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the goverment says it will use every hour that's left to evacuate as many people as it can from afghanistan. with thousands still desperate to leave kabul airport, president biden refuses to extend the deadline beyond next tuesday. the sooner we can finish, the better. each day of operations brings added risk to our troops. troops will have to pull out in advance of the deadline, making it a race against time to get more civilians out. what we will to do is use every remaining hour and day to get our nationals, such as we can, the afghans who work for us, out. already the afghans who work for us, out. getting scholars rights already getting scholars and women's rights defenders out.
we'll report on the afghan families here in the uk — desperately worried about loved ones who are stranded. inside, ifeel like i am broken into many, many pieces. my body is here, my soul is in afghanistan. we'll be live with our correspondents in kabul, washington and westminster. also this lunchtime... researchers say protection against covid from two doses of the vaccine starts to wane within six months. and dame sarah storey adds another gold medal to her glittering career. a golden start in tokyo for paralympics gb, as cyclist dame sarah storey takes the 15th gold of her career. and once they were hunted to near extinction but now there are plans to release beavers back into the wild in england to help save the countryside. and coming up on the bbc news channel: anderson's in the mood. jimmy gives england the perfect start to the third test against
india at headingley. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. the government says it will use "every hour" that's left to evacauate as many people as it can from aghanistan. last night president biden rejected pleas from borisjohnson to extend the operation from kabul airport beyond the current deadline of next tuesday. uk troops will have to leave in advance of that, possibly by this weekend, and it's now a race against time to extricate thousands more people who fear for their lives after the taliban takeover. paul adams reports. time is running out and they know
it. outside the airport, no letup in the crash people desperate to leave, too afraid to stay, prepared to put up too afraid to stay, prepared to put up with heat and filth just for a chance. inside, the operation chance on around—the—clock. planes leaving every 45 minutes. if the government says it is using every available to get people out. the danger is rising, says the man ultimately in charge. rising, says the man ultimately in charae. ,, . ., charge. starting with the growing risk of attack _ charge. starting with the growing risk of attack from _ charge. starting with the growing risk of attack from isis _ charge. starting with the growing risk of attack from isis k, - charge. starting with the growing risk of attack from isis k, a - charge. starting with the growing | risk of attack from isis k, a swarm enemy of the taliban as well. everyday we are on the ground is another day we know isis k is to target the apple an attack us and allied civilians and forces. elements of a special commando unit visible at key areas around the city
as the country's new willis stamped their authority, western government of figuring out how and when to deal with the taliban. the of figuring out how and when to deal with the taliban.— with the taliban. the reality for us is to be able _ with the taliban. the reality for us is to be able to _ with the taliban. the reality for us is to be able to engagement - with the taliban. the reality for us is to be able to engagement not . is to be able to engagement not recognised, not confer legitimacy back to engage and test whether they are serious about wanting to live up to those assurances and being very clear about what the international community will do if they are and what they will not do if we see the barbaric practices of the past. ﬁne barbaric practices of the past. one ma'or barbaric practices of the past. one major concern _ barbaric practices of the past. one major concern in _ barbaric practices of the past. one major concern in europe and beyond, just how many more refugees will flee this latest phase of afghanistan's long agony. in eastern turkey, some have already arrived, leaving the dreams behind. i was decidin: leaving the dreams behind. i was deciding to _ leaving the dreams behind. i was deciding to have _ leaving the dreams behind. i was deciding to have mining. - leaving the dreams behind. i was deciding to have mining. i- leaving the dreams behind. i —" deciding to have mining. i was planning a big business fair in kabul. the situation suddenly got
changed and i decided to leave afghanistan.— changed and i decided to leave afghanistan. changed and i decided to leave afuhanistan. ~ . ., , ., . afghanistan. muhammad was a product ofthe afghanistan. muhammad was a product of the new afghanistan, _ afghanistan. muhammad was a product of the new afghanistan, a _ afghanistan. muhammad was a product of the new afghanistan, a youtuber - of the new afghanistan, a youtuber and web designer, now part of the latest brain drain, on the run, trying to avoid the authorities at the mercy of people smugglers. for those who cannot and will not leave afghanistan, a myriad of desperate challenges, instability, droughtand now rising food prices. the currency hitting a new low. aid agencies appealing for help to avoid disaster. paul adams, bbc news. let's go live now to kabul, and our chief international correspondent lyce doucet. the deadline is tuesday but the troops have to get out before that. very little time for civilians who want to leave to be evacuated. it is a race against _ want to leave to be evacuated. it is a race against the _ want to leave to be evacuated. it 3
a race against the clock and a race so fraught with risk. we are hearing today from london they will use all the hours which remain to get out all of the people, the british nationals, the afghans at risk, who want to make their way to britain and other capitals. there simply are not enough hours left. there are those afghans who tell us the taliban came knocking at the door. they are terrified and know this may be their last chance out. there are those afghans, including university graduates, people who had been on british scholarships, even those with british passports, who are trying, trying without success to actually get from a point in kabul to the airport. since yesterday it is ever harder to reach the airport. then, much less, even to get through that crasher people to make it to the last gate, to make it on the airfield, to make it on a flight out of afghanistan. we spoke to the
taliban spokesperson this morning. he was unequivocal and unsympathetic. he said we had an agreement with americans. only those afghans with documents can lead, the rest had to stay. afghans with documents can lead, the rest had to stay-— rest had to stay. thank you very much. in a moment, we will speak to our political correspondent, helen catt, in westminster but first to our correspondent, barbara plett—usher, in washington. barbara, joe biden says he's sticking to his deadline. but how much pressure is he under there to extend it? he is under a lot of pressure, especially on capitol hill, from both democrats and republicans stop there is overwhelming consensus it cannot be done by the end of the month and there's a real risk of leaving afghan allies behind. river happens express a lot of outraged that the taliban are setting the agenda. —— republicans. there is criticism for causing a dangerous
distraction to the operation. they came away with a grim reality check. one said, even if you extend the deadline a bit, we still cannot get everyone out, the evacuation started too late. they are military veterans and there is pressure more broadly from veterans who say the sense of betrayal and anger is off the charts. they are trying to meet biden officials this week to get an extension. president biden has emphasised the security risk of staying longer, as you had. his administration is emphasising the success of this massive airlift, which is an extraordinary operation, thatis which is an extraordinary operation, that is unlikely to change the subject here. president biden rejecting british and g7 pleas to extend the deadline? we know borisjohnson asked but he did not get. having failed to persuade an ally, government focus will have to turn to putting
pressure on the taliban to try to make sure people can get out safely and to try to help them to some public promises they have made on things like educating girls. dominic raab, the foreign secretary, suggested nations could do things like attaching conditions to afghanistan receiving aid money in an attempt to influence that. mr rarb himself has been having to defend his own actions, particularly he chose to stay on holiday in crete while kabul fell. first of all, with hindsight, i wouldn't have gone away at all. secondly, i based my family, and i've got a young family, on the beach, precisely so i could get back to the department and engage in the cobra meetings, engage with my emergency response team at the foreign office, engage in the international engagement i needed to. the idea i was lounging on a beach, or one report i was paddle boarding in the ocean, i mean, these things are just nonsense when they are put around. in fact, the sea wasn't open because there was a red flag, so no—one was paddle boarding. the immediate question here today is over how long the uk can keep
electing people out. as you said, the military has got to have some time to pack up before the 31st of august deadline. we are told military planners are currently working on that.— the taliban's takeover of afghanistan has caused anxiety for afghan families settled in the uk, who are desperate to help their loved ones still in the country. many fear their relatives are now trapped. our special correspondent ed thomas has been speaking to people here and in kabul. is he ok, can he talk to us? right now, we're scared and we can't talk properly. and what should we do over here? they are going to kill us. we don't want that. the phone calls to kabul. the anguish, uncertainty of what comes next. inside, ifeel like i am broken into many pieces. my body is here, my soul is in afghanistan. and so is the rest of her family — uncles, aunties, in—laws. most of them work for the afghan government or western forces.
this is the picture of the taliban they have taken secretly, my brother—in—law. we blurred these images not to reveal the family home. so this is them in the house. this is the taliban. they want a female member of ourfamily. they want to know where they are. they were just sitting there. is that a rifle? yeah. she says all the women in the family have been moved to a safe house. this is the problem they have, because they are in hidden places. we have to ring so many times. she is not feeling well, she cannot go to the doctor. she is saying she is really ill and she cannot go to the doctor or anything. they are eligible under the resettlement scheme, but we have heard nothing. what do you think will happen to yourfamily? they will get killed, they will get killed. 100% they will get killed. if i leave them and something
happens to them, i will never be able to forgive myself. from manchester to kabul. it's extremely difficult, if not impossible. is that gunfire behind you? that's right. it's not so bad now, actually. at night, it was really bad. this is sher shah, a british citizen hiding in kabul with young children and elderly parents. my father is in his 80s, my mother is elderly and ill and frail. i can send you pictures. they cannot survive without me. a family isolated, with decisions to make. going to the airport with young children is extremely difficult, if not impossible. the four gates to kabul airport are mobbed by thousands of people. i really wonder how many of them are genuine and how many are opportunists. documents are being faked all over the place. at the cost of a few pounds. i wouldn't be surprised if some people managed to get onto flights to the uk with fake documents. but there are lucky ones.
officially flown out of kabul, now in quarantine. the kids are sleeping in another room. this is amazing. khasrow is thankful, safe and alive with his family. kabul has collapsed. in the hands of the taliban. it was shocking for us. what have you left behind? my home, my friends. my ambitions, my future, my country. everything. we worked for nothing, i think. our special correspondent ed thomas there speaking to people here and in kabul. researchers believe protection against covid from two doses of the vaccine may start to wane within six months. a study looked at data on more than a million people who'd been double jabbed with the pfizer and astrazeneca vaccines. the government is expected to begin offering some people a third covid boosterjab next month,
as sophie hutchinson now reports. how were you after your first vaccination? all right. i was just a bit fatigued. just how long vaccines offer protection and whether we need boosters is a crucial question ahead of the winter. today's study adds to growing evidence that over time covid vaccines become less effective at stopping infections. it examined 1.2 million positive test results between may and july this year and found that protection from the pfizer vaccine seemed to reduce from 88% to 74% over five to six months and astrazeneca from 77% to 67% over four to five months. importantly, this is about preventing a covid infection. hospital figures suggest both vaccines have continued to protect against severe illness in many people. all the evidence points to good, sustained protection against hospitalisation at the moment. obviously, we're having to watch that very carefully during the current wave and seeing if there are signs that people
who received the vaccines earliest, that is the elderly, the health care workers, are beginning to lose their protection against serious illness. public health england estimates nearly 85,000 deaths have been prevented as a result of the covid—i9 vaccination programme in england so far. however, the study�*s lead investigator said vaccine efficacy could drop to 50% by the winter and boosters would be needed. it is bringing into focus the need for some action. we can'tjust sit by and see the protectiveness slowly waning while cases are still high and a chance of infection still high as well. the government has said there will be boosterjabs sometime in september, starting with those most at risk of severe covid—i9. sophie hutchinson, bbc news. there was a big rise in young adults taking up smoking during the first
lockdown in england. according to a study by cancer research uk, the number of 18 to 34—year—olds, who classed themselves as smokers, increased by a quarter. it's thought many turned to cigarettes in response to stress. the mother of claudia lawrence — who disappeared more than a decade ago — has said she's in shock after detectives revealed they've begun a new search for her. our correspondent alison freeman is at the scene. it is to be expected, is in tick, the claudia's man would be deeply shocked with the latest turn of events. —— claudia's mother. nine people have been questioned but no arrests or charges have been made. so far police have not said what has led them here to carry out these searches. lordy a's mother told she
was upset that she did not receive enough information before the searches began yesterday. —— claudia's mother. utter shock. i am very, very churned up, actually. lam certain i am certain this did notjust happen— i am certain this did notjust happen on the day, it must have been known _ happen on the day, it must have been known about. i had a telephone call saying _ known about. i had a telephone call saying there was nothing to worry about _ claudia's mum says you can think of a link between claudia and this area but there is hope that these new searches will shed some light onto what happened to her. thank you. there's a warning today that police risk losing public trust if they don't address serious concerns about how they use tasers. the police watchdog, the iopc, has highlighted the increased use of tasers on children
and the mentally ill, while black people are more likely to face a taser. our home affairs correspondent, tom symonds, is with me now. so this is a report concentrating on some of the most controversial cases? yes, that is an important distinction and i will say something about that in a minute but what the police watchdog is saying is that too often tasers are being used to get people to comply with what the police want them to do and that somebody in a car you want to get out or someone who will show their hands and that sort of thing and not for the cases they should be used, for the cases they should be used, for example where there is a physical threat, and they say they are concerned about vulnerable people, people with mental health problems, more than half of the cases in this report involve people with mental health problems being tasered, cases where children have been tasered, places where people have been tasered when they are in danger of falling from height, a man was dated when he fell into the river thames in one incident. and of course the racial element to the use of police tasers, and these figures,
22% of the subject's tasered were black, you're more likely to have a teaser used on you rather than pointed at you if you were white, but the police watchdog assaying people from black, asian and minority ethnic backgrounds deserve a clear and transparent answer from the police about why this disproportionality still exists. i said at the beginning these are cases where there have been complaints about the use of tasers and the police chiefs body has come forward today saying this report is vague and lacking in detail. they say it's only looking at cases where there have been complaints. it is very unusual g police officers to take on the police watchdog in this way. take on the police watchdog in this wa . . ~' take on the police watchdog in this wa . . ~ , ., y take on the police watchdog in this wa . . ~ , ., , . way. thank you very much. the time is 90 minutes— way. thank you very much. the time is 90 minutes past _ way. thank you very much. the time is 90 minutes past one. _ our top story this lunchtime... the government says it will use �*every hour�* that's left to get people out of aghanistan after president biden rejected pleas from borisjohnson to extend the evacuation operation. and — the plans to reintroduce beavers to england's rivers —
400 years after they were last seen. and coming up on the bbc news channel: could we be in for another huge football transfer this summer? real madrid have made a bid of £137 million for paris saint—germain's kylian mbappe. it's been a terrific start for great britain's paralympians in tokyo. they've already won a gold and two silver medals in the velodrome, and a bronze in the pool. sarah storey claimed her 15th paralympic title in the c5 3000m individual pursuit, breaking her own world record. here's andy swiss. a golden start from one of britain's most golden athletes. for dame sarah storey, it seems winning is just a way of life. storey arrived here with 1a paralympic titles, and the 15th was never in doubt. in the pursuit, she'd set a world record in qualifying, and her all british final
against crystal lane—wright was more a victory procession, and she caught her team—mate with laps to spare. dame sarah storey! nearly 30 years after her paralympic debut, storeyjust keeps getting better. she needsjust one more gold from her two remaining events here to become britain's most successful paralympian, and for her husband barney and children charlie and louisa back home, the pride was only too clear. yes, as soon as she came quite close to crystal, i was like, "i know it, she's going to win." it was totally worth it. and i was, like, screaming my head off. it was absolutely superb, and it is quite surreal in some ways, being so many thousand miles away and kind of still enjoying that amazing experience of seeing sarah win again. there was also another medal in the velodrome. steve bates, who is visually impaired, and his pilot
adam duggleby, had to settle for silver behind the netherlands. but for britain's cyclists, it's been a glittering start. there was also success in the pool. tully kearney says she had to learn to swim again after missing the rio games through injury. with a huge lead at the halfway point in the 200 metres freestyle, she seemed on course for gold. but over the final lengths, she was gradually reeled in, and agonisingly china's zhang li pipped her by the slenderest of margins. still silver for kearney, but she will feel it should have been even better. and it wasn't the only near thing for britain's swimmers. in the red cap, world champion reece dunn was involved in a thrilling finish in the butterfly, before being edged out for gold. oh, so close. but a silver for him and a bronze for toni shaw. the sight of britain's paralympians on the podium is already becoming familiar. yes, a few near misses, but a good start for the british team and a
fantastic start for dame sarah storey. her next event is the time trial on tuesday and if she wins that, she will equal michael canny�*s british record of 16 gold medals, and for an athlete at her eighth paralympics, that would be some achievement. indeed, andy, thank you very much. sharon graham has been elected the first female leader of unite, one of britain's biggest unions. she'll succeed len mccluskey, a prominent critic of the labour leader, sir keir starmer. on the campaign trail, ms graham argued that the union should focus more on the workplace — and less on westminster politics. just eat says it will create more than 1,500 customer service jobs it'll soon be time for children in england to go back to school — but for some pupils in leicestershire, the new term has already begun. the county has the earliest start in england — and with covid restrictions now relaxed, the authorities are watching their progress closely. jo black reports. it's a new school year for the
pupils at the spam is in leicester. with covid restrictions now relaxed, as to how much of a fresh start will this academic year be? aha, as to how much of a fresh start will this academic year be?— this academic year be? a little bit worried about _ this academic year be? a little bit worried about what _ this academic year be? a little bit worried about what is _ this academic year be? a little bit worried about what is happening l this academic year be? a little bit - worried about what is happening now, if the numbers are rising up. and the kids are going back to school and everything is back to normal. what can you do? i am just glad we had a _ what can you do? i am just glad we had a bit _ what can you do? i am just glad we had a bit of— what can you do? i am just glad we had a bit of normality back, i think we need _ had a bit of normality back, i think we need it — had a bit of normality back, i think we need it. as parents we have done the home—schooling. i we need it. as parents we have done the home—schooling. lam we need it. as parents we have done the home—schooling. i am a stay at home _ the home—schooling. i am a stay at home mum — the home—schooling. i am a stay at home mum so i was focused on her and she has— home mum so i was focused on her and she has done _ home mum so i was focused on her and she has done really well, i don't she has done really well, idon't she has— she has done really well, i don't she has mismatch, but i think i'm ready— she has mismatch, but i think i'm ready now. — she has mismatch, but i think i'm ready now, she is ready now. last ear ready now, she is ready now. last year assembly — ready now, she is ready now. last year assembly play _ ready now, she is ready now. last year assembly play much at this school were on zoom with children dialling in from the classrooms. today pupils sat side by side. head teacherjane has worked all through the pandemic and is cautiously optimistic about the new way she and her team will be running the school. we have found that some of the covid
routines were quite good, people aren't looking over their shoulders all the time, thinking are they allowed to do this or that, there are still some concerns obviously, because we do know that covid hasn't gone away. because we do know that covid hasn't one awa . ., . ., ., because we do know that covid hasn't coneawa. ., . ., ., ., . gone away. how much of a fantastic summary have _ gone away. how much of a fantastic summary have had. _ gone away. how much of a fantastic summary have had. this _ gone away. how much of a fantastic summary have had. this academic. gone away. how much of a fantastic. summary have had. this academic year school leaders — summary have had. this academic year school leaders have _ summary have had. this academic year school leaders have more _ summary have had. this academic year school leaders have more sex - summary have had. this academic year school leaders have more sex ability i school leaders have more sex ability and bubbles have been relaxed so head teachers can decide what crowd control system so head people will be asked to take a pcr test and won't be asked to isolate unless they also test positive. even in these uncertain times staff and pupils are trying to focus on teaching and learning. an u—turn brings another new normal. the government is proposing to reintroduce beavers into the wild in england. the plans would also give beavers legal protection, making it an offence to deliberately capture, kill or injure them. many experts say beavers would help restore natural habitats,
especially rivers and wetlands. sarah ransome is in ladock in cornwall — tell us more about the plans. iamona i am on a farm here in ladock and this is where a few years ago a number of beavers were released into the wild, as much as anything really to check the pros and cons of what happens when you do that. the data from here along with other trials in england will be fed into that consultation that has been announced today. a spot of breakfast after dam building the night before. since these beavers arrived on the farm, they've helped regulate water flow and reduce flooding locally. this is their lodge, which they built for themselves, and they will be inside there now, getting ready to sleep or even sleeping. hunted almost to extinction, they are making a comeback. they are often described as eco—engineers, offering a natural solution to some of nature's problems. there is no doubt with climate change, we are getting more
intensive rain and more flooding incidents, so holding water in our headwaters is going to be really, really important going forward. we can do it ourselves, but beavers do it much cheaper and much better, so we ought to be enlisting them as a primary ally in climate change. the beavers here have been making themselves at home for years. they've been cutting down trees and making new water courses. but however cute these creatures might be, their presence in the countryside is still controversial. the national farmers' union says it will work with the government, but is urging caution, warning of potential damage to trees and drainage fields from these mammals that know no borders. we need to make sure that it's properly funded and that where damage does occur, that there is going to be adequate compensation as well.
so, the issue is mainly around coming to this with a balanced, open mind, that it is not necessarily all going to be a bed of roses. this project here in cornwall and others in england have already been looking at the impact on the environment. this new consultation will help to decide if, when and where the wider release of beavers should go ahead. and that consultation document has already landed in some conservationists' inbox. anyone who wants to take part in it has three months to make your views known. sarah, thank you. the england striker harry kane says he'll be staying at tottenham hotspur this summer, following speculation he was poised to join manchester city. in a tweet, kane said he was focused on helping spurs achieve success, and thanked fans for their support.
england have made a good start on day one of the third test against india at headingley. joe wilson has been watching. england's players wore there t—shirts with messages of diversity and inclusion at yorkshire county cricket club, where a report into allegations of racism against a former player, azeem rafiq, is yet to be published. it is long—awaited. england's captain, and rafiq's friend, joe root, is adamant the messages mean something, mean everything. applause and so to the test match. and to james anderson. india's kl rahul gone for none. and while england lose so many others to injury, on he rolls, on he bowls. warning, what's coming now is not a replay. it is anderson again. it is cheteshwar pujara gone. it is india 4—2. and now the scrutiny truly grew. that's india's captain batting. see him? right there. out. and there is a special celebration reserved for the dismissal of virat kohli, the kind of reaction kohli himself
employs in happier times. ah, the ebb and flow of emotions, yes, there is time for it all in a test. and india's batsmen were engrossed in the traditional patient art of survival. with lunch almost served, a fourth wicket for england. ollie robinson dismissing ajinkya rahane need to leave india 56—4. two years ago, a0 years leave india 56—a. two years ago, a0 years ago england achieved some of the notable test match victories on this ground. this test match has onlyjust begun, but as play about to resume here, england in effect they have made just about the perfect start. time for a look at the weather. here's thomaz schafernaker. it is looking absolutely fine for the cricket with this high pressure, fine for many of in fact, a