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this is bbc news. i'm david eades with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. us troops head for the exit in afghanistan — as the taliban continues to seize more districts, and over 1,000 afghan soldiers flee the country. in england, where coronavirus cases are rising rapidly, the prime minister confirms plans to scrap most remaining restrictions in two weeks. more abductions in nigeria as gunmen kidnapp at least 140 schoolchildren in the north—west of the country. and the british teenager emma raducanu's wimbledon journey ends abruptly as she pulls out injured in the fourth round.
in afghanistan, a development many people feared, and many predicted. violence is on the rise since the us military withdrew from bagram airfield last week, the taliban have seized more districts. this map — from a us defence research think thank — shows the areas now in taliban control — they are in dark grey, contested areas are in red and areas controlled by the afghan government in light grey. the claims about territory, are for the moment, impossible to verify. the taliban says it has captured 150 out of 369 districts in the past two months
of fighting. afg hanistan�*s interior ministry neither confirm or deny the claim — saying, that though the taliban claim the districts, it "does not mean all of them have completely fallen". and as the taliban gains territory, there is little if any apparent resistance from afghan troops. tajikistan says more than 1,000 afghan government soldiers have fled across the border after clashes with the insurgents. the bbc�*s security correspondent frank gardner reports. gunfire. on their own now, but still fighting the taliban. afghan security forces are in action this week without the us military support they've relied on for the past 20 years. the strategic air base just north of kabul is an afghan government hands now. the americans pulled out last week, leaving behind a deeply unstable country. the former president blames the west. the entire mission with regard
to the stated objective of the united states and its nato allies in defeating terrorism and defeating terrorism has failed. the military compartment that was intended to fight extremism and terrorism, that, rather than doing the job correctly and where it was needed, began to hurt and harass and bomb and imprison afghans. that's where it failed. that's where our failure today is. 0thers blame endemic corruption, inefficiency and massive waste. the conflict has costed an estimated $1 trillion and over 100,000 lives, and it could be about to get worse. taliban insurgents are on the offensive. they reportedly control a quarter of afghanistan's districts after overrunning several government outposts. they are insisting no western forces be left behind.
all foreign forces should withdraw from the country whether they are contractor, adviser or trainers because they were part of the occupation. that's a violation, we will react. but that reaction would be based on the decision of our leadership. in kandahar province — the former taliban stronghold — residents have been voicing their fears of what they think the return to power might mean. translation: the taliban don't want peace. _ the taliban want the whole government. the taliban are only killing. and there's another concern. 0sama bin laden may be dead, but his organisation, al-qaeda, lives on. many fear a return of the taliban means a return of al-qaeda. a nightmare scenario not just for afghanistan, but for much of the world. frank gardner, bbc news. lyse doucet is in the afghan capital, kabul.
—— the british prime minister borisjohnson has confirmed that he intends to lift all coronavirus restrictions in england in two weeks time, with a final decision next week. that would mean workers returning to the office and an end to social distancing. but it comes as cases across the country continue to rise. the uk government says this is manageable because hospitalisations are under control. with the delta variant, it is growing rapidly but this graph shows current hospitalisations are lagging way behind the second wave. they are still on the up but at a much slower pace and a similar pattern can be seen in
the statistics for deaths, far fewer than in the previous wave. mrjohnson has warned that covid and actions across the uk were predicted to rise to 50,000 a day later in the month. vicki young has this report. all around us signs of life interrupted by a pandemic. instructions about where we can go, who we can see even in our own home and how far apart we must stand, but in two weeks things could change. covid has not gone but most restrictions in england are likely to disappear. restaurants and pubs can open normally and theatres and cinemas can fill every seat. the prime minister put the emphasis on personal responsibility instead of government orders. i want to stress from the outset that this pandemic is farfrom over and we must reconcile ourselves sadly to more deaths from covid. there's only one reason why we can contemplate going ahead to step four in circumstances where we would normally be locking down further
and that is because of the continuing effectiveness of the vaccine roll—out. and in bristol, people are starting to contemplate life with fewer rules. personally i think it's better to be safe than sorry, but just like every normal person i welcome the change. it's the wrong thing, wrong decision. why? because cases are going up. at least give it a go and then if anything gets worse you can always go back. i think we just have to live with it. you can't keep living your life being told what to do. people are now afraid even to go out, some people. for some, the face mask has become a hated symbol of intrusive government. it will still be recommended in hospitals and enclosed public spaces but the legal requirement to wear a face covering will go. unions say that will put workers at risk.
the days of hundreds of pages of rules and regulations to follow will soon be gone and instead the government is asking us to use a common sense and make personal decisions about how we stay safe. it's a big shift in approach but comes at a time when cases are rising. the prime minister has been marking the nhs's birthday, and making sure hospitals can cope has been at the heart of his covid strategy. can you tell us how bad you expect it to get? obviously we have to be cautious and we will continue to look at all the data as we progress. if we don't go ahead now when the summer fire break is coming up, the school holidays, all the advantages that should give us in fighting the virus, then the question what the modelling would imply is we will reach that peak before we get to the point where we have the kind
of pressures that we saw in january for example this year. labour says some will need more support. to throw off all protections at the same time when - the infection rate is still going up is reckless. . we need a balanced approach and need to keep key- protections in place - including masks, ventilation and crucially on something we've asked for during - the pandemic, proper- payment for those who need to self—isolate. later in the week we will find out about government plans for foreign travel and when we come into a positive case what will happen. in schools entire class bubbles will not be sent home. we have lived under restrictions that we could not have imagined. today, boris johnson signalled it is time to get back to normal. vicki young, bbc news, westminster. joining me now is eric feigl—ding, an epidemiologist and senior fellow at the federation of american scientists.
thank you very much forjoining us. it does feel a bit counterintuitive. cases are going up and restrictions are coming down but the government specific views hospitalisations are pretty low. so is this the right time to strike? are pretty low. 50 is this the right time to strike?- are pretty low. 50 is this the right time to strike? thank you for having _ right time to strike? thank you for having me. _ right time to strike? thank you for having me. this _ right time to strike? thank you for having me. this is - for having me. this is absolutely the wrong time and the wrong decision, period. all i can say is it's a horrible, terrible, no good decision. the delta variant is not your normal variant. the delta variant is the fastest most contagious variant, more than we've ever seen before, it is much more severe, it is for— times greater risk of hospitalisation than the old strain and also it is vaccines somewhat attenuating and evasive so one dose is not enough and we know that with two doses, in israel we've seen
the efficacy drop from the 90s to 64%, it is the wrong time. eric, you are absolutely clear on that. isn't the point, though, that vaccinations in the uk are at a pretty high level. i know you mentioned israel death. and that while it is easily transmissible, it is not as virulent as previous strains of proved to be. that is a complete _ strains of proved to be. twat is a complete misinformation and completely false. that data, you are comparing apples and oranges. the fact is the delta variant is way more severe, way more virulent causes severe risk and risk of hospitalisation by four to five fold according to the studies, peer reviews and also according to government data. it is wrong to government data. it is wrong to say it is less severe.- to say it is less severe. what would you — to say it is less severe. what would you say _ to say it is less severe. what would you say than - to say it is less severe. what would you say than to - to say it is less severe. what would you say than to the i to say it is less severe. what. would you say than to the prime minister and he says, "look,
would you say than to the prime ministerand he says, "look, if we don't go ahead now, when do we don't go ahead now, when do we go ahead?"— we go ahead?" what is your message — we go ahead?" what is your message there? _ we go ahead?" what is your message there? is - we go ahead?" what is your message there? is framing | we go ahead?" what is yourl message there? is framing it we go ahead?" what is your - message there? is framing it as oh, we don't want to live under a shroud of lot down or we want to reopen. this is not a choice to reopen. this is not a choice to lock down or reopen. if you want to avoid lockdowns, everyone wants to avoid lockdown, nobody wanted lockdown, nobody wanted lockdown, if you want to avoid a lot down, the path to do that is not the one he chose, the past —— departed that is more mask, ventilation, air cleaning, ppe, those things we discussed by the puppies chosen is the path towards mock down and we don't want that because hospitalisations, nhs workers, healthcare workers, there is a toll it can take and when medical ethics dictate you should always protect and prevent people from suffering hospitalisations and long covid, which one in 70 adults --17 covid, which one in 70 adults ——17 adults and one in 12
children, that is not acceptable a statistic so saying, let's flood the hospitals right now, our hospitals right now, our hospital beds are not empty, thatis hospital beds are not empty, that is a complete dereliction of any public health and ethical measures, especially as a government.— a government. that is a very clear message. _ a government. that is a very clear message. eric, - a government. that is a very clear message. eric, thank. a government. that is a very i clear message. eric, thank you very much for sharing that with us. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: a russian gang behind a huge cyber attack demands $70 million in ransom. central london has been rocked by a series of terrorist attacks. police say they have been many casualties and there is growing speculation that al-qaeda was responsible. germany will be the hosts of the 2006 foot four world cup. pip the favourite south africa by a single vote. they're in south africa the possibility of
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districts and more than 1000 afghan soldiers have been said to have fled the country. and as coronavirus cases rise rapidly, the prime minister announces plans to scrap most remaining restrictions in two weeks' time. gunmen in north—west nigeria have targeted a hospital, a school and a police station — in less than 2a hours. 140 students were taken from the a baptist school in the early hours of monday morning. it follows an attack on a nearby hospital, where at least eight people were abducted, including nurses and three children under the age of three. 0ur nigeria correspondent, mayenijones, has more. nigeria's kidnapping crisis is spiralling fast. we've just heard of a kidnapping that took place at a hospital on sunday in the town of zaria. now it seems another kidnapping has happened at a school in the northern state of kaduna. we spoke to a parent who told us that in the early hours of monday morning, around 2am, a number of armed gunmen
stormed a baptist school in kaduna, they came into the back, they knocked down a fence. a mother we spoke to said there was as many as 60 gunmen, and they abducted the students with them. this is happening at a time when kidnapping is at an increasing right across nigeria. there is an economic crisis here brought on by the fall and the price of oil and lockdown during the covid—19 pandemic, unemployment has risen, the price of food is rising, and many criminals are turning to kidnapping as a way of making money, which we have seen in north—western nigeria, in particular, the mass kidnapping of students. since december, there have been more than 1,000 students abducted. nine of them were unfortunately killed. 200 students are still missing. unicef say some of them are as young as three years old. this latest kidnapping will be a headache for the governor of kaduna state who's vowed not to negotiate with criminals because he says it
incentivises them. unfortunately, this meant that a number of kidnappers have come to kaduna state and are carrying out attacks with increasing frequency. with the economy doing as bad as it is and with security forces unable to stop more attacks from happening, it's difficult to see how this crisis is going to end. mayenijones on the mayeni jones on the latest kidnapping in north—western nigeria. a russian—based hacking group known as revil has compromised the computer systems of up to something like 1,000 businesses worldwide by targeting an american it provider that writes and updates their software. one of those affected is sweden's co—op supermarket, which has had to close some 500 outlets — that's more than half its stores — because tills and self—service checkouts had stopped working. revil has tailored its ransom demands to the size of each respective company, but then on sunday said it would settle
the lot for $70 million if someone were prepared to pay it. in the cyber policy initiative of the technology and international affairs programme at the carnegie endowment for international peace, and is a former intelligence analyst for the us government. john, thank you very much for joining us. this sounds like some sort of auctioneering process as part of the daily business, and we are getting so used to hearing about these incidents. but not quite on this scale?— incidents. but not quite on this scale? . �* , . ., this scale? that's right. what we're seeing _ this scale? that's right. what we're seeing here _ this scale? that's right. what we're seeing here with - this scale? that's right. what we're seeing here with this i we're seeing here with this hackis we're seeing here with this hack is really the combination of two beings that happened before, but rarely together —— things. one is a supply chain compromise whereby hackers gain access to one victim and then use that to then get a follow—on access to many other victims. the other is ransomware, where a company's data is held hostage in the sleep pay cryptocurrency. both of these things are increasingly common, but this
is one of the most expansive hacks that combines boast techniques together, and that is why people are calling this the biggest ransomware attack of all time, although it is still a bit early to quantify the impact —— both techniques. i wonder what you make of this job lot approach, given it is $70 million and will clear everybody? these are all separate businesses? it’s separate businesses? it's fascinating. _ separate businesses? it's fascinating. we _ separate businesses? it�*s fascinating. we haven't seen that before. some people theorise it is actually too many victims for the ransomware to process. keep in mind these ransomware gangs operate much like businesses. they have a customer service line and people are paid primarily to negotiate and interact with victims. another possibility is the ransomware gang involved here it realised they had done a bit more damage than they had intended and the level of law enforcement and intelligence could be beyond what they
anticipated. rate. these are just two theories.— just two theories. you call it a ransomware _ just two theories. you call it a ransomware gang. - just two theories. you call it a ransomware gang. any - just two theories. you call it. a ransomware gang. any idea just two theories. you call it - a ransomware gang. any idea on how many are involved in this sort of thing? it may not be the work of a state but how many people does it take to form a gang like an revil? it is hard to say, because most of them operate now on an affiliate or franchise model whereby one set of people develop the malware and another set of people go out and gain access to victims and installs that malware. there may be a third set of people that actually does the negotiations and payment processing. but it is likely that this was the responsibility of russian cyber criminals and not something specifically ordered by the russian state. it is also important to realise that is somewhat beside the point because moscow has a long—standing government policy of tolerating and legally protecting these sorts of gangs. ultimately, vladimir
putin is culpable for such a tax. , ., putin is culpable for such a tax. �* ., �* . . putin is culpable for such a tax. , ., a, ., ., ~ putin is culpable for such a tax. �* ., . . ~' tax. jon bateman, thank you very much- _ tax. jon bateman, thank you very much. thank _ tax. jon bateman, thank you very much. thank you. - tax. jon bateman, thank you very much. thank you. they| tax. jon bateman, thank you . very much. thank you. they call it manic monday _ very much. thank you. they call it manic monday at _ very much. thank you. they call it manic monday at wimbledon. | it manic monday at wimbledon. all of the men's and women's last extend matches have been taking place. defending men's champion novak djokovic is through — as is roger federer. former women's champion, german angelique kerber, beat usa teenager coco gauff, but there was disappointment for the home fans as the last remaining brit in the singles, emma raducanu had to retire. ben rothenberg as a writer for the new york times and hosts the no challenges remaining podcast. the hardest working journalist in wimbledon. i do have to start with emma raducanu, partly because we're british very excited. but a slightly mysterious and very
disappointing into her fourth—round match? disappointing into her fourth-round match? ., , fourth-round match? yeah, very abrut, fourth-round match? yeah, very abrupt, mysterious, _ abrupt, mysterious, disappointing, for sure. she was playing well and second set seem to have breathing difficulties and left court for treatment and did not come back. it's very unusual for a player to sort of retire from a match or abandon a match without coming back on the court to shake the opponent's and in that sort of thing. it was concerning for her that she was concerning for her that she was able to make it back. she was able to make it back. she was doing well. there hasn't been much information from the tournament orfrom her been much information from the tournament or from her about how she is doing more the official reason for her withdrawal being her breathing difficulties that make you speculation there.- difficulties that make you speculation there. one very excited teenager _ speculation there. one very excited teenager does - speculation there. one very excited teenager does go i speculation there. one very i excited teenager does go out. as does the other, coco gauff, who are ——we are familiar with now. and angeli cobra, i saw that madge doesn't actually look pretty good. == that madge doesn't actually look pretty good. -- angelique kerber. look pretty good. -- angelique kerber- she — look pretty good. -- angelique kerber. she hadn't— look pretty good. -- angelique kerber. she hadn't made - look pretty good. -- angelique kerber. she hadn't made a - look pretty good. -- angelique i kerber. she hadn't made a grand slam quarterfinal since wimbledon in 2018, her last of
her three major titles, but she is really growing in confidence. think she is a player who builds confidence really well and she is someone known remaining in the draw will want to be across the net. she is also the only former champion left in the side. irate champion left in the side. we are still in _ champion left in the side. we are still in that desire area in women stand where no—one is establishing themselves, even serena williams, let's be honest, is struggling to maintain her prowess, if you like, on the court. i think you were pointing out something like there have been 22 different women's names in the quarterfinals for the slams this year out of 2a possible places? this year out of 24 possible laces? ., �* , , this year out of 24 possible laces? . �* , , . , places? yeah! it's been really remarkable — places? yeah! it's been really remarkable and _ places? yeah! it's been really remarkable and a _ places? yeah! it's been really remarkable and a completely| places? yeah! it's been really - remarkable and a completely new slate of players conveyed to the final eight in paris. already complete 100% turnover. and ash barty, the number one ranked player, ithink and ash barty, the number one ranked player, i think she has a chance of solidifying herself as being a force if she goes on as being a force if she goes on a good run here. maybe she will
add stability for the title. and naomi 0saka when she comes back, someone who is still very competitive there. it might look random but certainly nowhere near the stability of the men's side with novak djokovic. the men's side with novak djokovic— the men's side with novak d'okovic. . . ~ , ., ., djokovic. we have an australian roducer djokovic. we have an australian producer working _ djokovic. we have an australian producer working on _ djokovic. we have an australian producer working on this - djokovic. we have an australian producer working on this story, | producer working on this story, ben, it is in australia quarterfinal. ash barty against either tom langdon beach, who basically had that win. it shows how late it is there! do you think ash barty could emerge as the winner in the women's side? yeah absolutely! she is comfortable on grass, no—one doubts after she recovered from that head injury. and she is basically doing 0k, and herwins injury. and she is basically doing 0k, and her wins were convincing so far. she should probably be favourite. quick word about the man. no
surprises, djokovic is through. fetter is through but it wasn't easy, but straight sets in the end? —— roger federer. but there is no—one but novak djokovic to win the men's singles, is there? i djokovic to win the men's singles, is there?- djokovic to win the men's singles, is there? ithink if novak djokovic— singles, is there? ithink if novak djokovic loses, - singles, is there? ithink if novak djokovic loses, it i singles, is there? i think if. novak djokovic loses, it will likely be to himself. there are some capable players in the final that are still there. the winner of queens club is emerging as a solid player on grass. but i think novak djokovic is still ahead of the field and pulling his way over christian goring today was very convincing. not many signs of slowing down at this point in the tournament.— the tournament. dare i say, some of— the tournament. dare i say, some of the — the tournament. dare i say, some of the matches - the tournament. dare i say, some of the matches in - the tournament. dare i say, some of the matches in the | some of the matches in the first week were just spectacularly good west and mark have we already had the best half of wimbledon? i hope not! i do think _ best half of wimbledon? i hope not! i do think there _ best half of wimbledon? i hope not! i do think there are - best half of wimbledon? i hope not! i do think there are not. not! i do think there are not too many upsets, not too many sort of empty pockets with the draw collapsing but i think we are in a good spot. especially, it's really good for the
quarterfinals with fetter, medvedev, good stuff. plenty more to go- _ medvedev, good stuff. plenty more to go- i _ medvedev, good stuff. plenty more to go. i hope _ more to go. i hope they keep the lights on for you. —— roger federer and medvedev. this is bbc news. hello there. monday was drierfor a while across england and wales, but we certainly saw the weather going down hill from the south. this rain here is marching its way northwards across the uk up into northern england and scotland, where already in the past few days in edinburgh, we have had a month's worth of rain. now that early rain is moving away, but this area of low pressure is taking a band of rain — heavy at times — northwards up towards scotland and northern england with blustery showers following to the south. for a while, we will have some unseasonably windy weather along the coast of england all the way from dorset across to suffolk, gusts of 50 mph in the morning. it won't be as windy in the afternoon, but there will be some heavy showers around, and we have still got this more persistent rain, never really clearing away from northern england, pushing into eastern scotland. elsewhere, some brightness and maybe some sunshine. the showers are never too far away, and they may well be
heavy as well. generally, temperatures a bit lower on tuesday, 18—19 typically, could be chillier than that where it stays wet in northern england and eastern scotland. and as we have seen, there are some showers around, they could well affect wimbledon once again. it's going to be another day where we may well have the covers on and off. those showers will probably tend to ease off though during the evening and into the night. more places become dry, still got some wetter weather towards the north—east of scotland. the breeze tends to ease down a little bit, and we will find temperatures typically again around 12—13 degrees. now, it's low pressure that's brought all the rain over recent days, in the centre of the low pressure, by the time we get to wednesday, it's close to the north—east of scotland. so there's more cloud rolling in here and some patchy rain around too. elsewhere, there may well be some sunshine, but we are going to find showers breaking out, and those could turn heavy and thundery come the afternoon, particularly across wales, the midlands, across to lincolnshire as well. temperatures may be a notch higher on friday, still no better than 20—21 celsius. let's end with a glimmer of hope, because the low pressure is trying to move away. this is where high—pressure is, dry weather, and this is trying to nudge up from the
are back to this is bbc news, the headlines: russia, iran and turkey have suspended work at their consulates in the afghan city of mazar—e—sharif — as the taliban make advances across the region, a week after us troops completed their exit. over a thousand afghan soldiers have been forced to flee across the border into tajikistan. oui’ at least 140 students have been kidnapped in north—west nigeria, following the latest attack on a school. the military says 26 children were rescued. more than 1,000 students have been seized for ransom since december. nine have been killed and more than 200 are still missing. england's covid lockdown will end in two weeks' time despite scientists urging caution as the number of cases is still rising. the british prime minister says it's possible because 86 per cent of adults have been vaccinated.