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lockdown in brisbane, as australia's third largest city tries to contain the spread team gb win gold in the mixed triathlon relay and a world and a packed audience — and no more social distancing — at the royal albert hall for the first night of the proms in london. 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.
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live now to our north america correspondent, david willis. what has brought us to this point? what has brought us to this oint? �* ., ., , what has brought us to this oint? �* ., .,, . point? before he was elected, donald trump _ point? before he was elected, donald trump maintained - point? before he was elected, donald trump maintained hisl point? before he was elected, i donald trump maintained his tax records were under audit and they are apparently still under ordered at the time he left office. two years ago, the us justice department turned down a request by the house ways and means committee looking into donald trump's tax affairs, for the treasury to be compelled to release those documents, those tax documents. well now, the biden administration has reversed that decision. , six years worth of donald trump's tax records. democrats have welcomed the move, republicans have to mount state. will we get to see the documents anytime soon? that is very doubtful. it is likely that donald trump will fight this
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vision through the courts and it will ultimately be, the vote on whether to release these documents to a wider audience, ultimately of course to the public at large.— public at large. david, you mentioned _ public at large. david, you mentioned the _ public at large. david, you mentioned the former - public at large. david, you - mentioned the former president has repeatedly resisted this. has there been any immediate response to him all the trump organisation? mat response to him all the trump organisation?— organisation? not so far and every president _ organisation? not so far and every president since - organisation? not so far and | every president since richard nixon with the exception of one, donald trump, has released their tax records and the house ways and means committee is looking into possible financial conflicts of interest on the part of donald trump and the possibility of foreign interference. of course last year, the new york times released a report which claimed donald trump had paid very little, if none, income tax
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over the last few years so there is a lot of interest in this. as i say, it could be some time, though, if they do become public before we get to see them. become public before we get to see them-— see them. david, we will leave it there. see them. david, we will leave it there- in _ see them. david, we will leave it there. in south _ see them. david, we will leave it there. in south america. - 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. sings along with music. 23—year—old laryssa 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 casei we had boys or girls. we thought about clothes and the crib.
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since the beginning, 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. dr rossana pulcineli in the intensive care unit she helped open in the city of sao paulo. it is the only unit
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in the country dedicated to pregnant women with covid. why are so many pregnant women 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, expedito's wife aline 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 near the doctor's feet. i couldn't believe it.
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do you believe there is something that could have been done differently to save aline's life? i wish i had taken the vaccine for covid. brazil has the second—highest number of covid—related deaths worldwide, yet only over i6% 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. australia's third largest city, brisbane, is to go into lockdown shortly in an attempt to contain the spread of the delta variant of coronavirus. the deputy premier of queensland said millions of residents in brisbane and several other areas would be ordered to stay at home for three days. i'm joined now by our correspondent shaima khalil.
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what is the latest? we know that the cluster _ what is the latest? we know that the cluster now - what is the latest? we know that the cluster now in - that the cluster now in brisbane has increased to seven people. six of those new cases were reported today, all linked to a 17—year—old student, and this is why we are now hearing that the snaplock down affecting south—east queensland specifically, ii affecting south—east queensland specifically, 11 local areas in brisbane. what is worrying health authorities there is that they are expecting the number of exposure sites to increase. they are saying there is going to be an enormous list of exposure sites which means that it could be a larger number of cases as well. we heard from the deputy premier today who said that yes we have been here before but this is going to be different because of because of the transmissibility of the trent —— the delta variant. he said we have to go in early and fast and this is why from later today until the coming tuesday, those 11 local areas are going
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to be under a strict lockdown described as the strict test in brisbane, going out only for essential reasons —— strictest. also for covid testing for covid vaccinations. we also heard from the prime minister scott morrison who really changed his tune on lockdowns. a few weeks ago, we heard him say that locke downs could be a last resort now what he is saying is that given the low rate of vaccinations in australia, snapped lockdowns in different areas are going to be the way forward to deal with the way forward to deal with the delta variant. this a couple of weeks ago, victoria and south australia have come out of their snap lockdowns. now south—east queensland is going in and of course, here in new south wales where i am, another high day of cases, 210, as the lockdown here in new south wales, sydney and the surrounding areas extended for another four weeks.— another four weeks. thank you very much- _
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a covid outbreak first discovered in the chinese city of nanjing has spread to eight provinces and beijing. state media say it's the most extensive outbreak since wuhan. almost 200 people have been infected since the virus was first detected at the city's busy airport on 20 july. all flights from nanjing airport will be suspended for the next two weeks. well, earlier i spoke to dr xi chen about what exactly is happening in nanjing and how china can get the virus under control. well, iam nowjoined by associate professor of public health at yale university and nanjing native dr xi chen to discuss how china tackles this fresh crisis. overall, china has so far managed to keep the virus largely under control, as we know, by closing the borders and moving quickly to stamp out local outbreaks but this time, nanjing authorities were slow in their identification of the virus and it was transmitted from an air flight from russia through air china — airflight to nanjing onjuly ten but after ten days, the first identifying case
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of positive covid—19 infection was coming up so it took around ten days, which was longer than usual, and it took another ten days for the authorities to trace the origin of this transmission, which was from the russian flight. so to take another ten days, i think this timing, delayed timing, is really the key that has caused a large scale of spreading, and as you mentioned five provinces but now it is eight provinces, so it's faster developing, around 22 cities involved and more than 200 cases identified. this is an outbreak of the delta variant. you mentioned local authorities have been slow to act. what have they done? are there lockdowns enforced? are people being told to stay at home? indeed, half of the city's are already under lockdown
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or semi lockdown and not only for nanjing but all of the links, the traced destinations from nanjing. i was mentioning like eight provinces, 22 cities, have all kinds of different lockdowns based on their situations and so far, most of the cases already have been traced the origin of the virus outbreak, which is good. it means it is still in the early stages but there are still a few cases in some provinces and some sources are unknown so it is not clearly linked to nanjing so this is worse, so they have to be there click on contact tracing and the tracing of the sources in order to stamp out the local outbreaks and we all know this is so far the worst outbreak since wuhan. briefly, do we know much about vaccine rollouts in the areas affected and how the virus is going to fare with that? in general, china has a very vaccination rate. it's slowing down but it's still very high — and in some areas around 80%
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of people vaccinated. it varies a little bit but given this is a new variant, the threshold of immunity will be changing so even by the end of this year, the chinese authorities are aiming for about 70%—80% of people vaccinated. so far, just ten days ago, they reached 1.4 billion doses being vaccinated, so — but given the new delta variant, it will take an even higher number and proportion of people to be vaccinated to fight against this delta variant. doctor chen, thank you very much forjoining us. thank you. let's get some of the day's other news. food supplies destined for ethiopia's famine—hit tigray region are finally on their way north — a week after an attack on a world food programme convoy blocked the route. humanitarian agencies have been warning that many there are facing catastrophic levels of hunger, following nine months of war between regional armed groups and government forces.
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the israeli foreign minister yair lapid has accused iran of exporting terrorism after a deadly attack on an israeli—operated oil tanker off the coast of oman. two crew members — a briton and a romanian — were killed. mr lapid demanded a harsh response, saying iranian terrorism harmed freedom of shipping. the internet retail giant, amazon, has been fined almost 900 million dollars for breaking the european union's data protection laws. it's the biggest fine ever imposed under the eu's privacy regulations. amazon says the decision is "baseless", and that it will appeal. 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. more than 1,600 pregnant women have died in brazil since the beginning of the pandemic. the united states' most decorated gymnast, 24—year—old simone biles this week withdrew from the team and all—around
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olympic finals in tokyo, saying she was prioritising her mental health. and in the last half hour, we've heard she has withdrawn from two more of her finals events. she says a mental block stopped herfrom competing in the team and all—around finals — and that it's happened to her in the past on floor and vault, but that they're now affecting every event she is competing in. i'm joined now by professor rosemary purcell, who is a psychologist, as well as an associate professor of youth mental health at the university of melbourne, and leads the elite sports and mental health unit at orygen australia. thank you forjoining us. there is lots of research done about physical health and physical injuries when it comes to elite athletes. how much do we know about the strain on their mental health? we about the strain on their mental health?- about the strain on their mental health? ~ . ., mental health? we are learning a lot more _ mental health? we are learning a lot more about _ mental health? we are learning a lot more about the _ mental health? we are learning a lot more about the mental - a lot more about the mental health. there has really been an explosion in the last ten years on this topic. but
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unfortunately, it is dwarfed by the amount of research that is conducted into physical injuries in elite sports. we are definitely starting to learn a lot more, but it would be great to see some level of parity in how mental health conditions are treated compared to physical health issues. groups. they could affect any of us in the community so that is things like difficult and adverse life events, having relationship breakdowns, financial pressures, and especially a lack of social support. on the spot side the key risk factors that we know our injury, as well as sometimes being overly perfectionist, and a large one isjust having a
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drop in performance as well. your organisation developed guidelines which went to the international olympic committee for supporting athletes in their mental health, what is your view on how those have been taken on board?- been taken on board? yeah, there is a — been taken on board? yeah, there is a working _ been taken on board? yeah, there is a working group - been taken on board? yeah, | there is a working group that there is a working group that the ioc has established, an expert working group on mental health for athletes, and we are still at our early phases, but there have been a number of good initiatives, so one, we have developed a tool that will assist sports to actually screen athletes, so they can detect those that have mental health problems. that isjust released. what really needs to happen now with the implementation is that sports start to develop the systems of care and treatment that are needed once they have identified athletes who are at risk or experiencing mental health conditions.—
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risk or experiencing mental health conditions. thank you very much — health conditions. thank you very much for— health conditions. thank you very much for being - health conditions. thank you very much for being with - health conditions. thank you very much for being with us. j turning to the olympics now, and we've 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 super saturday and we've got a new world record in the pool. he will address all from the usa hasjust won he will address all from the usa has just won the 100 metre butterfly — michaela dressel from the usa has won the world record in the hundred metre butterfly swim, that adds to the two gold medals he has one in tokyo, a big celebration for the us swim team across the board, compatriot katie ledecky has just won the 800 metres freestyle gold as well. that ties her to become the most successful female olympian in the water. australia's ariarne
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titmus claim silver in that race, adding to that wonderful rivalry that those who have shared throughout this games. the triathlon mixed relay made its debut this morning — and team gb came away with gold. a wonderful race, team gb claiming the gold they are, it was alex yee bringing it home in the final leg. normally we see this wonderful test of individual individual endurance, mastering three disciplines, this time more fast placed in a teams event, two men and two women taking part, they each had to complete a 300 metre swim, a 6.8 kilometres bike ride and then finish off with a two kilometre run. just wonderful to see another event making its olympic debut, rounding out the medals with the us in silver and france in bronze. and we've just had news, us gymnast simone biles has withdrawn from further events? she has, it is really sad, we think of all the preparation and lead up that goes into this but there is just part and parcel of sport. she has become
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the face of gymnastics and definitely would have carried the weight of the world and expectation on her shoulders going into this games, we have had a statement from the us gymnastics squad and it says today: she certainly has, and we definitely wish her all the best. the bbc proms season has got under way. 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.
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i will now try and take you over to door one, but it has been two years since i've done this so i might get lost. laughs. it is notjust the stewards — for music lovers at 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 just quickly get over. to be leaning forward, listening to music with the same intensity as the person next to you is going to be just, it is a feeling of community. the concert was led by finnish conductor dalia stasevska with the bbc symphony orchestra socially distanced on a specially extended stage. how strict are they? we have a guy with a ruler. laughs. what is it like to be back? we have been waiting over a 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.
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what is the moment of the concert you're most looking forward to? just to hear the people clapping and the whole ritual, just to start the silence and the waiting, when the first note starts to play. music plays. and the opening piece of music, by vaughan williams, held a special significance. really the whole night is about new beginnings and celebrating together. # rule britannia, britannia rules the waves...# 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.
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this year's opening night drew a line under the controversy with a programme that was simultaneously reflective and hopeful. and when it's all over, how are you going to feel? i think that after the journey that we have made from doing this 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. mark savage, bbc news. president erdogan of turkey says firefighting planes from russia, ukraine and azerbaijan are now battling the wildfires on the country's southern coast.
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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 coasts. 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, we saw the flames. helicopters and planes have made repeatjourneys to scoop up and drop water in marmaris. 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 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,
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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 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.
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if you're scared of heights look away now. as if this glass—bottomed suspension bridge in china's hunan province wasn't terrifying enough, it now is offering the world's highest bungyjump from a footbridge. visitors can take in the views as they leap from the nearly 900 foot drop. thejump the jump costs $300. you can reach me on twitter — i'm @richpreston. 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.
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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 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,
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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 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, this is bbc news, the headlines: the headlines: the usjustice department has the usjustice department has ruled that the tax returns ruled that the tax returns of former president of former president donald trump must be handed donald trump must be handed over to a congressional over to a congressional committee. unlike other recent presidents, committee. unlike other recent presidents, mr trump had resisted mr trump had resisted the demand that he surrender the demand that he surrender his tax records, and his tax records, and the justice department the justice department had backed him while he had backed him while he was in office. was in office. covid—19 has critically covid—19 has critically affected pregnant women affected pregnant women in brazil, with more than 1,600 deaths. in brazil, with more than 1,600 deaths. one in five women that died one in five women that died from the virus didn't have from the virus didn't have access to an intensive care access to an intensive care
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unit and one in three didn't unit and one in three didn't have access to a ventilator. have access to a ventilator. the us champion gymnast, simone biles, has withdrawn from two more competitions at the tokyo olympics. her team said she'd ruled herself out of the finals of the vault and uneven bars. biles has been sidelined by a mental block that affects herjudgement when spinning in mid—air. now in a few minutes it'll be time for the film review. but first, here's click.

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