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this is bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in the uk and around the globe. our top stories... africa wins its first gold medal at the tokyo olympics, as a tunisian teenager stuns the field to win the men's 400 metre freestyle. two huge disappointments for team gb as double olympic champion andy murray is forced out of the tennis singles with injury, while jadejones is beaten in the taekwondo. wildfires in northern california force thousands into evacuation centres while a covid outbreak in oregon puts firefighters into quarantine. thousands take to the streets across brazil for the fourth weekend in a row, calling for a faster vaccination programme and the impeachment of president bolsonaro. 0h!
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and the uk army safely detonates a world war ii bomb on the site of a new housing estate. hello and welcome. day 2 of the olympics in tokyo has brought us all what we have come to expect from the games. there were major shocks in the swimming pool — a world record was broken — and for some big names, their olympic dream has come to an end. and a couple of sports made their debut, too. the bbc�*s sarah mulkerrins has been following the action so far. well, what a story we had as we have seen the first gold medal given out in one of the four new sports here at the olympic games. skateboarding took centre stage this sunday morning with this street event final. for the man taking place.
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and i can tell you that the hosts, japan, have won it with the 22—year—old local boy from tokyo, yuto horigome, winning gold in that. now, the street event sees the skateboarders make some runs and pull off great tricks and skills on rails and ramps and also steps in that event. a wonderful win for the hosts, japan, in that. there was also a big win for them in the pool, as yui ohashi won gold in the women's 400 metres individual medley. there was also a great win for tunisia, as 18—year—old ahmed hafnaoui won gold for them. that was the first gold of the games and just their fifth olympic gold in total. and then the australia women smashed the world record to claim victory in the
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4 x 100 metres freestyle. elsewhere, we have had the surfing taking place today with the heats in that, that's one of the other new sports here. but we have had some big shocks in the tennis, as the world number one, ash barty, is out of that in the opening round. remember, she came in as wimbledon champion here. the organisers at that event have also been forced to put in the extreme heat policy, which allows them to monitor the health and safety of the players in the court in the very high temperatures in tokyo. one other news line we have had today as we deal with covid—19 cases linked to these games sincejuly the 1st has now risen to 132, with ten more being announced today. prior to hisjourney to japan, we also had the news that the us golfer bryson dechambeau has had to pull out of the men's golf event as he tested positive for covid—19 before
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he was making his journey to japan. so, patrick reid will now take his place. jane dougall is at the bbc sport centre and has been following the action on day 2 of the games. starting in the pool and a surprise gold for tunisia? notjust a not just a surprise notjust a surprise but not just a surprise but a notjust a surprise but a huge shock for the tunisia teenager ahmed hafnaoui. he was swimming in the outside lane for the men's 400 metre freestyle —— freestyle. he pulled off an incredible finish to take gold and cause a huge upset. he pipped australia's jack mclauchlan, who took silver in the american kieran smith getting the bronze but look at his reaction. he was just thrilled. also stunned as well. his coach on the sidelines jumping up and down. ahmed hafnaoui's gold is only the fifth by a tunisian athlete at an olympics but the third in swimming. that reaction was just brilliant. he said, ijust can't believe it, it's a dream that has become true. it was my best race ever. really lovely reaction from
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the 18—year—old. ever. really lovely reaction from the 18-year-old.— there has been a surprise of a different kind in the tennis with world number one ashleigh barty knocked out? yeah, ash barty, the newly crowned wimbledon champion has been put out of the first round in the olympics of the first round in the olympics of the first round in the olympics of the singles. quite an upset put out in straight sets by the spaniard tormo who is ranked 48th in the world. the two had never played each other before so tormo the definite underdog, of course, but she built that it might be the world number 16-4, 6-3. ash that it might be the world number 16—4, 6—3. ash barty got off to a try. with back—to—back breaks but the spaniard kept her cool to pull off the shock. ash barty can win the medals in the doubles if she progresses with storm saunders but the australian is out of the singles. the australian is out of the sin . les. �* . the australian is out of the sinules. �* ., , ., singles. and a couple of disappointments - singles. and a couple of disappointments for - singles. and a couple of l disappointments for team singles. and a couple of - disappointments for team gb. singles. and a couple of _ disappointments for team gb. let's stick with tennis. _ disappointments for team gb. let's stick with tennis. andy _ disappointments for team gb. let�*s stick with tennis. andy murray. more disappointment because the defending
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olympic champion has had to pull out of the men's singles on medical advice. there are concerns about a quad strain. double gold medallist and due to start his singles today after winning in the doubles yesterday with his partnerjoe salisbury. they hadn't been any sign of injury. andy murray said he felt he was in with a chance with the singles. but via a statement from team gb, murray said he was very disappointed but he has to take the advice of his medical staff. so he is out of the singles. and just a few hours ago, jadejones's chance of becoming the first british woman to win gold medals at three successive olympics came to an end. the two—time olympic taekwondo champion suffered a shock first—round defeat from the refugee olympic team in tokyo. missed out that —— missed out on gold and that is a huge olympic blow. bianca
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wharton looking on from the side, her flatmate and team—mate really upset by what had happened with jade jones with the defeat. alizadeh had beaten jones twice jones with the defeat. alizadeh had beatenjones twice before including at the world championships in 2015. she does still have a chance of winning the bronze medal and we will find out later. winning the bronze medal and we will find out later-— find out later. what about skateboarding, _ find out later. what about skateboarding, that - find out later. what about skateboarding, that has i find out later. what about - skateboarding, that has made its debut? . , skateboarding, that has made its debut? ., , , debut? yeah, the very first time it has featured _ debut? yeah, the very first time it has featured in _ debut? yeah, the very first time it has featured in the _ debut? yeah, the very first time it has featured in the olympics. - debut? yeah, the very first time it has featured in the olympics. it i debut? yeah, the very first time it has featured in the olympics. it is| has featured in the olympics. it is sorted hoping to attract a younger audience. a home olympic gold for japan's yuto horigome who grew up a stone's throw away from the olympic venue and he learned how to skate on the nearby streets. such a shame there were no crowds to watch him and cheer him on as he took the first ever gold in that event. in the final he had his head in his hands at one point because he had a mistake in his first run and fell twice on his second run before he perfectly executed his tricks. that
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meant he went on to take gold and calvin hall flood got the gold, the brazilian to stop you used sleep with his —— he used to sleep with his skateboard. the arizona olympian got the bronze. the first ever medal in the skateboarding. really impressive and a home win forjapan. thanks for all of the action, we will speak to you later. for more on the olympics — go to the bbc news website. you can keep up to date with the full schedule — and take a look at the current medal table. go to bbc.com/news and follow the links. thousands of people in the western united states, are spending the weekend in evacuation centers, 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.
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the dixie wildfire, california's biggest blaze, to the north of the state, is growing rapidly. firefighters are battling day and night to try to bring it under control, but it's spreading 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 out sunlight and creating cooler conditions, making it easier for firefighters to gain ground on the blaze.
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but the phenomenon, known as smoke shading, is unpredictable and there are fears that high temperatures and wind gusts 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. earlier, stefan myers ,who is with the bootleg fire information team for the oregon state fire marshal, gave us an update from the incident command post in lakeview oregon. yeah, so we now stand at 4,001 acres or 401,000 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
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for nearby communities. we have 1,200 firefighters that are assigned to this and all of them are staying vigilant, as this has still been a really dry summer. we had drought conditions in this part of the state. we still have a lot of dry fuels out there and we still remain concerned. yeah, so we did have nine firefighters that tested positive. they are exhibiting mild symptoms and they were isolated from camp. others that came in contact were tested and luckily came out negative. so, this time, we're feeling confident that we have a handle on this. and it hasn't hampered firefighting efforts. 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.
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thousands gathered in budapest to send a message of acceptance, unity and defiance. i think it is more important than ever to come and take the streets and show that we are together, we are joined in this fight for the rights and the freedom for lg btqi people. the annual parade 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 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. l i think it's a provocation. because of the elections. translation: the law is an outrage. we live in the 21st century, when things like that
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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 is fear. many people, 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 are furious over the new law and the bloc has begun legal action, warning it will use all powers available to force hungary to repeal or change the law. courtney bembridge, bbc news. 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 presidentjair bolsonaro. gail maclellan reports.
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"out, bolsonaro". the message in 20 states across brazil. as the coronavirus death toll in the country passes half a million, protesters demand the resignation of the man they say is to blame — presidentjair 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. the president has been famously dismissive of the health crisis — opposing masks and social distancing measures — and he's been criticised for the slow roll—out 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
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in the senate on charges of corruption. as night fell, skirmishes broke out between protesters and police. explosion. ..who fired tear gas and threw flash bangs. explosion. such clashes are likely to persist, putting president bolsonaro under increasing pressure as the pandemic continues to exact a devastating toll. gail maclellan, bbc news. business leaders across england are calling for an end to self—isolation rules for people who are fully vaccinated. it comes as the so—called "pingdemic" continues to cause staff shortages for thousands of firms. people in england with the nhs app on their smartphone are forced to self—isolate if the app pings with a notification to say they've come into contact with someone who's tested positive for coroanvirus. but calls are growing for the government to rethink the self—isolation rules, as robert coxwell reports.
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this coffee shop in west hampstead in north london is thriving, while another round the corner is struggling, because some of their staff are self—isolating. there is this, sort of, wax and wane effect and i hope... we love those guys, i hope they, sort of, get back on their feet. it's quite stressful, thinking about it. the number of people being asked to self—isolate reached a record high in england, last week. what a bbc crew were out filming this report, they met someone who had just been contacted by the nhs test and trace app. ijust got pinged! and i haven't been with anyone except for my daughter, who's tested negative, so i can't understand it. and it seems to be really conflicting, you know? that the advice and actually what we're expected to do are two different things. now, london's mayor hasjoined calls to change self—isolation rules by adding his name to a joint letter, calling on prime minister boris johnson to allow those who are fully vaccinated to return to work following a negative pcr test. we're asking the government to bring forward the date they've announced
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of the 16th of august, the date after which, if you've had both jabs and you're pinged and you're a negative test, you can go back to work. that's something staff at this restaurant in hove on the south coast of england would welcome. they had to close for six days a few weeks ago. that had a massive knock—on effect on the business financially, and also mentally, for a lot of people. it's stressful having to isolate, due to positive tests coming back to them. while rules on those required to self—isolate in england will change on the 16th of august, british business groups say the next three weeks are crucial. all of a sudden, you're havingl your staff who need to isolate, your're having to close the business at different parts of the day- or you have to close fully. i this has a massive indication this has a massive implication on whether or not you're - going to see through the summer months and through to 2022. - as it stands, though, the millions of phones of people in england will continue to ping until mid—august. robert coxwell, bbc news.
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let's get some of the other news from the uk. more thunderstorms are expected to hit parts of southern england today, with forecasters issuing a number of yellow weather warnings. on saturday, lightning partially destroyed two properties in hampshire. meanwhile, there are a number of flood warnings in place for areas around london. six people — including at least three children — have been taken to hospital after a fairground ride collapsed in county antrim. the northern ireland ambulance service says it was called to the funfair in carrickfergus just before 6pm, last night. none of the injuries is thought to be life—threatening. taxpayers will be facing the "significant costs" of the coronavirus pandemic for decades to come, a group of mps has warned. a report from the public accounts committee says £372 billion has already been spent. mps also criticised the government's procurement of items of ppe that have gone to waste because they can't be used in hospitals. the department of health insists there are measures in place to ensure taxpayer money is well spent.
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skateboarding has made its debut as a sport the tokyo olympics. host nationjapan has already won a gold in one of the men's events. 13—year—old sky brown will become team gb's youngest ever summer olympian when she competes in her skateboarding event. let's speak to lucy adams, who's in west sussex in southern england. she's a pro skateboarder and played a part in getting sky brown tojoin the gb team three years ago. a part in getting sky brown tojoin welcome and thank you for being with us. first of all, explain how skateboarding is going to work at the olympics before we talk about sky. the olympics before we talk about s . a, ,, the olympics before we talk about sky. main street took place last niuht sky. main street took place last ni . ht and sky. main street took place last night and there _ sky. main street took place last night and there are _ sky. main street took place last night and there are two - sky. main street took place last. night and there are two disciplines, street and park. street involves the typical street furniture you will see, ledgers, rails, stares and gaps and then park, which is what our hopefuls sky brown and bombette martin are competing in. it involves a bowl and they do one round one the bowl, they go into the air, they use the lip to grind a long and grind
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along. the lip to grind a long and grind alonu. ., . , ., , along. how excited i used to see skateboarding — along. how excited i used to see skateboarding at _ along. how excited i used to see skateboarding at the _ along. how excited i used to see skateboarding at the olympics? | skateboarding at the olympics? hugely exciting. —— are you to see. great to show and share the passion we have for our sport with the wider audience. and it's great it is bringing more viewers and potentially more participants to our sport. potentially more participants to our sort. . , potentially more participants to our sort. .,, . ., , ., sport. has it changed? the number of --articiants sport. has it changed? the number of participants taking _ sport. has it changed? the number of participants taking part _ sport. has it changed? the number of participants taking part since - sport. has it changed? the number of participants taking part since it - participants taking part since it was announced it will be part of the olympics? we was announced it will be part of the ol mics? ~ . , was announced it will be part of the olmics? ., , .,, ., , olympics? we have seen a steady increase and _ olympics? we have seen a steady increase and then _ olympics? we have seen a steady increase and then during - olympics? we have seen a steady increase and then during the - increase and then during the pandemic, we saw numbers shoot up because it was one of the activities you didn't need to have a facility to pay to go in, it was free to access and you are able to do it in access and you are able to do it in a smooth piece of ground or your garden if you have the space. we definitely saw shops saying they were experiencing lots of people buying set ups and helmets and pads.
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it's been great already. let's talk about sky brown, she is 13. we understand you were instrumental in persuading her to be part of team gb because she could have gone and represented other nations, couldn't she? tell us about how that happened. she? tell us about how that happened-— she? tell us about how that hauened. , ., happened. her mum is japanese and her dad is british, _ happened. her mum is japanese and her dad is british, she _ happened. her mum is japanese and her dad is british, she has _ happened. her mum is japanese and her dad is british, she has the - happened. her mum is japanese and her dad is british, she has the two . her dad is british, she has the two choices. she was living injapan at the time. and we just had the discussion. we were a very young national governing body and only just recently started in august 2015. we didn't have much resource, much capacity, to support, but having said that, it was a fairly relaxed environment that we would be able to support her in her competition. but there was absolutely no expectation or pressure. knowing that she was so young, the conversation with the family and sky herself was just if you want to go out there and have fun and try and you like it, you can carry on, do what you want to do and if not, please don't worry. like,
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you have got way, way more opportunity in the future. 1315: opportunity in the future. 13 is preciously _ opportunity in the future. 13 is preciously young _ opportunity in the future. 13 is preciously young to _ opportunity in the future. 13 is preciously young to cope with all that pressure. as you said, you texted her to say to just enjoy it, how is she coping, do you know? she has been how is she coping, do you know? sue: has been skateboarding how is she coping, do you know? sie: has been skateboarding yesterday, she has been surfing. i heard she turned down a morning surf session to watch the opening ceremony, she was so excited because of this issue is not there yet. but she is just enjoying it. just off the back of her next games gold medal, she is getting phenomenally, she is looking forward to being out there with all her friends. forward to being out there with all herfriends. it will forward to being out there with all her friends. it will be amazing to watch her when she competes in about a week. . , watch her when she competes in about aweek. , �* . , watch her when she competes in about aweek. , ~ ., , ., ., a week. lucy adams, great to get our a week. lucy adams, great to get your thoughts. — a week. lucy adams, great to get your thoughts, thanks _ a week. lucy adams, great to get your thoughts, thanks for - a week. lucy adams, great to get your thoughts, thanks for being i a week. lucy adams, great to get i your thoughts, thanks for being with us. . ~' your thoughts, thanks for being with us. . ~ , ., 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 maha—rashtra. triggered by monsoon rains, in the state of maharashtra. officials said the downpours over the past few days, over the past few days have triggered severe flooding in many parts of the state, causing widespread devastation.
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here's our south asia regional editor, anbarasan ethirajan. the rains have subsided briefly in the western indian state of maharashtra, giving the officials an opportunity to deploy more emergency teams to look for survivors in these devastating floods, which triggered landslides and flooding in many rivers across the state. dozens of people have been killed. in one particular village in the district of raigad, a whole settlement was buried under, you know, 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, which they are now desperately trying to rescue the survivors, any of them, if they're alive, but the number of dead is continuously going up in this particular state. and also, the rivers are flooding, because the torrential downpour has increased water levels in dams,
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so the authorities are forced to release water in these rivers. that has flooded many towns and villages, in photographs and videos on social media show how people on the entire ground floor, they've gone to the rooftops because the whole ground floor was flooded with water. the enormous economic damage that is staggering at a time when the last 16 months, we have been going through this pandemic, lockdowns, people are 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. uk army bomb disposal experts have safely detonated a world war ii bomb in east yorkshire. it's thought an raf lancaster bomber ditched the bomb when it was attempting to crash land. jake zuckerman reports. explosion. oooohhh! 0h! the moment a live world war ii bomb was detonated on the
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outskirts of goole. this was the device dug up by workers building a new housing estate in the town. bomb disposal experts spent 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 in goole, local people watched and waited and tried to find a good vantage point. yeah, i'm meant to be inside watching t�*phones, but i've got my head down the road thinking, "what's happening here?" trying to catch a little glimpse of it all. i've just snuck through the edge there onto the field to see if we can see it, and it's a good viewpoint. spectators had to wait until 4:30, but when the moment finally came, it was dramatic. oh, there you go! explosion. oooohh! 0h! yeah, it's been a diversion from all the covid and everything, so yeah, it's been exciting. something quite different for goole. certainly put it on the map today! jake zuckerman, bbc look north, goole.
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going out with a bang. thanks for watching. the heatwave is behind us us and we have a change to the weather. more unsettled conditions on the cards and from the weaker hand the gradual change to cooler conditions. heavy showers and some sunshine in between. we have had some fairly heavy downpours over recent hours, the satellite image, this area of cloud has moved its way up this area of cloud has moved its way up from the south. as we head to the course of today, be prepared for more of those thunderstorms across parts of southern and particularly south—east england. if you catch one, they could be localised flooding and the potential for some disruption to travel. this is
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unlikely to see the heaviest of the showers, south—east england, east anglia and the midlands. elsewhere across the uk, not of dry unsettled weather. the cloud will be breaking up weather. the cloud will be breaking up through the day. long spells of sunshine. some of these are quite torrential in the evening hours and the rumble of thunder into the evening. most of the show was easing somewhat through the show was easing somewhat through the course of the night. largely clear skies. temperatures overnight getting down to around 13 to 16 degrees. as we head into monday, low pressure still with us. just pushing its way further north through the north sea. still some showers around on monday. different areas going to be seeing those heavy showers. fairly few and far between. quite a bit of sunshine through the day on monday and one or two happy ones and
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potentially thunderstorms cropping up potentially thunderstorms cropping up for eastern scotland and western england and wales. a bit warmer than sunday in the south because there will be more sunshine. temperatures generally between 21 and 25 degrees. low pressure still not far away as we move through into tuesday. drifting north and this frontal system works to western parts of the uk. that will bring us fairly unsettled theme. that is going to hold on through much of the week ahead. plenty of showers and some heavy at times especially in the north—west. perhaps something drier and brighterfurther north—west. perhaps something drier and brighter further south. north—west. perhaps something drier and brighterfurther south. bye for now.
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australia has claimed their first games gold, breaking the world record for the women's 400 metre freestyle team relay. the hosts, japan, also won their second gold, in the pool. while the tunisian teenager, ahmed hafnaoui, stunned the field to win the men's 400 metre freestyle gold. thousands of people in the western united states are spending the weekend in evacuation centers, 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. in cities across brazil, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets for the fourth weekend in a row. they're calling for the coronavirus vaccination programme to be speeded up and demanding the impeachment of president bolsonaro. only 17% of brazilians have been fully vaccinated so far. the uk government has announced
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extra support for parts of the country including of the north east of england

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