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you're watching bbc news, broadcasting in the uk and around the world, i'm lucy hockings live in tokyo. national and family triumph forjapan injudo as a brother and sister both win gold. africa wins its first gold medal as a tunisian teenager stuns the field to win the men's aoom freestyle. chelsie giles has won team gb's first medal with judo bronze. i'm tim willcox in london. in other news... plans to require football fans to be fully vaccinated if they want to go to premier league matches from october are being considered by the uk government. wildfires in northern california force thousands into evacuation centres, while a covid outbreak in oregon puts firefighters into quarantine.
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hello, welcome to tokyo, day two of the olympics. the sporting action has brought us just the sort of unpredictability and excitement only these games can bring. in the last few minutes, team gb has won its first silver medal, with bradley sinden narrowly missing out on winning the first ever gold in men's taekwondo. earlier, there were some major shocks in the swimming pool — a world record was broken —
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and today has brought something of a gold rush forjapan�*s olympians. mariko oi has the details. what an exciting evening for teamjapan but in particular for one family — judo siblings uta and hifumi abe winning double gold medals within an hour of each other, and now the hashtag the most powerful siblings is trending on social media. also, earlier in the day, we had yuto horigome winning the first ever gold medalfor skateboarding. we went out to find out how people made of his achievements. let's take a listen. translation: | used to do - skateboarding and i knew horigome, so congratulations to him for finally winning the gold medal. especially in this heat. and hopefully this will make the sport more popular. translation: it's a proud moment i forjapan, especially given this i is the first gold medal for skateboarding at the olympics. translation: i wasn't too excited about the olympics because of all the scandals,
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but it does make me happyl to see good performance ofjapanese athletes. - so team japan now winning their fifth gold medal. and now sport minds have practically taken over from all the negative publicity about the scandals, controversies surrounding the games, which is exactly what the japanese government and the organising committee had been hoping for. meanwhile, it's been very interesting to see all the medallists being given that victory bouquet made of all the flowers from the three prefectures the hardest—hit by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011, including the town of namie, which had to be evacuated after that nuclear accident because it was only likm away from the power plant. only four years ago, people were allowed to go back to that town, and flower farmers have been working, growing those flowers, hoping that they will be used in the tokyo olympics,
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and not just those athletes achieving their olympic dreams but also a very proud moment for those flower farmers. mariko oi there. japan is not the only country that has been winning medals today. there has been an extraordinary upset in the women's cycling road race with austrian mathematician anna kiesenhofer taking gold. she has not had a professional contract since 2017, and raced ahead of the peleton with more than aokm still remaining. a phd from cambridge, so she obviously did the sums in terms of winning that race. just remarkable from her. great britain's first medal of the games was a bronze, won by chelsea giles in the women's 52 kilojudo. and in men's swimmming, 18—year—old tunisian swimmer, ahmed hafnaoui, has pulled off a stunning victory — the outsider won the men's 400 metre freestyle gold — despite qualifying last.
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swimming in the outside lane. i've been talking to our bbc africa reporter celestine karoney about what that will mean for his country of tunisia. he's definitely going to be a superstar. and when you say that it was a surprise win for everyone else, it was also a surprise win for him because he came into the pool in the morning, he packed his bag, but he did not carry his ceremonial kit. and when he was asked later, after the race, he said, "i was just coming to participate in the a00m final, i did expect to win. -- i didn't —— i didn't expect to win. i was already shocked that i was in the final". so that is why when he got to the podium, he was in shorts and a t—shirt, usually their ceremonial kit is red and white. so that is how big a shock it was just for him. but this is a boy who grew up in tunisia, trains and lives in tunisia, and like other swimmers from tunisia that we've seen — another big—name swimmer oussama mellouli, who went to france as a teenager so that he could improve and then
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went to the us to continue developing as a swimmer — this is a man made in tunisia, so i think tunisians tonight are really celebrating one of their own in a very new way. and is that quite unusual that all the training would be done at home rather than him traveling abroad? yes, it is a bit unusual, especially for a sport like swimming, because you find a lot of our countries in africa, maybe a lot of our coaches are not at that level, the facilities also that are available to use, the kind of equipment and the kind of knowhow and the capabilities of the coaches, so the fact that he has two tunisian coaches, everybody�*s screaming and celebrating him, he's just one half of the duo. so he trains and lives in tunisia with his coach and so i think, for him, it meant a bit more because even for his coach, you could see that, because it's very difficult to get a lot of recognition.
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even someone like chad le clos is a swimmerfrom europe, you know, he's africa's top swimmer currently. you can see the shock on their faces, but they all look so surprised and so shocked. has he been restricted in terms of how much time he's had competing against other swimmers because of covid? absolutely. in fact, the bronze medalist when he was asked, what did you know about ahmed coming into this final? he said, absolutely not, because it shows you how covid has restricted a lot of swimmers from traveling and being able to compete. last year, he wanted to compete in europe. he was unable to get visas at the height of travel restrictions, especially from his country, tunisia, to some of the european countries. and so i think it also puts this victory into more perspective. a lovely story about ahmed hafnaoui not turning up with his ceremonial tracksuit so had to accept his medal in shorts and t—shirt.
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that's all for now here in tokyo. a reminder that in the last few minutes team gb has won its first silver medal of the games, after bradly sinden was defeated in the men's 68 kilo taekwondo final. he lost to the 19—year—old ulugbek rashitov from uzbekistan. back to you in the studio tim. lovely to see you, lucy. back to the sea in the next hour. —— to lucy. plans to require football fans to be fully vaccinated — if they want to go to premier league matches — are being considered by the british government. it's understood clubs in england's top flight are keen to become early adopters of proof of vaccination so they can keep full capacity crowds. our political correspondent helen catt has the story. football fans have already been part of testing ways to keep big events going when coronavirus is very much still here. the fa cup final at wembley was a pilot event. and this weekend, the government has also turned to football to try to boost uptake of the vaccine among young people with a message from the england manager. i know oldies like me have had both jabs so we can crack on with our lives.
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but for you younger ones especially with the chance for everything to open up. concerns about the number of younger people still unvaccinated are also thought to be a driver behind the idea for vaccine passports for events. the government is in talks with the premier league to use them at matches from october. ministers want to make things equal between all sports so it's likely other crowds would have to do the same. earlier this week, the prime minister announced that vaccine passports would be needed to go to nightclubs in england from the end of september. i should serve notice now that, by the end of september, when all over—185 will have had their chance to be double jabbed, we're planning to make full vaccination the condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather. other spectator events with crowds of over 20,000 people, such as big concerts, are also likely to face similar requirements.
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mps and fans groups have already raised concerns. at the start of the pandemic in 2020, questions were raised about the role the cheltenham festival may have played in spreading the virus. the government and sports bodies are likely to be keen to make sure they can have full capacity crowds this winter without such worries. helen catt, bbc news. mark palios is the former fa chief executive and is now owner of tranmere rovers club which is in league two. he said implementing this for premier league clubs would undoubtedly raise more costs. if it's at the levels that we've heard, which is at 10,000, then probably for a lot of lower— league clubs, it wouldn't make that much of an impact on the gate itself. so, ceratinly for ourselves, our average gate pre—pandemic was about 7000, so you would say you could manage that. i think the issues would be that if it is implemented and you do have to check for covid double vaccinations, you almost certainly would have to be starting to put in extra costs into the thing, in the sense of more stewards, a ring around the stadium to check that, and then other costs
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would certainly accrue to implementing the protocols that would be necessary to protect the fans and protect the players and the staff as well. 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. 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,
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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 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
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for many weeks to come. peter bowes, bbc news, los angeles. you're watching bbc world news. taxpayers in the uk will be facing the "significant costs" of the coronavirus pandemic for decades to come. that's the warning from a group of mps. a report from the public accounts committee found £372 billion has already been spent, pushing government debt to a rate not seen since the early 1960s. mps also criticised the decision to buy items of ppe that have gone to waste because they can't be used in hospitals. the department of health says there are measures in place to ensure taxpayers receive value for money. earlier i spoke to dame meg hillier, who chairs the house of commons public accounts committee.
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i started by asking her how significant the financial risks are. it's not unexpected that we would be spending huge sums of money on an unprecedented pandemic, but there is a cost to managing that. and in the past decade, we've seen cuts through the austerity programme because of the then—government's desire to tackle some of the challenges in the public finances, and yet, that's going to be very difficult if the government takes that route. it could also raise taxation or it could borrow more, but all of these have risks and every pound spent on paying interest on borrowing is not a pound that can be spent on delivering public services, so it's not a surprise that there will be a long—term cost. and if you look at the second world war and the first world war, there were similar challenges then. they were the last two big, very big episodes in pushing government spending, taxpayer spending to very high levels. britain's health secretary has apologised for a "poor choice of word" when he said people should no longer "cower" from coronavirus.
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sajid javid made the comment after tweeting he'd made a "full recovery" from the virus. but he faced criticism from labour — as well as some medical and familes groups — who said it was insensitive to those who'd suffered serious illness or lost their lives. three people, including a nine—year—old boy, have died after getting into difficulty in loch lomond. police were called to the area yesterday evening following concerns for people in the water. the child along with a 29—year—old woman and a 41—year—old man were pronounced dead at the scene, and a seven—year—old boy is in intensive care. the deaths come 48 hours after a 16—year—old boy died in a separate part of loch lomond after getting into difficulty in the water. every victim of crime in england and wales is to be given the name and contact details of a police officer dealing with their case. borisjohnson is also promising to publish league tables on the response times of 999
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and 101 calls in each police area — as well as a crackdown on county lines drugs gangs. international news now. 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. "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.
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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 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. a typhoon has made landfall
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in eastern china's zhejiang province, just days after severe flooding killed at least 58 people in central china. air, sea and rail transport has been halted in preparation for the heavy rains and high winds across large parts of china's east coast, including the financial hub of shanghai. more than one million people have been forced to relocate due to record flooding there, caused by heavy rain. the american comedianjackie mason has died at the age of 93. he spent his final days in hospital in new york. mason started as an amateur boxer then got ordained as a rabbi before becoming a full—time comedian in 1959. he held many one—man shows throughout his long career which culminated in sold—out shows on broadway in the 1980s. he was known to younger audiences because of the simpsons where he played krusty the clown�*s father.
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russia's annual navy day parade has started in st petersburg. the huge event celebrates the anniversary of the russian navy with a display of more than 50 warships, 48 aircraft and 4000 servicemen. president vladimir putin is reviewing the two—hour procession in st petersburg, whilst similar parades take place across five other russian cities. 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 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 outskirts of goole. this was the device dug up by workers building a new housing estate in the town. bomb disposal experts spent
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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 t�*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 11:30, but when the moment finally came, it was dramatic. oh, there you go! 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. the government has
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announced extra support for parts of the country, including the north east of england, in the battle against rising numbers of covid—19. it's due to recent data showing that nearly thirty percent of adults in newcastle for example, haven't even had their firstjab, among younger adults it's almost half. in the whole of england nearly 70% of the adult population has had both jabs which is why auhorities say they're taking action. the bbc�*s martin forster reports. injanuary, worried people queued up to be vaccinated and the limiting factor was how quickly the nhs could get hold of vaccines. six months later, and it's a very different story. the vaccines are there, the vaccinators are there, but the nhs is dealing with a far more sceptical audience. while the north—east is seeing the highest rates of infection in the country, in newcastle, nearly three in ten adults remain completely unvaccinated. i guess there's a sense that perhaps we're getting towards the end
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of the pandemic and i think that's probably playing into people's minds as to, "actually, do i still need the vaccine, then?" of course, no—one told the virus that we're coming to the end of the pandemic and that's why we're seeing the numbers that we're seeing and that's why we're concerned that people come forward. so the nhs finds itself back under pressure, with around 500 covid patients in hospitals across the north east and cumbria. though, at the moment, farfewer are in intensive care than in previous waves. so, the priority now is to getjabs in arms, particularly in teesside, but also here on tyneside. i mean, obviously, boris is saying that he wants the passport for the nightclubs. i was like, may as well get it. i'm going to a few gigs later- on in the year and ijust wouldn't feel right going to them without having myself. vaccinated first. _ like, it wouldn't feel safe. why would you need to? why would you risk your kids health? as everyone can already see, no—one's dying. where's the missing people? nowhere. not one person in my full neighbourhood has passed away of coronavirus. not one person. so, while the push to sell vaccines is showing some early success, there's still a long way to go
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to win hearts, minds and arms. martin foster, bbc look north. mps have described as "wholly inadequate" the complaints process for women in the armed forces who are sexually assaulted or harassed at work. the defence select committee found that 60% of female personnel had faced bullying, harassment and discrimination during their careers. the ministry of defence says many improvements have been made, but admits women's experience isn't yet equal to men's. jonathan beale reports. what's it like being a female soldier, i'm often asked. this is the army's latest recruitment campaign, aimed at women. i'm the one stitching them up! i'm not a miss or a mrs, i'm a sergeant. it suggests gender is not an issue in today's armed forces. but this report by mps paints a very
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different picture, with women suffering disproportionately from bullying, harassment, discrimination and even sexual assault and rape. six out of ten women in our evidence said that they don't make complaints because of fear of reprisals and repercussions. and what we are finding is that women are subsequently leaving the military before their time. put some pressure on this for me. women make up around 12% of the regular armed forces. the report highlights practical issues for them, such as not being given uniforms and body armour that fit. but mps say they're gravely concerned that women are ten times more likely than men to experience sexual harassment. you're asking for it, that's the impression you get, you're not completely blameless in all of this. sophia, not her real name, was an officer in the royal navy when she was sexually harassed and then assaulted by her male boss. she left in 2017 after a five—year career, successfully taking her complaint to a civilian
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court after she felt let down by her chain of command. it was such an effort to have anyone hear me. and why do you think they didn't want to hear you? it's a boys' club. they closed ranks. they wanted to make sure he was all right. they don't want it happening on their watch. it's bad press for them and it doesn't look good on their reports. that's definitely the impression i got. the ministry of defence said it's made many changes to improve the experience of women in the armed forces. it said it profoundly regretted the experience of some. but mps want the chain of command to be removed from complaints of a sexual nature and cases of rape to no longer be tried in a military court. jonathan beale, bbc news. we hope to speak to a member of that
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committee, said atherton, we are just trying to get communications with her at the moment, so let's move on... —— sarah. oh i am told we have her. sarah, i'm glad you can join us. i do not know if you heard there, but when women said it was a boys' club. do you have it that way with an accurate complaints procedures question make it a man's world and that is what the evidence suggests to us. it world and that is what the evidence suggests to us— suggests to us. it seems to be the sin . le suggests to us. it seems to be the single point— suggests to us. it seems to be the single point of— suggests to us. it seems to be the single point of failure _ suggests to us. it seems to be the single point of failure within - suggests to us. it seems to be the single point of failure within the i single point of failure within the militaryjustice single point of failure within the military justice system, single point of failure within the militaryjustice system, yes. i was military 'ustice system, yes. i was struck militaryjustice system, yes. i was struck that — militaryjustice system, yes. i was struck that 6096 _ militaryjustice system, yes. i was struck that 6096 of _ militaryjustice system, yes. i was struck that 6096 of people - militaryjustice system, yes. i was struck that 60% of people thought they had been discriminated against. so how many people do you think are hidden from being able to come forward because of the reputational damage they still feel it will do their clear?— damage they still feel it will do their clear? ~ , , ., their clear? absolutely bang on. the told their clear? absolutely bang on. they told us. — their clear? absolutely bang on. they told us, the _ their clear? absolutely bang on. they told us, the evidence i their clear? absolutely bang on.
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they told us, the evidence does| their clear? absolutely bang on. i they told us, the evidence does that six out of ten women do not pursue a complaint because of the repercussions that is well known within the military circles, so 62% have experienced some sort of abuse. i think that is probably the ttip of the iceberg. i think that is probably the ttip of the iceberg-_ i think that is probably the ttip of the iceherg-_ i think that is probably the ttip of the iceberg. what sort of evidence did ou the iceberg. what sort of evidence did you hear? _ the iceberg. what sort of evidence did you hear? what _ the iceberg. what sort of evidence did you hear? what was _ the iceberg. what sort of evidence did you hear? what was the i the iceberg. what sort of evidence did you hear? what was the most | did you hear? what was the most egregious complaints you came across? ~ ., , , across? we had compliments as well, we had a low — across? we had compliments as well, we had a low level— across? we had compliments as well, we had a low level complaints - across? we had compliments as well, we had a low level complaints around | we had a low level complaints around wraparound childcare, that sort of thing. the worst was initiation ceremonies and gang rape. goodness. and court is — ceremonies and gang rape. goodness. and court is would _ ceremonies and gang rape. goodness. and court is would ordinarily _ ceremonies and gang rape. goodness. and court is would ordinarily or - ceremonies and gang rape. goodness. and court is would ordinarily or do i and court is would ordinarily or do still deal with that, or has that no change that they will go to civilian courts? ., ., , ., ., courts? no, that is one of the recommendations _ courts? no, that is one of the recommendations when i courts? no, that is one of the | recommendations when asking courts? no, that is one of the i recommendations when asking for courts? no, that is one of the - recommendations when asking for that a chain of command is removed from all complaints of asexual nature. and at that rate and a serious
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sexual assault be heard in a civilian court because you are four to six times less likely to get a conviction in a military court for rape than any civilian court. the fiuures rape than any civilian court. the figures are _ rape than any civilian court. the figures are far _ rape than any civilian court. the figures are far rape in civilian courts are not very good either, are they, in terms of convictions? but you're it is worse in the armed forces question make your absolutely right. it forces question make your absolutely ri . ht. , forces question make your absolutely riuht. , ., , right. it is not good in either, but it should rrot _ right. it is not good in either, but it should not be _ right. it is not good in either, but it should not be a _ right. it is not good in either, but it should not be a race _ right. it is not good in either, but it should not be a race to - right. it is not good in either, but it should not be a race to the i it should not be a race to the bottom. and i'm concentrating on military women and we should be increasing the outcomes for these women. ., . ., , ., , women. how much of the complaints would be at — women. how much of the complaints would be at the _ women. how much of the complaints would be at the lower _ women. how much of the complaints would be at the lower level, - women. how much of the complaints would be at the lower level, in i would be at the lower level, in terms of banter, clumsy language? yes, i think most of the women said barrack room banter was normal and they accept that. and they quite enjoy that come out as part of the camaraderie, part of military life. but what we are talking about is a lot more than that. it is systematic abuse, bullying and intimidation, which is affecting the mental
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well—being of serving women. the reason why a lot of them leave is because they have had an unsatisfactory experience during the complaints system, which often dramatises them and some are telling us —— every dramatises them, what was worse was going through the complete system because they felt the system was against —— it retraumatises them. sometimes they leave and have ptsd are trauma going into civilian life so there is that a legacy effect. into civilian life so there is that a legacy effect-— into civilian life so there is that a legacy effect. sarah, thank you for 'oinin: a legacy effect. sarah, thank you forjoining us- — now it's time for a look at the weather with alina jenkins. hello heavy showers and thunderstorms are still in the forecast this afternoon in parts of central, southern and eastern england. if you could filter up into east anglia, the midlands, may be east wales and south of england. but ljy east wales and south of england. but by largely further north and west, it is largely dry, plenty of
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sunshine for northern ireland, scotland and north—west england. higher temperatures here, and some mist in low cloud on the costs. that will push its way south and east woods of an eczema thunderstorms going across south—east england. cloud farming across northern ireland, but elsewhere, some clearer skies. it is another mild if not muqqy skies. it is another mild if not muggy night. and those of 15 or 16 celsius across the southern half of the uk. for many, we start tomorrow as they dry. some spells of sunshine away from northern and eastern coasts. that cloud should then break through the day. almost anywhere could catch a thunderstorm tomorrow. there will also be some warm spells of sunshine in between, particularly for the southern half of the uk with highs of 2526 celsius. —— 25 or 26 celsius. hello. this is bbc news with tim wilcox. the headlines... national and family triumph forjapan injudo, as a brother
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and sister both win gold. britain's brandley sinden takes silver after a defeat


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