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this is bbc news. i'm sarah mulkerrins live in tokyo — day four of the olympics has got underway. a first ever gold for bermuda as flora duffy is celebrating after wininng the women's triathlon. heavy rain, wind and high waves expected injapan, prompting organisers to bring the surfing finals forward by 2a hours. i'm lewis vaughan jones in london. also in the programme: afghanistan's descent into violence continues — with the un saying civilian deaths this year have increased by 50%. and pledging to unite a diverse country — canada's first indigenous governor—general is sworn
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into office. welcome to tokyo where the first medal of day four has been won by bermuda — their first ever gold medal. flora duffy came first in the women's triathlon. bermuda is the smallest nation taking part in these games — by population. so, many of those 65,000 would have watched their fellow bermudian cross the finishing line around a minute ahead of second placed briton georgia taylor—brown. that's the first of 22 medals to be won today — an increase caused by the rescheduling of the surfing competition because of the weather. here's how
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the overall medal tally looks at the start of day 4 — japan leads with 8 golds, one more than the us and two ahead of china. maybe us will get a gymnastics gold. the german women's gymnastics team opted to wear full—body suits in qualifications in a move they said was designed to promote freedom of choice and encourage women to wear what makes them feel comfortable. so why is it that in 2021 there are still rules dictating what women must wear? katie sveinson is a researcher on sociology of sport, gender, and identity at temple university, philadelphia.
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lovely to speak to you. why do you feel that there is a moment now where we are seeing more athletes speaking out and making the choices for themselves. without the gymnastics and also the incident in europe with the beach handball team of norway. i think it's really because we know that sport is a male—dominated area and for a long time, it was the idea that women taking part, it's the idea they've been told they should bejust idea they've been told they should be just grateful to idea they've been told they should bejust grateful to be there, to have a seat at the table, to be able to take part in sport so maybe any concerns they raised were dismissed or they raised were dismissed or they didn't bother raising them. but in the past few years, we've seen women's sport increase in viewership and engagement and sponsorship and really bring a lot of attention to women and empathy —— emphasise their athleticism and i think that's led to a platform on which women can stand up and say, i am
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competing in this uniform that i don't want to wear anymore and so they think that is really allow them to talk about this issue. really allow them to talk about this issue-— this issue. katie, when you look at the _ this issue. katie, when you look at the rulings, - this issue. katie, when you look at the rulings, is - this issue. katie, when you look at the rulings, is that l look at the rulings, is that the government bodies are making the rulings and they are out of date or it is down to costume traditions and they just haven't been up dated? i think that can go both ways realising the way it's been, that's the way it goes. however if the lease themselves have concerns, it is the responsibility of the governing body to listen to their stakeholders, athletes being one of those silly idea that there needs to be more communication and cooperation between the two, to again find something that women can wear that allows them to perform at the highest level while feeling comfortable. find the highest level while feeling comfortable.— comfortable. and it was interesting, _ comfortable. and it was interesting, wasn't - comfortable. and it was
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interesting, wasn't it, i comfortable. and it was - interesting, wasn't it, coming from the ehf who govern the game of beach handball that although they find the norway team 1500 euros, they have now said they are going to donate that to a charity that helps young girls and women get live and involved in sport. do you think this is a bit of a learning moment for governing bodies and perhaps updating those rules and entering into dialogues with a lot of these female leads? absolutely. i think it draws attention to the way sport is really interesting and how it is really traditional in addition to being very innovative and in some ways, we don't see that innovation in the idea of dress and clothing and what athletes can wear, and so bringing attention to this issue to say we know that sport has existed for a long time, has a lot of traditions but the policies, the procedures, the way it functions isn't always the correct way, and it can be modernised for women to participate in ways again that make them feel the most
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comfortable. katie sveinson, thank you so much for your time and your thoughts here on the programme with us. katie sveinson from temple university in philadelphia. i am in tokyo. day four is under way. we had swimming �*s in a few moments time, we have simone biles in the gymnastics and rugby sevens, fiji the defending champions and they are three wins out of three from the group stage games afterjust beating team gp in theirfinal group stage. everyone watching live notice to the weather, it's been pretty changeable. the wild. what kind of impact is it having?— is it having? people may well have not is it having? people may well have got used _ is it having? people may well have got used to _ is it having? people may well have got used to seeing - is it having? people may well have got used to seeing that| have got used to seeing that wonderful but we've had over the last week or so, i above tokyo bay, on the top of a shopping centre here in the south of the city. we had to come down to floor level because there is this tropical
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storm that is it coast of japan and has impacted significantly on stuff we've seen in the last couple of days, rowing and archery, their events have been moved a little bit later in the week. we saw this morning with the triathlon, an awful lot of heavy rain, the start was delayed by about ten minutes and when they were out on the road, cycling, you could see an awful lot of the splash coming up awful lot of the splash coming up from the surface water on the road, so they were really struggling, howeverthe the road, so they were really struggling, however the surfers like it because a tropical storm out on the ocean whips up the swells, they got to get in better waves than they've had. they actually brought forward the metals in order to take advantage of it. at least the surfers are happy.— advantage of it. at least the surfers are happy. that is one thin , surfers are happy. that is one thing. great _ surfers are happy. that is one thing, great stuff. _ surfers are happy. that is one thing, great stuff. on - surfers are happy. that is one thing, great stuff. on that. surfers are happy. that is one thing, great stuff. on that a l thing, great stuff. on that a little later, we will have a special report on the surfing, lots of people interested in this relatively new sport, seeing exactly how it will play out, so do stay tuned.
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in afghanistan, high numbers of civilians — many of them children — have been killed or injured in the first half of this year, according to the united nations. as violence escalates, more than 1,600 civilian deaths have been recorded — a rise of nearly 50% compared with this time last year. government forces have been fighting taliban insurgents, who now control vast areas of rural territory, following the withdrawal of most international troops. 0ur correspondent secunder kermani sent this report. fighting has been flaring across afghanistan. as international troops pull out, afghan forces have been trying to hold back an intensifying taliban advance. these brothers lived in ghazni province. when fighting erupted close to their home, their family tried to flee.
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"the taliban stopped us," theirfather told me. "they accused my sons of being soldiers. "i went to get their id cards to prove they weren't, "but by the time i got back, they had already been shot." this year has seen record high numbers of child casualties. this horrendous attack left more than 80 dead, mostly schoolgirls. the un's warning violence could get even worse. unless there is a de—escalation in the conflict, we are very concerned that based on what we have seen in the past six months, we will see high levels and perhaps the highest on record number of civilian casualties. so far most of the taliban's
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advance has been in more rural areas but their focus is increasingly switching to the more densely populated cities. with peace talks largely stalled, that means even more innocent lives are likely to be lost. secunder kermani, bbc news, kabul. president biden has said us troops will end their combat mission in iraq by the end of the year. america has about two thousand five hundred forces there, to help iraq fight the islamic state group. this comes as us forces are ending their mission in afghanistan too, and mr biden tries to wind down the wars that were launched after the 9/11 attacks. iraq's prime minister was at the white house on monday, as mr biden explained the role of us troops in the future. officials in north—eastern india say at least five police officers have been killed in a territorial dispute between the states of assam and mizoram. the officers who died were from assam. more than fifty people were injured after clashes between police and civilians. tensions have been running high after a group of police officers from assam
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took over a hilly area of mizoram last month. at least 57 migrants drowned on monday after a boat capsized off the libyan coast near khums. that's according to the u.n.'s international organization for migration. hundreds of thousands have made the crossing in previous years, many fleeing conflict and poverty in africa and the middle east. the inuit rights advocate, mary simon, has become canada's first indigenous governor—general. at her swearing in ceremony in ottawa, she pledged to build bridges across the diverse backgrounds and cultures in canada at a time when the country is reckoning with its past. courtney bembridge reports. do you swear that you will well and of the great seal of canada? i do. with those two
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simple words, history was made and mary simon became canada's first indigenous governor—general. labour today is an important and historic day for canada. but my story to these chambers began very far from here. iwas these chambers began very far from here. i was born mary jeannie may in arctic quebec, now known as nunavut. prime minister, my inuit name means bossy little old lady. she minister, my inuit name means bossy little old lady.— bossy little old lady. she will serve as the _ bossy little old lady. she will serve as the official - serve as the official representative or queen elizabeth, ca nada's representative or queen elizabeth, canada's head of state. she's already had a virtual monarch. but it comes at a time when the country is grappling with its colonial past. this year, hundreds of unmarked graves have been founded former residential schools when did you ——
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indigenous children were taken after being forcibly separated from their families. after being forcibly separated from theirfamilies. the from their families. the schools, from theirfamilies. the schools, often places of neglect and abuse, were run by the catholic church and part of a larger colonial policy to erase indigenous language and culture. in recent weeks, more than a dozen churches have been burned across canada and statues toppled of queen elizabeth and queen vic courier who reigned over the country when the first residential schools were opened in the late 18005. schools were opened in the late 1800s. mary simon was a student at a day school similar to the residential schools and says her appointment marks an important step forward on the long part path towards reconciliation. to long part path towards reconciliation. to meet this moment — reconciliation. to meet this moment as _ reconciliation. to meet this . moment as governor-general, reconciliation. to meet this - moment as governor-general, i moment as governor—general, i will strive to hold together the attention of the past with the attention of the past with the promise of the future. wide she was nominated by prime ministerjustin trudeau after the sudden resignation of her predecessor amid bullying allegations. this is a big
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place, this is the diverse place. place, this is the diverse lace. �* , place. and so we need people like ms simon. _ place. and so we need people like ms simon. because - place. and so we need people like ms simon. because we i place. and so we need people i like ms simon. because we need people who build bridges and bring us together. a message of unity from the prime minister but his minority government is increasingly butting heads with opposition parties are one of mary simon's first official tasks may be to dissolve parliament and trigger snap elections as early as september. courtney bembridge, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: a moment passes by, rescuing a child and a crashed car. mission control: we see - you coming down the ladder now.
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nasa has ordered an investigation after it was heard that astronauts were allowed to fly while drunk. the last patrol, drudgery and danger. no more, after almost two decades. if somebody is in a private house, they are doing any harm, i don't think people should be saying, you are doing something wrong. six rare white line clubs are on the prowl, they got a roar of approvalfrom on the prowl, they got a roar of approval from visitors. they are lovely, really sweet. yes, cute.
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welcome back. on day for of the tokyo 0lympics, a first gold medalfor bermuda, flora duffy celebrates after the women's triathlon. afghanistan's triathlon. afg hanistan�*s descent into triathlon. afghanistan's descent into violence continues, the un saying civilian deaths this year has increased by 50%. there've been international calls for calm in tunisia, after the country's president sacked the prime minister and suspended parliament following widespread protests about the govenrment�*s handling of the covid outbreak. after parliament was suspended, supporters of president kais saied clashed with those who oppose his action and accuse him of staging a coup. the president insists that he acted in line with the nation's constitution. we're joined by steven cook who is senior fellow for middle east studies at the council on foreign relations, and also a columnist for the magazine foreign policy.
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thank you for coming on the programme. my pleasure. programme. m leasure. , , ., my pleasure. the first question is, is this my pleasure. the first question is. is this a _ my pleasure. the first question is, is this a coup? _ is, is this a coup? that is a very good question. the president certainly has an assumed executive power — something he previously shared with the prime minister — and has suspended the parliament for at least 30 days. that seems kind of like a coup, but of course, a coup is in the eye of course, a coup is in the eye of the beholder, so he claims that everything he has done is perfectly legal and is consistent with article 80 of tunisia's constitution, where as his appointment, the parliamentary speaker, rached ghannouchi, the lady of an islamist party called ennahdha has called it a coup d'etat. given time frame is often crucial, how quickly do you think some kind of stability could resume if, indeed, it can. well, it is a very good
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question because tunisia is quite a divided society, and as you are leading the report suggested, there were large numbers of people on the street, people praising him putting the power in his hands, but the party, ennahdha, consistently gets the most votes in a country. if people defy a recent order by the president that makes gatherings of more than three people illegal, you could have a situation where you do have some instability in the country. already on monday there were protests and counter protests, with supporters of the president facing off with those who oppose this move. so there is very much the possibility of brought instability in tunisia. what does happen in the next coming days and weeks? what kind of outcome could we expect. it seems at this point the
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president does retain the support of the security services, the national police, the ministry of interior, and the ministry of interior, and the military. he also does seem to have at least some base of support among the tunisian people, who are tired of poor governance, a lack of economic opportunity, and, quite honestly, a third wave of covid i9 honestly, a third wave of covid 19 that has just devastated the country. it seems there is at least some significant number of the tunisian population is willing to give some form of authoritarianism a chance again. 0k, we'll keep an eye on that situation. thank you so much for coming on. that was a cook. lebanese lawmakers have chosen the billionaire business person as the next prime minister. he has served in the position
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twice before and will be tasked with forming government. economic troubles will be a major challenge as they face one of the worst financial crises in the world. the website ofjailed russian website of jailed russian 0pposition website ofjailed russian 0pposition leader, alexi noveul 0pposition leader, alexi novelli, has been blocked by regulators. the move comes as the lead up to the general elections. the latest chapter in a long—running crackdown and president putin �*s opponent. allies were also blocked. rodrigo duterte days as the battle against drugs is far from over. more than five years after he began a brutal war which has killed thousands of people stop his last state of the nation address, he defended the nation address, he defended the saying it has brought peace and order. some shocking footage has
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emerged — the moment a woman and her daughter were run over by a car in new york. the vehicle crashed into a barber's shopin vehicle crashed into a barber's shop in the north of the city. there was then a frantic attempt to rescue the child was trapped under the car. 0ur bbc reporter has a story. a summer day in new york, and a quiet street and at the district of yonkers. it is around 830 in the morning. suddenly, out of nowhere, this happens. look again. this time, close up. you will see a woman and child hit by the car as it crashes into a shopfront. we got a baby under the vehicle! this was the aftermath. inside the barbershop on lake avenue. bystanders, including two police officers who had been getting breakfast at a nearby bagel shop frantically tried to
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rescue the eight month old child trapped under the car. pull him out! come on, come on, kid! next, broken glass and twisted metal, they lift up the vehicle as best as they can, the situation increasingly desperate. i got it, i got it, i got the baby. finally, they pull her free. crying, injured, but thankfully stillalive. still alive. it is ok, we got you. we got you. her mother, seen here sat in front of the car had broken her neck and must ensure the sound of her daughter crying. both of them were later taken to hospital, and they are now said to be doing well. as for the man behind the wheel, he was taken into custody and is facing charges of driving under the influence. this was an awful moment. we have got a baby under the vehicle. and a chance for others to show
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heroism. we got it, we got it. a remarkable story. let's turn to tokyo and talk about the new, — surfing. the sport made its debut on sunday, with the action beginning early in ichinomiya. but due to an approaching tropical storm, the finals have been moved forward to today instead of wednesday. this is the pacific coast ofjapan, about an hour and a half drive east of tokyo. this place is called ichinomiya, and it's really popular with the local surfers. you can see today the waves are pretty lively. that's because we've got a typhoon living in. when you think of surfing, probably think of the north shore of hawaii or the gold coast of australia or maybe bali, not japan. but actually surfing is really, really popular here injapan. it's estimated around two millionjapanese regularly get on a surfboard. this group of young surfers left home in tokyo before 4am this morning in order to be in the water before 6am. the waves here are best early in the morning, before it gets too windy. this beach isjust 2km
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from where the olympic surfing competition is being held. "it doesn't feel right not to be able to go "and watch ourselves," he says. "but other people may say it's not fair to have spectators "at surfing when other sports don't have spectators". that over there behind me, that's where the olympic surfing competition is taking place right now. this was supposed to be a huge festival of surfing. the first time it's ever been in the olympics. despite the fact we are outside, there's lots of wind, there are still no spectators and this is as close as we can get. just on the beaches, the oldest surf shop in town run by shingo nakamura. so close but shingo and his staff are forced to watch the action on television.
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shingo's father was one of the first to develop surfing here, learning from american sailors based injapan. there's a lot of sadness and frustration here, but also hope that the world will see that japan is notjust about sumo orjudo, but that it has a very cool surfing scene, too. rupert wingfield hayes, bbc news, ichinomiya, japan.
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you can reach me on twitter — i'm @lvaughanjones. hello. the forecast for the next few days is looking quite turbulent and at times very wet indeed, with some torrential, heavy, thundery downpours, albeit with some sunny spells in between. now, let's take a look at the recent satellite picture because you can see all of these areas of cloud just rotating around, circulating on top of the uk, and this pattern continues with low pressure firmly in charge. close to the centre of the low, particularly, we are going to see some really intense downpours and thunderstorms popping up during tuesday. so, some cloud and some showery rain from the word go across western and southern parts, a bit more sunshine further east. but through the day, the showers will pop up quite widely, and some of them will be very heavy and thundery, especially across parts of north wales, the north midlands, northern
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england and scotland. and with very light winds, those showers will be very slow—moving, so in one or two places, we could see an awful lot of rain, giving rise to localised flash flooding. temperatures not doing too badly in the sunshine between the showers, as high as 23—24 degrees. some of those big showers and storms will rumble on through tuesday evening into the early hours of wednesday, and we start to see some more persistent rain developing across parts of scotland. so, low pressure still very much with us for the middle part of the week. in the centre of the low, an area of rainfall is going to become very slow—moving across scotland, so that could well cause some flooding issues. see, the rain will just continue here throughout the day. for northern ireland, england and wales, it's sunshine and showers again, some of the showers heavy and thundery. some really squally, gusty winds, but the winds generally will be a bit stronger on wednesday. so, at least that means the showers, where they do turn up, should move through a little more quickly. temperatures will be lower on wednesday, though. quite cool for the time of year actually, 14—20 degrees. as we move out of wednesday into thursday, the rain
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across scotland will only slowly pivot and start to move southwards. so, before this rain finishes, some places across scotland could see 100 millimetres or more, hence the potential for flooding. some of that rain drifting southwards into northern ireland and northern england through the day. some sunshine further south, chance of one or two showers, but we could well see another area of wet and blustery weather pushing into the far south west later in the day. and temperature still a little disappointing, 17—21 degrees.
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right to you $z/startfed. this is bbc news — the headlines: day four of the tokyo 0lympics has got underway — and the first medals have been given out. bermuda's flora duffy won gold in the women's triathlon — ahead of team gb's georgia taylor—brown. it's bermuda's first ever gold — and they are the smallest nation competing at the games. new figures from the un suggest afghanistan has seen a record number of civilians killed in the first half of this year. the un says there's been a 47 percent increase in deaths the inuit rights advocate — mary simon — has become canada's first indigenous woman to hold the post of governor—general. at her swearing—in ceremony — the official representative of queen elizabeth pledged to strive to build bridges across the diverse backgrounds and cultures that reflect canada's uniqueness and promise.

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