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hello, i'm sally bundock with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the partially collapsed apartment block near miami is demolished before tropical storm elsa sweeps in and endangers the lives of rescuers. president biden says the us is closer than ever to declaring independence from covid-i9 as the declaring independence from covid—19 as the white house marks the fourth ofjuly with a spectacular fireworks display. the british government is expected to confirm virtually all agree three restrictions and england can be lifted later
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this month including the use of face coverings. and a stark warning from the taliban that any foreign soldiers left in afghanistan beyond september 11 will be treated as an occupying force. a very warm welcome. within the past few hours, the tower block in miami which partially collapsed more than a week ago has been demolished, small explosions were detonated to bring down the part of the building that was still standing. it will allow for the search area to be expanded and to be conduct safely with 121 people still missing. 2a people have been confirmed dead.
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a skyline changed in a matter of seconds, but unlike the time it took to demolish the remnants of this tower block, the horror that preceded will not soon be forgotten. the 12 story apartment complex in surfside, florida partially collapsed onjune 24. emergency crews have worked desperately since, searching for survivors amongst the rubble. 2a people have been confirmed dead and 121 are still missing. finding them remains the priority. bringing the building down in a controlled manner is critical to expanding our scope of search, as you know, in the pile, and allowing us to search in the area closest to the building which has currently not been accessible to the teams given the great risk to our first responders due to the instability of the building.
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the demolition was brought forward due to concerns over the approaching tropical storm elsa. small, strategically—placed explosives were used in combination with gravity to safely bring down while the focus now is firmly on those still missing, there are many questions to be answered about what caused the ao—year—old building to crumble and whether the disaster could have been avoided. president biden has said the us is closer than ever to declaring independence from covid-19 in a declaring independence from covid—19 in a speech on fourth ofjuly. he says the country is emerging from the darkness and isolation of the pandemic and while the virus is not yet beaten, he was optimistic.
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stepping forward for a dazzling display capping a year that has been anything but. celebrating independence day, but from what? listen to what president biden said back in may. a£111" biden said back in may. our coal on biden said back in may. our goal on july _ biden said back in may. our goal on july four _ biden said back in may. our goal on july four is - biden said back in may. our goal on july four is to - biden said back in may. oi" goal on july four is to have goal onjuly four is to have 70% of adult americans with at least one shot and 160 million americans fully vaccinated. but two months _ americans fully vaccinated. but two months on _ americans fully vaccinated. but two months on he is facing up to a more hesitant nation that he had anticipated. short of his target, 67% of americans have had a first dose with just over 149 million adults, 58% of americans, fully immunised. mission not yet accomplished. we are emerging from the darkness of years, a year of pandemic and isolation, a year of pain, fearand pandemic and isolation, a year of pain, fear and heartbreaking loss. and think about how far we've come.
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loss. and think about how far we've come-— loss. and think about how far we've come. since his election, joe we've come. since his election, joe biden _ we've come. since his election, joe biden made _ we've come. since his election, joe biden made addressing - we've come. since his election, joe biden made addressing the| joe biden made addressing the pandemic has priority, but almost six months on, he concedes the virus is not yet vanquished. the more contagious delta variant means that in some cities like los angeles, even vaccinated resident are being asked to resume mask wearing indoors and hospitals are filling up again when many remain unvaccinated. the best defence against these variants is to get vaccinated. my defence against these variants is to get vaccinated.— is to get vaccinated. my fellow americans. — is to get vaccinated. my fellow americans, it's _ is to get vaccinated. my fellow americans, it's the _ is to get vaccinated. my fellow americans, it's the most - americans, it's the most patriotic thing you can do. then reaching into his jacket pocket, the 78—year—old gets a card he says he carries with his daily schedule on it. fin his daily schedule on it. on that card — his daily schedule on it. on that card are _ his daily schedule on it. q�*i that card are the number of americans who have lost their lives to covid, the precise number. as of tonight, that number. as of tonight, that number is 603000 and 18 people
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have lost their lives. find number is 603000 and 18 people have lost their lives.— have lost their lives. and that number keeps _ have lost their lives. and that number keeps rising. - have lost their lives. and that number keeps rising. it's - have lost their lives. and that number keeps rising. it's not| number keeps rising. it's not the end of the pandemic they are celebrating here, though they are comfortable enough to get up close and personal, strengthened by the vaccine, convinced it seems the darkest days are over. borisjohnson is expected to confirm at a news conference this evening that he is confident the government will be able to lift the remaining of the coronavirus restrictions and england from the 19th of july. ministers hope that people will no longer be compelled to wear masks in shops or on public transport and numbers attending funerals and numbers attending funerals and weddings will be lifted. 0ur and weddings will be lifted. our little correspondent chris mason reports.
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from the cobbles of york to the minster, a portrait of england wandering back to normal as the government suggests legal rules, including wearing face masks and checking into pubs and cafes, are likely to go in a fortnight. i think it's a fantastic idea. i'm not sure masks have been necessarily a great idea in the first place. personally, i probably won't wear it outside but i will continue to wear it in shops and enclosed spaces. i don't think it's a good idea because i think it's gonna . bring a bigger risk of another spike. i and yes, cases are likely to rise, this cabinet minister said today. it does look as if, thanks to the success of the vaccine programme, that we now have the scope to roll back those restrictions and return to a normality, as far as possible. we should all be prepared, though, that cases may continue to rise — they may continue to rise significantly — but we do now have to move into a different period where we learn to live with the virus, we take precautions and we, as individuals, take personal responsibility.
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for the best part of 18 months, we've all had to get used to an unprecedented squeeze on our liberties and the imposition of all sorts of rules, like wearing face masks in shops, that would've seemed bizarrejust a couple of years ago. what we saw there from the minister was the strongest indication yet that so many of these rules are about to be swept away in england. why is the government sounding confident? take a look at this graph. the number of coronavirus cases is going up. but look at this line, too — the number of people ending up in hospital isn't rising anywhere near as quickly. the link is not totally broken. there are people in hospital with — who have been vaccinated, but it's severely weakened. so of course, the key aim now is to get as many people vaccinated before july the 19th. labour wants to get rid of rules, too, but... it is important that if the qr codes are going to stop, if the masks are going to come
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off, that we are absolutely confident that that is the right thing to do. and at the moment, all we're hearing is briefings from ministers, rather than the science behind it. we need to see that science. the prime minister will explain the government's thinking, its direction of travel tomorrow. separate decisions will be made for scotland, wales and northern ireland. chris mason, bbc news. get some of the day's other news, tropical storm elsa has started bettering cuba. weather forecasts warning of intense rain for days with the worst affected areas in central and western cuba. tens of thousands of people have already been evacuated from their homes. two people were killed as the storm passed over the dominican republic and one died in saint lucia. japanese rescue teams are still searching through wrecked homes and buried roads days after a landslide. at
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least three people are known to have died so far but more than 100 are believed to be missing. the area was hit by more than a month's worth of rain in just 24 hours. the vatican has said pope francis is doing well after intestinal surgery at a rome hospital. it is said he responded well to the operation but didn't say how long he would stay in to cover. the pope is 84 years old and before going into hospital he gave his sunday blessing to worshippers in saint peter's square. the suez canal authority and the owners of a huge container ship that blocked the egyptian waterway earlier this year have reached a deal to release the vessel. the two sides say the ever given will be allowed to set off on wednesday stopping the japanese owned ship became the japanese owned ship became the focus of world attention when it ran aground, blocking the vital trade route for six
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days. donald tusk has returned to lead the opposition party. he told members in warsaw that he would fight what he called the evil that ruled poland in the evil that ruled poland in the shape of the socially conservative law and justice party. the former president of south africa, jacob zuma, has fiercely criticised the judges who sentenced him to fifteen months injail, insisting that he won't turn himself in. he was handed the prison term on tuesday for failing to appear before a corruption inquiry. hundreds of his supporters have been camping outside his home in kwazulu—natal saying they were protecting him from being arrested. 0ur southern africa correspondent nomsa maseko is there. it has been an eventful day with the spotlight firmly on south africa's former presidentjacob zuma. hundreds of his supporters lined the streets and also gathered at his home saying that they were forming a human shield to prevent him from getting arrested. but earlier in the day, there were some confrontations betweenjacob zuma's supporters
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and police who were trying to prevent supporters from going to his house together because that gathering was illegal and the level four regulations here in south africa aimed at curbing covid—19 infections. but later on mr zuma addressed his supporters and said that it would have been a massive confrontation if police had dared to arrest him. he also said that he was not scared of going to jail, he has been there before. this time around he refuses to go because he believes it was an injustice to be sentenced to a prison term without having gone to trial. so as things stand, mr zuma is not going to hand himself over to authorities because his lawyers have asked the constitutional court to rescind the judgement that they made to say that mr zuma needs to go to jail
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for 15 months. so as things stand, mr zuma's lawyers will go back to the constitutional court on july 12 where the court has said it is prepared to hear him out. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: a news, still to come: full sports round—up including a full sports round—up including wimbledon serving a capacity crowd from the quarter—finals onwards. china marked its first day of rule in hong kong with a series of spectacular celebrations. a huge firework display was held in the former colony. the chinese president jiang zemin said unification was the start of a new era for hong kong. the world's first clone has been produced of an adult mammal. scientists in scotland have produced a sheep called dolly that was cloned in a laboratory using a cell from another sheep. for the first time in 20 years,
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russian and american spacecraft have docked in orbit _ at the start of a new era of cooperation in space. j cheering and applause challenger powered past the bishop rock lighthouse at almost 50 knots, shattering the record that had stood for 34 years, and there was no hiding the sheer elation of richard branson and his crew. this is bbc news. the partially collapsed block in miami is demolished before tropical storm imelda can sweep in and endanger the lives of rescuers.
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and president biden says the us is closer than ever to declaring independent from covid—19 as the white house marked the fourth ofjuly with a spectacular fireworks display. america and its allies included written invaded afghanistan in 2001 following the september 11 attacks. two decades later, the last of the troops are leaving, save around a thousand that will provide security. but as the us withdraws, the taliban is resurgent — and it's warned that if any international forces including contractors remaining in afghanistan, they will be treated as an occupying force. from kabul, yogita limaye reports. afghan soldiers now managing what used to be america's biggest base. international forces making a quiet, hasty retreat.
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gains made here over 20 years in threat of being lost. people have voted in elections. 0nce repressed by the taliban, afghan women are in school and work. for this woman, an mp, fears the taliban will be back in power. the women are finished here. it would be like black days for afghan women. notjust women, all the people. there won't be any rights, any freedom, any life here. how do you view international forces leaving afghanistan at this time? they are leaving so irresponsibly. after 20 years, theyjust went into an agreement with the taliban and said to the taliban that it's ok, you can do whatever you do. it's a failure. 20 years ago, foreign forces arrived here with a fierce push. the moment in 2001 when the hardline islamist taliban regime was driven out of kabul. america's response to the 9/11
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attacks, with the uk and other nato allies. the united states military has now begun strikes against al-qaeda terrorist training camps and military installations of the taliban regime in afghanistan. years of fighting followed in provinces across the country. this is helmand in the south, where some of the fiercest battles were fought. hundreds of british and foreign troops died here. thousands of afghan soldiers. the taliban were kept at bay. but not defeated. finally, the us signed a deal with the militant group last year. agreeing to fully withdraw foreign forces. they're leaving amidst rising violence. this is one of the roads
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that leads out of kabul. in the province just beyond, the taliban are battling afghan government forces. that's how close the fighting is to the capital. battles are being fought in more than half of the country's provinces. hundreds are dying every week. thousands being displaced. every day, more areas are falling to the taliban. but the group says there is no violence. it told the bbc that hundreds of afghan soldiers are defecting to the taliban — a claim the government denies. from their political office in doha, a taliban spokesman also told me that residual foreign troops would be considered an occupying force. all foreign forces should withdraw from the country, whether they are a contractor, adviser or trainers. because they were a part of occupation. that's a violation. we will react. but that reaction will be based on the decision
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of our leadership. he said embassies and ngos would not be targeted. the foreign war in afghanistan has ended. its legacy will be determined what happens here next. yogita limaye, bbc news, kabul. now to israel folau but says it is talking to other countries to unload surplus of pfizer biontech covid—19 vaccines. about a million doses are due to expire by the end of the month. a plan to transfer them to the occupied west bank fell through last month. also, a deal to swap them with the uk is not going ahead. mark lobel reports. israel set the pace on vaccinations last december. it secured early deliveries of the pfizer vaccine, agreeing to share its medical
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data along the way. but recently, about a million excess doses have built up after a slower youth drive. so who else could they go to? so far, around 30% of eligible palestinians in the occupied west bank and gaza have received at least one vaccine dose. but last month, the palestinian authority cancelled a deal to receive them, saying they were too close to their expiry date — thought to be july 31. in the past few days, the uk has also turned down a deal to swap them for doses manufactured later on. there's a humanitarian imperative that these vaccines end up in somebody�*s arms — preferably some people who are at high risk of being exposed or dying of covid. 0ne hopes that on the international stage, similarly, the right people will make decisions swiftly. israel says it's in talks with other countries to offload its surplus vaccines, and that pfizer would have to approve any deal. a pfizer spokesperson says the company is: "happy to discuss
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potential donation requests of the pfizer—biontech covid vaccine between governments on a case—by—case basis, particularly if this helps ensure the vaccine is used to protect people from this disease." the countries who have the financial muscle to do so have ordered many more doses of vaccine than they actually need, and there is clearly a need for agility in ensuring they don't go to waste when they haven't got people available to give them to. the world health organization has been crying out for donations to the covax facility they organised, which would be one mechanism to ensure these vaccines are swiftly distributed. researchers are considering whether vaccines can be viable for longer, and israel may need some of these vaccines as the more infectious delta variant pushes up case numbers there. but with time running out to find countries
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with the ability and desire to receive and distribute hundreds of thousands of vaccines in time, there is a growing fear such a valuable resource could simply be thrown away. mark lobel, bbc news. todayis today is known as manic monday in wimbledon. so many matches to go ahead today. how will it all pan out? let's hand you over to the bbc sport centre for the latest. mark edwards with your latest sports news. starting with formula 1 where red bull driver max verstappen has had victory in the austrian grand prix. he dominated again and is now taking control of the driver's championship. he leads lewis hamilton by 52 points. hamilton had a difficult race, finishing fourth behind teammate valtteri bottas and mclaren�*s. english footballers are back at their training base after their 4—0 win over ukraine in rome on
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saturday. they are through to the semifinals where they will now face denmark at wembley on wednesday but having lost and drawn to the danish team last year, they would be taking any. wheels wanted to grow as a team and that is important. —— we always wanted to. it will be a tough test against denmark. they are a very good side. we have seen a lot of the games and they are a tough side. we want to be at our very best if we want to progress to the final but hopefully we can do that and get a good result. staying with football and crystal palace have appointed former arsenal captain patrick vieira as their new manager. the 45—year—old frenchman emerged as palace's preferred candidate after a lengthy process since roy hodgson announced he was leaving the club on 18 may. vieira secured two play—off appearances while managing new york city and achieved seventh— and fifth—placed finishes during his two full seasons as head coach at nice
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in ligue1. with the tokyo 0lympics less than 3 weeks away, the world's top athletes have been honing their performances ahead of the games at the latest diamond league event in stockholm. the young dutch athlete femke bol ran the fourth fastest women's 400m hurdles of all time, being pushed all the way by american shamier little, who finished second in the fifth best of all time. wimbledon is back with the last 16 matches in the men's and women's singles on manic monday and the all england club has announced that there will be 100% capacity at wimbledon from the quarterfinal stage onwards. centre court will have crowds of almost 15,000, while court one will hold more than 12,300. the tournament is part of the uk government's events research programme and operated at 50% capacity last week. it'll be the first time outdoor sporting stadiums will be full in the uk since the pandemic began. and australia's ben 0'connor will be resting up this monday after celebrating his victory on stage nine of the tour de france. the ag2r citroen rider conquered the bruising mountainous finish in tignes
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and is second behind defending champion tadej pogacar in the overall standings. 0'connor looked as if he would overtake the slovenian before ineos grenadiers took charge of the yellow jersey group. the race resumes with a relatively flat stage on tuesday between albertville and valence. you can get all the latest sports news at our website — that's but from me, marc edwards, and the rest of the sport team, goodbye. 0ur our thanks to marc and the temples of apparently was all about the brawl in austria for about the brawl in austria for a traditional glassblowing competition that have you questioning technique. the contest which has been inscribed on the unesco intangible in heritage list shows, involves that manual mowing the grass and is judged by the time, effort and amount thatis by the time, effort and amount that is known. the top three are recognised as the best mower leading the mowing of the all surrounding fields to
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gather hay for cattle. a vital part of the area's economy. apparently among the other things unesco has made hay over is making because —— taking because course. —— making cous cous. hello. sunday evenings showers brought some flash flooding to edinburgh. for example, we had widespread thunderstorms for a time, and it's because we've got low pressure sat on top of the uk and it's with us through the day ahead. in fact, we're also watching this developing area of low pressure to bring some more persistent rain in later. but still plenty of showers as we get going on monday morning — perhaps a few in the south and east, as well as those close to the weather system in the north so, needless to say, a pretty mild start to the day. but it does look as if we will see more sunshine compared with sunday across the southern half of the uk. still plenty of showery rain
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across northern england, northern ireland, north wales and scotland as well, some misty low cloud near the coast, and some of those will turn out to be quite heavy, again with some thunder around — can't rule out the odd one further south — but fewer than we saw during sunday. some strong sunshine, but look at this coming in through during the mid afternoon to the south and the west. so once again with sunshine — strong sunshine — high levels of pollen — grass pollen, of course, at this time of year for many — so that's something to be aware of if you are heading off to wimbledon for the day. i think quite a lot of dry weatherfor the most part but come the evening, we are going to start to see those clouds thickening and the rain rolling in, and that's really a risk for tuesday as well. i wouldn't like to rule out showers wednesday or thursday. but this is the low pressure we're watching. clearly, we've got the scope for some really intense and torrential downpours with some localised flash flooding in the north. and then, this system comes in, sweeps its rain and across england and wales during the course of monday evening and overnight, so several hours of quite heavy rain, but also some unseasonably windy weather — some gale—force winds and gusts even 40—50 miles an hour inland, so that's unusual for this time of year —
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and it could well, combined with the rain, cause some disruption further north and west, as you can see. still some showers around on tuesday. that low pressure makes its way into the north sea, we think dragging rain up across the east coast of england and scotland with showers following on behind, so the pattern remains really quite unsettled. some sunshine in between, 18 or 19, so not quite as high as the day ahead. now, that low pressure then starts to drift and fill further north and east, so the isobars open up. not as windy by the time we get to wednesday and thursday — in fact, a ridge of high pressure starts to try to build in, so that will quieten down the shower activity — but there is still some in the forecast even until late in the week. bye for now.
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hello, you're with bbc news, i'm sally bundock with the top stories. global car sales shows signs of recovery after steering off the road during the pandemic. the right hailing giant didi says there will be a hit with revenues as regulators ordered it off trinder�*s app stores for violating was on personal data. and for the first time since its creation, and is not have to face off at the helm, one of the well�*s richest will step aside as boss today, so who is in charge and what will he do next? —— jeff
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