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welcome to bbc news. i'm david eades. our top stories: president biden praises the us evacuation flights out of kabul and says they can be accelerated. but he also accepts the process will be hard and painful. i think that history is going to record this was the logical, rational and right decision to make. the taliban say they're sending fighters to the northern panjshir valley, where local leaders are refusing to hand over power. there are pleas for more help in haiti, as mudslides and the destruction of roads, hampers efforts to deliver earthquake aid. # dream dream dream...# and don everly, who had huge success with the everly brothers, has died aged 8a.
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thank you very much for being with us here on bbc news. president biden has championed the efforts to bring more people out of afghanistan, saying around 11,000 were flown to safety over the course of the weekend. he said that meant 28,000 had been evacuated since last saturday. making his third televised addressed to americans since the taliban takeover, mr biden also pointed to the possibility of extending the deadline of august 31st for completing the evacuation operation. but he also acknowledged the significant risks in carrying out the flights. we lifted approximately 11,000 people out of kabul in less than 36 hours. it is an incredible operation. let me be clear, the evacuation of thousands of people
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from kabul is going to be hard and painful, no matter when it started, when we began. it would have been true if we had started a month ago or a month from now. there is no way to evacuate this many people without pain and loss, of heartbreaking images you see on television. it is just a fact. my heart aches for those people you see. we are proving that we can move though thousands of people a day out of kabul. we are bringing our citizens, nato allies, afghanis who have helped us in the war effort, but we have a long way to go and a lot could still go wrong. president biden has a political track record of supporting the us withdrawal from afghanistan and he went on to say that history would show he did the right thing by deciding to pull out of the country. at the end of the day, if we didn't leave afghanistan now, when do we leave? another ten years?
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another five years? another year? i'm not about to send your son or daughter to fight in afghanistan. i don't see where that is in our overwhelming interests. and the talk about how our interests are going to be impacted? let me tell you, if you are sitting in beijing or moscow, are you happy we left? they would love nothing better for us to be bogged down there, totally occupied with what is going on. history is going to record that this was the logical, rational and right decision to make. our state department correspondent barbara plett usher gave this assessment of president biden�*s speech. well, recent polls show that there is still a majority support in the country for ending the war in afghanistan orfor bringing troops back from afghanistan,
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but there's strong disapproval for how it was conducted. so the president here is focusing on how it was conducted and painting a sort of positive picture about steps that have been taken and that has been his approach. so he talked about having picked up the pace of the evacuation at the weekend. he said it was an extraordinary airlift. he talked about improving access to the airport for those who wanted to get there. he suggested that the perimeter — the us forces had extended the perimeter around the airport or the safe zone. he also talked about the vulnerability of it. he did say that it was dangerous, that there were possibilities of attacks by islamic state militants, and they were being vigilant. but he said that there was no reason to think that they couldn't keep up the pace of the evacuation, and he also said that they would hope they could complete this by the deadline which is the end of the month. it's a deadline that he has imposed. but he also said that military officials were discussing about the possibility of extending it, if they had to, and that is
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something that has been called for by both people here in the us and also allies. so he was very much coming out there, talking about the way that they were carrying out what he called an extraordinary airlift, an extraordinary operation, and how things were improving, and he is saying that they will probably continue to improve, acknowledging also though, as we heard in that statement, that any kind of evacuation would have been heartbreaking at any time. we will see if that makes a difference to people who have been watching those heartbreaking and chaotic images of the american exit from afghanistan. i think many would agree it is an extraordinary earlier. nato says at least 20 people have been killed with afghans desperate to fly to safety. during sunday, there were reports of more orderly scenes, with taliban militants firing into the air and using batons to force people into queues. 0ur chief international correspondent, lyse doucet, flew into kabul airport earlier
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and sent this report from the tarmac. it hits you as soon as you put your foot on the tarmac of this airfield, the intensity and the urgency of this moment. every direction we look at kabul international airport, afghans and foreigners in straight lines, boarding the military transport planes that are all around this tarmac. taking afghans, notjust away from their country, but away from the lives that they live, the identity that they cherish, leaving everything behind, to start from scratch. today is the day that a generation of afghans have buried their dreams and aspirations and our lives. this city, to us, is our home, despite its contradictions. we called it home,
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we were raised from here, we hope that the taliban can learn from the lessons of the past and everyone else and we can prove that we can move away from the tanks and bullets, towards a road where everyone can see themselves. this urgent evacuation is one no one expected, nobody wanted and no—one will forget. there are said to be more than 10,000, possibly 111,000 people, now in this airfield, waiting to board a flight, to take them anywhere out of this country. foreigners as well as afghans. there are thousands more afghans, a crush of afghans who raced to the airport to try to get on one of these flights. afghans have an expression when they travel, which means may yourjourney be happy. some will be so relieved, so relieved. some of them will have spent days outside,
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waiting to get inside here, it has taken some people days, days to get in because of the people who are pushing outside of the gates. little children, families, not knowing what kind of life they are heading to. lyse doucet kabul at airport. the taliban said that hundreds of its fighters are heading for the panjshir valley north of kabul, because local leaders had refused to hand it over peacefully. earlier, the region's powerful militia leader, ahmed massoud said he was ready for talks to avert a civil war, so long as the taliban formed an inclusive, decentralised government. mr massoud, son of the famed anti—soviet resistance fighter ahmad shah massoud, said his forces would fight any regime imposed by the taliban. until a week ago, amrullah saleh was the first vice president of afghanistan.
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he now considers himself the legitimate caretaker president of afghanistan, and is allied with ahmad massoud. he told the bbc while he was open to dialogue with the taliban, he would not accept their vision of the future of afghanistan. as long as they reject extremism, acknowledge the pluralistic fabric of afghanistan and they should understand we will not — let me be very clear — we will not accept clerical dictatorship in my country. we make peace but the peace should not mean surrender to a group with massive record of human rights violation, massacre of people, you name it — that will not happen. amrullah saleh. 0mar samad is former afghan ambassador to france and canada and up until two
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weeks ago before the taliban and canada and up until two weeks ago before the taliban takeover he was senior advisor to dr abdullah abdullah, the chief executive of afghanistan. he's in washington. thank you very much for your time. amrullah saleh, where do you think generally he figures into this gradual trying to work out what the future hold and does he have a central role? . , ., , role? he was dealt very bad hand when _ role? he was dealt very bad hand when mr _ role? he was dealt very bad hand when mr riney, - role? he was dealt very bad hand when mr riney, his . role? he was dealt very bad l hand when mr riney, his boss decided to leave without notice. he had a choice, either he also had to leave the country, go to the panjshir valley, his native area, put up resistance for the idea hejust
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evolved. —— ashraf ghani. it is one of representation of the afghan fabric of society. afghanistan is a diverse society and i hope the taliban realised that to bring peace and stability, as they claim, they need to be open to all afghans, all different backgrounds, all persuasions, and they need to have a serious meaningful dialogue which we have not had over the last few years... have not had over the last few ears... y ., have not had over the last few ears... , ., , years... sorry to interrupt ou, years. .. sorry to interrupt you. is— years... sorry to interrupt you. is that _ years... sorry to interrupt you, is that dialogue - years... sorry to interrupt - you, is that dialogue beginning to take place with dr abdullah abdullah and indeed hammered karzai —— hamid karzai, agreeing to meet to discuss a possible way forward. what is the situation as you understand
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it? dr the situation as you understand it? , �* , ., the situation as you understand it? , n ., n ., ., it? dr abdullah abdullah, hamid karzai and many _ it? dr abdullah abdullah, hamid karzai and many other _ karzai and many other politicians who belong to the republic decided to stay in kabul, when ashraf ghani left, and they became a bridge between social groups, and the taliban. it started out about safety and security and it is getting into different effects. it will be interesting to see what the taliban is going to put on the table and how others will react. is it going to be inclusive enough? will it be acceptable and embrace all of society? 0r acceptable and embrace all of society? or is it going to be a 2—stage approach where on one hand you have a transition system and on the other hand you work with others to order.
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all of this is been discussed right now and the hope is that they realise there is difference in afghanistan but i'd only go so far than action and deeds. i'd only go so far than action and deede— i'd only go so far than action and deeds. , , , and deeds. the message seems fairly clear _ and deeds. the message seems fairly clear that _ and deeds. the message seems fairly clear that the _ and deeds. the message seems fairly clear that the likes - and deeds. the message seems fairly clear that the likes of - fairly clear that the likes of dr abdullah abdullah and hamid karzai would play the government. presumably, they are pushing the importance of maintaining the role of women as they stand in afghanistan today? as they stand in afghanistan toda ? , ., as they stand in afghanistan toda? ,., , as they stand in afghanistan toda? , ., , ., today? yes, of course. one of the main _ today? yes, of course. one of the main issues _ today? yes, of course. one of the main issues that - today? yes, of course. one of the main issues that has - today? yes, of course. one of the main issues that has beenj the main issues that has been part of the discussion will be about concession has to do with gendered rights, certain rights, meteorites, freedom of expression, gains made in the last few years in afghanistan.
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—— media rights. and it has to come up with a solution that works for all of a gun is done. it has to work from the taliban perspective. —— all of afghanistan. can you see a situation in which the taliban would accept that? so situation in which the taliban would accept that?— situation in which the taliban would accept that? so far the taliban have _ would accept that? so far the taliban have insisted - would accept that? so far the taliban have insisted that - would accept that? so far the | taliban have insisted that they want to see all foreign troops out by august 31. they may be some room for some kind of negotiation whereby troops do leave and there is a third party that could play a role or that the taliban will take responsibility or they will allow nato and american troops to stay on for a few more days to stay on for a few more days to resolve the issue. we to stay on for a few more days to resolve the issue.— to resolve the issue. we will wait to see _
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to resolve the issue. we will wait to see how _ to resolve the issue. we will wait to see how that - to resolve the issue. we will wait to see how that pans i to resolve the issue. we will l wait to see how that pans out. thank you very much indeed for sharing your views here on bbc news. thank you. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: the music world pays tribute to don everly — who had huge success with the rock �*n�* roll duo, the everly brothers. he's died aged 8a. is the first african—american to win the nomination for a major political party and it's exactly 45 years to the day when martin luther king declared, i have a dream. has declared, i have a dream. as darkness _ declared, i have a dream. sis darkness falls declared, i have a dream. is darkness falls a lot tonight, an unfamiliar light will appear in the sky. an orange glowing disc brighterfor in the sky. an orange glowing disc brighter for anything save the moon. disc brighter for anything save the moon-— the moon. our neighbouring lanet, the moon. our neighbouring planet. mars _ the moon. our neighbouring planet, mars. there - the moon. our neighbouring planet, mars. there is - the moon. our neighbouring planet, mars. there is no i the moon. our neighbouring . planet, mars. there is no doubt this election is an important milestone in the birth of east
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timor— milestone in the birth of east timor is _ milestone in the birth of east timor is the world's newest nation _ timor is the world's newest nation it— timor is the world's newest nation. ., ~ ., , ., nation. it will take months and billions of _ nation. it will take months and billions of dollars _ nation. it will take months and billions of dollars to _ nation. it will take months and billions of dollars to repair - billions of dollars to repair what — billions of dollars to repair what katrina _ billions of dollars to repair what katrina achieved - billions of dollars to repair what katrina achieved in l billions of dollars to repair. what katrina achieved injust hours — what katrina achieved in 'ust hours. ~ , what katrina achieved in 'ust hours. , hours. three weeks is the loniest hours. three weeks is the longest the _ hours. three weeks is the longest the great - hours. three weeks is the longest the great clock i hours. three weeks is the l longest the great clock has been off duty in 117 years so it was with great satisfaction that clockmakerjohn vernon swung the pendulum to set the clock going again. big ben bongs. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: president biden praises the us evacuation flights out of kabul — and says they could be extended beyond the end of the month. the taliban say they're sending fighters to the northern panjshir valley — where local leaders are refusing to hand over power. the authorities in haiti say more than two thousand two hundred people are now known to have been killed by the huge
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earthquake that struck the country earlier this month. search and rescue workers are still looking for almost three hundred and fifty people who are still missing. the destruction of roads, mudslides and debris has limited the ability to transport aid. community organized relief effort, known as core, is an ngo on the ground responding to the effects of the earthquake, providing medical relief, emergency shelter, food, water, and essential resources. margarett lubin is the haiti county director, and joins me now from the capital, port au prince. thank you very much forjoining us. can ijust ask, i know you have mobile units and the like, but how easy or difficult hasn't been to get to of those parts of haiti that need your help? parts of haiti that need your hel ? ~ , ' . help? well, very difficult. haiti has _ help? well, very difficult. haiti has been _ help? well, very difficult. haiti has been set - help? well, very difficult.
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haiti has been set back. help? well, very difficult. i haiti has been set back again, it's one of those vicious cycles. with this hurricane, earthquake, i mean, it is very difficult to access the remote areas in terms of cleaning boats and the likes to get the age through. the most rural areas have been hardest hit and those are the remote ones, the damaged roads over the place. and then when you look at that, the damages, the rural areas, 75% of these areas have been hit and they are so remote that the extent of the damages sought of hidden. you have to get there to see. what we are seeing on the ground as families on the street, with their children, and just waiting to be rescued. sorry to interru -t waiting to be rescued. sorry to interrunt you. _ waiting to be rescued. sorry to interrupt you, do _ waiting to be rescued. sorry to interrupt you, do they - waiting to be rescued. sorry to interrupt you, do they feel i interrupt you, do they feel more come comfortable, i don't know if comfortable is the right word, when they see the likes of your organisation, and the one, because you are led
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essentially by haitians. it's haitians leaving haitians. helping. exactly, but is one of the few 0rganisations run by haitians 0n the few 0rganisations run by haitians on the ground, and with the community. and because we are working. we've done this before we know how to support the community so they can rise again and rebuild. we were on the ground in the first day, we had mobile clinics going in, heavy equipment going in, to get to the most affected populations, and our team was still underground doing that. we already serviced 900 patients with the mobile clinic. and wejust patients with the mobile clinic. and we just need to continue to open it because school is going to be open soon. , ,., school is going to be open soon. , . ., soon. there is so much that ou've soon. there is so much that you've got _ soon. there is so much that you've got to _ soon. there is so much that you've got to try _ soon. there is so much that you've got to try and - soon. there is so much that you've got to try and get i soon. there is so much that i you've got to try and get back up you've got to try and get back up and running, despite all the destruction. can ask also, we hear about obviously the risks and the dangers of some of the
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gangs that operate in any case within haiti mac, it's a very challenging environment. the leader of the g nine revolutionary force is now said we're going to stop, we're going to call a truce, we need to help. but that must be so difficult to work within an environment like that. indeed, it is always _ environment like that. indeed, it is always a — environment like that. indeed, it is always a risk. _ environment like that. indeed, it is always a risk. because i environment like that. indeed, it is always a risk. because we | it is always a risk. because we are community—based and a lot of people notice on the ground, we are led by haitians, and we are able to take back roads to get to people. i have a couple of team who take the back roads, those that are very risky. you have to get to the community if you really want to help people, and that's what trying to do, we work with other partners so we can fly by air to get to the communities we need to get through to get through. it’s we need to get through to get throu:h. v ., we need to get through to get throu:h. �*, . . ., through. it's a huge challenge, thank yon _ through. it's a huge challenge, thank you. margaret, - through. it's a huge challenge, thank you. margaret, thank- through. it's a huge challenge, | thank you. margaret, thank you very much.
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iran has reported another record number of coronavirus deaths in a single day — more than 680. the country is in the grip of what the officials call a fifth wave of the virus. over the past week government offices, banks and many shops have been shut in an effort to curb infections, but the restrictions ended on saturday. a government minister in new zealand has admitted the palestinian authorities in gaza say egypt has decided to close the rafah crossing in both directions from monday. it's an important route for supplies into the enclave, as it's the only border point into gaza not controlled by israel. the east coast of the united states has been hit by strong winds and heavy rain, as tropical storm henri made landfall in the state of rhode island. power has been cut to more than one hundred and twenty five thousand homes from newjersey to maine. flash floods have closed
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bridges and swamped roads. the storm is expected to move through parts of connecticut, massachusetts and maine as it heads out towards the atlantic later on monday. a short time ago i spoke to the bbc�*s bahman kalbasi debris and station stop this is tennessee after unprecedented storms wreaked havoc, as locals assess the unimaginable damage, search and rescue teams were looking for survivors, with many still missing. i looking for survivors, with many still missing.- looking for survivors, with many still missing. i want to beiin b many still missing. i want to begin by expressing - many still missing. i want to begin by expressing my i many still missing. i want to i begin by expressing my deepest condolences for the sudden and tragic loss of life for this plush blood. i know that we have reached out to the community and we stand ready to offer them support. i've asked the administrator to speak to governor leah tennessee right away and we will offer any assistance they need for this terrible moment. meanwhile, more than — terrible moment. meanwhile, more than 120,000 _ terrible moment. meanwhile, more than 120,000 homes i terrible moment. meanwhile, i more than 120,000 homes have been left without power, as tropical storm henri made landfall on rhode island, downgraded from a category1 hurricane. many residents along the north—east coast of the united states were breathing a sigh of relief on sunday. lliiui’itli
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sigh of relief on sunday. with the damage. _ sigh of relief on sunday. with the damage, it's _ sigh of relief on sunday. with the damage, it's not - sigh of relief on sunday. with the damage, it's not as i sigh of relief on sunday. tn the damage, it's not as bad sigh of relief on sunday. ii�*u the damage, it's not as bad as many people thought.- the damage, it's not as bad as many people thought. we've seen a lot of wind _ many people thought. we've seen a lot of wind damage, _ many people thought. we've seen a lot of wind damage, trees i a lot of wind damage, trees down, — a lot of wind damage, trees down, stop like that. a bit of extra — down, stop like that. a bit of extra water on the world and thal's— extra water on the world and that's about it. (speaks indistnctly). in loss of power, loss of— indistnctly). in loss of power, loss of power. indistnct ly). in loss of power, loss of power-— loss of power. the tropical storm is — loss of power. the tropical storm is weakening - loss of power. the tropical storm is weakening but i loss of power. the tropical. storm is weakening but heavy rain is expected to continue, with potential for further flooding. disaster relief has been approved for rhode island, connecticut and new york with the president pledging the government will do everything it can to help the states affected respond and recover. tanya dendrinos, bbc news.. don everly, one half of the everly brothers, has died aged 8a. don and his brother phil had a string of hits in the late 1950s and 1960s — and are credited with influencing musicians including the beatles, the bee gees and simon and garfunkel. david sillito looks back at his life.
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# dream # dream, dream, dream # dream # dream, dream, dream. the everly brothers. in the years between elvis joining the army and the arrival of the beatles, don and phil ruled the airwaves. donnie here on the right, got his first break on the radio when he was just eight years old. they had a 50 minute radio show on saturdays, known as little donnie, and i used to get to read the commercials. be sure, if you have corns and calluses, that you send for foster's 30 minute corn and callus remover. $1 will bring you a big one ounce bottle. cathy's clown, written by don, was their biggest single. # here he comes, that's cathy's clown. # way down in golden green, yeah. but as the 60s progressed, fashions changed. the close harmony began to break down.
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being a duet in the music business, and being the kind of duet that phil and i are, you know, close harmony and nose to nose, right up onstage every night, when we were working, it puts a lot of strain on the relationship. # bye bye love. # bye bye happiness. the brothers split. # hello loneliness. # well, i think i'm going to cry. ten years later, there was a brief reunion, but don, liberal, outgoing, was in many ways the opposite of his more conservative brother. they went years without speaking. # goodbye, my love, goodbye. but when phil died in 2014, it was a reminder of what they could only do together. the heartache and harmony of the everly brothers. cheering and applause. don everly, who's died at the age of 8a.
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you can reach me on twitter — i'm @bbcdavideades. hello there. after the rather cloudy weather we had to contend with last week, this week does promise something just a little bit brighter. certainly it will be largely dry with some spells of warm sunshine. having said that, no heatwave on the way, temperatures will be nothing exceptional for the time of year, but the high pressure firmly building in and taking control of our weather. that is why it will be mainly dry and settled but the winds around high pressure flow in a clockwise direction so we will pull out air down from the north and not tapping into any of this heat across parts of southern europe. so as we head through monday, we will start off with a lot of mist and murkiness and a lot of cloud around, much will break up, though, to reveal some
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spells of sunshine. i think it will stay a little misty and murky on some western coasts and it will be another quite grey and gloomy day across shetland. a small chance for a shower over high ground in western scotland, wales and the south—west but most places fine with light winds, some spells of sunshine so not feeling too bad. 21, 22, but maybe 2a degrees in parts of western scotland. now, as we head through monday evening, any showers that do crop up in the west will fade, it's going to be dry but this area of cloud here may well work into parts of eastern england and perhaps into the midlands and then continue its journey westwards as we head through the day on tuesday. so it could cloud over a little bit across some parts of wales, maybe even with the odd spot of drizzle. some misty murky weather clinging to these northern and western coasts but, elsewhere, tuesday will bring further spells of sunshine. again, the highest temperatures likely to be across western scotland, parts of northern ireland as well. up to 2a, possibly 25 degrees. wednesday, a similar sort of day, the best of the sunshine in the west, more cloud filtering into eastern areas and also this noticeable northerly wind starting to develop close
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to eastern coasts so that will knock the edge of the temperatures here. the highest temperatures once again out towards the west. subtle change as we head towards thursday, our area of high pressure is likely away northwards allowing this frontal system to work into the picture. not a lot of rain with that, but a lot of cloud into eastern areas and coupled with that strong northerly breeze that it will feel really quite cool for the eastern coast. not quite as cool further west, but even here temperatures are coming down a little as we head towards the end of the week.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: president biden has praised the us evacuation
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flights out of kabul and said they can be accelerated.

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