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welcome to newsday. reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines... more explosions in kabul as the us carries out an air strike. officials say an "imminent isis—k threat" has been stopped. meanwhile, the clock continues to tick down to the moment the us withdraws from afghanistan — many afghans are still desperate to leave. flights are almost over. what are you going to do now? what about us? we worked with them, we support them. we'll have the latest on the ground in kabul, plus analysis from our correspondent in washington. also in the programme... hurricane ida makes landfall on the louisiana coast, with wind speeds of up to 150 mph. president biden warns
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things will be tough. this is going to be a devastating, devastating hurricane. a life—threatening storm. live from our studio in singapore. this is bbc news. it's newsday. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in the uk and around the world. it's 6am in singapore, and 2.30am in the morning in afghanistan — where us defence officials say they carried out an air strike on a vehicle in the afghan capital to prevent another bomb attack by the islamic state group. a spokesman said the target was a car bomb that had posed an imminent threat to the international airport. our chief international correspondent lyse doucet reports.
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a house on fire in a fast—burning crisis, said to be a rocket attack streets away from kabul airport. it may have been the target. the us says it unleashed a drone strike, too — hitting a vehicle of suicide bombers heading to the airport. and next to the airfield, gunfire. this a likely salvo from taliban guards struggling to control the crowds. today, military flights are still taking off, but britain's airlift has ended. not long now before america packs up, too. in a fleeting twilight, afghans hold fast to documents, to hope. my life is in danger injalalabad. but the flights are almost over. what are you going to do now? what about us? we work with them. we support them. i'm a cia agent. i have documents.
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this man tells us he worked for us intelligence. some people, like this man, received an e—mail saying going to the gate. other people say they don't have access to e—mails. they hear the news that the military flights are all but over. but even in these last few hours, they still keep trying. on the basis of what they have heard. the new face of security in this city. many taliban fighters wearing the same uniform and driving the same vehicles as the afghan government forces they ousted. a new order takes shape. and on a plane out, a new life starts. this 26—year—old gave birth to a girl as she flew to britain. a baby named eve, who may now have a better future. it is so clear now that so many afghans did get out in this
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the bodies of the 13 us service members who were among those killed in thursday's blast in kabul, were returned to the united states. the withdrawal from afghanistan marks the end of 20 years of foreign troops in the country. a57 uk military personnel died during the campaign, while tens of thousands of afghan civilians lost their lives. our world affairs correspondent caroline hawley looks back at the conflict, and considers what may lie ahead. it was in the wake of the al-qaeda attacks on new york in 2001 that the then—president george bush declared a war on terror. america has no truer friend than great britain. britainjoined the fight to topple the taliban, invading afghanistan, where the militants had training camps. military action against targets inside afghanistan has begun. the presence of international troops
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enabled girls to go to school. but there was blood, sweat, dirt and danger. the war cost trillions and took an enormous toll. the wiltshire town of royal wootton bassett paid britain's respects so many times. john white lost three limbs in afghanistan — one of hundreds of soldiers who came back with life—changing injuries. i don't feel like it was a waste of my time, i don't have any resentment towards it or anything like that. we saw stuff out there which quite frankly disgusted, sickening, at times, that's what we were hoping that we could get rid of. it's just incredibly sad knowing that people are going to have to suffer in that way. now, the taliban are in control and the uk needs to deal with them. it wants their co—operation, notjust on safe passage but on preventing afghanistan being used once again as a base
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for islamist militants that aim to harm the west. but what influence can britain have now that it is gone? we shouldn't kid ourselves that we've got the same levers. we don't, our influence is much diminished. the influence of china has increased, the influence of pakistan has increased, the influence of iran has increased, and ours has consequently diminished. the manner of the exit from afghanistan will haunt america and its allies. today, joe biden mourned the 13 soldiers who died in the suicide attack at kabul airport. the latest and, america hopes, the last casualties of the country's longest war. but the consequences of the west's defeat in afghanistan will continue to reverberate for a long time around the world. caroline hawley, bbc news. meanwhile, the last planes carrying uk soldiers home
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from afghanistan have been arriving at a royal air force base in oxfordshire. more than 15,000 people, including over 2,000 children, have been evacuated by the uk over the past two weeks. britain says the taliban has promised to allow foreign nationals and afghan citizens to leave, if they have the authority to travel. the bbc�*s political correspondent iain watson reports. one of the last british flights from kabul, landing in the uk this morning. the prime minister said we would not have wished to leave in this way. 20 years of military involvement in afghanistan, concluded with a frantic evacuation. but in a government—issued video, he also pledged not to abandon those left behind. if the new regime in kabul wants diplomatic recognition or to unlock the billions that are 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 incubator
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for global terror. in a literally heroic effort, 15,000 people, the majority of them afghan citizens, have been airlifted from kabul. while these people got out, hundreds more who are eligible for relocation to the uk are still in the country. this former british army officer told me that refugee camps and processing centres need to be set up urgently. i'm not aware of any of these camps, of any of these processes, of any of the grander strategy that is actually required. and again, it goes back to the bigger decision to withdraw when all of these things were not thought through. it's been catastrophic, what's happened in afghanistan, all the more reason why the united nations need to lean into this, and i really do seek britain, as a permanent member of the un security council, to lead forward and to lean into this with some sense of urgency. labour say the process of evacuation should have started sooner and co—operation now from neighbouring countries isn't guaranteed. there are many, many people that i've been in contact with only over
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the last few days who are currently in hiding, who have no safe route out of afghanistan, as well as hundreds of people who've been trying to make their way to the border and get across, particularly the border with pakistan. 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. the british ambassador to afghanistan is stepping down from kabul, but operations will continue from qatar. while british troops and diplomats have now arrived home safely, many of those who helped uk forces are still in harm's way. a reminder — you can keep up to date with the situation in afghanistan as it changes in the coming days. there is analysis and the latest video on the developments as the deadline before the us withdrawal nears — it's all on the bbc news website.
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let's take a look at some of the stories making headlines in the uk. the number of new covid cases reported in scotland has hit another record high of more than 7,000 in the last 2a hours. it is the third time in a week the record for new infections has been broken. the latest record comes as the scottish health secretary warned the nhs was facing a "perfect storm" of pressure. a man who turned down the coronavirus vaccine has died in hospital after contracting covid—19. the musician had told the bbc he was "shocked" to have become so unwell. marcus birks, from staffordshire, died on friday. he was admitted to an intensive care unit earlier this month, and before his death urged people to get vaccinated. a shortage of blood tubes means doctors in the uk are having to make difficult choices about who gets blood tests — that's according to the british medical association.
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the organisation says the 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 says it is working to restore normal supplies. still to come a bit later in the programme: the hong kong dissidents and former residents who fled for the uk are finding life is not as easy as they expected. we'll find out why. but first... as week two of the paralympics gets under way in tokyo, the covid—19 situation in the city is continuing to get worse. there are now more than 10,000 seriously ill people waiting for hospital beds. at least 21 coronavirus patients are reported to have died at home since the beginning of august. hospitals say they can't deal with the growing numbers of serious cases, let alone if there were an outbreak
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in the paralympic village. our tokyo correspondent rupert wingfield—hayes has been travelling with a medical team in southern tokyo as they fight to keep patients alive and try to find them hospital beds. in the back of the car, this doctor is trying to find a hospital bed for one of his covid patients. in this densely—packed part of southern tokyo, there are no dozens of covid patients who need to be in hospital but can't get a bed. he and his team are a literal lifeline. in this block, a 61—year—old man is very sick and on oxygen. so, last night, i called him to check if he was alive and he could talk with me at the time. but this morning, i couldn't talk with him by phone, so i'm very anxious for his healthy conditions. as soon as he enters,
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it's apparent the man is alive. it turns out he hasn't been able to pay his phone bill, so it's been cut off. he's also removed his oxygen mask, and as he checks, he finds his blood oxygen level is very low. his oxygen level is only 92%. it is not good for you. so i put the mask to his mouth, "please keep it to keep you alive."— to his mouth, "please keep it to keep you alive." what'll happen now with his bill? — keep you alive." what'll happen now with his bill? this _ keep you alive." what'll happen now with his bill? this is _ keep you alive.�* what'll happen now with his bill? this is for— keep you alive." what'll happen now with his bill? this is for a _ with his bill? this is for a telephone _ with his bill? this is for a telephone bill! _ with his bill? this is for a telephone bill! he's- with his bill? this is for a| telephone bill! he's living with his bill? this is for a - telephone bill! he's living alone, so he couldn't pay the telephone bill because of his very bad condition. so i received it, and now i'm going to the convenience store to pay it. it’s i'm going to the convenience store to -a it. �* , i'm going to the convenience store to -a it. d ., ., i'm going to the convenience store to -a it. �*, ., ., ., to pay it. it's the arrival of the delta variant _ to pay it. it's the arrival of the delta variant here _ to pay it. it's the arrival of the
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delta variant here in - to pay it. it's the arrival of the delta variant here in japan - to pay it. it's the arrival of the i delta variant here in japan that's delta variant here injapan that's led to this explosion of covid cases. if you look back to mid july, there were about 1500 cases. by august, that had jumped to 6000. now we are seeing the same with the seriously ill. at the end ofjuly, he and his team were treating just one seriously ill person. last week, that had jumped to 50. back at base, staff are constantly working the phones trying to find beds. so what if there is a covid outbreak at the paralympics? i if there is a covid outbreak at the paralympics?— paralympics? i think there is no room to treat _ paralympics? i think there is no room to treat the _ paralympics? i think there is no room to treat the paralympics l room to treat the paralympics members, because manyjapanese members, because many japanese people members, because manyjapanese people cannot get into the hospitals. people cannot get into the hospitals-_ people cannot get into the hositals. �* , ., ., people cannot get into the hositals. �*, ., ., ., ., hospitals. it's time to move again - a new address _ hospitals. it's time to move again - a new address and _ hospitals. it's time to move again - a new address and a _ hospitals. it's time to move again - a new address and a new— hospitals. it's time to move again - a new address and a new set - hospitals. it's time to move again - a new address and a new set of- hospitals. it's time to move again -| a new address and a new set of ppe. like the first man, this patient has not been vaccinated. this is the pattern mouth. —— pattern now. the
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man is in bad condition. his lips are turning blue and he is having difficulty breathing. the doctor thinks he may have pneumonia — he really needs to be in hospital. it is very difficult to make a definitive diagnosis. 50 is very difficult to make a definitive diagnosis. is very difficult to make a definitive diaunosis. , ., definitive diagnosis. so he needs to no to definitive diagnosis. so he needs to go to hospital _ definitive diagnosis. so he needs to go to hospital now? _ definitive diagnosis. so he needs to go to hospital now? yes, _ definitive diagnosis. so he needs to go to hospital now? yes, yes. - definitive diagnosis. so he needs to go to hospital now? yes, yes. andl go to hospital now? yes, yes. and what are they _ go to hospital now? yes, yes. and what are they saying? _ go to hospital now? yes, yes. and what are they saying? is _ go to hospital now? yes, yes. and what are they saying? is he - go to hospital now? yes, yes. and what are they saying? is he any i what are they saying? is he any better? ., ., , , what are they saying? is he any better?_ the - what are they saying? is he any i better?_ the doctor what are they saying? is he any - better?_ the doctor and better? now, no beds. the doctor and his team are — better? now, no beds. the doctor and his team are keeping _ better? now, no beds. the doctor and his team are keeping these _ his team are keeping these people live. but across tokyo, there are now 10,000 covid patients waiting for a hospital bed. each extra day they are forced to wait, the more likely it is they will die. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in tokyo. if you want to get in touch with me, i'm on twitter at @bbckarishma. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: a powerful hurricane has hit
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the american state of louisiana, flooding roads and cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes. she received the nobel peace prize for her work with the poor and the dying in india's slums. the head of the catholic church had said mother teresa was a wonderful example of how to help people in need. we have to identify the bodies, then arrange the coffins and take them back home. parents are waiting, and wives are waiting. hostages appeared — some carried, some running — trying to escape the nightmare behind them. britain lost a princess today. described by all to whom she reached out as irreplaceable", _ out as "irreplaceable",
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an early—morning car crash- in a paris underpass ended a life with more than its share of pain and courage, - warmth and compassion. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. our headlines... more explosions in kabul as the us carries out an air strike. officials say an "imminent isis—k threat" to the city's international airport has been stopped. threat" to the city's international meanwhile, the clock continues to tick down to the moment the us withdraws from afghanistan with many afghans are still desperate to leave. more now on afghanistan — here's our washington correspondent nomia iqbal with analysis of the day's events. one
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of the day's events. of the main concerns for this evacuation one of the main concerns for this evacuation mission is the level of danger, especially as it wraps up in its final days. what will happen after 31 august? this is the deadline that's been imposed by the taliban. while today, president biden�*s national security adviser said that 31 august is not a cliff, and that they have received assurances from the taliban that anyone that wants to leave afghanistan — us citizens, afghan people with the right documents — can do so safely. he said that "they have substantial leverage to hold the taliban to its commitment." we aren't sure exactly what leverage they have, but it's worth a membrane that the taliban is desperate to govern, desperate to be taken seriously —— it's worth remembering. and you have isis—k, a real deadly across the country — the terrorist group took response ability for the death of more than 100 afghans at kabul airport, as well as 13 us service members killed in that suicide blast. now those
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servicemembers were brought back to america, they were honoured in an official which was overseen by president biden —— an official ceremony. they were all children when the 9/11 terrorist attacks happened in 2001 which triggered the invasion in afghanistan. and many americans feel that something deeply awful and tragic about the way their lives ended, and the way they have returned home at the same time as america prepares to leave afghanistan for good. thousands of people are fleeing the us state of louisiana as hurricane ida has made landfall in louisiana. new orleans is under threat, with warnings of what's been described as "life—threatening storm surges" and winds of 150 mph. our correspondent nada tawfik sent this report. it's past time to prepare as the skies darken with hurricane ida's approach. all new orleans can do now is wait. the fear of what's to come has paralysed this
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otherwise carefree city. earlier, masses rushed to the airport to evacuate before it shut down, as ida grew rapidly in strength. many others took to the road. we have two kids in the car — they're both 12 months. we really wanted to evacuate for them. like, best case scenario is, like, power outages and some minor flooding. worst case, i don't even want to think of that. for those who stayed, like ella and charles with their newborn son, storm preparation has become a way of life. every year, it's on the back of your mind that a big storm could and probably will come. each year, the number of storms increases, their intensity increases. the governor of the state has warned this could be an historic hurricane. we're absolutely doing everything that we can now to get people to take those last—minute steps, but really we asked people to make sure that when they went to bed last
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night they were prepared to ride out the storm and that they would go to bed where they intended to ride out the storm. the region's new storm defences, which failed during hurricane katrina in 2005 on this exact date, will be tested like never before. but even with protections in place, ida is expected to have a catastrophic impact. as thousands flee for safety from afghanistan for a new life in the uk, another group abandoning their homeland of hong kong say safety and security are being provided in name only once they arrive in britain. after a crackdown on dissent and protests in hong kong by the chinese authorities, the uk government offered a route out at the end of january this year under british national visa applications. but many former hong kong residents are finding that once they arrive in the uk housing, education and support is severely lacking.
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an advocacy group says not enough is being done to support those fleeing persecution. let's talk to julian chan from the group hong kongers in britain. great to have you with us on the programme, julian. i want to start by asking you what the current situation for hong congers trying to get into britain is. how many can come and how easy or difficult is it? in come and how easy or difficult is it? y ., it? in the next year, until the end ofjanuary — it? in the next year, until the end ofjanuary 2022. _ it? in the next year, until the end of january 2022, it _ it? in the next year, until the end of january 2022, it is _ it? in the next year, until the end of january 2022, it is expected . it? in the next year, until the end | of january 2022, it is expected that 123-53,000 of january 2022, it is expected that 123—53,000 status holders can come to the uk. in the latest figures from the government show that around 65,000 of hong kong bno visas have been issued, with 4300 having arrived in the uk. but what we would like to point out, as what you are
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mentioning with the current situation in afghanistan, is the number of asylum—seekers who are trying to arrive in the uk. because of the monks cases of hong kong citizens who have applied for asylum in the uk, only to high—profile asylum visas have been approved, with two having been offered humanitarian protection. eight have been refused and... so we know the situation for hong kong citizens coming to the uk, especially if they are applying for refugee asylum protection, it's very important. julian, what do you think needs to be done to improve the situation that you have outlined?- that you have outlined? well, because there _ that you have outlined? well, because there are _ that you have outlined? well, because there are about, - that you have outlined? well, | because there are about, let's that you have outlined? well, - because there are about, let's say, about 3—500 young hong kongers who have been deterred or hesitant to apply for the uk asylum system, which can be slow and cumbersome as it takes up to five years for a decision to be made, we hope that
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the uk government can offer more discretion and understanding in terms of approving asylum seeking amongst hong kongers, because many of them need dire support because first of all, we regarded as unfair the only high—profile hong kongers are successful in receiving their refugee protection in the uk. but we should remember that the pro—democracy movement in hong kong in 2019 was leaderless, meaning masses of young protesters have been fully masked and their identities hidden in fear of reprisals. but many of them sacrificed their freedom and future to uphold our core values and beliefs of freedom, democracy, human rights and rule of law. , . ., democracy, human rights and rule of law. g . ., , , . law. julian, with all due respect, liven the law. julian, with all due respect, given the situation _ law. julian, with all due respect, given the situation you - law. julian, with all due respect, given the situation you are - given the situation you are describing for hong kongers who want to leave, with the immediate threat would you not acknowledge for people in afghanistan who are trying to get to the uk seems far more dire? you
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are riuht. to the uk seems far more dire? ym. are right. afghans have been offered are right. afghans have been offered a peaceful route which will seat 20,000 refugees settling in the uk over five years. unfortunately there's no such quota for hong kongers seeking asylum, nor is there the infrastructure support for hong kong asylum—seekers in the uk. so what we would like to see is the uk government, whether there's the possibility of any discretion beyond the current route for asylum for hong kongers which would be humane and dust more humane and robust. julian chan from the group hong kongers in britain, in reaction to our story, we have the statement from the british government. they say...
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you have been watching newsday. that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. hello there. sunday was a day of contrast — cool in the cloud, warm in the sunshine — and in actualfact, across southwest england, we saw temperatures into the mid—20s. a beautiful sunday afternoon for many. the next few days look likely to stay quite quiet across the whole of the country. quite a lot of dry weather around as well, but it will be mostly cloudy, and i suspect the temperatures easing awayjust a touch, around average if we're very lucky. high pressure still dominates the story. it's a blocking high that's preventing weather fronts from moving in off the atlantic. but a little bit more of a breeze always down towards the south, and that's going to continue to push this cloud in off the north sea, which could be taken off on monday morning for a spot or two of drizzle.
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-- thick —— thick enough on monday morning. favoured western areas, perhaps as we go through the afternoon, seeing some sunny spells, but i suspect not as much as recent days. so, the temperatures not as high. cool in the cloud and drizzle, 15—17 celsius, maximum values of 21, possibly 22. now, that cloud will continue to push back in off the north sea through the night. that's going to act like a blanket. it's not going to be a cold night, with overnight lows perhaps staying into mid—teens for some. it will be a quiet start to tuesday, but once again, a rather grey and gloomy one. the high pressure keeping things very quiet, but again, that breeze just coming in off the north sea, and a few more isobars, so the breeze picking up, and the cloud will continue to sit across the country for much of the day. favoured spots for any brighter, sunnier spells perhaps into northern ireland and western fringes of scotland once again, but those temperatures are going to be a little bit more subdued. again, we're looking at maybe around 15—19 celsius at the very best. wednesday is the beginning of september. the high pressure is still with us, little in the way of significant
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change to the weather story. so, i suppose the good news is you will be able to plan ahead. there's going to be a lot of dry weather to look out for. and maybe on wednesday, more sunshine coming through scotland, northern england and northern ireland. top temperatures in the sunnier moments maybe of 21—22 celsius. it looks likely that that dry theme is set to continue as well thursday into friday. no significant rain in the forecast of the next few days to come. enjoy.
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hello, this is bbc news with lukwesa burak. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment. first, the headlines. with the us withdrawal due to conclude on tuesday,
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time is running out for afghans still desperate to leave. the flights are almost over. what are you going to do now? what about us? we are working with them, we support them. the last planes carrying uk troops home from afghanistan have been landing at raf brize norton. their arrival marks the end of britain's 20—year military campaign in the country. more explosions as the us carries out another air strike, this time in kabul. officials say an "imminent isis—k threat" has been stopped. hurricane ida makes landfall on the louisiana coast with wind speeds of up to 150 miles per hour, forcing thousands of people to leave their homes. this is going to be a devastating, devastating hurricane, _ a life—threatening storm.

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