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good morning, welcome to bbc news — i'm victoria derbshire. these are the latest headlines in the uk and around the world. senior taliban figures — including the group's co—founder, mullah baradar — arrive in kabulfor talks about establishing a new government. thousands continue to crowd the perimeter at kabul airport, desparate to escape the taliban. greece has erected a aokm fence on its border with turkey amid wanings of many afghan civilians fleeing their country. a week after the earthquake in haiti victims in the some of hardest—hit areas are still waiting for help. there have been clashes between police and anti—lockdown demonstrators in sydney and melbourne.
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hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. the man considered to be the political leader of the taliban, mullah baradar, has arrived in kabulfor talks on forming a government. it's another sign of the taliban tightening its grip on power in afghanistan, after its rapid takeover of the country. mullah baradar arrived in afghanistan earlier this week, after 20 years in exile. he travelled first to kandahar, which is seen as the spiritual home of the taliban. although baradar isn't the taliban's supreme leader, he is one of its most visible figures. last year, he became the first taliban leader to communicate directly with a us president after having a telephone conversation with donald trump. we'll get more on that in a moment, but first this report from our correspondent
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secunder kermani in kabul. soldier shouting: get back! get the bleep back! get back! panic and chaos close to kabul airport. british soldiers guarding a secure compound for those being evacuated. british passport holders in the crowd, desperately trying to get through. this is my british passport. like this uber driver from west london. he's got kids. we are waiting. how long have you been here waiting? i came morning, five o'clock. still, i'm waiting here. in the last three days, i'm trying to go inside... and they won't let you into the hotel? yeah. even though the embassy has told you to come here? yeah, he said i had to go here. even more distressing scenes at the main entrance to the compound. british soldiers trying to keep the crowd back. this is a scene of
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total and utter chaos. many of the people here don't have any permission to board an evacuation flight, but they are so desperate that they've just turned up here anyway. that's making it extremely difficult for those who have been told to come here by the british embassy to get through. my family, my newborn baby. amongst those trapped by the crowd, this former british army interpreter. his wife gave birth just two weeks ago and he's deeply worried about the baby. maybe i lose my kid and maybe she is not good. she is not good, my wife. you can't stay here. i can't stay here, look at the situation, look at the dirt on the floor here. and, until now, i'm here since morning, i came here, taliban lashed me on the back. most of the people here are in a state of total confusion. they don't know how they can, but just want to leave the country before the evacuation flights end.
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what makes you think you will be able to travel? this woman says she was a player on the national basketball team. i am so scared because i'm girl. my life is in danger. i'm... what... as the day goes on, some of those who are meant to be here eventually get through, including the family with the young baby. many others are still struggling, though. even more who want to leave, but can't, will be left behind. get back now! let's speak to our correspondent danjohnson. he's in the indian capital delhi covering events from there. bring us right up to date with the latest this morning in kabul. we have 'ust latest this morning in kabul. - have just had an update from a
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taliban spokesman, which does confirm that mullah baradar is in afghanistan, is in kabul. the spokesman says to delegate responsibility to commanders, to me to government leaders and local militia, commanders, policymakers and religious scholars. they say they are having talks with different political leaders and knight across the country from different groups with the intention —— political leaders right across the country. with the intention of forming a government. experts from the former government. experts from the former government will be brought in, it says here, for crisis management. they are making out they will use the existing expertise that remains in the country to form a government, at least in the interim. we saw him at least in the interim. we saw him at carr's eye, the former president, the first president of afghanistan —— hamid karzai. he was talking with the taliban and political leaders from other groups this week. they
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are saying no foreigners are being kidnapped. there was a report this morning that 150 indians had been detained on the way to the airport and the taliban said that group had been stopped, but only so they could been stopped, but only so they could be escorted to the airport securely. it says they are questioning some burners before they exit the country. that was something that will worry people —— questioning some foreigners. the expectation was if the right documentation is in your hand, you would be allowed to reach their part for evacuation flights. we know from experience on the ground that was not always happening, people were being stopped and in some cases been turned back, as well as being questioned. the taliban saying they are questioning people before they are allowed through to the airport to take those evacuation flights. but it does say here, ourfighters will evacuation flights. but it does say here, our fighters will continue to demonstrate restraint. that may be the case in the main, but we have seen outbursts of violence, in those k toxins around the airport, 12
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lives have been lost in and around the airport —— in this chaos around the airport —— in this chaos around the airport. it is a really difficult situation in the streets around cabernet airport and some countries looking for other ways to get their citizens —— couple airport. some countries looking for other ways to get their citizens out without going to the airport. i want to speak about some who worked, but not directly for the british government and we are hearing that they will be able to come now. there are about 125 security guards who were employed guarding the british embassy, but through a contact security company —— contract security company —— contract security company. they were initially told by the british embassy in kabul that their work was done, the embassy was closing, they had nojobs and no right to come to the uk. there was an outcry about that because they were such a visible presence outside the british embassy that many of them thought
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they would instantly be at risk from taliban reprisals. there has been a u—turn by the foreign office and they will now be allowed to get visas to come to the uk. we understand that evacuation effort for those 125 guards is under way. they work for a massive international security company based international security company based in canada, is a question about whether that company could have been doing more to look after its employees, presumably it has other employees, presumably it has other employees within afghanistan who could potentially be at risk because of the work they are done, but it shows how messy those processes, this evacuation logistically, but also administratively in working out who qualifies, who is at risk, who should be saved from potential taliban reprisals.— should be saved from potential taliban reprisals. dan, thank you, danjohnson _ taliban reprisals. dan, thank you, dan johnson in — taliban reprisals. dan, thank you, dan johnson in delhi. _ nadene ghouri is a freelance journalist who's previously lived in kabul forfive years and has been helping afghans get onto evacuation lists and out of country. nadeem, thank you for talking to us. i know you set up a whatsapp group earlier this week and have been
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getting messages from people from across afghanistan wanting to leave. what kinds of things they seem to you and how challenging is it to get them at? let you and how challenging is it to get them at? , ., ., ., , them at? let me give you an example was that i am — them at? let me give you an example was that i am one _ them at? let me give you an example was that i am one of _ them at? let me give you an example was that i am one of a _ them at? let me give you an example was that i am one of a few— them at? let me give you an example was that i am one of a few hundred i was that i am one of a few hundred volunteers, former soldiers, diplomats, aid workers, anyone has ever worked in afghanistan, all at the same stage. i spoke to a woman in america yesterday dealing with 100 families. i probably have 50 on a caseload at the moment. this morning i had a female activist who left home overnight, is stuck in kabul is also an award—winning reporter hiding in a basement. his family have been told to bring an end within the next 48 hours. i have anotherfamily end within the next 48 hours. i have another family of journalists, end within the next 48 hours. i have another family ofjournalists, a another family of journalists, a mother who another family ofjournalists, a mother who is about to give birth. —— bring him in within 48 hours. i had a critical case i got onto an evacuation flight this morning. their son had been arrested,, his
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family were told to bring in, managed to get him a flight. heartbreakingly, he cannot get into the airport. it is earning out to be one of the most shameful and shambolic evacuations in history —— turning it. we know what is happening on the inside of the airport and outside. there are soldiers inside doing their level best and working on the clock to get people out, but they do not know what is happening outside was up there is no coordination. my gal smiley managed to get through the taliban and then was turned back by afghan troops —— my guy this morning. so he could not reach nato troops. none of the gates are labelled. when they are being called to the airport to be evacuated, there not being what to get to get to go to. this guy was basically running five hours from place to place. he has probably already missed his flight. a lot of us who are working round the clock to get people onto the evacuation list are becoming utterly despondent now because of what is the point of us getting people on that these list if
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they cannot get onto the flights? it is beyond shameful. you they cannot get onto the flights? it is beyond shameful.— is beyond shameful. you talked earlier about _ is beyond shameful. you talked earlier about people _ is beyond shameful. you talked earlier about people in - is beyond shameful. you talked earlier about people in hiding. l earlier about people in hiding. people in safe houses. tell us why. because at the taliban, whatever they are saying in their glossy slick pr, the reality on the ground is different. they are going house to house, doing weights are trying to house, doing weights are trying to find people. this is how they operate, get neighbours to give people up. they put pressure on families is aware hearing lots of reports of them telling them to bring a family member to them. tell the net one didn't do this, there is a taliban toe. and it shows how integrated they are with isis because this is new. the couple i spoke to, she is about to give birth and they have not left the house in five days. i was a whatsapp with him this morning and they say it is a matter of time before they find us. i don't know what to say to people,
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victoria. i'm on the end of the phone and i had to stop a bunch of 12 female students from going to the airport this morning. they are getting increasingly desperate. i have been telling them to wait for flights. i know their names are only waiting lesser flights. flights. i know their names are only waiting lesserflights. was so unhelpful of present biding to say they will be a deadline for evacuations because what we have seen as thousands of people now going to the upper —— president biden. thousands of people going whose names are not on the flight. it is a matter of time and it will happen before there is a massacre within those crowds outside. the governments, both american and british, need to get to grips with the situation at the airport as a matter of urgency.— the situation at the airport as a matter of urgency. sorry, nadine, wh do matter of urgency. sorry, nadine, why do you _ matter of urgency. sorry, nadine, why do you say — matter of urgency. sorry, nadine, why do you say so _ matter of urgency. sorry, nadine, why do you say so emphatically i matter of urgency. sorry, nadine, why do you say so emphatically it| matter of urgency. sorry, nadine, i why do you say so emphatically it is a matter of time before there is a massacre at the airport? my question mark because — massacre at the airport? my question mark because the _ massacre at the airport? my question mark because the violence _ massacre at the airport? my question mark because the violence is - mark because the violence is intensifying on the outside and people are incredibly scared there might be a suicide bombing. we have families with children there we have
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a couple who are only us state department must have been at the airport three days in a row and have waited i2 airport three days in a row and have waited 12 hours in the middle of the chaos, three children under ten and have done that three days in a row now. it is... it can be fixed. there needs to be some coordination. it is an evacuation effort that appears to be coordinated by people like me and friends are on the bow, i called a british military rep this morning for advice if he knew because this is an eu rescue flight. he said, i am pilling on every favour i can right now but so is every other member of the british armed forces who served in afghanistan. we are working on the clock to do what we can for the people on the ground and the government seem to have completely... there seems to be a completely... there seems to be a complete dereliction of duty. we are talking about people who serve the crown, our allies who will never trust us again. that is those who
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will survive because i would like the prime minister and president biden to tell me how they think that will make the world a safer place. thank you very much for talking to us, nadine. keep up the good work. nadine, trying to coordinate people getting it in afghanistan and talking about the challenges as she described them there. dashing out of afghanistan. greece says it's completed a 40—kilometre fence on its border with turkey and installed a new surveillance system, amid fears of refugees arriving from afghanistan. the greek citizens' protection minister said "we cannot wait for the possible impact" of the taliban's takeover of afghanistan. his comments came as president erdogan of turkey called on european nations to take responsibility for people fleeing the taliban. in other news... the british government has rejected a call to issue 10,000 temporary visas to eu workers to tackle an estimated shortage of 75,000 lorry drivers. logistics uk — the trade body which represents freight businesses — says many restaurants and supermarkets are facing
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serious supply problems. but ministers say employers should invest in the domestic workforce by offering higher wages rather than rely on foreign labour. it's been nearly a week since a powerful earthquake hit south—west haiti, and there are still some areas that have yet to receive any help. more than 2000 people are known to have died. an estimated 135,000 families have been displaced. that means they have no home or possessions. our correspondent, james clayton, reports now from the small town of les anglais. to get to the small town of les anglais, you have to take the coastal road. the town is two hours from les cayes, and the road snakes through earthquake—scarred villages and even through a river. this is what's left of the town's church. a mass christening was about
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to begin just before the earthquake struck. the church had been filling up with people. dafica had woken up excited. her daughter was one of the dozens of children to be christened that day. translation: the church already had a lot of people inside, _ so i was looking for a good place to sit. i put my bag down and just as i was about to sit down, the earthquake struck. everyone started running but each side of the church was full of people. i was holding my baby. i tried to get out of the front. i was so nearly out and that's when it collapsed on me. dafica suffered injuries to her head, back and legs, but survived. her daughter esther died in her arms. translation: we were inseparable. when we went to the church,
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we were two, but i came back alone. i will never forget her. this is a town still in mourning. 22 people died here in the collapse, including many children. this man shows us belongings laid out in the cemetery across the street, including a christening veil, as yet uncollected. "sometimes i ask myself, does god exist?" he says. "it's too much, it's too much." nearly a week after this earthquake and the true scale of the devastation is still revealing itself, and that's why it's feared that the death toll here could rise further. some help has started to arrived here, desperately needed food and clothes. but this earthquake has turned communities upside down. trauma that may never heal.
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james clayton, bbc news, les anglais. the headlines on bbc news... senior taliban figures — including the group's co—founder, mullah baradar — arrive in kabulfor talks about establishing a new government. thousands continue to crowd the perimeter at kabul airport, desparate to escape the taliban. greece has erected a 40km fence on its border with turkey amid wanings of many afghan civilians fleeing their country. australian police have clashed with thousands of people protesting against covid lockdowns in melbourne and sydney. it comes as a record number of covid cases were recorded in new south wales — the home of the country's biggest city, sydney. here's the state health minister. we are in a very serious situation here in new south wales. with this particular variant of the virus. and if you can get either one of the divine night vaccines that have been made available, just go and get it.
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just go and get it. if you fit within the categories, go and get the vaccine. the bbc�*s phil mercer is in sydney. tell us more about what is going on. there was chaos and violence right in the heart of australia's second biggest city, melbourne, for a couple of hours. thousands of demonstrators were confronting the police. the authority say some people had turned up to demonstrate peacefully, but the vast majority were looking for trouble. they certainly founded. a riot police had to support mounted units and there were times during the afternoon when it seemed that the police may well lose control the city centre. in the end, more than 200 people were arrested. there were other smaller, less dramatic rallies, protesting against australia's strict regime of lockdowns here in sydney and brisbane, adelaide and darwin, but all of the headlines will be around
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the unrest in australia's southern city of melbourne. loads and loads of people confronting the police, venting their anger at these are very strict lockdowns that now affect millions of australians. what affect millions of australians. what is the covid — affect millions of australians. what is the covid infection _ affect millions of australians. what is the covid infection rate - affect millions of australians. what is the covid infection rate in new south wales? if is the covid infection rate in new south wales?— south wales? if you look at the national figures, _ south wales? if you look at the nationalfigures, victoria, - south wales? if you look at the nationalfigures, victoria, since the pandemic began, australia has recorded about 42,000 coronavirus infections, so a sense of the early part of last year, 42,000 coronavirus infections have been documented across the entire nation. fewer than 1000 people have died. so compared to many other countries, australia's situation is pretty good. that is because of various factors, strict lockdowns being one of them, also the closure of australia's international borders since march of last year. if you look at new south wales, for
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example, today, 825 new covid infections were reported. that is the worst daily figure for the whole of australia since the pandemic began. and thatjust gives you an indication as to how serious of the outbreak is, especially here in sydney. a curfew will be imposed in a virus hit suburbs in the next 24 — 48 hours. this is australia's struijk is never locked down, you will be hard—pressed —— strict ever lockdown. thousands of people who protested against any situation in various australian cities do not necessarily reflect the view of millions of australians who are staying home and trying to do the right thing. staying home and trying to do the riaht thin. ., ~' ,, staying home and trying to do the riauhtthin. ., , staying home and trying to do the riahatthin. ., , . right thing. thank you very much, phil. phil mercer _ right thing. thank you very much, phil. phil mercer reporting - right thing. thank you very much, phil. phil mercer reporting from l phil. phil mercer reporting from sydney. around 300,000 carbon dioxide monitors are to be made available to schools in england next term
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to help improve ventilation and lessen covid outbreaks. the department for education said the portable monitors could be used to identify areas where more air—flow is needed. however, the £25—million order for co2 monitors has yet to be finalised, only weeks before most schools return. let's return to the shortage of lorry drivers in the uk. many restaurants and supermarkets are facing serious supply problems. the british government has rejected a call to issue 10,000 temporary visas to eu workers. let's talk to alex veitch, general manager of public policy at logistics uk. alex, thank you very much for talking to us.— alex, thank you very much for talking to us. how serious is the situation? _ talking to us. how serious is the situation? it _ talking to us. how serious is the situation? it is _ talking to us. how serious is the situation? it is serious - talking to us. how serious is the situation? it is serious and - talking to us. how serious is the situation? it is serious and it - talking to us. how serious is the situation? it is serious and it is. situation? it is serious and it is getting worse. we are making this call for 10,000 temporary visas for qualified, safe eu nationals to come back to the uk and the tide is over for any peak christmas period, the build—up to which starts now. to
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give us time to catch up from the mist driving tests and rhys gill and retraining uk nationals —— re—skill. the government have already rejected that call and have said, you should just pray british workers more. —— pay british workers more. we just pray british workers more. -- pay british workers more.- pay british workers more. we see waaes pay british workers more. we see wa a es are pay british workers more. we see wages are rising _ pay british workers more. we see wages are rising and _ pay british workers more. we see wages are rising and we - pay british workers more. we see wages are rising and we are - pay british workers more. we see i wages are rising and we are working hand in glove with the government on reskilling, apprenticeships and getting people into our sector where there are jobs available. the problem is that it has been very difficult to actually get a driving test over the past year. it is nobody�*s faults, due to covid restrictions at the dv essay and we have a huge backlog of people waiting to take their test to become a truck driver —— at the dvsa. we think it is a reasonable asked to create 10,000 temporary visas and we are saying that because there are
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many other sectors where the government has done exactly that. the government has already rejected youridea the government has already rejected your idea and thank you why you feel it is absolutely necessary. so what is the impact going to be then? well, we will see if we can... what can be done. we encouraged the government to rethink. we are not the only sector calling for this and, in fact, the only sector calling for this and, infact, the the only sector calling for this and, in fact, the government has provided a quarter of 30,000 similar visas forforeign provided a quarter of 30,000 similar visas for foreign workers. —— quota. they also have a similar for the creative industry, exchange students and a total of eight different sectors. �* , ., ., . ., sectors. but if they do not change their mind — sectors. but if they do not change their mind to _ sectors. but if they do not change their mind to lorry _ sectors. but if they do not change their mind to lorry drivers, - sectors. but if they do not change their mind to lorry drivers, what l their mind to lorry drivers, what will the impact be when it comes to supplies to supermarkets and other stores in the run—up to christmas, for example? the stores in the run-up to christmas, for example?— stores in the run-up to christmas, for example? the concern is that we will start seeing _ for example? the concern is that we will start seeing the _ for example? the concern is that we will start seeing the supply - for example? the concern is that we will start seeing the supply chain - will start seeing the supply chain disruptions. we are certainly not saying people should go and panic by. it is a very resilient sector.
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there will be prioritisation, i'm sure, of urgent supplies, food and medicine and everything people need, but there will certainly be a knock—on effect to the supply chain. it is unclear where the impacts will be felt and which sectors. but this is really a pressing concern and we think, as much as we agree with government about the long—term policy direction and we are working with them to deliver that, we do think they should think again about the temporary visas as purely a stopgap measure to get as across the line and avoid any particular problems. line and avoid any particular problems-— line and avoid any particular aroblems. ., , , , , line and avoid any particular aroblems. ., _ , , ., line and avoid any particular aroblems. . , , , , ., problems. really briefly, why do you think they are _ problems. really briefly, why do you think they are not _ problems. really briefly, why do you think they are not giving _ problems. really briefly, why do you think they are not giving you - problems. really briefly, why do you think they are not giving you the - think they are not giving you the temporary visas but doing it for so many other industries? it is temporary visas but doing it for so many other industries?— temporary visas but doing it for so many other industries? it is a good auestion. many other industries? it is a good question- we _ many other industries? it is a good question. we are _ many other industries? it is a good question. we are not _ many other industries? it is a good question. we are not challenging l many other industries? it is a good l question. we are not challenging the general direction of public policy around immigration. we do accept that it around immigration. we do accept thatitis around immigration. we do accept that it is time to follow the will and votes that people have cast
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about bringing uk nationals are more into these kinds of roles. no with that at all. i’m into these kinds of roles. no with that at all-— that at all. i'm going to stop you there. i that at all. i'm going to stop you there- i am _ that at all. i'm going to stop you there. i am so _ that at all. i'm going to stop you there. i am so sorry. _ that at all. i'm going to stop you there. i am so sorry. that - that at all. i'm going to stop you there. i am so sorry. that is - that at all. i'm going to stop you there. i am so sorry. that is ok. thank you _ there. i am so sorry. that is ok. thank you very _ there. i am so sorry. that is ok. thank you very much _ there. i am so sorry. that is ok. thank you very much for - there. i am so sorry. that is ok. thank you very much for your i there. i am so sorry. that is ok. i thank you very much for your time. animal welfare campaigners in the uk have welcomed new government proposals to stop puppy smuggling. plans include a ban on the import of dogs with cropped ears or docked tails and raising the minimum age for imported puppies. frankie mccamley reports. the rspca has been intercepting illegal animal imports. operation delphin at holyhead port rescued almost 100 puppies being smuggled into the uk. many of those illegally shipped suffer health problems and have not been through proper checks by certified vets. smugglers have also found legal loopholes to transport dogs with docked tails and cropped ears into the country — a practice some vets say are purely
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for looks but can cause a lot of pain. when it comes to ear cropping, unfortunately what we have seen is an increase in demand for dogs with cropped ears — a completely unnecessary and abhorrent mutilation that causes nothing but pain and has no medical benefit. it is done purely for the way these dogs look. and we have seen an increase in their use in the media — by social media influencers and celebrities — which has led to an increase in demand by the public. animal welfare campaigners have been calling on the government to clamp down on these practices and introduce measures to deter puppy smugglers. today, the government is launching a consultation on new powers to help tackle these issues, which include raising the minimum age for importing a puppy from 15 weeks to six months, banning the import of dogs with cropped ears and docked tails, and stopping the import of heavily pregnant dogs to help both protect puppy and mother welfare. we're delighted to see
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the government taking decisive action when it comes to importation of puppies, pregnant dogs and dogs with cropped ears. it has been something we have been calling for for a long time and is a real win for animal welfare. welfare that's increasingly under threat, with the number of puppies caught in conditions like this more than doubling last year. frankie mccamley, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with owain wyn evans. hello, everyone. i hope you're doing all right. for many of us today it will be rather unsettled, heavy, thundery downpours. again yellow weather warning in place for these. many seen rain as well. this is when a friend is swirling around the uk, slowly moving towards the north and east —— this is a weather front. we will see that a heavy thundery downpours behind this. i had of it, something brighter, not a completely dry story, though. seeing some
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downpours, breezier across south—western parts. top temperatures are more than likely getting 220 21 celsius. —— 20 or 21. the weather front moves toward peace and losing much of its energy. we hang on to heavy showers behind it but it should be drier as we head through tonight and quite a mild done with those are 14 or 15 celsius. an area of high pressure is building over the next couple of days so the weather settling down for most of us to be a bit mother. —— milder.
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