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hello, this is bbc news. i'm victoria derbyshire with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. as thousands of people desperate to leave afghanistan continue to crowd around kabul airport, former world leaders criticise the united states withdrawal policy. and donald trump has also attacked mr biden biden�*s botched exit in afghanistan is the most astonishing display of gross incompetence by a nation's leader perhaps at any time that anyone�*s ever seen.
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as thousands of afghans try to escape the taliban, europe is bracing for a potential new wave of refugees and a state of emergency is declared in parts of new york state ahead of the expected arrival of hurricane henri. cambodia's last remaining population of critically endangered vultures are on the brink of extinction. and our sunday morning edition of the paper review is at 9:35 — this morning's reviewers are journalist and author, shyama perera, and martin bentham, home affairs editor at the evening standard. that's for viewers in the uk. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. thousands of people desperate
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to leave afghanistan are continuing to crowd around kabul airport, a week after the taliban seized control of the country. people have been trying to get through checkpoints in sweltering heat to reach evacuation flights. the british defence secretary, ben wallace, said the uk had flown out more than 1,000 people in the last 2a hours. he also said he was exploring ways to maintain a presence in afghanistan after the military had left. here's our correspondent, simonjones. desperate to leave. their goal — to get inside kabul airport and get out of the country. tear gas fired. screaming and yelling. but the chaos and confusion continue. taliban fighters keep guard outside, even some people who do have valid travel documents are unsuccessful. 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 leading the uk's rescue mission has relocated to the airport from the embassy. in a statement, sir laurie bristow said...
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and these are some of the 3,821 people the uk has so far helped get out of the country. the mod tweeted this photo, along with thanks for all those working on the evacuation. but americans hoping to leave have been advised not to travel to kabul airport unless instructed to do so because of potential security threats from islamic state militants. the us is still hoping to complete the evacuation by the end of the month. we're fighting against both time and space. that's really what we're. .. that's what we're — that's the race that we're in right now and we're trying to do this as quickly and as safely as possible. the us president, joe biden, has promised to mobilise every resource necessary, but his predecessor, donald trump, who signed a deal with the taliban that committed american troops
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to leaving, questioned why many soldiers left afghanistan before civilians were flown out. biden�*s botched exit in afghanistan is the most astonishing display of gross incompetence by a nation's leader perhaps at any time that anybody�*s ever seen. name another situation like this. vietnam looks like a masterclass in strategy compared tojoe biden�*s. ..catastrophe. the departing flights from kabul can be seen above this market in the city. while daily life continues here, the concerns over the future of afghanistan grow. the taliban say they're making progress in forming the government. the rest of the world can only watch on to see what comes next. simon jones, bbc news. us officials have expressed concern that islamic state militants could attack people trying to get inside kabul airport. american citizens are being advised not to travel there unless they're told to do so.
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more details from our washington correspondent, barbara plett usher: that ongoing chaosis chaos is a dynamic fluid situation that could change by the hour. it is them to stay away from the gates because they wanted to avoid large crowds and they also said it would continue the possibility of being worried about an attack by the branch of the islamic state group and are looking at alternative routes to try to bring evacuees to the airport and the president has discussed a potential islamic state with his national security team. so far islamic state has not public threatened to attack kabul and it is
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notjust threatened to attack kabul and it is not just an threatened to attack kabul and it is notjust an enemy of the united states, it is an enemy of the taliban and issued a statement calling the taliban us stages and said it was going to start a new jihad. let's speak to our correspondent, danjohnson who's covering the story from delhi. it is still chaotic outside kabul airport and if anything it's only getting worse. it is sweltering hot and there are thousands of people crammed in tight spaces and to stop more people dying service personnel have been spraying the crowd with water and lifting babies out of the crowd and it really is a desperate situation but nobody really having a situation but nobody really having a situation to it. the us is telling
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citizens to stay away and some nations coming up with solutions forgetting their citizens to the airport without having to go through those streets and face of those crowds but daily life in kabul is getting more difficult on the ground and the banks have been closed and nobody can get money out of machines and in many of the shops they credit card machines have stopped working so daily life is getting more difficult. hospitals are still operating but they can't work to normal capacity because a lot of female staff have not turned up to work for the last week, have not felt able to are not felt safe to be at work. doctors and nurses are missing and one of our colleagues in the hotel has not seen any female staff working there since last sunday. even if the taliban is not making particular moves are enforcing particular rules of life is changing and getting more difficult by the way people are reacting mainly to fear of what might come next. —— mainly through
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fear. the former british prime minister, tony blair, has said president biden�*s policy — which led to the withdrawal of troops from afghanistan — was "imbecilic". he says the decision to leave represents a tragic, dangerous and unnecessary abandonment of the country. mr blair, who sent british troops into afghanistan two decades ago, has urged the government to help all afghans who supported the uk, calling it a "moral obligation". 0ur political correspondent, chris mason, reports. he's the former prime minister most often remembered for the controversies that swirled around the conflict in iraq, but before the war there came this moment in 2001 when he committed his troops to afghanistan shortly after the september 11 attacks.
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military action against targets inside afghanistan has begun. i can confirm that uk forces are engaged in this action. the world understands that whilst of course there are dangers in acting, the dangers of inaction are far, far greater. 20 years on, his critique of president biden�*s decision to pull out is unflinching. he writes... a phrase the president has used. mr blairadds... he sets out his argument in a 2,700 word article, published on his website, in which he paints the taliban as part of a bigger picture — what he calls radical islam — a desire to turn the religion into a political ideology that's exclusionary and extreme. taking this on, he says, is a strategic challenge comparable to the decades—long threat the west
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faced from communism, and when looked at like this, the decision to pull out of afghanistan is a mistake. if the west wants to shape the 21st century, it will take commitment, he concludes, through thick and thin. the issue, though, in western countries, in democracies, is long—term open—ended military commitments do require public support. chris mason, bbc news. with me our political correspondent ione wells. it has made our massive splash today and it came after this week president biden claim no allies had been questioning his policy. tony blair are calling the policy imbecilic and that is coming from the key ally that took the uk and to
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afghanistan with the us 20 years ago. it will be interesting to see the reaction is people wake up to these headlines but interesting to note the two main tony blair criticisms, one saying that west is not really have a strategy to deal with radical islam and it should be treated something a bit like communism looked at like a longer term project and also saying we have this moral obligation in the uk to stay until everybody who we have an obligation to is evacuated. number ten has not directly respond to any of the claims from the former prime minister yet but interesting to note number ten sources last night and this morning have stressed the prime minister has not criticised the united states and that close working relationship with them is still there. the defence secretary ben wallace has written a piece in the mail on sunday today. picking up on this point tony blair raises about the moral obligation to back it everyone he repeats his point that
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no nation in his view will be able to get everybody out and he got quite emotional admitting earlier this week on radio. he has said however they are getting people out and doing everything they can, citing the fact 1000 people evacuated yesterday but also said that they are now exploring ways to get people out through other means, through third countries but also through third countries but also through refugee camps as well, knowing that we are coming up to this deadline of 31st august, the date that at the moment us forces are due to be withdrawn and evacuations from that international airport in kabul may become more difficult if not impossible. he also said that where the us to decide to stay longer and extend that will be something the uk government would fully support. at least eight people, including children, have died after hurricane grace hit mexico for the second time in two days. the deaths and the worst damage occurred in the state of veracruz,
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where the storm uprooted trees when it made landfall early on saturday. the major category three storm swept onto the country's gulf coast and moved inland, causing rivers to overflow, mudslides, and small towns to flood. of the eight people killed, six were members of the same family, state government officials said. a state of emergency has been declared in parts of new york state as hurricane henri bears down on the area. the governor, andrew cuomo, said he had spoken to president biden who will release funds before the hurricane makes landfall later today. it's expected to be one of the most powerful storms in years. bbc weather�*s chris fawkes told us more about the storm. hurricane henri 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 gulf stream.
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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 newjersey and into connecticut with damaging wind, and as well as that, torrential rain will cause flooding problems. after that the winds calm down and the rain will eventually accelerate towards the eastern parts of canada over the next few days. so hurricane henri no doubt bringing back uncomfortable memories from hurricane sandy that hit much the same area in 2012. 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—5 foot high, bringing inundation to coastal communities. the approaching storm has already caused disruption in new york — as tanya dendrinos reports. # don't call it a comeback! # a star—studded homecoming concert. # her name was lola,
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she was a showgirl #. a grand celebration of new york city's emergence from the worst of the covid—19 pandemic. but mother nature had other plans. announcement: please pay close attention to the following safety message. due to approaching severe weather, all persons should move quickly and calmly to the nearest exit. around six million people living in coastal parts of long island, connecticut and massachusetts have been issued with hurricane warnings. a state of emergency has been declared in parts of new york with winds of 120 kilometres per hour forecast along with as much as six inches of rain. while hurricanes are rare for this stretch of the us coastline, new york governor andrew cuomo pleaded with residents to take the storm seriously. i can't tell you how. many people i have - in the middle of a storm — helped out of a house,
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carrying everything on their back through floodwaters, with their children, putting them into boats, in dangerous situations, and people saying to me, "i should've left yesterday. "i should have left yesterday." please, please, don't make that mistake. it comes after hurricane grace tore through eastern mexico on saturday, leaving widespread destruction. a number of people have died, including a mother and six of her children. translation: as they were taking them out, they took out my wife and my other children. they pulled out a four—year—old, then an eight—year—old, a two—year—old girl and a newborn who was only 15 days old.
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the hurricane weakened to a tropical storm as it moved inland but the potential for heavy rain and flooding continues. tanya dendrinos, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: british defence officials report seven more deaths at kabul airport — as thousands of people desperate to leave afghanistan crowd round the area former world leaders have criticised the us withdrawal policy — former british prime minister tony blair calls it �*imbecilic�*. a state of emergency is declared in parts of new york state — ahead of the forecast arrival of hurricane henri. if you're an adult in the uk who tests positive for covid—19, you cld be invited to take part in a new programme that aims
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to find out more about the effectiveness of vaccinations. from tuesday, up to 8,000 volunteers a day, who receive a positive pcr result, will be asked to check whether they have developed antibodies. 0ur reporter, chi chi izundu has more. this research is trying to work out whether people get antibodies from vaccinations or the virus itself. antibodies are part of the body's natural defence system and they can take time to develop. most people make antibodies within 28 days of being infected or vaccinated but it can take longer. unlike some other blood tests, you don't need to fast and you can do the test at any time of day, just don't do your test — or post your test — on a saturday as it might sit in the post for too long. any other day is fine. for the first time from tuesday, any adult in england, scotland, wales and northern ireland who has a positive pcr test will be offered the chance to have two antibody finger prick tests at home. check that your test is addressed to you before starting. this is especially important if other members of your household are also having the test done. lay your kit out on a low
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table and get familiar with the components. the two tests — one to be taken as soon as you test positive, and the other 28 days later, will look for a response to the vaccination, and the other will look at past infection only. the uk health security agency is working alongside nhs test and trace to monitor levels of antibodies in positive cases. they hope to test up to 8,000 people a day and will also use the data collected to help provide further insight into vaccines, especially when it comes to different variants. but people are still being reminded that testing positive for antibodies doesn't mean you're immune and that they should still follow government guidance if they display any symptoms of the virus. chi chi izundu, bbc news. let's get some of the day's other new. israel has carried out air strikes in gaza in response to what it calls
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riots instigated by hamas — the palestinian militant group which rules gaza. the israeli army said its aircraft hit four weapons and storage manufacturing sites. palestinian media spoke of explosions near a power station and close to a refugee camp in central gaza. 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 aid, while many haitians who lost their homes said they're unsure how to even start rebuilding. the american civil rights leader, jesse jackson, and his wife, jacqueline, are in hospital in chicago, after they both tested positive for covid. a statement said that reverend jackson, who's 79, and mrs jackson, who's 77, have been vaccinated. europe is preparing for a potential
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new wave of refugees because of the turmoil in afghanistan. turkey has warned the eu that it will not shoulder the refugee burden on its own and eu leaders have appealed to member states to show solidarity and organise safe routes for the refugees. sara monetta reports. hiding in the hills of eastern turkey, these afghan refugees have managed to cross into the country from neighbouring iran. if intercepted, they would be pushed back to the border. but for these young men, there is no way back. translation: it'll get worse in afghanistan. it is over. we are young. we need to go to school. my life is finished and i am only 19. the question now haunting european politicians is could they be the start of a bigger refugee wave? as the taliban has taken over afghanistan, turkey sped up the construction of a border wall. president erdogan has spent the past few days on the phone with european
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leaders to warn them. translation: turkey does not have a duty or obligation to be europe's migrant storage unit. once we seal our borders and send the current illegal migrants back home, it will be up to them to decide where to go. greece is not taking any chances, either. to avoid the repeat of the 2015 refugee crisis, it has built a aokm fence and a new surveillance system on its border with turkey. thousands of afghans who worked with european forces are waiting to be relocated. visiting a refugee centre set up in spain, eu leaders have appealed to their member states�* sense of solidarity. we need to help. it is our moral responsibility. we must offer legal and safe routes globally, organised by us, the international community, to those who need protection. this small group of afghans has just landed in italy. for them, the nightmare is over.
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it is time to smile again, but thousands remain stuck in the country and while favourites are being organised, people might take matters into their hands. sara monetta, bbc news. cambodia's last remaining population of critically endangered vultures are on the brink of extinction. nick wood reports from northern cambodia where efforts are under way you know, these birds have got extraordinary vision. author, conservationist and ornithologistjonathan eames 0be is recognised around the world for his ambitious fight to save some of asia's most at—risk bird species from extinction. for the past decade, his work has focused on the monitoring and protection of cambodia's endangered bird populations. forjonathan, along with his team of wildlife rangers, the proverbialjewel in the crown of their conservation efforts is siem pang wildlife sanctuary. situated in northern cambodia, the sanctuary mightjust be
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the last, best hope of survival for three critically endangered species of a particular bird, the asian vulture. what we have here at siem pang wildlife sanctuary is the largest remaining vulture population in cambodia. the two threats that the population here faces now are disturbance at the nesting site. 0ften vultures are nesting in the tallest trees, the straightest trunks, and these are sought after by villagers cutting timber to make houses. the other thing is the possibility of poisoning. people will poison carcasses, they will poison water holes to get birds and mammals and fish that they can sell in the market, so this is always a threat, a risk that vultures will feed on a dead cow or a dead dog that's been laced with a carbamate pesticide. the vultures�* numbers have fallen so low that extinction remains a very real possibility. ensuring their survival has led to some unique interventions.
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the vulture population today in cambodia is only sustained by feeding on dead domestic ungulates, domestic cattle and domestic buffalo, so supplementary feeding not only provides a source of regular food for vultures, but it also enables us to monitor vulture populations. so the rangers have carefully set the table. there's over 250 kilograms of fresh beef on the menu. the only question now is just who's coming for dinner? and it doesn't take long before the weekly vulture restaurant is under way. another innovation involves erecting artificial nests that are then hoisted 30 metres into selected treetops. the aim is to attract these vultures to nest close to the vulture restaurant where there's the safe place and the safe food for them. creating sustainable, protected areas for endangered species is the aim of environmentalists
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the world over. in cambodia, a dedicated group of conservationists mightjust have achieved that goal for the country's last vultures that can now call the sanctuary home. nick wood, bbc news, cambodia. a group of new mums have got together to highlight the challenges faced by when it comes to breast feeding — they've done it by taking part in a photo shoot while feeding their babies. vickyjohnson reports. laying bare the agony and the elation of breast—feeding their babies. bethany hunter wanted to capture the beauty and determination of these women and their infants. it means something different to every single mum, even if you've just fed that one time, when you've had your baby, and they throw �*em on you, on the boob, if you've fed for a week, a year, just being able to celebrate that, i think, is just something these mums should be proud of. the shared experience of stripping down to their pants for the photoshoot has been
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a unifying and liberating experience for these new mums. it's just so empowering. i nearly didn't do it and then my friend was like, "if you don't do it, you're going to regret it. " and oh, my god, i really would have regretted it, because it was just amazing. i've met these girls and now, like, i can talk to them about anything. i sort of said to bella, i don't know how i feel about it, don't know how i feel about being in my underwear on the beach. and she said, just come along and see how you feel on the day. and it was the most empowering thing i've ever done, it was amazing. it kinda gives you the confidence tojust, you know, if she needs that, it doesn't matter if somebody sees a little bit of something, as long as you're doing what you need to do, you know, i feel more confident now. while these mothers want to highlight the benefits of breast—feeding, they say all parents should be celebrated, and that chimes with rachel harvey, who runs a paint studio in cleethorpes. in the past it's been promoted as breast—feeding friendly, but now she wants to make it a safe
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haven for all new parents. there were mums who were pumping, who may look like they're bottlefeeding. it might be that mum has chosen not to breastfeed. and i just want that — and dads as well — i just want that offer and that warm welcome and that safe space for you to feed your baby and to be inclusive and open to everybody. julia, here with son humphrey, says she can't believe people are still arguing about how babies should be fed. your baby needs to feed, so however you can do it, it's what you need to do. and that is the main message: that all mums are trying to do the best for their children, however they're fed. vickijohnson, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with 0wain. for many of us today we have a bit of blue sky. not everywhere, however and we still have heavy scattered showers around. for most, however,
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today looks like a better day. as far as the sunshine is concerned i think west is best. this line of showers through parts of scotland down through the midlands and parts of the southeast. through the stuff that we are hanging on to low cloud and rain overhead. breezy to the south and today top temperatures probably getting 222 or 23 centimetres. —— centigrade. some showers will remain, some turning light and easing along with the return of some mist and fog. lows of 15 celsius tonight so i asked last night quite mild and muggy. 0ver 15 celsius tonight so i asked last night quite mild and muggy. over the next couple of days high pressure builds so for most us it should be dry and a bit of cloud at times. that's the forecast. stacey. —— stay safe.
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