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lam sarah i am sarah live in tokyo where the 32nd modern olympics begins in three days time. the international olympic committee describes the delayed tokyo 2020 games as the most complex ever held. as athletes arrive, there are more positive test forcing some athletes to self isolate, others to withdraw. dominic cummins accuses borisjohnson cummins accuses boris johnson of cummins accuses borisjohnson of putting politics about people�* lives during the pandemic. fires flare across russia as a heat wave tears
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through one and a half million hectares of land in siberian region. very welcome to tokyo, where for the next three weeks bbc world news will be broadcasting from the stunning location high above tokyo bay, to bring you the very latest on what is arguably the most controversial olympic games for a generation. a games delayed a year and now proceeding in a global pandemic. and with just four days to go until they get underway, the olympic village has been hit by a fourth coronavirus case. so far, two south african footballers, a czech beach volleyball player and an american gymnast have all tested positive for covid—i9.
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62 cases in total have been reported among the athletes, media, contractors and other personnel. all of this is a concern for the japanese public, especially in tokyo itself where cases continue to rise. but the international olympic committee insists that these positive cases do not post a wider threat to the population. we heard from some people in tokyo how they feel about the games. translation: i am a nurse and hospitals are overwhelmed, so i don�*t think it makes sense to go ahead with the olympics. translation: i think we have to live with covid. major league baseballjust had its all—star game, so i thinkjapan should go ahead with the olympics too. translation: the number of new infections is rising, so it�*s worrying to have many people arriving from overseas.
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i know they have to quarantine, but i don�*t think the rules are that strict. translation: the olympics are only worthy with spectators, there was a baseball game without any fans and it was a bit lame. translation: it would�*ve been a lot more fun if it wasn�*t for covid, but instead of more people getting ill i think it�*s best to have the games without any spectators. let�*s speak to tara kirksall now, a former olympic medal weddings swimmer and now a scholar. hello, lovely to have you with us. from your point of view, when we have come through ourjourney to get here as journalists, we had so many tests along the way, self isolation, tracing all of our
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contacts, and even here now, we are in our own little bubble. that�*s all some of the measures the international olympic committee and japanese organisers have put in place. from your point of view, do you feel that is enough? i from your point of view, do you feel that is enough?— feel that is enough? i think the mitigation _ feel that is enough? i think the mitigation measures i feel that is enough? i thinkl the mitigation measures put feel that is enough? i think- the mitigation measures put in place by the ioc make a lot of sense. the frequent testing, isolation that you mentioned, high vaccination rates, that gives us a better chance. there is always human factors though, and the possibility that things do go wrong when they are put in place, so hopefully what we�*re seeing now with the cases that are being identified are the measures as expected. because we are seeing these positive coronavirus cases come out, we have had four within the village but we know there have been 62 in total from the contention that have come in now. how do you take into account those numbers, and whether that shows that the system is working or whether there is a possibility that that might pose a risk to the
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widerjapanese population? i wider japanese population? i don't widerjapanese population? i don't find the cases we are don�*t find the cases we are seeing comforting, but i don�*t think it�*s unexpected. we�*re going to see cases continue to be identified as people come into the country, but i think the key is to keep those cases from becoming something more, so, catching cases is the thing we need to see happen more and more now. we need to see happen more and more nova— more now. one of the issues that we have _ more now. one of the issues that we have had _ more now. one of the issues that we have had within - more now. one of the issues| that we have had within these games, one of the countermeasures is that now, the organisers are not going to have public attending. is that the right call for you? i have public attending. is that the right call for you?- the right call for you? i think that was the _ the right call for you? i think that was the right _ the right call for you? i think that was the right call, - the right call for you? i think that was the right call, to . that was the right call, to have no fans, since japan has been slow to get its vaccination rates up, and we�*re seeing cases rise in tokyo, i think it is the right call. it will be and eerie, but perhaps it is really appropriate to let us know that there is still a pandemic defied, and the reason we need to do better to prepare
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for pandemics in the future. oi for pandemics in the future. of course, you know exactly what it is like to be an athlete, to compete at the very top of your sport, to win a medal at the olympics. how do you think those athletes will be feeling knowing some of some of those will be diving into the pool and no—one will be there. it will be different, strange, but i do think when i was an athlete, i had international competitions where it was dead silence when i walked out, to be introduced, so many of these athletes train without fans as well, so i think some will find it very strange and some may find it less of a distraction, we will have to see what happens. we will have to see what happens-_ we will have to see what hauens. ., , ., ., ., happens. lovely for you to 'oin us here on bbci happens. lovely for you to 'oin us here on bbc world �* happens. lovely for you to join us here on bbc world news, i happens. lovely for you to join | us here on bbc world news, we appreciate your time. we�*re going to move on talk to ajapanese tv we�*re going to move on talk to a japanese tv personality and radio host. chris, in different
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times this would have been such a moment for you, times this would have been such a moment foryou, i times this would have been such a moment for you, i know you do a moment for you, i know you do a lot of travel broadcasting, you would have been recommending places for all the incoming tourists to go, to see the sights, how do you feel about how these games are taking place at the moment? we have taking place at the moment? - have prepared so much into our japanese country, it was really exciting, and a lot of preparation has gone into it, and obviously, we could have done it under better circumstances, definitely the pandemic has put an enormous damper on it, but yeah, i think wejust have to damper on it, but yeah, i think we just have to go through with it, ithink we just have to go through with it, i think we have reached a point of no return, and i think if there was a choice of doing it or not doing it, i think we have to go and do it. so you
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never would _ have to go and do it. so you never would have _ have to go and do it. so you never would have thought i have to go and do it. so you - never would have thought about perhaps cancelling these games? well, you know, that�*s already a moot point. i think again, the pandemic, this is a first—time occurrence, and i don�*t think anybody had a precedence on how to deal with it, and situations change, i think we all felt that the pandemic was going to end, i thought it was going to end in like three months, six months at the most, i didn�*t think it would be this long. the first cancellation, but that is not really the case, and there is so much in flux, and that�*s what i think has really made this olympics so difficult. from your perspective, you talk to an awful lot of people through your programmes on tv and radio and we have seen the polls are saying anywhere around 70% of the japanese public are not in support of these games taking place. do
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you think attitudes may change as the games start to begin and the sport perhaps takes over? you know there has been a lot of, i wouldn�*t say compromise, but as you know, no spectators in tokyo, and the other prefectures whether games are taking place, ithink prefectures whether games are taking place, i think there are spectators in hokkaido, which again, i very far off, very low infection rate, so there has been made a compromise, it will been made a compromise, it will be the very first olympics where there will be no spectators, so, but again, there has been so much preparation that went into it, it�*s like building a house and tearing it down before anybody lives in it, so even in a limited scale, i think it�*s good for the country to go through with it. just imagine if there was no olympics, the 2020 olympics is kind of like a mirage, it never really happened, and again, so much
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resource and energy has gone into this project, definitely, i have mixed feelings about it as well, but but we have reached a point of no return, and talking otherwise i think is moot. , , ., , and talking otherwise i think is moot. ,, ., , ., is moot. press, lovely to get our is moot. press, lovely to get your thoughts. _ is moot. press, lovely to get your thoughts. from - is moot. press, lovely to get your thoughts. from here, l your thoughts. from here, tokyo, we will go right back to david in studio. much anticipation at the start of the tokyo olympics at last. here in the uk, dominic cummings, the formative advisor to the prime minister has claimed that borisjohnson resisted tightening coronavirus restrictions again last autumn because the virus is mainly affected the elderly. in a series of messages seen by the bbc, the messages said that the people dying from covid were all over the age of 80. number
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ten said the government has always taken the necessary action to protect lives guided by the best scientific advice. mr cummings has been giving his first broadcast interview since leaving downing street last september. putting on to record, guys. yeah, is everybody happy? no one was closer to the prime minister in government. since their bitter fallout, no one has been more vicious than him. architect of the brexit campaign, agitator in number 10, and top adviser in the pandemic. looking back to last autumn when coronavirus crept back, what does he now claim went wrong? the prime minister�*s attitude was that, essentially, the first lockdown was a disaster, we should never have done it. he thought we should never have done the first lockdown? he said we should never have done the first lockdown. he said that repeatedly in meetings at number 10. by the middle of october, then... yeah.
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..this debate is still going on. his attitude at that point was a weird mix of, partly, it�*s all nonsense and lockdowns don�*t work anyway, and partly, well, this is terrible, but the people who are dying are essentially all over 80, and we can�*t kill the economyjust because of people dying over 80. that�*s a very serious claim to make. what evidence do you have of that? well, lots of people heard the prime minister say that. the prime minister texted that to me and other people. in a series of whatsapps to aides, shared with the bbc, from the 15th of october, borisjohnson appears to say, the age of covid patients dying was above life expectancy, so get covid and live longer, going on to say, "i no longer buy all this nhs overwhelmed stuff." a lot of people listening to you today mightjust think, this is revenge. you lost the argument.
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you lost yourjob. and now you�*re angry and so you�*re attacking. it�*s revenge, isn�*t it? no, it�*s not about revenge. it�*s about... and also, it doesn�*t matter if it�*s personal. it doesn�*t matter if people are upset. a lot of people have a pop at me. you don�*t see me crying about it. the reason i am speaking out is, i want people to be thinking about these questions. how are we governed? how is power actually exercised in number 10? what sort of things should be more transparent? at the end of october, national lockdown returned, and downing street told us... "since the start of the pandemic, the prime minister has taken the necessary action to protect lives and livelihoods, guided by the best scientific advice, and prevented the nhs from being overwhelmed through three national lockdowns." yet mr cummings claims at the very start, in march, borisjohnson was slow to take covid seriously.
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on the evening of wednesday the 18th, he was... the normal thing on a wednesday evening is to go and see the queen. and therefore, he was going to go and see the queen. but what happened then? because obviously, the health advice was already, especially for the very elderly, you know, people should take every precaution. he said, well, that is what i do every wednesday, sod this, i�*m going to go and see her. so i said to him, there�*s people in this office who are isolating. you might have coronavirus. i might have coronavirus. you can�*t go and see the queen. what if you give...? what if you go and see her and then give the queen coronavirus? like, obviously, you can�*t go. did the possibility go through your head at that moment that the prime minister might pass coronavirus to the queen? yes. how did you persuade him not to do it? ijust said, if you go and you give her coronavirus and she dies, what...? what are you going to...?
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you can�*t do that. you can�*t risk that. it is completely insane. and he said, he basicallyjust hadn�*t thought it through. and he said, yeah, holy...i can�*t go. downing street says that didn�*t happen. downing street says that didn't ha en. , . downing street says that didn't hauen. , ., , happen. they have officially said it didn't, _ happen. they have officially said it didn't, but _ happen. they have officially said it didn't, but i - happen. they have officially said it didn't, but i happen l happen. they have officially. said it didn't, but i happen to said it didn�*t, but i happen to know other people there who know other people there who know that it happened. that was the former chief adviser to borisjohnson, dominic cummings, speaking to our political editor. please stay with us, coming up — three, two, one! yes, the covid restrictions are lifted in england, so no mandatory masks or social distancing, although new cases continue to rise. we will have the latest.
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coming down the ladder now. that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. a catastrophic engine fire is being blamed tonight for the first crash in the 30 year history of concorde, the world�*s only supersonic airliner. it was one of the most vivid symbols of the violence and hatred to that tore apart the state of yugoslavia. but now a decade later, it has been painstakingly rebuilt and opens again today. there's been a 50% decrease in sperm quantity, and an increase in malfunctioning sperm unable to swim properly. thousands of households across the country are suspiciously- quiet this lunchtime - as children bury their noses in the final instalment of harry potter. -
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this is bbc news, the latest headlines: as athletes continue to arrive for the olympic games, more positive coronavirus cases. the international olympic committee describes these games as the most complex ever held. the former chief adviser to boris johnson, dominic cummings, accuses him of putting politics ahead of lives in at the pandemic. in germany, more than 170 people are missing following the disaster last week, flooding, with a further 160 confirmed dead. authorities say they expect many bodies will be found in places where floodwaters haven�*t yet receded. the interior minister has rejected calls to resign over accusations that there were catastrophic shortcomings
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in the flood warning system. austria has been hit by the flooding as well. lots of pictures from the weekend. this led to emergency crews rescuing people from several regions. floodwaters had this local street. they saw more rainfall in one hour than they have in the previous seven weeks. here is another example of the elements. an area of land almost as big as wales is burning as heat waves hit siberia. less than two months and the fires have spewed out more than 150 megatons of carbon dioxide, an amount operable to the emissions of venezuela in 2017. our russian correspondent has more. we need to remember that the
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effect is huge. it can be compared to one third of the territory of beijing, so, thousands of people mainly in villages and small towns had to flee and leave their houses, leaving everything behind because of the fire. in certain areas, fire is spreading as quickly as 150 metres per minute, extremely quickly, and of course this is amplified by extreme heat, so people are saying that the conditions are unbearable. the russian emergency ministry as trying to put the fires down, but, you know, at the moment the situation is critical. unfortunately, such news, such a situation repeat themselves almost every year, we hear similar stories. almost every year, we hear similarstories. it almost every year, we hear similar stories. it is hard to understand what the nature as of the fires, why they are repeating themselves almost every year. on the one hand, you know, it is global warming,
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of course, extreme heat, the climate is changing, but on the other hand, you know, officials are saying the majority of those fires have a human factor behind them, so they have human nature. many ecological activists are saying this fire corresponds to the fact that there are huge amounts of illegal cutting and russia, illegal cutting and russia, illegal logging, and in order to cover up those wrongdoings, you know, sometimes people put forests on fire and it is very hard to distinguish where all the wood has disappeared — whether it was cut illegally or damaged by fire. it is a mix of factors — also big politics in involved, but people are suffering. let�*s get some of the day�*s other climate related news stories. in the us state of oregon, the nation�*s largest active wildfire has burned through more than 300,000 acres, prompting thousands of evacuations. the bootleg fire, already among the biggest in the state�*s recent history, is one of more
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than 80 major blazes raging across 11 western states. in the uk, the met office, has issued its first amber extreme heat warning as temperatures in parts of the country are set to reach 33 degrees celcius. it covers a large part of wales and large parts of england, and will remain in force until the end of thursday. meteorologists say heatwaves are one of the weather extremes that are most easily linked to climate change. after living with a coronavirus pandemic for over a year, almost all covid restrictions in england have been lifted. prime minister borisjohnson prime minister boris johnson who prime minister borisjohnson who is isolating has urged people to exercise caution and encourage young people to get vaccinated as infection rates continue to soar. there has been opposition party
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complaints. three, two, one. welcome back, everyone. for some, this is what freedom looks like — no social distancing, very few masks. many nightclubs across england reopened at midnight 16 months since they were shut in the first lockdown. it since they were shut in the first lockdown.— since they were shut in the first lockdown. it felt like a dream, first lockdown. it felt like a dream. i — first lockdown. it felt like a dream, ifeel_ first lockdown. it felt like a dream, i feel like - first lockdown. it felt like a dream, i feel like we - first lockdown. it felt like a dream, i feel like we have | first lockdown. it felt like a - dream, i feel like we have been dream, ifeel like we have been waiting for this moment for a longer time. waiting for this moment for a longertime. i waiting for this moment for a longer time-— longer time. i can literally cannot stress _ longer time. i can literally cannot stress how - longer time. i can literally cannot stress how long i l longer time. i can literally - cannot stress how long i have been — cannot stress how long i have been wanting tojust cannot stress how long i have been wanting to just dance, just— been wanting to just dance, just laughed, this has been the best night. from the end of september, for vaccination will be a condition of entry to crowded venues like this. ~ ., , ., , of entry to crowded venues like this. ~ ., , ., of entry to crowded venues like this. ., , this. we want people to be able to take back _ this. we want people to be able to take back their _ this. we want people to be able to take back their freedoms. - to take back their freedoms. the prime minister itself isolating at checkers says approval of a negative test wouldn�*t be sufficient. bare approval of a negative test wouldn't be sufficient. are you effectively _ wouldn't be sufficient. are you effectively giving _ wouldn't be sufficient. are you effectively giving people - wouldn't be sufficient. are you effectively giving people and i effectively giving people and ultimatum — get vaccinated soon or you will be denied entry to
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crowded venues?— or you will be denied entry to crowded venues? everybody over 18 has had _ crowded venues? everybody over 18 has had an _ crowded venues? everybody over 18 has had an offer _ crowded venues? everybody over 18 has had an offer to _ crowded venues? everybody over 18 has had an offer to get - crowded venues? everybody over 18 has had an offer to get a - 18 has had an offer to get a vaccine _ 18 has had an offer to get a vaccine - _ 18 has had an offer to get a vaccine — over 3 million of the 18-30 — vaccine — over 3 million of the 18-30 age _ vaccine — over 3 million of the 18—30 age group are yet to take it up. — 18—30 age group are yet to take it up. we — 18—30 age group are yet to take it up. we are saying, come on, folks, — it up. we are saying, come on, folks, you _ it up. we are saying, come on, folks, you won't regret it, it is the — folks, you won't regret it, it is the right thing to do. right across the — is the right thing to do. right across the world _ is the right thing to do. right across the world we - is the right thing to do. right across the world we have - is the right thing to do. rightl across the world we have seen nightclubs _ across the world we have seen nightclubs and _ across the world we have seen nightclubs and venues - across the world we have seen nightclubs and venues with - across the world we have seenl nightclubs and venues with lots of people — nightclubs and venues with lots of people indoors, _ nightclubs and venues with lots of people indoors, crowded - of people indoors, crowded together, _ of people indoors, crowded together, they— of people indoors, crowded together, they are - of people indoors, crowded together, they are a - of people indoors, crowded together, they are a focus. of people indoors, crowded i together, they are a focus for a potential— together, they are a focus for a potential super— together, they are a focus for a potential super spreading i a potential super spreading event _ a potential super spreading event. �* , ., event. but the plans have left the night-time _ event. but the plans have left the night-time economy - event. but the plans have left i the night-time economy reeling. the night—time economy reeling. it is devastating news. freedom day has all but lasted 17 hours and hope we have been hit by this overwhelming bombshell that in september things will change again, so many people are very angry and frustrated at this announcement. remember wh all at this announcement. remember why all this _ at this announcement. remember why all this matters _ at this announcement. remember why all this matters - _ at this announcement. remember why all this matters - the - why all this matters — the number of covid patients in hospital is just number of covid patients in hospital isjust a number of covid patients in hospital is just a 10th of the
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level last winter, but has doubled in two weeks as cases soar. vaccination dramatically cut the risk of dying and helps prevent the virus from spreading. and labour once face coverings to remain mandatory. lifting all restrictions in one go is reckless. doing so is clearly out of control. it risks a summer of chaos. sophie is 14, has _ risks a summer of chaos. sophie is 14, has downs _ risks a summer of chaos. sophie is 14, has downs syndrome i risks a summer of chaos. sophie is 14, has downs syndrome and l is 14, has downs syndrome and vulnerable to infection, so has been kept off school for much of the pandemic. she will now be eligible for the pfizer vaccine, along with other 12—15 —year—olds in at—risk groups. it means that we can move forward. the last 18 months have been very challenging for us as a family. and very stressful at times. in
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us as a family. and very stressful at times. in the us, covid jabs — stressful at times. in the us, covid jabs are _ stressful at times. in the us, covid jabs are recommended | stressful at times. in the us, i covid jabs are recommended for all 12-17 covid jabs are recommended for all 12—17 —year—olds, but here the scientific committee which advises government says, for now, the balance of risk versus benefits against immunisation of healthy under 18.— of healthy under 18. after the pfizer vaccine, _ of healthy under 18. after the pfizer vaccine, there - of healthy under 18. after the pfizer vaccine, there are i pfizer vaccine, there are reports of heart information. they are very rare, and it is our opinion that we best take a precautionary approach before we exposed millions of children to the vaccine. fin we exposed millions of children to the vaccine.— we exposed millions of children to the vaccine. on the day most restrictions _ to the vaccine. on the day most restrictions were _ to the vaccine. on the day most restrictions were lifted - to the vaccine. on the day most restrictions were lifted in i restrictions were lifted in england, anti— vaccination protesters were at westminster. the move to make vaccination as a condition of entry to summit venues well and sends those who believe the government is already destroying civil liberties. fergus bbc news. people are still trying to work
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out what of these know mask roles as they go about their business. thank you for being with us. you can catch me on twitter, good to hearfrom with us. you can catch me on twitter, good to hear from you always. hello again. monday was another hot and sunny day for the majority of us, but there were a few storms that popped up. one or two affecting sussex and kent, there were a few storms in south wales for a time and there was one in the veil of york but otherwise we have skies like these can be the majority of us having dry, sunny and hot day. and talking of heat, the met office have issued their first extreme heat warning. why now? well, these warnings only started being issued injune and this is just the first hot spell we have seen. but this area, it represents an area of concern to the met office where we could see some impacts from the heat whether that be impacts to health or indeed infrastructure, things like trains might need to go slightly slower due to the tracks heating up in this hot weather. that kind of thing. at the moment there�*s not too much going on, it�*s a clear start to the day
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tuesday and of course it has been very warm overnight, those temperatures starting off tuesday morning at around 16 degrees across parts of england and wales. a little bit fresher for scotland and northern ireland. but it�*s going to be another hot and sunny day. high pressure firmly in charge, however into the afternoon some thunderstorms will break out and i think this is the kind of area we are most likely to see the downpours. they are likely to be bigger storms, so want to hear reports of some localised surface water flooding in one or two of the biggest storms that do pop up. otherwise, it�*s another hot and sunny one. temperatures widely mid to high 20s, the low 30s in the very hardest parts of the country. and we are used to this, aren�*t we? after such a hot day those temperatures slow to come down, this is 11 o�*clock at night and you can see those temperatures are still up at 23 there in birmingham and london. again, a little bit lower
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than that for scotland and northern ireland, but still plenty warm enough. now our area of high pressure hangs around to wednesday, the only real change is it reorientation slightly to push that hotter air a little bit further northwards. so one thing you will notice as temperatures tending to rise in northern ireland and scotland into more generally the high 20s i think as we go into wednesday. again there could be an odd shower popping outcome of but for the majority it will continue with that dry run of whether with temperatures in the high 20s to low 30s in the hottest areas. beyond that thursday and friday we keep the hot and sunny weather for the most part, there will be a change eventually coming, it looks look at might come through on the weekend. with heavy rain for some. and he said, yeah,
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hello again, you were watching bbc news. the headlines, the international olympic committee has described the delay tokyo 2020 games is the most complex games ever held, with just three days until the official start, there have been more positive coronavirus tests as the athletes have arrived, forcing some to self isolate and others to withdraw. the british prime minister�*s formative advisor dominic cummings has accused boris johnson of putting politics ahead of people �*s�* lives during the pandemic in response, downing street said mrjohnson had taken the necessary action to protect lives and livelihoods guided by the best scientific advice. fires have fled across russia i met a heat wave, tearing through more than one and a half million hectares in the siberian region. in the capital, flights were suspended due to bad visibility. those are the headlines.

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