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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. and the medals keep coming for team gb — they've picked up a gold and silver in the men's 200 metres freestyle. earlier — there was a first ever gold for bermuda — flora duffy winning the women's triathlon. i'm lewis vaughan jones in london. also in the programme: afg hanistan�*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
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governor—general is sworn welcome to tokyo where the first medal of day four has been won the first medals of day four of the tokyo olympics have been won. bermuda — the smallest nation by population — getting their first ever gold. most of the island's 65,000 would have watched their fellow bermudian flora duffy cross the finishing line in the women's triathlon. within the last few minutes, tom dean of britain won the gold medal in the men's 200 metres freestyle and fellow briton duncan scott won silver.
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here's how 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. we can now speak to bill zuill who's the digital editor of the royal gazette, iimagine the i imagine the celebrations are pretty busy and frantic in bermuda. pretty busy and frantic in bermuda-— pretty busy and frantic in bermuda. , , , , bermuda. definitely, but it is . uite bermuda. definitely, but it is quite late _ bermuda. definitely, but it is quite late here, _ bermuda. definitely, but it is quite late here, celebrations| quite late here, celebrations have been going on since flora crossed the line into the family had a big gathering at one of the local pubs with several hundred people there, and they certainly were celebrating. they will be celebrating. they will be celebrating long into the night. there is a week of celebrations planned. i suspect. tells about the journey she has been on. she
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has really come to a lot of adversity. she first started completing as a triathlete in beijing in 2008, did not wish in that event, actually gave up triathlon for a number of months at that point. and then came back to it and decided this is what she really wanted to do, competed in london, and had problems with her bike, and then did well in rio and came, which for a country this size, is absolutely exceptional and from then on, she became a world champion, commonwealth games gold—medallist, and coming into tokyo is one of the favourites. but i think probably everyone didn't quite believe that it might actually happen and we might win a medal, a gold medal or any kind of metal again for the first time since 1976, so it'sjust an extraordinary achievement for a community of this size, just a 60,000 of those on a 20
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square miles island. it's an incredible thing, and we're all unbelievably proud of her. absolutely, and she's done so much as well for the sport on the island as well, because she's bored to bear. wide 2018 triathlon and then wanted to enormous crowds and support here, and it's been back since. she also started something called the flora fund which is aimed at helping other athletes to compete and can lead to world—class level and that is going to grow and grow now. and i think she is going to be an inspiration to people of bermuda and girls and women around the world that you can fight to adversity and injury and so forth. and come out on top of the world, literally.
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wide absolutely, great message. i'm sure you have plenty more articles to write up. enjoy the coming weeks ahead. i can bring you right up—to—date before i hand back with another of the gold medals because it's great news for alaska because the 17—year—old lydia jacoby won gold in the women's 100m final there and that was a real surprise for her. she pipped the world record holder in that and tatiana schoenmaker. so a great result for lydia jacoby. i want to ask you before i let you go, the challenge is it seems to me of staging these games, with a typhoon not far
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away. games, with a typhoon not far awa . ~ , y games, with a typhoon not far awa . ~ , , ~ games, with a typhoon not far away. absolutely. when you think of these _ away. absolutely. when you think of these games, - away. absolutely. when you think of these games, years| think of these games, years down the line, there is so much thatis down the line, there is so much that is going to kind of go against these games. we know they are under the way, many of they are under the way, many of the japanese population did not want them to go ahead. they have already been delayed a year, so many restrictions, the locals can't come to see them. there is all that which has happened and then the last few days, now over the next couple of days, they are battling this tropical storm which has been coming off the coast of japan. it's been good for the surfers, they had big waves that they have been calling for but everybody else's had to reshuffle and rejig things. we've had rowing finals moved had a couple of days, marjorie rescheduled, delays to the triathlon starting this morning and also the tennis was due to get under way and that has been delayed. these games are not without incident.— without incident. never a dull
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moment _ without incident. never a dull moment. you, _ without incident. never a dull moment. you, sarah. - still to come a bit later, we will be meeting and experienced athletics winnings coach from the ivory coast will tell it what it is to run a race. 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.
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these brothers lived in ghazni province. when fighting erupted close to their home, their family tried to flee. "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 advance has been in more rural areas but their focus is increasingly switching to the more densely populated cities. with peace talks largely
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stalled, that means even more innocent lives are likely to be lost. secunder kermani, bbc news, kabul. let's get some of the day's other news. 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
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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 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 truly serve her majesty queen elizabeth ii in the office of keeper of the great seal of canada?
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i do. with those two simple words, history was made and mary simon became canada's first indigenous governor—general. today is an important and historic day for canada. but my story to these chambers began very far from here. i was born maryjeannie may in arctic quebec, now known as nunavut. my inuktitut name is ningiukudluk and, prime minister, it means �*bossy little old lady'. she will serve as the official representative of queen elizabeth, canada's head of state. she's already had a virtual
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appointment with the monarch, but it comes at a time when the country is grappling with its colonial past. this year, hundreds of unmarked graves have been found at former residential schools where indigenous children were taken after being forcibly separated 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 victoria, who reigned over the country when the first residential 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 meet this moment as governor—general, i will strive to hold together the attention of the past with the promise of the future.
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she was nominated by prime ministerjustin trudeau after the sudden resignation of her predecessor amid bullying allegations. this is a big place, this is the diverse place. and so we need people 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, so 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: horror and heroism — the moment passers—by tried to rescue a small child trapped under a crashed car. crowd cheers.
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the us space agency, nasa, has ordered an investigation after confirmation today that astronauts were cleared to fly while drunk. the last foot patrol in south armagh. once an everyday part of the soldiers' lot — drudgery and danger are now no more, after almost four decades. if one is on one's own in in a private house, not doing any harm to anyone, i don't really see why all these people should wander in and say, " you're doing something wrong". six rare white lion cubs on the prowl at worcester park and already they've been met with a roar of approval from visitors. they are lovely, yeah, really sweet. yeah, they�* re cute. this is bbc news — the latest headlines:
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on day four of the tokyo olympics, team gb have won a silver and gold in the men's 200 metres freestyle. afghanistan's descent into violence continues, with the un saying civilian deaths this year have 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 kigh—iss 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. i asked steven cook, senior fellow for middle east and africa studies at the council on foreign relations, if he thinks this is a coup. it's a very, very good question. the president certainly has an assumed executive power —
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something that 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 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 opponent, the parliamentary speaker, rached ghannouchi, who is the leader of an islamist party called ennahdha, has called it a coup d'etat. given time frames are often crucial here, how quickly do you think some kind of stability could resume if, indeed, it can? well, it is a very good question because tunisia is quite a divided society, and as you are lead—in report suggested, there were a large numbers of people on the street hailing saied's effort to consolidate power in his hands.
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and ennahdha consistently gets the most votes in the country. if people defy a recent order by the president that makes gatherings of three people or more 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 against those who oppose this move, so there is very much the possibility of broader instability in tunisia. what is you bet then of what does happen in the next coming days and weeks — what kind of outcome could we expect? it seems at this point the president does retain the support of the security services, the national police, 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
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governance, a lack of economic opportunity, and, quite honestly, a third wave of covid—19 that has just devastated the country. it seems at least some significant number of the tunisian population is willing to give some form of authoritarianism a chance again. some shocking footage has emerged of the moment a mother and her daughter were run over by a car in new york. the vehicle crashed into a barber's shop in the north of the city. there was then a frantic attempt to rescue the child who was trapped under the car. a summer's day in new york, and a quiet street in the district of yonkers. it is around 8:30 in the morning and suddenly, out of nowhere, this happens.
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look again. this time, close up. you will see a woman and child hit by the car as it crashes into a shopfront. glass shatters. we got a baby under the vehicle! let's lift it up. 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 rescue the eight—month—old child trapped under the car. pull him out! come on, come on, kid! amidst broken glass and twisted metal, they lift up the vehicle as best as they can, the situation increasingly desperate. come on, come on. i got it, i got it, i got the baby. finally, they pull her free. crying, injured, but thankfully still alive.
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it is ok, we got you. we got you. her mother, seen here sat in front of the car, has broken her leg and must ensure the sound of her daughter crying. both of them were later taken to hospital, but 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. let's lift it up. but also a chance for some to show heroism. tim allman, bbc news. canterbury cathedral has been a place of christian worship for over a thousand years. it's believed to be the home of some of the oldest examples of stained glass in the world. some panels have now been re—dated using a new technique and experts say they were crafted in the middle of the 12th century. the cathedral authorities say it's a hugely significant find, as very little was thought to have survived from the fabric of the early cathedral, as our science correspondent pallab ghosh reports.
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canterbury cathedral is among the oldest churches in england. inside, it's a stunning windows depict symbolic religious scenes. this series was thought to have been made in the 13th century, but some of the panels, including this one of the prophet nathan, have now been mediated. for decades historians thought that some of these panels were made earlier than the others because they are different in style. now, using a new technique, scientists have confirmed that not only are they much older but they may well be among the oldest in the world. it's only come to light now because of this device called a windowlizer. it was developed by science to be used on location without damaging the glass. is trying a beam under the service which causes the material inside to radiate.
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this radiation contains a chemicalfingerprint from this radiation contains a chemical fingerprint from which the researcher worked out its age. the researcher worked out its ace. ~ . the researcher worked out its me, . ., , ., 4' the researcher worked out its aie, . ., , ., 4' ., age. we have been working on this detective _ age. we have been working on this detective story _ age. we have been working on this detective story for - age. we have been working on this detective story for some l this detective story for some time, putting all the pieces in place, and then we finally get an answer, something new that brings together science and art. ., ., , ., , brings together science and art. ., ., , it's art. into one story. it's fantastic. _ art. into one story. it's fantastic. these - art. into one story. it's fantastic. these were i art. into one story. it's i fantastic. these were all stories recorded - fantastic. these were all stories recorded at - fantastic. these were all stories recorded at the l fantastic. these were all. stories recorded at the time they— stories recorded at the time they happened here. the discovery _ they happened here. the discovery has _ they happened here. tie discovery has astonished the woman who looks after the stained—glass windows. she believes the reader dated panels could go back to the mid— 1100s, panels could go back to the mid—1100s, and were in place during great historical events at the cathedral, including the assassination of the then archbishop thomas becket, who features in many of these windows. features in many of these windowe— features in many of these windows. they would have witnessed _ windows. they would have witnessed the _ windows. they would have witnessed the murder- windows. they would have witnessed the murder of i windows. they would have - witnessed the murder of thomas becket, they would have witnessed henry ii's coming on his knees begging for forgiveness, the conflagration of the fire that devoured the
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cathedral in 1174, and then they would have witnessed all of british history. the cathedral _ of british history. the cathedral contains . of british history. the cathedral contains a i of british history. the - cathedral contains a story of british history. the cathedral contains a story of england's history. its artistry and religious thinking. now, new scientific discovery has given us a fresh perspective on the nation's pastor. it's the shortest race at the olympics, clocking in at around 10 seconds for the men and 11 seconds for the women. it's over in a flash, but there's no doubt the 100m is one of sports most iconic event, seen by hundreds of millions of people around the world. it all seems so simple; you just run fast, right? anthony koffi, an experienced athletics winning coach from ivory coast tells us what it takes to run a 100m race.
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i will be back with the headlines but you can get me at any time. you can reach me on twitter — i'm @ l vaughan jones 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
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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 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.
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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.
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the headlines: it's been another good morning for team gb at the tokyo olympics, with another gold medal and two more silvers. the swimmers tom dean and duncan scott came first and second in the 200—metres freestyle. dean beat his teammate byjust four hundredths of a second. earlier, bermuda's flora duffy won gold in the women's triathlon, finishing well 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. they last won a medal — a bronze — 45 years ago. 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 per cent increase in deaths. now on bbc news: hardtalk.

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