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this is bbc news. i'm rich preston. our top stories: the tax returns of former president donald trump will be handed to congress after a ruling by the us justice department. the cost of covid for pregnant women in brazil: the bbc has exclusive footage of a maternity ward treating women with the virus. turkey calls on help from neighbouring countries as it tackles wildfires on its southern coast. it's super saturday at the olympics in tokyo with plenty of action ahead, including the women's 100m final. and a packed audience and no more social distancing at the royal albert hall for the first night of the proms in london.
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hello and welcome to bbc news. the usjustice department says tax returns belonging to the former president donald trump must be handed over to congress. the decision reverses a previous ruling. officials now say lawmakers have legitimate reasons for asking to see the documents. live now to our north america correspondent david willis. david, good to see you. this has been a wrangling between two different government departments, the internal revenue service and the department ofjustice. what has brought us to this point? you're right, every president in modern times since richard nixon has declared their tax results. the only exception to
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that being donald trump, of course, and he has fought tooth and nail to keep those documents secret. he had the backing up until recently, of course, of the usjustice department. well now, there's been a change of the guard, if you like, there, and there is a biden administration in place and new officials are occupying senior positions in the us justice department and they have decided that it is legitimate for the house ways and means committee to seek donald trump's tax returns, so they boarded the us treasury to make them available. now, this could be the beginning of the end of a very long and drawnout process involving the former president and his claim or his aim, i should say, that these documents should be kept secret and out of the public eye. has there been — and out of the public eye. has there been any _ and out of the public eye. has there been any response from donald trump the trump
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organisation?— donald trump the trump organisation? not so far, although _ organisation? not so far, although what _ organisation? not so far, although what we - organisation? not so far, although what we are - organisation? not so far, - although what we are hearing is that democrats are of course be pleased with this, they have welcomed this move, the house speaker trent —— nancy pelosi says access to the tax returns of donald trump was a matter of national security, as she put it, because it which i might on what she called donald trump's troubling conflicts of interest. republicans, though, have denounced this move by the us justice have denounced this move by the usjustice department, calling it "politically motivated" and saying it could lead to open season on the tax returns of future political candidates. david willis joining us from la. thanks very much. the israeli foreign minister yair lapid has called for a harsh response after two crew members were killed in an attack on an israeli—operated oil tanker in the arabian sea near oman. the vessels owners, zodiac maritime, says one of those killed was british and the other romanian. iran is suspected of being behind the attacks. here's the bbc security
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correspondent, frank gardner. well, this is quite a serious escalation and certainly, it doesn't look like piracy. an investigation was begun fairly soon afterwards. it took place late in the afternoon yesterday about 150 nautical miles — that's about 250, roughly, kilometres — north—east of the omani port. and what israeli television is saying, quoting an israeli official, was that it was attacked by an explosive drone. now, usually in piracy attacks, it's very unusual for anybody to be killed. piracy attacks are quite rare now because most of the ships either have escorts or they have armed guards on board, so they are nothing like the level that they were at ten years ago. so the suspicion is that this is some kind of state—backed terrorism, and certainly the israeli media is pointing the finger at iran and in the past, iran has denied any part in such attacks.
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there is no immediate word from iran. the ship itself was carrying no cargo. it was on the way from the port in dar es salaam in tanzania going to the port of the united arab emirates and it has been escorted for the last leg of its journey by the us navy. there is no question that there is an undeclared shadow war taking place between iran and israel where they had been attacking each other�*s interests — in the case of israel, they had made no secret of the fact that they are trying to slow down iran's nuclear programme and although they have never admitted it openly, they have certainly hinted that they have played a part in the sabotage attacks — for example, on some of the nuclear facilities. but offshore in the red sea, the arabian sea, the northern indian ocean, there have been a number of mysterious explosions on board ships. iran, for example, has a fairly stationary ship that's at the bottom of the red sea.
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that had some explosions on board. and there has been israeli ships that have come under attack as well. so it's this undeclared shadow war where the two countries have very been carefully calibrating what they do, not to cause too much pain but enough to keep the other one — make the other one uncomfortable. frank gardner. more than 1,600 pregnant women have died in brazil since the beginning of the pandemic. the bbc has obtained exclusive footage from the only intensive care unit for pregnant women with covid—i9 in sao paulo. bbc brasil�*s nathalia passarhino reports. music. this 23—year—old has always dreamt of being a mother. just a year ago, she was 35 weeks pregnant with twin boys. translation: we started thinking of names, in casej we had boys or girls. we thought about clothes and the crib. since the beginning,
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we started to plan everything. but her dream was taken away too soon. after being diagnosed with covid—i9, she was admitted to an icu in sao paulo. shortly after an emergency c—section, she died of a cardiac arrest. i saw the babies, i saw what true love is. but when i received the news, it was so difficult. how could my whole world fall apart in a matter of hours? laryssa is one of more than 1,000 pregnant women who have died from covid in brazil this year. neonatal wards in the country have been filled with premature babies. deaths among pregnant women were high even before covid spread in brazil, mostly because of a lack of adequate specialist care, but the pandemic really made things worse. this is a doctor in the intensive care unit she helped open in the city of sao paulo. it is the only unit in the country dedicated to pregnant women with covid. why are so many pregnant women
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dying of covid in brazil? translation: we have serious problems with l the quality of assistance. one in five women that died did not have access to an intensive care unit. one in three didn't have access to intubation. the unit helped bring mortality rates down in the city, but in the poorer parts of brazil, access to even a hospital bed remains a challenge. in a remote village in north—eastern brazil, this man's wife was only 27 weeks pregnant when she was diagnosed with covid. she had to be driven for two hours to reach a hospital bed. she died a few days later. her babies were born on the same day. translation: for me, it was a big shock. - i fell down to my knees
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near the doctor's feet. i couldn't believe it. do you believe there is something that could have been done differently to save her life? i wish i had taken the vaccine for covid. brazil has the second—highest number of covid—related deaths worldwide, yet only over 16% of the population have been fully vaccinated so far. and until the pandemic is brought under control in brazil, thousands of pregnant women will remain at risk. nathalia passarinho, bbc news. a coded outbreak first discovered in the chinese city of nanjing has spread to five provinces and the capital beijing. state media say it's the most extensive outbreak since wuhan —— covid outbreak. almost 200 people have been
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infected since the virus was detected on 20 july at the city's is the airport. all flights from the airport will be suspended for the next fortnight. new figures show that 1,300 people died of drug misuse in scotland last year — a record number of deaths for the seventh year in a row. it means scotland continues to have by far the highest drug death rate recorded by any country in europe. lorna gordon reports. it would have been angela mclauchlan�*s birthday this week. angela had one of the most contagious laughs, smiles, big blue eyes, and everybody loved her. but like too many others in scotland, her life lost to drugs. do you miss her? every day. because you feel robbed. angela's sister, who is a local councillor, works helping others dealing with addiction in the ayrshire town of irvin. she says over recent years, there has been no letup in the numbers dying. we are hit with a wave
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after wave after wave. this is like a tsunami coming towards us. how much of it can we take? waves of deaths? waves of deaths. when you hear it every single day, you are consoling families every single day, that's not where i want to be. the scale of scotland's problem with drugs has been recognised for some time, but these latest figures are another grim milestone, showing the number of drug—related deaths here rising for the seventh year in a row. the first minister made a very honest acknowledgement that we have not done enough in the past that is either big enough or quick enough to tackle the scale of the challenge we face, but we are now determined, going forward, to invest more in life—saving services. and there are new initiatives, including this trial, where police in some areas, including here in glasgow, have started carrying naloxone, which rapidly reverses an opioid overdose.
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the early indications are that it is very positive. in 23 times i've used it, 21 times at least, when using it, it will help to save someone's life. there is no doubt that that is very positive. there's a big gang culture here _ the scale of scotland's drugs crisis is staggering. there was maybe about 50 of us and there are only ten of us left or something. the scottish government has committed a £250 million to addressing the emergency, but this recovering addict, who is now a community worker, says that money must trickle down. there is always noise, there's always all this money to be invested and, "we're going to have this policy and that policy," but it doesn't do anything. they need to be investing more in the communities, where they know the people, they know the problems they have. in glasgow this afternoon, a vigil for those who lost their lives. their families and friends gathered around a provocative symbol they hope will focus minds on the crisis. they say they are no longer
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just calling for change, but demanding it. lorna gordon. president erdogan of turkey says firefighting planes from russia, ukraine and azerbaijan are now battling the wildfires on the country's southern coast. four people have died and dozens have been taken to hospital. the flames have forced the evacuation of entire villages. with more, here's david campanale. soaring flames have turned summer skies blood orange over turkey's luxury hotels and villages. dozens of neighbourhoods and tourist resorts had to evacuate before the onslaught of the wildfires which have stretched along the mediterranean and aegean coast. we don't know anything. the personnel at our hotel doesn't say anything to us, so wejust decided to come outside. translation: everything | was normal when we came, but then we saw smoke in the background. we thought it was raining. all of a sudden,
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we saw the flames. helicopters and planes have made repeatjourneys to scoop up and drop water. on the ground, thousands of firefighters have been mobilised into action as temperatures have soared. they're working alongside more than 1,000 firefighting vehicles to snuff out the fires. —— fires which dot rolling hills parched by another dry summer. turkey has called on its allies to help — this helicopter was sent by belarus. speaking after friday prayers, president erdogan said the arrival of the aircraft meant the operation was turning in a positive direction. translation: unfortunately, 71 wildfires have broken out. l 57 forest fires were contained. efforts are under way to contain 1a wildfires so there is progress in a positive direction. almost 1000 extreme weather
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incidents were recorded in turkey last year, which local media have called in all—time record. despite this, turkey is the only major g20 economy not to ratify the paris agreement on climate change, which aims to keep global temperatures well below two degrees above pre—industrial levels. david campanale, bbc news. this is bbc news. the headlines: the tax returns of former president donald trump will be handed to congress after a ruling by the us justice department. and more than 1,600 pregnant women have died in brazil since the beginning of the pandemic. 200 afghan interpreters and theirfamilies have landed in the usa — the first as part of a planned evacuation programme. presidentjoe biden says the us is fulfilling its promise to those who served "shoulder—to—shoulder" with american forces in afghanistan. our correspondent secunder kermani reports from kabul.
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tens of thousands of british soldiers served in afghanistan. crucial to their mission, the help of local interpreters. with international troops withdrawing, hundreds of them, along with their families, are being relocated to the uk. but others remain stuck in afghanistan. this man is one of dozens of interpreters whose applications have been rejected. he says he fears for his life. they're going to kill me. that's it. it's a big threat for my family also. because of me, my family will pay for that. he served with british forces for two years in helmand province, but was then sacked. those dismissed for serious offences aren't being relocated. he says he simply refused to go on a second consecutive mission, in order to attend his
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engagement ceremony. defense sources alleged he repeatedly failed to turn up to work. i was very sad. i wrote all my story, what happened to me in helmand, because i did a good service. so, i thought that maybe i would receive a positive response. afghan forces pushed back a taliban advance towards herat city. the insurgents have not taken any provincial capital yet, but some fear it is only a matter of time. the taliban say former interpreters who worked with foreign forces but now show remorse will not be harmed. few are reassured by that, though. dozens are reported to have been killed by the group in recent years. military veterans and campaigners say the evacuation policies need to be more generous. the absolute priority for afghan relocation and assistance policy is looking at, are these people under threat because of their association with us? and the only
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exception that needs to be made there is that if there would be any individuals who would be posing a risk to the national security of the uk, then it would be a basis for exclusion. with fresh taliban assaults every day, britain's ministry of defence says it has already relocated more than 2000 former local staff and their relatives and that its scheme is one of the most inclusive in the world. everyone knows the situation is growing increasingly critical. secunder kermani, bbc news, kabul. the bbc proms season has got underway. it's the world's biggest classical music festival. it has a full audience — but restrictions are in place to make it as secure as possible. audience members are being "strongly encouraged" to wear masks, and they're required to provide proof of either a negative covid test, or double vaccination. last year a reduced orchestra played to an empty royal albert hall. mark savage reports. it has been two years since
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i've done this... it is not just it is notjust for stewards. for music lovers of the royal albert hall, the wait is over. finally, i am absolutely thrilled, i have been waiting two years for this day. being not socially distanced will be something to quickly get over. to be leaning forward, listening to music with the same intensity as the person next to you is going to be, it is a feeling of community. the concert was led by finnish conductor dalia stasevska with the bbc symphony orchestra socially distance on a extended stage. how strict are they? we have a guy with a ruler. what is it like to be back? we have been waiting over one year to have a full audience and i think that we are all emotional and we are going to play really our hearts out with this concert. what is the moment of the concert you're most looking forward to? just to hear the people clapping and the whole ritual,
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just to start the silence and the waiting, when the first note starts to play. music plays. and the opening piece of music held a special significance. really the whole night is about new beginnings and celebrating together. # rule britannia... last year's proms ended on a controversial note after the bbc announced and then reversed a decision not to sing the lyrics of rule britannia. i have kind of moved forward from all of that and what i really want to say is that i am extremely proud that the whole last night actually came together at all. this year's opening night drew a line under the controversy with a programme that was simultaneously reflective and hopeful. and when it is all over,
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how are you going to feel? i think that after the journey that we have made from doing this for one and a half years and that we finish the concert and we have the audiences there, i think it will feel like a great victory. classical music, dalia says, has a healing quality, something that has never been so important. turning to the olympics, where we have now reached the middle weekend of the games. here's the medal table as it stands at the moment — china is on top with 19 gold medals, followed by host nation japan with 17. with me is our reporter, tanya dendrinos — tanya, it's approaching 9:30am on "super saturday" and we've got some events making their debut, including the triathlon mixed relay —
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which has just been won by team gb. it was an incredible race. alex yee bring it home for team gb and making history as the first eventin and making history as the first event in the limits for the mixed triathlon relay. normally triathlon is an ultimate test of individual endurance, three different divisions, this time it was a teams event, two men and two women making up the team, they had to do a 300 metre swim, 6.8 kilometre bike ride and finish up with a two kilometre run. incredibly proud to watch the brits crossed the line first in that. and of course the mainstay of the second week of the games is the athletics, and the action is heating up on the track? we have some heat is currently under way and will be continuing throughout the day but all eyes are going to be on the 100 metres sprint final in the 100 metres sprint final in the women's events a little bit later on today. we are expecting an incredibly fast race based on the times clocked in the heats, and also another historic event potentially on
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the line, jamaica's shelley—ann fraser—pryce is hoping to be the first woman to win three athletics events. she is looking to make it a third, will she come away she, there are plenty vying to take the title from her including dina asher—smith of great britain. and we are more than a week in, what are some of the sports you are looking forward to over the coming weeks? i love them all, ifi the coming weeks? i love them all, if i had to pick i am a great tennis fan, we have the women's tennis gold medal match coming up a little later today, i will have a keen eye on that, and my aussie bias creeps on then, i have been loving watching the matildas in the football and hope their winning streak continues. and how's this for a homecoming... these are pictures of britain's two—time olympics gold medallist helen glover arriving at london heathrow and being greeted by her three young children. her hopes of a fairytale ending
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at tokyo 2020 were dashed when she and her rowing mate polly swann finished fourth in the women's pair. she's now ruled out another olympics bid. if you are scared of heights, now is the time to look away. as if this glass bottom suspension bridge china's hunan province wasn't terrifying enough, it is now offering the world's highest bungee jump from a footbridge. as it has can take in the views as they leap from the nearly 900 foot drop. thejump comes at leap from the nearly 900 foot drop. the jump comes at the hefty price of around $300 but gives plenty of bragging rights to those willing to brave the fall. not sure that is something i can do. let's take a look at some new pictures from mexico where guadalajara zoo is celebrating the safe arrival of its latest family member. this baby hippopotamus, whose sex is still unknown, is
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in good health and currently weighs around 50 kg. hippos are a nocturnal animal, they usually prefer to rest during the day but while their offspring are young men just like human parents, they spend a lot more time awake. the doting mother and father have been seen up and about and much more active than normal recently. a reminder of our top story. the usjustice department says tax returns belonging to the former president donald trump must be handed over to congress. the decision reverses the previous ruling, officials now say lawmakers have legitimate reasons for asking to see the documents. you can get much more on all of us stories on the bbc news website and the bbc news app. you can reach me on twitter — i'm @richpreston. thanks for watching, from me and the team, see you later.
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well, friday brought quite a nasty spell of weather to some south—western and southern areas of the uk. gale—force winds around coasts briefly. they were very, very strong indeed, brought by storm evert. you can see on the satellite picture here thunderstorms and heavy showers inland, generally a really changeable day, but the weather has now shifted into the southern north sea. it's approaching parts of germany and denmark. behind it, you can see from the motion of the arrows, it's a fairly cool north—northwesterly, so it's going to be a fairly cool day for most of us. really quite nippy, in fact, in the very far north of the country. sunny spells and showers expected. so, let's have a look
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at the early morning hours. that northerly wind blowing across scotland and along the north sea coast. showers there right from the word go, but i think showers are possible almost anywhere early in the morning, apart from the extreme north west of the country here. temperatures a little on the fresh side, around 12—13 degrees in some spots. and then, tomorrow, a pretty cloudy day for many of us, in the morning at least, to start with. then the sunny spells develop, but also the showers, and some of them will be heavy. you can see here in the east of the country and the north, some thunderstorms there, too. showers also breaking out across the south. the best of the weather, i suspect, in the north—west of the country, parts of northern ireland, south—western and western scotland and also cornwall, devon and southern wales shouldn't do too bad on saturday. here's a look at sunday's weather map. the weather still coming in from the north. we have a weather front crossing the country. that is expected to bring showers to more southern areas of the uk on sunday. they should be more confined towards the very far south
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towards the end of the day. that's how the end of the day starts, so a little on the chilly side in some areas. those northerly winds, feels quite nippy along the north sea coast, could even be around 111—15 degrees during the daytime. best spots, i think, in southern wales, maybe northern ireland again, but i think in southern wales and cardiff, up to around 21 degrees or so. so, here's the weekend summary again, and the outlook into next week, not an awful lot changes. there's no warm weather on the way. i think it's going to stay more or less the same, below average and a chance of some showers. and that's it, bye—bye.
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this is bbc news.
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the headlines: the usjustice department has ruled that the tax returns of former president donald trump must be handed over to a congressional committee. unlike other recent presidents, mr trump had resisted the demand that he surrender his tax records, and the justice department had backed him while he was in office. covid—19 has critically affected pregnant women in brazil, with more than 1,600 deaths. one in five women that died from the virus didn't have access to an intensive care unit and one in three didn't have access to a ventilator. president erdogan of turkey says firefighting planes from russia, ukraine and azerbaijan are now battling the wildfires on the country's southern coast. at least four people have died and dozens have been taken to hospital. officials have promised to bring anyone responsible for starting the fires to justice. now on bbc news, click.

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