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simplifying travel to and from england. only those returning from red list countries now need an expensive pcr test, or quarantine. while the amber list of countries has been scrapped. but there are consent the changes mean fewer opportunities to screen for possible covid variants. also tonight, after australia, the us and britain agree a new security partnership, france recalled its ambassador to washington and canberra. the pentagon admits one of its drone strikes killed ten civilians in kabul, including several children. the transgender teenager given drugs to pause puberty. nowjudges say doctors were right, to offer the treatment.
and it is a goalfest and it is a goal fest for the and it is a goalfest for the home nations into night's women's world cup qualifiers, 20 in all. and coming up in the sport on the bbc news channel. england get off to a winning start under sarina wiegman, hammering north macedonia in their world cup qualifier. victories too for wales, scotland and northern ireland. good evening. the government has announced major changes to the covid rules for travellers entering england. from 0ctober1ith, you'll no longer have to take a lateral flow test before heading home if you are double vaccinated, and from the end of october, you won't need an expensive pcr test on return, if fully vaccinated. instead a lateral flow test must be done within two days of arrival. travellers from 17 more countries who've been double—jabbed
using vaccines approved for use in the uk will also now be exempt from quarantine. the govrnment has also scrapped the traffic light system for travel rules. countries will now either be open for travel, or on a red list. those returning from red countries will still have to quarantine in designated hotels. the changes only apply to england at the moment. in scotland, wales and northern ireland, the devolved administrations are in charge of their own travel rules. here's our transport correspondent caroline davies. travel has meant testing. across the country, centres like these have 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 of october, if you are double—jabbed, 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 between 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, a surprise, what is going to happen. so we definitely believe this change is going to boost sales massively. it's not the only change. from the 4th of october, fully vaccinated travellers will also no longer need to take a pre—departure lateralflow test before they travel. under 18s will also avoid this test. they are treated as vaccinated adults. if you are not double—jabbed, 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 pay for pcr tests. for the industry, this change can't come soon enough.
very pleased with the announcement, just what we wanted to hear. i think the government has been listening to the industry. we have been interacting with them for some time. it's a great piece of news for us. it will give our customers the end of summer they deserve, abroad in the sun. so, yes, we welcome the announcement. but not everyone in the scientific community agrees that pcr tests should be removed. i would like to see pcr tests remain because they have given us so much information already from the sequencing. so we know when delta was introduced into the uk, when the delta variant came in, that this virus was imported over 500 times, and we wouldn't have the information if we weren't doing the screening and sequencing associated with that. after months of insisting pcr tests were needed, why has the government changed its mind now? the judgment of the scientists, of the experts, was that it would have been too soon without having the numbers of people vaccinated, not just at home where of course we had this very fast vaccination programme,
but critically, abroad as well, at a level whereby, you know, we can now say with a lot of confidence, not only are nine out of ten adults vaccinated here but abroad also, they have caught up with the very high numbers that we saw earlier. and for those with loved ones in some red list countries, there was good news. this man has not seen his family in pakistan for more than three years. from next wednesday, it is off the red list, along with seven other countries. since this news, i am feeling, really, really relieved. it is just pressure off the shoulders now. top of the list right now, i want to go home and give my mum and dad a hug. just tell them everything is ok, it'll be all right now. the summer may be drawing to a close but today's announcement has given the industry some hope. for now, they are enjoying this moment in the sun. and carolinejoins me now.
how are the other home nations responding with you that they are not following england, wales and colin have said they will do the same of the roadless country, wales say they are still considering in scotland has said it will still require people to have a predeparture test. at require people to have a predeparture test. require people to have a --redearture test. �* , predeparture test. at the moat they are not getting _ predeparture test. at the moat they are not getting rid _ predeparture test. at the moat they are not getting rid of _ predeparture test. at the moat they are not getting rid of pcr _ predeparture test. at the moat they are not getting rid of pcr test - predeparture test. at the moat they are not getting rid of pcr test at. are not getting rid of pcr test at this stage either. we have not heard from northern ireland. the industry are pleased by this announcement but of course there is now this niggle about pcr tests. both when they will be removed for people who are travelling into england, the government has said that should happen before the end of october, and it is key that happens for the industry before the half term holidays, but of course, if the other countries follow suit. so they really do want to make sure that measure does not slip and the rest of the uk follows suit.— of the uk follows suit. caroline davies, thank _ of the uk follows suit. caroline davies, thank you. _ 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. at this night club, they say they'll comply if it means avoiding another 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? yes. football and rugby stadiums will check for passes, too, but the whole system depends on people taking tests and reporting 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 help 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 in 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. now pressure is being felt once again in hospitals. 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, "i wish 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. hywel griffith, bbc news, cardiff. the government's latest coronavirus figures show there were 32,651 new infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period. that means in the last week, there was an average of 29,106 new cases per day. there were 8,068 people in hospital as of yesterday across the uk. 178 deaths were reported in the latest 24—hour period, that's of people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test, which means 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. in an unprecedented diplomatic move, france has recalled its ambassadors to america and australia, following this week's's surprise announcement of a new security and defence pact between the us, australia and the uk. the move, which took the french, a nato ally, by surprise, also saw australia renege on an agreement to buy submarine technology from france. 0ur north america editorjon sopel is in washington now. the french, not consulted about this trilateral agreement and now expressing extreme irritation, to say the least. to say the very least. it is an extraordinary and i would say unprecedented move for the french to recall their ambassador from the united states. you almost need to
say it twice to believe it. france and america are very close allies and america are very close allies and i think it is the first time in the history of the relationship between france and the us that this has happened. the anger is on two levels, as you say, the loss of this $60 billion contract that the french hoped they would be selling submarines to the australians, but also the fact that it was done behind their back, has aggrieved their sense of kind of dignity that this has happened. joe biden came into power with a kind of reputation that it was going to be competent government that he was going to run but they seem to have badly misjudged this in terms of the french reaction. but clive, you and i were paris correspondents many moons ago and it would be negligent not to point out that next spring, there is a french presidential election, emmanuel macron has ordered this and has no doubt calculated that france standing up to its big, powerful ally might be quite popular among the french. he is trying to make the worst of a
very bad situation. but this row has grown at an exponentially speed. thank you very much. an nhs trust has won its 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, the 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. 0verturning that, today's court of appealjudgment 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 thisjudgement...
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 says 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. 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. 0ur royal correspondent jonny dymond is here. brings up to date with where we are with the legal standing. it’s brings up to date with where we are with the legal standing.— with the legal standing. it's been a week of legal _ with the legal standing. it's been a week of legal manoeuvring, - with the legal standing. it's been a week of legal manoeuvring, mostl with the legal standing. it's been a | week of legal manoeuvring, most of it centred on this issue of getting the allegations, in paperform, into the allegations, in paperform, into the hands of either prince andrew or his lawyers. 0n the hands of either prince andrew or his lawyers. on monday, the lawyers went head—to—head in new york,
trying to work out whether these papers have been properly served. 0n papers have been properly served. on wednesday, the high court here said it would assist the lawyers for virginia giuffre, who has accused prince andrew of sexual assault, something he has always denied, assist them in getting the papers properly served. now this judge in new york and said the papers can be served on a us lawyerfor new york and said the papers can be served on a us lawyer for prince andrew. that means this case will almost certainly go ahead. that lawyer says that because of a deal virginia giuffre struck with jeffrey epstein in virginia giuffre struck withjeffrey epstein in 2009, this virginia giuffre struck with jeffrey epstein in 2009, this case may well be null and void. but that deal is secret. it is sealed. and only when the case goes ahead can we actually find out whether or not it might be opened. find out whether or not it might be 0 ened. ,, find out whether or not it might be oened. ,, , ,, ., the pentagon has admitted that a us drone strike carried out in kabul in the days before us troops pulled out of afghanistan killed ten innocent civilians, including seven children. the victims were an aid worker
and nine members of his family. secunder kermani is in the afghan capital, kabul. you actually saw the aftermath of that drone strikes, didn't you?— aftermath of that drone strikes, didn't ou? ., �*, . didn't you? that's right, clive. we were there — didn't you? that's right, clive. we were there the _ didn't you? that's right, clive. we were there the morning _ didn't you? that's right, clive. we were there the morning after- didn't you? that's right, clive. we were there the morning after the l were there the morning after the strike, and it was a terrible scene. family members, combing through the wreckage, searching for remains of their loved ones, so they could try and bury them. they were, of course, utterly distraught and furious at the suggestion they had anything to do with isis. in fact, a number of those family members who were killed had worked with american aid organisations, american forces even in afghanistan. the family had been hoping to be evacuated out to america. this is an incredibly grim way to bring an end to this chapter of american involvement in afghanistan. meanwhile, here, there is a deepening economic crisis, also increasing concern about whether the taliban will respect women's rights or not. they seem to have today
replaced the women affairs ministry with a ministry for virtue, and at the same time, they seem to be reaching out to a number of former government employees, trying to encourage them to come back to work. here is our report, filmed by my colleague, my cameraman. lifting off, the taliban's new air force. on board, their fighters. in the cockpit, theirformer enemies — pilots from the previous government. the fleet now under the taliban's control includes fighter planes originally donated by america. dozens of pilots fled abroad as the telephone took over, fearing for their lives, taking their aircraft with them. these helicopters launched a lot of attacks against the taliban, that's right, isn't it?
but as the group announced an amnesty, others decided to stay on. you are both sitting here very calmly, but do you recognise that it's quite a strange situation for two people who were trying to kill each other now to be working together? elsewhere, the political transition is far less smooth. foreign reserves are frozen as the international community weighs up how to support afghans but not the taliban.
banks have restricted cash withdrawals. second—hand markets have sprung up across the country. the war might have come to an end, but this is where you see the utter desperation that so many afghans are living in right now. most of this market didn't even exist a month ago — now it's full of people trying to sell whatever household possessions they can just to put food on the table for theirfamilies. most public sector employees weren't even paid their salaries in the last months of the previous government. now, they have no idea when or if they will be paid again. you were still working, but he didn't get a salary? this teacher has already sold whatever she can.
the transition of power in afghanistan was much less bloody than many had feared. but half the country was already in dire need, and the struggle to survive is becoming even harder. secunder kermani, bbc news, mazar—i—sharif. two men have appeared in court charged with the murder of the journalist lyra mckee in londonderry. the 29—year—old was shot dead by a gunman from the dissident republican group the new ira in april 2019. both men were also charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition, with intent to endanger life. the men have been released on bail. the new housing secretary, michael gove, has decided to "pause" controversial government planning reforms in england. it's understood he wants talks with conservative mps who've voiced their concerns about the proposals. the governmemt has pledged to build
300,000 new homes a year. the united nations says failure to cut greenhouse gas emissions, is setting the world on a catastrophic path of global warming. un scientists have studied the climate plans of more than a hundred countries, and say pledges made to curb emissions won't meet the ambitions of the paris climate change agreement, signed in 2015. millions living in kenya are already having to adapt to more svere droughts and less intense rainy seasons. as delegates prepare for next month's un climate change summit in glasgow, our africa correspondent, vivienne nunis, reports now on kenya's struggles against global warming. 0n the front line of climate change, a seven—hour trek brings something to drink. this grandmother is part the turkana community, the million people who have lived off this land for centuries. life here has never been easy, but recent droughts have robbed these pastoralists of water, livestock and vegetation. now, they are fighting to keep
the only life they have ever known. translation: the | climate has changed. we don't get water from underground any more, because the wells are dried. i had a number of goats, but the drought ate them. i have nothing left. yet another desperate search, where water used to be. not that long ago, this dam was an important water source for local visitors and their livestock. on any given day, you would see cattle, sheep and goats here. but as the rainy seasons became ever shorter and drier, this dam completely dried up, forcing local communities to walk further and further to find water to survive. livelihoods here are intrinsically linked to the local environment. droughts used to hit turkana every ten years. but in the 1990s, the frequency doubled, and since 2017 drought conditions have struck turkana every second year. flash flooding can also strike
here, with the power to wipe out entire herds. extreme weather events mean food shortages, rising poverty and insecurity. translation: when the drought came, it brought new animal diseases - and we lost many animals. now, children go hungry because there is no milk. some herders say they are left with no choice but to travel long distances in search of food. sometimes that means crossing borders where livestock are stolen and violent conflict ensues. the people here did little to cause climate change, but they are bearing the brunt of it. we cannot mitigate, mitigate requires technology. but we can just adapt. but you see, because of these effects of climate change, which are increasing,
day in, day out, it is going out of our hands. a donated water pump brings this community some relief. but it won't bring the rains that people here so desperately need. vivienne nunis, bbc news, turkana. all four home nations have been in action, in qualifying matches for the women's football world cup. jo currie, has all the details. england, under a new england, undera new manager, england, under a new manager, were easy 8—0 winners over north macedonia. there were plenty of goals for wales and northern ireland too. when a new manager comes in, players are keen to impress and england's lionesses would not get a better opportunity to show what they could do than when facing north macedonia, a team ranked 131 in the world. and they got off to the perfect start. leah williamson with an inch—perfect ball, ella toone slotting home to become the first england player to score under sarina wiegman.
england took their time adding a second but this time, toone turned provider, scrapping, finding ellen white, who would not miss from there. they've got it! before the visitors added an unfortunate own goal before half—time. look at that ball in, goalkeeper missed it and an own goal. after the break, england kept up the pressure. the chasm in quality between the two sides never more obvious than when north macedonia kicked the ball into the back of their own net for a second time. substitute beth england shone in the second half, adding two goals, the pick of which was this unstoppable header, before beth mead wrapped up proceedings and an 8—0 win. so sarina wiegman's time as england manager gets off to an impressive start. meanwhile, elsewhere tonight, the other home nations also enjoyed winning starts to their world cup qualifying campaigns. what a pass! wales were dominant against kazakhstan. some sublime passing helped by some inept interceptions. kayleigh green with the pick of the goals. she went on to score again
in a comfortable 6—0 win. top scorer rachel furness was on fire for northern ireland. this bullet header part of an outstanding performance that saw them beat luxembourg 4—0. scotland, though, did not have it so easy in hungary, but when erin cuthbert was sent tumbling in the box, she picked herself up and converted the penalty... well, eventually, showing the value of being able to use both feet, as scotland ground out a 2—0 win. jo currie, bbc news. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night. hello there. we've got quite a mixed picture to take us into this weekend's forecast. a slow—moving weather front�*s been bringing rain in scotland through the day today. it's still there overnight, dragging its feet, as well, across wales and western england where there'll be some drizzle around, some low cloud, some mist and hill fog, and coastalfog patches, as well.
here are your temperatures overnight — 10—14 celsius, similar to recent nights. it's quite a mild start, then, to the weekend. now along this zone, we'll continue to have low cloud and patches of drizzle first thing in the morning, quite murky, as well. eastern wales, central and eastern england dry with some sunny spells, feeling warm in the sunshine, and a slice of brighter weather, as well, for west scotland and northern ireland, at least for a time. top temperatures, 23 celsius in that september sunshine — again, you'll feel pleasantly warm. now generally, there'll be a little bit more in the way of cloud some of that rain will be heavy and thundery, could bring some localised surface water—flooding. but through the afternoon, the weather becomes drier and a bit sunnier across western areas. that's your latest weather, bye—bye.
the headlines... the us military says a drone strike in afghanistan last month against a suspected car bomb attacker killed an innocent aid worker and nine members of his family. seven of those killed were children. the un has warned it'll be impossible to keep global warming to 1.5 celsius, unless huge cuts to greenhouse gas emissions are implemented immediately. england has scrapped the need for fully—vaccinated travellers to take expensive pcr tests when they arrive from abroad. they'll be allowed to use cheaper lateral flow tests instead. the traffic light system is also being changed. france is recalling its ambassadors from australia and the united states — saying it's in response to the seriousness of wednesday's announcement that canberra was cancelling a multi—billion dollar submarine deal with france as part of a new security pact. much more on all of those stories on the bbc news website.