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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore. i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines... a top american general warns the taliban they could face us air strikes, unless they stop their military offensive across afghanistan. and we will continue this heightened level of support in the coming weeks if the taliban continue their attacks. we'll hear from our correspondents in kabul and the us. also ahead... the second full day of competition at the tokyo olympics throws up some shocks and surprises, and more medal—winning performances. i'm sarah mulkerrins live in tokyo, where day three of the olympics is getting under way with the men's triathlon close to me here in tokyo bay.
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the terrifying force of nature in india, as a landslide unleashes boulders which destroy a bridge. and with his time in office nearing its end, we'll look back on the controversial presidency of the philippine�*s rodrigo duterte. live from our studio in singapore... this is bbc news. it's newsday. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in the uk and around the world. it's 6am in singapore, and 2.30am across afghanistan — where a visiting senior american general has said the us will continue to carry out air strikes in support of afghan government troops who are fighting a growing taliban insurgency.
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the taliban have made rapid and widespread territorial gains since the american—led mission began to withdraw last month — fears are growing the next wave of attacks could target the country's biggest cities. our correspondent secunder kermani sent this report from kabul. general mckenzie�*s visit to afghanistan comes amidst heightened concern over the country's future. with the taliban closing in on a number of afghan cities after having already captured vast swathes of rural territory, the us has launched a number of air strikes in recent days in support of embattled afghan forces, notably around the southern city of kandahar where heavy fighting has been taking place. and general mckenzie said america was prepared to continue with those air strikes in the coming weeks — though he refused to categorically answer repeated questions about whether or not they would continue after the end of august, when the us military presence in afghanistan formally ends. in the past, he's previously suggested they will not. general mckenzie did however
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praise the capabilities of the afghan air force and said that a taliban military victory was certainly not guaranteed. i'd like to be very clear — the government of afghanistan faces a stern test in the days ahead. the taliban are attempting to create a sense of inevitability about theircampaign. they are wrong. there is no preordained conclusion to this fight. taliban victory is not inevitable. general mackenzie said he'd held meetings with the afghan president here in kabul, and he believed his team had a good plan to concentrate their forces against the taliban and defend the key areas against the militants. but there's a real concern here that the violence will continue escalating, and that it will increasingly focus on the country's cities. that's the latest from kabul. let's get the view now from the us, with our correspondent peter bowes.
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it's always been a matter of concern, grave concern that since the announcement that the us was withdrawing from afghanistan, that it would essentially open the door to the taliban to make head roads around the country. and it seems that's exactly what's happened in almost every corner of afghanistan. but now, the real concern is over the major cities and the real possibility that the afghan government could fall at some point over the next six months. now we have the most senior us general overseeing the conflict in afghanistan, general mackenzie, saying he doesn't think that a taliban victory in afghanistan is inevitable. and we know that us forces have been launching air strikes in support of afghan forces, the afghan government — and the signs are, from what general mackenzie�*s been saying, that those air strikes will continue at least in the very short—term. what isn't entirely clear is whether they would continue beyond the deadline of the end
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of august, which the official end of us involvement in afghanistan, bringing to an end the 20—year war — america's longest war — which was announced a few weeks ago by president biden. but general mackenzie is saying and has been very quite blunt about how he sees the future. he says that the afghan government will face a stern test — although he says they have a good plan — and he predicts that there will be hard days ahead. and it has to be said that those hard days have been quite widely predicted by the many critics of the biden administration's decision to pull out of afghanistan, actually ahead of their original plan — it was meant to be 11 september. we should also say that the previous president, donald trump, wanted to withdraw from afghanistan at an even faster rate. but many critics are concerned that this complete withdrawal will have dire consequences in afghanistan, for the people of afghanistan —
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and clearly the next few days and weeks will be a crucial test. peter bows they are in the united states. there's much more on this story on our website, including this special section looking at the latest developments in the war in afghanistan, and putting them into context of two decades of conflict. just log on to bbc.com/news. let's take a look at some of the stories making the headlines in the uk. britain's health secretary sajid javid has apologised for saying that people should not "cower" from covid—19. mrjavid, who's recently recovered from coronavirus, was accused of being insensitive and causing hurt. meanwhile, ministers are considering whether to insist on football fans being fully vaccinated in order to attend premier league matches. the uk's home secretary priti patel has said she remains "determined" to stop migrants crossing
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the english channel in small boats after 378 migrants arrived in england today. the french authorities said they'd intercepted a further five boats. so far this year, a record 8,500 migrants have made the sea crossing to the uk. thunderstorms moving across the south east of england have caused flash flooding in many parts of london deluging train stations, shops and homes. a yellow weather warning for more storms remains in place until midnight for a large area stretching from plymouth to norwich. still to come a bit later in the programme: our special report on how rodrigo duterte has changed the philippines during his controversial time as president. to tokyo now, where day two of the olympics saw plenty of drama, and a few shocks and surprises.
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and while some of the competitions, like the tennis, are still in their early stages, others, including swimming and events like tae kwon do, judo, and cycling have already been awarding gold medals. live now to tokyo, and sarah mulkerrins. sarah, there was lots of drama, but also lots of upsets — talk us through some of the highs and lows. there certainly was. we will start with the cycling, we had the men's metal on the saturday, but what about this in the women's road race on sunday? austria's and o'keefe and heiser won gold in that, australia's first gold medal in the olympics since 2004, but it was a because she was in a break away from the rest of the field. she crossed the line and one gold. however the rest of the palatine had not realised there was a writer up front. so when the
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writer and second, the touch writer crossed the finish line for the silver metal, she thought she had one gold. there was plenty of drama there, a great result for austria, a brilliant result in the pool for tanzania with a 18—year—old swimming sensation was in lane eight, the outside lane. he swam all the way to the gold there, that was a big shock. so a wonderful surprise. four of them have come in the pool. there was a big shock in the tennis, as well. ash party, the world number one in current wimbledon champion is out, so a lot of people are surprised by that one —— ash party. we saw some of the face of the games in action for the first time. talk us through some of those highlights. certainly, yes, we had simone biles,
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the american gymnast sensation, she's one of the faces of the games. she is such an enthusiastic competitor when she's out the floor or on the board will stop she was in qualifying, she helped team usa qualifying, she helped team usa qualify for their final qualifying, she helped team usa qualify for theirfinal and qualifying, she helped team usa qualify for their final and she also made it through to five individual finals. however, she had a little bit of a wobble — she stepped outside the line on her foot and also on the floor, so no doubt she will be bringing her a game to those finals when she gets there. remember, she won four gold and bras in rio. naomi osaka in the tennis was in action representing... —— gold and bronze. those mental health issues that she spoken about, but it was a very straightforward win for her, so she progresses.— was a very straightforward win for her, so she progresses. naomi osaka certainly making _ her, so she progresses. naomi osaka certainly making lots _ her, so she progresses. naomi osaka certainly making lots of— her, so she progresses. naomi osaka certainly making lots of waves - certainly making lots of waves at the olympics — what else is there to look forward to today, sarah? the
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triathlon i understand will be under way in the next few hours. absolutely, i don't know if you can hear those helicopters overhead at the moment, they're following the action in the men's triathlon right now. we had them swimming in the bay just down below us — they are out of the swim, there was a false start in that swim, how the swimmers went in but there was a boat blocking the rest of them on the pontoon, so they had to pull back and restart them a couple minutes later. but i can tell you now they are on the roads of tokyo, they'll be doing that for 40 km before they start the ten km run, so we might have that result in the next couple hours for you here on newsday. men's rugby sevens are also on the way. it was a debut event in 2016 for rio, fiji one, i was there and i watched those wonderful scenes. they loved it — they'll be in action defending their title, they have their first game against they have their first game against the hosts, japan. we also saw
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skateboarding make its debut yesterday with the men's street event, and today it'll be the turn of the women.— event, and today it'll be the turn of the women. ., . ., ., of the women. sarah, so much more to look forward — of the women. sarah, so much more to look forward to — of the women. sarah, so much more to look forward to in _ of the women. sarah, so much more to look forward to in the _ of the women. sarah, so much more to look forward to in the coming _ of the women. sarah, so much more to look forward to in the coming hours. i look forward to in the coming hours. we'll be checking back with you throughout the further programmes of newsday. looking forward to those updates, thank you, sarah. let's turn to india now, where a rock slide has killed nine people in himachal pradesh. the landslide in the northern region sent huge boulders tumbling down the hillside. one of them hit the bridge — causing it to collapse. local officials say another struck a vehicle carrying tourists, causing the fatalities. it comes as the western state of maharashtra has reported more than 130 deaths in the last two days, due to flooding brought about by monsoon rains. mayooresh konnoor reports from a landslide site in raigad, nearmumbai. consistent rains over the past few days have created havoc in the western indian state of maharashtra. where i'm standing right now
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is called sahyadri mountain range. and once there was a village where i'm standing right now which was entirely washed out on thursday evening when a landslide occurred because of consistent rains. the soldiers of the national disaster management force have been looking for the missing bodies for over three days now, and the operation is not over until sunday evening. what we've been told is that about 49 bodies have been recovered so far, and over 40 are still missing. landslides in some parts and floods in other parts — that's the story of maharashtra. there are several towns on the plane region that are facing severe floods, and the mountain regions are facing situations like landslides. on the parallel mountain range in the southern district, another incident of a landslide —
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12 people have lost their lives. and here, the rescue operation is still on. mayooresh konnoor, bbc news, mumbai. devastating images they are out of the state of maharashtra. if you want to get in touch with me, i'm on twitter at @bbckarishma. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: we're back live in tokyo for our special olympics correspondent mariko oi's unique view of the games. a lot of excitement about japan's gold rush. it can you see the temperature behind me? it's been brutally hot. we will have more on that shortly. later today, president duterte is due to deliver the last state of the nation address of his term of office, after leading one of the most controversial administrations in the history of the philippines.
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his stunning election victory five years ago, following a campaign in which he mixed crudejokes, populist promises, and chilling threats exposed a yearning in millions of filipinos for something different. our south east asia correspondent jonathan head looks back at five eventful years under the man they used to call "the punisher". he was an entirely new kind of leader, and millions of filipinos loved him for it. unscripted, informal, his speeches peppered with vulgar jokes and threats of violence. do not destroy my city, i will kill you. try to analyse that — what is wrong when i say i will kill you because you are destroying my country? rodriguo duterte promised to be a tough law—and—order president, and he meant it.
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within weeks of taking office, the killing of alleged drug users and dealers began — thousands of them shot by the police or by unnamed vigilantes. the war on drugs is really bloody and messy, and we all know that. it shocked the rest of the world, but five years on, president duterte's popularity at home has held up not despite, but because of his brutal drug campaign. for the rich that are supporting duterte, that's very powerful because, you know, the rich are wary of crimes. they want security. for the poor that is in neighbourhoods, drug addicts are stigmatized, that can probably explain why duterte has so much support right now. mr duterte had other surprises up his sleeve. he questioned the value of the long—standing military alliance with the united states, repeatedly threatening to terminate the us troop
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presence in the philippines. he expressed his admiration for china, saying it was a better friend to his country, complicating a territorial dispute where chinese forces have occupied a number of islands claimed by the philippines. his idea of a new approach to the muslim insurgencey in the south of a new federal system faded after the catastrophic battle four years ago with islamic militants for this city, which left most of it in ruins. there has been some progress in improving the philippines' ramshackle infrastructure and the living standards of the poor, but well short of his election promises. yet, unlike his predecessors, mr duterte's public image seems unaffected by any disappointments filipinos may feel about his achievements. he does not speak in
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a technocratic manner, he speaks like a regular guy — such that if i were an ordinary person listening to him, i would feel that this person, this president, you know, relates to me so well, relates to my struggle. his dominance of filipino politics has allowed mr duterte to go after his critics. a senator investigating his role in death squads has spent four years in jail on what many say are false allegations. critical media groups have been shut down, or found themselves facing multiple criminal charges. some believe the country's fragile democracy has been irreparably damaged under his rule. yet if he could get around the constitutional ban on a second term, this abrasive and divisive figure would have every chance of being reelected. jonathan head bbc news, bangkok.
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let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. the speaker of the us house of representatives, nancy pelosi, who's a democrat, has appointed a republican critic of the former president donald trump to a special committee investigating the capitol riot last january. adam kitzinger, who voted to impeach mrtrump, has accepted the appointment, despite his party's leadership boycotting the inquiry. five people, including a police officer, died when hundreds of mr trump's supporters broke into the capitol building. ido i do believe that the work of this committee, in order to retain the confidence of the american people, must act in a way that has no partisanship, is all about patriotism. and i'm very proud of the members of the committee, and i'm certain that they will accomplish that goal. in china, a typhoon is moving across zheijian province.
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flights were cancelled in shanghai and neighbouring regions ahead of the arrival of the weather system, called in—fa. more than 300,000 people were also advised to leave their homes and seek shelter inland. the president of tunisia has sacked the prime minister and frozen the power of parliament, following street protests in the capital, tunis. demonstrators were calling for the government to resign over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. the economy is continuing to suffer, despite the measures taken by officials, and covid cases have been rising sharply in recent days. full competition at the olympics is only two days old — but already we are seeing the effects the extreme heat of ajapanese summer can have on the events. the organisers have done their best to try to protect the athletes from the high temperatures — but it's not proving an easy task. mariko oi is in tokyo for us. mari, the temperature
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is always an issue injapan — but this year it's been even worse, hasn't it, with reports that tennis players in early matches on saturday had to take medical time outs before they continued playing? indeed, i'm not sure if you can see the temperature board behind me — it's only seven a:m., but it is getting really hot. though i have to say it's been a lot of excitement in japan about the gold rush that we've seen on every front page of the newspapers just gold—medal. these 21 double gold medals... also the japanese competitor in skateboarding winning the first gold. so there's been a lot of excitement about that, but as you said, when it comes to the endurance outside, it has been brutally hot. we've heard from novak
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djokovic in tennis especially complaining about it. but this has been an issue every year ever since i was a kid if you are a playing a sport outside. it's been getting hotter and hotter every year because of climate change, meaning schools have to be extra careful. under the scorching sun of tokyo, girls from this high school carry on with their extracurricular activities. but every year, around 3000 children suffer from activities. but every year, around 3000 children sufferfrom heat stroke during club activities like this. there have even been deaths in the past. this man has been the school's tennis coach for seven years, and he says the hottest summers mean they have to be extra careful. translation: ~ ., , ., translation: we measure the heat stress index every _ translation: we measure the heat stress index every hour— translation: we measure the heat stress index every hour to _ translation: we measure the heat stress index every hour to make - translation: we measure the heatj stress index every hour to make sure it's safe to practice. lately we've been gathering early in the morning at 7:15am or practising in the late
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afternoon when the temperature isn't too high. it’s afternoon when the temperature isn't too hi . h. �* , , afternoon when the temperature isn't too hiuh. fl , ., afternoon when the temperature isn't too hiuh. h , ., ., too high. it's under this heat that the world's _ too high. it's under this heat that the world's top _ too high. it's under this heat that the world's top athletes - too high. it's under this heat that the world's top athletes are - the world's top athletes are competing for gold during the summer's games. the conditions mean we are less likely to see a volley of world records tumbling. just by bein: in of world records tumbling. just by being in the _ of world records tumbling. just by being in the heat _ of world records tumbling. just by being in the heat exposure, - of world records tumbling. just by being in the heat exposure, the l being in the heat exposure, the cardiovascular of your heart system make _ cardiovascular of your heart system make democrat means you need to work harder_ make democrat means you need to work harder to _ make democrat means you need to work harderto maintain your make democrat means you need to work harder to maintain your body's performance and to maintain your body _ performance and to maintain your body temperature in a good state that will— body temperature in a good state that will also be impacted greatly. the last _ that will also be impacted greatly. the last time japan held eight the last timejapan held eight summer games was in 1964. it was in october when the weather was cooler, so having the games here now has raised concerns that the intense heat and humidity of the tokyo summer could pose a serious risk to athletes. but when the games are held, it all has to do with the global sports calendar. these are the major events, and there is a major gap betweenjuly and august.
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they need to show the olympics at the right time of year in the right time of day. the right time of year in the right time of day-— the right time of year in the right timeofda. �* ,., ., time of day. broadcasting is one of the two most _ time of day. broadcasting is one of the two most significant _ time of day. broadcasting is one of the two most significant revenue i the two most significant revenue sources for the olympic movement, so they'll want to keep their sponsors and broadcasters as happy as can be —— so the ic. and broadcasters as happy as can be -- so the it— and broadcasters as happy as can be -- so the ic. . ., , , -- so the ic. that means some events like marathons — -- so the ic. that means some events like marathons and... _ -- so the ic. that means some events like marathons and... while _ -- so the ic. that means some events like marathons and... while others . like marathons and... while others are taking place in the early morning or in the evening. but increasingly, it's notjust a battle for a metal, increasingly, it's notjust a battle fora metal, but increasingly, it's notjust a battle for a metal, but against the heat. from heat to a typhoon headed your way — that the olympics? == from heat to a typhoon headed your way - that the olympics?— way - that the olympics? -- house that affected _ way - that the olympics? -- house that affected the _ way - that the olympics? -- house that affected the olympics? - way - that the olympics? -- house that affected the olympics? it's - way - that the olympics? -- house | that affected the olympics? it's one extreme to the other, and i don't really know what it's called in english, because injapan we have
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called it the number eight typhoon. it's expected to tokyo as well as the northeast of the country. we are still planning to drive up to the northeast to show you miyagi prefecture, which was hit the hardest by this tsunami in 2019, but that's where football matches are taking place with spectators are very few. we are hoping to go there tomorrow but apparently it will be hit by a typhoon, so we will see whether we actually make it. thank ou so whether we actually make it. thank you so much _ whether we actually make it. thank you so much for— whether we actually make it. thank you so much forjoining _ whether we actually make it. thank you so much forjoining us. - just time to share with you an amazing lightshow — which came from space to light up the skies over norway. here it is — a large meteor, glowing with heat as it came into the earth's atmosphere. along with the light, it created a series of loud bangs, but there are no reports of any injuries or damage. it's thought to have come down in a forest near the capital, oslo, amazing pictures, really something
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to look at. thanks so much for joining me on newsday, stay tuned for bbc news. good morning. once again, sunday was a day of extreme. the highest temperature was in northern ireland with 28 celsius, but there was lots of sunshine for scotland, as you can see by this weather watcher picture. northern ireland, northern england, and northwest wales were by contrast further south, there's quite a lot of cloud, and it certainly went downhill, the story, after lunchtime. this is a weather watcher picture sent in from kent, where there was a severe cluster of thunderstorms that developed, and it brought some localised flooding as well. and you can see the volume of lightning strikes too, stretching all the way down from east anglia over to the isle of wight. they slowly faded away and the area of low pressure is moving away as we speak. now, that is going to continue to anchor itself up into the far northeast for the start of our monday morning. it will bring a fair amount of cloud
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across eastern scotland and northeast england, but it's going to be a relatively quiet start to monday. dry with some sunshine coming through, maybe a few isolated showers lingering for a time, but generally a better day. there will be a few showers developing through the afternoon, some of these possibly heavy and thundery, but they should be a little more interspersed in comparison to the weekend. temperatures, well, with a little more sunshine, higher in england, with 26 celsius the high. but we will start to see more showers developing. from the west, moving into northern ireland, southwest wales, southwest england by the end of the day. it's a weather front that's going to move through, and the weather story changes as we go through the week. with low pressure anchored to the north and those winds swinging in a clockwise direction, i twill be driving in more moisture, more cloud, and certainly more of a breeze on those exposed west facing coasts. so tuesday is really quite a messy picture, there will be a lot of cloud around, there will be showers, and some of those showers thundery in nature once again. i'm not going to be too clever
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about it, almost anywhere could catch a shower on tuesday and it could be quite heavy, and the temperatures — well, they are going struggle, 15—21 celsius, sojust going below where they should be now for the time of year. the low pressure doesn't move very far at all throughout the week. we still keep this feed coming in off the atlantic, a cooler source, brisk wind as well, so that means it stays rather cool and showery. indications of something a little better, though, as we head to the weekend. take care.
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this is bbc news. the headlines... a top us general has said america has increased its air strikes in support of afghan forces in an attempt to curb the taliban. who have made rapid territorial gains and are now gearing up to attack the big cities. austria's anna kiesenhofer won a surprise road race gold and tunisian teenager ahmed hafnaoui stunned the favourites in the swimming pool on a drama—filled second day at the tokyo olympics. the health secretary sajid javid has apologised for — and deleted — a tweet in which he said the nation should stop "cowering" from coronavirus. campaigners for people who've died during the pandemic had condemned the remark as "deeply insensitive" and "distasteful". tunisia's president has frozen parliament and dismissed the prime minister after violent protests over the government's handling of the pandemic. the speaker of parliament has accused him of staging a coup.

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