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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. our top stories. 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 to bbc news. saturday saw 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 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. 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
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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. our sports presenter chethan pathak has been wathing all the action on the opening day. we start with the boost that japan got today. it was a big boost for them. we know what the polling seems to have indicated injapan. many people opposed to having it in a state of pandemic, yet they got their hands on the first gold medal. that was in judo, and that for a player, a competitor who has talked about his passion and love forjudo many times. but this was always good to be a challenge, i need delivered what he needed. takato making up for
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his disappointing bronze in 2016. a three—time world champion beating taiwan. all the more impressive when you consider in the women's judo we saw them when win silver. this a big boost for the hosts to get their hands on a gold medal. so often, we see host countries over perform at the olympics. this is a really good start forjapan. for the olympics. this is a really good start forjapan-_ start forjapan. for the youngest participant. _ start forjapan. for the youngest participant. it — start forjapan. for the youngest participant, it was _ start forjapan. for the youngest participant, it was short, - start forjapan. for the youngest participant, it was short, but - start forjapan. for the youngest participant, it was short, but i'm sure sweet a. participant, it was short, but i'm sure sweet a— participant, it was short, but i'm sure sweet a. es, a 12-year-old in s ria sure sweet a. es, a 12-year-old in syria from — sure sweet a. es, a 12-year-old in syria from _ sure sweet a. es, a 12-year-old in syria from she _ sure sweet a. es, a 12-year-old in syria from she was _ sure sweet a. es, a 12-year-old in syria from she was beaten - sure sweet a. es, a 12-year-old in syria from she was beaten in i syria from she was beaten in the opening round, consider what she's had to go through coming from syria. dealing with life in a war zone, but she says you have to follow your
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dreams. hend zaza has spoken about the many challenges that she and her family have had to go through to make it to these games. what i like was speaking afterwards, the confidence that she still had. there in mind that she was the female flag bearer at the olympics opening ceremony, and she said she will be back next time, which will be paris in three years. she is determined to get past the opening round. the la games to come in the brisbane games. she is targeting a long and hopefully medal ridden future at the olympics. lida; hopefully medal ridden future at the gi mics. ., ,., ., , olympics. day two is already in lace in olympics. day two is already in place injapan- _ olympics. day two is already in place in japan. what _ olympics. day two is already in place in japan. what can - olympics. day two is already in place in japan. what can we . olympics. day two is already in i place in japan. what can we look place injapan. what can we look forward to? place in japan. what can we look forward to?— place in japan. what can we look forwardto? ., ., ., ., forward to? lots to look forward to. we'll see more _ forward to? lots to look forward to. we'll see more swimming, - forward to? lots to look forward to. we'll see more swimming, diving, i we'll see more swimming, diving, cycling, also one of the biggest
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superstars in sport. someone who has transcended her sport, and that simone biles, looking for yet more gold medals. she has four in the olympics. she is across all competitions in gymnastics, america's most decorated gymnast of all times. she wants to make sure she's the most decorated female olympian gymnast. we're going to see her in the team events and also, we saw naomi osaka make history, lighting the cauldron. she hasn't played since she river drew with the french open. —— withdrew. first match since may. lots of medal hopes on her shoulders.— on her shoulders. there's been a lot said about the _ on her shoulders. there's been a lot said about the diversity _ on her shoulders. there's been a lot
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said about the diversity of— on her shoulders. there's been a lot said about the diversity ofjapan's i said about the diversity of japan's athletes, but i want to go back to one aspect of these olympics. it is causing a problem for a lot of the athletes. that is the heat. specifically, the tennis players have been talking about this. it'll be interesting to hear what naomi osaka has to say on sunday. novak djokovic didn't hold back on his criticism of having to play through these conditions. they want this tennis schedule changed out there because of the sweltering conditions, players and playing in the toughest conditions that he has experience. he's going the golden slam. if he can win this, he's doing something... that's all for grand slam �*s in the same year. this matters to him. he wants it pushed back later in the day. daniil medvedev calling the conditions of a joke. it was mid 30 celsius, making
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feel worse. these aren't the only athletes that have mentioned those sweltering conditions, but they are directly calling for a change. whether we see that remains to be seen, but novak djokovic and daniil medvedev ultimately winning the respective matches in straight sets. 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 is coming across the country except for kabul. the idea is to try and get a grip on the deteriorating security situation. in particular,
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to prevent infiltration of taliban operatives. the militants have already encircled a number of cities. they're already in the outskirts of sun, but what they have managed to capture around half of all territory, they haven't been able to take hold of any major urban centre. the last few days, there has been a little in the fighting, but now the festival is over, the pace of fighting unfortunately seems to be picking up again. it seems the next few months until we get to the colder winter, fighting is going to keep increasing. there is also increasing concern about what's been going on inside those territories that the taliban have taken hold of. human rights watch ways and concern along the border of pakistan —— raising concern. a hundred civilians being killed, executed by the taliban for alleged links with pro—government forces. the taliban deny those allegations of.
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pro-government forces. the taliban deny those allegations of.— deny those allegations of. you're watchin: deny those allegations of. you're watching bbc _ deny those allegations of. 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 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's inadequate and it's late. what we need is the government to realise that we have major problems occurring across all industrial sectors.
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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're now seeing a real change in the number of staff 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? 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
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self—isolation and economic damage. clearly, having over 600,000 people in england pinged in the last - week is very disruptive, with the covid—19 app. i 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 i 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 wait to find out how it will work. as the smooth flow of business gets held up because of 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. an eleven year—old girl from bolton in greater manchester —— who went missing on thursday night
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—— has been found safe and well. police appealed for help in finding fatuma kadir —— after she travelled to london by train without her parents�* knowledge. the northern ireland ambulance service says six people, including a child, have been taken to hospital after a funfair ride collapsed in carrickfergus. none of the casualties has life threatening injuries. our correspondent, john campbell, has been at the scene. shortly before six o'clock, the ambulance service received a report of the collapse. the right in question is behind me. it's known as the top of the world. they don't know exactly what happened, but some people appear to be thrown from the ride. the service says six people were sufficiently injured, but they needed to be taken to hospital. three adults and three children. they've been taken to hospitals in belfast. the service is none injuries were life—threatening. —— the service as none of the injuries. they've been discharged by paramedics. this was a terrifying experience for those involved, and
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investigations are under way to find out what caused this accident. 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 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.
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it is purely random, very unlucky. fortunately, they were woken up by the storm and they knew how to get out of their houses, 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 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.
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a nighttime curfew has come into force across almost all of afghanistan, in an attempt to stop the taliban infiltrating its cities. 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. our correspondent peter bowes is in los angeles and has more. we've seen many more fires than in recent years. many more described as mega— fires, and they determine when it's burned more than 100,000 acres. the one in northern california is spreading out of control. the weather conditions have helped a little bit in the last 2a hours or so, but it's reallyjust marginal because of the really searing heat and that we've been having over the past few weeks, combined with the
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long—term drought, which means all of the undergrowth and the foliage thatis of the undergrowth and the foliage that is burning isjust tinder dry. these are nightmare conditions for the firefighters and an example of how severe these fires are. they are in some cases creating their own weather systems. in some cases creating their own weathersystems. by in some cases creating their own weather systems. by that, in some cases creating their own weathersystems. by that, i in some cases creating their own weather systems. by that, i mean the air is so hot above the fire is a sequence of events which prison this massive cloud that is capable of lightning strikes —— produce. that can start more fires of. 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. here's our south asia regional editor, anbarasan ethirajan. the rains have subsided briefly in
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the western indian state of maharashtra, giving the officials an opportunity to deploy more emergency teams _ opportunity to deploy more emergency teams to— opportunity to deploy more emergency teams to look for survivors in this devastating place, which triggered landslides and flooding in many rivers _ landslides and flooding in many rivers across the state. dozens of people _ rivers across the state. dozens of people have been killed. one particular village, their whole settlement was buried under huge amounts _ settlement was buried under huge amounts of debris. people there are describing _ amounts of debris. people there are describing within a matter of minutes, _ describing within a matter of minutes, the whole settlement went under— minutes, the whole settlement went under the _ minutes, the whole settlement went under the mud. minutes, the whole settlement went underthe mud. dozens of minutes, the whole settlement went under the mud. dozens of people are feared _ under the mud. dozens of people are feared still_ under the mud. dozens of people are feared still trapped. the government has sent_ feared still trapped. the government has sent teams. they are desperately trying _ has sent teams. they are desperately trying to— has sent teams. they are desperately trying to rescue the survivors. but the number— trying to rescue the survivors. but the number of debris continues to bring _ the number of debris continues to bring up _ the number of debris continues to bring up in — the number of debris continues to bring up in this state, and the rivers — bring up in this state, and the rivers are _ bring up in this state, and the rivers are also flooding because the torrential _ rivers are also flooding because the torrential downpour has increased water _ torrential downpour has increased water level. so, the authorities are
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forced. _ water level. so, the authorities are forced. and — water level. so, the authorities are forced, and this has flooded many towns _ forced, and this has flooded many towns and — forced, and this has flooded many towns and villages. photographs show how they've gone to the rooftops flooded _ how they've gone to the rooftops flooded with water. the enormous economic— flooded with water. the enormous economic damage at a time when the last 16 _ economic damage at a time when the last 16 months, we have been going to this _ last 16 months, we have been going to this pandemic. people are not having _ to this pandemic. people are not having enough income. this has added to the _ having enough income. this has added to the misery of people in maharashtra and the neighbouring state~ _ maharashtra and the neighbouring state. the officials describe as the worst _ state. the officials describe 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 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.
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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. 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 finalfew scenes are being shot 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
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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 the job 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. 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.
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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, 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.
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everybody was... he's likejustin 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. uk 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 motorway 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
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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 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 due to the 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 phomes, got my head down the road meant to be inside watching phones, got my head down the road thinking what's happening,
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try to catch a little glimpse. i've just snuck through the edge 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's been exciting. something quite different for goole, put it on the map today. its weather time with louise. 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 degrees. that's 77 fahrenheit. it looks likely that we see that north—south divide through the night
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with clearer skies to the northwest. 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. 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 degrees 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 dry, bright or whether it is likely to be further north and west. the best of the dry, brighter weather it is likely to be further north and west.
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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 to the southeast 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 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 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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this is bbc news. 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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