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welcome to bbc news — i'm lewis vaughanjones. our top stories: england's footballers are through to the semi—finals of euro 2020 after a 4—0 victory over ukraine. they'll now play denmark, while italy will take on spain in the other semi—final. in miami, an approaching storm accelerates plans to demolish the rest of the apartment block where 2a people died and more than a 120 are missing. tens of thousands of brazilian protesters call for president bolsonaro to resign over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. canadian emergency services are trying to control over a hundred wildfires, triggered by lightning strikes, and the record—breaking heat wave. hundreds of supermarkets
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in sweden are forced to close after a cyber—attack that's hit companies around the world. the semi—final line up at euro 2020 is now complete. an impressive england side thrashed ukraine 4—0 in rome to grab their place in semis. england got off to the best of starts with a goalfrom captain harry kane in just the fourth minute. harry maguire scored england's second just after the restart, before goals from jordan henderson and captain kane once again. england now play denmark at wembley stadium after the danes earlier beat the czech republic 2—1 in baku. our correspondent greg mckenzie has been at a bar in south london with england fans, getting reaction to the victory.
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well, very confident team and the fans here tonight, they were confident from the beginning. not one person here tonight said england were going to lose. they're predicting 4—0. somebody even said 8—1 to england. england didn't quite get there. four goals. an amazing performance. the atmosphere here just amazing too. here's some fan reactions. brilliant evening! so impressive from the guys, and harry kane leading from the front and very we are not really used to that. very comfortable, very comprehensive. never in doubt. they go on to play denmark in the semifinals and they are a good team. they are a good team. if you offered us denmark at the beginning of the tournament we would have taken it.
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at wembley, i think it is not in doubt at all. and i'm sure will do the job. well done, well done. and to people here, but do you make 4—0. we knew there were going to win. we put our bets on england winning 4—0. i said harry kane earlier. and here we are, so. exciting atmosphere, it has been amazing tonight. the atmosphere has been incredible, we knew england fans come out for the football. we can't wait for the game against the danes on wednesday night. best of luck to the danes but we never going to beat them. to beat them. we are going to be in that final come next week and i cannot wait. that is not going to be any some of luck to the danes but we never going to beat them. we never going to be in that final come next week and i cannot wait. that is not going to be
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an and have gone through a tough time but the whole world and the whole country is getting behind england. many of these england fans will be celebrating and drinking into the small hours, into sunday, and that semifinal against denmark next wednesday at wembley stadium. the england manager said the success was due to a strong team on and off the field. there been so many things along the way. so many people involved. we have fantastic players, we have a really great staff in every department that create a good environment, and the professional environment. and of course, we've had to suffer a bit to get to where we are. we've had some difficult nights, some tough performances. but we are now playing with a lot of belief and i think the players can see what is possible and we still have a long way to go and we are not satisfied and tonight is another
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enjoyable night for everybody, and i've got to say, even before the end of the game, i was thinking about the next challenge and that is the one for us. we have never been to a european championship final and it's another opportunity to make history. we're going to go to the us now. officials in florida are bringing forward plans to demolish the remains of an apartment building that collapsed just over a week ago. they're worried an approaching storm could destabilise what remains of the block. 2a people are known to have died with more than 120 still unaccounted for. our north america correspondent david willis has the latest. for those leading the painstaking recovery effort, it's now a race against time. a tropical storm is bearing down on miami, packing winds of up to 70 mph.
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officials fear tropical storm elsa could send what remains of the apartment complex toppling on to those on the ground. so they're now looking to demolish it before elsa makes landfall. this will protect our search and rescue teams because we don't know when it could fall over and, of course, with these gusts, potentially, that would create a really severe hazard. that means boring into the structure of the building in order to install explosives — a precarious proposition given how unstable it has become. once complete, however, the effort will give officials their first access to the garage area, which has been the focus of the search so far. meanwhile, residents of another miami apartment building have been evacuated after engineers came across concrete and electrical problems. they're building isjust seven miles from the one that collapsed. there, two more bodies were discovered overnight, bringing the total confirmed dead to 24. david willis, bbc
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news, washington. the storm that's forecast to hit miami on sunday is already expected to cause damage to haiti and the dominican republic before heading north to the us. people in haiti are being told to leave their homes and officials there say the whole country is threatened by the storm. it already has sustained gusts of over 130 kilometres an hour. haiti is particularly vulnerable to flooding and landslides because of heavy deforestation. the us national hurricane center says elsa could bring tidal surges of up to two metres above normal levels. to canada now. the military is on standby to help evacuate towns and fight more than 170 wildfires. record breaking high temperatures mean the government is warning of a "long and challenging summer" ahead.
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british colombia is badly hit with many fires caused by intense lightning storms. documentary film—maker, and reporter, brandy yancyck is in edmonton, alberta. we can now spaek to elizabeth wolkovich who's a climate change scientist from the university of british columbia. thank you for coming on the programme. the pictures are awful. the scale is incredible. is your position that actually, as shocking as it seems, this is not a surprise? it as shocking as it seems, this is not a surprise?— is not a surprise? it is certainly _ is not a surprise? it is certainly a _ is not a surprise? it is certainly a surprise i is not a surprise? it is certainly a surprise to| is not a surprise? it is - certainly a surprise to anyone living through it but british columbia is like california, thatis columbia is like california, that is used to wildfires, they are natural here, however, with climate change we have made them much worse. they cover enormous areas now and the fire season certainly feels like it is starting earlier starting earlier and earlier. it is starting earlier starting earlier and earlier. it feels like it is — earlier and earlier. it feels like it is starting _ earlier and earlier. it feels like it is starting earlier i earlier and earlier. it feels. like it is starting earlier and earlier, what can be done? we will aet earlier, what can be done? we will get into — earlier, what can be done? - will get into the wider issues in a little bit, but locally, more locally, what can be done to try and mitigate this? certainly the services in
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british columbia, the military are doing what they can to put in fire breaks to start fires but most of the addiction to make ignition sources in british columbia are natural, so there is no real way to reduce the number of fires we have in the materials to bone, given the heat wave in the droughts, the ground is hard, the vegetation is dry, it is the vegetation is dry, it is the perfect material for a fire, it makes it really hard for firefighters to do their job and try to contain the virus. . �* , . , virus. that's really interesting - virus. that's really interesting and - virus. that's really - interesting and frustrating, virus. that's really _ interesting and frustrating, to say the least, it feels like there is not a greater dealer can be done. on the wider aspects of climate change, i am assuming you are calling for whole scale global changes? yes, certainly, it is really hard for people to deal with the wildfire system when it's constantly changing, so historically in british columbia we would rarely have such large fires, so early. the fires would very cover this much land, in 2017 we had wildfires in southern bc that were twice as big then we had
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any time in historical record, so without having a path forward for when we stop global emissions, it's really hard to plan because it willjust continue to get worse. that's interesting. _ continue to get worse. that's interesting, the _ continue to get worse. that's interesting, the data - continue to get worse. that's interesting, the data from i interesting, the data from 2017. in your eyes it is executed — absolutely size and scale is like nothing you have seen before?— scale is like nothing you have seen before? yes, there have been studies _ seen before? yes, there have been studies done _ seen before? yes, there have been studies done to - seen before? yes, there have been studies done to show. seen before? yes, there have i been studies done to show that the 27 -- 2017 been studies done to show that the 27 —— 2017 fires were an order of magnitude that we have not seen before.— not seen before. what is the mood in public _ not seen before. what is the mood in public perception? l not seen before. what is the i mood in public perception? the policy debate there about how to try and tackle this? the mood is — to try and tackle this? the mood is of _ to try and tackle this? the mood is of great _ to try and tackle this? tie: mood is of great concern because itjust turns mood is of great concern because it just turns july, thatis because it just turns july, that is much earlier than people like myself are used to worrying about wildfires, we usually worry in late july and august, so weathered just being end ofjune and started july, there is concern about what will happen for the rest of the summer. it is very unlikely to
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rain here before september so that means there is not much relief in sight from mother nature, and in terms of policy, i think honestly, british columbia, this is still rather new. california has had a string of really bad fires, british columbia has started to have multiple years of bad fires but i think we are still struggling with what to do, and part of that is because the main thing to do is to reduce emissions so that we actually have a path forward, to know what we will be dealing with, notjust what we will be dealing with, not just this year what we will be dealing with, notjust this year but in the next decades. not just this year but in the next decades.— not just this year but in the next decades. elizabeth, thank ou so next decades. elizabeth, thank you so much — next decades. elizabeth, thank you so much for— next decades. elizabeth, thank you so much for coming - next decades. elizabeth, thankj you so much for coming on and talking to us about it. let's get some of the day's other news. indonesia has imposed a partial lockdown in the capitaljakarta, across the main island ofjava and on bali as it deals with an unprecedented wave of coronavirus infections. mosques, restaurants and shopping malls were closed in virus hotspots. on friday it recorded 25,000 new cases alone with 80% of them being the delta variant.
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the former president of south africa, jacob zuma, has for now avoided going to jail after the constitutional court agreed to hear his appeal against a 15 month sentence. mr zuma was due to hand himself in by sunday or face arrest for failing to appear before a corruption inquiry. cyprus has appealed for help from the european union and israel to tackle a huge wildfire, which one official described as the worst in the country's history. the blaze is spreading through an area north of the cities of limassol and larnaca and has forced the evacuation of several villages. dozens of properties have been damaged but no casualties have been reported. tens of thousands of people in cities across brazil have been protesting against the government of president jair bolsonaro, calling for his resignation over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. the demonstrations were triggered by recent
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allegations of corruption involving the purchase of vaccines by the health ministry. mr bolsonaro denies any wrongdoing. here's thais carranca, from bbc brazil. she told us what the atmosphere was like at the protests: iamjust i am just back from the protest here in sao paulo, itjust started about two hours ago, so still picking up. yeah, it's very vibrant and very full of people, the audience is quite different from the pro jair bolsonaro protest that we have seen recently, which are mostly middle aged and elderly people, now we have quite a young audience that isjoining now we have quite a young audience that is joining this protest. yeah, people are very fuelled by the recent denounces of corruption in the politicians, of the dangerous
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vaccines, so the protest are very full today because of the corruption scandal that has been picking up steam this week. . you are watching bbc news. the headlines: england's footballers are through to the semi—finals of euro 2020 after a 4—0 victory over ukraine. they'll now play denmark, while italy will take on spain in the other semi—final. in miami, an approaching storm accelerates plans to demolish the rest of the apartment block where 2a people died and more than 120 are missing. two bodies have been found after a powerful mudslide hit the japanese city of atami. around 20 people are still missing. the city is south—west of tokyo in shizuoka prefecture and is a popular hot spring resort. it has had more rainfall in the first three days ofjuly than it usually sees in the whole month. sodaba haidare reports.
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this is the aftermath of the mudslide in the city of atami. knocking down and crushing homes and sweeping away cars. officials say the mudslide struck at 10:30am local time, leaving thousands of houses without power. atami is known for its hot springs and holiday resorts. it is in the same region as the famous mount fuji, which usually attracts over a million visitors every year. but there are fears tourism already affected by the coronavirus pandemic could be further impacted. atami is a favourite place not only for people from shizuoka but particularly people from tokyo and kanagawa and chiba, in the tokyo area. so basically it's going to give out a lot of negative
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connotation and fear, which means that psychological negativity is going to bear — possibly further hit the already burdened tourist industry in the eastern part of shizuoka, which is in atami. the region has seen heavy rains and flooding since friday. japan's prime minister is putting together an emergency task force while rescue workers on the ground are still searching for the missing. residents in parts of three prefectures, shizuoka, kanagawa and chiba, have been ordered to evacuate following warnings of further flooding in low—lying areas. japan is prone to mudslides and flooding during its annual rainy season, but the heavy rainfall is getting more intense and destructive each year has been linked to climate change. dozens of people were killed in flooding in july last year, with more than 200 dying
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in 2018 when parts of western japan were inundated by bad weather. sodaba hadaire, bbc news. president biden says the us isn't certain who is behind a ransomware cyber attack which has hit 200 american businesses and one of sweden's biggest supermarket chains. he said, "the initial thinking was it was not the russian government but we're not sure yet". coop sweden says it has had to close around 500 of its stores temporarily after checkouts began crashing on friday evening. cyber security firm huntress labs said the hack first targeted a florida—based it company kaseya before spreading through corporate networks that use its software. kaseya is now urging customers who use its data visualisation tool to immediately shut down their servers. well earlier i spoke to bryan cunningham, who is
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executive director of the cybersecurity policy & research institute at university college irvine. i asked him who he thought was behind this most recent ransomware attack. it seems fairly clear that the attack methodology is consistent with the so—called revil software attack group, which is based in russia and eastern europe. i think what president biden was doing was being appropriately cautious, because at the beginning of these events you don't know for sure. but it's very difficult for me to believe that an attack of this magnitude could be launched by a russia— or eastern europe—based criminal group without the russian government at least knowing about it and acquiescing, if not being actually behind it. ok, well, let's take that as a working hypothesis. obviously we don't know for certain, but if that is true, what do you think the response of the biden administration should be? well, i think the president has
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appropriately warned president putin that if this kind of behaviour continues, either with or without his consent but originating from russian territory, the united states will respond. and i think if it's proven that this was coming from russia, we will have to respond. ok, what do you mean by respond? whether that means only going after the actual attacking group as we did with the last ransomware attack, where we recovered a lot of the ransom money paid and possibly crippled some of their operations, or we actually go further and demonstrate to the russian government that we have the capability to attack their critical infrastructure if we decide to do so, i'm not sure. my guess is we would respond incrementally, working our way up to more serious responses. so maybe the next one would be seizing all of the ransom moneys back and putting this
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group out of business, and then if it happens again, attacking actual russian infrastructure. so in attacking actual russian infrastructure, are you advocating effectively a kind of more open, more public tit—for—tat? isn't there a risk there of escalation? a very serious risk. i have been working in this area for over 20 years, including two us administrations, and you always have to calculate not only the actual risk that when you strike at something, whether it's a power grid or a financial institution, you'll miss your target and/or cause collateral damage by hitting other targets than the ones you meant, and/or the risk that your adversary will miscalculate your intention and then escalate further than you're ready for. so yes, it is definitely risky,
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but i think it's gone beyond time to just warn putin. i think we do have to at least show him that we can put some of his critical infrastructure and his finances at risk, even if we don't actually attack them. the resort island of phuket in thailand is welcoming back international tourists for the first time in 15 months. before the pandemic hit phuket was the second—biggest tourist destination in the country, generating over $14 billion in revenue in 2019. now the thai government hopes to see the economy in the region pick up again as it allows fully vaccinated international tourists from low—risk countries to travel to the island without the need for a quarantine. anthony lark is the president of the phuket hotels association. he explained how the system is going to work. the system is quite simple. if people who have been vaccinated from those countries
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that are low risk or medium risk are interested to come to phuket for a holiday and not quarantine, they apply to the thai embassy of the country of their residency and they get issued certain documents, and they need to obviously be vaccinated. it's actually more simple than it may seem. it's a very careful and strategic system that really is in place to help protect not only the locals of phuket but also other travellers. and i'm presuming there'll be testing there? indeed, when you arrive off the aircraft there is a pcr test at phuket airport and then another one a couple of days later after you check into one of the thai—certified sha hygienic standards hotels. there have been 1,000 people arrive already over the last three days. and all of them have tested negative, so we're thrilled with the early results, but it is baby steps. i see, that is really
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interesting. it goes without saying, but the tourism industry is so important to that country. indeed. for the last 15 months this island, which probably generates — 90% of it is generated by tourism. all of the economy runs on tourism and there has been no international arrivals. it's been devastating for local people, especially for the kids in hotels and restaurants, boat operators — everybody. so this is a glimmer of hope and a ray of light after 15 months of a long, dark tunnel. and what about numbers? how long do you expect it will take to get back up to pre—pandemic levels? as i said, it's very much a baby steps approach in the early days. this is the first initiative that has happened in the asia—pacific region, so we're very careful about it. but we expect injuly and august and september
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for occupancies in the hotels to move from sub—10% levels up to maybe 20%. and then, as the winter hits in northern europe and all the snowbirds are looking for a dry, sunny, warm holiday, we're expecting europeans and scandinavians to bolster that to maybe 40% of 50% in the hotels. it's nothing near what it was pre—pandemic, though. ukraine's government has been criticised for asking its female soldiers to march in high heels. the country is holding a military parade next month to mark 30 years of independence following the collapse of the soviet union. the bbc�*s correspondent is in kiev. she says many battle—weary frontline soldiers are not impressed. the most interesting, important reactions in this case are the opinions of the female officers
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who fought on the front line, who served in the army or now work in the ranks of the army. i spoke to some of them and they told me that for them it's humiliating. despite all these formal explanations of the defence ministry, which even posted the pictures of other armies' parades in their social media accounts to prove that other armies sometimes ask their women to wear these high—heeled shoes — but despite all these arguments and reasons and explanations, they think that they shouldn't be distinguished in that particular way in the official ceremonies. maybe the big significance is the war in eastern ukraine
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in which women showed as equals, very often, to men in the battlefield. hello again. the weekend's weather was always going to be dominated by showers, showers coming from big clouds like these that were spotted over the skylines of staffordshire, and the heavens opening not a million miles away. in moseley in birmingham, you can see surface water building up on the roads here. and that we have this line of storms that moved across the midlands and on into lincolnshire. moved across waddington, which is just south of lincoln itself, and it brought a real deluge. we had 25 mm of rain in the space ofjust one hour. that is nearly half a month's worth of rain in the space of one hour, and i'm sure that would have caused one or two issues here. now, at the moment we've got
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some areas of rain pushing northwards across scotland. some heavy showers slowly easing in northern ireland. there are one or two showers elsewhere, some fairly big ones working across northern england for the next hour or two. but later in the night we're going to see another area of rain moving up across southern areas of england and rain pushing into southern wales as well. now, this widespread area of rain will then move into parts of wales, the midlands and east anglia before then breaking out into showers later on in the day. but it's another day where those showers are going to be widespread, some of them torrential as well. could bring around 30 mm of rain in the space ofjust one hour, so again there is a risk of seeing some localised flooding in the heaviest of those downpours. and there will be some dry weather between those showers as well. on into monday and tuesday, we've got the next area of low pressure that's going to be swinging across the uk, so the weather certainly not settling down in any sense. monday sees rain pushing northwards across scotland. sunshine and a few showers elsewhere, but generally a slightly drier kind of day for most of you. but then we've got this rain
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that's going to be moving into the south—west, accompanied by some strengthening winds through monday afternoon. monday night time and on into tuesday our area of low pressure pushes in, bringing the rain and pushing it northwards. gales developing around the coast initially in the south—west and then along the english channel coasts in the south—east by tuesday. showers follow our main band of rain through and it'll start to feel just a little fresher. temperatures around 17 to 19 degrees celsius. from there, later in the week those showers will gradually become a little bit less widespread. the weather slowly gets a little bit more settled, but before we get there, sunday will see plenty of heavy downpours.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: england's footballers are through to the semi—finals of euro 2020, after a 4—0 victory over ukraine. it's the first time in 25 years that they've got so far in the competition. they'll now play denmark, while italy will take on spain in the other semi—final. officials in the us state of florida are bringing forward plans to demolish the remains of a building that collapsed just over a week ago, killing at least 2a people. it's feared an approaching storm could destabilise what remains of the structure. 121 people are still missing. protests against the brazilian government's handling of the coronavirus crisis have been taking place in cities across the country. tens of thousands of people have been demonstrating to demand a boost to the vaccination programme, and the resumption of financial support for the poorest in society.


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