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chaos and panic at kabul airport, as people try to flee afghanistan — now controlled by the taliban. as western countries try to get their staff and nationals out, thousands of local people surged onto the airport runway. the prime minister is chairing an emergency meeting in downing street right as the defence secretary says he's worried that not everyone will be able to leave afghanistan. part of regret for me that some people won't get back. some people won't get back and we will have to do our best in third countries to process those people. the taliban says it's achieved its aim — what it calls the freedom of its country. we want an afghan inclusive
islamic government. so, by that, we mean all other afghans have also participation in that government. we'll have the latest from kabul and washington. also this lunchtime: a one—minute silence is held in plymouth, to remember the five people killed in last week's mass shooting. we grieve because we love, grief is love. we are in shock, feel guilty and angry about the events surrounding the deaths of our beloved community members. people who've had both covid jabs no longer have to isolate in england and northern ireland if they're in contact with someone with the virus — to help firms struggling with staff absence.
and frustration for england — after two early wickets they've struggled to make further breakthroughs against india at lords. and coming up on the bbc news channel: mark cavendish prepares to compete on home soil for the first time since his tour de france heroics, confirming he'll race in next month's tour of britain. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. there is chaos and panic in kabul as thousands of people have flocked to the city's airport, desperate to board flights out of afghanistan after the taliban swept into the capital last night, putting them in control of the whole country. more than 60 countries,
including the us and the uk, have signed a statement saying afghans and other citizens who want to leave must be allowed to go. borisjohnson is chairing an emergency cobra meeting now to discuss the crisis. our first report is from our diplomatic correspondent paul adams. at kabul airport, the desperation is dangerous. an american military transport plane on the runway this morning, mobbed by afghans trying to flee their country. eventually, the plane takes off. moments later, as it gains altitude, it appears that two people fault to the ground. —— fall. thousands of american and british troops have been sent to secure the airport, with helicopters
used to clear the runway it is chaotic and ugly. similar scenes on the civilian side, an afghan airline are unable to leave has crowds frantically trying to reach it. outside the gates, shots ring out as the head long —— which began yesterday continues. at least two people have died at the airport today, perhaps more. what a contrast with the city's deserted green zone. once home to government buildings and foreign embassies, now empty but for pockets of taliban fighters. in a message posted on social media from their political base in qatar, the taliban and's co—founder urged his men to remain disciplined. now we have to show that we can serve our nation, he said. we we have to show that we can serve our nation, he said.— our nation, he said. we want an afu han
our nation, he said. we want an afghan inclusive _ our nation, he said. we want an afghan inclusive islam - our nation, he said. we want an - afghan inclusive islam government. by afghan inclusive islam government. by that we mean all other afghans have also participation in that government. so of course legitimate deliberation and talks.— deliberation and talks. anxious moments for _ deliberation and talks. anxious moments for the _ deliberation and talks. anxious moments for the people - deliberation and talks. anxious moments for the people of - deliberation and talks. anxious i moments for the people of kabul, unsure what their new masters have in mind. what will their lives be like? some sceptical that the delhi belly can be taken at their word. they are looking for legitimacy from the different countries to be accepted as the legitimate government of afghanistan but then at the same time what are they doing in practice? they don't have control of their foot soldiers or they want the legitimacy but they are not willing to do the work.- willing to do the work. huge uncertainty _ willing to do the work. huge uncertainty too _ willing to do the work. huge uncertainty too for - willing to do the work. huge uncertainty too for the - willing to do the work. huge uncertainty too for the aid . willing to do the work. huge uncertainty too for the aid agencies on whom so many afghans rely. unicef has been in afghanistan for decades helping with education and health. we will be continuing our work. the
taliban has asked us to stay. they understand the importance of our work, they understand we are not political. they have asked us to pause our work for a couple of days while they talk to the rank and file, and make sure that they understand what unicef is here to do and that our staff can operate safely. and that our staff can operate safel . �* ., , ., and that our staff can operate safel.�* ., , ., , and that our staff can operate safel. �* . , ., , and that our staff can operate safel. . , ., , . ., safely. afghans have seen so much to mulch us change, _ safely. afghans have seen so much to mulch us change, experienced - safely. afghans have seen so much to mulch us change, experienced so - safely. afghans have seen so much to l mulch us change, experienced so many moments of drama. this is another such moment. what will it mean for those who leave and those who stay? paul adams, those who leave and those who stay? pauladams, bbc those who leave and those who stay? paul adams, bbc news. let's speak to our washington correspondent barbara plett usher. given those scenes, continuing building criticism really of the biden administration, barbara? yes. biden administration, barbara? yes, certainly criticism _ biden administration, barbara? yes, certainly criticism here _ biden administration, barbara? 1&1: certainly criticism here in washington from the elite circles foreign policy pundits, diplomats, literary officers. we know mr
biden's military generals advised against this move, they wanted to keep a force in the country to help stabilise eight so they were unhappy anyway but the execution is what is getting the criticism now. why did the administration seem so unprepared? why was the draw down so fast? why had they not anticipated the speed of the taliban takeover? intelligence officials had predicted the withdrawal of the us would cause the withdrawal of the us would cause the government to collapse but not so quickly, and they also thought it could result in a division of power, different power centres in the country, not a full taliban takeover. so there are concerned about security, whether terror attacks will be more likely, unfavourable comparisons being made to the us exit from saigon. the biden administration defends itself by saying it's hand was forced by
the trump administration. mr trump made a peace deal with the taliban which envisioned a pull—out of troops by may the 1st, and if the biden administration hadn't gone along with that, then the taliban would have resumed their attacks and there was too small a force in the country to handle that. that is open to debate but it is a question of whether the voters will pick up on it. the majority did support his decision to leave the country, that's part of the reason he made it, but will the humiliation of the exit effect things? and especially in afghanistan, will al-qaeda regroup and will there be another terrorist attack in the united states that would have an impact? barbara, thank you. here, as we say, there is an emergency cobra meeting taking place this lunchtime in downing street. a little earlier today, the defence secretary ben wallace admitted that some people who want to leave afghanistan won't get back. our political correspondent
jessica parker has more. landing in the uk in the early hours, hundreds have been evacuated with more to follow. the government is working to get british passport holders home, as well as eligible afghans who worked for british forces. but an emotional minister admits not everyone will make it here. it is a really deep part of regret for me that some people won't get back. some people won't get back and we will have to do our best in third countries to process those people. why do you feel it so personally, mrwallace? because i'm a... because it's sad and the west has done what it's done. we have to do our very best, nick, to get people out and stand by our obligations. and 20 years of sacrifice is what it is. uk forces first went in to afghanistan in 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, joining us—led action against al-qaeda and the taliban.
a57 british troops and personnel lost their lives during the conflict. many more were injured. jack cummings was on his second tour in 2010 when he lost both legs in an explosion. seeing the sacrifices we've made as british soldiers, for itjust to go up in smoke in a couple of weeks, you've just got to question, was it worth it? and for me, at the moment, for many of my friends messaging me, i don't think it was. this long operation has stretched over successive prime ministers. jack straw, labour foreign secretary for five years from 2001, says it was right to act 20 years ago. a lot of good has happened over the intervening 20 years. my disagreement with president trump, who is the architect of this chaos, and president biden who has, in a sense, implemented it, is not
over whether there was going to come a time when nato allies and the us would have to withdraw, of course they would, but how you did that. parliament will be recalled on wednesday from its summer break to discuss the crisis. but what can be done as time ticks by? | ensuring a process for the safetyj of all of those that are remaining there and an assertion of the human | rights of everybody in afghanistan, | including women and girls, . particularly women and girls, and an agreement about safe and legal routes for refugeesj because it is inevitable - there is going to be a refugee crisis coming out of this. now the british military presence here all to get people out of afghanistan. while the world watches to see what is left behind. jessica has the latest from westminster, because as we say an emergency cobra meeting is under way. emergency cobra meeting is under wa . , emergency cobra meeting is under wa , , ., ., emergency cobra meeting is under wa . , ., ., _ emergency cobra meeting is under
wa. ,., ., _ way. yes, another emergency cobra meetin: way. yes, another emergency cobra meeting where _ way. yes, another emergency cobra meeting where top _ way. yes, another emergency cobra meeting where top figures - way. yes, another emergency cobra meeting where top figures in - meeting where top figures in government need to discuss the crisis. there is no sense the british government are in any way in control of what is happening in afghanistan now, merely reacting to events. ministers will be keen to show they have some sort of grip on the crisis, and there is a lot to discuss. how many people will be successfully evacuated out of afg ha n ista n successfully evacuated out of afghanistan over the coming days, including the afghans who have worked with the british authorities over recent years. downing street not putting exact numbers on these things. in terms of refugees, because of course as we have been hearing, the refugee crisis is expected. numberten hearing, the refugee crisis is expected. number ten are saying they will set out their approach to widen asylum claims in the coming days. more broadly the government is insisting that once the americans decided to go, it wasn't feasible for the uk to act unilaterally. but britain's broader approach to foreign policy over the last few decades will be up for discussion when parliament is recalled in two
days' time. but that is in two days' time. in the meantime, in afghanistan, events unfolding hour by hour. afghanistan, events unfolding hour b hour. ,, afghanistan, events unfolding hour b hour. ., ~ afghanistan, events unfolding hour b hour. ,, ., ~ ., ~ afghanistan, events unfolding hour b hour. ., ~ ., our defence correspondent jonathan beale is here now. notjust a not just a uk notjust a uk problem of course, but one wonders what on earth happens next. , ~ , , ., , . next. yes, the ministry of defence insists the military _ next. yes, the ministry of defence insists the military side _ next. yes, the ministry of defence insists the military side of- next. yes, the ministry of defence insists the military side of kabul. insists the military side of kabul airport remains secure. there are about 600 british troops on the ground plus thousands of americans, they are flying in a few thousand more, and they still think they will be able to continue those flights. i think the figure that was given was it could be, if it was running at full capacity, 1000 people per day. 300 arrived last night at brize norton, those flights will continue. if you look at what is on the ground, it is notjust the british nationals they want to fly back, it is the afghans who worked for the british interpreters for example, people who worked for the foreign
office. there is no afghan government. they need paperwork, where is the paperwork? it will be a huge logistic effort, let alone to get people on the plane. in addition there are afghan special forces on there are afghan special forces on the ground trained by the british and americans who need to be evacuated as well, and taken out of kabul. the big question and the one we don't know the answer to is how long will this air bridge remain viable? and ultimately that is not really... it is to some extent because there are troops on the ground, but that is also in the control of the taliban who have now taken over afghanistan.— taken over afghanistan. jonathan beale, taken over afghanistan. jonathan beale. thank— taken over afghanistan. jonathan beale, thank you. _ it is 14 it is 1a minutes past one. our top story this lunchtime: desperate scenes at kabul airport as hundreds try airport as thousands try to leave afghanistan — following the taliban takeover. still to come...
and with some restrictions still in place, what can pupils expect as they go back into classrooms in scotland? coming up on the bbc news channel... we look back on the welcome home concert for the olympic stars of team gb. it was a first chance for them all to celebrate together after success in tokyo. a minute's silence has been held in plymouth to remember the five people shot dead last week. the home office is asking police forces in england and wales to review the way they deal with firearms applications in the wake of the mass shooting. devon and cornwall police are being investigated as to why jake davison was allowed to have his shotgun back injuly, after his licence had been revoked. sarah ransome reports. a minute to remember and reflect. bell tolls.
across the city, people fell silent this morning in memory of those who died in the mass shooting last week. three—year—old sophie martyn and her dad lee, kate shepherd, stephen washington and maxine davison all died at the hands of the gunmanjake davison. in the park next to where the shootings happened, people paused in a moment of collective grief. it's been really hard, i think we're all still in shock at what's happened. aren't we? it's been a very quiet place for the last few days, it has been very sombre. people have been very respectful and very kind to each other and very compassionate.
everyone seems to knowj everybody and it just felt like the right thing to do to come here to pay my respects to - the victims that lost their lives, and obviously the ones that - are still in hospital as well. community leaders also paid tribute to the five who died. at the moment, keyham is grieving, we grieve because we love, grief is love, we are in shock, feel guilty and angry of our beloved community members because we love. plymouth is a place where people stand together during dark times. i hope and believe that we will get through the difficult times that lie ahead as we try to come to terms with this dreadful loss by continuing to support each other. questions still remain on why jake davison had a shotgun and how his licence was returned last month after an allegation of assault a few months ago. jake davison lived here in biddick drive. the decision to hand him back his licence is under investigation by the police watchdog.
in the light of what happened last week, the home office is now reviewing the way all gun permits are granted for forces throughout england and wales. today, though, was a day to focus on the victims. this community says it may be bowed but not broken. sarah ransome, bbc news, plymouth. people in england and northern ireland who've had both covid jabs no longer have to isolate if they come into contact with someone with the virus. the change has already been introduced in scotland and wales. our business correspondent emma simpson reports on the difference the new rules will make. here's a place that should be doing a roaring trade with afternoon teas, but this hotel in sutton coldfield had to scale back as its staff keep getting pinged. well, normally this restaurant would be buzzing at lunchtime but we have had to close it, we have had to close our fine dining
restaurant, we have closed all our food outlets during the day. a business trying to keep the plates spinning in the midst of a staycation boom. we found ourselves a week last sunday with virtually no kitchen staff. everybody was having to self—isolate. we went down from probably ten to twelve chefs down to two. i suppose today can't come soon enough? absolutely, it can't come soon enough. it will make such a huge difference. at one point, more than 500,000 people were getting pinged a week causing huge disruption for all sorts of businesses. but with three quarters of adults fullyjabbed the government says now is the right time to relax the rules, another huge step back to normality. from today, people in england and northern ireland who are fully vaccinated no longer have to self—isolate if they come into close contact with a positive case. instead, you'll be advised to take a pcr test.
if its positive, you will still have to isolate for ten days. even though they're not vaccinated, the new rules will also apply to under—18s. scotland and wales have already made similar changes. it's all welcome news for parents during the drop off at this london nursery. every time you leave your house you have that sort of latent sense of dread that you might walk past somebody, you know, not even be that close to them and then just get the dreaded ping and have to stay at home. it's very reassuring, i think. yeah, the ability to not have to worry if you get pinged and just kind of get a test and see what happens. nursery manager aletha agrees it's helpful, but the changes won't solve all the problems in this sector. if you have a nursery where only i half the staff have had a singlel jab it will still mean - closures, bubble closures.
and as it is at the moment there i is a shortage of early—year workers. so it would be better- if we can all have the jab so that the business can continue to run. - today, though, is still a big shift in the rules. and many will drink to that. emma simpson, bbc news, sutton coldfield. more children in scotland are returning to school this week, with many covid restrictions still in place. secondary school pupils must still wear a mask in the classroom. but entire classes will no longer have to isolate if one pupil tests positive for coronavirus. our scotland correspondent alexandra mckenzie reports. the excitement and anticipation of a new term. most restrictions in secondary schools, including wearing a face covering, remain in place. for these older students it's already very familiar. so i'm really relaxed about it considering before we stopped injune and previous to that it was the same
restrictions coming in, sanitising your hands, going straight to your classroom, wearing a facemask and social distancing from your teachers, which this will stay the same, so there's nothing much changing. i don't really like having to still wear a mask but i feel like having the desk sanitised and everything sanitised, basically, is safer, so that's good. how hopeful are you that you are going to be able to sit traditional exams at the end of this year? i want to do them and i'm excited . and i'm hopeful that we actually get the chance this year to do them. i would hope they go ahead because i've still not experienced being in an exam hall yet. i think it would be quite good just to be in an exam hall and feel the pressure. teachers have been making final preparations. they welcome the restrictions and also the change to the self—isolation rule. a whole class will no longer need to self—isolate if one person has covid. the change of system will allow kids to stay in the classroom a lot more
to make sure that the consistency of their learning will continue. and that their learning is not impacted the same way it was previously. so it will be a great change for us and hopefully the kids will benefit greatly from that. because of coronavirus, education has been disrupted for the last two school years. pupils and teachers here hope this year will bring much more normality. if i was to write the whole number as a fraction, what would i put it over? a higher maths class on a monday morning. they hope to find out soon if traditional exams will go ahead next year. the restrictions will be reviewed in six weeks' time. alexandra mackenzie, bbc news, linwood. aid workers in haiti are racing to provide food, water and shelter to survivors of saturday's earthquake, before a major storm reaches the country. hospitals are struggling to cope with thousands of injured survivors. nearly 1,300 people are known to have died.
australia's second largest city, melbourne, has introduced an overnight curfew, in an attempt to control the rising number of coronavirus infections. residents must remain at home between 9pm and 5am, unless they have an exemption permit. tighter rules are being proposed for websites which resell tickets to live events like music and sporting fixtures, often at inflated prices. the competition and markets authority wants a new system of licensing. its recommendations include a ban on platforms which allow resellers to sell more tickets than they can legally buy when an event goes on sale. israel's healthcare system will reach capacity within weeks if the current rise in covid cases continues — that's what experts are warning, as the country introduces new restrictions on entry.
israel was the first country in the world to offer vaccines to its residents, and it's already begun to administer a third jab to people over the age of 60. jenny hill reports. in the oblivion of intensive care, the brutal reality of what this virus can do. how old is this lady? she's 59. this is a hospital in tel aviv. staff tell us they are already battling a fourth wave, and it's going to get worse. they are doing what they can, expanding the number of beds in the unit, but the number of hospitalisations, people falling seriously ill, is rising fast. it's the same across the country. and suddenly, the immediacy of the problem becomes clear. even as we film, the doctor
in charge gets a call. there is a patient, three vaccinations, covid positive, with acute respiratory failure. with covid. it's the second patient in the hospital today who now needs intensive care, but there is only one bed free. i'm afraid the numbers will go up. and i know that i will have to take hard decisions, whom to get into intensive care and whom not. i was afraid of it, all the three waves that we had, we took those decisions. so, what's gone wrong for israel? this, after all, was the first country in the world to offer a vaccine to every resident. but cases are rising, the government reimposing restrictions, even considering a lockdown.
one thing that went wrong is just biology, which is the delta variant. but then i think the other thing that went wrong is the slight euphoria that we had thinking that this is over, not going after vaccinating those who were not vaccinated. israel is now banking on a third dose of vaccine, opening up centres like this to roll it out fast. we're not sure how well we are doing. because this will take another week or two to get the figures, those who have had the third jab. the question is, is this third jab able to protect the people from getting infected and to have symptomatic disease? we are still out on that. no guarantees, little optimism on these wards. for israel, this isn't so much about the rising case numbers, it's about what's happening in units like this all over the country. this is what will determine what israel does next. jenny hill, bbc news, tel aviv.
now to the cricket. it's been a frustrating morning for england on the final day of the second test against india. they took two early wickets, but have since struggled to make further breakthroughs. the tourists are 286—8 at lunch, giving them a lead of 259. joe wilson reports from lord's. what would lure you to lord's for the fifth day of a test match? cheaper tickets? sure. and a sport's ultimate appeal, the unknown. what would rishabh pant do? commentator: 0h, here he goes! well, yeah, extending their lead was exactly what india wanted, and what england feared. so this for england was bliss. pant, possibly the world's most dashing player, gone for 22. but there were other indian batsmen. there was jasprit bumrah, engaged in conversations with england which prompted the umpire to step in. bumrah had bowled aggressively at england's tail—enders. england did the same to him.
this is a spectacle we've come to expect. it doesn't mean it's endearing. concussion check after this. with bravery, luck and increasingjudgement, india batted on, stretching both england's patience and india's lead in the match. there's one captain. watch now for the other. joe root unable to grasp a catch, and what about the match? that was an excellent morning for india and it has transformed the whole balance of this match because they lead at lunch by 259 runs, so really now this afternoon there will be, in theory, an opportunity for india to come out and bowl and england to try and defend in their second innings and a real opportunity is there for india to win this match. i'm just going to mention one thing in passing as i stand here, during the lunch
interval it has been and continues, just gently to reign over lord's. joe wilson, thank you, at a very noisy lord's. time for a look at the weather. here's darren bett. hello. it is the height of summer but it doesn't feel like it, does it? and rain is going to stop play, i'm afraid, at lord's. we have a zone of thicker cloud, rain and drizzle heading down for the midlands and east anglia into the south—east. ahead of it we have some sunshine but it has clouded over, a few hardy souls on the beach in dorset. the sunny skies have been in eastern scotland and now starting to arrive in the north—east of england but it doesn't feel very warm because we have a chilly north—westerly breeze. that will push the rain and drizzle through the midlands away from east anglia, brightening up here, but we have that damp weather heading towards the south—east before petering out later. in the sunshine, temperatures