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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines... some shocks and surprises on the second full day of the tokyo olympics, including relative unknowns from austria and tunisia winning gold medals. i'm sarah mulkerrins live in tokyo, where day three of the games is already under way with the men's triathlon close to me here in tokyo bay. a top american general warns the taliban they could face us air strikes unless they stop their military offensive across afghanistan. and we're prepared to continue this heightened level of support in the coming weeks
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if the taliban continue their attacks. we'll hear from our correspondents in kabul and the us. also ahead... the terrifying force of nature in india, as a landslide unleashes boulders which destroy a bridge. and with his time in office nearing its end, we'll look back on the controversial presidency of the philippine�*s rodrigo duterte. live from our studio in singapore... this is bbc news. it's newsday. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in the uk and around the world. it's 7am in singapore and 8am in tokyo — where day two of the olympics saw plenty of drama, and a few shocks and surprises. and while some of the competitions, like the tennis, are still in their early stages
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— others, including swimming and events like tae kwon do, judo and cycling, have already awarded their gold medals. lets go live now to tokyo — and sarah mulkerrins has the latest. sarah, a dramatic day two with some suprises? tell us more. we've certainly had a brilliant _ tell us more. we've certainly had a brilliant start _ tell us more. we've certainly had a brilliant start to - tell us more. we've certainly had a brilliant start to these l had a brilliant start to these olympic— had a brilliant start to these olympic games, especially over the weekend in tokyo. day two on sunday had some excellent highlights, excellent viewing for a spectator all around the world, including i must say that women's cycling road race. anna kiesenhofer took a shock solo win for austria. now kiesenhofer, who has not had a professional contract since 2017, was part of a breakaway that attacked at the very start of the 137—kilometre race, and went solo with more than aokm still remaining.
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with no race radio and only small teams competing, the peloton didn't realise kiesenhofer had an advantage of more than five minutes. by the time annemiek van vleuten crossed the line 75 seconds after the austrian, there was confusion as the dutch silver medallist thought she had won gold. so drama there, we also had drama in the pool. a teenage tunisian swimmer, ahmed hafnaoui, has caused a major surprise by winning the men's 400 metre freestyle. it's only the fifth time tunisia has won a medal at the games, so the celebrations for hafnaoui will continue at home in tunisia for some time. a disappointing loss for australia as the world number one tennis player, ash barty, spun out of the first round women's singles with a dismal defeat to a8th—ranked sara
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sorribes tormo — just weeks after winning wimbledon. the spanish player looked to be in complete shock when she won the match. and in gymnatics, simone biles booked her place in all four apparatus finals, but a series of uncharacteristic stumbles elsewhere meant the defending gymnastic champions trailed in second place behind the team respresenting russia, at the end of the session. we can take a look at the medal table now. as you can see, china are currently at the top of the medal table with six gold, one silver, and four bronze medals — with usa not far behind with ten medals, and the hosts
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japan in third place with six medals so far. i must say my heart went out to the woman when she thought she had won that race, but really hadn't. that's an awful feeling, i imagine. it's the men's triathlon next, what can we expect? i don't know if you can hear the helicopters buzzing overhead at the moment as they get loads of pictures of her head of the men's triathletes who are out on the road at the moment. they started just down below me here on this beach on tokyo bay — that's where they started in that 1500 metres swim that was actually a false start, some swimmers dove in and began but there was a boat in front of part of some of them, so they had to restart that. they had gotten all the way through their swim, they've
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gotten all their cycles out of the way, the a0 km cycle. they are out on the road at the moment, an hour and a half into the race, so there still running. at the moment it is great britain in the lead. now he's quite a young inexperienced triathlete, but he's very strong at that front, he's very strong at that front, he's just 23 years old and only competed in eight at this very top level. so we will see how they finish in the coming few minutes. and we'll have our eyes on the pool today, sarah, what can we look forward to? it's really interesting. we have the swimming finals in the morning here because of the times for the broadcasters all around, usually it's in the evening, so we'll be treated to it here on newsday. two big events to look out for. firstly, let's begin with the match up between katie of the
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decade, a phenomenalfreestyle swimmer who won for gold in rio, dominant across a range of distances. she's more of a specialist in the a00 metres freestyle, while lid techie is more of a specialist in the longer distance, so they meet at the a00 metre final today. that'll be interesting to see how that had to head goes. if you're looking for dominance in the pool, you can go no further than great britain's adam pd, he'll be in action in the 100 metres breaststroke and he's unbeaten in seven years. if you're unbeaten in seven years, you're unbeaten in seven years, you might be uncomfortable going into the final. as you might feel comfortable going into the final stop what i would feel that way with guys, these professionals.— these professionals. hopefully these professionals. hopefully they don't _ these professionals. hopefully they don't feel _ these professionals. hopefully they don't feel the _ these professionals. hopefully they don't feel the rush - these professionals. hopefully they don't feel the rush like i i they don't feel the rush like i do. you can find out more about the action at and around
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the olympics on our website. just go to, or you can download the bbc news app. you'll get the very latest off it as well. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines... the speaker of the us house of representatives, nancy pelosi, who's a democrat, has appointed a republican critic of the former president donald trump to a special committee investigating the capitol riot last january. adam kitzinger, who voted to impeach mrtrump, has accepted the appointment, despite his party's leadership boycotting the inquiry. five people, including a police officer, died when hundreds of mr trump's supporters broke into the capitol building. i do believe that the work of this committee, in order to retain the confidence of the american people, must act in a way that has no partisanship, is all about patriotism. and i'm very proud of
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the members of the committee, and i'm certain that they will accomplish that goal. in china, a typhoon is moving across zheijian province. flights were cancelled in shanghai and neighbouring regions ahead of the arrival of the weather system, called in—fa. more than 300,000 people were also advised to leave their homes and seek shelter inland. parts of central belgium have begun clearing up, after being hit by flash flooding. the city of dinon was the worst affected area, with underground car parks inundated, and several cars being washed away. there was also some damage to houses, but no reports of any injuries. the president of tunisia has sacked the prime minister and frozen the power of parliament for 30 days, following street protests in the capital, tunis. demonstrators were calling for the government to resign over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. the economy is continuing to suffer, despite the measures taken by officials, and covid cases have been rising
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sharply in recent days. still to come a bit later in the programme: our special report on how rodrigo duterte has changed the philippines during his controversial time as president. but first... a senior american general has said the us will continue to carry out air strikes in support of afghan government troops who are fighting a growing taliban insurgency. the taliban have made rapid and widespread territorial gains since the american—led mission began to withdraw last month, fears are growing the next wave of attacks could target the country's biggest cities. our correspondent secunder kermani sent this report from kabul. general mackenzie's visit to afghanistan comes amidst heightened concern over the country's future. with the taliban closing in on a number of afghan cities after having already captured vast swathes of rural
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territory, the us has launched a number of air strikes in recent days in support of embattled afghan forces, notably around the southern city of kandahar where heavy fighting has been taking place. and general mackenzie said america was prepared to continue with those air strikes in the coming weeks — though he refused to categorically answer repeated questions about whether or not they would continue after the end of august, when the us military presence in afghanistan formally ends. in the past, he's previously suggested they will not. general mackenzie did however praise the capabilities of the afghan air force and said that a taliban military victory was certainly not guaranteed. i'd like to be very clear — the government of afghanistan faces a stern test in the days ahead. the taliban are attempting to create a sense of inevitability about theircampaign. they are wrong. there is no preordained conclusion to this fight. taliban victory is not inevitable. general mackenzie said
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he'd held meetings with the afghan president here in kabul, and he believed his team had a good plan to concentrate their forces against the taliban and defend key areas against the militants. but there's a real concern here that the violence will continue escalating, and that it will increasingly focus on the country's cities. let's turn to india now where a rock slide has killed nine people in himachal pradesh. the landslide in the northern region sent huge boulders tumbling down the hillside. one of them hit the bridge — causing it to collapse. local officials say another struck a vehicle carrying tourists — causing the fatalities. it comes as the western state of maharashtra has reported more than 130 deaths in the last two days, due to flooding brought about by monsoon rains. mayooresh konnoor reports from a landslide site in raigad, nearmumbai.
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consistent rains over the past few days have created havoc in the western indian state of maharashtra. where i'm standing right now is called sahyadri mountain range. and once there was a village where i'm standing right now which was entirely washed out on thursday evening when a landslide occurred because of consistent rains. the soldiers of the national disaster management force have been looking for the missing bodies for over three days now, and the operation is not over until sunday evening. what we've been told is about a9 bodies have been recovered so far, and over a0 are still missing. landslides in some parts and floods in other parts — that's the story of maharashtra. there are several towns on the plane region that are facing severe floods, and the mountain regions are facing situations like landslides.
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on the parallel mountain range in the southern district, another incident of a landslide — 12 people have lost their lives. and here, the rescue operation is still on. mayooresh konnoor, bbc news, mumbai. if you want to get in touch with me, i'm on twitter at @bbckarishma. you're watching news on the bbc. —— newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: we're back live in tokyo for our special olympics correspondent mariko oi's unique view of the games. coming down the ladder now. that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
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a catastrophic engine fire is being blamed tonight for the first crash in the 30—year history of concorde, the world's only supersonic airliner. it was one of the most vivid symbols of the violence and hatred that tore apart the state of yugoslavia. but now, a decade later, it's been painstakingly rebuilt and opens again today. there's been a 50% decrease in| sperm quantity, and an increase in malfunctioning sperm unable to swim pmperly. _ thousands of households across the country are suspiciously quiet this lunchtime as children bury their noses in the final instalment of harry potter. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore.
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our headlines... some shocks and surprises on the second full day of the tokyo olympics, including relative unknowns from austria and tunisia winning gold medals. a top american general has warned the taliban they could face us air strikes unless they stop their military offensive across afghanistan. later today, president duterte is due to deliver the last state of the nation address of his term of office, after leading one of the most controversial administrations in the history of the philippines. his stunning election victory five years ago, following a campaign in which he mixed crude jokes, populist promises, and chilling threats, exposed a yearning in millions of filipinos for something different. our south east asia correspondentjonathan head looks back at five eventful years under the man they used to call "the punisher".
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he was an entirely new kind of leader, and millions of filipinos loved him for it. unscripted, informal, his speeches peppered with vulgar jokes and threats of violence. do not destroy my city, i will kill you. try to analyse that — what is wrong when i say i will kill you because you are destroying my country? rodriguo duterte promised to be a tough law—and—order president, and he meant it. within weeks of taking office, the killing of alleged drug users and dealers began — thousands of them shot by the police or by unnamed vigilantes. the war on drugs is really bloody and messy, and we all know that. it shocked the rest of the world, but five years on, president duterte's popularity at home has held up not
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despite, but because of his brutal drug campaign. for the rich who are supporting duterte, that's very powerful because, you know, the rich are wary of crimes. they want security. for the poor that is in neighbourhoods, drug addicts are stigmatized. that can probably explain why duterte has so much support right now. mr duterte had other surprises up his sleeve. he questioned the value of the long—standing military alliance with the united states, repeatedly threatening to terminate the us troop presence in the philippines. he expressed his admiration for china, saying it was a better friend to his country — complicating a territorial dispute where chinese forces have occupied a number of islands claimed by the philippines. his idea of a new approach to the muslim insurgencey in the south of a new federal
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system faded after the catastrophic battle four years ago with islamic militants for this city, which left most of it in ruins. there has been some progress in improving the philippines' ramshackle infrastructure and the living standards of the poor, but well short of his election promises. yet, unlike his predecessors, mr duterte's public image seems unaffected by any disappointments filipinos may feel about his achievements. he does not speak in a technocratic manner, he speaks like a regular guy — such that if i were an ordinary person listening to him, i would feel that this person, this president, you know, relates to me so well, relates to my struggle. his dominance of filipino politics has allowed mr duterte to go after his critics.
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a senator investigating his role in death squads has spent four years injail on what many say are false allegations. critical media groups have been shut down or found themselves facing multiple criminal charges. some believe the country's fragile democracy has been irreparably damaged under his rule. yet if he could get around the constitutional ban on a second term, this abrasive and divisive figure would have every chance of being reelected. jonathan head, bbc news, bangkok. full competition at the olympics is only two days old — but already, we're seeing the effects the extreme heat of ajapanese summer can have on the events. the organisers have done their best to try to protect the athletes from the high temperatures — but it's not proving an easy task. mariko oi is in tokyo for us.
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in a second — but first, you've got news of a gold rush at the olympics forjapan, don't you — how exciting! it is indeed! i managed to grab one newspaper, but practically thejudo siblings one newspaper, but practically the judo siblings winning double gold medals for the nation and for the family on the front page of every newspaper this morning. we also had the japanese competitor for skateboarding winning the first olympic gold in skateboarding, and our competitor winning the first gold in swimming. you are talking about the heat and, when it comes to endurance sport, especially outside, it has been brutal — i'm not sure if you can see the temperature board behind me, it's only 8am but it's getting really, really
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hot. and we heard from novak djokovic and tennis complaining about the heat — but this has axley been an issue ever since i was a child, especially if you were playing sport at school —— this has actually been an issue. that means schools and teachers have to be extra careful. under the scorching sun of tokyo, girls from this high school carry on with their extracurricular activities. but every year, around 3,000 children suffer from heat stroke during club activities like this. there have even been deaths in the past. this man has been the school's tennis coach for 17 years, and he says the hottest summers mean they have to be extra careful. translation: we measure
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the heat stress index every | hour to make sure it's safe to practice. lately we've been gathering early in the morning at 7:15am, or practising in the late afternoon when the temperature isn't too high. it's under this heat that the world's top athletes are competing for gold during this summer's games. the conditions mean we're less likely to see a volley of world records tumbling. just by being in the heat exposure, you know, the cardiovascular — so your heart system — has to work harder to maintain your body's performance, and also the body's ability to thermoregulate — maintain your body temperature — in a good state will also be impacted greatly. the last timejapan held a summer games was in 196a. it was in october when the weather was cooler, so having the games here now has raised concerns that the intense heat and humidity of the tokyo summer could pose a serious risk to athletes. but when the games are held all has to do with the global sport calendar. these are the major events — and there's a major gap between late july to august. broadcasters around
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the world pay billions of dollars for the rights to show the olympics. they need to show it at the right time of year in the right time of day. broadcasting is one of the two most significant revenue sources for the olympic movement, so the ioc will want to keep their sponsors and broadcasters as happy as can be. that means some events like marathons and race walking have been moved to moved to sapporo, where it's cooler, while others are taking place in the early morning or in the evening. but increasingly, it's notjust a battle for a metal, but against the heat. from the extreme heat to a typhoon headed your way — it just doesn't stop with the excitement at the olympics, does it? ., .,
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does it? indeed, one extreme to the other! _ does it? indeed, one extreme to the other! i _ does it? indeed, one extreme to the other! i must _ does it? indeed, one extreme to the other! i must confess - does it? indeed, one extreme to the other! i must confess i - the other! i must confess i don't know what this typhoon is called in english, because in japan wejust call called in english, because in japan we just call it number eight, which is expected to hit tokyo in northeast japan eight, which is expected to hit tokyo in northeastjapan on tuesday. we are planning to head up to miyagi where football matches are taking place with spectators, but we aren't sure whether we can make it. we will see how it goes, but we will all be watching for that typhoon coming this way. stay safe in tokyo. some breaking news, the norwegian christian blumenfeld has won the triathlete. alex yi from britain came second. we will have much more on those stories, all the winning and glory at the olympics with sarah in later programmes of newsday. certainly this is what she was talking aboutjust a little while ago. that's it for newsday, thanks so much for joining me. stay with bbc news.
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good morning. once again, sunday was a day of extreme. the highest temperature was in northern ireland with 28 celsius, but there was lots of sunshine for scotland, as you can see by this weather watcher picture. northern ireland, northern england, and northwest wales were by contrast further south, there's quite a lot of cloud, and it certainly went downhill, the story, after lunchtime. this is a weather watcher picture sent in from kent, where there was a severe cluster of thunderstorms that developed, and it brought some localised flooding as well. and you can see the volume of lightning strikes too, stretching all the way down from east anglia over to the isle of wight. they slowly faded away and the area of low pressure is moving away as we speak. now, that is going to continue to anchor itself up into the far northeast for the start of our monday morning.
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it will bring a fair amount of cloud across eastern scotland and northeast england, but it's going to be a relatively quiet start to monday. dry with some sunshine coming through, maybe a few isolated showers lingering for a time, but generally a better day. there will be a few showers developing through the afternoon, some of these possibly heavy and thundery, but they should be a little more interspersed in comparison to the weekend. temperatures, well, with a little more sunshine, higher in england, with 26 celsius the high. but we will start to see more showers developing. from the west, moving into northern ireland, southwest wales, southwest england by the end of the day. it's a weather front that's going to move through, and the weather story changes as we go through the week. with low pressure anchored to the north and those winds swinging in a clockwise direction, it will be driving in more moisture, more cloud, and certainly more of a breeze on those exposed west—facing coasts. so tuesday is really quite a messy picture, there will be a lot of cloud around, there will be some showers, and some of those showers thundery in nature once again.
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i'm not going to be too clever about it, almost anywhere could catch a shower on tuesday and it could be quite heavy, and the temperatures — well, they are going struggle, 15—21 celsius, sojust going below where they should be now for the time of year. the low pressure doesn't move very far at all throughout the week. we still keep this feed coming in off the atlantic, a cooler source, brisk wind as well, so that means it stays rather cool and showery. indications of something a little better, though, as we head to the weekend. take care.
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this is bbc news. we will have the headlines and all the main news stories for you at the top of the hour as newsday continues straight after hard talk. welcome to hardtalk. i'm sarah montague. since the united states pulled their troops out of afghanistan at the beginning ofjuly, the taliban have retaken huge swathes of the country and reports have emerged that, once again, they're enforcing the same repressive practices of their past rule. my guest is afghanistan's national security adviser, hamdullah mohib. while he's here in london, he's meeting the chief
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of the uk defence staff who only days ago described the situation in afghanistan as grim.


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