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good afternoon. borisjohnson has marked the end of britain's 20—year military campaign in afghanistan by saying that the deaths of a57 members of the armed forces there were not in vain. he said their sacrifice helped prevent al-qaeda attacks and allowed millions of afghan women to have an education. the last flights have begun arriving at raf brize norton as the largest evacuation of its kind since the second world war draws to a close. here's our political correspondent, jessica parker.
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landing back in the uk, one of the last british planes to leave kabul. these troops widely praised helped evacuate more than 15,000 people, that as the taliban took over. boris johnson says the government will engage alongside allies for the regime the uk helped topple 20 years ago in a statement released by downing street this morning. in ago in a statement released by downing street this morning. in the new regime — downing street this morning. in the new regime in _ downing street this morning. in the new regime in kabul— downing street this morning. in the new regime in kabul wants - downing street this morning. ii�*u time: new regime in kabul wants diplomatic recognition or to unlock the billions currently frozen, they will have to ensure safe passage for those who wish to leave the country, to respect the rights of women and girls, to prevent afghanistan from again becoming an incubatorfor global terror. again becoming an incubator for global terror.— again becoming an incubator for global terror. thousands got out, british nationals _ global terror. thousands got out, british nationals and _ global terror. thousands got out, british nationals and afghans - global terror. thousands got out, | british nationals and afghans who worked with the uk, but hundreds have been left behind, some say many more. i have been left behind, some say many more. ., �* ~ , ., more. i don't think there is a sinale more. i don't think there is a single person _ more. i don't think there is a single person deployed - more. i don't think there is a . single person deployed forward, whether the thousand or so in kabul
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or the many hundreds of others drawn across from her majesty's government in the middle east are back here who could have given more in the last two and a half weeks. the effort has been frankly truly humbling to see the worked, the exhaustion painted on people's faces, so we tried our best. ,., on people's faces, so we tried our best. . , on people's faces, so we tried our best. ., ,, , best. government sources insist they are ramping — best. government sources insist they are ramping un _ best. government sources insist they are ramping up efforts _ best. government sources insist they are ramping up efforts to _ best. government sources insist they are ramping up efforts to try - best. government sources insist they are ramping up efforts to try and - are ramping up efforts to try and establish safe routes out via border countries such as pakistan, but the journey ahead looks complicated. when i spoke to officials from the pakistani government in the last couple of days, there was an element of pessimism about how much pakistan is going to be able to do. they have got 3 million afghan refugees already in the country. it got 3 million afghan refugees already in the country.- got 3 million afghan refugees already in the country. it was 2001 in the aftermath _ already in the country. it was 2001 in the aftermath of— already in the country. it was 2001 in the aftermath of 9/11 _ already in the country. it was 2001 in the aftermath of 9/11 that - in the aftermath of 9/11 that british troops arrived as part of the us led mission. a57 uk personnel
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lost their lives, not in vain says borisjohnson. 20 years on, a hasty withdrawal and claims that has damaged britain's standing in the world. �* , ., , damaged britain's standing in the world. �* , ., ., world. because we got this so wrong, if when we go — world. because we got this so wrong, if when we go to _ world. because we got this so wrong, if when we go to another— world. because we got this so wrong, if when we go to another country - world. because we got this so wrong, if when we go to another country to i if when we go to another country to intervene and people work with us, the local civilians work with those, what confidence will they have that we will stand by them? our words might seem quite empty now and that is a tragedy we will have to work really hard to restore our reputation so people will trust as an prepared to work with us in the future. , , ,, ., �* future. disembarking at brize norton, future. disembarking at brize norton. the _ future. disembarking at brize norton, the british _ future. disembarking at brize l norton, the british ambassador future. disembarking at brize - norton, the british ambassador to afghanistan. there is no embassy there any more. he will soon head up operations out of qatar. this is history, but not as many would have wanted it. parker, bbc news. live now to our correspondent at raf brize norton, james reynolds. james, what's happening there? a flight
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a flight arrived this morning at 8:20am, as you saw there, the most important symbolic passenger on that flight was the departing uk ambassador to afghanistan. he worked down the steps alone, he was greeted by his foreign office boss. there were no speeches, there was no ceremony, but it was a vivid, a stark sign that the uk mission in kabul is now over. it is over of course but it is not complete because hundreds of afghan allies as we have been hearing have not been able to get out and that will be on the mind of the ambassador and on others as well. there were over 200 uk personnel on that flight, they got off, they looked very quiet as they headed into quarantine and decompression. the chief of operations told me everyone is out of kabul but there will be a number of kabul but there will be a number of flights in the next few days between dubai where there is a base and here, raf brize norton. thank
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ou, and here, raf brize norton. thank you. james- _ so now the british campaign has formally ended and the deadline for us forces to withdraw is tuesday. live now to our chief international correspondent, lyse doucet, who's in kabul. lyse, what's the feeling there? as we have been hearing, thousands did get out and that is a good thing, especially those who really do feel they are at risk, and they were, thousands more are still left behind and feel terrified. we just go out into the street and we are mobbed by people. i have a british passport, a frenchman and an american showing tickets of appreciation. people have very little understanding of how these complicated processes of information and how it works, and i say the british flights are over, the american flights are all but done, can you get to a third country? it breaks your heart. 0ne can you get to a third country? it breaks your heart. one woman came up to me and all she had was a certificate of appreciation for learning english. she said i have
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been getting educated here, but now the taliban aren't going to allow me to leave, but all she has is an afghan passport. even though the taliban say they promised people with the right documents can get out, but they will be asking for documents that so many afghans don't have and won't have, and they will be left behind.— let's take a look at some of today's other news. tens of thousands of people are fleeing the us state of louisiana as hurricane ida closes in from the gulf of mexico. it's expected to hit this evening, bringing what's been described as life—threatening storm surges and 1a0mph winds. an attack on an airbase in southern yemen has killed at least 30 pro—government fighters. the army has blamed the strike on the houthi rebel movement, which controls much of northern yemen. the saudi—backed, yemeni government has been fighting the rebels since 201a. a man's been charged in connection with the murders of two people at westminster in central london.
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sharon pickles and clinton ashmore were fatally stabbed at two different addresses a week and a half ago. lee peacock, who's a9, will appear before westminster magistrates tomorrow. great britain have added seven gold medals to their tally on day five of the paralympic games in tokyo, including an historic wheelchair rugby victory and yet another title on the athletics track for hannah cockroft. 0ur correspondent andy swiss reports from tokyo. it has become one of british sport's most gloriously familiar sights. hannah cockroft has never lost a race at the paralympics, and while her team—mate, kare adenegan, briefly threatened, soon cockroft was doing what she always does. it is a new world record! a sixth paralympics title for cockroft, who prepared for the heat of tokyo in a plastic greenhouse at her home in cheshire. we got up to, like, a5 degrees one day, and our hottest day here has been aa degrees, so it worked pretty well. at times, it just felt stupid.
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it felt so silly to be doing it, but here we are, and it has worked, so maybe that is the secret! 0thers, though, were on the road to redemption. after a mistake cost her gold in rio, lauren steadman nearly retired. she will be glad she didn't. triumph in the triathlon and the biggest smile in tokyo. but there was british delight everywhere. at the rowing lake, laurence whiteley celebrated his 30th birthday by retaining his double sculls title with lauren rowles and the mixed cox four also took gold. in thejudo, meanwhile, there was gold for chris skelley, the world number one, living up to his billing. but there is one sport above all at the paralympics that makes an impact. wheelchair rugby has been described by one former player as chess with violence. britain had never previously won a medal in it. but in the final against the usa, they produced a display of brutal brilliance. 0h, terrific move! powering their way to victory and to history. a golden moment for british
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para—sport on another golden day. and i can tell you that in the last few minutes there has been another gold for britain in the equestrian team event, so seven gold medals for britain today. now 23 medals in total. britain second in the medals table behind china, and that medal tallyjust keeps on growing, joanna. excellent. thank you very much, andy. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at 6.35pm this evening. i hope you have a good afternoon, see you soon, goodbye.
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good afternoon. the first old firm derby of the season is into the second half and it's goalless between rangers and celtic at ibrox. ryan kent hit the post for rangers— who are missing several key players with covid. both sides sit on six points from their opening three scottish premiership games. later on, aberdeen face ross county, with st mirren facing stjohnstone. three matches are taking place in the premier league today. two games kick—off at 2pm. burnley face leeds at turf moor with the two sides looking to claim their first win of the new season. meanwhile, tottenham are looking to open their campaign with three successive premier league victories forjust the second time in 12 yea rs. they are taking on newly—promoted watford. and later, 0le gunnar solskjaer will oversee his 100th league match in charge of manchester united just days after the club pulled off a sensational deal to bring cristiano ronaldo back. it is a boost they arguably needed following a 1—1 draw away
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to southampton last time out with some big names still missing. we are still missing scott after his surgery this week. marcus, alex, dean henderson, they are not ready. apart from that, we have a fit squad ready to fight for points. when you have the disappointment of losing two points last week, you once again straightaway. the start of the season has been a little bit different. we had a lot of games earlier on and we had a week where we have been training well and i think the boys are ready. in the next hour, george russell will start a formula one race from the front row of the grid for only the second time in his career. last time, he was standing in for lewis hamilton at mercedes, he will start behind the red bull of max verstappen after he guided his williams through the treacherous conditions at spa in belgium to get ahead of hamilton. fellow briton lando norris was fortunate to escape unhurt from this crash. he qualified ninth,
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but will to start from 1ath because mclaren had to change the damaged gearbox on his car. lauren steadman turned rio heartbreak into gold today, in the triathlon. it's been a long journey to paralympic glory for steadman, who said victory was redemption for her, after cruelly missing out five years ago. it feels fantastic. i can remember being a 15—year—old, going to beijing and seeing some phenomenal performances from other athletes and i got one step closer in london when i got one step closer in london when ifinished sixth, then i got one step closer in london when i finished sixth, then obviously, i got one step closer in london when ifinished sixth, then obviously, in rio i got the silver and it was kind of like an icing on the cake today to come away with a gold medal. it took four paralympics but i got there. it feels amazing, i can't even describe it. it's like a speechless kind of feeling. it's like a speechless kind of feeling. yalemzerf yehua—law smashed the women's half marathon world record at the antrim coast event in northern ireland. the 22—year—old ethiopian took 19
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seconds off the previous mark set by kenyan ruth chepn—getich earlier this year. she was under world record pace all the way and beat her personal best by almost a minute. her compatriotjemal yimer won the men's event. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's more now on the culmination of britain's 20—year military operation in afghanistan. the last flights carrying raf troops and british diplomats are expected to touch down within hours. borisjohnson said the culmination of the uk mission was "unlike anything we've seen in our lifetimes". meanwhile, the us is starting to wind up its evacuation of afghan civilians before the august 31st deadline. it's believed around 1,000 afghans are waiting for a flight at kabul airport. earlier i spoke to rina amiri, a former special advisor to the us state dept on afghanistan. i asked her if she thought things with the taliban could be
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different going forward. i desperately hope so but there are signs that others see that make them more hopeful that things will be better this time. some argue that they are more restrained but the community of people that i have been in contact with, the human rights defenders, some of the minority groups, the women, have told me things that make me very concerned. people coming to their houses, interrogating them, ransacking their offices and that makes me really fear that what we have is the taliban of the 1990s. the taliban argue that it is because it's a situation of instability and that things will become much better for the population and i say, i wish that they could make that
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case for the afghan public because right now, they are running terrified, they are risking their lives. you don't show up at the airport with your family unless you feel like you have everything to lose, and right now, afghans from every part of life feel like they have everything to lose. you obviously have the dual aspect of this of the very personal and also your extensive work as a conflict mediator, what do you think is the way that the west should engage in the most pragmatic way with the taliban to try to have the best outcome for the afghan people, because i mean, the very least there needs to be conversations around aid, and obviously, stability. absolutely. the international community, the west, have to engage with the taliban and i think it's
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not simplyjust going it alone. the situation is dramatically different now. the west no longer is in the leadership position in afghanistan. it is russia, china, pakistan that has the leverage, iran to a lesser extent. they will have the leverage and the presence. qatar. these are the countries that the west should try to support and encourage to pull together regionally, establish a regional mechanism and come together as a community of countries and negotiate with the taliban rather than negotiate bilaterally, which quite frankly many of them are doing to advance their own interest. to ensure that there is stability, which is farfrom certain, it is a very unstable situation and to address the catastrophic humanitarian situation, which will
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end up on everyone's doorsteps. it could be a massive refugee situation once again if they don't come quickly together and negotiate with the taliban. they have to negotiate humanitarian quarters. they have to open up their borders. they have to provide visas again so that the population doesn't feel locked in and they have to negotiate with the taliban and hold them accountable. the us says over 112,000 people are evacuated from afghanistan. but many others who are facing threat are left behind. one such is a journalist who worked for an online media outlet set up by the german military in the northern city of mazar e sharif. he is now in kabul. for security reasons we are calling him �*rashid', who told me about his fears. i am not feeling safe right now.
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unfortunately, it came as a surprise to all of us. it was a surprise to the world with the change. it is very difficult because i have had a lot of tries and sometimes thinking about going to the pakistan boater. —— the pakistan border. i heard that the news from their it is also closed and that people were dying. everywhere, when you think of various solutions, there is also a problem to it. do you know what your next steps will be? ijust hope that i will find some way out of the country. i waiting this week to see if i hear
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some good news and if i find a way to go outside of the country. you had actually had a letter from germany asking you to go to the airport and you went with your wife and children, and obviously, did not make it out. are you having any communication with anybody outside about helping you to get out now? unfortunately, we did not receive a letter from germany. it was just a phone call. me and my colleagues, we were together and we received a phone call from germany and they said you have to go to the airport and the german soldiers will get you out. unfortunately, we spent all night outside the door but we didn't see anyone from the german soldiers that
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would help us. what are your concern about the taliban? i know from the nature of the taliban that they do not change. they will tell people that they work with who are in other countries and now they need the international community and they act like they are good people but they are not. and you believe that your work for a german media organisation does make you a target? yes, my name is in every magazine that was published. activities that i did during myjob, and the news that i was making against the taliban, that could make me a target.
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afg ha n afghan journalist talking to me about being stuck in afghanistan. a shortage of blood tubes means gps are having to make difficult choices about who gets blood tests, the british medical association has warned. the bma said shortages across hospitals and gp surgeries were "severe" and if the nhs did not reduce usage in the coming days even the most clinically important blood tests may be at risk. the department of health said it is working to restore normal supply and there continues to be stock in place. one area expected to be affected by the shortage is routine blood tests for allergies. i've been discussing what impact this might have for patients with professor adam fox, president of the british society for allergy and clinical immunology. well, we first heard about a week or so ago about this issue and we were asked to start to consider how this will impact on our practice.
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of course, it is very frustrating. many of our patients have just put up with 18 months of delays and postponements of allergy testing and it is enormously frustrating for patients, for example, who have suffered a near fatal anaphylaxis, to find that the investigations that are vital to understand what caused that cannot be done as quickly as they need to be done. how many patients would you estimate might be affected by this in your area? well, it is enormously difficult because this is very much been dealt with, for example, in hospital on a trust by trust basis. our services are liaising with our pathology laboratory partners to understand the degree of shortages and how we need to prioritise our patients. of course, for many of our allergy patients it will be routine reviews, where we are just trying to understand if a patient has outgrown a known allergy, and for that, a short delay is not ideal but it is clinically less
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risky, but of course, again, it is on the back end of long delays that have happened. and for those patients who are awaiting a diagnosis, we are going to have to make sure that we prioritise those, even if it does mean going through these cases individually to make sure that people don't get a delay, where it will have a real impact. is incredible, isn't it, that something so simple and such a fundamental part of the system is now, there's now a shortage of it and the impact that will have. yes, i think it's something that covid had really uncovered for many of us that never really thought you hard about what went on behind the scenes. whenever we wanted to order a blood test, we would order a blood test. now, you realise that there is a whole supply chain of agents and tubes, some of it is not as resilient as it ought to be, and the fact that we are so dependent on a single supplier, i think teaches us an important lesson about how we need to change going forward. the bbc has been told that the uk government is set to announce plans to gradually lift the official ban on standing in premier league and championship football grounds.
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it's thought a handful of clubs in england's top two divisions will be selected as "early adopters" of safe standing before the current season ends in may. 0ur political correspondent, peter saull reports. after a year—and—a—half away from the stands, it's hard to keep your emotions in check. but doing this, standing during a premier league football match, is still officially banned. by the end of the season in may, though, its expected that, for some fans at least, it will be legally permitted. that is as long it's in designated safe standing areas, like here at celtic park. these rail seats, as they are known, are built into a waist—high barrier for the person behind to lean on. they are also allowed to be used in england's lower divisions. like here at league 1 shrewsbury town. now, several premier leagues have installed their own in anticipation of a change in legislation and for many fans, it can't come soon enough. it's fantastic news, i've got a bottle of champagne at home, i've been waiting for this moment
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for a long, long time. i'll not open it yet, because of course, for the moment it's an intention to do it but when it's actually officially done, then that bottle will be open, as i say it has been a very long campaign. it means fans that are being treated like the fans of any other sport. and given the choice. those that want to stand can stand and those that want to sit can sit and amongst like—minded fans who want to sit down as well and are not going to have their view blocked. so we are being treated equally with rugby fans, fans that go to cricket or horse racing, all other outdoor sports, big sports, who can have that choice and until now we haven't had that for the last 30 years. ministers are keen to proceed with caution. there will be no return to the packed terraces of yesteryear. but it is thought a handful of clubs will soon be chosen as early adopters and, if successful, the ban on standing in the top two divisions will be fully lifted within the next few years. a formal announcement from the government could come as soon as next month. when imran choudary was training
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for a charity walk, he didn't expect to be needing the help of the nhs services he was raising money for. he had to be rescued off saddleworth moor after he blacked out and fell 200 feet. the complex mission to save him can be seen as part of a tv documentary, as ian haslam reports. i am standing on a rock. it is very windy today. you've heard the phrase �*famous last words' but what he is about to say is almost literal. moments later while climbing back down, he fell 200 feet. it is a miracle because i was preparing myself to climb kilimanjaro. the aim was to do some video and take some pictures and that would encourage people to donate towards my fundraising pages and at the end of the video i literally said, in bengali language, that if somebody ever fell
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from here that was the end of the story for them. and it was me, the next minute it was me. just tell me what has happened. he was on top of a peak and i turned around and he fell off. helicopter er the critical hours shows him being treated for multiple serious injuries and a steep ravine in high wind. how are you doing, buddy? did you fall off the top? i want to thank all those emergency services who helped me and rescued me. all the people in hospital who made things possible for me and, most importantly, the two people who saw me fall and they helped me. those angels. as if the only levels were not big enough you were also doing this to raise money for the nhs who effectively saved your life ultimately.
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i feel happy and proud that i was doing this for a good cause but at the same time i feel... how do i put it? i feel guilty because i was going to raise money for nhs and the target was going to raise about £10,000 but i have probably ended up costing nhs a lot more than £10,000. but, of course, the major emotion was relief, not least for his children. and then when you find out what happened and you see the injuries we were horrified but also glad that he is all right and not going to die. i am still here for myself, my parents and my wife and most importantly my three children. i cannot express it. i am just very grateful. the bionic man, as he is now called, is continuing his recovery at home. the programme is on tuesday evening on the channel really.
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now it's time for a look at the weather with darren bett. thank you very much indeed. good afternoon, it is a quiet weather day for us again. a lot of cloud that has been streaming in from off the north sea. you can see that over the past few hours. it does mean that the best of the sunshine is across wales and the south—west. we also seeing the record breaking across central of scotland. temperatures getting up to 22 degrees but for many of us under the cloud, temperatures will be 18 or 19. it could be a bit chillier than that on the eastern coast of scotland. the wind of the sea will tend to drag in more cloud overnight tonight. that will keep temperatures into double figures for most of the country but it will be chilly across wales and the south—west where we have some clearer skies. the south—west where we have some clearerskies. heading into tomorrow, that breeze coming in from the north and the north—east will push and a lot more cloud once again. the best of the sunshine across the western side of wales.
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temperatures getting up to 20 or may be 21 degrees. it could be a bit dull and may be a bit damp and misty in south—east scotland and the east of england.


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