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this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. 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. coming up later in sport, we will round up the action on day one at the olympics where as you just heard the hosts japan have taken gold. the uk government attempts to tackle disruption to key services in england as hundreds of thousands
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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 infiltrating its cities. 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 thejudo, where the host nation, japan, won its first medals. mariko oi has the details.
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well, japan winning its first gold 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 strong public opposition, even last night during the opening
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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. japanese spectators have defied coronavirus advice to watch the men's cycling road race, one of the few events where they could see the competitors in action. it was won by richard carapaz, who timed to perfection a tactical, final descent after a tough 234—kilometre course, to give ecuador only its second olympic gold medal. some of the leading tennis players are calling on the organisers to delay the start times of the matches after a number of players struggled in the tokyo heat and humidity on the opening day of the tournament. world number one djokovic encountered eased through his first first round in dstraight sets, but said the playing conditions were particularly demanding.
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and the youngest competitor at the games has already been knocked out. syria's12—year—old hend zaza, who hours earlier had carried her nation's flag into the olympic stadium, was beaten in the preliminary round of the women's table—tennis tournament by her opponent from austria, who at the age of 39, is more than three times her age. we'll have the rest of the day's sport and highlights from the olympics, coming up in sport today. 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 31,795, new cases on saturday. the number of deaths has
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not yet been released. meanwhile, a scheme allowing key workers to avoid 10 days 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 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's 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 having to self—isolate, and the vast, vast majority of them, it happens unnecessarily. 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. heathrow welcomed the new testing
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programme but newquay airport is worried. we are seeing a real change in the number of staff we have been losing all over the airport that we've been losing for several days at a time to track and trace. and the exemption, will they qualify for that? so, the guidance we've been given is we should expect very small numbers indeed being eligible for exemption. we've been told to expect one or two and be realistic about not expecting large numbers of staff to receive those exemptions. the home secretary said daily testing will keep our front line teams safe while they continue to serve the public. but public health leaders say there is a balance between self isolation and economic damage. clearly having over 600,000
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people in england pinged is very disruptive. week is 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 programmes — 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. this evening, some of those who are now exempt way to find out how it will work. as the smooth flow of business gets held up by staff isolating, the government maintains the app is doing itsjob and is needed to stem the tide of coronavirus 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 2 months, with the insurgents capturing around half of all territory as international troops are withdrawn. secunder kermani has more from kabul. this curfew is coming into place across the country, except for kabul and two other provinces.
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everywhere else, there will be no movement between 10pm and 4am. 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 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
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those allegations. i'm nowjoined from kabul, by mariam solaimankhil a member of parliament in afghanistan representing the kuchis or nomads. thank you forjoining us on world news. this strategy, we know that the taliban operate primarily at night. do you think that afghan forces are up to taking that fight to the night—time period? forces are up to taking that fight to the night-time period?- to the night-time period? thank you for havin: to the night-time period? thank you for having me _ to the night-time period? thank you for having me on _ to the night-time period? thank you for having me on the _ for having me on the programme today. the main purpose of having the curfew implemented is to basically stop the mobilisation of taliban, their weapons and troops and the attacks. also to help forces mobilise that night and to help keep
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citizens of afghanistan safe. if you haven't noticed, there will be a huge exodus of refugees because of the fear that halliburton bring to us. , the fear that halliburton bring to us. m ., the fear that halliburton bring to us. does afghanistan have enough troo s? us. does afghanistan have enough heaps? we _ us. does afghanistan have enough troops? we have _ us. does afghanistan have enough troops? we have more _ us. does afghanistan have enough troops? we have more than - us. does afghanistan have enough i troops? we have more than enough, us. does afghanistan have enough - troops? we have more than enough, we have over 300,000 _ troops? we have more than enough, we have over 300,000 troops _ troops? we have more than enough, we have over 300,000 troops but - troops? we have more than enough, we have over 300,000 troops but we - troops? we have more than enough, we have over 300,000 troops but we need | have over 300,000 troops but we need more than, we need the international community support, we need our air force built back up, notjust fighting terrorism and taliban for afghanistan, for the entire world. which territories are officials like yourself most concerned about. the most significant would be the taliban taking kabul, i presume? i’m taliban taking kabul, i presume? i'm not taliban taking kabul, i presume? i“n not concerned about that, it has been a propaganda war by the taliban and their backers. they are basically claimed to have a certain percentage of the country but these are the least populated and most remote areas and when you actually see the population amount, it's
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around less than 20% of the population live in the areas the taliban claim to have. we population live in the areas the taliban claim to have. we knew the us withdrawal _ taliban claim to have. we knew the us withdrawal of _ taliban claim to have. we knew the us withdrawal of troops _ taliban claim to have. we knew the us withdrawal of troops is - taliban claim to have. we knew the us withdrawal of troops is not - taliban claim to have. we knew the | us withdrawal of troops is not 100% complete, that comes in august. you represent kuchis as i introduced for our viewers, the taliban are renowned for mistreating minorities. how are you feeling about what's going on in the moments? it’s going on in the moments? it's absolutely _ going on in the moments? it�*s absolutely terrifying. watching the legitimate, legitimisation of a terrorist group, a group that had women killed in football fields, oppressed minorities, who are today as of today we have reports of the taliban taking women. wives, sisters and daughters today so we don't know
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what they actually want. we know they want full control of afghanistan but we have worked 20, very hard. afghanistan but we have worked 20, ve hard. , , , afghanistan but we have worked 20, ve hard, , , , ., ~' afghanistan but we have worked 20, ve hard. , , , ., ~ very hard. sorry tense up, thank you ve —— soi’i’y —— sorry to interrupt. thousands of people in the western united states are spending the weekend in evacuation centers as dozens of wildfires continue to burn across the region. in california, the fire has destroyed more than 200 square miles of remote woodland and in oregon an outbreak of covid—19 has forced at least nine firefighters into quarantine. our correspondent peter bowes is in los angeles and i asked if this season is much more acute than what we've seen for some time. already this season in california we have seen many more fires than in recent years and many more of these what they are describing as mega— fires and they determine a fire as a mega fire when it has burned more than 100,000 acres and the one you referred to in northern california is in that position, spreading out of control. the weather conditions have helped a little bit in the past 2a hours. it is just marginal because of the really searing heat
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we have been having over the past few weeks combined with the long—term drought which means all of the undergrowth and foliage that is burning is just tinder—dry. these are really nightmare conditions for the firefighters and an example of how severe these are, they are in 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. rains have briefly subsided in western india allowing the authorities to deploy more emergency teams to look for survivors following deadly landslides and floods. the states of maharashtra and goa have been badly affected with more than a 135 dead. witnesses say dozens of homes were flattened within minutes after a hill side caved in following torrential downpour at a village in maharashtra state. to rescue several people feared trapped in the debris. you're watching bbc news.
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a murder inquiry is under way in greater manchester after a 31—year—old woman suffered severe burns. police were called to an address in east street, bury, at about 7.30pm last night to reports a woman had been badly burned. the victim was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later. three men have been arrested in connection with the incident. greater manchester police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them. an 11—year—old girl from bolton in greater manchester, who went missing on thursday night, has been found safe and well. police appealed for help infinding fatuma kadir, after she travelled to london by train without her parents' knowledge. lightning has partially destroyed two properties in hampshire, as the heatwave comes to an end in some parts of the country. weather warnings are in place
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across southern england and wales for flooding, hail and strong winds. duncan kennedy's report contains some flashing images from the storms. this is how the week—long heat wave came to an end for the two houses in hampshire. the lightning struck one of the rooves causing a fire, which then spread to the property next door. neighbours say they were woken up by a huge noise. we heard an almighty bang, and i mean a really loud bang. and slowly, starting on this side, as you can imagine, where it got hit, and then slowly but surely then it worked its way across both of them. so we watched the roof catch fire, we watched the whole thing collapse. and then the fire tenders turned up and they did a greatjob at putting the fire out. two women escaped unharmed, but this is what the destructive power of lightning can lead to. it is purely random, very unlucky. fortunately, they were woken up by the storm and they knew how to get out of their houses,
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they prepared, so they managed to safely make their way out. the storms became a spectacle right across southern counties. with the lightning came torrential rain. the met office issued a yellow alert, and says high gusts of winds and some flooding are possible in southern england over the next 48 hours. duncan kennedy, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news... the olympics host nationjapan picks up its first medals, a gold and a silver in thejudo competition. 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 infiltrating its cities.
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army bomb disposal experts have safely detonated a second world war bomb which was found during the construction of a new housing estate in east yorkshire. part of the m62 has had to be shut near goole for a controlled explosion to be carried out. jake zuckerman reports. there you go. the moment a live world war ii bomb was detonated on the outskirts of goole. this was the device dug up by workers building a new housing estate in the town. bomb disposal experts spent yesterday and much of today preparing for the controlled explosion and for motorists, it was the cause of much frustration. the m62 which passes right next to the site was closed in both directions, as police cordoned off the area. it led to traffic chaos across large parts of east yorkshire. i live in doncaster, i'm working today in hull royal infirmary doing
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on—call when i'm stuck in traffic. i'm absolutely frustrated. but what else can we do? i have told the on—call person to hold on because i think i'm going to be very late today. the village near goole came to a standstill due to diverted traffic. east yorkshire buses were stuck on the humber bridge and kick—off at hull city's game against scunthorpe united was delayed of traffic. this was only a village it was never meant for big traffic like this ever. we have never seen. so manyjams, never. meanwhile, in goole, local people watched and waited and tried to find a good vantage point. meant to be inside watching phones, got my head down the road thinking what's happening, try to catch a little glimpse. i've just snuck through the edge onto the field to see if we can see it. and it's a good viewpoint. spectators had to wait until 4:30pm, but when the moment finally came, it was dramatic. there you go! it has been a diversion _ from all the covid and everything, so yeah, it has been exciting.
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something quite different for goole, put it on the map today. 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 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.
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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 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.
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in france, opponents of covid restrictions are staging another day of protests. in central paris, protesters clashed with police, who responded with tear gas. the demonstrations are against a draft bill introducing covid passes and mandatory vaccinations 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. 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
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and further lockdowns. crowds then marched down whitehall. one of the largest music festivals in europe, to be staged, since the start of the pandemic, is taking place this weekend in sheffield. around 40,000 people are expected to attend tramline, which is one of the government's test events. there'll be no masks or social distancing, but concertgoers will need to prove they're fully vaccinated or can show a negative covid test. corinne wheatley reports. it's a scene we used to take for granted during the festival season. now it seems a little unfamiliar. the main thing that's changed this year is how you get in. if you're not double vaccinated, you have to do a lateral flow test, i did mine last night, for example, and then log the results on the government website, and then use the nhs app to bring up your covid pass and show this along with the results
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of a health questionnaire at the entry points. it's extra hoops to jump through, but most people we spoke to say it's worth it. i'm quite happy to go along with everything — if it means getting back into gigs and festivals and everything, i'lljust go along with whatever the organisers want to do. it just feels good to be actually doing something after two years of not doing anything. it just feels great to actually get out. the entry requirements mean a bit of extra organisation forfestival—goers, but a huge amount of extra work for festival organisers. they had less than eight weeks from being given the green light to go ahead, to opening the gates, but it all comes at a time of rising covid rates. we've got to balance what we're doing, the positives against the risk. you know, we're hugely important culturally, supportive of local businesses, and we're trying to do it in a way that minimises the risk for everyone. tramlines is part of the government's events research programme which also included things like wimbledon and a concert in liverpool's sefton park. while there are strict guidelines to follow, the covid risk at these events can't
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be eliminated entirely. if people came to the event with infection then it's obviously a very strong possibility of them transmitting it in that setting. from a public health point of view, i am concerned. we know mass gathering events are high risk for the spread of infection. i guess, if people adhere to some simple measures, they can probably keep the risk manageable. it won't be zero risk but there will be a degree of risk there. for many people here, in the crowd and on the stage, it is a joyful return. and it's certainly a milestone, organisers say it's the biggest festival in europe since the reopening. the outcome of this and other events will be watched closely. corinne wheatley, bbc news. after the pandemic shut down most of the film and tv industry across the uk, cameras across scotland have started rolling again with the easing of covid—19 restrictions. in edinburgh, the final few scenes are being shot for a new six—part supernatural thriller the rig. set in the north sea, it stars martin compston
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and schitt�*s creek star emily hampshire. bbc scotland's entertainment reporter david farrell has been on set to meet the cast before films wraps. streaming giant amazon prime has docked in leith for its latest drama, the rig. a former power plant is home to the six—part thriller, which is set on an oil rig in the north sea. martin compston takes one of the lead roles, and when he got thejob, he wasn't quite sure what to expect. my dad worked on the rigs and i've still got pals who worked on the rigs, so when he called me and said "we're doing a thing offshore", i thought it was going to be like a kitchen—sink drama about all these sort of hard—drinking, fast—living thingies, and i couldn't have been more wrong. i had no idea where this was going to go, and even then when you start the first episode, things start to go wrong, as things can do on a rig. big questions posed about where we are in the world, global warming, what we're doing to our planet.
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there's a great line the brilliant mark bonnar has in it, which is, "if we keep punching holes in the earth, one time the earth's going to punch back." and it sort of all kind of revolves around a lot of that stuff. i've managed to get onto the bridge of an oil rig in the north sea. ok, maybe not. but this studio space in leith has been transformed into the set of the rig, thanks to some containers and of course the oil pipes. right, maybe that's not real either. but it will all come to life when the show hits our screens next year. we will have a huge amount of cgi, but there's wind machines and explosions, i think i can say. and all kinds of things going on around you. the set design has been second to none. starring alongside martin is emily hampshire, known to many as stevie from canadian sitcom schitt�*s creek. but emily wasn't quite aware of her co—star�*s status. when i came onto this,
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our wardrobe department were like, "martin compston's on this!" and i was like, "ooh!" and then someone else was like, "martin compston's on this." and i was like, "yeah, that's so exciting!" martin compston, i had no idea, but then we went for dinner, walked down the street, and this guy's like the mayor of scotland or something. everybody was... he's like justin bieber here. so now i know who martin compston is. and we'll have to wait until next year to know what emily and martin's on—screen partnership is like. now it's time for a look at the weather with louise lear. weather across the uk is becoming a little more volatile over the next few days. a risk of more thundery showers developing through the night tonight and into the early hours of sunday morning. particularly for southern england and south wales. clear skies for much of scotland and
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northern ireland, low cloud further east of the north sea but showers are more at—risk along those channel with east anglia as we go through the night. relatively mild start with overnight lows of 11—16. some showers could be intends through the morning and mayjust drift further west through the day. the best of the sunshine and warmth likely to be in western scotland with highs of 26. but the story is set to change into monday with further showers drifting steadily north.
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hello, this is bbc news with lukwesa burak. the headlines. at the tokyo olympics, the defending champion, team gb's adam peaty, is through to the semifinal of the 100—metres breaststroke, while max whitlock advanced to the final of the pommel horse — the event in which he won gold four years ago. a daily testing scheme allowing key workers to avoid covid self—isolation in england has been expanded. essential services have been disrupted after hundreds of thousands of people have come into contact with infected people. 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,
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greater manchester, on thursday.

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