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back in off the atlantic. 50, moves back in off the atlantic. 50, not too moves back in off the atlantic. so, not too bad this weekend but we have got some rain developing and some stronger winds towards the middle part of the week. that is today's weather. bye the traffic light system is scrapped. now countries will wither be on a red list, the amber list of countries has been scrapped. it's really a big change today, aimed at making this a lot easier, simpler and much less expensive, with a settled systemthrough to the new year at the earliest. but there are concerns the rule changes could lead to more infections. also on the programme: wales tightens covid rules for people attending mass gatherings. the transgender teenager given drugs to pause puberty — nowjudges overturn a legal ruling that the clinic should have challenged her decision.
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system, which classified countries as red, amber or green, and instead from next month, all countries will be designated either red or open, with people returning from red countries, still having to quarantine in designated hotels. the number and type of covid tests is changing for travellers too. you'll no longer have to take a lateral flow test before setting off, and won't need an expensive pcr test when you get back, if fully vaccinated. you will however have to take a lateral flow test within two days of arrival. and people who've been given vaccines approved for use in the uk will now have those innoculations recognised, regardless of where in the world they were originallyjabbed. our transport correspondent caroline davies has more.
travel has meant testing. across the country, centres like these popped up to swab passengers, but things are about to change. throughout the summer, the travel industry and the government have disagreed about the use of these, pcr tests, for all travellers when they arrive in the uk. the government has always argued this is necessary to be able to identify variants of concern, but the travel industry say it is a barrier and too expensive. before the end ofe october, if you srr october, if you are double jab, pcr tests are going to be replaced by the cheaper lateral flow tests. if you test positive you will need to have a pcr test and isolate at home.
it's a relief for hotels who have struggled as families have stayed away because of the added cost. the uk market has dropped 50—70% depending on the travelling month, especially forfamilies hard hit by the restrictions implemented and the traffic light system, which obviously every three weeks is sort of like, yeah, surprise, what is going to happen. so we definitely believe this change will boost sales massively. it's not the only change. from the lith of october, fully vaccinated travellers will also not need to take a pre—lateral flow tester before they travel. if you are not double jab it's a very different story. you will need to take a test before you travel and self—isolate at home for ten days after every international trip, as well as paying for pcr tests. for industry, these changes can't come soon enough. very pleased with the announcement, just what i wanted to _ hear. i think the government has been listening to the industry. - we have been interacting with them for— some time. but not etch agrees. they have given so much information _ but not etch agrees. they have given so much information and _ but not etch agrees. they have given so much information and we - but not etch agrees. they have given
so much information and we know i but not etch agrees. they have given i so much information and we know when delta was introduced into the uk, that the virus was imported over 500 times and we wouldn't have that information without the screening. after months of saying pc are tests are needed, why has the government changed its mind. the are needed, why has the government changed its mind.— changed its mind. the 'udgment of the experts — changed its mind. the 'udgment of the experts was h changed its mind. the 'udgment of the experts was that _ changed its mind. the judgment of the experts was that it _ changed its mind. the judgment of the experts was that it would - changed its mind. the judgment of the experts was that it would have | the experts was that it would have been _ the experts was that it would have been too _ the experts was that it would have been too soon without having the numbers — been too soon without having the numbers of people vaccinated, not 'ust numbers of people vaccinated, not just at_ numbers of people vaccinated, not just at home, where of course we had this fast_ just at home, where of course we had this fast vaccination programme, but abroad _ this fast vaccination programme, but abroad as _ this fast vaccination programme, but abroad as well at a level whereby you know — abroad as well at a level whereby you know we can now say with a lot of confidence not only are nine out of confidence not only are nine out of ten _ of confidence not only are nine out of ten adults vaccinated here, but abroad _ of ten adults vaccinated here, but abroad they have caught up with the hi-h abroad they have caught up with the high numbers that we saw earlier. for those — high numbers that we saw earlier. for those with loved ones in some red list countries, there was good news. passengers coming from eight countries will no longer have to quarantine in a hotel from next wednesday. haste quarantine in a hotelfrom next wednesday-— quarantine in a hotelfrom next wednesday. quarantine in a hotelfrom next wednesda . . ., ., ., quarantine in a hotelfrom next wednesda . t ., ., ., ., wednesday. we are relaxed and we are ha- . to wednesday. we are relaxed and we are happy to see —
wednesday. we are relaxed and we are happy to see our _ wednesday. we are relaxed and we are happy to see our families, _ wednesday. we are relaxed and we are happy to see our families, or _ wednesday. we are relaxed and we are happy to see our families, or our - happy to see our families, or our friends _ happy to see our families, or our friends or— happy to see our families, or our friends or people _ happy to see our families, or our friends or people can _ happy to see our families, or our friends or people can move - happy to see our families, or our. friends or people can move around easiiy~ _ friends or people can move around easil . , ._ , ., friends or people can move around easil . , , ., ., easily. the summer may be drawing to a close, easily. the summer may be drawing to a close. but — easily. the summer may be drawing to a close. but the _ easily. the summer may be drawing to a close, but the announcement - easily. the summer may be drawing to a close, but the announcement has - a close, but the announcement has given the industry some hope. for now, they're enjoying this moment in the sun. these changes are for england only. what about the rest of the uk. we england only. what about the rest of the uk. . ., ., ., . ., , the uk. we have heard from wales, who say they _ the uk. we have heard from wales, who say they will — the uk. we have heard from wales, who say they will be _ the uk. we have heard from wales, who say they will be following - the uk. we have heard from wales, who say they will be following the l who say they will be following the same red list changes and eight countries will move from the red list, but they're considering the other elements. we haven't heard from scotland and northern ireland. i have to say that the industry is relieved by this announcement today. not just relieved by this announcement today. notjust because of changing to testing, there are some new countries coming off the red list like turkey. a big element of what they're looking for is making sure they're looking for is making sure the pcr tests change to lateral—flow tests. the industry is keen that
happens before the half term holiday to catch that half term holiday. so things will be possible to sell for that period. it might be a bit later than the industry hoped, but in general it is better late than never for them. ., .. general it is better late than never for them. ., ,, i. and you can get more details on all the changes for travellers on our website, at bbc.co.uk/news. the welsh government has announced tighter covid rules for people attending mass events. you'll need proof of vaccinations, or a negative covid test. the new controls come into force next month for venues like clubs, and at sporting events. here's our wales correspondent, hywel griffith. thou shalt not pass, unless you've got one of these — not, the welsh government insists, a vaccine passport — but proof of either being jabbed or a negative
lateral flow test. mandatory covid passes haven't been welcomed by the hospitality industry. for this night club, they say they'll comply if it means avoiding the lockdown. it's not ideal, but these are not ideal times. people come to the club. we already check their id, we search everyone. having them show a covid pass, it's not a big problem. you will go with it just to stay open. football and rugby stadiums will go with passes too, but the whole system depends on people taking tests and putting in their own results. the first minister warns giving fake information could become an offence. who on earth would check someone's lateral flow test result? people do it now. and so it is possible for the system to be properly policed. but that isn't the purpose of the system. the purpose of the system is to have to keep wales safe and keep wales open, and the vast majority of people in wales want to play their part in doing —
that. safeguards like having to wear masks and shops and telling people to work from home were kept in place in wales over the summer, but they failed to stop the spread of the virus. emergency wards across wales say they are already stretched. some intensive care patients are being moved between hospitals. here in cardiff, they say most of their new covid patients are unvaccinated. i mean, it makes me angry and it makes me upset. and that is because i'm seeing these people at their worst and they are often in tears or the family are in tears, going, iwish— i'd done it or, you know, is it too late for me now to have it? unfortunately by the time you are that sick with covid, it is too late. whether making passes mandatory will prove to be a remedy may take months to discern.
the new rules come into force on october the 11th. the government's latest coronavirus figures show there were 32,651 new infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period. that means there was an average of 29,106 new cases per day, in the last week. there were 8,068 people in hospital as of yesterday, across the uk. 178 deaths were reported in the latest 2a hour period, that's of people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—i9 test. the average number of deaths per day in the last week, is now 142. 89.3% of people aged 16 and over, have had theirfirstjab. 81.5% are now double vaccinated. the new housing secretary, michael gove, has decided to "pause" controversial government planning reforms. it's understood he wants talks with conservative mps who've voiced their concerns about the proposals. our political correspondent, nick eardley is at westminster. so this plan is being paused, but government has committed itself
to the mass building of new homes? yes, borisjohnson yes, boris johnson has yes, borisjohnson has promised to build 300,000 homes in england every year by 2025. and to do that he was preparing to introduce some pretty radical reforms of planning laws in england. they would have given developers much more freedom to build homes in allocated parts of the country. but they were deeply unpopular with some residents who could have been affected and with many tory mps as well. they were worried that it could undermine local decision—making, perhapsjust local decision—making, perhaps just as significantly local decision—making, perhapsjust as significantly they were worried it could undermine their electoral fortunes. when robertjenrick was sacked as housing secretary, there
were questions as to whether there could be a rethink. it does seem that the new housing secretary, michael gove, is prepared to listen to the arguments against the government's current plans. he has paused the reform as they are at the moment. he wants talks with tory mps about he is said to be in listening mode. this doesn't mean the plans will be ripped up. it may be michael gove decides he wants to keep them. but the conservative mps who were deeply uneasy about the government's plans are happen tonight and hope this could lead to radical rethink. labour say the plans should be ditched. an nhs trust has won it's appeal to overturn a landmark ruling on the use of puberty blocking drugs for children. last year, the high court said it was "highly unlikely" that a child aged 13 or under would be able to consent
to hormone—blocking treatment, and it was "very doubtful" that a child of 1a or 15 would understand the long—term consequences. but now the court of appeal has ruled in favour of the tavistock and portman nhs foundation trust, which runs the uk's only gender identity development service for children, with the judges saying it's up to doctors to exercise theirjudgment, on patient consent. here's alison holt. keira bell's experience of how teenage decisions shaped her life led to the original court case. at 16, desperate to transition from female to male, she was prescribed drugs to delay puberty, male hormones. now in her 20s, she believes it was a mistake. last year she told me she should have been challenged more. the discussions were very brief and there was no real investigation into why i had gender dysphoric feelings and how i'd got to that stage. i spoke briefly of depression and anxiety, but again it was kind of assumed by everyone
that transitioning would alleviate that. she was treated here at the tavistock, the uk's only gender identity clinic for children. last december, the high court ruled that someone under 16 could not fully understand the implications of taking puberty blockers, so the nhs stopped prescribing them to younger people. overturning that, today's court of appeal judgment found the high court was "not in a position to give guidance that generalised about the capability of persons of different ages," concluding that "it placed patients, parents and clinicians in a difficult position and should not have been given." we're really pleased about this... the tavistock�*s chief executive says it means they can once again send young people worried about their gender identity for puberty blockers treatment after careful checks and discussion. at the heart of that is respecting what young people know about their own minds, their own bodies. and i think that's a really important principle.
with all the clinical safeguards you need in cases of this kind, but respecting the autonomy of young people at the _ same time. working obviously with their parents and families. keira bell's lawyer said they are disappointed by the ruling, but he believes the case has already ensured much more scrutiny of these life altering decisions. the case has been hugely significant in terms of medical treatment for children with gender dysphoria, and not only in this country but around the world. in this country, the nhs has updated its advice on the reversibility of puberty blockers. an extra layer of protection has been put in place for children who are receiving treatment at the tavistock. but these arguments are unlikely to be over. keira and her legal team say they hope to challenge today's ruling in the supreme court. alison holt, bbc news. our top story this evening:
it is hoped new changes to covid rules will make foreign travel easier. and the energy saving is household tech that can slash bills and cut your carbon will assess the future of upcoming tours in pakistan in the cricket, including one for england. —— in sport, we will assess. it's beenjust over a month since the taliban seized control of afghanistan, and while it's been confimed that a number of british citizens will be arriving into qatarfrom kabul tonight there are still uk citizens and afghans who worked with british forces, who are stuck in afghanistan. britain has more than 15,000
people leave afghanistan, but our special correspondent lucy manning has been speaking to some of those who are still trapped and fearing for their lives under taliban rule. the bbc has changed some of their names to protect their identities. i feel betrayed and we feel left behind. on the run... help those people who help you in 7our operation. ..stranded... now i'm really stuck _ and there is taliban everywhere. they haven't done - anything for me you know. ..in hiding. all feel abandoned by britain. for afghans who worked with uk forces, week—by—week, the fear rises. with reports some have been murdered, ahmed, a former interpreter, is now having to stay apart from his family. i'm living from place to place. how difficult is the situation for you at the moment? it's very, very difficult for me, financially and from the security perspective, and also mentally. ahmed was told by british officials last month to go to the airport, but the crush was too much
when his two0month—old daughter was with him. —— when his two—month—old daughter was with him. do you think the government are doing enough to help people like you who haven't been able to get out? i feel betrayed, because we were the people deserving to be relocated, we have helped them, but when they left us behind, we really betrayed. shot by the taliban while on patrol with british troops in helmand, his life once again at risk. as the days and weeks passes by, i don't know what's going to be my destiny. i don't know if i can survive. former interpreter mujib might appear to be one of the lucky ones. the uk is encouraging afghans to get to other countries. he made it to dubai, but is still stranded. i saw the news that the british government said, "we are happy to have to evacuate the people from third country." but it seems now that they have no plan for the third countries.
i don't know where to go next. i'm just waiting, every day i'm checking my e—mail to have some good news from the uk government. but i'm not receiving anything now for weeks. there is no reply. nothing. so i don't know what to do next. and i have no idea where to go. ziyad came to see his sick mother and now with his wife and child can't get back to his home and job in wales. he is far from the only one. as you can see my other cousin sitting overthere, i— am going to show him in the camera, he is also a british citizen. _ he's also waiting for that. there is loads of people who is waiting to - just get out from here - and take their family with them. lots of my school mates are here as well. - there's loads of people are stuck. do you feel you have been left behind? of course, because it's notjust one or| two or ten people, there is more than a hundred. | i can't see that the british government is taking the i
action and they are not. serious about the citizens. until now, i didn't receive any help. i 13 britons left afghanistan on this flight to qatar last week. the government says it has evacuated 15,000 people and is still committed to helping the rest. but until that happens, hundreds are left fearing the taliban could get to them first. lucy manning, bbc news. ajudge in america has ruled that lawyers for virginia giuffre, the woman who's accused prince andrew of sexual assault, will be able to serve legal papers on his representative in the us. it follows a dispute over whether the prince had been formally notified of the civil claim against him. the duke of york has always denied any wrongdoing. our royal correspondent jonny dymond is here. jonny, where are we in this process now? clive, it has been a week of legal manoeuvring centred around this issue of serving the papers containing the allegations against the prince either into his hands or into the hands of his lawyers. on
monday the lawyers went head—to—head in new york arguing over where there is —— whether those papers had been properly surfaced on wednesday the high court here said it would assist lawyers for virginia giuffre, the women who made those allegations against the prince, allegations that prince denies, it would assist in serving those papers, and now the judge in new york has said, as you say, the papers can be served on the prince's us lawyer, the man who spoke on monday. that means this case will almost certainly now go ahead. that lawyer says that a deal struck by virginia giuffre in 2009, with jeffrey struck by virginia giuffre in 2009, withjeffrey epstein, one—time friend of the prince, convicted paedophile, that that deal would make any court case against prince andrew null and void. now, that deal is secret and sealed, and only when the case proceeds might it be opened. the case proceeds might it be 0 tened. , ., , the case proceeds might it be o-ened. , _ ., ., ,, the case proceeds might it be o-ened. g. , _ ., ., ,, two men have appeared in court
charged with the murder of the journalist lyra mckee in londonderry. she was shot dead by a gunman from the dissident republican group the new ira in april 2019. here's our ireland correspondent emma vardy. lyra mckee's death had a huge impact in northern ireland. she was a gay rights that lgbt activist. she had been stood near police in derry�*s to hse estate, as rioters threw petrol bombs at officers. a man from the new dissident group, the new none ira through at police, and she was killed. today two men from dairy appeared via video link in the magistrate court charged with murder. prosecution said the 33—year—old peter gearoid cavanagh escorted the gunman and jordan devine, 21, it is claimed encouraged him, punching the air as the shots were fired. the two men are also charged with possession of a gun and
rioting. both are said to be said to the dissident group claimed by police to be the new ira, described in court by the judge today is having a mindless ideology. the defence said the evidence against the men was weak and they were released on bail. police believe the dissident group the new ira still pose a threat in northern ireland, especially to the communities they live in. the memory of lyra mckee's death continues to evoke strong emotions here. those in court today accused of her murder have not yet entered a plea and they will appear again next month. emma vardy, bbc news, derry. let's take a look at some of the day's other top stories. the united nations says failure to cut green house gas emissions, is setting the world on a "catastrophic" path of global warming. a new report by the un has found that pledges made to curb emissions, won't actually meet the ambitions of the paris climate change agreement signed in 2015, to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees celsius,
above pre—industrial temperatures. women's rights campaigners have welcomed a report by the police watchdog which calls for violence against women to be given as much priority as countering terrorism. police leaders say better investment is needed for this to happen. her majesty's inspectorate of constabulary has found that three quarters of domestic abuse cases were closed early without the suspect being charged. the leader of the liberal democrats, sir ed davey, says his party can provide an alternative to the conservatives for people who feel taken for granted by borisjohnson's government. he will tell the party conference, which gets under way today, that coronavirus laws should be scrapped, and he'll restate the party's opposition to vaccine passports. the government's delayed heat and buildings strategy, due to be published later this month, will set out proposals on how to improve energy efficiency in our homes. last year, nearly 21% of the uk's carbon emissions came mainly from domestic heating and cooking with natural gas.
our science correspondent, victoria gill, looks at how you can make your home fit for the future. whether it's a flat or a house and whether we own or rent, our homes and how we heat them emit a significant amount of greenhouse gas. so some are taking the energy efficiency matter into their own hands. bills have gone through the floor. really? absolutely. they've gone right down. we are going to give you our camera. can you give us a virtual guided tour of your home, please. i'll see what i can find to show you. thank you! so this is the living room. the window is triple—glazed. we'll continue into the kitchen now. it's an electric kitchen. there isn't any gas in the house. we'll carry on along into the bathroom, where i can take a bath using water generated by heat pump, and they're very good for the climate too. even with government grants to help us reduce our household emissions, these retrofits can be investment.
these retrofits can be an investment. from a £20 roll of loft insulation to between £6,000 and £18,000 for a brand—new heat pump. so in this empty council house near harrogate, researchers are putting retrofitted energy—saving measures to the test, comparing how much they cost to how well they work. there doesn't appear to be any major leakage around the window. i'll check under the sink. we've put in new double glazing and new doors, so we did the experiment before the glazing came in, and we did exactly the same experiment afterwards. right. and so these are the new windows? yeah. — what were they replacing? so these work replacing old double glazing, and they've improved energy efficiency in this house by about 5%. right. that doesn't sound like a lot. if you only had one day, for example, where you were going to do all of the improvements you could possibly imagine, i would suggest that you go into your loft and see what insulation you've got installed there. one of the big problems with loft insulation is there's stuff on top of it. have a spring clean, get rid of it. oh, the junk will squash and stop
the insulation from insulating? that's right, bin bags full of clothes or old toys will sit on top of the insulation and make it less useful for us. the second thing that you can do is go around your house and look for different areas where there are leaks going through, so things that we consider drafts. if you can seal up drafts, then you can save energy leaving your home as well. i've now a got granddaughter less than a year old who is going to grow up into this world we're are leaving behind for her. —— up into this world we're leaving behind for her. while some homeowners are on a mission to make a difference, the challenge for the government will be how to decarbonise 28 million very different homes. victoria gill, bbc news. the british teenage tennis star emma raducanu has revealed that on herfirst night back in the uk she watched a replay of her victory in the us open final, and says her success is only
"gradually sinking in." natalie pirks has more, and her report contains flashing images. since she burst onto our screens at wimbledon last summer, life has been a whirlwind for emma raducanu. but now home, she's done the one thing she'd been desperate to do. last night i actuallyjust rewatched the final and tried to relive a couple of the moments and remember how it felt. so it is sinking in a little bit more. back in the arms of dad ian, she credited him, and mum renee, as the driving force behind her success. it's probably tough love, and at the time i'm probably not as grateful as i am in hindsight, but theyjust gave me a hug when i came back, really — nothing crazy, no big celebration. my mum made some really good home—made dumplings, but there was nothing crazy or over—the—top. just some reassurance and saying they're proud of me is enough. since last saturday she's not been out of the headlines, but this morning she faced her toughest
questioning yet — from young fans. how did you manage the stress to be the last brit in the us open? i personally didn't feel any stress. i was just having a lot of fun out there and i think that's what helped because i wasn't thinking at all about anything that was out of my control. i'm just wondering, what will - you spend your prize money on? laughing: what will. .. i willjust leave that to my parents and my team, to be honest. i'm just focusing on what i love to do, which is competing. she hasn't even been shopping yet? further proof emma raducanu isn't your average british teenager. natalie pirks, bbc news. time for a look at the weather here's chris fawkes. high, clive. the next where the picture today. temperatures reaching about 22 degrees and the best of the sunshine —— it is a mixed weather picture today. in scotland, low mist
and val, some outbreaks of rain as well and that front has barely budged through the day today. these rain bearing weather fronts you can see on the chart will basically take the whole of the weekend before they get eastwards across all areas. really slow moving fronts. overnight, still some fairly hefty rain across eastern scotland but the rain across eastern scotland but the rain will tend to become lighter and drizzly in nature really across the western parts of england and wales as well. mist and fog patches forming around the coast and hills, but temperature polite overnight quite mild, 10—11i, then tomorrow is not a bad start to the weekend. across eastern wales, central and eastern england, the weather brightens up some sunshine. they should be some brighter weather as well for parts of western scotland and northern ireland but later in the day along the fronts we will probably start to see some showers breaking out, could be quite heavy. temperatures their highest again and the best of the sunshine across southern and eastern england. it will feel warm in that september