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this is bbc news, these are the latest headlines in the uk and around the world. the olympic host nationjapan has picked up its first medals, winning a gold and a silver injudo. that was after ecuador�*s richard carapaz won the gold in the men's olympic cycling road race, making it the country's second ever top medal at a summer olympics. great britain's adam yates finished 9th, but it was bad news for geraint thomas who retired from the race for a second successive games after a crash. the uk government attempts to tackle disruption to key services in england as hundreds of thousands of people are told to self—isolate by the nhs covid app. afghanistan imposes a curfew across almost the entire country in an attempt to stop the taliban
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infiltrating its cities. thousands of hungarians join the annual pride march and protest against a new anti—lgbto law. we're live in budapest. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. it's the first full day of action in the tokyo olympics. 11 gold medals have been up for grabs on day one, including in cycling, weightlifting and fencing. but it was in the judo where the host nation, japan, won its first medals. mariko oi has the details. well, japan winning its first gold
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medal and naohisa takato injudo giving a very emotional interview just now, following funa tonaki, also ofjudo, winning silver and according to the japanese olympic committee her silver medal was the 500th medal for team japan in olympic history, so quite an exciting moment for her as well. a bit of disappointment in gymnastics with kohei uchimura not qualifying for the finals, but a lot of people will be watching rikako ikee in swimming. of course, she was diagnosed with leukaemia two years ago. she inspired many by qualifying for this year's olympic games. and let's not forget japan's women's football team, nadeshiko, up against team gb as well. and i think it is fair to say that the japanese government officials have been hoping that once the games are under way and once japanese athletes start winning medals, as we saw this evening, the public opinion may start to change. of course, we have been reporting
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strong public opposition, even last night during the opening ceremony, with a lot of protests going on, but at the same time, i was outside the olympic stadium earlier, and there was a long queue of people waiting for their turn to take a picture with the olympic rings, so some people are definitely getting excited that the games are finally under way. our sports presenter, austin halewood, has been telling us the cycling event has been one of the highlights of the opening day, especially for ecuador. a historic first day for the people of ecuador, they won their second gold—medal ever at an olympic games and it came as you see in the men's road race cycling. the race lasted over six hours in sweltering heat in tokyo and it was a bit of a roller—coaster but in the end it was richard carapaz of ecuador who broke away with six kilometres to go, held on to cross the line
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with his rivals pretty much out of sight and that is ecuador�*s first gold medal since 1996 and it has been a good few weeks for him. third in the tour de france last week so i'm sure there will be quite a few blurry eyes in the ecuadorian capital today. the race finishing at 3am in the morning so some keen fans would stay up to watch but elsewhere, the former tour de france champion, geraint thomas has for the second olympics running, seen his hopes ruined by a crash. although they got back onto their bikes, they had lost too much ground and eventually had to pull out of the race. silver went to belgium, by the width of attire from tour de france champion tadej pogacar who took the bronze medal. that put slovenia on the medals table for the first time and tadej pogacar won the tour de
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france last week so i'm don't think he will be too disappointed. i don't know whether senor carapaz finds it easier to deal with the intense heat and humidity a lot of athletes have to try to adjust to. some of the tennis players seem to have struggled? they did, but we have heard a lot about the heat and experts and athletes way before the games began in tokyo were raising concerns aboutjust how hot it would be over there. after the first day of the tennis tournament, a number of the players said the conditions are too difficult to play in. two particular ones mentioned it, the top two men's seeds. novak djokovic and daniel medvedev the russian have both called on the organisers to move matches to later on in the day so conditions aren't quite as oppressive. temperatures when djokovic and medvedev were on court stayed at around 33 degrees for the entire
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match with extreme humidity as well. both players said they were the toughest conditions they have ever had to deal with. they comfortably made their way through to the next round in straight sets but they are hoping organisers can move matches to a little bit later in the day when hopefully temperatures are not quite as hot. here in the uk, key services are struggling to cope with staff shortages caused by covid infections. hundreds of thousands of people have been told to self—isolate. the latest official covid figures show 31 thousand, figures show 31,795, cases on saturday. the number of deaths has not yet been released. meanwhile, a scheme allowing key workers to avoid 10 days of covid self—isolation in england, by committing to daily testing — has been significantly expanded. our business correspondent simon browning reports. as the days pass, the list grows of key workers who qualify for exemption from covid
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isolation in england. police, fire, border force, transport and freight staff will now be able to join some food workers who can return to work if they test negative after being told to isolate, whether they are vaccinated or not. industry leaders are frustrated by rising staff shortages. it is inadequate and it is late. what we need is the government to realise that we have major problems occurring across all industrial sectors, because people are being pinged and are having to self—isolate hundreds of rail services have been cancelled because of staff absences, with new timetables published to cope with the gaps. some rail workers will now qualify for the new testing scheme. we have been told to expect exemptions in very small numbers,
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we have been told to expect small numbers _ we have been told to expect small numbers to expect exemptions. to be realistic_ numbers to expect exemptions. to be realistic about not expecting large numbers— realistic about not expecting large numbers of staff to receive those exemptions. numbers of staff to receive those exemptions-_ exemptions. priti patel said testing will kee- exemptions. priti patel said testing will keep front _ exemptions. priti patel said testing will keep front line _ exemptions. priti patel said testing will keep front line teens _ exemptions. priti patel said testing will keep front line teens safe - will keep front line teens safe while they serve the public but public health leaders say this a balance between self isolation and economic damage. clearly having over 600,000 people in england pinged i think in the last week is very, very disruptive with the covid—19 app, so the business concerns are absolutely real and i think there needs to be a solution and if you look around the world at other countries that are doing well in their vaccine programme, singapore for example, they are also moving to a system of not requiring self—isolation for people who have had both doses of the vaccine. some of those exempt way to find out how it works as the smooth flow of business gets held up because of
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staff isolating the government maintains the app is doing itsjob and is needed to stem the tide of infections and protect the public. a curfew has been imposed across nearly the whole of afghanistan, in an attempt to prevent taliban infiltration into the country's cities. fighting has escalated over the past two months, with the insurgents capturing around half of all territory as international troops are withdrawn. secunder kermani has more from kabul. (tx sot more from kabul. this curfew is in place across the country, except for kabul and two other provinces. the idea is to try and get a grip on the deteriorating security situation, in particular to prevent infiltration into afghan cities of taliban operatives. militants have already encircled a number of cities. they are already on the outskirts of some. whilst they have managed to capture around half of all territory in afghanistan, they have not been able to take hold
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of any major urban centre. the last few days over the muslim festival of eid had seen a lull in fighting, but now the festival is over, fighting is picking up, and it seems that until we get to the colder winter, fighting will keep increasing. there is also concern about what is going on inside those territories the taliban have taken hold. human rights watch watch, reporting around 100 civilians executed by the taliban. the taliban has denied those allegations. forced at least nine
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firefighters into quarantine. peter bowes in los angeles. california referred to in northern california is in that position, spreading out of control. the weather conditions have helped a little bit in the past 24 have helped a little bit in the past 2a hours. it is just marginal because of the really searing heat we have been having over the past few weeks combined with the long—term drought which means all of
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the undergrowth and foliage that is burning isjust the undergrowth and foliage that is burning is just tender dry. the undergrowth and foliage that is burning isjust tender dry. these are really nightmare conditions for the firefighters and an example of how severe these are the rns some cases creating their own weather systems and that means there is a sequence of events that creates a cloud capable of lightning strikes and this one is generating lightning across northern california and that can start more fires. i across northern california and that can start more fires.— can start more fires. i think the fire they have _ can start more fires. i think the fire they have called _ can start more fires. i think the fire they have called dixie. - fire they have called dixie. tells about the other one, quite a lot of people will have heard about the bootleg fire in oregon. that seems to be quite terrifying. this bootleg fire in oregon. that seems to be quite terrifying.— to be quite terrifying. this is in the south _ to be quite terrifying. this is in the south of — to be quite terrifying. this is in the south of oregon, _ to be quite terrifying. this is in the south of oregon, not - to be quite terrifying. this is in the south of oregon, not far i the south of oregon, not far from the south of oregon, not far from the california border and it's the biggest fire currently burning in the united states and very, very
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similar conditions creating its own weather pattern making it much more difficult for the firefighters in that area and as you mentioned a number of them about nine have tested positive for covid—19. the rna isolation away from the main base camp the firefighters used but you can imagine it is simply complicating what's already a logistically very difficult task. this is woodland, very difficult terrain to get through. firefighters are hampered on a number of fronts. the weather has helped a little bit in the last couple of days. the humidity has gone down slightly, the wind has quelled so they have made some inroads but it's likely to still be burning for several weeks, even months until we finally get some rain as late as november or december. some rain as late as november or december-— december. you have lived in the united states _ december. you have lived in the united states many _ december. you have lived in the united states many years. - december. you have lived in the united states many years. you | united states many years. you know what's unusual and what isn't. is
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this regarded as sufficiently unusual the federal government is starting to worry about the capacity of the states to cope with it? yes. of the states to cope with it? yes, that's always _ of the states to cope with it? yes, that's always a — of the states to cope with it? yes, that's always a concern. _ of the states to cope with it? yes that's always a concern. especially at a local level and state level but clearly the federal government is acutely aware of the situation and you often hear of states of emergency is being cleared in these really difficult to get to areas where fires are burning, that usually releases funding so there is pressure on funds at a federal and local level. we haven't heard this fire season that a lack of funds is hampering the firefighting effort but long—term, with so much talk about climate change and carbon emissions, the global problem we're facing cannot be related to these fires, there is clear evidence we're getting more fires, longer and more intense, at least in part to blame
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and there be fiscal consequences moving forward. emergency workers in western india have been frantically trying to rescue around 50 people feared trapped in a landslide triggered by monsoon rains in the state of maharashtra. officials said the incessant rains over the past few days have triggered severe flooding in many parts of the state, causing widespread devastation. here's our south asia regional editor anbarasan ethirajan. the rains have subsided briefly giving officials an opportunity to deploy more emergency teams to look for survivors in this devastating floods which triggered landslides and flooding in many rivers across the state. dozens of people have been killed. in one particular village a whole settlement was buried and a huge
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amount of debris after a hillside caved in and people there are describing within a matter of minutes the whole settlement went under the mud. dozens of people are feared still trapped under the debris. the government has sent teams which they are desperately trying to rescue the survivors, if they are alive, the number of dead is going up in this particular state and also the rivers are flooding because the torrential downpour has increased water level and dams so the authorities are forced to relieve their waters. that has flooded many towns and villages. social media shows people have gone to the rooftops because the whole ground floor was flooded with water. the enormous economic damage at a time when the last 16 months we have been going through this pandemic, lockdown, people not having enough income, now this has added to the misery of people and in the neighbouring
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state of goa which is a very famous tourist destination where officials describe as the worst flooding in the last four decades. the headlines on bbc news... the olympics host nationjapan picks up its first medals, a gold and a silver in thejudo competition. afghanistan imposes a curfew across almost the entire country in an attempt to stop the taliban infiltrating its cities. the uk government attempts to tackle disruption to key services in england as hundreds of thousands of people are told to self—isolate by the nhs covid app. president biden has warned that the united states is facing a "pandemic of the unvaccinated", as the delta variant of coronavirus spreads rapidly in areas where the uptake ofjabs has been low. speaking in virginia, mr biden praised the governor of alabama — kay ivey — who said it was time to start
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blaming the unvaccinated for the rise in infections. here's our north america correspondent david willis. with less than 34% of its population fully vaccinated, alabama is the least vaccinated state in this country. and thursday's remarks by its republican governor were well received by the white house. folks are supposed to have common sense. but it is time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks, it's the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down. in a speech, president biden echoed governor kay ivey�*s assertion that the recent rise in covid—19 cases was the fault of those who have refused to get vaccinated. what we have now is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. here is the point. first of all, the covid—19 deaths and hospitalisations today are among the unvaccinated people. and i know, i know this has gotten a bit politicised, but i hope it is starting to change. a growing number of republicans
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and conservative leaders have called on people to get vaccinated in recent days following nearly a three—fold increase in coronavirus cases in the last two weeks, most of them involving people who have not been vaccinated. 56% of americans, including children, have now received at least one jab, but a new poll suggests that the majority of those who are yet to be vaccinated still say they are unlikely to do so. david willis, bbc news, los angeles. opponents of covid restrictions are staging another day of protests in france. in central paris protesters clashed with police, who responded with tear gas. the demonstrations are against a draft bill introducing covid passes and mandatory vaccination for health workers. the passes give access to a wide variety of services and amenities to those who have been fully vaccinated, or have a negative test result. protesters say it restricts people's freedom , but the protests also draw support from the far left and far right, and from those who claim vaccines don't work.
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protests have also been taking place in london. these were the scenes in trafalgar square, where thousands of people gathered to campaign against vaccine passports, facemasks and further lockdowns. crowds then marched down whitehall. several people have been arrested in sydney as thousands of anti—lockdown protesters breached covid—19 restrictions in the centre of australia's biggest city. thousands joined the protests after authorities suggested covid—19 restrictions could remain in place until october, a number of them clashed with the police and were arrested. demonstrations have also taken place in melbourne and brisbane. 1a million australians are under strict stay—at—home orders as the authorities struggle to contain a surge in delta variant infections. phil mercer has more from sydney. police minister david elliot,
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he has described about 3,500 protesters here in sydney as "selfish boofheads", that's an australian colloquialism for idiots, and i think many australians will agree with his sentiments. health officials say that the actions of these protesters could well cost lives and senior police officers say the consequences could be catastrophic, given that only about 15% of australians are fully vaccinated against covid—19. the authorities here are livid at the behaviour of these individuals. and of course, when you think more broadly about the lockdowns, notjust here in sydney and the surrounding areas, but also in the state of victoria and south australia, clearly no—one — or very few people — are happy being in lockdown. people are questioning the government's approach to this, especially vaccinations, but i suspect that the vast majority of australians trying to do the right thing. yes, clearly they don't like the lockdowns and they will be looking at the actions of these protesters and thinking, "what were they doing?"
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we don't know yet, but the indications are that certainly sydney's delta variant crisis is getting worse. today, we've had 163 new infections reported in the past 2a hours. that is a new daily record for this city that's been in lockdown now for a month. it is notjust the city of sydney and its 5 million residents, also regions to the north, south and west and also the entire state of victoria and south australia too, so the situation is far worse here in sydney than it is anywhere else. the lockdown is due to end on friday, but no—one is really thinking that will happen. how long it is extended for, no—one really knows. there is speculation it could well be months rather than weeks and no doubt that has fuelled these protests today. but as i say, most australians are pretty compliant. they know the score, they know they have to stay home and do the right thing,
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but the authorities are setting up a special task force of detectives to investigate those people who are demonstrating here in sydney and in two other cities. an 11—year—old girl who travelled to london from her home in greater manchester has been found safe and well. fatuma kadir, from bolton, left home without her parents' knowledge on thursday evening before travelling on several trains to get to london euston in the early hours of friday. people have been gathering in hungary's capital budapest today as the annual gay pride march is taking place. but this year, the country's government has approved a law that bans the depiction of what it describes as promotion of homosexuality and transgender issues to anyone under the age of 18. pride organisers say they want to stand up for a diverse, open and inclusive society against what they call the government's stigmatising policies.
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we spoke to journalist shaun walker who is in budapest. i asked about the turnout and mood there. there has been a really impressive turnout, always hard to put a number on these things but definitely in the tens of thousands, some of the central streets of budapest were closed off and the crowd went for a kilometre or two going around the ring—road across the bridge over the danube. there was definitely a sense, an undercurrent of protest, anger, today, at the laws that you mention. but really, the overall mood was quite defiant and celebratory. there was music and dancing, there were a lot of rainbow flags and other colourful flags and i think this was perhaps the kind of defiant turn out to show another side of hungary, another side of hungarian society that sometimes gets drowned out by
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the government, viktor orban and the right—wing party. fidesz have introduced a law in parliament that bans the "promotion" of homosexuality and transgender. how worried are people about the effect that might have? people are very worried about it. it's a copy of russian law that came into effect a few years ago and unlike in russia where promotion is banned, in hungarian law, its promotion and the portrayal of any lgbt themes that are banned. that means books with gay characters, advertising, television programmes with any portrayal or discussion of lgbt themes is technically themes is technically against the law and you could argue that even carrying a rainbow flag so that
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children can see it is now illegal. this whole pride march theoretically could be illegal. you're watching bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with alina jenkins. hello. for some of us, it's been another very warm and very sunny afternoon, particularly across parts of scotland, northern ireland and northern england. this is falkirk earlier on this afternoon, lots of blue skies and sunshine. for others, we had those thunderstorms through the first part of saturday morning. they've left in their wake a lot of cloud and further showers, and there's more thunderstorms to come in this forecast. so, here's the bigger picture — our area of high pressure bringing very warm, settled conditions starting to drift away north and eastwards, allowing this area of low pressure to tuck in behind. and it's going to generate more thunderstorms through this evening and into tomorrow. we have a met office warning, yellow warning,
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for these thunderstorms across parts of southern england, including the midlands and also wales. so, through this evening and overnight, the main focus of the thunderstorms will be across central and southern england, particularly later in the night across south east england, where they could become quite lively. more cloud pushing in from the north and the east, the clearer skies the further west you are. where we've got the cloud and any thunderstorms, very humid across the southern half of the uk. 14—16 celsius the overnight low here, more like 11—13 celsius further north, and we've still got this area of low pressure with us tomorrow. it's going nowhere fast — it's likely to stay with us through much of next week. so, the main focus for thunderstorms through tomorrow will initially be across parts of southeast england, maybe east anglia and then working their way slowly westwards through the day into parts of the midlands, wales, southwest england. always hit and miss, not everyone will see them. by and large, the further north and west you are, the drier and sunnier it will be once the morning cloud starts to break up. not quite as warm tomorrow across scotland and northern ireland, but for most, we'll still see temperatures in the low to mid 20s celsius.
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so, we start the new week with this area of low pressure. as i mentioned earlier, it's going to be with us for much of next week, so really quite a messy picture on monday. by this stage, it looks like the showers will push their way further northwards into parts of northern england, scotland and northern ireland. again, hit and miss. not everyone will see them, but where we do, they could bring a lot of rain injust a short amount of time. more in the way of sunshine across the southern half of the uk on monday, so here, temperatures rising again, whereas across scotland and northern ireland, they'll start to turn a little bit cooler. and that's really the theme for the week ahead. there'll be for most of us and those temperatures will be coming down both by day and by night. goodbye.
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hello, this is bbc news with shaun ley. the headlines this hour: a daily testing scheme allowing key workers to avoid covid self—isolation in england
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has been expanded. essential services have been disrupted after hundreds of thousands of people have come into contact with infected people. afghanistan has declared a night—time curfew in almost the entire country in an attempt to stop taliban infiltration into urban areas. the government said no—one is allowed to move around between ten at night and four in the morning. a 11—year—old girl who sparked a nationwide search when she went missing in england has been found safe and well. fatuma kadir left her home in bolton, greater manchester, on thursday. the annual pride march is taking place in the hungarian capital budapest, as lgbt rights are curbed under viktor orban's right—wing government. thank you for your company. now on bbc news, it's time for sportsday.

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