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this is bbc news. i'm sarah mulkerrins live in tokyo on day two of the olympics. another gold medalfor the hosts as japan win the women's 400 metre individual medley. surfing and skateboarding are both making their olympic debuts today at the games. i'm lewis vaughanjones in london. the rest of the day's headlines: wildfires in northern california force thousands into evacuation centres while a covid outbreak in oregon puts firefighters into quarantine. thousands of hungarians join the annual pride march and protest against a new anti—lgbt law. explosion. and the uk army safely detonates a world war ii bomb on the site of a new
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housing estate. welcome to tokyo bay in the south of the japanese capital. the olympics are all about stories of dedication, commitment and occasionally a big surprise. there have been two surprises in the pool in the last hour or so. just a few minutes ago, australia smashed the world record to win the women's axioom relay. that coming about an hour after tunisia's ahmed hafnaoui pulled off one of the biggest surprises of this or any olympics. the 18—year—old took gold in the men's aoom freestyle final — it's only the fifth gold medal for the country in
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its olympic history. four of them have come in the swimming pool. earlier, the united states picked up their first medals of these games. chase kalisz finishing well ahead of jay litherland in the men's aoom individual medley. and japan has its first gold in the pool of these games — yui ohashi winning the final of the women's aoom individual medley. coming up later, the women's road race starts with current champion anna van der breggen representing the netherlands for the final time at the games before she retires. and two sports have made their olympic debut — skateboarding and surfing. we will have more on surfing in a moment. the bbc�*s mariko oi is outside
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the olympic park in tokyo. mariko, i wonder whether people were able to see those scenes of hearty winning in the pool and whether they have been some there for the wonderful story we were definitely watching her winning the first gold medal in the pool, as you say, a huge excitement, especially after the disappointing news of daiya seto not making it to the finals yesterday —— ohashi. he said after the game but he tried to reserve some energy for the finals, learning from the mistake of the most recent games where he felt almost too tired during the finals, but he miscalculated so it was a bit disappointing but ohashi bringing you the second battle after takato brought the metal yesterday in judo. after takato brought the metal yesterday injudo. —— medal. i can see on the screen below me
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that she is receiving her medal right now and has a draped around her head and has those wonderful flowers as well as she waves the flow is a loft with a few people at the stage and we know that crowds are not able to attend these events. a lot of people will be looking to naomi osaka a little bit later when she gets her tennis campaign under way?- campaign under way? indeed, sarah. we're _ campaign under way? indeed, sarah. we're all— campaign under way? indeed, sarah. we're all watching - campaign under way? indeed, sarah. we're all watching forti sarah. we're all watching fort naomi osaka and of course she is a bit of polarising figure, some people love her —— watching for. she is the face of the new generation of japanese athletes, outspoken, biracial, unlike a lot of japanese athletes who have been expected by society to remain apolitical. but others say not necessarily because of her background but because she does not speak much japanese and does not live here that some say it's a bit strange to see her lighting the cauldron during the opening ceremony but
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i think it's fair to say everyone will be watching her. i want to talk about the victory bouquet that you mentioned that yui was hoping because i think it is heartening that the flowers from fukushima, and including the town of namie, only four kilometres from the nuclear power plant and everyone had to be evacuated and people could only get back home about four years ago and the farmers had been hoping that the flowers would be used in the tokyo olympics so it's notjust the athletes achieving their olympic gold but also a proud moment for those flower farmers as well. ~ ,,., , ., u, as well. absolutely, and i can see on the — as well. absolutely, and i can see on the screen _ as well. absolutely, and i can see on the screen below- as well. absolutely, and i can see on the screen below me i as well. absolutely, and i can i see on the screen below me that ohashi is enjoying the flowers and with her gold medal around her neck as she waves it and holds it aloft towards her support staff and some other members of the japanese swimming team. mariko oi, thank you forjoining us for the
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moment. all of the action in the swimming pool and plenty of medals there but there are two new sports that have got under way today, we've been very excited to see how skateboarding will go and also surfing, so let's get a little bit more on the sport of surfing. earlier, i spoke to to the surfing journalist keith plocek, who has been following all the action currently happening on tsurigasaki surfing beach. i asked him how special a day it was to see surfing make its olympic debut. i think it is a monumental milestone. i think for more than 100 years, some people in the surfing community have been trying to make surfing part an olympic sport. duke kahanamoku, a native hawaiian who many consider the father of modern surfing — he was a 5—time medallist in swimming — and as early as 1912, he was pushing for it to be an olympic sport, so it has been a long time coming, it's exciting to see. who will we look out for, then? you've been watching some of
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the men's heats this morning. who has impressed you so far? so far, the brazilians are looking very good — gabriel medina and italo ferreira. italo ferreira is the current champ of the world surfing tour, so he's one to watch. they both advanced pretty easily. on right also on the men's side. —— owen wright also on the men's side. the real story, the kind of fan favourite, the story to watch is kanoa igarashi. he is surfing forjapan but he grew up in huntington beach, california — he's an american, he has dual citizenship — and his father was a surfer injapan and wanted his son to be a surfer so badly that when they got pregnant, they moved to california and just started training him, making him into a world—class surfer. he is number six right now on the world tour. he won his heat, he'll be going on to the third round tomorrow. he really isjust looking good right now, so he is a really — and it isjust a fun
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story to watch, too, with the whole japan—us connection. absolutely, definitely. what about the women's events? their heats have just got under way. what are the big names there? the two americans, carissa moore and caroline marks. carissa is, ithink, a three—time world champ on the professional tour. caroline marks is interesting. she is only 19, i think. she became a professional and joined the world tour at 15, making her the youngest surfer, male orfemale, to qualify for the pro tour. she is a prodigy, clearly. she's got it in her bones. she is definitely one to watch. the brazilians are also looking good. the brazilians and the americans and australians generally, men's and women's, just dominatejust based on culturally and the way they have been surfing on the world tour. so those are the three big ones to watch, three big countries. i would say carissa moore and caroline marks are the two women to watch and i was
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watching before i came and on carissa moore is doing her heat at the moment, so that's exciting. i wanted to ask you about the waves we have seen. i know a couple of days ago, people were worried we may not have waves. there's this typhoon that is outside, out on the coast that may whip up those waves a little bit more. what have you made of the conditions so far? that's a great question. the waves are not great right now. though the wind is currently on shore, which means it's going from the ocean into the beach, so it sort of, like, flattens out the waves, rather than holds them up. and, you know, it looks real choppy. a lot of regular surfers, if you drove up to the beach on a day like today, you'd be like "i don't know if i want to go out in that — it looks a bit rough" but they've started the day because, with the typhoon out in the ocean, that actually could generate good waves in the next few days for the semifinals and finals. the weird thing is, often times, surfers like bad
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weather — you know, hurricanes, these things, that cause all kinds of problems, they also do sometimes generate large swells, so we could actually have some good waves in the next few days or so. keith plocek there. great to hear more about surfing and the final of the skateboarding event will start in the next few minutes and we will bring you up to date on that in the next hour and remember, all of the news you can go to our news website. you can keep up to date with the full schedule and take a look at the current medal table. go to and follow the links. just before we hand back to london i can tell you we have got our daily update on the number of coronavirus cases linked to these games, up to 132 now sincejuly one with an extra ten cases announced today. one case that has been reported in the last 30 minutes
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or so, reported in the last 30 minutes orso, not reported in the last 30 minutes or so, not related to the games here injapan, but the golfer bryson dechambeau has tested positive for covid—19 prior to travelling to here so he is now having to sit out of the us men's golf team, patrick reed will come in in his place so justin thomas, colin morrow cowa and xander schauffele and now patrick reed coming in but it's back to you for the rest of the days news. —— collin morikawa. thank you, sarah. now, moving away from tokyo. thousands of people in the western united states are spending the weekend in evacuation centres as wildfires continue to burn across the region. more than 80 large wildfires in 13 states have destroyed around 1.3 million acres in recent weeks. our north america correspondent peter bowes reports. the dixie wildfire, california's biggest blaze, to the north of the state, is growing rapidly.
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firefighters are battling day and night to try to bring it under control, but it's with such ferocity that it's making its own weather, creating huge clouds that are generating lightning strikes across the region. about a fifth of the fire's perimeter has been contained, but officials say the extreme nature of the fire, along with low humidity, is hampering efforts to quell the flames. people have been evacuated from their homes in several nearby counties. smoke from the fire is travelling far and wide and is even reaching the neighbouring state of oregon, where it's helping firefighters put out the country's largest blaze, known as the bootleg fire, south of portland. a layer of smoke is blocking sunlight and creating cooler conditions, making it easier for firefighters to gain ground on the blaze. but the phenomenon known as smoke shading is unpredictable. there are fears that high temperatures and wind gusts later in the weekend could fund the flames further.
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—— later in the weekend could fan the flames further. efforts to bring this fire under control have been further complicated by an outbreak of covid—19 among firefighters. those who've tested positive are isolating and are said to be exhibiting mild symptoms. with a long, hot summer still ahead, these fires will challenge much of the western united states for many weeks to come. peter bowes, bbc news, los angeles. firefighters are having to battle scores of wildfires across the united states, as you can see. as we've been hearing, the west side of the country is particularly affected. in the state of oregon, the so—called bootleg fire is the country's largest. stefan myers with the bootleg fire information team for the oregon state fire marshal gave us an update from the incident command post
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in lakeview, oregon. yeah, so we now stand at 4001 acres, or 4100 acres. we're at 42% containment. weather has been somewhat favourable the last couple of days to make great progress, but it is heating up this weekend and we do have concern for nearby communities. so you said there heating up this weekend, so is there — this is no time to relax or for complacency — things could get more intense? absolutely. we have inaudible 200 firefighters that are assigned to this, and all of them are staying vigilant as this has still been a very dry summer. we had drought conditions in this part of the state, so we still have a lot of dry fuels out there and we still remain concerned. and i wanted to ask you about the issue of covid—19 of covid—19 affecting firefighters. we did have nine firefighters that tested positive. they are exhibiting mild symptoms and they were isolated from camp. others that came in contact
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were tested and luckily, came out negative, so at this time, we are feeling confident that we have a handle on this and it has not hampered firefighting efforts. ok, that's good, so the numbers obviously — the danger, the worry is that that the numbers spread and spread and spread and has to isolate or quarantine and that really would hamper the effort. let's get back to those efforts themselves then. is this something you are seeing more intensely as the years go by — these kind of efforts, you're trying to put out these huge fires with this intensity? yeah, we have seen a variety of fire experiences. some that are in the eastern part of our state — that is dry and higher altitudes, and we had large fires in that area. last year, during labor day, out here, in september, we did experience a lot of fires on the other part of our state that is usually quite green. so we are seeing it throughout the state. but luckily, the fire service is ready to help protect
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communities. stefan myers there. in hungary, thousands of people have marched through the streets of budapest to mark what organisers say is the largest gay pride gathering in the country's history. it comes after viktor orban�*s right—wing government pushed through a law banning the portrayal or promotion of homosexual or transgender content to people under 18. courtney bembridge reports. thousands gathered in budapest to send a message of acceptance, unity and defiance. i think it is more important than ever to out onto the streets and show that we are together, we are joined in this fight for the rights and the freedom for lg btq people. the annual parade on took on special significance this year after a controversial law was passed, making it illegal to depict homosexuality and gender reassignment to children. so that means, you know, books with gay characters in, it means advertising, it means television programmes with any kind of
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portrayal or discussion of lgbt themes, is technically against the law. the government has billed it as an anti—paedophile law, but these crowds say it's a move designed to divide. translation: this is nothing more than a diversion - that is trying to tear the country apart. i think it's a provocation because of the elections. translation: the law is an outrage. - we live in the 215t century when things like that shouldn't be happening. we aren't in communist times, this is the eu, where everybody should live freely. organisers of the pride parade say it's the largest ever held in hungary, and they hope it will send a strong message to prime minister viktor orban. there was fear that many lgbt people are now planning to leave the country if there is no change or no change of government next year. many of hungary's eu partners
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are furious over the new law and the bloc has begun legal action, warning it will use all power is available to force hungry to repeal or change the law. courtney bembridge, bbc news. you're watching bbc world news. our headlines: the olympic hosts japan have won their first gold in the pool of these games, winning the final of the women's 400 metres individual medley. and firefighters are facing ever bigger challenges as blazes spread across the north—western united states. next, in cities across brazil thousands of protesters have taken to the streets for the fourth weekend in a row. they're calling for the covid vaccination programme to be speeded up, and demanding the impeachment of president jair bolsonaro. gail maclellan reports.
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" out, bolsonaro. protesters demand the resignation of the man they say is to blame. president ofjair bolsonaro. translation: we allowed this person to become the president of the republic and we are seeing the consequences of that today. in the absurd number of deaths due to the pandemic, due to the irresponsible way in which he handled the pandemic in brazil. , , ., , in brazil. the president has been famously _ in brazil. the president has been famously dismissive l in brazil. the president has| been famously dismissive of in brazil. the president has - been famously dismissive of the health crisis. opposing masks and social distancing measures, and social distancing measures, and has been criticised for a slow rollout of vaccines. only 17% of the population is fully vaccinated. with a presidential election looming next year, mr bolsonaro's approval rating is at a record low and he faces investigation in the senate on charges of corruption. as night
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fell, skirmishes broke out between protesters and police. they fired tear gas and through flash bangs. —— threw. they are likely to persist, putting jair bolsonaro under increasing pressure as the pandemic exercises increasing pressure. rescuers in western india are searching for survivors of deadly floods caused by heavy rain. at least 136 people have died in the state of maharashtra, and tens of thousands of people have been evacuated. in neighbouring goa, hundreds of homes have been damaged. firefighters in miami have declared an end to their search for bodies at the site of a collapsed apartment block last month. the collapse at the 12—storey champlain towers south in surfside killed 97 people, with at least one person still missing.
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charles burkett, mayor of surfside, gave us an update on what happens next. well, right now we're moving into a different phase of the operation, which is basically to continue to support the families who are just at the very, very edge of beginning to regain theirfooting, as is the town of surfside, but we've got other pressing issues to deal with, which is to find out why that building fell down. buildings just don't fall down in america like that. it is a third world phenomena and it is an emergency for us who takes over that side of the investigation? well, that's what we are discussing right now. we're at the point where we have to figure out exactly how to co—ordinate that effort and i must give the county credit — they're working hard on that. the site is almost completely cleared right now, and the debris has been gone
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through with a fine tooth comb at a different location, because you've got people's lives entwined in that debris and they have put together forms and described in great detail what they've lost because people walked out of their homes and closed the door and left their whole life behind them and that life now is in that debris pile so it needs to be gone through very carefully. i mentioned there at the start, one person still missing? yeah. again, it's been a very fluid situation and we are still looking for people in the debris pile. and that must be an incredibly difficult circumstances for the family? it's terrifying. it's unimaginable pain. the not knowing is very difficult, and i know because i talk to families, i've been to the funeral —
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of the little girl who had been praying across the wave from the debris pile, hoping her dad would be pulled out alive. unfortunately, he was one of the last to be identified and did not make it out. it's an absolutely awful set of circumstances and you mentioned there your relations with many of the families. what are some of the stories that you're hearing about just how so many people and so many families try and get to grips and try and comprehend what's happened. it's really unimaginable. you go to sleep one night, and close your bedroom door and you get in bed and the next thing you know the building comes down on top of you and yourfamily members are trying to understand how that could possibly ever happen in this world. it's like a war zone — it really was like a war zone, it was a little bit like 9/11 because if you watch those videos, those two buildings
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came down on separate times and they sort of came down right top of each other. and then we had the fires, and then of course we had the bad weather, and then of course we had the hurricane threatening, and then of course we had to demolish the rest of the building. so it's been a series of major hurdles and a series of great disappointments for us because we were all hoping and praying for a miracle. charles burkett there. next, the president of cuba's supreme court says 59 people have been prosecuted over the unprecedented mass protests on the island two weeks ago. ruben remigio ferro did not specify how many protesters had been arrested, but dismissed accusations of summary trials. dissident groups say there were more than six—hundred arrests after protests erupted to demand democratic change. uk army bomb disposal experts have safely detonated a world war ii bomb which was found during the construction of a new housing estate in east yorkshire. it's thought an raf lancaster
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bomber ditched the bomb when it was attempting to crash—land. jake zuckerman reports. 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 expert 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. meanwhile, people watched and waited trying to find a good vantage point. i waited trying to find a good vantage point.— waited trying to find a good vantage point. i was thinking what is happening, - vantage point. i was thinking what is happening, trying - vantage point. i was thinking what is happening, trying to | what is happening, trying to catch a little glimpse. i looked on the edge onto the field — looked on the edge onto the field to— looked on the edge onto the field to see if we could see it and — field to see if we could see it and it— field to see if we could see it and it is_ field to see if we could see it and it is a _ field to see if we could see it and it is a good viewpoint. spectators had to wait until
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a:30pm but when the moment finally came, it was dramatic. it's been a diversion from all the covid and everything, so it's been exciting. something quite different for goole, certainly putting it on the map today. that is it. i'm lewis vaughan jones. this is bbc news, bye—bye. 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 with clearer skies to the north—west. but low pressure really dominating the story over
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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, brighter weather is 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 north—east england, the risk of those showers across east anglia and down to the south—east are likely to linger for much of the day. if you keep some sunshine, the highest values are likely
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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 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 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: australia have smashed the world record to win the women's 4 x 100 metres relay olympic gold, in 3 minutes 29.69 seconds while the tunisian teenager ahmed hafnaoui stunned the field to win the men's four hundred metre freestyle gold. thousands of people in the western united states are spending the weekend in evacuation centres, as wildfires continue to burn across the region. more than 80 large wildfires in 13 us states have burnt around 1.3 million acres in recent weeks. thousands of people have marched through the streets of the hungarian capital, budapest, to mark the largest gay pride gathering in the country's history. it comes after viktor orban�*s right—wing government pushed
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