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this is bbc news: i'm james reynolds with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. president biden confirms that all us military forces will be withdrawn from afghanistan by september — saying it is time to end the war. we went to afghanistan because the horrific attack that happened 20 years ago. that cannot explain why we should remain there in 2021. a white us policewoman is to face manslaughter charges, over the fatal shooting of black man, daunte wright in minneapolis. the world's two biggest polluters talk climate change — us envoyjohn kerry is hoping to persuade china to agree new targets on cutting emissions. the noes have it. british mps reject opposition calls for a parliamentary inquiry into the former prime minister david cameron's
attempts to gain government contracts for a business which has collapsed. hello and welcome to audiences in the uk and around the world. we're covering all the latest coronavirus developments hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world — and stay with us for the latest news and analysis from here and across the globe. president biden is ending america's longest ever war. american soldiers invaded afghanistan in 2001 — almost twenty years later, they are still there. but not for much longer. he will withdraw the remaining two and a half thousand troops by september the 11th — the anniversary of the terror attack that launched this fight. here's what mr biden had to say a little earlier today. keeping thousands of troops grounded and concentrated in just one country at the cost of billions each year makes little
sense to me and our leaders. we cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in afghanistan hoping to create ideal conditions for the withdrawal and expecting a different result. mr biden�*s announcement has raised perhaps as many questions as it has provided answers. perhaps none is more relevant than where it leaves the millions of afghans, who face a deeply divided country. the taliban still control many areas, including parts of balkh province. from there, our correspondent secunder kermani reports. victory, they believe, is theirs. as american troops prepare to leave afghanistan, the taliban promises to create what they call an islamic government. but where does that leave millions of ordinary afghans? we've been given rare access to their territory to find out. early—morning, we set
off from the northern city of mazar—i—sharif. this province was once one of the most stable, now it is one of the most violent. we are just around half an hour's drive outside the main city, and already we're in taliban territory. our hosts have put on a show of force. their violent insurgency has cost the lives of tens of thousands of people. through checkpoints like this, the militants assert their authority. and where does the government control, then? us troops will be withdrawn later this year, but the fighting us troops will be withdrawn later this year, but the fighting here will likely continue. negotiations between the taliban and afghan government has achieved little so far. for the past year, you've not been fighting against the americans, you've been fighting against other afghans, other muslims.
this man is the taliban's shadow mayor in this part of balkh province. he gives us a tour of the area. one, one, one. class one? class one. there are girls. in the 1990s, the taliban banned female education, and in other areas there are reports they still don't allow older girls to attend school. but here, at least, they are supporting it. the school is funded by the government, but monitored by the taliban. local sources told us the taliban removed art and citizenship studies from the curriculum,
adding islamic subjects, but otherwise follow the national syllabus. the taliban wanted to present us with a positive image. throughout the trip, we were accompanied by them at all times. residents we spoke to at a local bazaar expressed support for the group, saying they brought security, but later we were told about villagers being slapped for shaving their beards, or having stereos smashed for listening to music. many, particularly in afghan cities, fear the taliban want to recreate their repressive islamic emirate of the 1990s. do you think that you did things wrong back then, and would things be different now? there's a diplomatic push for the taliban to agree
to a power—sharing arrangement. so far, though, the group has shown little desire to compromise. the price of peace may well mean giving into more of their demands. secunder kermani, bbc news, balkh province. now to the us state of minnesota — where two big stories are playing out in parallel. in a moment we'll have the latest on the minneapolis murder trial against former police officer derek chauvin — in the death of george floyd. but first — the police woman who shot and killed twenty—year—old daunte wright during a traffic stop last weekend has been arrested. minnesota authorities say they will charge kim potter with second degree manslaughter. police say the officer had intended to use her taser — and that the shooting was "accidental". this was the moment when mr wright was pulled over for a minor traffic violation in the city of brooklyn center near minneapolis. police then determined that daunte wright had an outstanding arrest warrant — because he had failed to attend
a court appearance for carrying a pistol without a permit — they tried to handcuff him, and when he went to get back in his car, an officer yelled "taser taser taser" before he was shot. ealier, i spoke to larry madowo, who gave me more details on the arrest of ms porter. tim porter has now been booked and is in custody at the county jail and she will be charged and until then, she remains in custody but police are expecting some protests around her house which is not been completely surrounded and they have a police presence there. another curfew in the city of brooklyn centre. the second degree manslaughter charge, she risks going to prison for up to ten years if convicted, but the community fears that she may be just another white officer that gets away with killing a black person. they think the second degree manslaughter charges a slap on the wrist and the family's lawyer who also represented to the george floyd family says this was not an
accident, this was a deliberate attempt. it is not possible that someone who has been under the police force for 26 years could confuse a taser for a the police force for 26 years could confuse a taserfor a gun and the only reason the family, many of the black lives matter community fears say that he was pulled over in the first place was because of driving while black. racial profiling and the problems of systemic racism and how america polices of the black communities. we how america polices of the black communities. we will come back to yom _ the direction of in trial. facing murder and second—degree manslaughter charges. the second day of the defence is chance to put its case. the forensic pathologist said that heart issues and drug use contributed to his death. contradicting prosecution experts that say he would not
have died if he had not knelt down on george floyd plus's. i have put the hard heart disease and part one. fentanyl, methamphetamines, fenta nyl, methamphetamines, there is fentanyl, methamphetamines, there is exposure to a vehicle exhaust potentially carbon monoxide poisoning or increased carbon monoxide in his bloodstream and other natural disease process that he has. all of those combined to cause mr floyd post positive. ﬁx, mr floyd post positive. a defence witness, how did the prosecution deal with it? the prosecution
accused _ with it? the prosecution accused him _ with it? the prosecution accused him of - with it? the prosecution accused him of cherry i with it? the prosecution - accused him of cherry picking facts and trying to confuse the jury. they got him to admit that when george floyd was in the prone position and falling unconscious, that derek and the other officers should have given aid, cpr or some other form of medical assistance that they did not do. doctor fowler advance this theory that the defence has been pushing from the beginning of this trial that the subdural and restraint of george floyd did not directly kill him and they said that he suffered a heart attack during that restraint. their criticism of the testimony and the entire defence case here is that they are throwing several things at the wall to see what sticks. during this trial, we heard about this condition called excited delirium that they claim for george floyd's death, the cloud around him, they have blamed his drug use, they have blamed his drug use, they have blamed his drug use, they have blamed his underlying health problems and all of
those together, they say, all contributed to his death but not with the medical examiner, the coroner conducting the autopsy ruled. a homicide. essentially, someone else is responsible for his death. according to doctor fowler, thatis according to doctor fowler, that is not true. there are so many reasons and it is impossible to determine what exactly children. doctor martin fowler has also been accused before in another case where he was the chief medical examiner. he has been sued by a black family that for covering up the death of their kid in police custody. all of these things are seen by the community as an attempt to put george floyd's drug use and put the blame on him for his own death. denmark has become the first country in the world to stop using the 0xford—astrazeneca covid jab entirely, citing concerns over possible links between the vaccine and rare blood clots. uk health officials insist the jab is safe, although adults under 30
are to be offered an alternative. cryptocurrencies have ta ken another step towards the financial mainstream as coinbase had its first day of trading as a public firm. the platform promotes itself as a way for investors to be involved in the sector without having to own the individual currencies, which are highly volatile and often very expensive. it's shares rose more than 400 dollars today. disgraced financier bernie madoff has died in prison at age 82. he had been serving a iso—year sentence after he pleaded guilty in 2009 to running a ponzi scheme. investors were paid with money from new clients rather than actual profits. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: he's the first muslim to be nominated best actor at the academy award. riz ahmed sits down with the bbc. pol pot, one of the century's greatest mass murderers, is reported to have died of natural causes. he and the khmer rouge movement
he led were responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million cambodians. there have been violent protests in indonesia, where playboy has gone on sale for the first time. traditionalist muslim leaders have expressed disgust. the magazine's officers have been attacked, and its editorial staff have gone into hiding. it was clear that paula's only contest was with the clock. and as for a sporting legacy, paula radcliffe's competitors will be chasing her new world best time for years to come. quite quietly but quickerl and quicker, she seemed to just slide away under i the surface and disappear.
this is bbc news, the latest headlines. president biden has confirmed that all us military forces will be withdrawn from afghanistan by september 11th — saying it is time to end the war. a white us policewoman is to face manslaughter charges, over the fatal shooting of black man, daunte wright in minneapolis. the uk opposition labour party has lost a vote to set up a parliamentary inquiry into former prime minister david cameron's lobbying of ministers on behalf of the now failed financial services firm greensill capital. labour leader kier starmer has accused the prime minister of presiding over what he called a return to "tory sleaze". borisjohnson said he shared the concerns raised but insisted the review he's ordered would get to the bottom of the issue. here's our political editor laura kuenssberg. cause for alarm? labour thinks it's onto something. after weeks of claims about an all too close relationship between politics and those trying to turn a profit, it was boris johnson's turn to answer.
questions to the prime minister. after it was revealed that the man who used to stand in his place argued for the interest of a now failed back to those in power. every day, there is further evidence of the sleaze that is now at the heart of this conservative government. does the prime minister except there is a revolving door, indeed, an open door, between his conservative government and paid lobbyists? mr speaker, this is a government and party that has been consistently tough on lobbying, and indeed, we introduced legislation, saying that there should be no taxpayer funded lobbying. the opposition leader used this occasion tojog his memory. the greensill scandal is that bit of the iceberg. dodgy contracts, privileged access, jobs for their mates, this is the return of tory sleaze. we're having a proper independent review and if he
has any allegations to make about what has taken place, he should make them to the eminent lawyer who has been asked to do it. david cameron worked for him and texted and called ministers and government now on his behalf. lobbying, the art of trying to change government's minds, is not illegal, but it is meant to be done in daylight, formal and transparent, for all to see. one of david cameron's former colleague suggested it's not as it should be. i think there is ample . evidence from what has happened that there's a gap between the current law - about what people can do by way of lobbying, once they have left office, and the public perceptionl of what's appropriate. the former cabinet minister told me what is shocking about david cameron is that what he was doing is considered normal, sometimes, around here. government after government has tried to grapple
the former cabinet minister told me what is shocking about david cameron is that what he was doing is considered normal, sometimes, around here. government after government has tried to grapple with the awkward fact that contacts can be used as currency but the relationship between money and politics can be toxic. but the opposition sniff an opportunity to make this about the here and now. there is worry on the tory benches. it is no doubt a tasteless slapdash and unbecoming episode. it leaves a bad taste
in the mouth, as so many have said far better than i could, it tarnishes us all. but would they vote with labour for a public investigation? if we vote against it, i as the prime minister has told you all to do, then i'm sorry to say, | that they too will be part - of the government's attempts to cover up tory sleaze. not this time. the noes have it, the noes have it. a separate committee of mps will still hold public hearings on the next few weeks. the business of politics once again in the glare. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. the us climate envoy, john kerry, has arrived in china to try to persuade beijing to agree to new targets on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. the us wants china to stop building coal—fired power stations and stop financing coal ventures abroad. here the yellow spots show you how many coal power plants there are across china. the red spots are the new ones. if we look across the rest of the world, you can see that india is another country still building coal powered
stations, while if you look at europe and the us there are plenty of grey spots, which mark where coal power plants are being decommissioned. just last week, a report by global energy monitor said that the new coal—fired power stations opening in china offset all the closures in the rest of the world last year. let's now hear from lorry maileeveer who is the lead analyst at centre for research on energy and clean air. he tells us why it is this meeting between the us and china is important. both of these countries have taken steps in thejoe biden administration has a much stronger approach to climate than donald trump did. china has made a very significant long—term commitment to targeting carbon neutrality by 2060 but short—term actions are much less progressive so, both countries have a long way to go
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korea, there will also create pressure on china to move. haifa pressure on china to move. how realistic is _ pressure on china to move. how realistic is that _ pressure on china to move. how realistic is that since _ pressure on china to move. how realistic is that since the - realistic is that since the competition though. i think makin: competition though. i think making the _ competition though. i think making the pledge - competition though. i think making the pledge for - competition though. i think l making the pledge for carbon neutrality, one element in that position was other countries moving that there was a us administration potentially coming on board there would be much stronger on climate and so they do look at each other and china certainly has, they are certainly not doing the carbon neutrality is a strong industrial economy increases to go for this competition already and now they have a us administration and now they're doing the same to help things. this week final voting for the oscars will get underway for what promises to be a more diverse ceremony.
among the contenders is 38—year—old riz ahmed, who has made history by becoming the first muslim to be nominated for a best actor award. he's been speaking with bbc�*s tom brook. the story of a punk metal drummer that loses this hearing has given him his most high—profile rule to date. this london born actorfrom high—profile rule to date. this london born actor from a pakistani family into the forefront of the oscars rick, breaking new ground as the first mustn't ever get nominated in the best actor category. it nominated in the best actor category-— category. it is a way of celebrating _ category. it is a way of celebrating work, - category. it is a way of celebrating work, we | category. it is a way of. celebrating work, we can category. it is a way of- celebrating work, we can all find ourselves in. and so, if some people are overjoyed of me being the first muslim actor nominated in this category, thatis nominated in this category, that is great.— nominated in this category, that is treat. , that is great. this campaigning for greater— that is great. this campaigning for greater inclusion _ that is great. this campaigning for greater inclusion for - for greater inclusion for muslims in media fuelled the
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any moments of stillness? ﬁfic his acting drew praise from his costars. , ., , costars. used to call this method _ costars. used to call this method acting _ costars. used to call this method acting way - costars. used to call this method acting way back| costars. used to call this i method acting way back in costars. used to call this - method acting way back in the day but — method acting way back in the day but he certainly is present with _ day but he certainly is present with me _ day but he certainly is present with me. not only that, the way human— with me. not only that, the way human to — with me. not only that, the way human to communicate with his whole _ human to communicate with his whole body, using sign language. he is a brilliant acton _ language. he is a brilliant actor. , , , actor. he sees this as the story of — actor. he sees this as the story of a _ actor. he sees this as the story of a man _ actor. he sees this as the story of a man has - actor. he sees this as the story of a man has to - actor. he sees this as the - story of a man has to reassess his life in the way of a health crisis like many are having to do right now and the pandemic. he has lost two relatives to covid—19, the pandemic is made him more motivated to do this type of work. him more motivated to do this type of work-— him more motivated to do this type of work. moving people and movin: type of work. moving people and moving things — type of work. moving people and moving things forward _ type of work. moving people and moving things forward matters l moving things forward matters even more and you can have both. it's really brought me back to, i guess, the core of what drives me and something i'm able to take forwards my career and beyond is to kind of do those things and take me out of my comfort zone and take
audiences out of their comfort zone. �* . . , audiences out of their comfort zone. ~ .. , ., ., zone. the academy award ceremony _ zone. the academy award ceremony will _ zone. the academy award ceremony will be - zone. the academy award ceremony will be taking . zone. the academy award - ceremony will be taking place here in los angeles. millions of tv viewers around the world in to watch the show will see a leading man who was muslim within reach of taking the top acting accolades and it will be acting accolades and it will be a powerful moment. when that suggest that suggest that the film industry is, bit by bit, becoming more inclusive. a reminder of our top story this hour. president biden has announced that the united states will complete its military withdrawal from afghanistan no later than the 20th anniversary of the september the 11th terrorist attacks of 2001. they said that washington will hold the title been accountable for its commitment not allow any terrorist groups to threaten the us or its allies from afghan soil. to go to our website to find plenty analysis there. at the top of the hour, my colleague will be in the
chair. dojoin us. hello there. most of us had a fine and dry day yesterday with some welcome sunshine. now across quite widely across the north and west of the country temperatures actually a bit above average for the time of year. about three degrees above around the glasgow area. across eastern england there were some areas a little bit on the cool side for example london. mainly because we had the winds come again from eight relatively cool north sea around this area of high pressure. similar wind pattern on thursday, similar distribution of temperatures again across these northwestern areas we will see some of the warmest weather. it's not particularly warm at the moment. indeed temperatures are dropping very quickly underneath these clear and starry skies. the wind is light, could be just a few mist and fog patches although probably not quite as many as we had this time yesterday. temperatures at the lowest —3, minus four celsius
or so across parts of northeast england. there will be quite a widespread frost first thing. so a frosty start to the day but a beautiful start as well with clear blue skies in many places. lots of sunshine on the cards. but as we head through the day we are going to see some cloud build in a particularly across central and eastern england for the and indeed a line of showers will develop across east anglia and south east england with some heavy but i don't think there will be any thunderstorms around. the further northwest you are the clearest the skies will be. plenty of sunshine even into the afternoon for these areas. and it's here where we will see some of the highest temperatures again probably reaching around 15 celsius. a little cooler than that across central and eastern areas of england. if anything those temperatures down a little bit compared with wednesdays. at the end of the week high pressure is still with us and that means another fine, frosty start to the day. plenty of sunshine a little bit of cloud bubbling up as we head into the afternoon.
towards the northwest you might find a little bit of slightly thicker cloud beginning to make inroads but most of that is going to be quite high. just making the sunshine a little on the hazy side. for many of us that's a cold start to the day. a bit of cloud but essentially a fine day. for the weekend prospects, weather fronts are going to get pretty close to the northwest of the country. across most of england and wales were looking at this fine spell of weather to continue. probably of the two days saturday it looks like being the sunniest but sunday is still not bad. further northwest a bit more cloud around and across the far northwest of the uk through sunday there is the threat of seeing a little bit of rain. that's your weather.
president biden has confirmed that the us will begin its final military withdrawal from afghanistan next month. mr biden said his goal was for the pull—out to be completed by the twentieth anniversary of the september eleventh terror attacks. mr biden said it was time to end america's longest war. a white us policewoman is to face manslaughter charges, over the fatal shooting of black man, daunte wright in minneapolis. saying she had meant to draw her taser not her handgun. us climate envoyjohn kerry is in beijing for new targets on cutting greenhouse gases. the united states wants china to stop building coal—fired power stations and also to stop coal ventures abroad. china says it will negotiate. now on bbc news...