of what the taliban's thinkint is? ., , _, . ., thinking is? it was conflicting for them, it thinking is? it was conflicting for them. it is _ thinking is? it was conflicting for them, it is what _ thinking is? it was conflicting for them, it is what does _ thinking is? it was conflicting for them, it is what does it - thinking is? it was conflicting for them, it is what does it mean, l thinking is? it was conflicting for them, it is what does it mean, it thinking is? it was conflicting for. them, it is what does it mean, it is like a terrorism word, how you define it. everybody defines it for themselves. taliban defines inclusivity as having all religious is, —— all religions, inclusivity as having all religious is, -— all religions, all inclusivity as having all religious is, —— all religions, all political representations from different parties, not specifically from the people who are part of the government of the previous for the past 20 years. but they will have tragic, the uzbek, turkoman, some schars. �* ., . , tragic, the uzbek, turkoman, some schars. �* ., ., , ., tragic, the uzbek, turkoman, some schars— ln - tragic, the uzbek, turkoman, some schars— ln thei schars. but not any women? in the cabinet i schars. but not any women? in the cabinet i don't _ schars. but not any women? in the cabinet i don't see _ schars. but not any women? in the cabinet i don't see any _ schars. but not any women? in the cabinet i don't see any women's . cabinet i don't see any women's neymar�*s. is cabinet i don't see any women's neymar's-_ cabinet i don't see any women's ne mar's. , ., ., neymar's. is that a mistake, do you think? -- shias. —
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neymar's. is that a mistake, do you think? -- shias. for— neymar's. is that a mistake, do you think? -- shias. for the _ neymar's. is that a mistake, do you think? -- shias. for the time - neymar's. is that a mistake, do you | think? -- shias. for the time being, the will think? -- shias. for the time being, they will need _ think? -- shias. for the time being, they will need to _ think? -- shias. for the time being, they will need to know _ think? -- shias. for the time being, they will need to know who - think? -- shias. for the time being, they will need to know who will - think? -- shias. for the time being, they will need to know who will be i they will need to know who will be able to represent afghan women, but they are playing for the second layer of the leadership. blatant they are playing for the second layer of the leadership. now come to international — layer of the leadership. now come to international legitimacy, _ layer of the leadership. now come to international legitimacy, that - layer of the leadership. now come to international legitimacy, that is - international legitimacy, that is what the western world sees as one of its remaining few tools of leverage over the taliban. how important is it to them as a group? it is very important, that is why the delays are coming, actually for the delays are coming, actually for the legitimacy and the recognition of international community was not important for them, they could have announced their government days before. the delays that are coming because to consider many other factors which can help them and assist them with the inclusivity, and also the recognition of the international community. fine and also the recognition of the international community. one of the bit international community. one of the big challenges _ international community. one of the big challenges for _ international community. one of the big challenges for the _ international community. one of the big challenges for the taliban - international community. one of the big challenges for the taliban will i big challenges for the taliban will be controlling big cities. they have beenin be controlling big cities. they have been in charge of more rural areas for a while now, but how will they be able to persuade more young, educated, urban afghans, that they can represent them, that they shouldn't leave the country? yes.
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can represent them, that they shouldn't leave the country? yes, it really seems _ shouldn't leave the country? yes, it really seems a _ shouldn't leave the country? yes, it really seems a big _ shouldn't leave the country? yes, it really seems a big challenge, i shouldn't leave the country? yes, it really seems a big challenge, not i really seems a big challenge, not only in that sense, but also in the police sense as well. they were not used to being a police, a rule of power party, much of them were coming from the military and operations. so currently in the is no police. secondly convincing the technocrats, the youngsters, the youngsters, the urbanites, the more globalised youngsters of afghanistan, it has been an issue for them. they will be working with few representations, not only on the cabinet but also the other layers of the leadership to convince the urban is to stay and be helpful to them. recently they have started a lot on the propaganda in the media to change the narrative, to convince the urbanites to stay around with them, consult with them, and
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reintegrate them.— them, consult with them, and reintegrate them. them, consult with them, and reintetrate them. . ~' ,, . reintegrate them. thank you so much. a lecturer at — reintegrate them. thank you so much. a lecturer at kabul _ reintegrate them. thank you so much. a lecturer at kabul university. - reintegrate them. thank you so much. a lecturer at kabul university. so i a lecturer at kabul university. so many people are saying right now, transforming themselves from an insurgent group to a government is likely to be one of the taliban's biggest challenges. back to you. much more coming up in the next half an hour. we arejust much more coming up in the next half an hour. we are just going much more coming up in the next half an hour. we arejust going to pause right now, we will catch up with the weather prospects with staff. it has been another day of mixed fortunes, northern ireland and northern england had a lovely day, plenty of sunshine, warm as well, close to the mid 20 celsius, further south across much of england and wales, a lot more cloud around but there have been some breaks. an area of high pressure still in the same position as it has been for a while now, and it is going to bring more cloud again, back in off the north sea come across much of the country through the night. there will be some clearer spells, western scotland, perhaps part of southern england as well, south—west wales but generally for most temperatures double figures, single digits where we have lengthy clear skies will
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stop friday looking pretty similar once again, rather cloudy skies across the board. into the afternoon, sunshine will break through across parts of scotland come into northern ireland, may be southern areas of england again and into south wales. elsewhere, it should be staying cloudy with those temperatures mid to high teens, but warmer than that when we have the sunshine. the weekend looks quite mixed, looks like saturday is a similar story, mixed, looks like saturday is a similarstory, rather mixed, looks like saturday is a similar story, rather cloudy, limited sunshine. sunday could see some rain from northern ireland, western scotland, but signs of things warming up across the south on sunday, taking us to next week, where it will be turning much warmer for many of us. hello this is bbc news. the headlines. an independent inquiry finds shocking failings and �*blatant hypocrisy�* in the way major religious groups have handled allegations of child abuse. we looked at 38 religions in total and i think we found failings in every organisation we looked at.
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a state of emergency in new york — at least nine people have died in flash flooding — 3 inches of rain fell in one hour in central park. imagine the horror of you are sitting in your own basement apartment and the water just floods in all of a sudden, with no notice and you struggled to get out but you can't. it's an awful, awful situation. the foreign secretary says the uk will need to engage with the taliban about reopening kabul airport and getting people out of afghanistan. we are working at pace. as you can see, we are out, i'm out here engaging with all of the key partners and i will be moving on, travelling in the region to facilitate that as well. dame sarah storey becomes britain's most successful paralympian of all time — a remarkable ride in tokyo bringing her 17th gold medal.
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and — mamma mia... are abba about to release new music nearly 40 years after they last performed together? fear not we are going to be talking about that. right now it is time for the sports news. here's kathryn downs. looking forward to lisa's abba song titles. where to start by rounding up the days action at the paralympics four metals games and took it with history made and records broken. paralympics gb stay second in the metals table. javelin
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set a new victorious game debut for him. he has a degenerative site condition and he competed as a non—disabled athlete before switching to paris board. he threw 65 point nine metres in the f t final. bethany one ps 1400 titles of their games in a row. she said it's been a once she's been waiting for all week. and on the track successful ben watson who won his second gold and tokyo with a brilliant t for team—mate c1 three road race james harris storey as he was saying in the headlines has won her 17th gold medal to become britain's most successful paralympic end. it's nearly 30 years does claiming her paralympic title at age 14 at the barcelona games in 1992. in this one bull at that point before she switched her cycling put picturing in the c—4, five road race saw her right into the history books. ~ saw her right into the history
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books.. ,, trained for 32 degrees and 85% humidity. it was 70 degrees, i was looking at my bike computer, 17 degrees. i had to wear a base layer there were no cooling strategies needed, we were asking for heat packs. brilliant weather to be trying to hit it round corners. just trying to hit it round corners. just try and do the best you could. it still feels a bit like an out of body experience. it's like you're watching some videos go through that. it is very, very hard to put into words. i work for this for such a long time but i work for each race independently. so now we finished all three i'm like, where finish. i'm going home tomorrow evening. it's very strange. i'm hoping over the course of the next few hours and the course of the next few hours and the next day before i get home and starts to sink in. ijust had so many messages was up and trying desperately hard to reply to them as quickly as i can. it's incredibly overwhelming. it quickly as i can. it's incredibly overwhelming.— quickly as i can. it's incredibly overwhelming.
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quickly as i can. it's incredibly overwhelmint. ., , ., overwhelming. it had been going so well for england _ overwhelming. it had been going so well for england on _ overwhelming. it had been going so well for england on day _ overwhelming. it had been going so well for england on day one - overwhelming. it had been going so well for england on day one of i overwhelming. it had been going so well for england on day one of the l well for england on day one of the fourth test dominant this morning. and for a match of the afternoon india all out for 191. top scoring with 57. captain also reach a half—century but chris walks on his return trip four wickets on what was an impressive day for england's bowlers. but england had just gone into bat and india have taken too early wickets. rory burns for five and have a need for a dog. and it is currently six for two. the five match series is tied at one all. live commentary on test match special honour five live sports extra. were going to see another inkling batting collapse. it's been a summer to rememberfor inkling batting collapse. it's been a summer to remember for 18—year—old emma reddick on you. she could make more memories at the us open today. she's in the first set of her second round match against china. a great start as well for the bread. she's already broken twice. currently 5—1 in that first set. she looks like
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she's going well at flushing meadows. 53 days after the euro 2020 final england's footballers are back in action tonight. this time is it a bid to qualify for the world cup in qatar next year. the ticket on hungary and budapest they know things won't be easy against a team who held both france and germany two draw that the euros. in who held both france and germany two draw that the euros.— draw that the euros. in terms of qualification _ draw that the euros. in terms of qualification it's _ draw that the euros. in terms of qualification it's a _ draw that the euros. in terms of qualification it's a really - qualification it's a really important opportunity for us because if you can take points off your nearest challenges in their own home thenit nearest challenges in their own home then it puts us in a really strong position. and we would be in control of the group basically. looking good for a third consecutive red jersey with three stages to go. today was a queen stage. the hardest of the race. columbia is aannggeell lopez climbed his way to a memorable stage
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victory. climbed his way to a memorable stage victo . ~ . climbed his way to a memorable stage victo .~ . , . victory. while glitch looks secure in red. victory. while glitch looks secure in red- he _ victory. while glitch looks secure in red. he was _ victory. while glitch looks secure in red. he was second _ victory. while glitch looks secure in red. he was second in - victory. while glitch looks secure in red. he was second in today's| in red. he was second in today's stage and and half minutes clear at the top of the standings. more support coming up for you of course in sports day at half past six. it's back to you. you would be amazed at how often that happens. don't worry. we are all a bit jittery and excited. the time right now is 21 minutes to six. we get to talk more about that in a few minutes. before that a couple more stories to bring you here on bbc news. coronavirus because the latest data has been released by the government. the latest statistics showing that a further 178 people have died within 28 days of a positive covid test. that brings the total number of guests across the uk total number of guests across the uk
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to 132,920. in the last 24 hour period more than 38,000 further cases have been confirmed. again thatis cases have been confirmed. again that is a uk wide figure. after 18 months of disruption to schools because of covid the education secretary says he expects a greater sense of normality this term as pupils in england start to return to the classroom. kevin williamson also said he hoped that scientific advisers would make a decision very soon as he put it to recommend covid vaccinations for 12 to 15—year—olds. and the parents would welcome having the option to give the child a job. health experts say the decision is finally balanced. mum of two is running uniform exchange for parents in greater manchester. her children are among thousands returning to schools across the uk. it’s schools across the uk. it's important _ schools across the uk. it's important they _ schools across the uk. it�*s important they return, they need not just the education perspective but they also need the social lives.
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they learned so much from each other at this age. they learned so much from each other at this ate. . . they learned so much from each other atthisate. , , , at this age. pupils in english, wales and — at this age. pupils in english, wales and northern - at this age. pupils in english, wales and northern ireland i at this age. pupils in english, l wales and northern ireland will see fewer covid restrictions before the summer holidays. social distancing bubbles among the restrictions ease. but in scotland where students return to the middle of august both remain. the education secretary for england says teachers are ready. we've seen the lifting of all national— we've seen the lifting of all national restrictions so people can io national restrictions so people can go about— national restrictions so people can go about their business. and it's really— go about their business. and it's really important for us that children— really important for us that children are having as normal a pre—pandemic education and experience as possible. but we do recognise — experience as possible. but we do recognise precautionary measures have to be — recognise precautionary measures have to be taken. to recognise precautionary measures have to be taken.— have to be taken. to help make this tossible have to be taken. to help make this possible secondary _ have to be taken. to help make this possible secondary school— have to be taken. to help make this possible secondary school children i possible secondary school children in england are being invited to take two lateral flow tests in school three — five days apart. pupils across the uk are being encouraged to continue with the twice—weekly testing from home. those testing
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positive and england will be contacted by the nhs test and trace service and instructed to isolate. but ministers say schools no longer need to send large groups own when they come into contact with a confirmed case. in scotland the first minister is among those linking a rapid rise in cases to schools reopening leading to his concerns that england could also see a large increase. but public health england believed that schools will not be a driver of infections. latte not be a driver of infections. we are not be a driver of infections. - are reassured and these studies and these surveys confirm this regularly. these schools are not the hub in fig to eight infection in communities. it’s hub in fig to eight infection in communities.— hub in fig to eight infection in communities. �* , , ., .. , communities. it's widely accepted that mass vaccine _ communities. it's widely accepted that mass vaccine in _ communities. it's widely accepted that mass vaccine in adults i communities. it's widely accepted that mass vaccine in adults is i communities. it's widely accepted that mass vaccine in adults is less lead to lessen the transmission in schools with up but some argue that all 12 to 15—year—old should be vaccine. i all 12 to 15-year-old should be vaccine. ., , , all 12 to 15-year-old should be vaccine. ., , ., , ., all 12 to 15-year-old should be vaccine. ., ., ., ., vaccine. i would probably go for a sintle vaccine. i would probably go for a single does _ vaccine. i would probably go for a single does for _ vaccine. i would probably go for a single does for 12 _ vaccine. i would probably go for a single does for 12 to _ vaccine. i would probably go for a single does for 12 to 15-year-oldsj vaccine. i would probably go for a i single does for 12 to 15-year-olds a single does for 12 to 15—year—olds a one-off— single does for 12 to 15—year—olds a one-off in— single does for 12 to 15—year—olds a one—off in order to public health generally— one—off in order to public health generally break transmission change in society— generally break transmission change in society for the decision on who
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should _ in society for the decision on who should be — in society for the decision on who should be offered vaccine lies with the joint _ should be offered vaccine lies with the joint committee on vaccination and immunisation which independently advises _ and immunisation which independently advises. ~ . . and immunisation which independently advises. ~ , , ., and immunisation which independently advises. . . . advises. ministers in england say if they recommend _ advises. ministers in england say if they recommend injection - advises. ministers in england say if they recommend injection for- advises. ministers in england say if they recommend injection for 12 i advises. ministers in england say if they recommend injection for 12 to| they recommend injection for 12 to 15 euros they are ready to support the rollout. the indian actor has died at the age of 40 back after heart attack. he was best known for his role in the long—running tv show and for winning the 13th series of the reality show big balls. tributes have been coming in from fellow stars and from fans and public figures across india. the moment is very nearly here. the scandinavian pop superstars, abba, are making a major
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announcement in the next ten minutes or so. is it going to include new music? it's thought it will include new music from the group behind hits like waterloo, dancing queen and mamma mia. last week they launched a website called abba voyage, along with billboards and social media pages which are promising an announcement at 5:45 this evening. the band haven't performed live together for nearly 40 years. there is an event happening and is lunging at olympic park. that's what the big reveal is going to be in the next little while. this is the webs fling that web page that lots have been signing up to. they are logged onto my spies tell me, even at five o'clock so with an hour to go they were already 15,000 people in the queue. ice expect it's a bigger queue. ice expect it's a bigger queue than that now. while we wait for the big let's talk first of all to an abba super fan.
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for the big let's talk first of all to an abba superfan. hi catherine. it was lovely because when we started playing waterloo i can see, even though the audience couldn't add a massive smile on your face. how excited are you right now? extreme right to enact extremely excited. it kicks off around quarter to six stop if you hear a bell or buzzer that my re—minder or youtube. i know because you have to be elsewhere. we will let you go. what are you hoping for, what are you anticipating?— are you hoping for, what are you antici-atint ? . ., ., , ~ ., anticipating? well we already know we've tot anticipating? well we already know we've got two _ anticipating? well we already know we've got two new _ anticipating? well we already know we've got two new songs _ anticipating? well we already know we've got two new songs for i we've got two new songs for definite. we've also got the hologram show. rumours have been flying about about three songs, five songs, and of the eight songs, we don't know if we can get an album or not. but we will soon find out. it's highly exciting. this is such a big promotion it has to be something extremely special and worthwhile. is extremely special and worthwhile. is there any risk with this at all? the risk that people might say well, the songs are fine but it's not like the
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old days. is there a risk it all, do you feel? i old days. is there a risk it all, do ou feel? ., �* old days. is there a risk it all, do you feel?— old days. is there a risk it all, do ou feel? ., �* ., , you feel? i don't feel if there was a ma'or you feel? i don't feel if there was a major risk _ you feel? i don't feel if there was a major risk l _ you feel? i don't feel if there was a major risk i don't _ you feel? i don't feel if there was a major risk i don't think- you feel? i don't feel if there was | a major risk i don't think they take it. the time is right for abbott to come back. and 39 years sense they called it is, it's lucky to be an issue. i think they're just can have some really big hits over the next couple of months or so at least. have you ever seen them live? is not the thing you would really love above anything else in the world? i above anything else in the world? i have never seen them live, i was too young to go. this hologram show will make the whole difference was that i know it's not going to be and really up know it's not going to be and really up there but it will remind me of something that i actually missed. i think i'm going to really enjoy it along with otherfans think i'm going to really enjoy it along with other fans as well. interesting. you think the holograms would be ok? it’s interesting. you think the holograms
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would be ok?— would be ok? it's a curious concept. it is a would be ok? it's a curious concept. it is a curious _ would be ok? it's a curious concept. it is a curious concept _ would be ok? it's a curious concept. it is a curious concept with _ would be ok? it's a curious concept. it is a curious concept with all i would be ok? it's a curious concept. it is a curious concept with all the i it is a curious concept with all the technology and everything. i know that we've seen elvis and roy orbison and whitney houston but i 0rbison and whitney houston but i think this is good to be even bigger and better then those shows. tbtiiii and better then those shows. all right. i'll spot you in the front of the queue when it all happens. we are going to let you go because although there is masses that you and i could chat about, my life will not be worth living if you miss the start of that. thank you for being with us. thank you for being with us. 0ur entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba is here with me now. starting moment calorie that's what that says. is starting moment calorie that's what that sa s. . . starting moment calorie that's what that sa s. , ., ., ., that says. is that the name of the new song. _ that says. is that the name of the new song, starting _ that says. is that the name of the new song, starting momentarily? that says. is that the name of the i new song, starting momentarily? and getting feedback that ate me and slightly misunderstood the whole thing. i slightly misunderstood the whole thint. ., ~ ., slightly misunderstood the whole thint. ., ,, ., �*, , thing. i do know, it's interesting, one soper— thing. i do know, it's interesting, one soper fan _ thing. i do know, it's interesting, one super fan thinks _ thing. i do know, it's interesting, one super fan thinks it _ thing. i do know, it's interesting, one super fan thinks it is - thing. i do know, it's interesting, one super fan thinks it is not i thing. i do know, it's interesting, one super fan thinks it is not a i one super fan thinks it is not a risk. have we had examples from history where this is fallen flat when a great band is try to come
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back, they took decades later? it is back, they took decades later? it is a risk. it back, they took decades later? it 3 a risk. it depends on what you think is up for collateral in terms of risk. in terms of reputation, they could produce something that sounds like somebody scraping a screw down a rusty garage door and it wouldn't stop people loving songs like dancing queen, fernando, all those kinds of things. people would be slightly disappointed if it wasn't up slightly disappointed if it wasn't up to scratch but it doesn't disturb that incredible legacy. i can't speak for abba but i suspect we are not far off a situation where the thought, it's been a while, we enjoy each other�*s company let's see how some recording of music owes. if we are enjoying it that's what matters to us. the money it doesn't matter, they don't need the money. absolutely they do not need the money, money, money. i'm sorry that went too fast for me. they don't need that. i think probably the attitude that we've recorded some stuff, these zones are come in a few
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minutes on, we enjoy doing it, we want to share with fans because we know they want to put up at the fans like it that's great, if they don't we are slightly disappointed but the whole point is it something that has brought them together. 0ver brought them together. over the decades music is what has bound them together in the very beginning and it kept them together even though they've gone in their separate directions over the years. many have never stopped _ directions over the years. many have never stopped working. _ directions over the years. many have never stopped working. they - directions over the years. many have never stopped working. they been i never stopped working. they been writing music for decades, some together, some for decades. it's their life, it's their lifeblood. it's interesting that after very nearly 40 back years that they've worked together again. absolutely. they are a perfectionist in the studio, are they? to they are a perfectionist in the studio, are they?— they are a perfectionist in the studio, are they? to be fair 2018 was when they — studio, are they? to be fair 2018 was when they first _ studio, are they? to be fair 2018 was when they first announced i studio, are they? to be fair 2018 i was when they first announced they were making two new songs that we are still waiting and hoping in the next for the next few minutes. a few tracks that's perfectionism it's a bit more than perfectionism. the production on it should be absolutely fantastic. we are will
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just wait and see put up a very different people from when they were writing and singing three or for decades ago. it wouldn't surprise me if some was really sparkling with that incredible abba magic thatjust puts a huge smile on your face when you listen to those soaring courses. in the announcements as we mentioned over at olympic park and a suggestion that benny will be there. we have seen pictures of benny and bjorn are in london earlier today which of been circulating on social media. i suspect it's all part of the publishing game put up there is a photographer we weren't expecting taking a picture of us getting outside our current hotel. it helps build up all the excitement for fans. just dropping those little clues that yes, it really is happening. i'd be very surprised if we didn't see them in the next few minutes. saying hey were in london, what a surprise. latte minutes. saying hey were in london, what a surprise.— what a surprise. we will see and tens of thousands _ what a surprise. we will see and tens of thousands of _ what a surprise. we will see and tens of thousands of people i what a surprise. we will see and tens of thousands of people will| tens of thousands of people will find out in the coming minutes. more
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from you over the course of the evening. all keeping an eye on that. the actual feed evening. all keeping an eye on that. the actualfeed i'm being evening. all keeping an eye on that. the actual feed i'm being told evening. all keeping an eye on that. the actualfeed i'm being told i think isjust getting the actualfeed i'm being told i think is just getting underway. the actualfeed i'm being told i think isjust getting underway. memories and the amazing story of how vile a little band from sweden conquered the entire world. but todayis conquered the entire world. but today is time of abba once again pulled bring us together and take us on this amazing voyage. a voyage filled with music and lots of surprises. and when i see surprises i mean — surprises. and tonight i am so happy to say that the audiences filled with only about super fans! make some noise! . come on make some noise! are you guys excited? well
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then i think it's time for us to buckle up and enjoy the ride. so that is the start of the feed. the big reveal is at six o'clock. sadly, we must pull away from that and i think you know where to find it if you like to carry on watching wasn't much more that to come this evening. we must turn to the rest of the days news was that of other news stories here today. it is back to some children in wales this week. and growing concerns about covid—19. the welsh government says it will be closely monitoring infection rates when schools reopen. it's the first day of secondary school. the first tentative steps into the new term. and the headset
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is initially at least they will still be covid measures simply could not place. flilli" still be covid measures simply could not lace. ., , ., , , still be covid measures simply could not-lace. ., , ., , , ., not place. our main priority is to trotect not place. our main priority is to protect people — not place. our main priority is to protect people from _ not place. our main priority is to protect people from getting i not place. our main priority is to i protect people from getting covid. and therefore we are still using face coverings and we are still using prioritising information and education for all our students and involving all our student to eight families in social distancing. schools and councils will be taking it a different approach. all will be assessing the impact of a new government framework which sets out how local risk should determine what measures if any are needed. business as usual as far as possible but some union say it's far too vague. but for the welsh government what's been described as a chaotic start to eight start to the term. dave now said that no final decision has been made to by its own disinfecting machines meant to clear classrooms of covid. despite announcing the £3 million announcement at the start of
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this week. but despite the pandemic, some things don't change. the nerves, the excitement of the first day in high school. it’s nerves, the excitement of the first day in high school.— day in high school. it's a bit annoying — day in high school. it's a bit annoying having _ day in high school. it's a bit annoying having to - day in high school. it's a bit annoying having to wear- day in high school. it's a bit| annoying having to wear the day in high school. it's a bit i annoying having to wear the mask everywhere and react to social distance a bit more. but still i can't wait. tbs, distance a bit more. but still i can't wait-— can't wait. a mother of six is apprehensive _ can't wait. a mother of six is apprehensive about - can't wait. a mother of six is apprehensive about the i can't wait. a mother of six is i apprehensive about the return to school. theirfamily apprehensive about the return to school. their family lost a apprehensive about the return to school. theirfamily lost a loved apprehensive about the return to school. their family lost a loved 12 covid and rising cases are on her mind. i covid and rising cases are on her mind. ., _, . ., mind. i am concerned about the increased _ mind. i am concerned about the increased risk _ mind. i am concerned about the increased risk of _ mind. i am concerned about the increased risk of them - mind. i am concerned about the increased risk of them catching | increased risk of them catching covid~ — increased risk of them catching covid. north wales, we are on the increase _ covid. north wales, we are on the increase with the numbers and we have _ increase with the numbers and we have some — increase with the numbers and we have some elderly members, and vulnerable — have some elderly members, and vulnerable members in our family. we tried to _ vulnerable members in our family. we tried to maybe just meet outside and try to _ tried to maybe just meet outside and try to keep— tried to maybe just meet outside and try to keep each other say. but is a difficult _ try to keep each other say. but is a difficult position. i try to keep each other say. but is a difficult position.— difficult position. i think i'm lookint difficult position. i think i'm looking forward _ difficult position. i think i'm looking forward to - difficult position. i think i'm looking forward to seeing i difficult position. i think i'ml looking forward to seeing my difficult position. i think i'm - looking forward to seeing my friends and socialising — looking forward to seeing my friends and socialising in _ looking forward to seeing my friends and socialising in person— looking forward to seeing my friends and socialising in person more. i looking forward to seeing my friends and socialising in person more. andl and socialising in person more. and i'm quite _ and socialising in person more. and i'm quite looking _ and socialising in person more. and i'm quite looking forward _ and socialising in person more. and i'm quite looking forward to- i'm quite looking forward to starting _ i'm quite looking forward to starting my— i'm quite looking forward to starting my gcsu _ i'm quite looking forward to starting my gcsu subjects i i'm quite looking forward to. starting my gcsu subjects as i'm quite looking forward to- starting my gcsu subjects as well. seeing _ starting my gcsu subjects as well. seeing my— starting my gcsu subjects as well. seeing my friends _ starting my gcsu subjects as well. seeing my friends again _ starting my gcsu subjects as well. seeing my friends again and -
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starting my gcsu subjects as well. i seeing my friends again and looking forward to having a new teacher. the welsh government will monitor the impact of covid as schools return. but vaccinations have changed the context it says. a new term with the hope of normality. but still uncertainty about what is ahead. we are edging up to the six o'clock news with george ella la gaia but before that were just going to hear a little from the prime minister. and last few minutes he's been talking about afghanistan. he's been on a visit to troops in essex and was asked when he became aware that there was a risk of kabul falling to the taliban. it’s there was a risk of kabul falling to the taliban-— the taliban. it's a great privilege to be here _ the taliban. it's a great privilege to be here talking _ the taliban. it's a great privilege to be here talking to _ the taliban. it's a great privilege to be here talking to the - the taliban. it's a great privilege| to be here talking to the amazing people who've been bringing people back from kabul over the last few weeks. i think what people don't understand is that the operation that they will be doing that has
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been planned, prepared for months and months. and long before the c00 documents which you refer. to give you an example, the baron hotel which was so important, the evacuation handling that was commissioned months ago. and you can't do an operation like this just on the spur of the moment. and i really congratulate the men and women of our armed forces for what they have done. and everybody involved. the home office, the c00 has been quite amazing. no one expected to move so many people, 16,000, almost 16,000 people. expected to move so many people, 16,000, almost16,000 people. it's the biggest humanitarian airlift in the biggest humanitarian airlift in the history of this country. it the biggest humanitarian airlift in the history of this country. iii it the history of this country. if it was so clear _ the history of this country. if it was so clear that _ the history of this country. if it was so clear that kabul was so close to falling, why did you allow the foreign secretary to go on holiday, why did you allow him to extend his holiday? i why did you allow him to extend his holida ? ~ �* , why did you allow him to extend his holida ? ,, �* , , . . why did you allow him to extend his holida ? ,, �*, , . . ., holiday? i think it's been clear for many months _ holiday? i think it's been clear for many months that _
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holiday? i think it's been clear for many months that the _ holiday? i think it's been clear for many months that the situation . holiday? i think it's been clear for - many months that the situation could go very fast and that has been part of the intelligence briefing. there's also been suggestions as you know that the afghan national defence might hold on for longer. but logically you can see what happened. the... once people felt, the afghan army felt that they were no longer going to be getting that american air cover than i think the logic for them became really to end their resistance. and so things did go faster. but you can see the extent of the planning that's been put into this. you can see the immense effort, the care, the thought, dedication of our armed forces. i really congratulate them. as for the work of the government it's been going on continuously. truth? it's been going on continuously. why did the foreign secretary take a break? i
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did the foreign secretary take a break? ~' ., ., break? i think the whole government has been working _ break? i think the whole government has been working continuously - break? i think the whole government has been working continuously to - has been working continuously to make sure that we did what we could to extract people from kabul. and i think everybody who has taken part, i'm talking about the armed forces, everybody who was taken part in the kabul airlift, they seem some pretty harrowing things and they've been exposed to people in the extremity of anxiety, fear for exposed to people in the extremity of anxiety, fearfor their exposed to people in the extremity of anxiety, fear for their lives. exposed to people in the extremity of anxiety, fearfor their lives. in dave's put 28 that i think they should be proud of what they've done. ~ , , , ., should be proud of what they've done. i, , .,. . ., done. why is it still not clear how many peeple _ done. why is it still not clear how many peeple have _ done. why is it still not clear how many people have not _ done. why is it still not clear how many people have not been - done. why is it still not clear how. many people have not been brought out of afghanistan? british nationals or otherwise who are eligible to commit. why don't you have a clear picture of that number and what is your advice to those people because that will they make it over to the border? i people because that will they make it over to the border?— it over to the border? i think there's a _ it over to the border? i think there's a simple _ it over to the border? i think there's a simple reason - it over to the border? i think there's a simple reason for. it over to the border? i think - there's a simple reason for that. when you look at the numbers that we've helped to come out both in
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terms of the eligible persons, dep group and the afghan repatriation and the assistance programme we have way exceeded the numbers we thought were eligible. so your question is a really good one but the answer is that obviously there are some and we care for them very much. with thinking about them, doing everything we can to help. but the extent of the evacuation cover the extraction it's already happened as i think really amaze people. and i think the realjob now... two things we gotta do. we gotta continue to do the work with local councils to help people find places to live, make sure the kids can go to school, make sure the kids can go to school, make sure they can properly integrate into the uk economy and society. and secondly, we've got to make sure that we level with the taliban or the new authorities in kabul. and
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they've got to understand that if they've got to understand that if they want engagement with the west, with us and our friends and i they want engagement with the west, with us and ourfriends and i doubt that they do, the first priority for them, for us is safe passage for those who want to leave. and we set various other conditions for making sure that all those funds are unfrozen, which you know about.
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today at six... a public inquiry into child sexual abuse within religious groups finds shocking failings. the abuse that will not speak its name — we hear from a victim as an inquiry finds blatant hypocrisy in the way dozens of groups deal with the issue. the sense of powerlessness and hopelessness because i didn't fully recognise what was going on at the time was wrong. this latest inquiry follows others into abuse in the catholic and protestant faiths. also tonight... the subway flooded, road and rail lines out of action — at least 15 dead as hurricane ida's tail lashes new york, newjersey and the northeast of america. the foreign secretary is in the gulf trying to negotiate more evacuations from afghanistan — he says britain will have
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to engage with the taliban.

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