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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 us champion gymnast, simone biles, withdraws from two more competitions at the tokyo olympics. a world record for the united states in the men's butterfly on �*super saturday�* at the games. lockdown in brisbane — as australia's third largest city tries to contain the spread of the delta variant. and a packed audience — and no more social distancing — at the royal albert hall
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for the first night of the proms in london. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the world. 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. here's our north america correspondent, david willis. before he was elected, donald trump maintained that his tax records were under audit and they were apparently still under audit by the time he'd left office. and two years ago, the us justice department turned down a request by the house ways
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and means committee, which is looking into donald trump's financial affairs, for the treasury to be compelled to release those documents, those tax documents. well now, the us justice department under the biden administration has reversed that decision, paving the way for the release of six years worth of donald trump's tax records. democrats have welcomed the move, republicans have denounced it. will we get to see the documents any time soon? that is very doubtful. it's likely that donald trump will fight this decision through the courts and it will ultimately be up to the ways and means committee to vote on whether to allow these documents to be released to a wider audience, including other members of congress. ultimately, of course, as well to the public at large. david, you mentioned the former president has repeatedly resisted this. has there been any immediate response from him orfrom the trump organization?
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not so far and of course 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 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. david willis with that analysis. let's get some of the day's other news. the israeli foreign minister
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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. 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. the internet retail giant, amazon, has been fined almost $900 million 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. australia's third largest city, brisbane, is to go into lockdown shortly in an attempt to contain
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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. our correspondent shaimaa khalil has more details. we know 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 snap lockdown 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 delta variant.
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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 to be under a strict lockdown, described as the strictest in brisbane, going out only for essential reasons, and for health—related reasons, 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 lockdowns could be a last resort, but now what he's saying is that given the low rate of vaccinations in australia, the snap lockdowns in different areas are going to be the way forward to deal with the delta variant. 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, in sydney and the surrounding areas is extended
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for another four weeks. shaima khalil in australia, thank you very much. 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 — and we've just had news, us gymnast simone biles has withdrawn from further events? it is very sad news for her, richard, and of course all of the fans. watching her go in with the weight of the world an expectation on her shoulders. of course, really at the top of her game. she has been suffering with the phenomenon known as the twisters which causes a gymnast to lose their sense of space and dimension when they are in the air which is terrifying given the manoeuvres they are trying to compete with. a statement from
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gymnastics said... we of course wish her all the best as well. it is �*super saturday�* and we've got some new world records in the pool. exactly right, making a big splash, team gb hasjust claimed the world record and a gold medal in the four x 100 mixed madly relay —— medley relay. watching their faces as they got out of the pool was priceless. also for the us swim team. caleb dressel had another record at swim in the butterfly and his compatriot katie ledecky also won gold in the
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800 metres freestyle. ariarne titmus within the silver medal spot there and wonderful to see their rivalry throughout these games. their rivalry throughout these names. ., ., , games. various sports making their debut. _ the triathlon mixed relay. we know that triathlon is an incredible test of endurance across the three systems and this time it was more fast paced in that action. two men and two women lining up for each team, team gb getting over the line first in that inaugural event for the olympics which was fantastic for them. the us in second and the french placing third for the french placing third for the bronze. and what other highlights can we look out for today? as you said, super saturday and we know that this week is renowned for the athletics and all eyes will be trackside later today. the heats are already under way so of course we are watching them keenly but we are watching them keenly but we have the final of the women's 100 we have the final of the women's100 metres sprint, potentially history to be made
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with jamaica's shelly—ann fraser—pryce who is vying to become the first woman in history to win three olympic athletics events, and she has already claimed twice gold medals in the 100 metres sprint and she is trying to see if she can make it a threepeat. some sad news with one sprint are not going to be lining up which is the nigerian blessing okagbare which has been —— she has been suspended failing a drug test. the athletics integrity unit said that the 32—year—old tested positive for a human growth hormone following and out of competition test but that does mean the end of the tokyo games for her. . ~ mean the end of the tokyo games for her. ., ~ , ., mean the end of the tokyo games for her. ., ~ i. ., for her. thank you for the undate- — to south america where more than 1600 women have died —— pigment women have died since the beginning of the pandemic. —— pregnant women. the bbc has obtained exclusive footage from the only intensive care unit for pregnant women with covid—19 in sao paulo.
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bbc brasil�*s nathalia passarinho 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. since the beginning, we started to plan everything. but her dream was taken away too soon. after being diagnosed with covid—19, she was admitted to an icu in sao paulo. shortly after an emergency c—section, she died of a cardiac arrest. translation: 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
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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 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.
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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. 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 16% of the population have been
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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. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: taking to the stage once again , to a live audience, no less — for the first night of the proms in london. cheering. 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 soldier's lot, drudgery and danger, now no more after almost four decades. if one is on one's own in a private house, not doing any harm to anyone, i don't see why all these people should
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wander in and say you're doing something wrong. six rare white lion . cubs are on the prowl at worcestershire park and they've been metl with a roar of approval from visitors. - they are lovely and sweet, yeah, cute. this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: the tax returns of former president donald trump will be handed to congress after a ruling by the us justice department. the us champion gymnast simone biles has withdrawn from two more competitions at the tokyo olympics. a covid outbreak first discovered in the chinese city of nanjing has spread to eight provinces and beijing.
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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. earlier, i spoke to dr xi chen, associate professor of public health at yale university, and asked him exactly what is happening in nanjing. 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 10, but after ten days, the first identifying case of positive covid—19 infection was coming out, so it took around ten days, which was longer than usual.
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and it took another ten days for the authorities to trace the origin of this transmission, which was from the russian flight. so which took another ten days, so i think this timing, delayed timing, is really the key that has caused a large scale of spreading. as you were mentioning, five provinces but now actually, it is eight provinces, so it's fast 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? yeah, indeed, half of the cities are already under lockdown or semi lockdown — 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
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situations. and so far, most of the cases already have been traced the origin of the virus outbreak, which is good. that 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 worrisome, so they have to be there quick 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. just briefly, dr chen, do we know much about vaccine rollouts in the areas affected and how this virus is going to fare with that? yeah, in general, china has a very vaccination rate. it's slowing down but it's still very high — and in some areas around 80% of people being vaccinated. it varies a little bit.
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but given this is delta variant, so 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 xi chen. 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
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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, president erdogan said the arrival of the aircraft
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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. —— an 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. the bbc proms season has got under way.
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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. i will now try and take you over to door one. 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 quickly get over. to be leaning forward,
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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. 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. and the opening piece of music, by vaughan williams, held a special significance.
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really, the whole night is about new beginnings and celebrating together. 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's all over, how are you going to feel? i think that after the journey that we have made from doing this 1.5 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.
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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 bungee jump from a footbridge. visitors can take in the views as they 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. and how is this for a homecoming? these are pictures of britain's two—time olympic gold medallist helen glover arriving at london heathrow to be greeted by her three young children. her hopes of a fairytale ending at tokyo 2020 were dashed when she, and her rowing mate polly swann, finished fourth in the women's pair. you can get much more on all
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those stories on the bbc website. you can also download the bbc news app and you can reach me an twitter. thanks very much for watching from me and the team. bye—bye. brought a nasty spell of weather to some areas of the uk. gale—force winds around coasts briefly. 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 at the early morning hours. that northerly wind blowing across scotland and along the north sea coast.
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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 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, 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. 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. pregnant women are being urged to get


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