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this is bbc news. i'm sally bundock with the latest headlines the desperate scramble to leave afghanistan — hundreds flood kabul airport after the taliban take the afghan capital, 20 years after being forced from power. i cannot believe the world abandoned afghanistan. ourfans abandoned afghanistan. our fans are abandoned afghanistan. ourfans are going to get killed. they are going to get killed. they are going to kill us. our women are going to kill us. our women are not going to have any more rights. the taliban's arrival has sparked the closure of western embassies and the us sends in more toops to help with the evacuation effort. more than 60 western countries issue a joint statement, saying all those who want to leave afghanistan must be allowed to depart.
and in haiti, the search for survivors in collapsed buildings, as the death toll from a huge earthquake rises to nearly 1300. hello and welcome to the programme. as the taliban move into kabul, western countries are moving out, commandeering the airport to evacuate embassy staff and others desperate to leave. the pentagon is sending a further 1,000 american troops to assist with the us evacuation effort. british troops are supporting the evacuation of british and afghan civilians. more than 60 countries have signed a statement saying all afghans and other citizens who want to leave afghanistan must be allowed to depart. they say those in power are responsible for the protection
of life and property, and the restoration of order. graham satchell reports on the latest developments. 0n on board a plane due to leave kabul overnight but at the last minute they are told the flight will not be going. passengers are forced to rejoin the chaos outside. there is panic and fear everywhere. for20 outside. there is panic and fear everywhere. for 20 years, afghanistan has had stability, democracy and relative safety. it has all ended in a matter of days. a lucky few have made it out. this is delhi airport and a mix of relief, anger and despair. i a mix of relief, anger and “spain— a mix of relief, anger and desair. ., , despair. i cannot believe the world abandoned _ despair. i cannot believe the i world abandoned afghanistan. 0urfriends are going world abandoned afghanistan. our friends are going to get killed. they are going to kill us. 0urwomen killed. they are going to kill us. our women are not going to
have any more rights. the taliban forced _ have any more rights. the taliban forced from - have any more rights. the taliban forced from power to decades ago from western troops are back. they have claimed to have taken over are back. they have claimed to have ta ken over every government have taken over every government department including the presidential palace. 0urs earlier, the former president fleeing to afghanistan, saying he has left to avoid bloodshed. kabul is a city on the move. residents desperate to escape. fear of what is the gum has gripped every level of society, including former government ministers. including former government ministere— ministers. deep down in my heart i tell— ministers. deep down in my heart i tell myself— ministers. deep down in my heart i tell myself i - ministers. deep down in my heart i tell myself i will- ministers. deep down in my heart i tell myself i will not| heart i tell myself i will not have to pay the price for joining a government position but now i might face consequences that i never even dreamt of and i guess that is the price that we pay for trying to make this world a little better than when we came to it, and particularly in
afghanistan.— afghanistan. british troops have now _ afghanistan. british troops have now arrived _ afghanistan. british troops have now arrived in - afghanistan. british troops have now arrived in kabul. afghanistan. british troops l have now arrived in kabul to evacuate uk nationals and afghans who work with them. it is not 4000 in total are eligible to be lifted out. criticism of the cows now engulfing afghanistan is widespread. parliament will be recalled on wednesday to debate the crisis. a protest outside the crisis. a protest outside the white house in washington. america has long argued it trips good not stay in afghanistan forever and public opinion supported fruit withdrawal but serious questions are now being asked. i was so much money spent. — — trip withdrawal. so many lives lost to allow the taliban to walk back into power. the air over kabul is full of helicopters as people make their escape. 0n the ground, there is fear. it was not meant to end like this.
graham satchell, bbc news. here in the uk, the prime minister, borisjohnson, has called on other like—minded nations not to "prematurely" recognise the taliban. he said his immediate priority is to evacuate british citizens and afghans who've worked with the uk. mps have been recalled to parliament to discuss the situation on wednesday. here's our political correspondent ben wright. for 20 years, the uk has committed its military, money and lives to afghanistan stop some of the fiercest fighting was here in helmand. the effort and with a frantic scramble to get out. and with a frantic scramble to net out. , ., ., get out. the situation in afghanistan _ get out. the situation in afghanistan continues i get out. the situation in| afghanistan continues to get out. the situation in - afghanistan continues to be extremely difficult, getting more difficult, i would say and our priority is to make sure that we deliver on our obligations to uk nationals in afghanistan, to all those who have helped the british effort in afghanistan over 20 years, and to get them out as fast as
we can. , , , ., we can. uk trips first went to afghanistan _ we can. uk trips first went to afghanistan in _ we can. uk trips first went to afghanistan in october - we can. uk trips first went to afghanistan in october 2001 | afghanistan in october 2001 after the 9/11 attacks. —— troops. by 2014 450 uk soldiers and military personnel had died. successive prime ministers stressed that commitment to the country and protecting the progress made. today, cross parties fear that progress could vanish. the real dancer progress could vanish. the real dan . er is progress could vanish. the real danger is we're _ progress could vanish. the real danger is we're going _ progress could vanish. the real danger is we're going to - progress could vanish. the real danger is we're going to see i danger is we're going to see every female mp murdered, ministers strung up on street lamps and this is a decision i am afraid that has been taken. we have not heard from the foreign secretary in about a week despite this being the single foreign policy disaster sent suez. it single foreign policy disaster sent suez— sent suez. it was a miscalculation. - sent suez. it was a | miscalculation. the sent suez. it was a - miscalculation. the uk and sent suez. it was a _ miscalculation. the uk and us over_ miscalculation. the uk and us over estimating the capacity of the afghan government to hold
off the — the afghan government to hold off the taliban and underestimated the capacity of the taliban to advance throughout the country and that has been — throughout the country and that has been clear actually four days — has been clear actually four da s. has been clear actually four da 5. , , , has been clear actually four das. , days. uk says its mission in afghanistan _ days. uk says its mission in afghanistan had _ days. uk says its mission in afghanistan had and - days. uk says its mission in afghanistan had and once i days. uk says its mission in. afghanistan had and once us announced its decision to leave, despite the consequences. it is a mark of the crisis that mps and peers will be brought back from their summer break on wednesday for a day? debate. many 11 about the way afghanistan was left but talk here will not stop the taliban and all mps could do was ask ministers how the humanitarian and security disaster might be avoided. for james kyle, today is difficult. he was a captain and served in afghanistan in 2007 and 2009, the year is regiment lost six of its soldiers. it the year is regiment lost six of its soldiers.— of its soldiers. it is incredibly - of its soldiers. it is incredibly sad - of its soldiers. it is l incredibly sad seeing of its soldiers. it is - incredibly sad seeing the change happened so quickly after years and years of incredibly hard work from remarkable armed services in the country. i do not know how
i could ever look at the parents of fallen soldiers in the eye and say what they did was worth it.— was worth it. the situation in afghanistan _ was worth it. the situation in afghanistan will _ was worth it. the situation in afghanistan will be _ was worth it. the situation in afghanistan will be deeply i was worth it. the situation in l afghanistan will be deeply felt by many families closer to home, reflecting on a mission that was not meant to and like this. ben wright, bbc news. with me is the bbc�*s azadeh moshiri. what is the latest meant it comes to the international community and evacuation? taste community and evacuation? we heard from _ community and evacuation? - heard from the us that department in the last 24 hours. they have all the embassy staff safe at kabul and that the abbot is under us forces control. we heard from the prime minister new zealand jacinda adern who said they are deploying a military plan and personnel to evacuate their nationals who apparently number in that 30s as well as afghans are supported they agency under the ground. we heard from
ukrainian foreign minister on twitter. it seems like it is a bit of a deed. it says... —— bit ofa deed. it says... —— dig. essentially, the response is the same. right now the priority is evacuating nationals as well as afghans who have been on the ground supporting troops and admissions and that is why commercialflights are commercial flights are suspended and commercialflights are suspended and prioritising military operations for the evacuations.— military operations for the evacuations. ~ , ., evacuations. when it comes to criticism of _ evacuations. when it comes to criticism of the _ evacuations. when it comes to criticism of the us _ evacuations. when it comes to criticism of the us in _ evacuations. when it comes to criticism of the us in terms - evacuations. when it comes to criticism of the us in terms of| criticism of the us in terms of the pullout, what is being set inside the us?— inside the us? there is some olitical inside the us? there is some political infighting. _ inside the us? there is some political infighting. president | political infighting. president trump has said resident biden should resign in disgrace the way this has happened. that if he was still president, things
would be much more successful. the biden administration has pointed out the deal was negotiated during the trump administration. this is america's longest what an veterans have been taking to the media to express their opinions on how they see this develop. a former army staff sergeant said a complete pullout is not only unnecessary but a sabotage. you have some bigger appointed within politicians and people generally looking on in dismay and how quickly the taliban has gained ground there. aha, and how quickly the taliban has gained ground there. a massive blow in particular _ gained ground there. a massive blow in particular for _ gained ground there. a massive blow in particular for women's l blow in particular for women's rights, girls going to school and getting an education. has there been much reaction? absolutely. women have made so many games in the last few years. when it comes to school children, 39% if not more are
women. malala yousafzai, for example, one of the foremost female advocates who was shot by the taliban at one point, she said... jacinda adern, when she came out here to talk about evacuating that nationals, she also brought up the plight of women and children who are of course going to suffer under taliban rule and she said she wants human rights upheld in afghanistan for women and children. ., ~ , ., , afghanistan for women and children. ., ~' , . children. thank you very much indeed. let's _ children. thank you very much indeed. let's continue - children. thank you very much indeed. let's continue this - indeed. let's continue this conversation now. william maley is an emeritus professor at the australian national university and author of the afghanistan wars. hejoins me live from canberra. a warm welcome to the programme. i do not know if you
were able to hear the conversation we were having just now. what is your reaction to what has happened in afghanistan in the last few days? i afghanistan in the last few da s? ~ , ., days? i think it is a catastrophic - days? i think it is a catastrophic defeat days? i think it is a . catastrophic defeat for days? i think it is a - catastrophic defeat for the united states. but more seriously than that, it opens the door to a humanitarian disaster for afghans who had the door to a humanitarian disasterfor afghans who had in good faith accepted the promises of western leaders that they would not be abandoned. the blame, of course, lies across the political spectrum in the united states. president trump and his clumsy envoy were responsible for an incompetent deal with the taliban in february last year but president biden took the conscious decision he would run with that agreement and the predictable consequences essentially a cascade unravelling in afghanistan have now come to pass and it is a dark day in the history of the world. abs, dark day in the history of the world. �* , ., ~ dark day in the history of the world. �* , . ~ ., ., , world. a very dark day and many are saying _ world. a very dark day and many are saying and — world. a very dark day and many
are saying and agree _ world. a very dark day and many are saying and agree with - world. a very dark day and many are saying and agree with you i are saying and agree with you on that point but many are scratching their heads to say, it was obvious to many that this would happen, maybe not as quickly, maybe in a matter of months as opposed to a few days, but this was a predicted outcome so why the withdrawal? several reasons but resident biden had long committed himself to the view that it was a war that could not be one and he also had an interest and covering his tracks with the progressive wing of the democratic party because he had been such an ardent supporter of the theatre of operation in iraq. i suspect he seriously miscalculated about the risks of an unravelling of the sort we have witnessed although we listen to some of the specialist who really knew about afghanistan, he would
have realised the danger was much greater.— have realised the danger was much greater. when you look at kabul and _ much greater. when you look at kabul and other _ much greater. when you look at kabul and other centres - much greater. when you look at kabul and other centres in - kabul and other centres in afghanistan, in the last 20 years, enormous development. the economy is very, very different to what it was when the taliban won't last ruling. in terms of what the future holds, what kind of regime the taliban will put in place, what are your thoughts on that? there is already evidence of the taliban going house to house hunting for you right journalists, people of that sort, and that bodes very ill for any notion that they are going to be different at all from what they were in the late 19905. it is likely that would be even worse since there will be even worse since there will be a high level of revenge mentality at play. they can feel quite confident that the international community, having washed its hands of afghanistan, is unlikely to get in the way of what they might be attempted.—
be attempted. they are not unified force. _ be attempted. they are not unified force. within - be attempted. they are not unified force. within the . unified force. within the taliban there are factions? this the taliban that has been apparent in the different districts in which combat has taken place but it is pretty clear that there has been a spare head of pakistan act taliban following a highly orchestrated and carefully designed military campaign to overthrow the government, choosing targets carefully, deploying equipment carefully, and in a way that is as much a creeping invasion by the intelligence services as there is anything spontaneous within afghanistan stopping the americans inadvertently green lit an attack of this sort are now they are facing the consequences. now they are facing the conseuuences. ., , ,., ., ~ consequences. professor, thank ou for consequences. professor, thank you for your _ consequences. professor, thank you for your time _ consequences. professor, thank you for your time and _ consequences. professor, thank you for your time and your - you for your time and your analysis this morning on bbc news and of course you can find much more on our website, we have a special life page dedicated to afghanistan. with all the latest
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this is bbc news, the latest headlines: there's a desperate scramble to leave afghanistan, with hundreds flooding kabul airport after the taliban take the afghan capital, 20 years after being forced from power. their arrival has sparked the closure of western embassies and the us sends in more toops to help with the evacuation effort. there's been a sharp rise in the death toll from the devastating earthquake that hit haiti on saturday, almost 1,300 people are now known to have died, many more are feared to be trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings. the epicentre of the 7.2
magnitude quake was 150km south west of the capital, port au prince. hospitals in the area are inundated and struggling to cope with the number of injured, which has almost doubled to around 6,000 people. medical teams are being despatched from cuba and ecuador amid concerns about the approach of a tropical storm. james clayton reports. the last thing a country in political turmoil needed was this. friends and family searching the rubble for loved ones — looking, praying, for any signs of life. the morning earthquake brought buildings tumbling down — buildings made of heavy cinderblocks and cement. many people didn't have a chance. translation: the quake killed her. this death hurt us a lot because she is a street seller like us. this church was one of many structures that succumbed. the scenes eerily
reminiscent of haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake. this area is remote, and many of the injured are being tended to in makeshift emergency treatment centres. translation: we cannot | provide an assessment yet, because the situation is very critical. we have to mobilise and divide the resources of the hospital. the president has declared a state of emergency. however, the previous president was assassinated only last month, and some worry that haiti's turbulent political situation makes the country poorly placed to handle a humanitarian disaster on this scale. james clayton, bbc news. let's get some of the day's other news. anti—government demonstrators in thailand have staged a protest involving thousands of cars to demand the resignation of the prime minister over the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. the organisers said they used vehicles to help stop the spread of the virus. infection rates and deaths from covid—19 have soared to record levels in thailand.
injapan, nearly two million people have been urged to evacuate their homes because of heavy rainfall in parts of the country. highest—level rain warnings have been issued in a number of prefectures, including fukuoka and hiroshima. soldiers, police and firefighters have been sent to help with rescue operations in the area. firefighters are on alert in israel overnight, after they battled to contain a wildfire in forested hills to the west of jerusalem on sunday. the fire and rescue commissioner said that the emergency effort had prevented entire communities from being burned. the residents of four villages were evacuated from their homes as the flames spread. officials say the fire is under control and they are trying to determine what caused the outbreak. the british government is asking police forces in england and wales to review the way they consider applications for firearms licences as a result
of the shooting dead of five people in plymouth last thursday. new guidance will suggest that social media accounts should be checked when applications are assessed. canadian prime ministerjustin trudeau has called an early election for september the 20th, arguing he needs a new mandate to ensure voters approve of his government's covid—19 recovery plan. polls suggest trudeau's liberals will win their third consecutive election, but may not regain a majority, leaving him reliant on other parties to govern. spain has registered a provisional national temperature record — 47.2 degrees celsius. the reading was taken at a meteorological station near cordoba on saturday and hasn't yet been verified. parts of southern europe have seen blistering temperatures in recent days, as an area of high pressure moved up from africa.
time for all the sport now. hello i'm mark edwards with your sport. we start with football, and it was a stunning start to the season for spurs courtesy of their south korean superstar son heung min. tottenham condemning english premier league champions manchester city to an opening day defeat. they began the defence of their title by losing 1—nil at tottenham hotspur where son heung—min scored the only goal of the game 10 minutes after the break. and spurs did it without star striker, and manchester city target, harry kane who was who not in the squad after being rested. city are yet to score at tottenhams new stadium in 4 attempts. we are we a re really we are really happy with the new manager, he is positive, very positive around the changing room, on the pitch, of the pitch, i think that is very important as a group and we want to be really, really tight group so i think that is the difference and yeah, we're
forward this season and i want to keep the positive energy as long as possible. and in germany, there was an opening day defeat for last season's runners—up rb leipzig. they lost at mainz where moussa niakhate scored the only goal of the game after 13 minutes. cricket, and the 2nd test between england and india is finely balanced with one day to go, and all four results possible. india started the 4th day trailing by 27 runs as they began their 2nd innings, and they were in trouble on 55 for 3 until pujara and rahane put together a century partnership for the 4th wicket. so the tourists are 181 for 6 when play resumes a lead of 154. the top seed daniil medvedev has won the canadian open in toronto. the world number 2 from russia beat the unseeded american reilly 0pelka in straight sets, to claim his thirds atp tour title of the year, after victories in marseille and mallorca. medvedev won 6—4, 6—3, and that's the fourth masters series title of his career, and his first since paris last year.
meanwhile, the women's event in montreal was won by the unseeded camila giorgi. the italian, who's ranked 71 in the world, beat the number 4 seed karolina pliskova in straight sets. giorgi won 6—3, 7—5 against the former world number one, to claim only the third wta tour title of her career. the victory will take her up to number 34 in the world, the american golfer kevin kisner is celebrating his first pga tour title in two years after coming through a 6—man play—off to win the wyndham championship in north carolina. kisner, who began the day four shots behind the leader russell henley, won it at the second extra—hole in the sudden—death play—off. his rivals, including adam scott and branden grace, all made pars, while kisner�*s birdie meant he won the first six—man play—off on the pga tour for 20 years. the win takes him up to 29th in the fedex cup standings, ahead of the season—ending play—offs which start next week.
you can get all the latest sports news at our website, that's bbc.com/sport. but from me mark edwards and the rest of the sport team, goodbye. there is so much more to come still on this programme, we've got all our top business stories including a really interesting report from my colleague in new york about how, in new york, there is basically a new system coming into force today with regards to what you can access across new york if you are fully vaccinated, if you are not you may find there are certain places you cannot go, that is the new regime kicking and in new york city so we will have the details on that. but i will directly once again to our website where you can get all the latest information on what is happening in afghanistan, this very interesting piece here that shows you just how the taliban was able to take control of kabul in particular but also other cities and parts of afghanistan in such a short period of time, it has been described by many as a
lightning speed, so there is lots of detail and analysis there. do stay with us, i will see you in just a moment. hello there. cloud features quite prominently in our forecast for this week. and with the grey skies come some relatively cool conditions for the time of year. northwesterly winds bringing all that cloud and some rather cool air, particularly at the start of the week, but it will often, if not always, be dry. just a bit of light and patchy rain here and there. this is the earlier satellite picture. you can see various areas of cloud. we've got low pressure up to the northeast, weak frontal systems which have been bringing cloud and some showery rain. there's quite a lot of low cloud waiting out to the west. and this is the set—up to start the week, with high pressure to the west, low pressure to the east, and that is what's driving this northwesterly wind. quite a brisk wind first thing, especially for north sea coasts. as we go through
monday, we will see some sunshine developing, the best of that across northern and eastern scotland, the eastern side of england, whereas further west, we will keep more in the way of cloud, perhaps some spots of light rain and drizzle at times, and some slightly heavier rain approaching northwest scotland and northern ireland later in the day. those winds only slowly easing. it stays quite breezy for all of us through the day and temperatures a bit below par, generally speaking — 17,18,19, maybe heading 20 degrees in parts of southern and eastern england. and then as we head through monday night, we will see this area of wet weather pushing its way southeastwards. the rain mostly quite light and patchy, but i think there will be the odd heavy burst. but with that, we're going to feed in an awful lot of low cloud, mist and murk, and that sets the scene for the middle part of the week. we still have this northwesterly wind, with high pressure and low pressure trapping us between the two, essentially, but that northwesterly wind picking up an awful lot of moisture, an awful lot of cloud and depositing it on top of the uk. so largely cloudy conditions on tuesday, a little bit of patchy rain and drizzle here and there. equally, that cloud breaking
to give some sunny spells, especially to the south and the southeast of high ground. temperatures, at best, 18, 19, 20 degrees — still a little disappointing. and then into wednesday, more of the same, really, more mist and murk and cloud, the odd spot of drizzle. best of any brightness to the east and southeast of any hills and mountains. and temperatures, well, maybe just creeping up a touch, 21 degrees there in london, 17 in aberdeen. and then as we look towards the end of the week, a quiet sort of day on thursday. by friday, well, there is the chance that we will see some rain pushing in from the west.
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