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for the final of the us open after her fairytale debut. after a stunning straight sets win in the semis, the 18—year—old becomes the first qualifier in history to reach a grand slam final. i've just been taking care of each day and before you know it, three weeks later, i'm in the final and i can't actually believe it. a meteroic rise for the teenager from london, who is now set to be one of the hottest properties in sport. the poise that she has shown, that maturity. i think i was about 26 when i got to that level. she plays in new york at 9 tomorrow night —
can she go all the way? also tonight... the head of mi5 warns that the taliban's takeover of afghanistan may well embolden so—called "lone wolf" terrorists. it comes on the eve of the 20th anninversary of 9/11, as america prepares to remember almost 3000 people who died that day. whether it is 911, whether it is january 13th, whether it isjuly seventh, i miss my dad and that will never change. scotland sees its highest level of covid infections since estimates began — the first minister says the nhs is under more pressure than ever before in scotland. and disappointment and frustration for the sell out crowd at old trafford as the fifth and final test is cancelled at the last minute because of covid. and coming up on the bbc news channel: yorkshire cricket apologise to their former player azeem rafiq and say he was the victim of racial harassment and bullying.
good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. tomorrow night, britain's emma raducanu will step on court for her first grand slam final at the us open. it has been a fairytale run so far for the 18—year—old from from south east london, who only left school this summer. raducanu had to play in the qualifying rounds just to make it through to the main tournament. and last night, she became the first qualifier in history to get to a grand slam final. it is an extraordinary achievement. but can she go all the way? from new york, samira hussain reports. announcer: from great britain, emma raducanu! from the moment she stepped onto the court it was clear the british teenagerfrom kent had won the hearts of new yorkers.
the famously fickle fans of flushing meadows were on team raducanu. before each game, commentators had asked if this was the moment emma raducanu would buckle under the pressure. delivering blistering shots like this one, she continues to prove she is fearless. her opponent from greece, ranked 17th in the world, was clearly rattled by raducanu's skilful play. raducanu handily took the first set, winning 6—1. the laser—sharp focus that got her this far is now taking her to the grand slam final. the first british female player to do so in more than a0 years. 0h! i've just been taking care of each day and before you know it, three weeks later, i'm in the final and i can't actually believe it. it's notjust her finesse on the court that has the world watching. england, england... her charm makes her an irresistible hero. amazing. every time you think
she's going to lose, she just comes back, every game. a qualifier — 18, amazing. absolutely astonishing. the match was incredible. i was so impressed with how emma just right from the off— she controlled things and she just looked like she was at _ home and bossed it. raducanu is also inspiring younger players like ten—year—old madeleine, who managed to snag both a hat and some photos with the new superstar. i thought raducanu would have like a hard match because sakkari's been playing so well but then she just like totally ripped her apart. raducanu next plays fellow teenager leylah fernandez from canada, who is also having a spectacular run at this tournament. she may have arrived in new york as an anonymous teenager but that's all over now. three weeks of blistering play and emma raducanu is the hottest star in international tennis and, like her opponent in
the final, the talk of this hard to impress town. raducanu and fernandez have simply taken over the us open and new york. fresh air blowing away the sweltering heat of summer, just as they have blown away be more established players on this tour and the crowds here absolutely love them. it's as if they, the city and perhaps even the people watching everywhere are urging for this new era to begin. samira hussain york, thank you. her triumph comes just months after she got to the last 16 at wimbledon and then had to abandon her match. it has been an extraordinary turnaround with the teenager dismantling herfar more experienced opponents. whatever the outcome tomorrow — she will already go home with more than $1 million in prize money and she looks set for sporting stardom. laura scott reports. emma raducanu's a—levels might have
been a maths and economics but the 18—year—old seems unable to stop writing history. she was living her teenage dream last night, drawing praise from the greats of the game. emma, again, really impressive. the poise that she is shown, that maturity, i think i was about 26 when i got to that level so she is way ahead of me.— when i got to that level so she is way ahead of me. yeah, again, hat off. this way ahead of me. yeah, again, hat off- this is — way ahead of me. yeah, again, hat off. this is where _ way ahead of me. yeah, again, hat off. this is where it _ way ahead of me. yeah, again, hat off. this is where it all _ way ahead of me. yeah, again, hat off. this is where it all began, - off. this is where it all began, raducanu's first signs of sporting talent coming at sports day. teachers at her primary school in bromley say the precocious youngster always used to won the sprint and she was there this summer to hand out the medals to the next generation who are desperate to follow in her footsteps. who is going to try extra hard in pe now you have seen emma? yeah? it's little wonder tennis club has suddenly become so popular. it little wonder tennis club has suddenly become so popular. it 'ust makes me feel ﬂ suddenly become so popular. it 'ust makes me feel inspired i suddenly become so popular. iiiidl,,3ii makes me feel inspired because at the age of 18, what do you think she will be older and everyone wants to
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celebration after celebration, the smile has become bigger and more disbelieving. nine wins under her belt all in straight sets. this teenager qualify from kent is now just one precious win away from the most unexpected grand slam glory. the head of m15 has warned that recent events in afghanistan will have "heartened and emboldened" extremists. 20 years after the 9/11 attacks, ken mccallum said the threat of terrorism in the uk remains "a real and enduring thing". he said 31late—stage attack plots were foiled here in the last four years. 0ur security correspondent gordon corera reports. for 20 years, surveillance and security have become ever more entwined in our lives — a sign of a threat that has not gone away, as the head of m15 told the bbc today. we do face a consistent global struggle to defeat extremism and to guard against terrorism. this is a real problem
and in the last four years, for example, working with the police, my organisation has disrupted 31 late—stage attack plots in great britain. a new counterterrorism operations centre was launched this summer by m15 and the police but the threats have also been changing. since 9/11, we have had a continued evolving huge challenge with islamist extremist terrorism. we have the rise of extreme right—wing terrorism and we have definitely a resurgence of sharp and complex state threats. the only major national security threat which has been comparatively better across those 20 years is northern ireland. the uk's terror threat level has fluctuated, spiking up around 2006 when al-qaeda plots were coming out of pakistan. and then again around a decade later, linked to isis in iraq and syria. but the hope was that it might now decline. m15 has been trying to focus
on wider issues like espionage and foreign interference, but the landscape has just changed once again — drawing it back to worrying more about jihadist terrorism. the concern is that the taliban takeover in afghanistan may both inspire extremists here and perhaps create a safe haven there for groups to plan more sophisticated attacks. there is no doubt that recent events in afghanistan will have heartened and emboldened some of those extremists. so even if the taliban is absolutely in good faith about wanting to prevent terrorism being exported from afghanistan, that will be a difficult task to accomplish. m15 may have expanded and we all may live with more surveillance and security but asked if we were safer now than 20 years ago, the head of m15 said there was no simple answer. gordon corera, bbc news. tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the deadliest foreign attack ever on us soil.
almost 3,000 people died as suicide attackers highjacked four passenger planes — crashing two of them into the twin towers in new york. 0ur north america editorjon sopel has been hearing the stories of three people impacted by the horror of that day and his report does include footage of the attack on the twin towers. the one thing that time hasn't dulled is just how profoundly shocking the sights and sounds were that tuesday morning two decades ago. screaming newsreel: breaking news story to tell you about - i apparently a plane has just crashed into the world trade center here in new york city. i think we have a terror attack of proportions that we cannot begin to imagine. this terrorist attack changed the world. nearly 3000 people died and thousands more had
their lives upended. this is the story of three of those who found themselves at the eye of the storm. my dad was an amazing human being. max was a ten—year—old schoolboy when he was called to the principal�*s office. his father, joseph, worked at the world trade center. i went down the hallway, and my mum was standing there with tears in her eyes. she told me what had happened, and we had a moment in the hallway. i think i was just very confused at first. you're an innocent ten—year—old thinking, "the world is great." and then, you find out someone killed your father. hundreds of miles south in florida, andy was also at an elementary school. the chief of staff to president bush knew he had to interrupt him. that's when i walked up to the president and i leaned down and i whispered to him, "a second plane hit
the second tower. "america is under attack. " ann was in her car when she heard the news, and she knew as people were trying to escape the twin towers, her firefighter husband, bruce, would be heading in. my kids went to bed. emily and megan were 17 and 14 at the time. - i stayed dressed, i laid down - with them but i didn't go to sleep because i figured somebody- was coming to the house and i would be in my pyjamas. it's weird, the things you worry about. - and at about midnight, somebody came to the house to say that bruce _ was unaccounted for. this memorial, with great restraint, does justice to the terrible events of that day. but nothing can capture the sense of chaos, anger, disbelief of what was unfolding. then, there was steely resolve, and americans were united and most of the rest
of the world stood with america. the taliban in power in afghanistan, who'd harboured the al-qaeda terrorists, would be driven from power and the us would try to replace the warlords with democracy. but 20 years on, america has abandoned afghanistan. i think we're still the greatest democracy in the history of the world, but we are not shining the way we used to shine, and, yes, we are tarnished. i do think that it has been a defeat for the pride of america and the respect that we have had around the world. 20 years ago, america was never more united. two decades on and the terrorist threat largely quelled, and america has never been more divided. the way we came together was... it was awe—inspiring. and in 20 years, the pendulum has . swung, in my opinion, the other way.
every day, i miss my dad. every single day. whether it's 9/11, whether it's january 13th, whether it's july 7th. i miss my dad and that will never change. and so to 2021, and the most powerful country in the world seems to be suffering a crisis of confidence. and in the manner of its departure from afghanistan, the kabul debacle, a crisis of competence. just off the tip of manhattan, lady liberty symbolises america opening its arms to the world. but 20 years on, the us feels much more introspective place. jon sopel, bbc news, new york. well, two decades after the 9/11 attacks led to the invasion of afghanistan, the taliban are back in power and presenting a new face to the world. they've promised to forgive those who fought against them — and to respect women's rights to work and education.
but many afghans are fearful of what the new order will bring, as secunder kermani reports from kabul. back in the classroom. this was amongst the first schools in kabul to reopen for girls after the fall of the taliban in 2001. they, along with female teachers, had been banned by the group. two decades on, the school has expanded. pupils have gone on to become doctors, engineers. aisha misbah has worked here for the past a0 years.
this time, the taliban are allowing girls to get an education but secondary schools remain shut, awaiting new rules from the group. conditions here also give an insight into the deep flaws of the previous government. educating generations of young afghan girls and boys has been one of the main achievements of the past 20 years. you also have to ask why a government that received billions of dollars of international aid couldn't even build enough classrooms for pupils in a school in the very centre of kabul. many would blame corruption. afghanistan's new generation includes what had been one of the freest medias in the region. now, it's under threat. these two journalists were badly beaten by the taliban after reporting on a demonstration.
american influence here is fading. this is bush bazaar, named after the us president. the military gear on sale used to come from the bases of foreign troops. now it's largely chinese—made replica, to the disappointment of taliban fighters. today, they're the main customers. secunder kermani, bbc news, kabul. our top story this evening. british teenager emma radacanu makes history becoming the first qualifier ever to reach a tennis grand slam final.
and still to come: a code outbreak means the final test is cancelled. fopp coming up in sport, ronaldo's return, we look ahead to what is being called the home coming for ronaldo as he gets ready to play his first game back for manchester united. scotland's first minister says the nhs is under more pressure than ever before — with scotland seeing its highest level of covid infections since estimates began, with one in 45 people having the virus last week. nicola sturgeon said only a �*foolish�* leader would rule out having to introduce more restrictions including extending the new vaccination passport scheme. in england, the culture secretary 0liver dowden has said that vaccine passports will �*almost certainly�* be required this autumn along with boosterjabs for the elderly and vulnerable.
here's our health editor hugh pym. a p0p up a pop up testing site in glasgow. a scottish infections increase, the first minister has told the bbc that covid has contributed to increasing strain on hospitals.— strain on hospitals. i have never known a period _ strain on hospitals. i have never known a period where _ strain on hospitals. i have never known a period where the - strain on hospitals. i have never known a period where the nhs i strain on hospitals. i have never. known a period where the nhs has been under pressure that is as intense as its now.— been under pressure that is as intense as its now. been under pressure that is as - intense as its now._ yes, intense as its now. right now? yes, and that is — intense as its now. right now? yes, and that is ahead _ intense as its now. right now? yes, and that is ahead of _ intense as its now. right now? yes, and that is ahead of winter. - intense as its now. right now? yes, and that is ahead of winter. the - and that is ahead of winter. the vaccine passports will be required in scotland at nightclubs and some large events from october in scotland at nightclubs and some large events from 0ctober1st. nicola sturgeon didn't rule out extending that and there was a similar message from ministers in england. indie similar message from ministers in encland. ~ ., similar message from ministers in encland. ., . ., , similar message from ministers in encland. ., . ., i, england. we will almost certainly be doinu england. we will almost certainly be doin: it for england. we will almost certainly be doing it for nightclubs. _ england. we will almost certainly be doing it for nightclubs. we _ england. we will almost certainly be doing it for nightclubs. we will - doing it for nightclubs. we will make — doing it for nightclubs. we will make a — doing it for nightclubs. we will make a determination as to whether we need _ make a determination as to whether we need to— make a determination as to whether we need to move more broadly than that _ we need to move more broadly than that. ' . ., ., ., ., that. the office of national
statistics — that. the office of national statistics infection - that. the office of national statistics infection survey l that. the office of national- statistics infection survey suggests one in 45 people in scotland had the virus last week, the highest since the survey began. in wales there were increases to one in 65. in england at one in 70 and northern ireland at one in 60 people, there was no change broadly. four out of five of those eligible have had both vaccines, but that leaves work to be done for health chiefs trying to persuade more people to come forward forjabs. after a surge, as the programme was rolled out, vaccination rates in england have been tailing off in most age groups. amongst the oldest nearly 100% have had a first dose, it is 60% for younger groups. it is still rising among 16 and 17—year—olds. a decision by the vaccine expert committee is due soon on booster jabs. there are varying views on how necessary they will be. to jabs. there are varying views on how necessary they will be.— necessary they will be. to get protection _ necessary they will be. to get protection after _ necessary they will be. to get protection after a _ necessary they will be. to get protection after a single - necessary they will be. to get protection after a single dose| necessary they will be. to get - protection after a single dose and thenit protection after a single dose and
then it is improved by a second dose and we would expect it to be maintained or improved be athird dose. we wait to see. but getting the first dose is port.— the first dose is port. some argue riori the first dose is port. some argue priority 9"°ups — the first dose is port. some argue priority groups could _ the first dose is port. some argue priority groups could get - the first dose is port. some argue priority groups could get a - the first dose is port. some argue priority groups could get a third . priority groups could get a third jab. priority groups could get a third 'ab. , ., priority groups could get a third 'ab. , . , ., priority groups could get a third 'ab. _, , ., ., priority groups could get a third 'ab. ., ., jab. there is a strong case for some --eole to jab. there is a strong case for some people to be _ jab. there is a strong case for some people to be offered _ jab. there is a strong case for some people to be offered booster- people to be offered booster vaccines _ people to be offered booster vaccines and a case for people over 80, vaccines and a case for people over 80. people — vaccines and a case for people over 80, people who would not necessarily have responded to the initial vaccine _ have responded to the initial vaccine. ,, , ., , ., ., vaccine. the nhs is ready to roll out booster— vaccine. the nhs is ready to roll out boosterjabs _ vaccine. the nhs is ready to roll out boosterjabs and _ vaccine. the nhs is ready to roll out boosterjabs and to - vaccine. the nhs is ready to roll out boosterjabs and to start - out boosterjabs and to start vaccinating 12 to 15—year—olds, if experts give the green light. the latest uk coronavirus figures, and there were over 37,500 new infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period, which means an average of over 38,000 cases per day in the last week. the figures also show there were over 8,000 people in hospital being treated for coronavirus as of wednesday. in the latest 2a hour period, 147 deaths were reported — that's people who died within 28 days
of a positive covid—19 test. it takes the average number of deaths per day to 135 over the last week. 0n vaccinations, 89% of people aged 16 or older have had theirfirstjab. and over 80% have had both doses. the food and drink federation said the gaps on supermarket shelves could become permanent. they said labour shortages were behind the problem. downing street has rejected the claim and said the food supply chain is highly resilient. the home secretary priti patel has confirmed that dame cressida dick will continue to lead the metropolitan police service until 202a. a number of her high profile critics had sent an open letter to the prime minister calling for her contract not to be extended. the family of a 34—year—old woman who was subjected
to domestic violence by her partner and found dead by her daughter have received a public apology from west midlands police. in 2013 suzanne van hagen's body was found alongside her partner's. her family have fought for more than eight years to get to the truth behind her death. they've been speaking exclusively to our midlands correspondent, sian lloyd. our world just ended that day, just absolutely heartbreaking. i just thank god that we've still got her daughter. suzanne van hagen was a much loved sister, daughter and mother. she died aged 34. her body was found, along with that of her partner by her nine—year—old daughter. sometimes i can think that suzanne is still here but she's... you know, she somewhere else. and i think to think like that is easier, you know, to cope with it. because we do miss her.
reports that suzanne had been abused by her partner, john worton, had been made to west midlands police before she died. during a postmortem examination, marks were found on her neck and there were traces of drugs in her system. the force issued an inaccurate press release saying her death was believed to be due to an accidental overdose. they saw and assumed what they wanted to. it was like when she had drugs in her system, that was it then, everything else was forgotten about and suzanne wasn't like that. and that is when our fight began, really, because we were adamant. that's not what happened, and that's it. the apology by the chief constable of west midlands police acknowledges that there were failings by the force in its handling of suzanne's case both before and after her death, and it acknowledges the additional distress this caused suzanne's family. the truth finally came
out that suzanne... . ..suzanne was a victim of domestic violence. i solicitor sarah ricoh has worked with the familiar to this day. police forces, nhs trusts, social services, they all have a role to play in combatting domestic violence. and when they fail, they need to acknowledge it, without the family having to waste these years of battles. the family have welcomed this apology, but say, after eight years, it's taken too long. yorkshire cricket club have accepted there was "no question" that its bowler, azeem rafiq, was the victim of racial harassment and bullying during his first spell at the county between 2008 and 2014. an investigation was launched last year after rafiq made around 40 allegations. danny savagejoins me now from outside yorkshire's gound in headingley.
ground in headingley. yes until 1991 there was an unwritten rule here that you had to be born within the boundaries of county to play for them. that was dropped. but that reputation is in tatters, because rafiq said his experience of racism left him feeling suicidal. an investigation by the club has agreed there was no question he was subjected to racial harassment and bullying and the chairman has offered his unare served apologies, but he said there is no evidence to show that yorkshire cricket club is institutionally racist. but it is going to reach out to former asian players to try and rebuild trust. but a committee of mps said the club
lacks genuine contrition and there are more questions raised about the club than have been answered by the report. thank you. england's fifth and final cricket test match against india at old trafford was called off this morning — just two hours before it had been due to start. a number of india's backroom staff have tested positive for covid—19, leaving the tourists unable to field a team because of concerns about further cases spreading through their squad. joe wilson reports. 0ld trafford's cancellation was announced too late for many who'd arrived to fill these seats. a refund is only partial compensation. working all night, so i've not slept a wink all night to get here today to be cancelled at the last minute i find shocking. come from london. yeah, we stayed here last night and we booked a hotel last— night when we came. for tonight. and now we have had to try and cancel that. so it'sjust been a complete nightmare. take a day off work and then there's no game. who's to blame for the fact that this test match
won't happen? i don't think, it's not a blame thing. we are still living in a very difficult environment for elite sports performance. so to go from one anxiety—inducing environment to another, which was the high performance playing field, is very difficult and i think at times that goes past the point where players are comfortable to go out and take the field and that is what we have seen in this case. even negative pcr tests yesterday apparently didn't convince india's players they were safe. well the super—lucrative ipl, indian premier league, will resume later this month. do india want their star players involved in that? of course they do. i'll be honest, i think all this is about money. i completely get players, of what they have gone through in the last year and a half, it's been difficult, biobubbles, the mental health side is very important, we have to lock after that. i believe this week was about money, making sure that those players get to the ipl, because they want to earn those big cheques, which again i get.
but i don't get it when it's at the expense of a test match. staging the matches is a major undertaking, these performers were booked and played at the test that never was. joe wilson, bbc news, old trafford. time for a look at the weather, here's helen willetts. hello there, it has been a showery day today, a lit of sunshine of course in between as it often the case when you have showers. but some western areas have had a lot of mist and low cloud. the reason is low pressure sitting on top of the uk. it moves away this weekend, so we will see lengthier spells of sunshine and fewer showers and it will feel fresher, because of change in wind direction. this north—westerly drops the temperature. we are keeping an eye on another area of low pressure. where we have had the sunshine in