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this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the olympic host nation, japan, has picked up its first medals — winning gold and silver injudo. that was after ecuador�*s richard carapaz won the gold in the men's cycling road race, making it the country's second—ever top medal at a summer olympics. 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. a night time curfew has come into force across almost all of afghanistan, in an attempt to stop the taliban infiltrating its cities.
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hello, and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. saturday saw the first full day of action in the tokyo 0lympics.eleven gold medals have been up for grabs on day one, including in cycling, weightlifting and fencing. but, it was in thejudo competition, where the host nation, japan, won its first medals. earlier, japanese spectators 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—ever gold medal in an olympics.
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some of the leading tennis players are calling on the organisers to delay the start times of the matches, after a number of competitors struggled in the tokyo heat and humidity — on the opening day of the tournament. world number one, novak djokovic, eased through his first round in straight sets — but said the playing conditions were particularly demanding. let's cross to the bbc sports centre and speak to chetan pathak, who's been watching the action in tokyo. so let's just start off with the boost that japan got today, or rather on saturday? it boost that japan got today, or rather on saturday?— boost that japan got today, or rather on saturday? it was a big boost, rather on saturday? it was a big boost. wasn't — rather on saturday? it was a big boost, wasn't it, _ rather on saturday? it was a big boost, wasn't it, for _ rather on saturday? it was a big boost, wasn't it, for them. - rather on saturday? it was a big boost, wasn't it, for them. we l rather on saturday? it was a big - boost, wasn't it, for them. we know what the polling seems to have indicated injapan, many people opposed to having the games there, tokyo in a state of emergency amongst the pandemic — and yet they
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got their hands on their first gold medal, in thejudo, and for a player, a competitor who has talked about his compassion and love for judo many times, this was always going to be a challenge. and he delivered where he needed to. he won in the under 60 kilograms weight class, making up for his disappointing bronze medalfinish in the 2016 games, the three—time world champion beating taiwan's competitor. we know the passion and love there is injapan forjudo, for tae kwon do which will get under way on sunday. this is a big boost for the hosts to get their hands on a gold medal. so often we see host countries or perform at the olympics, and this is a really good start forjapan. find olympics, and this is a really good start forjapan-_ start forjapan. and for the youngest _ start forjapan. and for the youngest participant - start forjapan. and for the youngest participant of - start forjapan. and for the youngest participant of the olympics, it was short but sweet? yes, this was a 12—year—old from
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syria in the table tennis — heart—warming stories at the olympics often bring us. she was beaten in the end and the opening round, considering what she had to go through, coming from syria and dealing with life in a war zone — she says you have to follow your dreams, and she's talked about the many different experiences she has faced getting to and olympics, the challenges that her and her family have had to go through to make it to these games. what i like was speaking afterwards, the confidence she still had — bear in mind she was the female flag bearer at the olympics, opening ceremony, and she said she will be back next time, paris in three years time, and at that time she's determined to get past the opening round. and you wouldn't put it past her. of course,
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the brisbane games, she's targeting a long and hopefully metal ridden future at the olympics. dar; a long and hopefully metal ridden future at the olympics.— future at the olympics. day to - it's already _ future at the olympics. day to - it's already five _ future at the olympics. day to - it's already five a:m. , _ future at the olympics. day to - it's already five a:m. , what - future at the olympics. day to - it's already five a:m. , what can | future at the olympics. day to - i it's already five a:m. , what can we it's already five a:m., what can we look forward to? it's already five a:m. , what can we look forward to?— look forward to? lots to look forward t0- _ look forward to? lots to look forward to. tae _ look forward to? lots to look forward to. tae kwon - look forward to? lots to look forward to. tae kwon do - look forward to? lots to look forward to. tae kwon do will| look forward to? lots to look . forward to. tae kwon do will see more swimming and diving, or cycling, we will also see one of the biggest superstars in sports, someone who has transcended her sport, simone biles looking for yet more gold medals. she has four in the olympics, across all competitions, she is american�*s most decorated athlete of all time. she needs more gold some of her she's able to claim that 2a years old, now we will see her in the team event, that getting under way, with and then we will see naomi osaka — we
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saw her make history, lighting the cauldron at the olympics, the first tennis player to be given that honour, she's not played since she withdrew from the french open to focus on her mental health. she will be playing china's competitor in the first round, the first match since may, lots of hopes resting on her shoulders. may, lots of hopes resting on her shoulders— may, lots of hopes resting on her shoulders. �* , , ., ., shoulders. there's been a lot said about the diversity _ shoulders. there's been a lot said about the diversity of _ shoulders. there's been a lot said about the diversity of japan's - about the diversity of japan's athletes, but i want to go back to one aspect of these olympics that is causing a lot of problems for the athletes — and that's the keep. specifically the tennis players have been talking about this. it'll be interesting to hear what osaka has to say about it on sunday, because i'm shortly asked about it, novak djokovic didn't hold back on his criticism of having to play through these conditions. the rolled number two also wants the schedule changed because of the sweltering conditions —— world number two. djokovic claims they are playing in the toughest
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conditions he's ever experienced. all four grand slams in the same yearan all four grand slams in the same year an olympic gold — this matters to him, he says he can't understand why the schedule starts at the time it does, he wants it pushed back later in the day, saying all courts have got lights on them. daniel medvedev calling these conditions a joke — that humidity making it feel worse. these are not the only athletes i have mentioned these sweltering conditions, but they are directly calling for a change, whether we see that with organisers or things nudge later on in the date remains be seen. but novak djokovic and daniel medvedev winning their respective matches in straight sets. that humidity is draining. for now, thank you. you're watching bbc news. here in the uk, key services are struggling to cope because of staff shortages caused by tens of thousands of new covid cases and record
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numbers of their contacts being told to self—isolate. the government is attempting to tackle the disruption by expanding a scheme that allows key workers to avoid isolation by committing to daily testing. 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. hundreds of rail services have been cancelled because of staff absences, some rail workers will now qualify for the new testing scheme. heathrow welcomed the new testing programme but newquay airport is worried. we are seeing a real change in the number of staff we have been
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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 people in england pinged is very disruptive. week is very disruptive, with the covid—i9 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,
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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 wait 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. simon browning, bbc news. a curfew has been imposed across nearly all 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. this curfew is coming into place across the country, except for kabul and two other provinces. everywhere else, there'll no movement allowed between 10pm at night and 4am in the morning. now the idea, of course, is to try and get a grip on the deteriorating security
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situation and, in particular, to prevent the infiltration into afghan cities of taliban operatives. the militants have already encircled a number of cities, they're already in the outskirts of some — but whilst they have managed to capture around half of all territory in afghanistan, they've 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 the fighting — but now that festival is over, the pace of fighting unfortunately seems to be picking up again, and it seems the next few months, certainly until we get to the colder winter, fighting will keep increasing. there's also increasing concern about what's been going on inside those territories that the taliban have taken hold of — human rights watch raising concern about reports from the border with pakistan of around 100 civilians being killed, executed by the taliban for alleged links with pro—government forces. by the taliban have
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denied those allegations. earlier, i spoke to mariam solaimankhil, a member of parliament in afghanistan representing the kuchis — or nomads. she told me more about why the government was implementing a curfew. the main purpose of having the curfew implemented is to basically stop the mobilisation of taliban, their weapons and troops, and the attacks. it was also to help forces mobilise at night and to help keep citizens of afg ha nista n safe. if you haven't noticed, there will be a huge exodus of refugees because of the fear that the taliban bring to us. does afghanistan have enough troops? we have more than enough, we have over 300,000 troops, but we need the international community support, we need our air force built back up, notjust fighting terrorism and taliban for afghanistan,
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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 not concerned about that — it has been a propaganda war by the taliban and their backers. they are basically claiming 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 around less than 20% of the population live in the areas the taliban claim to have. we know 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
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going on in the moments? it's absolutely terrifying. watching the legitimisation of a terrorist group, a group that had women killed in football fields, oppressed minorities, who are as of today, we have reports of the taliban taking women. wives, sisters and daughters today, so we don't know what they actually want. we know they want full control of afghanistan but we have worked for 20 years very hard. thousands of people in the western united states are spending the weekend in evacuation centres, as dozens of wildfires continue to burn across the region.
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our correspondent, peter bowes, is in los angeles and has more. already this season, certainly in california, we have seen many more fires than in recent years, and many more of these what they are describing as megafires and they determine a fire as a megafire when it has burned more than 100,000 acres, and the one you referred to in northern california is in that position, just spreading out of control. the weather conditions have helped a little bit in the past 2a hours or so. but it is just marginal because of the really searing heat we have been having over the past few weeks combined of course 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 fires are, they are in some cases, and this is a good example, creating their own weather systems. by that i mean the air is so hot above the fire that it rises, there is a sequence of events that creates a cloud capable of lightning
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strikes and this one is generating lightning right across northern california and that can start more fires. 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. a night time curfew has come into force across almost all of afghanistan, in an attempt to stop the taliban infiltrating its cities. 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 downpours over the past few days, have triggered severe flooding in many parts of the state, causing widespread devastation.
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the rains have subsided briefly in the western indian state of maharashtra, giving the officials the opportunity to deploy more emergency teams to look for survivors in this devastating floods, which trigger landslides and flooding in many rivers across the state. dozens of people have been killed — in one particular village, a whole settlement was buried under a huge amount of debris after a hillside caved in. and people there were describing that within a matter of minutes, the whole settlement went under the mud. so dozens of people are feared still trapped under the debris. the government has sent teams who are now desperately trying to rescue the survivors, any of them that are alive. but the number of deaths continues to be going up in this particular state. and also, the rivers are flooding because the torrential downpour has
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increased the water level in taps. —— water levels in dams. so the authorities are forced to release water in these rivers — and that has flooded many towns and villages. and photographs and videos on social media show how people have gone to the rooftops because the whole ground floor was covered with water. —— flooded with water. the enormous economic damage is staggering at a time when, in the last 16 months, we've been going through this pandemic, the lockdowns, people not having enough income — now this has added to the misery of people in maharashtra and the neighbouring state of goa, which is a very famous tourist destination — again, where the officials described this as the worst flooding in the last four decades. in france, opponents of covid restrictions have been staging another day of protests. in central paris, protesters clashed with police, who responded with tear gas. the demonstrations are against a draught bill introducing covid passes and mandatory vaccinations
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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. 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, face masks and further lockdowns. crowds then marched towards government buildings. several people have been arrested in sydney as thousands of anti—lockdown protesters breached covid—i9 restrictions in the centre of australia's biggest city. thousands joined the protests after authorities suggested covid—i9 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. 11; million australians are under
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strict stay—at—home orders as the authorities struggle to contain a surge in delta variant infections. 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. 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
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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 mentioned. 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 the government, viktor orban and the right—wing party. 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—i9 restrictions. in edinburgh, the finalfew scenes are being shot
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for a new six—part supernatural thriller, the rig. set in the north sea, it stars martin compston and schitts creek star, emily hampshire. bbc scotland's entertinament 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,
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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. 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. protestors in brazil have again taken to the streets across the country in support of vaccination and to demand the impeachment of presidentjair bolsonaro. the country is struggling with high numbers of covid deaths. local media reported demonstrations in 13 state capitals including sao paulo and rio dejaneiro.
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it comes as public prosecutors begin to investigate allegations that several government officials asked for bribes in connection with the purchase of two vaccines. around i7% of the brazilian population has been fully vaccinated so far. in england, 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. herfamily, who had publicly urged her to contact them, said they were incredibly relieved. the british and irish lions got off to a winning start in the opening test against south africa in cape town. the home side dominated the first half, leading 12—3 at the break. but it was a different story in the second half with the lions
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controlling territory. four penalties and a try saw the lions win 22—17. you are watching bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with louise lear good evening. the weather story is on the change, and we've seen signs of that today with some contrasting conditions out there. yes, there were early morning thunderstorms across southern england, and then those eased to a legacy of cloud for much of the day. further north and west, we've had some beautiful sunshine, and yet again, some warmth — not the extreme warmth, but 25 celsius. that's 77 fahrenheit. it looks likely that we see that north—south divide through the night with clearer skies to the north—west. but low pressure really dominating the story over the next few days, and that could trigger off further thundery downpours overnight tonight for southern england and for south wales, and that'll continue into the early hours of sunday morning. so, at risk, then, of some showers here.
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there'll be quite a lot of cloud as well spilling in off north sea coasts, the clearer skies the further north and west. it's not going to be a cold night. temperatures will hold up quite widely into double figures, perhaps quite a humid feel generally down to the south, with 16 celsius to start off sunday morning. so, sunday, once again, we could see some sharp, thundery downpours first thing in the morning, with this area of low pressure really not going very far, very fast at all. the best of the drier, brighter weather is always likely to be further north and west. the lion's share of the sunshine will be in scotland and northern ireland. early—morning cloud should thin and break across northeast england, the risk of those showers across east anglia and down through the south—east are likely to linger for much of the day. if you keep some sunshine, the highest values are likely to be once again into the mid—20s. now, this more unsettled theme is set to continue into monday with the low pressure just drifting its way further north and east up through the north sea. that means the further east
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is likely to see more in the way of showers. so, monday is a messy mix, really, of sunny spells and scattered showers. the best of the sunshine is likely to be out to the west, and we could see temperatures once again into the mid—20s. but some of these showers could bring a lot of heavy rain in a short space of time, so as i say, the weather story is certainly on the change. last week, it was extreme heat and lots of sunshine. our week ahead keeps those showers and certainly, a notable difference to the feel of the weather, with temperatures just below where they should be for the time of year.
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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
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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 night—time curfew has come into force across almost all of afghanistan 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. army explosives 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 had to be shut near goole for a controlled explosion to be carried out.

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