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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines. the taliban tighten their grip after taking over afghanistan — carrying out house—to—house hunts for those who collaborated with western forces. the militants beat back the crowds at kabul airport — as afghans turn up in hope at western embassies — long abandoned. these people have no real information on what they can do to leave afghanistan but they are desperate. in fact, they're coming to us. is a true? with the canadians give me a visa. the fact is, most of these people will never get one. we'll take a look at the winners and losers from the taliban takeover of afghanistan and we hear
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from an award winning photo—journalist who spent years documenting life for afghan women under the taliban. also on the programme. waiting for aid and answers. why is it taking so long for help to reach the victims of haiti's catastrophic earthquake? and — 30 years on from the failed coup in russia by communist hard—liners. what is its relevance today? asummary of a summary of the cage may be shining down on psychosis it's eight in the morning in singapore, and 4:30 in the morning in kabul.the taliban had promised there would be no retribution against those who worked with us forces. they also said that afghans would be free to leave
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the country, if they had the right papers. but today both of those promises look uncertain. an intelligence briefing for the united nations says the taliban are stepping up their search for so—called "collaborators". that includes those who served in the afghan military or police. and the international airport at kabul remains a scene of chaos and uncertainty. our correspondent in kabul secunder kermani reports. this is crowd control, taliban style. outside the airport, thousands of people desperate to leave. this is the road anyone being evacuated has to travel along. the taliban repeatedly stopped us filming. they don't like the images of so many afghans are fleeing their rule. they have denied claims they are at times preventing some afghans with valid documents from entering the airport. but many of those here don't have a visa. they are hoping somehow to leave.
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i want to go anywhere else other than here, says this man. but the embassies and offices are closed. what can i do? then taliban fighters bring the interview to an end. the taliban are everywhere you go in kabul. they are heavily armed. but for the most part, in the city, they are friendly. today, so more protests expressing defiance to their rule, rallying around the afghan flag. outside the canadian embassy, more chaos. hundreds of people frantically scribbling their names on pieces of paper hoping it will somehow lead to a visa. the embassy has already been evacuated. these people have no real information about what they can do to leave afghanistan, but they are desperate. they are asking us, is it too, will the canadians give me a visa?
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the fact is, most of these people will never get one. this family haven't spoken to anyone at the embassy, but heard rumours that if they turn up, they will find help. there is war, misery. i cannot even buy bread for my children, says this man. new footage today of the even more chaotic scenes at the airport earlier this week. some parents so desperate, they hand their children over. new details of the horrifying story of those who lost their lives. one of the young men clinging to a plane, clinging to it even after take—off, a talented footballer who had played for the national youth team. a generation of afghans now facing an uncertain future. a un document says the taliban are intensifying their hunt for people who worked
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for and collaborated with nato and us forces. the document says those at particular risk are people with positions in the military, police and investigative units. this letter was highlighted in the report. it was written to an individual threatening "if you do not report to the commission, your family will be arrested instead, and you are responsible for this. you and your family members will be treated based on sharia law". here's one of the report's authors. to the report's authors. of moving into all major cities to of moving into all major cities in afghanistan, they have a more advanced intelligent system and a list of individuals even within the very first hours of moving into kabul bay began searching for when government employees especially in the intelligence
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services and special forces units. �* , , ., units. and this is not the action of _ units. and this is not the action of random - units. and this is not the action of random calibanj units. and this is not the - action of random caliban groups seeking revenge. this involves issuing written orders from the military commission of the taliban and actual intelligence photographs and so on of individuals they are searching for. i would like to stress that the caliban that we are currently seeing is definitely a different animal to what we encountered 20 years ago. they are more advanced and have a much more improved financial system and intelligent system and the fact they can commence this hunt forformer this hunt for former collaborators working with western intelligence services shows that they are very well—prepared on this. as the flights began to take thousands of afghans to new lives around the world many more are still trying to get to kabul airport. but in the rush to get to the airport at least 12 people have died.
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my colleague zarghuna kargar has been talking to one woman who went there with her husband and four children on monday. her husband was killed. we're not naming her or showing herface for security reasons. that morning my husband said on facebook that the americans are helping people to get out and accept them as refugees. he said people like the britons and americans have really good attitude and they are accepting families with kids. so he of this on facebook and my husband and i with our children took a taxi to the airport. at the airport it was really busy. the taliban were outside and they were making fun of us as we were making fun of us as we were going into the airport and said when you go to america you can say what you want about us but here, we will suck your blood. so we were scared but still still went inside. it was really, really busy. i was with my kids and got separated from
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my kids and got separated from my husband. he was trying to get us to a safer corner but fighting started and we saw bullets everywhere. my husband saw us and was running towards us to get me on the children and that is where he was head. they shot him. he fell to the ground. i they shot him. he fell to the round. ., ., ., , ., ground. i ran towards him and left my children. _ ground. i ran towards him and left my children. who - ground. i ran towards him and left my children. who were i left my children. who were shooting? the americans and the taliban were firing. the taliban were shooting in the direction of the aeroplane so the americans also started shooting. it was chaos. we were behind the taliban and she was facing the americans and he got shot. it was a horrible time. i was in shock and i am still in shock. i held my husband and put him in a luggage trolley. people take their luggage with hopes of going abroad and i was carrying my injured husband who was bleeding and shock. i was holding his hand. i was holding his leg. i was in a terrible situation. no one was helping me. people were watching but not helping. i came out to take into the hospital. i stood in front of a car driving towards
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me. i did not care if i was hit i died ijust wanted to take into the hospital is quick i could. i could not close the door of the car. i was screaming. ijust wanted to take him to the hospital. in a ticking to the hospital he was still alive. ticking to the hospital he was stillalive. he ticking to the hospital he was still alive. he was worried about the children and my family called me and they said they had seen my kids at the airport and taking them home and when he heard this he camped down and he died and our lives were destroyed. devastating testimony from a woman who lost her husband at the airport when she was trying to escape afghanistan. medical staff attacked, hospitals understaffed and a divisive vaccination rollout. that's the dire situation painted by healthcare workers and volunteers in myanmar, as the nation battles a third, devastating wave of covid—i9 infections. the number of daily deaths are officially around 360 — this is thought to be a vast underestimate and cremations in yangon, myanmar�*s biggest city, are said to be
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inundated with bodies. one organisation working on the ground is medecins sans frontieres, commonly known as doctors without borders. it's calling on myanmar�*s militaryjunta, now in power after february's coup, to ensure people have safe access to healthcare, and for medical staff to provide care without intimidation. i've been speaking to jason mills from medecins sans frontieres in myanmar about the challenges health care workers face. it has been a very challenging year here for health care workers. between political turmoil, six months ago, and to be covid wave that hit has about two months ago, you know, it is just... there about two months ago, you know, it isjust... there is a majority of health care workers on strike because the public health system has been shut down due to them protesting the democratically elected government. a lot of them have
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faced the challenges, we have lost... excuse me, 37 were killed. you are reporting on health care has actually been quite good. we have got about 190 health care staff still under arrest. and, you know, getting this covid situation under control here is going to require getting health care workers back to work. that means people are going to need to compromise. we need to see the people who are on strike able to treat patients legally. we are going to need to see the involvement of civil society organisations to build the trust in the public health response. because you cannot have a public health response that tackles an epidemic like covid without people having trust in the health system. i mean, think all of your viewers can understand and it is very difficult to roll—out a successful vaccination campaign if people don't actually have a lot of trust in the health
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system. and that is in short supply here right now. i know that it is very _ supply here right now. i know that it is very difficult - supply here right now. i know that it is very difficult to - that it is very difficult to talk about some of the things that you have mentioned on the programme. in a way that, you know, it is very sensitive for you, i understand that. all of this is taking place backdrop of a second wave of covid. possibly more devastating than the last lot of ib getting an accurate picture of how many deaths have been due to covid? what is the level of vaccination coverage? 3�*s what is the level of vaccination coverage? what is the level of vaccination coveraue? ,’:' ., vaccination coverage? 3% of the pepulation _ vaccination coverage? 3% of the pepulation is — vaccination coverage? 396 of the population is currently - population is currently vaccinated. there are 10 million vaccines coming into the country in the next couple of months. about 4 million of those are coming in with the you programme, pfizer vaccines and 6 million are coming from china. if they successfully role out that vaccination campaign couple of months, you will get the vaccination rate up will get the vaccination rate up to only 13% which is not
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nearly where it needs to be in order to see how we can control this delta wave after the initial peak and how it re—emerges. because, you know, with a lack of trust in public health system covid goes underground and people try to self test and they try to seek home care from people that they know and the trust and that means they're not necessarily reporting to the public health system so all of the information that we see out of myanmar in terms of deaths, positivity rates, all of these things, they are just a small little snapshot and not necessarily indicative of the overall picture. i talked with a couple of my staff. you know, one of them had lost three family members recently and these are not reported deaths. these are not in any of the official statistics.— right. if you want to get in touch with me i'm on twitter — @bbckarishma
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you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme. we talk live to an award—winning photo—journalist who spent years documenting life for afghan women under the taliban two decades ago. washington, the world's most political city is assessing the health of the worlds most powerful man. indeed i did have a relationship with her that was not appropriate. in fact, it was wrong. in south africa, 97 people have been killed today were the worst days of violence. over the past ten days, 500 have died. czechoslovakia must be free! russia is observing a national day of mourning for the 100 eighteenths of mariners who died of board.
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we are with them now in our hearts. - the pope has celebrated mass before a congregation of more than two and a half million people in his hometown. stay with us, stay with us chanted this ocean of humanity. this is newsday on the bbc. our headlines: the taliban are tightening their grip following their takeover of afghanistan — carrying out door—to—door searches for those who collaborated with western forces. crowds have continued to mass around kabul airport amid chaotic scenes — with taliban fighters beating back some afghans trying to reach flights. the taliban have said that
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women will be given rights in afghanistan under the sharia law. but women say it's hard to interpret what that means given the militant group's record in the past. when they ruled in the 1990s education for girls was forbidden, women were not allowed to venture out without a male guardian. earlier i spoke to lynsey addario who is a pulitzer prize—winning photojournalist and author — she's visited aghanistan three times when the taliban were last in control. i asked her what life was life was like for women then. i mean, it was incredibly oppressive. the first time i went, i had never seen a place like that. there were almost no women on the streets. the only women out in public were widows who had to beg to get food because their husbands, they had no husbands were unable to work. it is forbidden to work outside of home under the taliban unless you had special permission.
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i was able to go into private homes and see secret girls schools with very brave afghan families opening up schools for girls knowing that if they got caught, it would be punishable under sharia law. i think it was just very oppressive. all forms of entertainment were illegal. no music, no television and no mixing between the genders. looking at some the photographs you have taken in afghanistan of women there over the years that you have spent going back each time. how did life change for women each time you did go back. did things get better when the taliban left? yes, they can only get better, really. i witnessed more than a dozen trips in the last 20 years and an incredible awakening of women. they found their voices journalists and actors, lawyers, doctors,
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parliamentarians, politicians. it was incredible and to really, we promoted democracy, we encouraged women to be independent, to find their voices and afghanistan is a deeply conservative culture, slee had to do that with the permission of their families but it was incredible to watch women really define themselves in afghanistan. those photos are leaping off the screen, there is such a vivid insight into life there. what are your fears for the women now, the women are living in afghanistan under taliban rule? i am terrified as they are in on my phone i have messages of women crying, asking to get my sister out, and former translators and stuck inside,
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we've been trying to get them to the airport, we have them on lists of potential flights and trying to convince countries to give them asylum, to let them even land there. it has been nonstop since sunday because of course, this came very quickly and i think, we don't know. we are doing our best because i don't believe the taliban's promises that they will open forth in the right to work in the freedom they had before within the parameters of sharia law. thank you for those remarkable photos and remarkable stories of her time in afghanistan. and just to remind you that we have a constantly updating live page on the rapidly changing situation in afghanistan, with all the latest news lines and developments. anger is growing in haiti as aid agencies are struggling to reach some of the worst affected areas hit by the earthquake on saturday. foreign aid is starting to trickle in but bridges are damaged, roads are poor,
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so getting it to the people that need it, is slow work. the death toll is now more than 2000 people — thousands more have been injured and are being treated in clinics and makeshift hospitals. very difficult to get the aid and one, because the bridge that goes into the area is destroyed and so, you can only arrive through a certain point and then you have to unload everything before crossing with very small vehicles to be able to distribute the aid. and we continue to see the us coast guard helicopters and i can see it from my office flying back and forth, evacuating patients and bringing some relief aid and it is stilljust simply not enough when nowhere near what
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is needed and we are nowhere near getting close to the people that really need a lot of help. japanese martial arts star shinichi "sonny" chiba has died from covid complications. the actor was 82—years—old. renowned for his role as swordmaster in quentin tarantino's cult film kill bill: volume 1, chiba had reportedly contracted the virus at the end of last month. japanese media say he was treated without being hospitalised, but was later taken to hospital for worsening pneumonia. chiba began his career injapanese film and tv in the 1960s, before reaching international audiences. he was one of the first actors to achieve stardom through martial arts.
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let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. the number of covid deaths recorded in iran has passed 100,000, despite tighter restrictions nationwide to contain the spread of the virus. iranian health officials have acknowledged that official figures almost certainly understate the real number, but even they make iran the worst—hit middle eastern country. a man has been arrested after making a bomb threat near the congress building in washington dc. the suspect identified as floyd ray roseberry, surrendered hours after the threat was made. his motives remain unknown. police are still searching the vehicle. officials in burkina faso say 80 people are known to have died in wednesday's jihadist attack in the north of the country. the vast majority of the victims were civilians. it's the latest attack in the sahel region, where militias linked to al qaeda and the islamic state group operate across the border with niger and mali. nicole kidman has become the latest hollywood
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star to come under fire for circumventing strict quarantine rules for international travellers. the actress's arrival in hong kong has sparked widespread anger after she was reportedly spotted out and about two days after touching down. 30 years ago, a coup was launched in the then soviet union by hardline communist leaders to take power away from soviet president michael gorbachev, who's reform programme was slowly opening russia up. it failed, largely due to massive civil resitance in the capital moscow. stephen rosenberg reflects on the anniversary. (tx vt it was the day the world held its breath. there had been a coup in a nuclear superpower. tanks rolled into moscow right up to red square. communist hardliners has seized power in the soviet union. but the people were not
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having any of it. defiance on the streets. and outside parliament. from russia's president boris yeltsin. the coup collapsed. four months later, so did the country. the soviet union was consigned to history. dmitry had helped build the barricades outside parliament. he and his wife tatiana still remember their elation when the coup failed. i felt a great hope for a great new russia, democratic russia. where everyone has the right to influence all the things going on but now i feel that my hope failed. the economy is deteriorating, human rights deteriorating. the soviet union is returning. at the time the collapse of the coup was hailed as a victory of people power but in the years that
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followed, democracy failed to root itself in russia. that is partly because life became so tough here that in the eyes of many russians, the very concept of democracy became discredited. but it is also because for those running russia today, authoritarian rule is back in fashion. this year, the authorities cracked down hard on anti—government protests. and there have been police raids on government critics. so, where does that leave democracy? for many here a distant memory. this monument honours the three men killed in the 1991 coup. there are few visitors. there seems to be little interest in moment in history when russians embraced freedom. that's all for now —
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stay with bbc world news. hello. after what's been a relatively cloudy and relatively cool week so far for many of us, the weather is set to change a little bit through friday and into the weekend. it will briefly turn a little bit warmer. it will also start to turn a lot wetter because low pressure is pushing in from the west. this frontal system bringing rain very early on on friday across northern ireland. that will push eastwards over the coming days. but ahead of that weather front, we draw in a southerly wind, bringing some slightly warmer air in our direction. but many of us are going to start off on quite a cloudy note on friday. for england, wales and scotland, most places will be dry, just the odd spot of rain. but for northern ireland, this heavy rain working its way in. that will persist into the afternoon, rain extending into southwest scotland, maybe getting into western fringes of england and wales.
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further east, a few sunny spells will start to develop. turning quite breezy, particularly for western coasts, but with that breeze coming up from the south, it'll feel a little bit warmer. and given some sunshine, eastern england could see highs of around 26 degrees. as we head through friday night, our band of rain will move a little further eastwards. it's likely to dry out a little bit across northern ireland by saturday morning, some mist and murk and low cloud on what will be a pretty mild night. a mild start to saturday with our band of rain working erratically eastwards and heavy bursts running along it. eastern parts of england will see a little bit of sunshine for a time. northern ireland should brighten up, too, along with the far west of scotland, wales and the southwest, but some thundery showers could break out here later. highest temperature is likely to be across eastern england if we see some sunshine, maybe up to 25 degrees. but for the second half of the weekend, this
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frontal system continues to journey eastwards. we end up with a little area of low pressure lingering close to eastern counties of england, so still the potential for some rain here. quite windy for some of these eastern coasts as well. elsewhere, some sunny spells, a scattering of showers, but we lose that southerly flow, we lose that slightly warmer feel. now, into next week, high pressure looks set to establish itself, but the winds generally will be coming down from the north. to see any sort of heat wave, we'd need the winds to come up from the south, but that's not going to happen. so, there is some pleasant weather to come through next week. a bit more in the way of sunshine, a lot of dry weather, but no real heat wave. temperatures generally around the low 20s.
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