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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak with the latest headlines. questions for devon and cornwall police about why it chose to return a shotgun licence to the man who killed five people in plymouth. i want to see a proper and thorough investigation into how the shooter got a firearms licence, why he was given back at gun. that is the question that people in this community have. afghanistan's president says his top priority is boosting the armed forces, in his first national address since the taliban stepped up their offensive. translation: our dear country, afghanistan, is in severe - danger of instability. the reintegration of the security and defence forces is our priority and we are taking serious measures to deal with this.
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as taliban insurgents continue their advance in afghanistan, us troops prepare for a massive airlift of civilians from kabul. flash flooding in turkey kills at least 31 people, as southern europe records one of the hottest summers ever. the nhs warns that tens of thousands of people are risking their lives in england because they're unable to spot the first warning signs of cancer. please don't stress the seals — a plea for holiday makers on the north—east coast of england to be more kind and respectful to the bathing mammals. and could ai spot the next sporting talent? also, gadgets for fun in the sun. that's in click, in half an hour here on bbc news.
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good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the independent police watchdog is investigating why the man who shot dead five people in plymouth, before turning the gun on himself, was given back his weapon and permit, after it had been confiscated. jake davison had both his shotgun and permit removed in december, after being accused of assault. last night hundreds of people attended a vigil close to where the shootings took place on thursday. luxmy gopal reports. the search for answers continuous for a community still in shock after a gunman claimed five lives in six minutes. hundreds gathered for a vigil last night to remember the victims. maxine davison, the killer's mother, stephen washington, kate sheperd,
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lee martyn, and his daughter sophie, who was just three years old. today, people kept arriving to pay tribute, with local shops running out of flowers. it is just frightening, it is just a terrible thing to have happened. it isjust devastating. it has devastated a community and shocked so many people. it is just a very dark day- for the community and it will be for weeks and months to come. basically, you know, . it isjust sad, very sad. forensic teams and officers have continued their investigations throughout the day. the force is itself being investigated by the iopc, the police watchdog, which is looking into how much was known about the killer's mental health and into the circumstances around his firearms licence. devon and cornwall police returned jake davison�*s shotgun and licence last month after they confiscated them in december last year following an alleged assault. meanwhile, support is being offered to those who need it. victim support are on hand
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to help with those that have been traumatised. the local churches and schools have opened up and that was yesterday and i visited those, with lots of community workers and third sector that are very much there to listen and help and assist with regards to what has been a devastating blow to plymouth and the local community in keyham. the five victims will be remembered with a service on wednesday led by the bishop of plymouth and a minutes�*s silence at 11 o'clock on monday morning as people in keyham try to come to terms with the violence that has shattered their normally peaceful neighbourhood. the home secretary has been paying tribute to the victims by laying a floral flowers tribute near the scene at the site of a vigil held on friday evening. she was accompanied by the chief constable of devon and cornwall police, shaun sawyer, and the labour mp for plymouth sutton and devonport, luke pollard.
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luke pollard told us that local people are very concerned about why the perpetrator had been gven back his firearm license. i want to see a proper and thorough investigation into how the shooter got a firearms licence, why he was given back that gun. that is the question that people in this community have. we all understand that will take time and we understand it will be difficult potentially, but we need to have proper answers here. we have been through enormously difficult few days and those difficult days will continue well into the future. that is why we need to make sure we are getting clear answers to those questions, because this community deserves those clear answers and thatis deserves those clear answers and that is what i want to see from the police and this investigation. laura mervyn is a mental health counsellor in keyham,
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and she said she spoke to the home secretary during her visit and appealed for help in the long term for local people. from the community, adjusting to support in the long run. when the kids go back to school, after? back —— christmas, it is about what will happen in the future, and how children can be supported, really. we are heartbroken, we love our community and they are going to be very missed. going to be very missed. well, the labour leader, sir keir starmer, has said it's important to urgently find out how the plymouth gunman was allowed a firearms licence. speaking in the past few hours, he also said more needs to be done to tackle and prevent incel culture on the internet. we are seeing further evidence of an extreme misogynist ideology, which is riddled with hatred
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and in some cases incitement to violence. wherever there is incitement to violence, that has got to be taken seriously. i don't think that the terrorist laws in terms of prosecuting those that have been arrested need to be changed. we have got strong powers. we can bring successful terrorist prosecutions, i have been involved in many of them myself when i was director of public prosecutions. where i would look in this case is at the online element of this — the online harms bill has been promised for a very long time. now, in a tragic situation like plymouth, i don't want to get too party political about this but i do urge the government to bring forward the online harms bill because the prosecution side of it i do think is adequately covered, the preventative side not so much. matt dryden is an independent analyst on radicalisation and terrorism — he previously worked as an officer for the government's
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prevent programme. i asked him whether he agreed with the labour leader's comments that more work was needed to stop the spread of incel culture online. the incel community is predominantly active online and that is its main domain, if you like. there have been calls for the better we can prevent such propaganda and the access to the type of information that incels gather and are inspired by, then the better that will prevent any acts of violence in person, in reality. and that is possible. it is. that is certainly something but the issue is much wider than that. so this is your area of speciality, specialism, what does an incel say to you? should we be concerned? we absolutely should be concerned.
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just like any other extremist ideology, whether it is islamist extremism or far right extremism, the ideology poses a significant threat, both to people, vulnerable young people, but not just those, in the way that they become obsessed by such ideologies and that limits their own life chances potentially if they go down the road... could i stop you there? what is the ideology of an incel? it is essentially an antifeminist and misogynist subculture and the idea is that they have a right to women and sex and by rejecting them, by women rejecting men,
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it is essentially them denying men their birth right. does that mean hate is targeted towards women? it does, primarily women are the targets of that aggression and violence, but it can also be men — men that incels perceive to be alpha males, men who they perceive to be successful when it comes to romance and sexual relationships because that is what incels envy. to me and most people, that would be a man, let's take it as that, terrorising a woman. that is a terrorist act, isn't it? it is an issue of definition. if you look at the definition, if you're talking about violence or the threat of violence for political or ideological or religious purposes, certainly the vast majority of us
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working within this field fully acknowledge inceldom as an ideology. so in theory, it would fit within the definition of terrorism. but there is a whole debate around the definition of terrorism. the taliban are now in control of most of the northern region of afghanistan and almost half of the country's regional capitals, as their swift takeover of territory continues. the capital of logar province, puli alam, fell to militants this morning. it is just a0 miles south of the capital kabul. heavy fighting also continues in the city of mazar—e—sharif. it comes as british troops have been flown out in order to safely airlift british citizens from the country. our diplomatic correspondent caroline hawley reports. the taliban hoist their flag on the gates of kandahar, afghanistan's second largest city. the speed of their advance has left the afghan government reeling
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and millions of afghan people in terror and dread. as the militants now close in on the capital, kabul, the beleaguered president ashraf ghani gave a televised address. translation: in the current| situation, the re-mobilisation of our security and defence forces is our top priority and serious steps are being taken in this regard. but in many areas, it is too late. the man on the right, one of the most prominent local commanders fighting for the government, nicknamed because of his fearsome reputation the lion of herat. but he and his city, afghanistan's third largest, are now firmly in taliban hands. the humanitarian crisis is growing by the day. tens of thousands of people have poured into kabul to escape the fighting. now people who can afford to leave are scrambling to get out. i'm afraid of being killed. like, i am totally sure that i am not going to survive here. the uk lost a54 lives in afghanistan
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before pulling out a few weeks ago at the end of an almost 20 year mission. but this weekend, 600 troops will fly back into the country to take british nationals out. the americans are doing the same, leaving many afghans are feeling ——afghans feeling abandoned by the world. caroline hawley, bbc news. secunder kermani is in afghanistan and was listening to the president's address. well, everyone was waiting to hear what the president would say. this is the first time he has addressed the nation after this really unprecedented advance by the taliban. everyone has been left pretty much astonished by the pace and the scale of the militants' push across the country, taking now around half of all the provincial capitals here. president ghani, in a short pre—recorded message today, said it was his priority to re—mobilise the security forces and prevent further instability.
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there had been speculation yesterday, even this morning, that perhaps he would announce his resignation. that certainly doesn't seem to be the case. it but what is also missing for the moment at least it but what is also missing for the moment at least from the public debate is any kind of real indication of what president ashraf ghani and his team can do to reverse the situation. the more and more people look at the way things are developing here in afghanistan, the government's position is seeming to be increasingly untenable. the taliban taking control of another city just a short distance away from kabul earlier today. many fear it is only a matter of time before they eventually push in on kabul, though for the moment my sources tell me that the taliban want to wait, they want to see if kabul can be handed over peacefully to them, a surrender of sorts. we have seen that actually happen in number of other provincial capitals where security forces have been approached by influential tribal elders, community leaders who have said, "look, the game is basically over. "spare the civilian population from becoming caught
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"in the middle of protracted fighting and retreat." the taliban it seems want that to happen, but president ghani and his team are digging in and so there is real uncertainty here in the capital about what the future is going to bring. we're just we'rejust bringing we're just bringing braking we'rejust bringing braking is concerning haiti. we're just bringing braking is concerning haiti.— we're just bringing braking is concernin: haiti. ., . , concerning haiti. there are concerns that an earthquake _ concerning haiti. there are concerns that an earthquake of— concerning haiti. there are concerns that an earthquake of magnitude - concerning haiti. there are concernsj that an earthquake of magnitude 7.2 has struck to the west of the town which is about 150 kilometres west of the capital. the important thing to know here is the depth of the earthquake. it has been recorded by the usgs at ten kilometres, which is concerning. 0n the usgs at ten kilometres, which is concerning. on top of that, we have also had soon army alert that has
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been issued. —— tsunami alert. 0fficials been issued. —— tsunami alert. officials have also reported that there have been some fatalities and also damage to some homes. no images here at the bbc yet but we understand there are some there and we will verify them before we bring you an update on that. there is a lot of concern because in 2010, haiti was struck by an earthquake which was in iraq magnitude. it was a 7.0 magnitude. today's is a 7.2. earlierfigures put it a 7.0 magnitude. today's is a 7.2. earlier figures put it at 7.3 to 7.5 but the usgs have said it is 7.2. those figures change over time as scientists look at the data. the number of fatalities have been reported by atf officials. the air quake struck in the west, which is
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ten kilometres away from the capital, which is concerning and the last key point is that a tsunami alert has been issued. we are monitoring this and we will bring you the latest soon as we have those details. in the meantime, it is 17 minutes past three, now the headlines. questions for devon and cornwall police about why it chose to return a shotgun licence to the man who killed five people in plymouth. afghanistan's president says his top priority is boosting the armed forces, in his first national address since the taliban stepped up their offensive. flash flooding in turkey kills at least 31 people, as southern europe records one of the hottest summers ever. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc
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sport centre, here's chetham. good afternoon. manchester united have started the new premier league season with a bang — beating leeds by five goals to one at old trafford in the lunch time kick—off. bruno fernandes scoring a hattrick, this was the opener on 30 minutes. leeds were level briefly level through luke ayling before mason greenwood restored manchester united's lead. great finish. and they dominated thereafter, with fernandes completing his hattrick here before fred added a fifth. we are we a re really we are really happy, i am really happy with three goals. great performance by the team having the fans happy with three goals. great performance by the team having the fans back, happy with three goals. great performance by the team having the fans back, to happy with three goals. great performance by the team having the fans back, to give happy with three goals. great performance by the team having the fans back, to give them happy with three goals. great performance by the team having the fans back, to give them this happy with three goals. great performance by the team having the fans back, to give them this joy happy with three goals. great performance by the team having the fans back, to give them this joy and against a bigger rival like leeds united. so i think today was almost perfect day.
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before kick—off at old trafford, united presented their new signing, raphael varane, to their supporters — he's not yet able to play. the 28—year—old france defender�*s signed a four—year contract, completing his move from real madrid for initialfee of £34 million. so, manchester united getting their campaign off to a flyer on a busy saturday in the premier league. there are five games that kicked off at three o'clock — patrick viera takes charge of his first game for crystal palace, and it's a tough start, facing the european champions chelsea, who played 120 minutes in the super cup in midweek. elsewhere, watford return to the premier league against aston villa, now without jack grealish but new signing danny ings plays, while ashley young makes his second debut for the club. watford are leading 1—0. burnley have taken an early lead against brighton and the late kick—off, norwich against liverpool, back in
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the premier league. that norwich against liverpool, back in the premier league.— norwich against liverpool, back in the premier league. that kicks off at 5:30pm _ there are three matches under way in the scottish league cup, all three o'clock kick—offs. livingstone, who reached the final before losing to winners stjohnstone last season, are at home to st mirren. dundee host motherwell and dundee united are away to ayr. there was a dramatic comeback in the championship, where peterborough snatched victory from derby at the weston homes stadium. wayne rooney might have thought he'd overcome derby's problems, brought about by their finances and transfer embargo, when substitute jack stretton put his side ahead. but peterborough pounced in 11 minutes of added time with goals from substitutes harrison burrows, and then siriki dembele, to take all three points. wild celebrations. peterborough take all three points.
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next to the cricket — joe root�*s been at it again, inspiring england on day three of the second test against india at lords. england lostjonny bairstow just after lunch, but not before he'd hit 57. alongside him, joe root so impressive again, for the second successive match, he's hit a century, another landmark he's reached today is 9,000 runs in test cricket, root is the second youngest to that number after sir alastair cook. he slots in ahead of sachin tendulkar and ricky ponting on that list. they're currently 289 for five, they've lost jos buttler who was bowled by ishant sharma on 23. after india made 364 in theirfirst innings. britain's elvin evans is lying third overall after 1a stages of rally belgium. his toyota team mate, takamoto katsuta, had a lucky escape after crashing during stage ten this morning. the force of the impact causing extensive damage to the japanese driver's car. there are two more stages to go
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today, the rally finishes tomorrow. that's all the sport for now. i will be back with you in an hour. to turkey now, and just as crews battled to bring wildfires under control, devastating floods have swept through northern parts of the country. reports say a0 people have died, and president erdogan has declared a disaster zone in flood—hit regions. tanya dendrinos reports. vehicles tossed in the torrent. this terrifying eyewitness footage captured the scene in northern turkey just days ago. roads turned to rivers as buildings simply crumbled. and this is the aftermath — a mangled heap of mud, debris and belongings. translation: i went out and all of a sudden - floodwaters gushed behind me.
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i couldn't look back, it swallowed homes, people, everything. president erdogan visited here on friday declaring flood—hit regions along the black sea coast disaster areas. translation: we cannot bring back people who lost their lives _ but our state has the power, opportunity and determination to compensate for any loss other than that. a mammoth search and rescue operation is now under way, more than 1700 people have been evacuated and hundreds of villagers have been left without power. turkey's interior ministry labelling the situation as the worst flood disaster he has ever seen. this on the back of wildfires in the south of country and across the mediterranean in a week a un climate report sounded a code red for humanity. tanya dendrinos, bbc news.
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july has been confirmed as the world's hottest month ever recorded by us government scientists. data shows that the combined land and ocean surface temperature last month was nearly one degree celsius hotter than the twentieth century average. the new head of the nhs in england says she fears tens of thousands of people are are risking their lives because they're unable to spot the first warning signs of cancer. research also suggests three in five people would delay seeking medical advice because they don't want to be a burden during the pandemic. 0ur health correspondent anna collinson reports. cancer services are back to pre—pandemic levels and are busy, but nhs england says over the past year there has been a 10% drop in cancer patients receiving treatment. we know that people are out there and we are worried they may have symptoms and not be coming forward, so the purpose of this campaign
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is to highlight those symptoms, to make sure people are aware of what is normal and what's not normal for them, and to come forward if they need help. just, you've said it too. health officials are particularly concerned about abdominal, neurological and lung cancers. as this new advert shows, symptoms can include discomfort in the stomach, blood in urine, persistent diarrhoea or a cough that lasts longer than three weeks. it was a gp who first detected declan's kidney cancer eight years ago. he is now a patient at this urology clinic at guy's hospital in london, and is mostly able to live a normal life. if there is something bothering you, it may not be something serious but it is absolutely worth getting it checked out, you know? and i know that you can go to your gp. i think some people think that these things aren't happening now, but they are. the earlier cancers are detected, the more likely it is that we can treat them effectively.
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if a patient spots a possible symptom, the nhs says it is ready to help. anna collinson, bbc news. every year, thousands of tourists visit the coastline of yorkshire to see the colonies of seals that live there, but a surge in visitor numbers could be putting them under threat. conservationists say people are getting too close to the animals and causing distress. here's our environment correspondent, paul murphy. yorkshire's seal population is one of the wonders of the east coast but it is under threat. the biggest impact is coming from human disturbance. selfies on the shoreline or perhaps just dogs that are brought too close. predominantly what is happening to the seals is they will have a fight or flight response, they will perceive the human as a threat and try to escape that threat.
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we have seen a massive prevalence of people trying to seek out those encounters so rather than being anecdotal, there are people actively out walking to pursue them. this is what can happen, it is known as a seals stampede, they injure themselves as they try to flee across the rocky shore line. even from a distance they can find humans intimidating. you don't realise you're quite far from them for them to be like that, yeah. i didn't think they would be that sensitive to us - being 200 metres from them. the surge of visitors to this coast has meant extra policing has been put in place to safeguard birds, whales and dolphins from irresponsible water users, but conservationists have now launched an online petition to get specific legal protection for the seal colonies. so where you have whales, dolphins and porpoises, seals are separate from that. so whilst the former are protected from harassment and reckless disturbance, seals are not so we are trying to change the law here in the uk, or particularly england and wales.
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government funded awareness campaigns are trying to get the message across but the stark reality is that if the disturbances continue, experts believe the seal population could actually start to decline. paul murphy, bbc news, on the east yorkshire coast. now it's time for a look at the weather with alina jenkins. hello there. sunshine for some this afternoon, rain for others in the form of blustery showers across scotland, especially in the west. this band of cloud and rain pushing northwards into northern ireland, north wales, parts of northern england. 0n either side of this, some breaks either side for some sunshine. the best of these across east anglia and south—east england, where we will see the highest temperatures. this band of cloud and rain continuing northwards through this evening and overnight, tending to fizzle out. showers becoming confined to northern scotland. some patchy rain moving into parts of wales and south—west england later. fairly cloudy night for many, mild too, butjust touching single
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figures in parts of northern england and scotland. a lot of cloud to start the day tomorrow, some patchy rain for parts of wales, south—west england and northern england. further blustery showers for the far north of scotland but elsewhere through the day, cloud should thin and break so we see some warm spells of sunshine, quite a cool day across the northern ireland. much of next week, it is looking mainly dry, often cloudy and we will start the week with a cooler cooler and north—westerly wind.
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hello, this is bbc news with lukwesa burak. the headlines... questions for devon and cornwall police about why it chose to return a shotgun licence to the man who killed five people in plymouth. i want to see a proper and thorough investigation into how the shooter got a firearms licence, why he was given back at gun. that is the question that people in this community have. afghanistan's president
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says his top priority is boosting the armed forces, in his first national


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