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welcome to newsday reporting live from singapore. the headlines: the taliban celebrate with gunfire and fireworks as the last us military flight leaves kabul and america confirms its 20 year war in afghanistan is over. is year war in afghanistan is over. 'j~ , year war in afghanistan is over. 'j~ ., ., over. 18 days ago the united states and — over. 18 days ago the united states and our— over. 18 days ago the united states and our allies - over. 18 days ago the united states and our allies began l over. 18 days ago the united i states and our allies began our evacuation and relocation operation in kabul. a few hours ago, that operation was complete. ago, that operation was complete-— ago, that operation was comlete. ,, ,., complete. the us departure, the final hours _ complete. the us departure, the final hours of— complete. the us departure, the final hours of the _ complete. the us departure, the final hours of the american - final hours of the american president might present over
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shadowed by a drone strike. eyewitnesses say children were among the dead. tiara eyewitnesses say children were among the dead.— eyewitnesses say children were among the dead. two years old, she was two _ among the dead. two years old, she was two years _ among the dead. two years old, she was two years old. - among the dead. two years old, she was two years old. the - she was two years old. the aftermath _ she was two years old. the aftermath of _ she was two years old. the aftermath of hurricane - she was two years old. the aftermath of hurricane idea. the waters are rising in the southern us as the power was knocked out in new orleans and people surveyed the damage. and china clamps down on children's game time over concerns they are becoming addicted. live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news. it is newsday. welcome to bbc news broadcasting to viewers in the
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uk and around the world. the us military has completed its withdrawal from afghanistan after a mission lasting nearly 20 years. general frank mckenzie who has overseen the pull—out says the us has evacuated nearly 80,000 civilians in the past few weeks and said more than 21100 us service personnel had been killed in the last two decades. a taliban spokesperson said afghanistan had gained complete independence. 0ur chief international correspondent is international correspondent is in kabul. i international correspondent is in kabul. ., , international correspondent is inkabul. international correspondent is in kabul. ., in kabul. i was reporting from kabulwhen — in kabul. i was reporting from kabul when the _ in kabul. i was reporting from kabul when the soviet - in kabul. i was reporting from kabul when the soviet troops| kabul when the soviet troops left. in 92 when the mujahedin took power. in 2001 the us invasion toppled the taliban. afghans have never lived through such a transition. which is so fraught with fear, which is so shrouded in darkness and uncertainty. the mantra of the united states during this withdrawal, which
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began months ago was that it would be a save orderly and responsible withdrawal and yet it is one which has ended not just in chaos, in violence, but in pain and hurt for afghans yet again. afghans who had dared to hope that after the world came knocking on their door in 2001 that when they left it would be the best of days. except, it is for so many afghans the worst of days. the last us soldier has left, promising to come back and get to those that they have left behind and they are counted... we cannot count how many. all we see and hear our depleting messages for help. tomorrow morning, nearly 38 million afghans will wake up and wonder what will life be like under taliban rule. there will be rules. there will be regulations. but will they be the kind of order that allows afghans to think this is a country they can still call
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their own.— country they can still call their own. �* �* , , their own. the bbc putts-mac chief correspondent _ their own. the bbc putts-mac chief correspondent reporting | chief correspondent reporting from afghanistan for several years. in the last hour, the us secretary of state gave a statement on the statement in afghanistan. he said the us evacuation from kabul had been a massive undertaking and he paid tribute to the personnel involved. 18 days auo, personnel involved. 18 days ago. the — personnel involved. 18 days ago, the united _ personnel involved. 18 days ago, the united states - personnel involved. 18 days ago, the united states and| personnel involved. 18 days i ago, the united states and our allies began the evacuation and relocation operation in kabul. as you just heard from the pentagon, a few hours ago, that operation was completed. more than 123,000 people have been safely flown out of afghanistan. that includes about 6000 american citizens. this has been a massive military, diplomatic and humanitarian undertaking. 0ne humanitarian undertaking. one of the most difficult in our nation's history and an
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extraordinary feat of logistics under some of the most challenging circumstances imaginable. many, many people made this possible. i want to commend our outstanding diplomat who worked around the clock and around the world to coordinate the operation. helping americans, ourforeign helping americans, our foreign partners helping americans, ourforeign partners have been aside for 20 years and afghans at risk at this critical moment. more than to say stakes for our team. it was a sacred duty and the world so how our diplomats rose to the challenge of the determination. �* , ., determination. let's get more from our correspondent. - determination. let's get more| from our correspondent. great to have you on the programme. apart from thanking all the people who helped in the effort to get americans and afghans out he also talked about a new diplomatic chapter that has begun for the us between the us
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and afghanistan. what does that mean in reality?— mean in reality? well, in reality i _ mean in reality? well, in reality i think _ mean in reality? well, in reality i think it - mean in reality? well, in reality i think it is - mean in reality? well, in reality i think it is going l mean in reality? well, in. reality i think it is going to be very difficult as a diplomatic relationship because, as he put it, this will be a relationship not based on trust or faith. it will be based on actions of the taliban. not what they say they are going what they are actually going to do and that is delayed by observation are starting right now now that the americans have left. what will the taliban do? how will they treat the people in country? will they allow the free movement of people, especially those foreign nationals. they allow those people to leave the country if they want to as they have promised? there is concern internationally as to whether afghanistan will become a breeding ground for terrorist groups. there are swathes of issues that the americans and
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other countries will be watching the taliban very closely on to see what they actually do and only then will the international community be able to really build on a diplomatic relationship if the taliban do as they say they are going to do. taliban do as they say they are going to tie-— taliban do as they say they are going to do— going to do. yes, a difficult situation — going to do. yes, a difficult situation for _ going to do. yes, a difficult situation for the _ going to do. yes, a difficult situation for the us. - going to do. yes, a difficult situation for the us. given | going to do. yes, a difficult i situation for the us. given the fact that he did talk about the fact that he did talk about the fact that he did talk about the fact that 100 americans are in afghanistan and they are still trying to get them out.- trying to get them out. yes, and this was _ trying to get them out. yes, and this was a _ trying to get them out. yes, and this was a presentation. trying to get them out. yes, l and this was a presentation. it was not really a news conference. he did not take any questions at the end and he is getting a lot of criticism for that especially in social media and it is that point that you make that raising that this was a statement in which he acknowledged that he said maybe 200 then revised it to closer to 100 americans remaining in afghanistan. announcing that
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are not taken any questions about it and seemingly refusing to discuss it any further and this is a criticism that has been thrown at the biden administration for several weeks now as the events in kabul and further afield in afghanistan have unfolded. that the administration has not been as forthcoming with information some people would have liked in this still a huge question mark over the 100 or 200 americans remaining in afghanistan. he did indicate that he thought some of those americans may in fact wants to stay. they may have roots in the country, close relations with afghans in society and actually want to stay in the country but it is very clear that some were not able to get to the airport and were unable to leave. person biden is due _ were unable to leave. person biden is due to _ were unable to leave. person biden is due to speak - were unable to leave. person biden is due to speak about | were unable to leave. person i biden is due to speak about the situation in afghanistan and what are people expecting him to say? what are people expecting him
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to sa ? ., , , . ., to say? people expecting him to address this _ to say? people expecting him to address this very _ to say? people expecting him to address this very point - to say? people expecting him to address this very point of - to say? people expecting him to address this very point of why. l address this very point of why. it was always open to questioning, why the us did not extend the deadline beyond today. perhaps with a view of making it easier to get all americans out of the country that wanted to leave. i think that wanted to leave. i think that could be central to what the president is going to say and perhaps providing more details on his thinking. thank ou for details on his thinking. thank you forjoining _ details on his thinking. thank you forjoining us _ details on his thinking. thank you forjoining us on - details on his thinking. thankl you forjoining us on newsday. meanwhile, in the last 2a hours, five rockets were fired in kabul�*s international airport. for landed without incident and the fifth was neutralised by an american anti—missile system. the pentagon said it targeted an isis vehicle that was headed towards kabul airport but reports suggest the drone strike also killed ten civilians including several small children. the dead were all from a single extended family and were getting out of the car in their driveway when the car in their driveway when
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the strike hit the nearby vehicle. flames leapt from a car after militants from islamic flames leap from a car after militants from the islamic state state nearby, a family comes to the wreckage of a us drone strike launched yesterday. relatives and neighbours are collecting remains of the victims to bury. they angrily reject american claims the vehicle targeted was being used by a suicide bomber from the islamic state group. translation: if there was a bomb inside, the car would have been blown up says this man. amongst those killed, a two—year—old. a12—year—old and
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these two twins. as well as someone who had previously worked alongside american forces. family was hoping to be evacuated out of the country. my evacuated out of the country. my brother came from his work and wanted to park the car here and wanted to park the car here and the children were in the car. ., . y and the children were in the car. ., ., , , ., and the children were in the car. ., ., car. how many people from your family died? _ car. how many people from your family died? ten _ car. how many people from your family died? ten persons - car. how many people from your family died? ten persons have l family died? ten persons have died and he — family died? ten persons have died and he including - family died? ten persons have died and he including my - died and he including my daughter who was two years old. what happened here appears to be an awful human tragedy. it also underlines the challenges the us is going to face in trying to target militants from afar and the terrible consequences ordinary afghans have to pay. the us has said it is investigating reports of civilian tragedies but insists an imminent threat to the
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airport was disrupted. nobody wants to see innocent life taken. we take it very, very seriously and when we know that we have caused innocent life to be lost in the conduct of our operations we are transparent about it. we are investigating this. i'm not going to get out of it. the evacuation effort is now in its very final stages with us soldiers being flown out ahead of tuesday's withdrawal deadline. many afghans remain desperate to leave the country. add to this ljy leave the country. add to this by standing kabul, many are headed for the iranian border. nearly all are hoping to be smuggled across. passenger numbers have more than doubled in recent weeks. translation: the previous government only cared about getting rich themselves as this man. now the taliban are here there are nojobs. there is no work anywhere. i need to be able to feed my kids.
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everything has become more expensive. we cannot live here any more. a new era in afghanistan is about to begin. the taliban say they are bringing peace and ending corruption but for those here, the deep uncertainty that has accompanied their arrival is a final push towards a new life. there is the warning of life—threatening flooding as hurricane ida moves from louisiana into mississippi. the storm brought winds of 240 kilometres an hour as it made landfall on sunday ripping roofs of buildings. one man was killed when a falling tree hit his house. flash floods have already affected residents of new orleans despite defence has been strengthened after hurricane katrina 16 years of growth. our correspondent reports. this was the force of the wind as it
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pounded louisiana with water. a hospital building was no match for the strong's theory. part of the roof was lifted off with ease by the costs. low lying areas were overwhelmed by the title search. this footage from a fire station in louisiana captured the dramatic rush of water as the night wore on. in new orleans the entire city went back as the storm raged outside. a transmission tower toppled into the mississippi river. at this hotel workers struggle to get the generator running. all across southern task of surveying the damage is under way. task of surveying the damage is underway. destruction task of surveying the damage is under way. destruction is immense and the situation for some is desperate. emergency services have received at least 200 rescue calls since last night. the rising waters and
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intense winds that communities intense winds that communities in tatters. clarence has lived here for 50 years and says this is the worst storm he slipped through. it is terrifying. we have in the _ through. it is terrifying. we have in the bedroom, started leaking — have in the bedroom, started leaking on them and come out the bedroom and go into another room _ the bedroom and go into another room and — the bedroom and go into another room and start looking in that room — room and start looking in that room we _ room and start looking in that room we came into the living room — room we came into the living room and _ room we came into the living room and the dining room here and this— room and the dining room here and this was the only room where _ and this was the only room where it— and this was the only room where it didn't really leak. a leaked — where it didn't really leak. a leaked but didn't look that when _ leaked but didn't look that when the sheetrock fell in. without _ when the sheetrock fell in. without proper shelter he has no choice _ without proper shelter he has no choice but _ without proper shelter he has no choice but to _ without proper shelter he has no choice but to leave. - no choice but to leave. hurricane ida strengthened so rapidly that gay people have very little time to prepare or evacuate. forthose very little time to prepare or evacuate. for those who stayed, the night was scary but seeing four that the morning after has been even harder. along the roadways, closed and impassable in areas, we found this family walking to find food. the strongmen slip their trailer apart in the middle of the night and that it shelter at a
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neighbour's house. i haven't not neighbour's house. i haven't got anything _ neighbour's house. i haven't got anything left. _ neighbour's house. i haven't got anything left. the - neighbour's house. i haven't got anything left. the house neighbour's house. i haven't i got anything left. the house is gone, the car was gone. i'm sorry. gone, the car was gone. i'm sor . , ., ., gone, the car was gone. i'm sor . ., , ., sorry. crews are now focused on rescue operations. _ sorry. crews are now focused on rescue operations. the - sorry. crews are now focused on rescue operations. the next - rescue operations. the next step recovery will be long and difficult. such a challenging time for all those families going through that and if you want to get in touch with me on any of the stories that you've seen on newsday, the floods, for instance, the hurricane, the devastation has caused because of the hurricane, i am on twitter. you are watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: why it could be game over as china restricts the amount of time under 18 can spend in cyberspace.
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under 18 can spend in cyberspace. 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", described by all to whom she reached out as "irreplaceable", an early—morning car crash in a paris underpass ended a life with more than its share of pain and courage, warmth and compassion.
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this is newsday on the bbc. our main story: the taliban have been celebrating with gunfire and fireworks after the last us military flight left kabul. america confirmed this 20 year war in afghanistan was over. well, let's stay with that top story. we can bring you the fact that the us military, as we have been telling you, has completed its withdrawal from afghanistan after a mission lasting nearly 20 years. but what will the new area under the taliban look like. while i am joined by professor of the national security affairs at the naval postgraduate school in california. his recent book is called taliban narratives: the uses and power of stories in the afghanistan conflict.
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great to have you on the programme. i wanted to start by asking you what you think that taliban's biggest challenge is now? ~ ., , , now? well, i think the biggest challenae now? well, i think the biggest challenge a — now? well, i think the biggest challenge a number— now? well, i think the biggest challenge a number of- now? well, i think the biggestl challenge a number of different things. people sphere, the stability of the country. isis cable continue to try to disrupt and cause chaos like a terrorist organisation usually does. i think they're going to have an extremely difficult time in governing because they don't have the financial resources. and, you know, i think another way to look at this, we'll briefly commence to give you a little bit of an idea how they governed when they were in powerfrom 1996-2001. there, they were in powerfrom 1996—2001. there, they basically did not govern other than, you know, institute radical sharia law. they had a
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council that controlled cable and none of them could speak the language. i'll give you other examples, too. i don't think you have the time. just to “um think you have the time. just to jump in — think you have the time. just to jump in there. _ think you have the time. just tojump in there. anthony blink and said the us will work with the taliban if indeed the taliban sticks to its commitments. of a relationship do you see happening there? well, i don't know. they've never stuck to any of their commitments. you know, the historic peace agreement of february 29, 2020 was not even a peace agreement. it was a plan for a phased withdrawal. it had other things in it that they have not lived up to at all so i don't trust the sincerity of the taliban or their word.— sincerity of the taliban or
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their word. ., . , , ., their word. how much dissent do ou think their word. how much dissent do you think will _ their word. how much dissent do you think will be _ their word. how much dissent do you think will be allowed? - their word. how much dissent do you think will be allowed? i - you think will be allowed? i think they will put descent down pretty quickly. just like when they were in power, you know, if people were not following. for example, a woman in a burqa had herankle showing, she would be equipped with a car antenna. and if a person, a man's beard was not four inches long, he would also be equipped so i am not sure they are going to be that radical but they might. and the other thing to recognise as you got to understand that... 0k. other thing to recognise as you got to understand that... ok. i just want to understand whether they will be able to gain support within the country? over the short term, i am not so sure. people generally from
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96-2001, lived so sure. people generally from 96—2001, lived in fear. you know, their view of sharia law left women basically in their households and they controlled the men also are very, very carefully. so over the short term i don't think they're going to have a lot of popular support but if they can govern and administer they might get support. let mejust and administer they might get support. let me just say one more thing. over the last for five years in the districts that they control, they set up shadow government so and shadow governors. so they had a little more practice than they did from 96—2001. more practice than they did from 96-2001.— more practice than they did from 96-2001. thank you for “oininu from 96-2001. thank you for joining us _ from 96-2001. thank you for joining us on _ from 96-2001. thank you for joining us on newsday - from 96-2001. thank you for joining us on newsday with i from 96-2001. thank you for | joining us on newsday with all of your analysis. lets take a look at some of the other stories in the headlines today. the palestinian president has had talks in the occupied west bank with israel's defence
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minister. his office said it all president he would take measures to strengthen the palestinian economy. heavy rain has led to the flooding of four rivers in south—west china. the rain fell also triggered widespread landslides. more than 2000 people have been evacuated. heavy rain is expected to continue until tuesday. the european union is recommending that its member countries reintroduce travel restrictions on unvaccinated travellers coming from the united states. that would mean quarantines are testing for those who have not received the jab however, these are recommendations and they are not mandatory. eu member state imposes its own covid guidelines and restrictions.
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the regulators in china have imposed restrictions on online video gaming. stopping anyone under 18 from playing more than three hours a week. they have been told they will only be allowed to access the games are between eight and nine in the evening on fridays, saturdays and sundays as well as on public holidays. beijing says it wants to protect the and mental health of young people. well, the bbc�*s china correspondent is in beijing and has more foreigners. ii correspondent is in bei'ing and has more foreigners._ has more foreigners. if you have real — has more foreigners. if you have real name _ has more foreigners. if you| have real name registration using actual ids, people are required to have in china, it is possible to force teenagers and children here to limit themselves to only three hours a week. her big question that remains as to whether or not games based overseas can be controlled in this way. possibly not. the announcement has just come out so we are still trying to work out the precise nature of how this is
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to be policed. one way is for companies to actually use face scanning to make sure not only have you got your id, which you can use, your real name identification, but also your face is required in orderfor you to log on so teenagers across china, well, pretty of them are pretty unhappy tonight but at least some of their parents will be cheering about the fact that not only are they to be limited to three hours gaming but specifically, in the specifically three certain hours. friday, saturday, sunday nights 8—9 pm and that is it. you know, quite an amazing announcement in a way. it is sort of come out of the blue here. i know that a lot of people have spoken about the problems of gaming addiction he had just like in many other countries to have this very strict new set of rules put in place it is quite something. have to be a kid in china these days. that is all that we have
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time for a newsday. thank you so much forjoining me. to stay with bbc news. to be a kid in china these days. many parts of the uk will have another cool and cloudy day on tuesday. monday the sunshine was restricted more to sheltered with sunshine in the southwest before the cloud increase. temperatures reached 20 degrees in plymouth. highest temperature, castle dirt in northern ireland. only 15 degrees in aberdine and scarborough. and this was the cool and great picture that we had we start tuesday with a blanket of cloud across england and
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wales with temperatures 11—13. the cloud is thinner in scotland and northern ireland to a bit cooler here first thing. we should see a bit more sunshine breaking through that cloud across central and western parts of scotland, northern ireland as well. i'm hopeful that across east anglia and the south—east are cloud within a break to give sunshine at times. across eastern parts of england likely to keep cloud. may be drizzle, too. the winds coming in from the north sea. it will not be one down the east coast of scotland owing to the east coast of england with the temperature is 15-17 at england with the temperature is 15—17 at best in the sunshine making 20 celsius once ending the day cloudy on tuesday but a decent end to the day for eastern parts of scotland. the high pressure are still setting to the north—west of the uk on wednesday. it is not going anywhere just yet so have got stronger winds down the east coast of england. and here, i think there will be more cloud on wednesday. cloudy skies, may
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be a bit of drizzle, too. cloudy across most of england and wales. we may get some sunshine in cumbria and northern ireland and perhaps more of scotland where temperatures will reach 20 or 21 in the central lowlands. not too much change, really, on thursday. the wind is probably a bit lighter on thursday but it still is cloudy for most of england and wales. still some sunshine in cumbria, west wales. lewis guy is more likely in scotland and northern ireland. temperatures under the cloud 18 or 19 degrees. as we head into the weekend, though, at a pressure starts to move away, there are signs of more unsettled weather with rain on the horizon.
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this is bbc news, will have all the stories at the top of the
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hour straight after this programme. hello. have you turned on the television recently and thought it all looked a little bit familiar? laurence llewelyn—bowen boisterously doing up people's living rooms, ruby wax looking back at celebrity interviews that she did in the past, and then, look what's coming up — never mind the buzzcocks, blankety blank, sex and the city — it's a very long list. so, welcome to the era of the reboot, an age when tv executives seem to be pouring over dog—eared copies of the radio times, looking for formats that they can bring back to our screens. so, why this trend and why now? is it because the �*90s and the naughties were the real golden age of tv after all, or is competition for viewers now so fierce that commissioners are too quick to fall back on what they see as trusted hits from yesteryear? well, let me introduce you to my guests.
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