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at our most vulnerable, in the push and pull of makes us human, in the battle for the soul of america, unity is our greatest strength. memorial events for the british victims are taking place in london, with the uk prime minister borisjohnson insisting people refuse to live "in permanent fear" of the terrorists. we can now say with the perspective of 20 years that they failed to shake our belief in freedom and democracy. they failed to drive our nations apart. the attacks led to the invasion of afghanistan — now back under taliban control — and many, there, fear for the future. we'll have the latest, and hearfrom the bbc�*s world affairs editor, john simpson, on 20 years of the war on terror. i think you can only possibly say in 2021 that it was an absolute disaster and an absolute failure. and we'll hear from people across the globe —
reflecting on how the 9/11 attacks changed their lives. in other news, lawyers for the woman who's accused prince andrew of sexual abuse, claim they've successfully served him with legal papers. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. president biden has appealed for national unity as he leads memorial events today to mark 20 years since the 9/11 attacks. the president and first lady will visit new york, washington and pennsylvania, where the four hijacked planes were crashed — killing nearly 3,000 people. 0ur north america correspondent nomia iqbal reports. twin beams of light shoot up
into the new york sky. as is tradition, they will shine from dusk till dawn to remember those who died on 9/11. and in a speech ahead of his arrival in the city, president biden reminded america of a time when it was united. the days that followed september 11th 2001, we saw heroism everywhere, in places expected and unexpected. we also saw something all too rare — a true sense of national unity. unity and resilience. the capacity to recover and repair in the face of trauma. unity in service. in new york, he willjoin the families who lost loved ones. former presidents bush and 0bama will be here, too. the ceremony will pause six times to acknowledge the exact moments america was under attack that day. the 20th anniversary of 9/11 has taken on a greater significance
since us troops left afghanistan for good. but here, people are remembering where they were that day, what they lost and where they now stand as a country. charles wolf will be at the commemorations. the last time he saw his swansea—born wife katherine was when she left for work. a0 minutes later, the first plane would hit the north tower. we fell in love without even knowing each other. wejust met, and in a minute or two it was like all over. and there's something in our souls, it's like, it's like we knew each and there's something in our souls, it's like... it's like we knew each other in past lives or something. she'd say, "let's have a meal with a nice bottle of wine." he's campaigned for fairer compensation forfamilies of the nearly 3,000 victims.
the impact of that day will never diminish for the families, but today, 20 years to the day, president biden hopes to get america past the 9/11 era, moving it from memory to history. nomia iqbal, bbc news, new york. in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the lives of new yorkers were turned upside down — and many were drawn to public service for the first time. there was a surge in people enlisting for the us military, wanting to defend america. and for young adults, who grew up with parents suffering trauma from that day, there's still a desire to serve and to heal. the bbc�*s laura trevelyan has been talking to the daughter of a first responder, and the mayor ofjersey city, about how 9/11 changed their lives. across the water from where the twin towers once stood, a fragment of the world trade center is a memorial to those from jersey city who died in the 9/11 attacks. stephen fulop was working in manhattan then. he's now the local mayor, reflecting on how one day changed everything for him.
i was working at goldman sachs, about a block—and—a—half from the world trade center. you could actually feel the building shake. you know, in the days after, ijust kind of reassessed what i was doing with my life, and decided to enlist in the military, the marine corps, and then was subsequently deployed. so, kind of, a career change as a result of 9/11. would you ever have thought of doing that, were it not for 9/11? was it on your mind? no, it wasn't on my mind. i come from a family of immigrants, holocaust survivors, and ijust, kind of, viewed it as a partial payment for citizenship at that point. like, some sort of service. and ifelt like military service was the best way to kind of give back that point. giving back is also on brittany mercado�*s mind. she was only three on 9/11, yet grew up in the shadow of the attacks. her fatherjorge, a first responder, was on the scene immediately, trying to help people, and suffered post—traumatic stress disorder as a result, which was undiagnosed for years. dealing with someone with ptsd is not easy at all. like, they have a lot of symptoms,
like being irrational, or the nightmares that he's had — he just screams at night, it would wake me up. that affected us a lot in the home. now brittany�*s at college studying psychology, with the help of a charity which supports the children of first responders. herfather�*s trauma is shaping herfuture. i want to take my experience and help future first responders and veterans, in regards to mental health. when i was in high school, i was really not the best daughter to him. i regret how i treated him. now i'm making up for it, because i have to so much. ——now i'm making up for it, because i help him so much. that impetus to serve others has driven stephen fulop since 9/11. after serving in the marines, he was honoured by the then—mayor ofjersey city, who persuaded him to run for office. the attacks of september the 11th transformed the career of this one—time banker. well, 100%, because i would never have been in the military and that would never have led to my meeting the mayor
which would never have led to me being where i am today. so i probably would have been still in finance, maybe at goldman, maybe at somewhere else, probably making a little more money, but probably not doing work that is as fulfilling as what i'm doing today. the tragedy and the horror of a single day 20 years ago reshaped the city and so many lives. out of that darkness came some light — a chance for people to serve a greater good. laura trevelyan, bbc news, newjersey. we can speak now to ron siarnicki, executive director, national fallen firefighters foundation, first responder center for excellence. thank you so much forjoining us, ron. first of all, you had only been in your role for a matter of weeks when 9/11 came about and it must be very difficult talking about it but please take a slew, if you will, what your memories are of that day.
—— take us through. first what your memories are of that day. -- take us through.— -- take us through. first of all, thank you _ -- take us through. first of all, thank you for— -- take us through. first of all, thank you for letting _ -- take us through. first of all, thank you for letting me - -- take us through. first of all, thank you for letting me be - -- take us through. first of all, thank you for letting me be a l -- take us through. first of all, i thank you for letting me be a part of this day which is a very special day with the anniversary. i had just retired from her role as a fire chief in maryland in ten weeks later was in my office where the national firefighters memorial is located in heard about a plane crash in new york and of course we turned the television on, saw the first hour and immediately thought that it was and immediately thought that it was an aviation accident. and as the second plane hit i knew immediately that it was not, that this was an attack on our country and is understanding that the fire service was going to do whatever they could to help i needed firefighters from the city of new york were going to enter the building and try to make rescues and deal with the disastrous efforts of the fire and when the towers fell and i knew that firefighters had been killed just from the massive collapse. and that was when we began to put together ideas of how we could help the
families of the fallen firefighters because that would be the largest loss in a single incident for firefighters in the history of our country. firefighters in the history of our count . ., . , firefighters in the history of our count . ., ., , , ., country. for many people who were watchin: country. for many people who were watching the _ country. for many people who were watching the devastating _ country. for many people who were watching the devastating events - country. for many people who were watching the devastating events on| watching the devastating events on their tv screens, many of us remember the dust and at that had fallen and coated everything, which would really a haunting image. —— dust and ash. what was it like for you experiencing that there from the scene? ~ , ., ., ., ., scene? when my team and i got to new york city where — scene? when my team and i got to new york city where we _ scene? when my team and i got to new york city where we were _ scene? when my team and i got to new york city where we were asked - scene? when my team and i got to new york city where we were asked to - scene? when my team and i got to new york city where we were asked to go - york city where we were asked to go the very next day to begin providing support and assistance i had the chance to go down to ground zero and it was just the most eerie feeling because, as you said, everything was covered in ash and i remember specifically walking down one street and there was a delicatessen there that had a lunch counter and all the windows of course blown out and the plates from the people's breakfast
that had been eating there when the towers were stroke was still on the counter and everything was just covered in this grey dust and it looks like a snowstorm had come through inside the buildings and just coated everything. even the salami is and other meats that were hanging in the delhi area were all covered and it was just the most... the most unique, i guess, experience from the same parent at this dust cover inside. —— salamis hanging in the deli. —— unique experience from the deli. —— unique experience from the standpoint of the dust inside. later we found out that all of that was carcinogens, the by—products of combustion which led to many individuals getting world trade center diseases.— individuals getting world trade center diseases. ~ , , ., , ., ., center diseases. absolutely and that is the lingering _ center diseases. absolutely and that is the lingering effect _ center diseases. absolutely and that is the lingering effect of _ center diseases. absolutely and that is the lingering effect of what - is the lingering effect of what happened, the injuries and illnesses
plaguing many people who were there at that time. how do you go about helping people and their families who have gone through that? 50. helping people and their families who have gone through that? so, the --urose of who have gone through that? so, the purpose of the _ who have gone through that? so, the purpose of the foundation _ who have gone through that? so, the purpose of the foundation is - who have gone through that? so, the purpose of the foundation is to - purpose of the foundation is to honour every firefighter who dies in the line of duty in our country and then help the families rebuild their lives, so we work with the individual family members to provide support and assistance, grief intervention, life skills, you know, looking dumb at putting pieces back together after the traumatic loss of a firefighter —— putting the pieces back together. we also help co—workers who had faced the loss. all of these are provided to our programme when a line of duty death occurs and unfortunately in the united states around 100 firefighters die in the line of duty every essay keeps is fairly busy on a regular basis. if} every essay keeps is fairly busy on a regular basis.— a regular basis. 50 cities across the us are _ a regular basis. 50 cities across the us are now— a regular basis. 50 cities across the us are now paying - a regular basis. 50 cities across the us are now paying tribute l a regular basis. 50 cities across| the us are now paying tribute to
a regular basis. 50 cities across - the us are now paying tribute to new york firefighters killed across the world trade center by doing 9/11 memorial stair climb. tells about that and how it pays tribute. the stair climbs _ that and how it pays tribute. tie: stair climbs and a that and how it pays tribute. tue: stair climbs and a pretty unique approach. a couple of firefighters in denver, colorado back in 2005 wanted to do something to pay tribute to the members who died that day. they came up with the idea of a stair climb sending 2200 steps which equates to the 110 stories of the world trade center towers. each person who climbs carries a plastic tag which has the photograph and name of one of the 343. but as people do the climbs they have also added pictures of loved ones, other public safety officers, may be somebody from the local fire department that has passed away in the line duty because that is the remembrance piece. neverforgetting remembrance piece. never forgetting that remembrance piece. neverforgetting that individual and the sacrifice they made that day. then as the
climbs for drastically from one to 50 and they are fundraisers as well, the fund that are made from a climbs provide programming directly back to the city of new york fire department through their counselling services unit and family assistance unit but also from the lessons learned from 911 in our support efforts. we had taken those programmes across the country and use them when there are other line of duty deaths, such as suppressing wildfires in arizona or the west texas fertiliser plant explosion but also single deaths and so it has been a way to take good practices from 911 and turn that into something that would help other people and other departments across the nation. haifa people and other departments across the nation. ., ., , ., , ., the nation. how has it felt for you seen the recent _ the nation. how has it felt for you seen the recent developments . the nation. how has it felt for you seen the recent developments in | seen the recent developments in afghanistan? this
seen the recent developments in afghanistan?— afghanistan? as i watched the elements related _ afghanistan? as i watched the elements related to _ afghanistan? as i watched the i elements related to afghanistan afghanistan? as i watched the - elements related to afghanistan and the middle east i like everyone else would hope that someday the piece would hope that someday the piece would settle and we would get beyond all of that but the most important thing is we have got to keep the hope and keep doing everything we can to help the individuals who have suffered so far and those are the ones that have died in a line of duty, those who are suffering from world trade center disease in the way to do that for us, that remembrance, adding 911 memorial stair climbs and there is a variety of information about them on our website at it is a great way to fill the specs for what our first responders each and every day in our communities. —— great way to feel our respects. communities. -- great way to feel our respects-— our respects. thanks for talking to us. our respects. thanks for talking to us- thanks — our respects. thanks for talking to us. thanks for _ our respects. thanks for talking to us. thanks for having _ our respects. thanks for talking to us. thanks for having me - our respects. thanks for talking to us. thanks for having me this - us. thanks for having me this morning- _ our world affairs editorjohn
simpson has this assessment of the long—term impact of 9/11 and the war on terror which followed. the brutal fact is there's one country that has benefited from the long—term fallout of the tragedy of 9/11 and that is china. all the other countries which had been involved with afghanistan have more or less dropped away. pakistan, which used to be the taliban's main supporter, hasn't been very supportive of it in recent years under their new prime minister, imran khan. that means that the taliban won't reciprocate, won't be so fond of pakistan as they were. india, which put a lot of money and effort into afghanistan, all gone now. the taliban hate india. as for, of course america, britain, italy, france, all the countries that have helped over 20 years to build afghanistan up, they're absolutely finished. that just leaves china. china, which is prepared
to pump large amounts of money into afghanistan, which doesn't care what the taliban do, and in return, of course, the taliban don't care what china does with its muslim minority. so one way or another, the chinese government detests it if you even mention the idea, but the fact is that the long—term beneficiary of what has happened is china. john simpson there. the 9/11 attacks led to the invasion of afghanistan. two decades later, the taliban are back in power. the un has warned the country faces economic collapse and a looming humanitarian disaster. 0ur south asia correspondent yogita limaye sent the latest. the un secretary general antonio guterres has said that an economic collapse in afghanistan is in no—one's interest. he says it'll be catastrophic for the people of the country but would also be a gift to terrorist organisations. this is now the second day that we've heard from top un leaders warning of a humanitarian catastrophe in afghanistan. a large portion of international aid
going into the country has been frozen because there are concerns of it falling into taliban hands, but what we've heard the un secretary general say is that the international community needs to find a way to still somehow get that aid across to people in the country, even if it's not through taliban government sources. you know, he spoke about yemen as an example, saying we found ways there and we need to find ways in afghanistan. we know that more than 18 million people need life—saving support in afghanistan. the un's also said one in three people don't know where their next meal is coming from. when i was there, i visited areas with thousands of people displaced because of the fighting, and i remember scenes when someone
would come in with a little bit of bread to distribute or a little bit of milk and there would be dozens of people surrounding whoever was distributing the food just to grab one piece of bread. and these were not destitute people to start with — they were people who had homes and jobs and led dignified lives but because of the fighting they'd been displaced. many of them have gone back to their homes now that the violence has abated, but they're going back to cities that are bombed out, homes that have been completely destroyed. because of the situation that we've had since the 15th of august and the uncertainty that has been prevailing, many people haven't been able to get back to work. the prices of basic commodities, basic food items, has risen sharply and it's in the context of that and the background of that that we're hearing warnings from the un.
yogita limaye reporting. lawyers acting for virginia giuffre, who claims she was sexually assaulted by prince andrew, say he's been served with legal papers. a judge in new york must now decide whether the documents were in fact served before any case can move forward. court proceedings are due to take place on monday. sarah campbell reports. virginia giuffre, then known as virginia roberts. she alleges that, when she was 17, she was sexually assaulted by prince andrew. he categorically denies the claims. miss giuffre launched her civil case against him last month and, as part of the initial process, papers must be served on the defendant. her lawyers believe that has now been done. the case to proceed.
during a bbc interview in 2019 with the bbc�*s emily maitlis, prince andrew denied the allegations levelled at him by miss giuffre and said he had no recollection of meeting her. i have no recollection of ever meeting this lady. none whatsoever. you don't remember meeting her? no. he's now in balmoral, scotland. on monday afternoon in new york, a telephone conference is scheduled to take place between the judge in this case and legal teams, which should provide further detail as to whether and how this case will proceed. sarah campbell, bbc news. the 9/11 attacks killed people from 90 different countries, and 67 of those who died were from the uk. john maguire has been speaking to some of their relatives about how they'll be remembered today. the hatred which divides nation from nation, race from race, class from class. father forgive.
when rob halligan heard news of the attacks on the world trade center, where his father bob was working, he came here to the bombed remains of coventry cathedral. the parallels with 60 years before were palpable. i had a faith, as a christian. and it was like this challenge, this, kind of, took it all apart. and it was like, how can there be a god? when you've seen all this happen, you know, how can there be a god? and it got me questioning everything. but i think, ultimately, what it made me want to do is turn this around. there was going to be a lot of repercussions from this, bad repercussions. you see a lot of hatred in the world, you see the worlds in a mess. you think, "actually, i don't want to be part of that mess."
"i want to turn this around and make a difference." rob had been estranged from his father, but in the years before he was killed their relationship had grown stronger. the manner of his father's death was a catalyst. rob quit his job to become a full—time musician. # these are the songs i never heard...#. and started working with global care — an international charity for vulnerable children. something good derived from something so evil. and the anniversary is always a difficult time. we don't have a grave, but it is definitely a moment where we can, sort of, stop, and we do — we take part with some of the other families in a little ceremony each year that we do to remember. it's a time of year that i'm glad when it's done. in the west cornwall town of hayle stands a memorial to rick rescorla. he was born here, served with the parachute regiment and later moved to america, where he joined the army and served in the vietnam war. on september the 11th, he was head of security for a finance firm, working in the south tower. when the first plane hit, he ignored calls to evacuate, insisting instead on guiding other workers to safety.
the phone rang and it was rick and he said to me, "stop crying." he said, "i have to get my people out but if something happens to me, "i just want you to know that you made my life." and then i said that back to him. and that's the last time we ever spoke. every year since, susan marks the anniversary quietly, but this year will be different. usually i have stayed every single one of those years by myself on that day, just talking to a few family members. i can tell you this, on this day, i decided i am not sad. we are happy. he is in heaven, he was a hero, and so i invited 30 people to my house that had something to do with his life. many of the families of the 67 british victims will attend a service at the september 11
memorial garden in london. happening — didn't see it happening, i saw a thing happening, and i turned to somebody who works in the store — i didn't know her — and i said, "gosh, my son's in new york, "i hope he's nowhere near that." but by the time i drove home, you know, a mile and a half, my son had rung from maine and said, "where's 0llie, mum?" and, it went from there rapidly, really. the company rang immediately in the afternoon and said that 0llie was on the 106th floor. a fund for young entrepreneurs has been set up in 0llie's name and has helped more than 150 people. each anniversary, the news coverage, the debates, the documentaries, can be difficult. it triggers, yes. but, in reality, you know, i had two sons and ijust think about him all the time, in reality.
but, yes, those things certainly, every aspect of, you know, since september 11th, and itjust goes on and on, and it is a date that has changed. well, changed the world, really. but i'm not sure in terms of my own personal grief. erm...it�*s there, and it will always, always be there. gosh, it's not what you'd expect. the events of that bright tuesday morning 20 years ago changed so much changed so much about the world we live in, but for the survivors and for the families of the thousands killed on september the 11th, 2001, life will never be the same again. john maguire, bbc news.
you are watching bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes it had a of now, isn't there? yes, a bit of sunshine, quite a lot of cloud but some gaps in sunny spells and that is kind of what the weather looks like that many of us. you can see the location on the picture. here is a satellite picture showing the events of the day's wild. because cloud across northern scotland where it has been raining all morning and more to come across the north of ireland. they are getting a bit patchy across north aberdeenshire's coastline at the moment andy murray first as well —— and the moray firth as well but when the mist and fog lingers some sunny intervals breaking through the fog at time to time. quite humid, top temperature 23 celsius across the
north and west, generally high teens that should feel pleasant enough if you are outside and those brighter moments. 0vernight tonight when it was northern scotland will start to sink its way southwards again so we will start to see some patchy light rain working on across eastern areas of scotland overnight, temperature staying up into double figures for the most part, odd mist and fog batch over the hills, odds bit of drizzle falling from the cloud towards the end of the night. sunday, feis is starting to rise across the north of the uk. notice these northerly winds moving in across the northern half of the country. it is here where the weather is going to start to feel significantly fresher. we will start to see this early morning patchy rain clearing away from the scotland and scotland northern ireland might sums was some sunshine and bobbies some of that meeting northern england but a lot more persistent rain on the way to wales through the afternoon. a fresh feel to the weather. temperatures 13 degrees in aberdeen, 15th and newcastle. that is going to feel more like early autumn weather is further south we have still got the relatively humid air with us temperatures reaching
low 20s on the brighter moments. looking at the charts into monday we have still got this week weather front towards the south—west. it looks like it will be bringing some fairly persistent rain with it particularly across parts of wales a nd particularly across parts of wales and may be that main reaches parts of north—west england, eastern england cloud singing and breaking to the investor sunny spells but the best of the dry weather and sunny spells public in scotland and northern ireland. temperatures for the most part between around 16 and 19 celsius so the weather is going to be quite changeable over the next few days. quite a bit of cloud today but there will be some sunny spells in northern scotland where i'm afraid this afternoon there will still be some rain for northern ireland and 0rkney as well. that is your latest.
hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... president biden is to visit ground zero in new york. as america marks 20 years since 9/11, hee calls for the country to come together. at our most vulnerable, in the push and pull of all that makes us human, in the battle for the soul of america, unity is our greatest strength. this is the scene live in new york as the sun rises over the 9/11 memorial. memorial events for the british victims are taking place in london, with the uk prime minister borisjohnson insisting people refuse to live "in permanent fear" of the terrorists.
we can now say with the perspective of 20 use that they failed to shake our belief in freedom and democracy. -- 20 our belief in freedom and democracy. —— 20 years. they failed to drive our nation apart. in other news, lawyers for the woman who's accused prince andrew of sexual abuse claim they've successfully served him with legal papers.
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