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tonight at ten — the head of mi5 warns the taliban's takeover in afghanistan may have emboldened extremists planning attacks in the uk. the warning comes on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks as the us prepares to remember almost 3,000 people who died. whether it's 9/11, whether it's january 13th, whether it's july 7th, i miss my dad and that will never change. also on the programme tonight... lawyers for the woman who's accused prince andrew of sexual abuse claim they've successfully served him
with legal papers. the british teenage sensation emma raducanu prepares for tomorrow's final of the us open the poise that she's shown, that maturity. i think i was about 26 she is way and frustration and disappointment and coming up in the sport, on the bbc news channel... british success already at the us open with victory forjoe salisbury and his partner in the men's doubles final. good evening. the head of m15 has warned that there's no doubt that recent events in afghanistan will have "heartened and emboldened" extremists.
ken mccallum suggested the swift takeover will have given them an immediate "psychological boost". his warning comes on the eve of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the deadliest foreign attack ever on us soil. almost 3,000 people died as suicide attackers hijacked four passenger planes — crashing two of them into the twin towers in new york. 0ur north america editorjon sopel�*s 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. oh, my god! this terrorist attack
changed the world. nearly 3,000 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 giaccone 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 card 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 van hine 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 didn't want to 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 a much more introspective place. jon sopel, bbc news, new york. the head of m15 says the threat of terrorism in the uk remains "a real and enduring thing".
ken mccallum revealed that 31 late—stage attack plots had been foiled here in the last four years. and he warned that more sophisticated groups could reform once again. 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 worry 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. afghanistan is not an easy country to govern and within which to ensure perfect security. 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. the 9/11 attacks led to the invasion of afghanistan. two decades later, 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 still 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 round, the taliban are allowing girls to get an education
but all secondary school classes are currently paused, awaiting new rules from the group. pupils here face other challenges, too. pleas to the previous government for new buildings went unanswered. educating generations of young afghan girls and boys has been one of the main achievements of the past 20 years. but 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. this is a generation determined to make its voice heard. covering recent protests, 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 international troop bases. now it's largely chinese—made imitation, to the disappointment of taliban fighters, now the main customers. 20 years of war have left a legacy that is increasingly unclear. secunder kermani, bbc news, kabul. let's talk to our world affairs editorjohn simpson,
who's in neighbouring pakistan. 20 years ago you were in taliban—controlled afghanistan on 9/11. how have things changed in those past two decades? i think everything has changed and it's changed in the way that some of bin laden, in planning the 9/11 attacks, hope that it would, it showed american vulnerability and it showed american vulnerability and it showed american vulnerability and it showed america wasn't the power that it had been. at first that you've got to remember that george w bush's plan was really celebrated right across the world. a lot of support for what he did. he didn't invade afghanistan, he sent american air power to support the northern alliance troops who got rid of the taliban from kabul and every other major city. so far, so good. but then, american officials decided they had to demonstrate that america
was back, that it was still as strong as ever, and they chose to pick on saddam hussein of iraq and he had absolutely nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks but that's not how the 9/11 attacks but that's not how the americans presented it. the invasion in 2003 was really unpopular around the world and eventually what happened was that american military power didn't look so great either in the war in iraq. you know, the real beneficiaries of this, the chinese don't like it if you say it, but the real beneficiaries long—term of 9/11 of the chinese themselves. john simpson. _ the chinese themselves. john simpson. our— the chinese themselves. john simpson, our world _ the chinese themselves. john simpson, our world affairs editor, in pakistan, thank you. the rest of the news now. lawyers acting for virginia giuffre — the woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by prince andrew — say he has been served with legal papers,
ahead of preliminary proceedings scheduled to take place in new york on monday. 0ur royal correspondent sarah campbell is here. sarah, what more can you tell us? these are the official legal papers relating to the civil case brought by virginia giuffre, who alleges he was sexually assaulted by prince andrew when she was 17. he denies the claims against him and says he has no recollection of meeting her. her civil case was launched last month that a court in new york and is part of the initial process papers have to be served on the defendant, prince andrew, in a document published today its belief that has been done. the documented div —— the document says the representative left the papers with a police officer at prince andrew's home in windsor on the 27th of august. it's not clear whether the prince's legal team agree those papers have been served in the correct way. we've tried to contact them, they are not commenting. it
will be for a judge to decide whether and how this case will proceed and a video conference has been scheduled at a new york court on monday afternoon, which should provide some clarity as to where the case goes from here. prince andrew is at bell moral in scotland.- is at bell moral in scotland. sarah, thank yom — 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 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. samira hussain is in new york for us this evening. emma raducanu arrived in new york three weeks ago and had already booked herflight home three weeks ago and had already booked her flight home for the end of qualifying. she may have overstayed her ticket, but she certainly has not overstayed her
welcome and this time tomorrow she will be playing in the biggest match of her life. 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. announcer: from great britain, emma raducanu! from the moment she stepped onto the court it was clear the british teenager from south—east london 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. i'm glad that whatever i'm doing i on court the fans are loving it i and i'm loving it too, . so we'll say it's magical. regardless of what happens tomorrow night this is not the end of emma raducanu on the world tennis stage. samira hussain, bbc news, new york. her triumph comes just months after she reached the last 16 at wimbledon and then had to abandon her match. it has been an extraordinary turnaround, with the teenager beating her far more experienced opponents. whatever the outcome tomorrow, she will already go home with more than a million dollars in prize money, and she looks set for sporting stardom. 0ur sports correspondent laura scott reports. emma raducanu's a—levels might have been in maths and economics, but the 18—year—old seems unable
to stop rewriting history. british sport's new star was living her teenage dream last night, drawing praise from the greats of the game. emma, again, really impressive. the poise that she's shown, that maturity, i think i was about 26 when i got to that level, so she is way ahead of me. yeah, again, hat 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 win the sprints and she was back there this summer to hand out the medals to the next generation who are desperate to follow in her footsteps. who's going to try extra hard in pe now that you have seen emma? yeah? it's little wonder this tennis club has suddenly become so popular. itjust makes me feel inspired because at the age of 18, what do you think she will be older and everyone wants to follow her tracks.
and also she's been winning a lot of money. i don't play tennis but i think she's inspired me to try it out. she didn't give up - and she's nearly there. it's inevitable, isn't it? seeing such a successful person, having the opportunity to chat to them or even being presented with their medal by her has been absolutely brilliant. and where she is today isn't just inspiring for them, it's for us as well. win or lose in the final raducanu can be sure of one thing, her life will never be the same again. marketing experts are already describing her as a commercial phenomenon, predicting she'll become the uk's highest paid sportswoman this year thanks to lucrative endorsements and deals on the horizon. her career earnings will break the £1 million mark, too. the sky's the limit, really. raducanu's already earned $1.2 million for reaching the final, and she's in exactly the right sport. tennis is very, very well paid for the female athlete. with each of her nine victories
in new york the celebratory smile has become bigger and more disbelieving. this teenage qualifier from bromley is nowjust one more precious win away from the most unexpected grand slam glory. laura scott, bbc news, bromley. 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. 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 pop—up testing site in glasgow this week. as scottish infections increase, the first minister has told bbc news that covid has contributed to increasing strain on hospitals. i have never known a period
where the nhs has been under pressure that is as intense as it is right now. right now? right now, and that is ahead of winter. vaccine passports will be required 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, with proof of vaccine status needed at the end of this month. we will almost certainly be doing it for nightclubs. we will make a determination as to whether we need to move more broadly than that. the office for national statistics infection survey suggests one in 45 people in scotland had the virus last week — the highest since the survey began last autumn. 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 broadly no change over the week. four out of five of those eligible
have had both vaccine doses, but that still leaves work to be done for public 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. whereas among the oldest nearly 100% have had a first dose, that falls closer to 60% for younger groups. it's still rising among 16 and 17—year—olds, who became eligible more recently. a decision by the vaccine expert committee is due very soon on booster jabs. there are varying views on how necessary they'll be. you get good protection after a single dose, and then it's improved by a second dose, and we would expect to see it being maintained or possibly slightly improved then by a third dose. we wait to see. but getting the first dose into people is really important. some argue priority groups should now get a third jab. i think there's a strong case for some people to be offered booster vaccines and i think there's a case for people over 80,
people who would not necessarily have responded to the initial vaccine. the nhs is ready to roll out boosterjabs and to start vaccinating 12 to 15—year—olds, if experts give the green light. hugh pym, bbc news. the latest uk coronavirus figures — and there were more than 37,500 new infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period, which means an average of more than 38,000 cases per day in the last week. over 8,000 people were in hospital being treated for coronavirus as of wednesday. in the latest 24—hour period, 147 deaths were reported — that's people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test. so the average number of deaths per day is 135 over the last week. 89% of people aged 16 or older have had theirfirstjab. and over 80% have had both doses. 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 nine—year—old daughter have received a public apology from west midlands police. in 2013 suzanne van hagen�*s body was found alongside her partner's at her home in birmingham. her family have fought for more than eight years to get to the truth behind her death. the food and drink federation has warned that the current gaps on supermarket shelves could become permanent. the industry body said serious labour shortages, such as lorry drivers, were behind the problem. downing street has rejected the claim and insisted the uk food supply chain is "highly resilient". 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 more than a0 allegations which he said had left him feeling suicidal. england's fifth and final 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 back room 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. but questions have been raised about whether the decision was linked to the resumption of the lucrative indian premier league. here's our sports correspondent, joe wilson. 0ld trafford's cancellation was announced too late for many who'd arrived to fill these seats. a refund is only partial compensation. i've been 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.
we've come from london. yeah, we stayed here last night and we've booked a hotel last night when we came. for tonight. and now we have hadl 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're still living in a very difficult environment for elite sports performance. so to go from one anxiety—inducing environment to another one, which is 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's what we've 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've gone through in the last year and a half, it's been difficult, biobubbles, the mental health side is very important, we have to look 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 these matches is a major undertaking. these performers were booked and played at the test that never was. joe wilson, bbc news, old trafford. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night. good evening. the day's heavier showers have broken out across north—east england, lincolnshire, and east anglia, and that is where they will be a few further rumbles of thunder in the next few hours. but, by and large, as we go through the night, those will pull
into the north sea and the majority of the rain will then be on this weather front across northern scotland. that continues tomorrow so quite a soaking in some areas. for many of us, the cloud remains, it's still quite muggy so it will be another mild night and a grey and misty start. but, hopefully, any patches of fog will clear fairly readily, there will be some sunshine available, particularly for england and wales, but brighterfor the east of northern ireland. a brisker wind, making it feel fresher and a real soaking, as i have talked about, for northern scotland but temperatures will be a little down for most on those of recent days, as they will on sunday, by which day, that northerly wind is pushing that weakening weather front from scotland across eastern england. and this is the fly in the ointment for the weekend — how far east and north it brings that wetter weather. so, as ever, we'll keep you posted.