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tonight at ten... a series of major changes in the covid travel rules, announced by the government. the biggest change affects france —
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a major destination for british tourists — which now comes into line with other amber list countries. what we want to do is provide a sense of certainty for people for the next period over august so that people can enjoy their breaks. fully vaccinated travellers from france will no longer have to quarantine on arrival in england and the changes come into force early on sunday morning. all 16 and 17—year—olds in the uk are to be offered a covid scene in the coming weeks. the sprinterfrom the sprinter from belarus who refused to return home for her own safety has landed tonight in poland. hannah mills and ada mcintyre, it is gold for great britain. and the games, hannah mills is now the most successful female sailor of all time. it's been one of the hardest weeks
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of my life, everyday feeling sick, not being able to eat, just nerves up not being able to eat, just nerves up and, yeah, the emotion ofjust... we've done it, it's over, we've done what we came here to do. and 13—year—old skye brown took bronze in the skate birding to become britain's youngest ever olympic medallist. and coming up in the sport on the bbc news channel... an atrocious batting collapse sees england lose six wickets for just 22 runs. all out for 183. india on top of the first test at trent bridge. a series of significant changes to the covid travel rules will come into force in the early hours of sunday morning.
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france, which is a major destination for british tourists, is to be brought into line with other embolus countries. there is coming from france to england will no longer need to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated. other changes include india, bahrain, qatar and the uae switching from red to amber, meaning arrivals from those countries will no longer have to quarantine at a government approved hotel. while austria, germany, slovenia, slovakia, latvia, romania and norway will be moved onto the green list. georgia and mexico have however been now be added to the red list. that is the highest level of restrictions. our transport correspondent, carrie davies has more. a near empty swimming pool, few tents pitched and no one propping up the bar. this would normally be the busiest time of year at this campsite in western france, but at the moment, they're half—empty. hopefully there will be a flurry of last—minute campers. we are hoping so, especially
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in september with the older couples who normally come who don't have families. i think it's too late for families to come because they will have booked elsewhere in the uk. across the channel, these british holiday—makers are staying home. with the kids in summer, we've . already changed our holiday for the summer, i work for the nhs- will change my holiday that way. i could not quarantine when i got back, so, i yeah, this is it past this year. it's too risky to commit to an overseas holiday right now in my opinion. it's too much of an issue, effort to get tested. ijust feel a bit safer in my own country, quite frankly, at the moment. even they make those - changes, they can make the changes again. these changes are for england. wales, scotland and northern ireland are yet to say if they will follow. there are new additions to the green list, including germany, but of the seven countries added, only two will allow in nonvaccinated tourists without quarantine. spain is still amber,
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but the government is advising passengers to have the more expensive pcr test rather than the cheaper lateral flow test before they depart for the uk. what we do want to do is be able to work with the clinicians, the experts in spain in order to keep a very close eye on this beta variant that we already know so much more about now, and pcr tests enable us to do that. labour have argued the government are still over complicating travel will stop having this confusion, having this change is going country almost on a weekly basis now does not help the industry. it does not help passengers and it does not help instill confidence in the government. some countries are going from red to amber, including the uae. it means neil who lives in dubai will be able to see his one—year—old grandson for the first time in a year. despite the anger i feel- towards the government, i can now put that behind me and we canl now look forward and we can travel, so that's really good. and we can almost get our lives back to a -
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form of normality of being able to see our friends and family. i country by country, more of the world is opening up to uk travellers, but well into summer and after months of uncertainty, the question is how many will want to make the trip? caroline davies, bbc news. all 16 and 17—year—olds in the uk will be offered a covid vaccine in the coming weeks. england, wales, scotland and northern ireland have all moved quickly to approve the recommendation by vaccine experts. around 1.5 million teenagers could receive the pfizer vaccine — and, crucially, they will not need parental consent to take part. it leaves the prospect of the over—12s being included at a later stage. our health editor hugh pym has the latest. lucy, who is 16, says she and her mother are celebrating. she has had covid twice, and she was disappointed she couldn't get vaccinated. but that will now change.
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when i heard the news i was, like, really excited, it has made me really happy. punching the air, we were in the car, she wasjust like, "yes!" the move follows advice to ministers from experts on thejoint committee on vaccine and immunisation. vaccination of children and young people can bring benefits to other people such as adults and including parents and grandparents, but at the forefront is the health and the benefits to children and young people themselves. but only last month thejcvi said the benefits did not outweigh the risks. the summer wave, as we experiencing now, was also quite uncertain about four weeks ago, and now we have more information on that, so it is notjust new data on one point but it is new data across a range of factors that influence advice. the committee had looked at more vaccine safety data following reports in the us of young people getting heart inflammation after receiving
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the pfizer and moderna jabs. but for 12 to 17—year—olds it was fewer than ten in a million after first doses, and most recovered quickly. ministers in the four uk nations have all said that pfizerjabs will now be offered to all 16 and 17—year—olds, following the advice of the experts. they are all at one on this, this is absolutely the right thing to do for all 16 and 17—year—olds. of course, there is no compulsion in this — like all our vaccination offer, it is something for people to consider. the health secretary said the roll—out in england would start later this month led by the nhs, but with no precise details yet. the drive to get 18—year—olds and over vaccinated continues. as for 16 and 17—year—olds, nhs leaders say up to now they have always followed jcvi advice and implemented any changes as quickly as possible. under the law, this teenage group won't have to have parental consent to get a vaccine.
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we asked people in weston—super—mare how they felt about it. i think it's a good idea, because especially since a lot of 16 and 17—year—olds are the main people who are constantly with each other and going out. i mean, the only reservation is that down the line you could find out something is wrong with it, and you never know. i would want to know a lot more about what the side effects might be before we went ahead. countries like the us and france are already vaccinating children as young as 12. that is possible in the uk for that age group, if they have serious medical conditions, or someone in their family does, but the roll—out to all 16 and 17—year—olds will be a significant step, with school and university terms not far off. hugh pym, bbc news. hugh joins me now. you spell that the main policy there, what about the unanswered questions, because there are quite a few. what we make of those? ti” has been a broad welcome for today's move but there are some outstanding
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questions. for example, why did the jcvi change its advice and matter of weeks, having said at the end of july that the health benefits did not outweigh the risks, they would keep it under review now there is more data, they say, reducing safety concerns and showing the spread was much more rapid amongst younger age groups, so there was more of a justification. people want to see the data, and some are saying why did the jcvi the data, and some are saying why did thejcvi not act the data, and some are saying why did the jcvi not act sooner. the data, and some are saying why did thejcvi not act sooner. then there's the issue of second doses of 16 and 17—year—olds. there was no clarity about that, we were told it could be 12 weeks or more, while data is being studied, although officials did say this was not a one dose strategy. then what about 12—year—olds and over? in the us, canada and france, for example, there are routine vaccinations in that age group. it was very much left on the table is a possibility for the uk but with no actual commitment on that. against this backdrop, the world health organization has said to the rich countries, lots of these roll—outs
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should be paused, including booster jabs, to allow the developing nations, low income countries, to catch up and vaccinate their populations. catch up and vaccinate their pepulations-_ catch up and vaccinate their “oulations. ., . ., ., ., , populations. hugh, once again, many thanks. let's ta ke let's take look at latest statistics. the number of daily coronavirus cases has risen for the first time in nearly a week. the latest official figures show there were 29,312 new cases in the latest 24—hour period — last wednseday there were just under 28,000. there have been an average of 26,330 new cases per day in the past seven days. 119 deaths were recorded in the past 2a hours. that's an average of 81 deaths a day in the past week. the number of people in hospital with covid seems to have levelled off atjust under 6,000. almost 89% of uk adults have now had their first jab, and just over 73% are now fully vaccinated.
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the sprinter from belarus, krystina timanovskaya, who refused orders to fly home from the olympics early, because she feared for her safety, has arrived in poland this evening, after being granted a humanitarian visa by the polish government. earlier today, the most prominent opposition leader left in belarus, maria kolesnikova, made a defiant appearance at the start of her trial behind closed doors. she's accused of plotting to seize powerfrom president lukashenko. his regime is widely condemned for human rights abuses. from minsk, sarah rainsford reports. krystina timanovskaya left japan with her olympic dreams shattered, but her route to safety secured. the belarusian athlete says she just wants to run. her life was sports, not politics until a row with her coaches left her too scared to go home.
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but here inside belarus, state television has slammed her claims as cheap hype. "the only thing timanovskaya won in tokyo," this presenter says, "is a polish visa." on the streets of minsk, though, we did find sympathy for the sprinter who's fled because there's zero tolerance of dissent here now. "we're all afraid," dmitri says. "me, too, sometimes, because the situation is unstable." the danger is real. we passed the prison where opposition activists have been locked up since mass protests last year. but somehow maria kolesnikova is still smiling. the protest leader appeared in court today charged with plotting to seize power. she and a fellow activist are facing 12 years behind bars. maria's father brought her flowers.
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but had to pass them on via her lawyer. alexander hasn't been allowed to see his daughterfor ten months, an extra punishment. there's a small group of friends and family and supporters who've turned up here outside the court, but the trial�*s been declared closed, supposedly for security reasons. and none of these people are going to be allowed inside. they told me that's because there is no evidence. they believe this trial�*s all about scaring critics into silence. the protests have stopped, but do feel like people in belarus are following what's happening here, following this trial? so, today, we have legal process not only for maxim and maria, we have the process about belarusian people actually and bela rusian rights. and the woman who wanted to change belarus did this dance of defiance. for her dad, it was
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a chance to smile. "it just shows how free she still is inside," he told me, "despite everything." the man at the heart of this, alexander lukashenko has announced what he is calling a big conversation for early next week when he will face, for the first time, questions about the disputed elections and the protests and the wave of repression that has followed here. he has announced that for the one—year anniversary of that disputed election that brought him back to power here in belarus and then led to the biggest opposition protest this country has ever seen. sarah, many thanks for the latest in minsk. the rugby league world cup is set to be postponed until 2022, the bbc understands.
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the tournament was due to be played later this year in england but plans were thrown into disarray when australia and new zealand withdrew a fortnight ago. organisers are expected to make a formal announcement tomorrow. borisjohnson has begun a two—day visit to scotland, but he won't be meeting the country's first minister. nicola sturgeon said that people would find it �*a bit odd and a bit strange' the prime minister had turned down her invitation to meet. but borisjohnson denied that claim, saying he was always delighted to meet ms sturgeon. his visit comes ahead of the global climate conference to be held in glasgow in november. our scotland correspondent james cook has more. this is borisjohnson reminding us that he is prime minister of the entire united kingdom. policing in scotland is usually a matter for the scottish government. you will be on the ground for cop26. but with glasgow soon to host a crucial climate conference known as cop26, mrjohnson made this unusual visit to police scotland's headquarters
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to see preparations for himself. it will be a massive effort for the whole of the country. police scotland, obviously, are going to be in the lead, but they are going to be supported symmetrically by 7000 other officers from around the uk. the government of the uk, the scottish government, at all levels work together on the things that matter to the people of our country. scotland's first minister, meanwhile, wasjust down the road — meeting not borisjohnson, but little emma. laughter. it looked like fun. but was nicola sturgeon secretly annoyed that the prime minister hadn'tjoined herfor their own fireside chat? there is a lot for us to co—operate on. i so, you know, a missed opportunity, but that is on him. _ i stand ready to work with whoever, however i can to get scotland - through covid and into recovery. mrjohnson says he has not in fact declined the offer of a meeting,
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and is always delighted to see ms sturgeon, although he surely can't have fond memories of the last time they met in edinburgh. back to today, though, and look who else is in town. that is the leader of opposition strolling around this glasgow park. scotland was once a labour stronghold, but an snp surge threw rocks in keir starmer�*s path to power. so, would he ever do a deal with the snp to get into downing street? there will be no coalition into that next general election, no coalition coming out of it. my central message will be we need a strong labour government to build that better future coming out of the pandemic, to deal with the climate crisis. it all feels rather like a campaign, although he is trying to avoid one, refusing to accept there should be another independence referendum any time soon. this trip is designed to show a uk government deeply committed to scotland's future and deeply involved in this nation. but the choice of messenger is controversial. borisjohnson is not necessarily the most popular
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politician in scotland, to put it mildly. aand his visit does risk backfiring and, perhaps, even stirring up more support for independence. james cook, bbc news, glasgow. it's been a record—breaking day for team gb at the olympic games in tokyo, boosting britain into fourth place in the overall medal table, with 15 gold medals in total. hannah mills and eilidh mcintyre won gold in the sailing, making hannah the most successful female olympic sailor of all time. our sports editor dan roan reports on the sailing triumph. british sailing making a splash at these games yet again. after a performance as sparkling as the waters of the enoshima harbour, hannah mills and eilidh mcintyre able to celebrate team gb�*s third victory of the olympics here. the world number one pair, will it be gold? it had never really seemed in doubt.
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having taken a healthy 1a point lead into today's medal race, the british pair only needed to finish in the top seven to clinch gold. they're still pushing for every bit of speed they can find. after silver in the a70 class at london 2012 and then gold in rio, mills had teamed up with mcintyre, whose father won an olympic sailing title in seoul 33 years ago. having sat in second for much of the race, the pair slipped to fifth, but it was still more than enough. it is gold for great britain. this, what a fifth medal of these games meant to the british team. well, they've done it. mills and mcintyre have won olympic gold for team gb. it had already been a fantastic regatta for britain, well, it's just got even better. mills, who had been one of the team gb�*s flag bearers at the opening ceremony, now the most successful female sailor in olympic history. it's been one of the hardest weeks of my life, i am
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sure for eilidh as well. just every day, feeling sick, not being able to eat, just nerves building up, and, yeah, the emotion ofjust... we've done it. it's over, we've done what we came here to do. i can't believe this has happened. i think i have dreamed of it my entire life with my dad's and just, yeah, ijust, it is such an amazing feeling and i can't wait to have it round my neck. mills�* friends and family meanwhile watching on from the yacht club in cardiff bay where the 33—year—old had first learned to sail. i was just so relieved for them both, they have worked so hard, they have tried every different approach to tactics, communication and anything else they possibly could, to give them that extra little edge. and it was just, just amazing. olympic champion. great britain.
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today's victory ensures that britain finishes as the top sailing nation for the fifth time in the last six games. one that cements mills�* status as the greatest her sport has seen. dan roan, bbc news, enoshima harbour. 13—year—old sky brown became great britain's youngest ever olympic medallist, after winning bronze in the women's park skateboarding. her stunning performace comesjust a year after she suffered serious injuries in an accident during training. our sports correspondent nathalie pirks has the story. sky brown will take bronze. she's already lived her young life in the spotlight. at 13 years of age. there's her dad. but for the girl born injapan, draped in the british flag, this was the best feeling in the world. so much hype, but the talk is over. thejudges were looking for difficult tricks, quality and consistency. sky brown has a giant trick bag. strap yourselves in, here we go. straight in... all she needed was a smooth run.
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0h! going for that kick flip indy, we knew it was going to come out. not ideal, but with three runs allowed there was still hope. just missing the kick flip indy. the pressure is on that third and final run now. time for a pep talk. and in the searing heat of the ariake skatepark, one british teenager shook off the nerves and kept her cool. there it is. that's what we needed. there is the kick flip fakie, hands in the air, yes, sky. third time's a charm, team gb had everything crossed. only the world champion could deny her a medal now. she is not fazed. the bronze was in the bag and history was made. and as the tears flowed, the camaraderie was clear. friends, and teenage girls, living out a dream. it's so cool because i got to be on the podium with my friends, kokona and sakura. just being in tokyo
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and eating my favourite food, spending time in the village, this is honestly one of my best memories. sky said she simply wanted to come here, have fun, and inspire girls around the world. britain's youngest ever medallist did all of that, and so much more. she was born injapan, to mum mieko and her british father stu. at the age of ten, british skateboarding spotted her talent and saw an opportunity. daddy, look at this. when i filmed with her in la in 2019, she had her head and heart firmly set on her olympic dream. but it almost didn't happen, when last year she fell 15 feet while her dad was filming. she was airlifted to hospital, with skull fractures and broken bones, with doctors saying her helmet saved her life. every time she goes in the air, iflinch, i can't watch it, my wife can't watch it. i just tell her you're an amazing skater and the olympics doesn't define you, and the fact
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you are going for it is what skateboarding is about. it is not about holding back, it is about going for it. that is what sky's about. and she went for it and she got it. her aim is now to qualify for paris in three years�* time in both skateboarding and surfing. don�*t believe her? just watch. natalie pirks, bbc news, tokyo. there was also success in the individual showjumping, with a gold medal for ben maher. elsewhere ben whittaker took a silver in the boxing. but there was disappointing news in athletics, where the reigning world champion katarina johnson—thompson had to withdraw from the heptathalon because of injury. our sports correspondent andy swiss watched today�*s events. he once compared it to driving a ferrari. britain�*s ben maher on explosion w, in a six wayjump—off for gold. come on, ben, move. and after a display of spring heeled splendour, they were fastest. into the lead. but there were still two riders to go. could they beat maher�*s time?
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well, it was oh, so close. he�*sjust not quite made it. and ben maher has gold for great britain. delight then for the 38—year—old and another gold to go with his team triumph in 2012, but he said he owed it all to his horse, whojumped, he added, like he had wings. this horse is a different world. i don�*t even remember what i was doing in thejump—off, to be honest. i had my plan, ijust went and he just gave me everything. but another british medal hope has ended in heartbreak. oh, katarinajohnson—thompson, it all comes crashing down. the world heptathlon champion has been plagued by injury, and in the 200 metres the curse struck again. her agony was matched only by her bravery, asjohnson—thompson limped to the finish line. after lying in fifth place, her olympics are over in the very cruellest fashion. in the boxing, meanwhile, surely the games�* most reluctant medallist.
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ben whittaker was so upset with his silver, he didn�*t even put it on. his podium picture perhaps not one for the photo album. he�*d earlier fought for gold in the light welterweight, but after losing in the final he couldn�*t hide his disappointment. i just want to say to everybody i don�*t want to look like a baby or a spoilt brat, but i�*m so upset i didn�*t win the gold, so to me i feel like i�*ve lost the gold, that�*s it. i can�*t celebrate a silverjust yet. there was also a medal for superheavyweight frazer clarke. a nasty cut ended his hopes of gold, but afterjust missing out on a place at the last two games, the bronze was worth the wait. once again, though, the day�*s standout performance came in the 400 metres hurdles. after karsten warholm smashed the men�*s world record, america�*s sydney mclaughlin did the same to the women�*s. it is mclaughlin�*s title and a new world record. two new world records in 2a hours. the hurdles, it seems, are proving no barrier to brilliance.
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andy swiss, bbc news. that�*s it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night. hello there. so far this week, many places have escaped the heavy, thundery showers and stayed dry with some good spells of warm august sunshine. but the end of the week is looking decidedly unsettled with low pressure slap bang on top of us. that�*s going to bring showers or longer spells of rain. it will also turn windy as well. it�*ll feel cooler than what we expect this time of year. so, here it is, this new area of low pressure pushing into western areas as we head through the course of the night, eventually bringing stronger winds, cloud and rain to northern ireland, perhaps into western scotland as well. but for much of the country, after those heavy, thundery showers fade away, it�*s going to be dry for most of us. temperatures lifting, as well, across southern and western areas as the winds pick up. around 1a—15 degrees here, but a few cooler spots further north and east. but it does mean for thursday
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we start off on a dry note across some eastern areas before the wind, the cloud and the rain starts to push in. some of this rain will be heavy and thundery. it�*ll be followed by heavy, blustery showers with some sunny spells across the south and the west.
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this is bbc news. the headlines... police and protesters have clashed in the lebanese capital beirut on the anniversary of a deadly explosion that destroyed parts of the city. demonstrators are angry no one has been held accountable for the blast. meanwhile a short distance away — a minute�*s silence has been held to remember the victims of the explosion. over 200 people were killed — it�*s been described as one of the biggest non—nuclear explosions in history. in the uk, all 16 and 17—year—olds — will be offered a pfizer covid vaccine in the coming weeks. around one and a half million teenagers could be included in the plan. the olympic athlete from belarus — who refused her team�*s orders to fly home from the games — has landed in warsaw after departing from vienna. she�*s been granted a humanitarian visa.


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