this is bbc news. welcome if you're watching here in the uk or around the globe. i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: desperate to escape — us troops fire tear gas in kabul, to try to push back thousands attempting to flee the taliban. translation: we have a legal visa. translation: we have a legal visa- many _ translation: we have a legal visa. many people _ translation: we have a legal visa. many people coming - translation: we have a legal visa. many people coming here| visa. many people coming here do not have the right documents but we have the right visa and they will not let a three. senior taliban figures, including the group's co—founder mullah baradar are in the afghan capital for talks about establishing a new government. the former britiah prime minister tony blair has launched a scathing attack on the us decision to pull out of afghanistan.
state of emergency have been declared in new york state a head the arrival of hurricane henri. don't go to kabul airport — that's what americans hoping to leave afghanistan are being told unless they're instructed to do so. the state department said it wanted to avoid creating large crowds and us defense officials have expressed concern about the possibility of attacks by islamic state militants. a week after the taliban seized power, their co—founder, mullah abdul ghani baradar, is in the capital for talks on forming a new government. our security correspondent, frank gardner, reports. crowds, chaos, confusion: the scene at kabul airport grows ever more volatile as thousands of afghans clamour to leave the country. gunfire.
taliban fighters are guarding the outside of the perimeter, but even some people with valid travel documents are not getting through. translation: we've got a legal visa. many people who are coming here don't have the right documents, but we've got the visa and they won't let us through. britain's ambassador, sir laurie bristow, has been helping to process applications. he says the evacuation is the biggest challenge he's ever faced. but a pentagon briefing said the taliban had so far not prevented the evacuation. we've had no hostile interactions, no attack and no threat by the taliban. we remain vigilant. we have also not experienced any additional security incidents. elsewhere in kabul, normal life is slowly returning, but banks have been shut and cash machines empty. there have also been reports of hospitals struggling without enough women
turning up for work. taliban fighters, for so long part of a violent insurgency, are in control, seen everywhere on the streets. the group's co—founder and political chief, mullah abdul ghani baradar, has arrived in kabul. he is expected to form part of the new taliban—dominated government. he spent the last few years leading the taliban delegation at peace talks with the us in qatar. the taliban don't yet control the entire country. the panjshir valley, north of kabul, is once more a centre of resistance to their rule. anti—taliban forces claim to have retaken three districts in the north. back at the airport, time is running out for the evacuation. once it ends and the world's attention shifts elsewhere, many fear that life under the taliban is going to get a lot harder. frank gardner, bbc news. our correspondent, secunder kermani, is in kabul has been speaking to the afghans who hope
to be evacuated. he says the situation at the airport still seems extremely tense. it is still very chaotic. i was speaking earlier on to one young afghan whose father had worked in the us embassy here for 20 years. they have been told to go to the airport, to be evacuated, tried for two days straight but were unable to get past the crowd and how they have simply given up. they have decided the situation at the airport is even more dangerous than the prospect for them of life under taliban rule. we are also getting reports tonight in the us media that there are concerns amongst us defence officials about the possibility of an attack by the islamic state group on the airport. a sense of panic that many there who are camped out our feeling many there who are camped out ourfeeling is really fuelled by the fact that international troops are going to be pulled out by the end of the month.
that is when evacuation process, it seems, for the moment at least, will and and after that, moment at least, will and and afterthat, many moment at least, will and and after that, many fear it will be extremely difficult to fly out of the country. so time, they feel, is really running out for them. so, as we were hearing there, mullah abdul ghani baradar, has arrived in kabul for talks on forming a government. but who is he and why is his arrival so significant? of the taliban. in his early 50s, he co—founded the taliban group and is one of the best—known. reported to have been one of mullah 0mar�*s most trusted commanders, he fled to pakistan after the us invasion in 2001 and was arrested in 2010 by security forces in an operation then considered to have dealt a fatal blow to the movement. mullah baradar was released in 2018 and moved to qatar — at the request of the us — to help bolster support for talks with them, acting as the taliban's chief ambassador. at one point, he spoke
to president trump on the phone. he's been part of the taliban negotiating team in doha, where he oversaw the signing of the withdrawal agreement with the americans. sherjan ahmadzai is the director of the center for afghanistan studies at the university of nebraska omaha, earlier i asked him what he thought mullah abdul ghani baradar�*s plans for the future afghan government are. i believe his vision is what the taliban is about. i do not think he has gone to ask for his own personal vision. taliban movement, they have a supreme leader that will be very effective in making any decision in making any decision of what mullah baradar thinks. i am sure he has advised many and that is why he's there with my hamid karzai.—
and that is why he's there with my hamid karzai. what to expect taliban to look _ my hamid karzai. what to expect taliban to look like. _ my hamid karzai. what to expect taliban to look like. we - taliban to look like. we expected to be an emirates but do expect government leaders or government ministers, rather, in the same way we can see other countries?— in the same way we can see other countries? cabinet may be the same. _ other countries? cabinet may be the same, however, _ other countries? cabinet may be the same, however, the - other countries? cabinet may be the same, however, the power, | the same, however, the power, the same, however, the power, the seat of the power may be different. there are speculations and discussions amongst taliban leaders that they will not come within emirates but one of a surer, like they do in iran, someone dealing with the administration of the government. let us remind the was that the international community have not been agreeing with this establishment of the taliban in afghanistan. they know what elections mean and how the country works under democratic society and i think the taliban to understand the public sentiment is against an emirates. they can push for an emirates. they can push for an emirates but there will be some
resistance from circles, including from people they want to bring into their inclusive government.— to bring into their inclusive government. to bring into their inclusive covernment. ., ., government. how united are the taliban as _ government. how united are the taliban as a _ government. how united are the taliban as a group _ government. how united are the taliban as a group then? - government. how united are the taliban as a group then? do - government. how united are the taliban as a group then? do you | taliban as a group then? do you have extremes, different factions within the group, or do they tend to have a shared sense of what the country should look like? ﬁn sense of what the country should look like?- should look like? on the surface. _ should look like? on the surface, it _ should look like? on the surface, it looks - should look like? on the surface, it looks like - should look like? on the surface, it looks like a l should look like? on the - surface, it looks like a united group, however, there are divisions. there many networks, and those who fought the afghan forces who got killed and wounded and their view of this next government is that they won the war and they have a mandate for it to look however they want to look. the leadership may be accommodating for political sects and deals but there are divisions and it is interesting to see after the meaningful consultations emerge and a form of government is publicly discussed.—
publicly discussed. briefly, there are _ publicly discussed. briefly, there are forces _ publicly discussed. briefly, there are forces holding i publicly discussed. briefly, | there are forces holding out against the taliban. there is still fighting and resistance. who is the resistance at the moment in afghanistan? led by the first president _ moment in afghanistan? led by the first president of _ the first president of afghanistan in the panjshir valley. the international community does not have appetite for another conflict in either did the afghans that are public end up with a sort of accommodation on something that will give them more rights to what they want. at the moment, that is why the president and mullah abdul ghani baradarare president and mullah abdul ghani baradar are having talks and we are yet to know what agreements they are having and we should find out next week. the former british prime minister tony blair, who sent troops in 20 years ago, has launched a scathing attack on the us decision to pull out of afghanistan. in an article on his own website, mr blair said the uk has a "moral obligation"
to stay until "all those who need to be, are evacuated." here's our political correspondent, chris mason. he says that it is tragic and unnecessary and dangerous what is happening. he says there isn't moral obligation for the uk to stay as long as necessary to get everyone out who has a right to come to the uk because they worked with british authors. it is making a bigger argument here. —— british forces. he said in a 2007 article that it is a fight against radical islam, a political ideology that pivots the religion and the taliban are symptomatic of that and he said that the west has to show commitment and if that's a long—term commitment, so be it, he compares it to the long—term challenge that the west faced in taking on communism. 0f in taking on communism. of course the challenge for western governments, democracies, is that you have to have public will to maintain
military presence and that is the challenge western leaders face. president biden�*s government has told us commercial airlines that they could soon be ordered to help transport people who've been evacuated from afghanistan following the taliban takeover. it's understood, if used, the civilian aircraft would not fly into afghanistan, but instead ferry evacuees from air bases in the middle east and germany. let's get some of the day's other news. greece has defended building a 25—mile fence and surveillance system on its border with turkey because of its concerns about a surge of migrants from afghanistan. the government said it could not "wait passively" for the possible consequences. israel has carried out air strikes in gaza in response to what it calls riots instigated by the hamas organisation. the israeli army said its aircraft hit four hamas weapons and storage manufacturing sites. palestinian media spoke of explosions near a power
station and close to a refugee camp in central gaza. the air strikes followed a protest on the border during which palestinian sources said israeli troops shot and wounded more than 20 palestinians. as funerals are held in haiti for the victims of last week's devastating earthquake, tensions are rising over a lack of aid reaching remote areas, hardest hit by the disaster. humanitatian organisations say the poorest country in the americas is in urgent need of medical, food and sanitation assistance, while many haitians who lost their homes said they were unsure how to even start rebuilding. the trial of the r&b singer r kelly, who's accused of sexually abusing several women, has heard claims by his former tour manager that he bribed a government worker to obtain a fake id to marry the singer aaliyah, who was underage. she was 15 at the time. kelly is also accused of bribery, and denies all the charges.
hurricane grace has torn through eastern mexico after making landfall for a second time, and has killed at least eight people. the deaths and the worst damage were in veracruz state, where the storm came ashore early on saturday. the hurricane weakened to a tropical storm as it moved inland north of mexico city, but high winds and downpours were reported to be causing more flooding. a state of emergency has been declared in parts of new york state ahead of the forecast arrival of hurricane henri. new york's governor, andrew cuomo, said he had spoken to president biden, who agreed to the declaration which will release funds before the hurricane makes landfall on sunday. mr cuomo said heavy rain, flooding and power cuts should be expected. i'm going to declare a state of emergency declaration for long island, new york city, westchester the valley and the capital district region. we are working with the power
companies. i have told them clearly and convincingly, in my opinion, that this is what we pay the power companies to do, to be ready for storms. we have seen this movie before. we do not pay power companies to be ready to prepare powerfor sunny days. we pay them to prepare powerfor when it's hard and recover quickly after a storm. 0ur correspondent, bahman kalbasi, is in new york state on fire island which lies on the atlantic coastline. clearly, this storm surge not entirely here but with our feeling its impact and the weather is obvious is starting to change and this is a barrier island so when it makes landfall and hits here first, not exactly when i'm standing, the prediction is about my miles to the east of long island and fire island which is
why the governor made clear, and appeal to residents of fire island to leave because he also thought this could be similar to what happened in 2012 with hurricane sandy, although it made landfall in newjersey, the neighbouring state, but fire island was heavily impacted with fire damages. we know that storm brought $70 billion of cost to the state of new york and newjersey so clearly they are worried that could happen again and even though some people are standing on the beach, many of them have been packing to leave because the only way to get back to the mainland is a ferry and that ferry service drops in a few hours. bbc weather�*s chris fawkes explains what we can expect from the storm. the hurricane will make landfall across the north—east of the united states on sunday. 0ver recent hours the storm has picked up energy as it has worked across warm waters of the atlantic gulfstream. it is being driven around an open area of low pressure, sending
it in a north—westward direction. landfall is expected around long island but there will be impacts elsewhere, rhode island, massachusetts new jersey and into connecticut with damaging wind and as well as that torrential rain will cause flooding problems. after that the wind calmed down and the rain will eventually exhilarate towards the eastern parts of canada over the next few days. so hurricane henri no doubt bringing back uncomfortable memories of hurricane sandy. damaging gusts of wind, 250 millimetres of rain causing flooding in itself but as well as that, coastal communities will be watching out for a storm surge. that could be around 3— five foot high, bringing inundation to coastal communities. this is bbc news, our main headlines: the united states has asked its citizens to avoid going to kabul airport where thousands of people continue to gather in an attempt to flee afghanistan.
let's stay with our main story now. while thousands of people try to board flights out of afghanistan, many afghan refugees are also flocking to neighbouring countries, and a key destination is iran. while iran has welcomed the us exit, their relationship with the taliban is a strategic — but complicated one. with me to discuss is the bbc�*s azadeh moshiri. a very strategic relationship. with an idea what historically the relationship between iran and the taliban has been. it is and the taliban has been. it is complicated — and the taliban has been. it 3 complicated because afghanistan is so important to iran, both economically and regard to the amount of trade but also because afghanistan is home to so many she a muslim. the islamic regime of iran is sheer. and that is key to understanding the difference
between the taliban and the islamic regime of iran when it comes to their relationship. the taliban is here and the islamic regime of iran is sheer. and historically they have been better enemies. there was one key event where the taliban assassinated almost one dozen iranians diplomats and a journalist and it almost led to war between the two. instead, a run opted to co—operate with the us in order to topple the taliban. come 2001, the us led invasion in afghanistan and that calculation changed on iran's part. they began cooperating with the taliban and to stave off the us influence, so much so that the us officials accused iran of having supplied weapons and money to the taliban, something the iranians deny. it really is a history of better enemies
becoming strategic partners, in a sense, because the enemy of my enemy is my friend. it is my enemy is my friend. it is interesting _ my enemy is my friend. it is interesting to _ my enemy is my friend. it is interesting to hear- my enemy is my friend. it is interesting to hear about the alleged support of the teller bound by iran because we hear a lot about pakistan being accused of that but not so much iran. they do share a border and afghan refugees are heading into iran. imilli and afghan refugees are heading into iran. ~ , , into iran. will they be welcomed? _ into iran. will they be welcomed? so - into iran. will they be welcomed? so far - into iran. will they be | welcomed? so far iran into iran. will they be - welcomed? so far iran has established camps to welcome afghan refugees in three provinces along the border. and the messaging has been mixed as to what is going to happen to them afterwards. the interior ministry has said that once things are stable they will send them back and having said that, steak tv quotes officials saying that, oh, these refugees we are wealthy camming them with open arms. the reality is that this is an extremely challenging situation for iran mystically and it already houses 2 million afghan refugees as well as 600,000
passport holders according to the united nations. so it already has a very big afghan community there. there are nearly 5 million afghan refugees that have already displaced before the taliban gained ground and 90% of them have been housed by the islamic regime of iran as well as pakistan. that is already one challenge. and iran is in the midst of a fifth wave of covid—19 pandemic. it has record daily death and is trying to grapple with a flailing vaccine programme and the delta variant and on top of that it has a crippling economy because of the us sanctions. in terms of the appetite to welcome more refugees it is a mixed picture. welcome more refugees it is a mixed picture-— mixed picture. that conflict is certainly rippling _ mixed picture. that conflict is certainly rippling across - mixed picture. that conflict is certainly rippling across the i certainly rippling across the borders. thank you very much. well the taliban is currently on a media offensive to present themselves as a viable, legitimate government. but does their rhetoric match what's happening on the ground? the bbc monitoring team takes
ican i can assure you is that we will continue, whether in country or outside the country and i think it is important for us. media has been a beacon of hope for many afghans in that role will become even more important going forward. police in australia have clashed with thousands of people in two of the country's biggest cities, who've been protesting against covid restrictions. more than 200 people have been arrested in melbourne and sydney, and at least seven
officers were injured. sydney has just extended lockdown measures for another month, as phil mercer reports. the police said some did so peacefully but the majority were looking for trouble. there were looking for trouble. there were smaller rallies in brisbane and sydney and earlier the authorities in new south wales had announced australia's worst day of the pandemic so far with 825 new covid—19 infections. with only 30% of australians fully inoculated, the state's health minister appealed to residents to be vaccinated.— appealed to residents to be vaccinated. there is no time now to vaccinated. there is no time new to be — vaccinated. there is no time now to be selfish. _ vaccinated. there is no time now to be selfish. it - vaccinated. there is no time now to be selfish. it is - vaccinated. there is no time now to be selfish. it is time| now to be selfish. it is time to think of the broader community and your families. to think of the broader community and yourfamilies. if you are actually spreading the virus you could be responsible
for the deaths of people. the new south — for the deaths of people. the new south wales _ for the deaths of people. the new south wales premier warns that the delta variant was so contagious that australia's long—held strategy of trying to eliminate the virus was over. phil mercer, bbc news. the american civil rights leaderjesse jackson and his wife are in hospital in chicago after they tested positive for covid—19. the condition of 79—year—old reverend jackson, and that of his wife, 77—year—old jacqueline, remains unclear at this point. a protege of martin luther king, jackson was a key figure in the modern civil rights movement, leading policy on issues including voting rights. he ran two campaigns for the democratic presidential nomination in the 1980s. museums and archaeological sites across greece have stayed open late into the night for people to enjoy august's full �*sturgeon' moon. the full moon first appeared on saturday but for anyone who didn't have time to appreciate it fully, it will reach what scientists call peak illumination on sunday night.
quite a sight. stay with us here, there is much more coming up. hello again. saturday was always going to be the slightly dodgy day of the weekend in terms of weather and we have a lot of cloud, most of us or heavy rain as well. the grey skies we had coming in covered wales for a time with rain coming down and misty over the hills but since then that rain band has progressed northwards and eastwards and it will continue to do so over the next few hours as well. that said, i think it will stay wet across parts of eastern scotland and the eastern side of england for the eastern side of england for the next few hours with some heavy rain going across northern england, the east midlands and east anglia and we still have more rain to come across parts of the south—east. all the while it will turn drier across western areas with temperatures 13—15 degrees.
mist and fog to watch out for and eastern scotland, probably over the pennines and eastern areas of england as well. on sunday morning we will have some thick cloud running and across parts of anglia and england with patches of rain expected. into the afternoon the sky will brighten up the showers, some of them quite heavy for central and eastern scotland, central and eastern england, dry was sunshine for south—west england and wales, northern ireland and western areas of scotland. then into next week looks at the high pressure will be with us and that will bring the air from scandinavia so no heatwave in the forecast but there will be a pleasant smell of weather and it will be largely dry with some sunshine to look forward to. so that is settling down and it gets under way on monday. most of us will have a dry day was sunny spells. in the sunshine, it is august and it will feel warm in the sunshine with temperatures widely climbing into the low 20s. peaking at around 22 in glasgow, birmingham and cardiff. into the forecast of
tuesday and again another largely fine day. you could find a few mist and fog patches for the early risers that otherwise we are looking fine with spells of sunshine. the wind coming on shore around of east anglia and kent keeping temperatures here around the coastal strip probably at around 19 or 20 highest temperature across western areas at 2a, perhaps in glasgow. that really would feel pleasantly warm. as we look at the forecast for the rest of the forecast for the rest of the week you can see that the weather stays dry and the temperatures remain in the low 20s. there may be a tendency for it to turn cloudy across the north and east of scotland and eastern england towards the end of the week.
this is bbc news, the headlines: crowds continue to gather outside kabul airport, amid reports of chaotic scenes as the us advises its citizens not to travel there until they are asked, because of security threats outside the gates. pentagon officials described the situation around the airport gates as fluid and dynamic. the taliban say they are making progress in forming a government in afghanistan. the group's co—founder and head of its political wing, mullah abdul ghani baradar, is in kabulfor talks, which are expected to include militant commanders, former government leaders and religious scholars. hurricane henri is making its way towards the us, prompting the authorities in new york to declare a state of emergency. it's expected to hit the country's northeastern coast later on sunday and could be the first hurricane to reach new england in 30 years.