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welcome to bbc news — i'm david eades — our top stories... eight days to the evacuation deadline in afghanistan — but can foreign troops stay longer? the taliban suggests it won't allow it. that is a clear violation, one thing. secondly, about consequences, it is up to our leadership how to proceed. g7 leaders prepare to discuss what would happen next if the rescue operation is not complete by the end of the month. if their timetable extends even by a day or two, that will give us a day or two more to evacuate people. because we're really down to hours now, not weeks. lebanon turns to iran to help with an acute shortage of fuel, as the country
continues to spiral from one crisis to another. para—badminton — and india's rising badminton star, palak kohli both prepare to make their debut, at the tokyo paralympics. the deadline was created by the united states, yet it's now the taliban that seems to have the power to allow any extension to it — or not. certainly the diplomatic pressure is growing to give troops a bit more time to help evacuate as many people as possible from afghanistan. britain, france and germany are all pushing for it, while the united states says it hasn't ruled out troops staying a little longer. but the taliban are hostile to the idea — saying it would breach a previous agreement. this report from kabul
is by secunder kermani. it's crowded, filthy and baking hot. but desperate afghans keep coming to kabul airport. so many children in such a terrible place. this woman worked alongside german forces. she has documents proving it — but no permission to travel. "i've been here with my kids for the past five days, waiting for the soldiers to look at my papers," she says. "but i can't even take two steps in this crowd." everywhere we go, people beg us for help, beg us for information. we're being just surrounded by dozens and dozens of people who are desperate to leave, showing us their documents. this chap worked with the afghan security forces. a foreign airfield. someone else who worked with foreign forces. someone else has got
other documents. most of these people don't have permission to leave. some of them do and still can't get through. everyone is desperate to get out, everyone is totally confused as to what to do. you've got an email saying that you should go? yes. you should come here? are you able to get through? no, no. with the deadline for international forces rapidly approaching, many are panicking, fearing this is their last chance to get out. taliban officials say foreign forces must leave by the end of the month. if they extend behind the 31st of august, that is a clear violation, one thing. secondly, it is up to our leadership how to proceed and what kind of decision they take. that decision
will be implemented. elsewhere in kabul, there's an uneasy sense of calm. shops and some government offices are open, but the streets are still quieter than usual, whilst banks remain closed. the taliban forces have been gathering close to panjshir, the one province yet to be captured, where fighters calling themselves the resistance are based. for now, though, the focus is on the crisis around the airport. some are managing to make it out. my family, my newborn baby... last week, we filmed this former british army interpreter and his newborn baby. now, they've arrived in the uk. it is fantastic, it is very good being in the uk, it is a very good feeling. but are you sad at the same time about having to leave your country? when you leave your sisters, your brothers, your mother, those things are sad, but now i am happy in the uk.
a happy ending amidst so much misery. secunder kermani, bbc news, kabul. only limited and conditional happiness when you leave some of your family happiness when you leave some of yourfamily behind. our chief international correspondent lyse doucet has spent the last 2a hours at kabul airport, witnessing the desperation of the considerable numbers there looking to get away. thousands of afghans, some of them spending days trying to push forward toward that last metal gate, that last barrier between an outside world here in afghanistan, which is changing by the hour and an airfield, which gives them access to an evacuation flight and what they feel is their last chance to try to escape from such an uncertain and for many of them, a terrifying future. i'm just one person with one phone and hour by hour i'm getting these begging messages, "please, can you get access to the airport?
i know a family, the children haven't had water for days". "please, two of my uncles were killed, we're desperate to leave, we're hiding at home. how can you get us to the airport?" "please, i've got all the documents, but i can't actually get to the gate". and there are also those who send messages saying, "we've raised the funds, we're going to charter a plane, we want to take female journalists out of afg hanistan". and in some ways it's reassuring that around the world people are opening their hearts and opening their homes to afghans. but in another way, it's overwhelming. it's as if there was a 20—year project and now the project is over, so the project is packing up. the people who paid for it are leaving, the people who benefited are leaving, the people who were part of it are leaving. but this is not a project, this is a country and a people. and while our focus is on this airport, millions of afghans have no way to leave. millions, of course, want to stay, they support the taliban. and it is those people most of all who face this most
uncertain of futures. they know the foreign forces are leaving, but they don't know what lies ahead for them. so that's the situation on the ground in kabul. let's go to our correspondent nomia iqbal in washington. obviously a huge amount of discussion over the deadline, the evacuation deadline, of course joe the evacuation deadline, of coursejoe biden imposed effectively on himself. what is the latest in terms of any hint of movement. we the latest in terms of any hint of movement.— the latest in terms of any hint of movement. we are expecting to net an of movement. we are expecting to get an announcement - of movement. we are expecting to get an announcement if - of movement. we are expecting to get an announcement if thatl to get an announcement if that deadline will be met, so defence official has confirmed that military planners are expecting a decision to be made in the next 2a hours. president biden is holding a virtual g7
meeting with other leaders, from france, germany and the uk, he will have their say on this. there will be a press conference in the us to give us some sense if he will extend the deadline, which is about eight days away. he the deadline, which is about eight days away.— the deadline, which is about eight days away. he has been hardcore in _ eight days away. he has been hardcore in his _ eight days away. he has been hardcore in his language - eight days away. he has been| hardcore in his language about getting out. i understand there is still significant pressure to say, don't extend? that is riaht, to say, don't extend? that is right. david. _ to say, don't extend? that is right, david. it— to say, don't extend? that is right, david. it is— to say, don't extend? that is right, david. it is really - right, david. it is really important to not under estimate the deep, political appeal of his message to the american public. which is effectively, our boys and girls are coming home, the war on terror is over. it resonates with the american public, it has been 20 years, they don't remember why this war started and they know there has been lots of american deaths, deaths in afghanistan and in other countries as well. a lot of money has been spent
on this as well. at the moment, the polls do suggest the american public is behind joe biden. in this country, foreign policy is not that big an issue for voters, when it comes to elections they care more about the domestic issues. but what they do care about is their president having a plan. joe biden is somebody who his supporters will tell you, he won the white house because he was compassionate and competent, something they say his predecessor was. now his critics are saying there is a shortage of those qualities in joe biden. if the evacuation process goes to plan and there are no injuries and no deaths, then the american public will move on from this. but at the moment, they are expecting some sort of plan from him.— sort of plan from him. nomia, thanks very — sort of plan from him. nomia, thanks very much _ sort of plan from him. nomia, thanks very much indeed. - britain's prime minister
borisjohnson will lead an emergency gathering of g7 leaders later on tuesday to discuss the crisis in afghanistan. our uk political correspondent alex forsyth has more. packed up and prepared to go — these troops are poised to head to kabul, if needed, to help the evacuation effort. with them this morning, the defence secretary said it's a race against time. it is fraught, we have a timetable, we don't know how long the united states are going to stay. he said the government would urge the us to stay in afghanistan beyond the end of this month to get people out. but he admitted without them, the uk could not go it alone. i don't think there is any likelihood on staying on after the united states if their timetable extends. even by a day or two, then it will give us a day or two more to evacuate people, because we are now down to hours now, not weeks, and we have to exploit every minute to get people out. outside the home office today,
a reminder of what's at stake — afghans in the uk urging the government not to abandon their friends and family who helped foreign forces and fear reprisals from the taliban. their life is at risk at the moment. they can get killed any time, so before that moment, we are here to fight for our families. when world leaders met a the g7 in cornwall, it was all smiles. that might not be the case at their virtual summit tomorrow. tonight, the prime minister spoke with the president about the evacuation effort. he is expected to press for more time in afghanistan, though the chances seem slim if the taliban don't consent. someone warner staying without that could mean attempts to get people out turn violent. we would have to be prepared to leave the airport and fight the taliban to go and get these people. i just don't see that as a credible proposition. secondly, if the taliban don't want our aeroplanes to use
the airport, one mortar round, one missile, one burst of machine—gun fire, and the evacuation is over. after the scramble to respond to events in afghanistan, ministers say the evacuation effort has stepped up, with more than 6500 people brought out in the past ten days. but by its own admission the uk is dependent on the us to keep that going, so beyond borisjohnson's diplomatic push, the options are limited, and people will be left behind. labour says it didn't need to come to this. there's no evidence that our government tried to influence the withdrawal plan, despite knowing it was happening for 18 months. it's important now the g7 display the international leadership which has been missing in recent months. the government says, even if this operation has to stop soon, there will be other routes for refugees through neighbouring countries. but the detail is scant and the difficulty obvious in a complex crisis that many simply didn't see coming. alex forsyth, bbc news.
you can access more of our reporting on afghanistan by going to our website. there's a live page with all the latest developments, including this piece on the afghan resistance group who are holed up in the panjshir valley area and vowing to fight the taliban. go to the bbc news website to find out more. there is an interesting piece as to who is managing the operations around kabul airport as well. have a look of the website. let's get some of the day's other news. israeli warplanes have launched strikes for a second night in gaza, in the latest escalation of tension after weekend border clashes. no casualties have been reported from the raids, which follow saturday's hostilities, when israeli troops fired at palestinian
protesters at the border, claiming some had thrown explosives and tried to scale the wall. the president of tunisia has extended the suspension of parliament and parliamentary immunity until further notice. kais saied assumed executive authority last month in a surprise move that his opponents labeled as a coup. he's defended his actions, saying the measures which included the sacking of the prime minister, were necessary to save the country from collapse. the leader of the far—right proud boys group in the united states has been sentenced to five months injail after being found guilty of misdemeanour offences during a pro—trump demonstration last december. henry tarrio, known to his followers as enrique, admitted burning a black lives matter banner. eight members of the climate change campaign group extinction rebellion have been arrested after mass protest in central london. the anti—fossil fuel protestors
are fastening chairs to the ground to express solidarity with nations disproportionately affected by climate change. stay with us on bbc news, still to come. we meet india's rising para—badminton star — as she prepares to make her debut, at the paralympics in tokyo. he's the first african—american to win the presidential nomination of a major party. and he accepts exactly 45 years ago to the day, that martin luther king declared "i have a dream". as darkness falls tonight, and unfamiliar light will appear in the southeastern sky. an orange glowing disc that's brighter than anything save the moon, our neighbouring planet mars. there is no doubt that this election is an important milestone in the birth of east timor as the world's newest nation.
it'll take months and billions of dollars to repair— what katrina achieved injust hours. - three weeks is the longest the great clock has been off duty in 117 years. so it was with great satisfaction that clockmaker john vernon swung the pendulum to set the clock going again. this is bbc world news, the latest headlines: eight days to the evacuation deadline in afghanistan — and pressure builds forforeign troops to stay longer — the taliban suggests it won't allow it. g7 leaders prepare to discuss what would happen next if the rescue operation is not complete by the end of the month. iran says it is prepared to ship more fuel to lebanon to ease its energy crisis,
in apparent defiance of a us embargo on iranian exports. lebanon is continuing to suffer from massive fuel shortages. this drone footage shows the extent of the crisis, with hundreds of vehicles lining up to fill their empty tanks , even though gas stations have little or no petrol to sell. and here's a clip of some of the frustration that can be heard out on the streets. 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? with me to discuss this is the bbc correspondent. how is this working? bbc correspondent. how is this workin: ? . bbc correspondent. how is this workin? ., working? hezbollah was the first to announce _ working? hezbollah was the first to announce that - working? hezbollah was the first to announce that a - working? hezbollah was the first to announce that a ship was on its way with oil and
hezbollah is an islamist militant group founded by the military guard and targeted by us sanctions. this is not an agreement between the lebanese state and iran but hezbollah and iran. and hezbollah is insisting it's not a political move, they are not trying to replace the lebanese state, they are intervening in a time of need. therefore, they are arguing the moment the oil is on the lebanese ship, it is lebanese property and are warning the us and its ally, israel, not to intervene. he said the _ israel, not to intervene. he said the needs _ israel, not to intervene. he said the needs are dire within lebanon, we have seen the petrol stations, but there is a lot more besides that? it petrol stations, but there is a lot more besides that?- lot more besides that? it has been compared _ lot more besides that? it has been compared to _ lot more besides that? it has been compared to the - lot more besides that? it has been compared to the worst | been compared to the worst crisis since the civil war. it has been on a downward point for two years but has reached a crisis point. the currency has lost 90% of its value, inflation is skyrocketing and
half of the population is below the poverty line. when you look at the pictures on the streets, it is obvious they are facing a crisis. cars are lining up, and the skis, drivers are going home, coming back in the morning and finding the car hasn't moved. electricity is out across the country, people are complaining of not having lights for more than two hours a day and that includes shops, restaurants and even hospitals. lights, that is an essential tool. this is going on when lebanon doesn't have a united government. it is no surprise the frustration is sometimes boiling onto the streets as violent protest.— boiling onto the streets as violent protest. that wasn't a blackout of — violent protest. that wasn't a blackout of our _ violent protest. that wasn't a blackout of our screen, - violent protest. that wasn't a blackout of our screen, it - violent protest. that wasn't a | blackout of our screen, it was a blackout in lebanon. there is a blackout in lebanon. there is a big element hanging over this, which is around's relations with the us directly. this looks a little bit like they are not afraid to poke the bear? . �* ,
they are not afraid to poke the bear? ., �* , ., bear? that's right. the iran nuclear deal _ bear? that's right. the iran nuclear deal talks - bear? that's right. the iran nuclear deal talks have - bear? that's right. the iran | nuclear deal talks have been stalled sincejune, because iran's new president has taken office. and although the government in iran has spoken positively about the deal, this does seem like a provocation. the iran foreign ministry, when it talked about shifting more oil if and when needed, said they were free to make their own decisions. that is a reference to the lack of autonomy they feel the deal has put upon them. and for opponents of the deal, opponents of the deal, opponents like israel, they argue this is what the iran nuclear deal could engender, more funds for iran to continue their regional activities and empower other groups like hezbollah in lebanon. thanks very much- — many survivors of the earthquake that killed more than 2,200 people in southern haiti ten days ago are growing worried about how they will provide for their families, with more than half a million children feared to be
at risk from the disaster. marcsojean is the headteacher of the perfect technics institute, a school in aquin, in southern haiti. hejoined me on the line a short while ago to explain what life is like right now in his region. for the time being, the situation isn't good. people are on the streets, they are really in need. the situation is not that good for them. the national army and the head of national army and the head of national education cannot open the schools because they have all collapsed. the basement is cracked in my school, and we have many schools like this in the area of aquin and it is impossible to open them up next month. �* , ., impossible to open them up next month. �* i. ., , month. are you getting any hel ? month. are you getting any help? do — month. are you getting any help? do you _ month. are you getting any help? do you get _ month. are you getting any help? do you get a - month. are you getting any help? do you get a sense i month. are you getting any| help? do you get a sense of month. are you getting any i help? do you get a sense of a
rescue and recovery operation taking shape?— taking shape? no, we do it, neighbours. _ taking shape? no, we do it, neighbours, friends - taking shape? no, we do it, neighbours, friends do - taking shape? no, we do it, neighbours, friends do it. neighbours, friends do it together. with no help from the government, no one has come to help us. government, no one has come to hel us. ., ., ., i. ~ help us. how long do you think it will be before _ help us. how long do you think it will be before you _ help us. how long do you think it will be before you are - help us. how long do you think it will be before you are able . it will be before you are able to run the school again as you would like?— would like? now, it is different— would like? now, it is different to _ would like? now, it is different to the - would like? now, it is- different to the government. the national education are going to check the schools. the teachers are wanting to open the schools. it is going to be another danger for the another dangerfor the students.
pfizer's two—dose covid—nineteen vaccine has received full approval from the us food and drug administration — the firstjab to be licensed in the country. this opens the door to employers of any kind insisting that its workers be vaccinated. that means private companies, major corporations, restaurants and even the us military can now mandate jabs. here's president biden making that very point at the white house earlier. more companies in the private sector are to step up with vaccine requirements to reach millions more people. if you are a business leader, a nonprofit leader, state or local leader who has been waiting for full or part fda approval, i call on you to do that now. the paralympics are getting under way injapan and not only is para—badminton making its debut at tokyo 2020, so is india's rising star palak kohli. growing up disabled, palak never knew such a thing as the paralympics existed, let alone that she would go on to compete for her country.
here's her story. my name is palak kohli and i'm an international pa ra—badminton athlete. i have transformed my disability into a super ability. even if the world says that it's not possible, but you have to say, "it's possible and i will show that." anybody who sees me for the very first time always asks me, "what has happened to your hand?" anybody who sees me for the very first time always asks me, "what has happened to your hand?" i used to say, "by birth." when i was a child, i didn't even know what the meaning of the word by birth, but i knew that i have
to say this word. i never thought of taking any sports professionally. whenever i stepped into any kind of sport, everywhere i used to hear that it's not a cup of my tea. rising from nowhere and coming up into the top six, and qualifying for the paralympics, it's something that was a long struggle, i would say, as well. there are opportunities in our way. we just need to be positive in order to grab those opportunities and that will take you to great heights. you can reach me on twitter — i'm @ bbcdavideades.
hello there. county tyrone in northern ireland was the warmest part of the uk on monday. and over the next few days, generally, it's going to be the western side of the uk that sees the highest temperatures and the best of the sunshine. the high—pressure is still in charge of our weather, so essentially it is fine and dry. coming in off the north sea, though, there is this cloud that's pushing towards northern england and eventually it will work towards parts of wales and it could produce a few spots of drizzle, some mistiness over the hills. mist and fog patches and scotland and northern ireland will lift, the sunshine comes out and south of our cloud will get some sunshine across more so than parts of england, as well. let's move northwards though into the northern aisles. cloudy skies here, certainly pegging back the temperatures. but elsewhere in scotland, many places enjoying lots of sunshine. temperatures in the west getting up to 2a or 25 degrees. sunshine for northern ireland,
higher temperatures in the west of the country, more cloud than for northern england and particularly as you head towards them north midlands, lincolnshire affecting mid and north wales. south of that, sunshine, stronger wind through the english channel affecting the south coast of england. many parts of the country and to stay with some sunshine, still some cloud in central areas, more cloud into the northeast as well. that is where we will see the weather front approaching as we head into wednesday. still got high pressure in charge, mind you. still some stronger winds as we head to wednesday across more southern parts of england and through the english channel. we still have this cloud in central areas drifting down perhaps across the midlands, wales, maybe even a little further south, allowing more sunshine in northern england, northern ireland, and in scotland away from the northeast. typical temperatures around about 21 degrees or so. but higher temperatures again across northern ireland, western scotland and this time in cumbria.
maybe not quite as warm in yorkshire and headingley, but should be dry for day one of the third test. but more cloud and a cooler feel certainly, i think, for day two on thursday. that is because we will have a strong wind coming off the north sea behind this weather front here, which is more a band of cloud than anything else that will stretch its way down towards wales and the southwest. that cloud tending to break up through the day. but with the stronger winds down to its eastern side of scotland and particularly eastern england, we will have more cloud feeding in here, much cooler on thursday, down to the north sea coast, up to 15 or 16 degrees. it's out to the west that we'll see the best of the temperatures and the best of the sunshine.
this is bbc news. the headlines: thousands of afghans and foreigners remain massed at kabul�*s airport in the hope of fleeing the new taliban rulers. us department of defense officials said it would still take several days to fly out the 6000 troops deployed to secure and run the airlift. the british prime minister is due to chair a virtual meeting of leaders from g7 countries. it's expected he'll ask the us president to delay the withdrawal of american troops from afghanistan. the taliban have warned there'll be "consequences" if the us and its allies extend their presence into september. the iranian government has said it's prepared to ship more fuel to lebanon to ease their continuing energy crisis. the move would be in defiance of a united states embargo on iranian exports. petrol shortages are paralysing much of lebanon's economy and threatening essential services. there's to be a clampdown on covid test providers who've
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