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this is bbc news with the latest headlines... chaos and panic outside kabul airport, as the us advises its citizens not to go to until they are asked because of security threats outside the gates. senior taliban figures, including the group's co—founder, mullah baradar, arrive in kabulfor talks about establishing a new government. greece has erected a aokm fence on its border with turkey amid wanings of many afghan civillians fleeing their country. there have been clashes between australian police and anti—lockdown demonstrators in sydney and melbourne. animal welfare campaigners in the uk have welcomed new government proposals to stop puppy smuggling.
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good afternoon. welcome to bbc news. the us embassy has advised its citizens not to travel to kabul airport until asked — due to security threats outside the gates — as countries continue to try to evacuate those who want to leave afghanistan. it comes amid panic and chaos outside the airport as people try to flee taliban rule — with images on social media showing soldiers dealing with bodies. the taliban's co—founder, and head of its political wing, mullah abdul ghani baradar, has arrived in kabul. he's joined other senior militants for talks to establish a new government.
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with the latest on the situation at kabul airport — here's our correspondent dan johnson. this is a sign that the situation outside kabul airport is deteriorating even further. it has been crowded, chaotic all week, really, but the scenes outside the gates today really have got even more grim and there are pictures on social media showing soldiers there actually dealing with bodies under sheets. so it looks like there has been some sort of crush and more people have lost their lives. we know that prior to today about 12 people had died either in or around the airport this week. it looks like that number is going to rise again today and that is why the us embassy is now saying that it citizens should stay away from the airport unless they have been specifically called forward by somebody from the us government. the taliban is essentially in charge of those streets outside the airport and fighters have been trying to control crowds, trying to keep people back.
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but there has been sporadic violence there. they have been firing into the crowd, whipping and beating people at times. and these are afghans who want to escape the taliban, so you can see the nature of the challenge there, the amount of fear there must be amongst that crowd. the desperation for people to try to get through and get away. and even those who are eligible, who have the correct permits, they haven't been always able to make it through despite what president biden was saying yesterday about us passport holders always being able to get through. there were examples yesterday of people even with their passports not making it on time for the flights that they were called forward for. so a real logistical challenge around this evacuation effort and it does seem like more lives are being lost in the process of it now. that was dan johnson with that was danjohnson with the latest. that was dan johnson with the latest. let's talk to maryanne horne, head of humanitarian policy at the british red cross. thank you for speaking to us on bbc news. code you give us a summary of what you are hearing on the ground,
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first off, please? the what you are hearing on the ground, first off, please?— first off, please? the situation on the ground _ first off, please? the situation on the ground is _ first off, please? the situation on the ground is fast-moving. - first off, please? the situation on the ground is fast-moving. it - first off, please? the situation on the ground is fast-moving. it is l first off, please? the situation on the ground is fast-moving. it is a | the ground is fast—moving. it is a situation that is fluid and our teams, the red cross as well as our partners are on the ground. they are operational, they are present in sa operational, they are present in 3a of the provinces. and really one thing to remember is that they have beenin thing to remember is that they have been in country for the past 30 years, no matter what has been happening and will continue to do so. very much a situation which is evolving. the way we would operate is to conduct needs assessments, really monetary very closely what is happening notjust in kabul, which is one aspect of the story, but really, when you see what the needs are in the rest of the country, that will very much be taken into account. ., will very much be taken into account-— will very much be taken into account. ., ., ., account. you said the operations are still ongoing- _ account. you said the operations are still ongoing. what _ account. you said the operations are still ongoing. what are _ account. you said the operations are still ongoing. what are the - still ongoing. what are the
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priorities now? have they change? what's involved? that priorities now? have they change? what's involved?— what's involved? that is a great cuestion. what's involved? that is a great question. what _ what's involved? that is a great question. what your _ what's involved? that is a great question. what your viewers - what's involved? that is a greati question. what your viewers are seeing is one side, really, of the story. what is important to understand is that afghanistan has been confronted with a multiple series of needs. there are of course the needs triggered by the latest developments, but this comes on the backdrop of a situation where 18 million people were in need of humanitarian assistance. 11 million people, due to a very severe drought are in need of food. that is one third of afghanistan's population and when you think about the compounding effect of the pandemic, for example, onjobs, livelihoods for example, on jobs, livelihoods and for example, onjobs, livelihoods and income, you can imagine how complicated the situation is becoming. 0ne complicated the situation is becoming. one thing to remember is
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our partners the afghan red crescent society are in many of the most remote areas of afghanistan and while there are people trying to get out of the country at the moment, a vast majority of those who are most vulnerable and need help are today have remained in their villages, towns and are bearing the brunt of the much wider series of needs, which the red cross and red crescent moon are very well—equipped to come help with. we moon are very well-equipped to come hel with. ~ ., moon are very well-equipped to come hel with. ~ . , ., moon are very well-equipped to come hel with. ~ ., , ., ., ., help with. we are seeing a lot of ictures help with. we are seeing a lot of pictures from — help with. we are seeing a lot of pictures from kabul. _ help with. we are seeing a lot of pictures from kabul. but - help with. we are seeing a lot of pictures from kabul. but some l help with. we are seeing a lot of| pictures from kabul. but some of that work that you are doing and your partners are doing are in the remote areas. are you being given access to those people who need your help? the taliban are appearing to be very conciliatory from the capital because the cameras are there, but what's happening in the remote areas? this
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there, but what's happening in the remote areas?— there, but what's happening in the remote areas? , ., ., , , remote areas? this movement has been and afghanistan — remote areas? this movement has been and afghanistan for _ remote areas? this movement has been and afghanistan for 30 _ remote areas? this movement has been and afghanistan for 30 years _ remote areas? this movement has been and afghanistan for 30 years now - remote areas? this movement has been and afghanistan for 30 years now the i and afghanistan for 30 years now the red cross and our partners, no matter who was in government and in control of various territories. it is fair to say there is experience there in being able to really navigate all that complexity. the afghan red crescent society is present in 3a of the provinces and has been for decades. really tending to the emergency needs of the primary health care needs of women and children for example in those remote areas. i think that is the effect —— i think the effect of the red cross is not being seen. it seems like a organisation thatjust parachute sin but that is not the case we have been here for 30 years.
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the access issues that others in the humanitarian sector can be confronted with, it is not something necessarily that we will be experiencing in the same way because, again, the national society in afghanistan just like in the hundred and 92 countries across the world is part of the fabric. we've not some world is part of the fabric. we've got some pictures _ world is part of the fabric. we've got some pictures on _ world is part of the fabric. we've got some pictures on the - world is part of the fabric. we've got some pictures on the screen | world is part of the fabric. we've i got some pictures on the screen at the moment which our viewers are following. it is quite upsetting, you can see troops, it is very confusing. you can see parents holding their children. that is while the troops are here. what are your expectations and what plans you have in place once the evacuations have in place once the evacuations have been completed? the have in place once the evacuations have been completed?— have been completed? the needs assessments _ have been completed? the needs assessments that _ have been completed? the needs assessments that are _ have been completed? the needs assessments that are going - have been completed? the needs assessments that are going on i have been completed? the needs assessments that are going on at| have been completed? the needs . assessments that are going on at the moment are being carried out in kabul as well as other cities and areas across the country. and i
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think again, the red cross and our partners are very aware of what is happening, notjust in the capital, but elsewhere and we will be monitoring, really watching and we will be making plans to be able to roll out as swiftly as possible the assistance that is needed. bearing in mind that they are and have had now a lot of the information on the wider needs caused by drought, by the pandemic, extremely heavy fighting in cities and kandahar —— in kandahar over the last few weeks are ready. we are in a good position because we have been there and will because we have been there and will be there and will remain there. hesse be there and will remain there. have ou 'oin be there and will remain there. have you join the — be there and will remain there. have you join the calls _ be there and will remain there. have you join the calls for _ be there and will remain there. have you join the calls for a _ you join the calls for a humanitarian corridor to be opened up humanitarian corridor to be opened up or establish?—
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up or establish? these are calls that have been _ up or establish? these are calls that have been made _ up or establish? these are calls that have been made recently. l that have been made recently. this is really a question of how the situation will evolve and i think our teams are very focused at the moment to make sure that operations continue, that programmes continue with the red cross and red crescent movement focused on maintaining the programmes and care that has been provided in and around the country. there was a report released yesterday from amnesty international and they were detailing some of the abuses, the atrocities, actually, they described as massacres of some minority populations. to your organisations work with them? are you being called upon to help? are they coming to you for help? there will be a lot — they coming to you for help? there will be a lot of _ they coming to you for help? there will be a lot of reports _ they coming to you for help? there will be a lot of reports coming - they coming to you for help? ii—urr will be a lot of reports coming out. again, the situation is extremely fluid on the ground. the red cross
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and red crescent movement operates in the spirited of neutrality and independence. and really providing care focused on the immediate needs of people who come to them. that being said, the network will continue to operate and provide for the emergency medical needs, but also the routine medical needs through a network of 150 clinics throughout the country, both static and mobile. ithink throughout the country, both static and mobile. i think that needs whatever they are will be at the centre of their efforts as the situation unfolds.— centre of their efforts as the situation unfolds. 0k, thank you very much _ situation unfolds. ok, thank you very much for— situation unfolds. 0k, thank you very much for speaking - situation unfolds. 0k, thank you very much for speaking to - situation unfolds. 0k, thank you very much for speaking to us. i greece says it's completed a 40—kilometre fence on its border with turkey and installed a new surveillance system, amid fears of refugees
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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. i'm joined now by freelance journalist daphne tolis who is in athens. thank you forjoining us here on bbc news. in terms of timing, this is quite a message to send out to refugees and those in need. tell us a little bit more about the completion and extension of the wall. w , completion and extension of the wall. , , , q completion and extension of the wall. , , , a completion and extension of the wall. , , , ., wall. exactly, yes. as you said, a 40 km long _ wall. exactly, yes. as you said, a 40 km long fence _ wall. exactly, yes. as you said, a 40 km long fence has _ wall. exactly, yes. as you said, a 40 km long fence has been - wall. exactly, yes. as you said, a - 40 km long fence has been completed.
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they said that the greek borders will remain secure and impenetrable and that border forces are on a learned —— are on alert for any possible wave of afghan refugees trying to cross into europe through greece. i5 trying to cross into europe through greece. , , , , , trying to cross into europe through greece. , , , , _ greece. is this widely supported by the greek people? _ greece. is this widely supported by the greek people? it _ greece. is this widely supported by the greek people? it is _ greece. is this widely supported by the greek people? it is widely - the greek people? it is widely supported. — the greek people? it is widely supported. i _ the greek people? it is widely supported, i would _ the greek people? it is widely supported, i would say, - the greek people? it is widely - supported, iwould say, especially supported, i would say, especially after last year, february 2020 when thousands of refugees and migrants attempted to cross in large numbers from turkey's land border after turkish president erdogan said the borders were open. so people tried to come through greece to move further into the european union. following those events, that's what sped up the completion of this border which was already announced,
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but this made it faster. to reinforce the existing border and to complete an even reinforced steel fence across this zone which is actually the deadliest, one of the deadliest land borders for asylum see comes —— asylum—seekers crossing into europe. see comes -- asylum-seekers crossing into europe-— into europe. beand turkey, how are greek and your's _ into europe. beand turkey, how are greek and your's neighbours - into europe. beand turkey, how are| greek and your's neighbours viewing this? —— europe's neighbour's. fin this? -- europe's neighbour's. on the this? —— europe's neighbour's. on the greek islands, the five this? —— europe's neighbour's. (m the greek islands, the five islands that have borne the brunt of the refugee crisis, they are very concerned about any possible wave of
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refugees. people who live by the borders are mostly concerned that this might trigger another big wave of migration through europe. turkey as well has been hosting a large number of syrian refugees about for millions and afghan refugees as well. greece according to our migration minister said that we have about 40,000 of afghan refugees. 20% of these are waiting for their asylum claims to be processed. i understand that this is just asylum claims to be processed. i understand that this isjust part of understand that this is just part of an array of anti—migration flow barriers that have been put in place ljy barriers that have been put in place by greece. can you tell us a little
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bit about what more is involved? there's a wall, a lot of ai tech as well. , , ., ., .. there's a wall, a lot of ai tech as well. , , ., ., ., well. yes, there is a lot of border surveillance. _ well. yes, there is a lot of border surveillance, digital— well. yes, there is a lot of border surveillance, digital surveillance l surveillance, digital surveillance in place since last year since the events of february 2020. the european union border agency is there. there was a siren, but fortunately they didn't use it. is it working? not _ fortunately they didn't use it. is it working? not really. - fortunately they didn't use it. is it working? not really. no. - fortunately they didn't use it. is it working? not really. no. it i it working? not really. no. it worked for— it working? not really. no. it worked for a _ it working? not really. no. it worked for a while, - it working? not really. no. it worked for a while, but - it working? not really. no. it worked for a while, but then | it working? not really. no. it. worked for a while, but then it it working? not really. no. it - worked for a while, but then it was heavily criticised because of the sound it made at the land border, it
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sort of cs —— to use as a way to scare people off. there are thermal cameras. it is heavily guarded. i tried to pass as a journalist and three times i was stopped in two hours by the military, by policeman, ljy hours by the military, by policeman, by border guards. i was told not to go. i wasjust by border guards. i was told not to go. i was just driving by border guards. i was told not to go. i wasjust driving by by border guards. i was told not to go. i was just driving by to see what it looked like i didn't have a camera or anything. there's a protected wetland there. i wanted to see what it look like. a few years ago you were able to go and visit and see this important wetland, but now it seems it is impossible. you are not even as a journalist, even with special permission allowed to go there and see the area. it is heavily guarded at the moment. {lilia
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heavily guarded at the moment. 0k, thank ou heavily guarded at the moment. 0k, thank you very much for updating us on some of the details. speaking to us live from athens. 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 serious supply problems. but ministers say employers should invest in the domestic workforce — by offering higher wages — rather than rely on foreign labour. earlier, we spoke to alex veitch from logistics uk. i asked him how serious the situation is. it is serious and it's getting worse. we aren't making this call for 10,000 temporary visas for qualified, safe eu nationals to come back to the uk and tide us over for the peak christmas period, the build—up to which starts now,
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to give us time to catch up from the missed driving tests and to reskill and retrain uk nationals to take up the manyjobs available in our sector. the government have already rejected that call and have said you should just pay british workers more. we see that wages are rising. we are working hand in glove with the government on reskilling, on apprenticeships, on trying to get people into our sector where there are jobs available for people impacted by covid. the problem is that it has been very difficult to actually get a driving test over the past year. it is nobody�*s fault, it is due to covid restrictions at the dvsa, so we have a huge backlog of people waiting to take their test to become a truck driver, so we think it is a
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to create 10,000 temporary visas. there are many other sections where the government has done exactly that. he spoke to my colleague victoria derbyshire earlier. he spoke to my colleague victoria derbyshire earlier. police have released an image of a man wanted in connection with a suspected double murder in central london. a 45—year—old woman and a 59—year—old man were found dead, having sustained knife injuries. detectives told the public "not to approach" lee peacock, 49, who officers want to question, after they discovered two bodies at separate addresses half a mile apart in westminster. at this early stage, we are retaining an open mind concerning motive, but we are treating these crimes as linked. i know this will cause concern amongst the community, but i would like to reassure the public that we have a dedicated team of officers who are tasked with finding lee, and i would once again appeal to anybody that sees him to call 999.
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australian police have clashed with thousands of people protesting against 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 two vaccines that have been made available, just go and get it. just go and get it. if you fit within the categories, go and get the vaccine. earlier, the bbc�*s phil mercer gave me this update from sydney. thousands of demonstrators were confronting the police. authorities say that some people had turned out to demonstrate peacefully, but the vast majority were looking for trouble. and they certainly found it. riot police had to support mounted units and there were times
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during the afternoon when it seemed that the police may well lose control of the city centre. in the end, 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 the headlines will be around the unrest in australia's southern city of melbourne. loads and loads of people confronting the police, venting their anger at these very strict lockdowns that now affect millions of australians. that was phil mercer. around 300,000 carbon dioxide monitors are to be made available to schools in england next term 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
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most schools return. lebanon is facing its worst economic crisis in modern times, as a fuel crisis continues to put pressure on the country. the shia militant group hezbollah, says it has now made arrangements to import fuel from iran, despite us sanctions. the bbc�*s azadeh moshiri reports. with no electricity and, therefore, no lights, ahmad has to improvise to do hisjob. this is but one small example of how lebanon's months—long fuel crisis is affecting everyday life. translation: the living conditions are difficult i because of the power outage. sometimes we are forced to turn on a phone light so we can continue our work. there is no electricity, no petrol and no diesel. 78% of the population is now living
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below the poverty line, according to the united nations, and violence and protests have become a common occurrence. adding even more pressure, the country's central bank announced it was ending imported fuel subsidies last week. the decision has led lebanon's already troubled economy to collapse. restaurants and shops have been forced to close. and as fuel supplies dwindled, endless queues formed at petrol stations, with drivers hoping to fill up before any price hikes. translation: my car has been parked in a queue outside the filling _ station for two days, but i still have no petrol. is there anything more degrading and humiliating than this? despite months of this crisis, lebanon's divided political factions have still not found a solution, nor even managed to form a united government. the shia militant group hezbollah has now announced that a ship
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carrying iranian fuel is headed for lebanon, despite us sanctions. it may complicate matters, but for lebanon's people, all that matters is keeping the lights on. azadeh moshiri, bbc news. the trial of r&b artist r kelly has heard how his former tour manager bribed a government worker to obtain a fake id for singer aaliyah, so she could marry kelly when she was 15. kelly is accused of sex abuse and bribery, which he denies. the government has announced plans to tighten rules on the importation of dogs to the uk, in response to a rise in puppy smuggling. plans include raising the minimum age for imported puppies from 15 weeks to 6 months, and banning heavily pregnant dogs. lebo diseko reports. hundreds of puppies brought into the country illegally
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are intercepted each year. the numberfound not to have met the uk's pet import rules more than doubling between 2019 and 2020. many have health problems and had not been checked by certified vets. an increase too in the number with docked tales and cropped of more than 600% in the last five years. when it comes to your cropping we unfortunately have seen an increasing demand for dogs with cropped ears, and abhorrent under unnecessary mutilation which causes nothing but pain and has no medical benefits, it is done purely for look. we have seen an increase in the media, social media influencers and celebrities which has led to an increase in public demand. the government is proposing new rules for puppy welfare standards, including raising the minimum age at which they can be imported from 15 weeks from six months, a ban on importing heavily
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pregnant dogs and a ban on importing dogs with cropped ears or docked tails. animal welfare campaigners are pleased. we are delighted to see the government taking decisive action on parties, pregnant dogs and dogs with cropped ears, it is a real win for animal welfare. when it comes to the decisive action on these things. it is hoped these proposals are part of an eight week great britain wide consultation and will lead to new rules for what has been called a grim trade, and that they will prevent cruelty. now it's time for a look at the weather with susan. hello, we are going to see some rain lingering across the uk for the remainder of saturday, but the prospect for the remainder of the
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weekend and into next week are looking a lot drier and clearer. this is the area of low pressure that brought in the rain on saturday. it will take a while for us to pull these a wave to the east, there will be some late brightness towards the southwest and well. and back to the southeast of england. look out for isolated thundery showers when we see the sun come out. the heaviest persistent rain will be across northern england and southern scotland through the end of the evening. 0vernight, most of the rain will clear away. we are left with some lingering cloud in place, a little bit misty and murky wrong coasts and hills. it will be mild and drier. lows of 12—14. here is the promised high of the star of the new week. sunday is the changeover day. we need to get this low pressure away to the east and it will still throw some showers into eastern counties of england through the day, but they will become fewer
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and farther between as we make our way towards the evening. some could be a little bit more frequent around the coast of east anglia. in the afternoon, more sunshine, it will feel warmer than saturday with light winds. there's a chance that the sunshine and local winds could set “p sunshine and local winds could set up some bands of showers that could persist across very particular areas. very localised. we should not have those problems on monday as a high pressure will build a improperly. that high pressure looks like it will establish itself very nicely for the week ahead. monday, a lot of fine weather, light winds and sunshine. it will feel warmerthan sunshine. it will feel warmer than it sunshine. it will feel warmerthan it has done on saturday. temperatures in the low 20s in many places. if the high shifts around a little bit as we get into the latter part of this week which at the moment is what it seems like it might do. we could pick up a strong northerly wind coming down from the
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north sea coast. for eastern counties there will be some thicker cloud later on. perhaps a cooler feel. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: chaos and panic outside kabul airport — as the us advises it citizens not to go there until they are asked — because of security threats outside the gates. senior taliban figures — including the group's co—founder, mullah baradar — arrive in kabulfor talks about establishing a new government. greece has erected a 40km fence on its border with turkey amid wanings of many afghan civillians fleeing their country. there have been clashes between australian police and anti—lockdown demonstrators in sydney and melbourne. animal welfare campaigners in the uk have welcomed new government
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proposals to stop puppy smuggling.

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