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our top stories: the tax returns of former president donald trump will be handed to congress, after a ruling by the us justice department. lockdown in brisbane, as australia's third largest city tries to contain the spread of the delta variant. the cost of covid for pregnant women in brazil — the bbc has exclusive footage of a maternity ward treating women with the virus. the law of cheap drugs and zimbabwe.— zimbabwe. the struggle of c stal zimbabwe. the struggle of crystal meth _ zimbabwe. the struggle of crystal meth addiction. - the us champion gymnast, simone biles, withdraws from two more competitions at the tokyo olympics. a world record win for team gb in the mixed axioom relay
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on super saturday at the games. 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. here's our north america correspondent, david willis. well, you're absolutely right, rich — every president before elected he maintained
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that his tax records were under ordered, and apparently they still are by the time he had left office. two years ago, the us justice left office. two years ago, the usjustice department left office. two years ago, the us justice department turned down a request by the house ways 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. 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. we get to see the documents anytime soon? that is very doubtful. it is likely that donald trump will fight this decision through the courts, and it will ultimately be up to the ways and means
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committee to allow these documents to be released to a wider audience and members of congress. ultimately, as well, to the public at large. you mentioned the former president has repeatedly resisted this. has there been a response from him or the trump organization? not so far, and of course every president since richard nixon, with the exception of 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. last year, the new york times released a report which claimed that 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
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become public, before we get to see them. become public, before we get to see them-— see them. david willis reporting _ see them. david willis reporting from - see them. david willis reporting from los - see them. david willis - reporting from los angeles. 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. 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.
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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. 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
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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 for another four weeks. shaima khalil in australia, thank you very much. 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. 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. 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 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
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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. 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 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 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. let's get some of the day's other news. turning to the olympics now — and we've reached the middle
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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. us gymnast simone biles has withdrawn from further events. i asked our reporter, tanya dendrinos for the latest. it is very sad for her. she went in with the weight of the world on her shoulders. clearly at the top of her game, she has been suffering with a phenomenon known as the twisties, which causes a journalist to lose their sense of space and dimension in the air which is incredibly terrifying given the manoeuvres they are trying to compete with. a statement from usa gymnastics red, simone biles has decided to withdraw from the finals events.
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we wish her all the best as well. we are into super saturday, and already some records and the pool? team gb is just pool? team gb isjust claimed a world record. watch the smiles on their faces, record. watch the smiles on theirfaces, getting out of record. watch the smiles on their faces, getting out of the pool their faces, getting out of the pool, that was breathless. big celebrations for the swimming team. michaela dressel claimed gold in the 100 metres butterfly. another world record. —— caleb drizzle. ariarne titmus was in the silver medal spot, and wonderful to see their rivalry continuing throughout the games. various debuts this weekend, one of them being the triathlon a mixed relay. this was another won by team gb. they have done well on super saturday. we know the triathlon is normally an
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incredible test of individual insurance across three disciplines. this time it is more fast paced. two men, two women are lining up for each team. team gb getting over the line first in that an oral event for the olympics which was fantastic. the french placed third. finally, what other events to look for this weekend? figs finally, what other events to look for this weekend? as you said, look for this weekend? as you said. suner— look for this weekend? as you said, super and _ look for this weekend? as you said, super and this _ look for this weekend? as you said, super and this part - look for this weekend? as you said, super and this part of. said, super and this part of the olympics is renowned for action in the athletics. the heats are under way, so we watch the mckinlay, but we have the final of the women's100 metre sprint — potential history to be made whenjamaica shelley, and a competitor hoping to make a three—medal claim. once printer won't be
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lining up, a nigerian athlete who has failed a drug test. the athletics integrity unit said she tested positive for a hgh following and out of competition test, but that does mean the end of the tokyo games for her. you can keep up—to—date on the bbc news website. this is bbc news. the tax returns of former president donald trump will be handed to congress after a ruling by the usjustice department. the us champion gymnast, simone biles, has withdrawn from two more competitions at the tokyo olympics. zimbabwe's president says more needs to be done to tackle a crystal meth crisis amongst children as young as fourteen in his country — a problem linked to the country's high unemployment. the government says the economy will soon improve. but millions are still struggling and zimbabwe has just suffered one its deadliest weeks since coronavirus was first detected there.
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mark lobel reports. a dangerous distraction. through tough times for this 25—year—old agriculture graduate and at the capital of zimbabwe. translation: ~ , ., ~ translation: when i smoke c stal translation: when i smoke crystal meth _ translation: when i smoke crystal meth i _ translation: when i smoke crystal meth i get _ translation: when i smoke crystal meth i get a _ translation: when i smoke crystal meth i get a lot - translation: when i smoke crystal meth i get a lot of - crystal meth i get a lot of energy and i don't sleep at night. ifeel like i am just waking up and anything is possible. if we were employed and occupied it would help a lot. doing drugs as a way of feeling the pain and stress of being unproductive and not getting the opportunity to proceed with education. crystal meth is becoming worryingly common and can cost less than alcohol, so it is a convenient choice for those in poverty or with mental health issues. there is little hope of change as the pandemic persists,
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whether record and it daily covid deaths reported earlier this week. the government has just approved the johnson this week. the government has just approved thejohnson & johnson vaccine, but so far two doses of sinopharm have reached less than 10% of people the state says it needs to be fully vaccinated to control the virus, so they can feel as confident as the vice president. after several lockdowns this year, similar restrictions have just been extended again. a further risk to isolated people tempted by cheaper drugs. they have an increased risk of developing depression and suicidal ideation. in our country mired in recession after a draft and lockdown in the past two years, encouraging tobacco sales and a bumper maize crop could offer
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some relief, but despite the government's optimistic forecast, millions still live in poverty or on low wages. and zimbabwe's president, emmerson mnangagwa has seen unbecoming trends threatening the fate of zimbabwe's you. zimba bwe's you. there needs zimbabwe's you. there needs to be projects, projects at that age, and income for the youth. the younger our zimbabwe's the younger our zimba bwe's future, breaking the younger our zimbabwe's future, breaking the link between the drugged and disillusioned will help them find a more positive path. mark lobel find a more positive path. mark lobel, bbc news. 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.
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earlier i spoke to dr xi chen who's 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. it was transmitted from an air flight from russia through airchina — airflight to nanjing onjuly10, 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. 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.
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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 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
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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 high vaccination rate. it's slowing down but it's still very high — and in some areas around like 80% of people have been vaccinated. it varies a little bit. 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
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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 fire—fighting 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. david campanale has the latest. 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
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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.
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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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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 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
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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. 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
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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 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. that's nearly it from me, but just some pictures to leave you with. if you are scared of heights, please do look away. this glass bottom suspension
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bridge in china, it is now offering the well�*s highest bungee jump, offering the well�*s highest bungeejump, a 260 metre drop. incredible. the storm has brought destructive winds to the southern half of the united kingdom. some of the gusty east winds occurred through the morning, some were the strongest winds further east into the afternoon, and we had 40 to 45 mph winds. it has not just been a story about when, we have also had some torrential rain in central and eastern parts of northern england as well, and those thunderstorms will continue to ramble on in this evening, and the actual storm is moving out into the north sea, but in its wake, still quite a bit of rain, and this is a weather front coming into eastern scotland and north—east
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england. temperature is a 10-15, england. temperature is a 10—15, so not a particularly cold night with all that cloud and breeze, but they will be a subtle change in the wind direction this weekend, we will pick up with this northerly wind, not a warm direction at any time of the year, and there is still some moisture in the atmosphere so we expected to be atmosphere so we expected to be a rather showery picture, particularly for england and wales, if few showers for scotla nd wales, if few showers for scotland and ireland. but someplace as will escape. and then will be some sunshine! for both eastern parts of scotland and england, you can see to the morning we have that band of rain, ourweather morning we have that band of rain, our weatherfront rain, our weather front breaking rain, our weatherfront breaking up into showers during the day and providing moisture generally to the south of that with some heavy downfalls, the winds were today so we will see hail and thunder in the slow—moving downpours, fewer first scotland and ireland, but quite cool with cloudy skies on the north given that northerly breeze, 19th for northern ireland and scotland, with fewer showers. though showers tend to ease away a bit, temperatures dipping again, a
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little bit lower because of the northerly wind direction but certainly not cold. sunday again brings with it the risk of some rain and our weather front is still around, just giving a chance of extra showers across northern england into wales and the midlands, but perhaps the really potential downfalls will be confined to southern areas on sunday, so they will be more areas escaping and staying dry, notably in the north, but cool the 15th and 60 celsius for that wind direction. into next week it stays on the coolish side but a relatively dry start to the week, the details are on the website.
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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 16 hundred 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.
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pregnant women are being urged to get the covid jab as soon


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