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hello and welcome to bbc news. ceremonies have been taking place in the united states to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the september 11th attacks. in new york, a minute's silence marked the exact time that the first hijacked plane hit the north tower of the world trade center in 2001. president biden travelled to pay his respects at all three attack sites — in new york, pennsylvania, and at the pentagon in virginia. with more on the day's events, here's our north america editorjon sopel. drumbeat on this stunning clear september morning, they gathered in solemnity
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and sadness in lower manhattan. # 0h, say, can you see by the dawn�*s early light...# the weather identical to that fateful tuesday morning 20 years ago, but everything else was different. # and the rockets�* red glare... at 8:46 this morning, the tolling of a bell. bell rings the moment the first plane struck the twin towers. and the bells rang out at the pentagon... bell rings ..and shanksville, pennsylvania... bell rings ..the other sites of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. gordon m aamoth junior. edelmiro abad. and then the haunting, harrowing recitation of the names of those who died. ronald philip kloepfer. and my husband, joseph reina junior.
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and my uncle, james francis quinn. with the readers pausing to pay tribute to their loved ones. continue to watch over us and your family. 20 years feels like an eternity, but yet it still feels like yesterday. until we meet again, my love, rest in peace. the president, who has visited all three of the 9/11 sites, today spoke about the significance of the commemorations. these memorials are really important. but they are also incredibly difficult for the people who were affected by them. because it brings back that moment they got the phone call. it brings back that instant you got the news. ican hearyou. the rest of the world hears you. and george w bush, who was president in 2001, contrasted america today with america then. so much of our politics has become a naked appeal to anger, fear and resentment.
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that leaves us worried about our nation, and our future together. i come without explanations or solutions. i can only tell you what i've seen. 0n america's day of trial and grief, i saw millions of people instinctively grab for a neighbour's hand and rally to the cause of one another. that is the america i know. but today belongs to the people whose lives were rent by these unfathomable acts. i was sleeping when the first tower hit, and my mom woke me up because my dad worked there, so...he was a victim, and i saw the second plane hit and ijust hopped in my car. i was here the next morning. he sobs excuse me. you can't ever explain this horrible thing. . you know, and you re—live it every year, but, i mean, - i think for the families it's worse _
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for hour after hour, family members read the alphabetical list of names of those who perished. 0n anniversaries, new york can feel a kinder, less harsh place to be. very little unites this divided country at the moment. but the sorrow and pain of that day 20 years ago still does, more or less. jon sopel, bbc news, new york. let's get some of the day's other news the leader and founder of peru's shining path militant group, abimael gussman, has died at the age of 86. the official peruvian truth and reconcilliation commission says the maoist rebel group was responsible for the deaths of more than 30,000 people during the country's 20—year civil war. guzman was captured in 1992 and jailed for life after being convicted of terrorism charges. haiti's prime minister has accused the country's prosecutors of "diversionary tactics designed to create confusion" after he was invited for questioning over the assassination of
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the president injuly. mobile phone records appear to show that he spoke to the main suspect in the hours after the shooting. as prime minister, mr henry's not legally obliged to co—operate. police in the greek city of thessaloniki, have used tear police in the greek city of thessaloniki have used tear gas and water cannon to keep around 1,000 anti—vaccination protesters from the venue of a speech by the prime minister. halfway through his four—year term, kyriakos mitsotakis has seen his conservative party's ratings flag after wildfires destroyed swathes of forest, farmland and crops. you're watching bbc news. britain's18—year—old emma raducanu has won the us open in one of the most dramatic victories in modern tennis. she beat 19—year—old leylah fernandez of canada in two sets - 6-4, 6-3. raducanu only made it into
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the tournament as a qualifier, but she won the title without dropping a single set. she's the first british woman to win a grand slam title in 44 years. immediately after the match, craig 0'shannessy — a tennis strategy coach who's worked with novak djokovic — gave his reaction to emma's win. oh, it was magnificent. i spent the first week in new york coaching myself and i walked by emma several times in the tunnels underneath going back and forth to the courts and she caught my eyes. this girl has a swagger, this girl was on a mission. i followed her throughout the tournament and i am back home in austin today, and watched the final. she played magnificently. we not only have a superstar, we have a megastar on our hands in emma. she handles herself so well. she is going to be a guiding light for women's tennis for years to come, and congratulations to her. there is so much to say about emma raducanu — we will move on to her in a second. this was two teenagers
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playing in a us open final. what do we know about these two women? i can speak personally — not a lot. i knew emma existed because of wimbledon last year and then leylah, being canadian, has been on my radar a little bit. it's exactly what any sport wants — two young players on the big stage performing so well, carrying themselves so well, because you can really take that energy and that enthusiasm and take it to the grassroots and have young girls and young boys all over the world get interested in tennis and "i want to be the next emma". so it's a massive boost for women's tennis. now, emma raducanu was tested in all different ways throughout this, but her resilience really came to the fore in this particular match, didn't it? it hadn't been tested quite that way before. exactly. the final is another level, and neither of the girls had experienced it. what emma does so well is the return side of the equation. she was able to generate
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18 break points today, she won four of those. leylah only generated nine and won two. also in the return side, emma stepped in really well — she had four clean winners off the return side, and there was a ten—point differential between the two girls — 38—28 — with return points won. serving, emma did great but it was a return side of the equation that carried her to the title. she said herself that the process and mindset has to be retained to succeed in the future. her composure was just incredible — even once she'd won afterfalling on her back. she then composed herself so quickly and spoke so eloquently again. she isjust quite incredible. she is mature beyond her years, no doubt. the way she carries herself on the court, the way she walks around between the points. you know, she fell over towards the end and blood came out of her leg and they had to stop. and then on match point,
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she had been serving in the ad court a lot down the t to leylah's backhand, and just to have the wherewithal to be able to say "this is a good time to change it up". she hadn't served a lot out wide but she threw the ball nice and high, went out wide, won it with an ace. again, it shows the level of composure she had on the big stage. in other news, the bbc understands that lawyers for prince andrew are challenging a claim that court papers, relating to allegations of sexual assault, have been properly served. representatives of virginia giuffre — who has made the claims — say that they were lodged correctly. a usjudge will decide if the case can proceed on monday. the duke of york has always strongly denied the accusations. 0ur royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. royal lodge, prince andrew's home in windsor great park. it was here two weeks ago
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that a representative of virginia giuffre�*s american lawyers attempted to serve the court papers on prince andrew. this is the official�*s affidavit. in it, he describes how at 9:30 on the 26th of august he presented himself to the police officers guarding the property. he says it appeared... the official left, but returned the following day, when, according to the affidavit, he was... the official said he asked to meet prince andrew personally, but he was told that this was not possible. at the heart of this is the claim by virginia giuffre — virginia roberts, as she was — who alleges that she was sexually assaulted by prince andrew when she was 17 years old.
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prince andrew has categorically and consistently denied the claim. i have no recollection of ever meeting this lady. none whatsoever. you don't remember meeting her? no. buckingham palace is saying absolutely nothing, other than to emphasise that this is entirely a matter for prince andrew and his lawyers. his lawyers' tactics appear to be to keep as low a profile as possible for themselves and for their client, whilst intimating that the court papers have not been served properly. it will now be for a judge in a new york district court on monday to decide whether the papers have been served and whether virginia giuffre�*s civil case can continue. nicholas witchell, bbc news. this is bbc news, ourtop story memorial services have been held across the united states — to mark 20 years since the terror attack of 9/11.
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the events of 9/11 2001 were a defining moment for the world, leading to the us invasion of afghanistan, and the overthrow of the taliban, accused of harbouring the terrorists. with the taliban now back in control, our correspondent secunder kermani reports from kabul on how 9/11 is remembered there. at this busy market in the west of kabul today, few knew it was the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. some simply had no idea what had happened in new york 20 years ago. for others, memories of the tragedy there are steeped in afghanistan's own struggles. people affected in 9/11 are also human beings. it does concern. i mean, still we are suffering from those things that have been throughout those 20 years. we have suffered more than 9/11 in afghanistan. the americans, when they came here, they have changed our life. everything has changed. for the first time, the girls,
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you know, the school for the girls have improved. now how do you see the future? well, i think if it goes like this, it will be difficult for afghans to live in afghanistan. as you see, a lot of afghans are going out of the country. two decades after they were overthrown, the taliban's flags flutter across this city once again — their banner now in front of sites where western missions were once based. behind this gate is what used to be the american embassy. in front of it, taliban flags are on sale. in fact, you can see a group of fighters who have just purchased some. for many in america this will be a deeply distressing sight. questions are already being asked about what the last 20 years of war here really achieved. the us did manage to largely defeat al-qaeda in afghanistan. the taliban insist they will never allow anyone to plot terrorist attacks
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from here again. but their victory has emboldened hardliners. this man is not part of the taliban. but he has come here to celebrate their conquest over what he terms the corrupt previous government, which had been backed by the us. the 9/11 anniversary might not mean much for people here, but its legacy is something the country is still grappling with. decades of war are finally over. can the future be more peaceful than the past? secunder kermani, bbc news, kabul. we can now speak to 0mar samad,
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who's a senior fellow at the atlantic council and previously served as senior adviser to the former chief executive of afghanistan, dr abdullah abdullah. thank you forjoining us here on bbc news. thank you for “oining us here on bbc news.— thank you for “oining us here| on bbc news._ we thank you for “oining us here - on bbc news._ we had on bbc news. thank you. we had in the report _ on bbc news. thank you. we had in the report there _ on bbc news. thank you. we had in the report there are _ on bbc news. thank you. we had in the report there are some - in the report there are some distressing scenes for a us audience in afghanistan but also the 20 setback al-qaeda and separately islamic state. do you think we are now dealing with an evolved terror threat with an evolved terror threat with an evolved terror threat with a different form than it had 20 years ago?- had 20 years ago? yes, definitely. _ had 20 years ago? yes, definitely. it _ had 20 years ago? yes, definitely. it still- had 20 years ago? yes, | definitely. it still exists. had 20 years ago? yes, i definitely. it still exists. it has new branches stop al-qaeda central no longer exists. afghanistan is no longer a hub, a centre for al-qaeda terrorism and other affiliate. there is another threat that emerged a few years ago in the form of
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isis and is now one of the branch of that in our region. it is scattered. al-qaeda no longer poses the same threat but it doesn't mean that it is totally diminished. i think it can be better controlled now. the technologies have changed and evolved, as well, so there is a way to protect and there is a way to protect and there is a way to protect and there is a way to make sure that western society and other societies can mitigate any attacks. but it is never 100%. have the actions in afghanistan and iraq made doing occur —— may the world a safer place? i would differentiate between afghanistan and iraq on some level. afghanistan was the main, obviously, focus after 9/11 and the focus should have resolved the issue within a few years but they were distracted by iraq at some point and i think iraq took the whole
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anti—counterterrorism campaign in a different direction and created new dimensions of it. i also believe that taking our eyes off afghanistan at that point, around 2005, 2007, didn't help the afghan course. that should have been resolved sooner rather than now. there are many people who wish to resolve the afghan problem, especially after the death of bin laden and as well as the fact that al-qaeda is no longer a help to contend with in afghanistan and the international community have done quite a bit. so at this point we have entered a new stage, is a report said, and we are right, 360, with the telegram back in power in kabul. ii telegram back in power in kabul. , ., telegram back in power in kabul. , , telegram back in power in kabul. , ., kabul. if you step back from that reversal— kabul. if you step back from that reversal also _ kabul. if you step back from | that reversal also displeasure over the last 20 years with
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what were muslim nations, people around the world giving the us and the benefit of the doubt at the beginning 20 years ago and lots of displeasure building over that time. now they have to repay that relationship but how damaged is it? i relationship but how damaged is it? 4' relationship but how damaged is it? ~ , ., it? i think the benefit of the doubt goes _ it? i think the benefit of the doubt goes to _ it? i think the benefit of the doubt goes to waste. - it? i think the benefit of the doubt goes to waste. i - it? i think the benefit of the j doubt goes to waste. i think this whole issue of the muslim world, which is obviously a very complex world, not uniform, and then the western world, the rest of the world is also very complex. initially, if you remember, post 9/11 there was a lot of idea to build bridges and establish dialogue and that helped for a while, understanding each other, where we are coming from, differentiating terrorism from, differentiating terrorism from the mainstream of islamic society. but then for some reason we let go of that and i think in the past decade or more we really haven't built bridges. it is something we need to do again, i think we need to do again, i think we need to do again, i think we need to start a new phase of
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dialogue between civilisations and people's and cultures. there are a lot of lessons that have been learnt beyond 9/11 over the last 20 years and afghanistan obviously offers a huge array of lessons in that regard. huge array of lessons in that re . ard. , �* ., , regard. president biden has suggested _ regard. president biden has suggested he _ regard. president biden has suggested he will _ regard. president biden has suggested he will not - regard. president biden has suggested he will not go . regard. president biden hasj suggested he will not go for nation—building any more. do you think he has the desire to build those bridges from anything you have seen? building those bridges is very different nation—building. nation—building in afghanistan to some extent worked. at some level it was a shallow, somewhat, as we also. it hasn't taken the roots and i think again, when we engage again, and afghans engaged again come in nation—building or state building or reconstruction, they have to make sure that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past, that we use the best practices that have been learnt
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and president biden in my opinion obviously have choices but i would differentiate between nation—building, which can become very expensive and humongous project, from building bridges and making sure that different cultures, different religions and different religions and different civilisations understand each other better. 0mar samad from the atlantic council, thank you forjoining us. council, thank you for “oining us. . ~' council, thank you for “oining us. . ~ , ., the man thought to have planned the 9/11 attacks — khalid sheikh mohammed — and his key associates are yet to stand trial. they're still being held at guantanamo bay, the us detention centre in cuba. nearly 800 men and boys have been detained there. yes, it's notjust khalid sheikh mohammed who is here, but four others who were implicated in that plot to attack new york and those other sites 20 years ago. khalid sheikh mohammed is believed to have conceived of the idea of the attacks, taking it to 0sama bin laden and then subsequently
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planned the attacks. but also, walid bin attash is alleged to have trained two of the hijackers. you've got ramzi bin al—shibh, who is thought to have run the hamburg cell of the operation, then two others — ammar al—baluchi and also mustafa al—hawsawi — who are thought to have provided financial and logistical support to the attackers. so all those stories of loss we've been hearing all day, well, these are five of the men who it's alleged played a big role in a lot of that loss. and they are here and itjust so happens that over the last few days they have made their first appearances in a courtroom for more than 18 months — the legal proceedings were stalled because of the coronavirus pandemic. but alongside us in the gallery were family members of victims of 9/11 who were observing events — including one i spoke to, dr elizabeth berry, who talked in a memorial event earlier this day about her brother, billy, who had been a firefighter who died when the north tower collapsed.
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and she said there was nowhere she'd rather be for this 20th anniversary than guantanamo bay, watching the legal proceedings and seeing the search forjustice. it doesn't get any better than being in guantanamo bay on the 20th anniversary, being part of the first group of people back into the courtroom to see the proceedings start over again, see a newjudge post—pandemic and get to talk to your brother to a whole naval station, you know, of military heroes. it's pretty cool. and it doesn't get better because you're optimistic about where things are going and the fact that things have restarted ? i feel... yeah, i'm very honoured to that people are interested in listening to my brother's story. i'm very proud of him. and...i'm optimistic because we're starting again. for a while there, i thought i might die of old age before we ever came to the conclusion of this trial.
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now i'm beginning to think i have a chance — i might actually see the end of it. so, dr berry there talking about her optimism about things moving forward, but this was the 42nd pre—trial hearing of these men over a period of nine years. we still, though, don't even have a court date set for the trial itself. let's go back to the tennis — and get some of the reaction to emma raducanu's win at the us open from our reporter courtney bembridge. this will be all anyone is talking about in the uk tomorrow. what a stunning win. i have one of the front pages of tomorrow's news and you can see, "nation grinds to a halt." we can bring up a few more front pages. absolutely immense.
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she did it. the nation was behind her and the nation was watching her. she has her congratulations from the queen and we can bring that statement. congratulations of the highest order there. she has also had a tweet from the duke and duchess of cambridge. the duchess of cambridge was in the stands at wimbledon when she had to pull out with the breathing difficulties so she has been along this journey. that is a high end. 0n the low end, and her old tennis club in london, everyone packed into the clubhouse and was watching on and there was tense momentss, erupted of course in cheers when she did clinch that win. one of the youngest people watching there, we can listen now to what she said. i'm really happy that she won it because she's an amazing person and she hits the ball really well and when i'm
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older i want to be her. she obviously recovered greatly and quickly from those breathing difficulties. 0ther tennis players like tim henman, john, like tim henman, john mcenroe, are flabbergasted. absolutely. we have had numerous tweets from tennis legends themselves we have had numerous tweets from tennis legends who themselves been in this situation but said that to show at such a young age, so much maturity, both of these players, incredible. andy roddick, the former number one, american, said that these young women are a gift to tennis, an absolute gift. it shows these two young women going up against such immense pressure and keeping their composure and what a fantastic day. it has even shocked the tennis world that they are able to play at such a brilliant level and that there is only brighter things to come. a film about illegal abortions in 1960s france has won the main golden lion prize at the venice film festival. audrey diwan — who directed happening — said she'd made the movie with both anger and desire. the bbc�*s tim allman
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looks back at a busy night on the red carpet — and his report contains flash photography. for all the attention they get, you might imagine the rekindled romance of ben affleck and jennifer lopez was the only thing of note happening at this year's venice film festival. but there was the small matter of some awards being handed out. the golden lion for best film to... l'evenement. happening by audrey diwan. the biggest of them all going to the french film happening — its director visibly moved by the honour. set in the 1960s, it tells the story of a young woman looking for an abortion at a time when the procedure was illegal. it is an intense journey — a vivid depiction of desperation, trauma and shame. i did this movie with anger. i did the movie with desire, also. i did it with my belly,
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my guts, my heart and my head. the best actress prize went to spain's penelope cruz for her part in parallel mothers — her latest collaboration with acclaimed film—maker pedro almodovar. best actor was john arcilla from the philippines — star of the crime thriller 0n thejob: the missing 8. and it was quite a comeback for new zealand's jane campion — named best director for the power of the dog — her first film in 12 years. but the big winner was audrey diwan — for a film set in the past that still seems strangely relevant. tim allman, bbc news. let's have a look at
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the weather with nick miller. hello. sunday will be a much drier day across northern scotland. the focus of the wet weather shifting to wales as another weather system moves in — this one from the southwest. a lot of cloud to begin the day, the thickest cloud in scotland working into northern england. the chance of a few light showers. brightening up in northern and western scotland, a few sunny spells in northern ireland — as there will be in east anglia and southeast england. cloud increasing, though, in the midlands, but more especially southwest england and wales with some outbreaks of rain edging in — it'll be across much of wales by the time we get on into the evening. into parts of the midlands and possibly northwest england overnight and into monday morning. still, the rain affecting mainly wales and southwest england at the stage. quite chilly on monday morning under clearer skies, northern counties of northern england, northern ireland and scotland as temperatures fall well down into single figures. some sunny spells here on monday, rain mayjust push a little bit further up the western side of the uk, very patchy in nature on monday, the driest weather to the east and temperatures — for the most part — in the teens.
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this is bbc news — the headlines. sombre ceremonies have been taking place in the united states to mark 20 years since the september the eleventh attacks — when al qaeda hijackers used airliners to kill almost 3000 people. in new york — president biden urged people never to forget the deadliest attack on us soil. in pennsylania — where another plane crashed after passengers tackled the hijackers — the former president george w bush warned of the new danger of domestic extremism. the 9/11 attacks led to us troops invading afghanistan. the british eighteen—year—old — emma raducanu — has won the us open — in one of the most dramatic victories in modern tennis. she beat nineteen—year old leylah fernandez of canada in two sets — 6—4, six three. raducanu only made it into the tournament as a qualifier. now on bbc news, yalda hakim examines the rise of the taliban after the soviet occupation of afghanistan.


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