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this is bbc news. super saturday comes round again for team gb in the olympics — with a gold medal and a world record in the four—by—ioo metres mixed medley final. and in the triathlon mixed relay, finally, a first olympic gold medalforjonny brownlee at his third and final games. victory for the fastest woman in the world — elaine thompson—herah, ofjamaica, in the women's 100m. we'll discuss how team gb�*s success in tokyo is reflected in the papers tonight at10.30 and 11:30. afghan security forces have been battling to defend three key cities from advances by the taliban. medical experts are warning that an oxygen monitoring device, called a pulse oximeter, works less well for people with darker skin tones.
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borisjohnson and his wife, carrie, have announced they are expecting a second child. their first child, wilfred, was born in april last year. welcome to bbc news. it's been another great day for team gb at the tokyo olympics — adding two more gold medals to their tally in new events involving both men and women. the first came in the triathlon mixed relay. then in the swimming pool, great britain claimed another in the mixed axioom medley. mix screen 2)in athletics - jamaica secured a clean sweep — in athletics — jamaica secured a clean sweep — first, second and third in the women's 100 metres. elaine thompson—herah stretched
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into the lead to take the gold medal in an olympic record time of 10.61 seconds. emma wilson added a sailing bronze medal in the women's rsx windsurfing. boxer karriss artingstall had to settle for a featherweight bronze after a narrow semifinal loss. but there was disappointment for one of team gb�*s great medal hopes — dina asher—smith — who failed to qualify for the 100 metre final. she says she's still struggling with a hamstring injury and has now withdrawn from the 200m event. so where does today's results leave the medals table? well, team gb remain sixth — they have picked up eight gold medals and 28 in total. at the top is china, with 21 golds and 46 overall. as we've been saying, it was an historic win for team gb in the pool. great britain claimed a fourth swimming gold at an olympics for the first time in 113 years. the quartet of kathleen dawson, adam peaty, james guy and anna hopkin won the inaugural ax100m mixed medley relay in a world—record time.
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earlier, i spoke to mark skimming, who coached anna hopkin at bath university, and stayed up to watch her race. i was trying, actually, to be really quiet and not wake up other people in the house... so i was cheering loudly in my head but not so much in the actual room. it's a mixed event, this. we've been talking about that a lot today. that meant that, if i've got this right, anna hopkin on the final leg was up against the fastest male swimmer in the world. what must that have been like for her? and she won! yeah, she won. i don't think they take into account what they're doing. they get in and do theirjob. each country races in a different order. i mean, we swam female, then two men, then a female, whereas the americans swam in a male, two females and then a male. so it's about getting in and doing the bestjob you can. but, yeah, i'm pretty sure if he was a little bit closer,
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he would have maybe caused them a few worries. and when you coached anna, did you suspect that she had not just the physical talent but their mental temperament to be able to get gold? anna is a lovely person. she's so nice, she works really hard. she just wants to get better. she wants to enjoy it, she loves racing. she is very talented, both physically and mentally and when she came back into swimming, when she came to university to study, all she wanted to do was swim and swim a few relays and have a bit of fun and we did that and she swam quite fast. then, seven years later, she's just steadily upped what she's doing and, yeah, she's gone on and created a pretty good record for herself. individual 100 final, relay gold medallist, world record holder. and do you get a sense from her that the relays must bring out something particularly special, above and beyond those individual events?
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anna's always loved the relay as long as i've known her. she's always swam fast, she loves being a part of a team. she enjoys the camaraderie and she likes to race and she likes to win. i've seen her go fast in relays for seven, eight years now and it's great to watch. you could put her on the back end of a relay and she would perform every time. have you been able to send her messages at all or get through to her in the olympic village? no, i'll wait till she comes back. she's got a lot going on! she's pretty busy, so i'll send her a message when she gets back. mark, could you resist the temptation of coaching from afar during her race? were you shouting out, or whispering out, given that you didn't want to wake anyone up, "do this stroke a little differently, do that a little differently?" no. when they race, it's just more about, go,
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go faster, go now, go, go! it's not about what they're doing right and wrong when it's in the heat of the moment. i sort of do that afterwards when they come back and i talk to them. and we'll find out how team gb�*s medal success — and many other stories — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening in the papers. our guestsjoining me tonight are the journalist, james lewer, and sunday times education editor, sian griffiths. in other news now, fighting has been raging around three major cities in southern and western afghanistan as the taliban try to seize more ground from government forces. at one point, taliban militants werejust 300 metres from the governor's office in lashkar gah, the capital of helmand province, but they have now been reportedly pushed back. there's also been battles in herat and kandahar. our correspondent, secunder kermani, has the latest from the afghan capital kabul.
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this has certainly been the most serious moment, i would say, in the weeks of intensified fighting that we've been seeing in afghanistan. the taliban already control vast swathes of rural territory, they've captured that in the last couple of months, but now they're trying to take their first city. earlier this evening they advanced right into the heart of lashkar gah city — that's the capital of helmand province. following the arrival of afghan special forces, there were heavy clashes and we understand that fairly recently the taliban were forced back from the centre of the city. but i was just talking to one local resident from lashkar gah, and he was saying, "look, even if the taliban don't manage to capture the city on this occasion, this has been a powerful assertion of their strength." and he also said that the militants had taken up the positions inside the homes of a number of ordinary families — that's, of course, going to make it harder for the security forces to dislodge them. as you say, fighting has been raging elsewhere, too,
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in and around the cities, notably of herat in the west of the country and kandahar in the south. us air strikes had to be employed last night to support government efforts in herat — that's despite the fact that around 95% of american forces have now been withdrawn from afghanistan. you've got tens of thousands of people who are actively being displaced by this fighting right now, and that's adding to around 300,000 or so who were already displaced even a number of weeks ago. a number of other afghans, many other afghans, are planning, or at least considering what their options are, when it comes to leaving the country. i've been looking at social media groups set up by people smugglers, offering routes out through iran and into turkey. the people smugglers who are operating those groups are really being inundated with requests by people. the passport office here in kabul recently has seen large queues, as well, many people going there trying to renew
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their documents in order to apply for legal visas to get out of afghanistan. the fear that many people have is that at the end of august, when the international military mission in afghanistan formally comes to an end, the violence might get even worse. the us navy has boarded an israeli—operated oil tanker after two crew members — from the uk and from romania — were killed in a reported drone strike. the us said experts boarded the tanker to "ensure there is no additional danger to the crew, and are prepared to support an investigation into the attack." israel has accused iran of being behind the attack, which took place off the coast of oman in the arabian sea on thursday. iran has not yet responded to the allegations, but it appears to be a serious escalation in tensions in the region. our middle east correspondent, tom bateman, has more from jerusalem. the foreign minister, yair lapid, who has quite firmly put this at the feet of the iranians and said
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that he had spoken to the uk foreign secretary, dominic raab, about this because one of the two people killed on board was a british security guard on the ship. the other was a senior member of the crew, a romanian national. now, mr lapid said that he expected the need for what he described as a "severe response" following that attack. that was in a phone call to that uk official, to mr raab on friday night, and in terms of the details we have now about this attack, as you say, us navy fifth fleet explosive experts have been on board and the maritime security industry is saying that they understand this to be a drone attack by a so—called attack drone. now, these are explosive—laden drones that are flown by remote control into objects, and it's believed this was flown directly into the bridge of this ship and that's when the fatalities occurred. so, there is an investigation going on.
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the ship is continuing north past muscat at the moment under its own power, officials say, but it is under us naval escort, but what this does is to really ramp up tensions into what is often seen as a shadow war between the iranians and the israelis across parts of the middle east. but this, in terms of what happens at sea, as far as those confrontations are concerned, marks a serious escalation. martine croxall�*s about to bring you this evening's news bulletin, but before that here's louise lear with the weather. hello there. lighter winds today but there has been quite a lot of cloud around and some nuisance showers as well. some of those showers have been heavy and thundery. take a look at this pretty threatening—looking weather watcher picture from kent that was sent in earlier on. now, if we take a look at the satellite picture, you can see the amount of cloud around. the brighter white, that's storm evert that's now in scandinavia. so we have seen some cloud
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sitting across the country, the best of any breaks has been through eastern areas. but you can see that real cluster of sharp showers that's developed through the course of the afternoon, stretching across south wales, central and southern england, with one or two rumbles of thunder mixed in there as well. also been a few nuisance showers to the east of the pennines, too. now, over the next few hours, those showers should start to ease down just a touch. and as they continue to clear away through the night, we will see the cloud breaking up in places. so it'll be a quiet night to come. it'll be a slightly cooler one in scotland, particularly in sheltered rural areas, with a few scattered showers in the far north. here, overnight lows generally of 9—11; degrees. so, we're going to start off tomorrow morning on a quiet note once again. this nuisance weather front still to clear away and it is going to produce the threat of more sharp, thundery downpours across southern fringes of england as we go through the afternoon. so, sunday will start off relatively quietly, with a few isolated showers across scotland and northern ireland
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but generally in the way more drier weather. a line of showers will push their way steadily southwards into the afternoon. and, again, they'll be hit and miss, but we can't rule out the odd rumble of thunder mixed in there as well. top temperatures of 21 degrees, but noticeably cooler further north, 12—17. a week ago, we had temperatures into the high 20s. it does look likely that it'll be a relatively quiet start for our new working week but, unfortunately, the story becomes a little more complicated. if we take a look at the detail as to why that's going to happen, we see this brief ridge of high pressure building in from monday into tuesday. but then, from wednesday onwards, this weather front is going to start to bring the threat of more outbreaks of rain and those areas of low pressure will continue to move in towards the end of the week. so, drier to start, yes, but a little bit cooler than it has been. more wind and rain later on in the week. take care.
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olympic gold for team gb in new mixed relay events in swimming and the triathlon, taking the total medal haul in tokyo to 28. great britain are going to win their fourth gold in the swimming pool! one more medal tomorrow and it will be british swimming's best ever olympic games. but disappointment for sprinter dina asher—smith as she pulls out of the 200m due to injury. because as the reigning world champion you just, and i was in such good shape, you just know that the olympic champion is not too much of a further step. also tonight — fears of a humanitarian crisis in afghanistan as taliban fighters attack three major cities. and experts warn that monitors used to spot falling oxygen levels work
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less well in people with darker skin, potentially putting them at risk. good evening. team gb have won two more gold medals at the tokyo olympics, both in new events where men and women compete together. there was further success for the swimming team, who took gold in the ax100m mixed—medley relay. but there was heartache for dina asher—smith, who failed to qualify for the 100m final and has pulled out of the 200m. more on that shortly but first, our sports editor dan roan takes a look back at some of the day's successes. a first for the olympics, but a familiar feeling for team gb. a third triathlon medal today in the inaugural mixed team event,
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but this time gold. with each athlete facing a 300—metre swim, 6.8—kilometre bike ride and two—kilometre run, jess learmonth got britain's bid off to a great start beforejonny brownlee then extended the lead in this, his third and final olympics. team gb still had their two silver medallists from the individual events to come. first georgia taylor—brown and, for the final leg, alex yee, who powered home to seal a 1a—second victory. after a bronze and silver in his previous two games, brownlee finally emulating brother alistair and claiming olympic gold. it's something i have wanted to do for a long time. i've chased that dream for a long time. i've seen my brother obviously achieve it twice and now i've done it and it feels amazing. introduced to try and improve gender
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balance, the new mixed team events have been one of the features of the games here in tokyo, and britain are certainly enjoying them. team gb�*s swimmers have already had a remarkable olympics, but it got even better in the ax100m mixed—medley relay. great britain will win their fourth gold in the swimming pool! anna hopkin sealing a stunning win and new world record after kathleen dawson, adam peaty and james guy had established a lead. this, a seventh medal for the team here. one more tomorrow and it will be british swimming's best ever games. dan roan, bbc news, tokyo. britain's fastest ever woman, dina asher—smith, has pulled out of the olympic 200 metres after revealing she tore her hamstring five weeks ago. the 25 year—old failed to make the 100m final in tokyo — though her team—mate daryll neita did and finished eighth. asher—smith spoke of her upset to our sports correspondent natalie pirks. obviously the competitor... it's a sprint start. we'll let it go. we'll let the start
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go and let me cry. the customary smile replaced with tears. the fastest woman in british history had been hiding a secret. dina asher—smith. just five weeks ago she had been told there was only a 2% chance she would make it to the start line after a torn hamstring. elaine thompson—herah is going to win it. and dina, she'sjust not finishing. she gets out well and couldn't hang on. out of the final and minutes later, the reigning world 200 metres champion confirmed she was out of that too, but would still run the relay. my idea for this olympic cycle was complete dominance and obviously, didn't manage it this time but obviously we have three more years until the next olympics. and i know the kind of shape i'm in, i know the calibre of athlete i am and i know how talented i am, so it's frustrating to not be able to put it out when it matters, but at the end of the day, with the cards i have been given, i did very, very well. in no way does this change anything that's going to happen in the future. well, daryll neita might not have
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been the name on everyone�*s lips but making the 100 metre final is a huge achievement. she is the first british woman to do so since 2008. but this would be a tough ask from a field stacked with talent and speed. elaine thompson—herah hasjust got the lead and it's going to be the defending champion makes it two in a row! _ 10.60. it's an olympic record. ajamaican one, two, three. the pace was blistering, the celebrations between them somewhat frosty. not that elaine thompson—herah cared. my chest is tight because i am over happy. i'm so lost for words right now, but god is amazing. heartbreak then for the queen of british sprinting, but the jamaican dynasty continues its reign. natalie pirks, bbc news, tokyo. and we'll bring you more olympics action, later in the programme. there's growing concern about a humanitarian crisis in southern and western afghanistan as the taliban try to seize three major cities from government forces.
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fighters have entered parts of herat, lashkar gah and kandahar, having already made rapid gains in rural areas and captured a number of border crossings. let's speak to our correspondent, secunder kermani, in the afghan capital kabul. how strong a hold does the taliban have in these places? this is now the most serious fighting we have seen since this latest taliban offensive began. the militants had already captured vast swathes of rural territory and are now trying to take the first city. earlier this evening they made their way to the centre of lashkar gah before being pushed back by afghan special forces. before being pushed back by afghan specialforces. in the past before being pushed back by afghan special forces. in the past few hours a number of air strikes have been launched against taliban positions there too. fighting has been taking place elsewhere as well around the western city of herat and kandahar in the south and caught in the middle of this of course, ordinary afghan families, tens of thousands of people have had to flee
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their homes over the last few weeks. and the international military mission here is going to formally come to an end by september, with the taliban in boldon, peace talks stalled, everyone is worried that in the coming weeks the violence is going to get even worse. secunder kermani, for— going to get even worse. secunder kermani, for the _ going to get even worse. secunder kermani, for the moment, - going to get even worse. secunder kermani, for the moment, thank l going to get even worse. secunder. kermani, for the moment, thank you very much. let's take a look at some other news today. the body of a five—year—old boy has been found in a river in south wales. police say they were called about a missing child near bridgend at a 5:45 this morning. officers found the boy in the ogmore river near pandy park. police want to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time. bbc news has been told that the government is no longer considering making it compulsory for university students in england to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus before they can attend lectures or live in university accommodation. the department for education had previously refused to rule out the idea. the equality and human rights
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commission has warned employers that rules requiring workers to be fully vaccinated must not be disproportionate or discriminatory. in america, walt disney has become the latest company, after facebook and google, to tell employees they'll have to have both jabs before returning to work. some businesses in the uk are following suit. back in the uk, the latest government figures show there were just over 26,000 new cases in the latest 24—hour period, meaning an average of 27,464 new cases per day in the past seven days. 71 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours, that's an average of 70 deaths a day in the past week. the latest figure for the number of people in hospital with covid is just below 6,000 — it hasn't been updated from yesterday. more than 88% of uk adults have now had theirfirstjab and more than 72% are now fully vaccinated. nhs england and the body that regulates health care products are issuing new guidance on pulse oxygen meters — also
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known as oximeters — after it was found that the devices can overestimate oxygen levels in people with darker skin. with more here's our health correspondent, amara sophia elahi. ranjit sanghera—marwaha caught coronavirus in december last year and eventually ended up in hospital with seriously low oxygen levels. so basically, flip the lid, put yourfinger in. she had been monitoring her levels at home with a pulse oximeter but the meter consistently told her she was in safe levels even as she increasingly struggled to breathe. when i went into hospital, the first thing they said is you really did leave it too late. had you left it any longer i would have been straight into icu. there is growing evidence that such monitors can overestimate oxygen levels in people with darker skin tones by 2%. that has led to nhs england and the body that regulates the use of medical devices, the mhra, issued devices, the mhra, issuing new advice.
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they say people shouldn't use the devices at home without speaking to a medical professional and to monitor oxygen levels over time. of course, in the pandemic a lot of people were self—monitoring. it was very easy to order a pulse oximeter online and receive it the same day. it's not to say that all devices will be influenced by a person's skin tone and it's also not to say these devices are not useful because they very much are, but it is making it culturally appropriate and sensitive to diverse groups. low oxygen levels are a primary indicator of serious covid infection and those treating patients in hospital say they have expressed concerns about the use of the technology on minority ethnic individuals. it is something that i would pick up on at least once a day— with maybe two or three | patients on a daily basis. it's quite possible that - someone's oxygen levels were measured and they seemed normal, when actually they were truly low, l and because they seemed normal they might have been sent homel and denied the steroids and oxygen which would —
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normally have been given to patients, and it is- possible that that, _ therefore, may have led to them becoming more unwell and potentially even dying _ oxygen is one of the most common treatments given in medical emergencies and doctors stress accurate readings are vital when assessing patients. nhs england say they are keeping the situation under review and have commissioned further research into the issue. amara sophia elahi, bbc news. carriejohnson, the prime minister's wife, has revealed on social media that she's pregnant with the couple's second child, who is due at christmas. she says she feels incredibly blessed, but also like a bag of nerves, after having a miscarriage at the beginning of the year. mrsjohnson gave birth to a boy, wilfred, in april 2020. in a report on last night's programme about the conviction of a wembley steward for trying to sell security wristbands and other items for the euro 2020 final, an incorrect photo of the defendant was shown. we apologise for the error. with all the sport now, here's chetan pathak at the bbc sport centre.
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hello. thank you. good evening. as you've been hearing tonight, it's been another day of medal success for team gb in tokyo. that includes emma wilson who won a bronze medal on her olympic debut in the women's windsurfing. the 22—year—old was already guaranteed a medal after winning four of her 12 races heading into the final. china took gold, and france silver. for the first time three team gb athletes have qualified for the final of the women's 800 metres. 19—year—old keely hodgkinson timed her run well to finish second in her heat. she'lljoin alex bell and jemma reekie in the final on tuesday. american gymnast simone biles has pulled out of two more events at the olympics, confirming she won't compete in tomorrow's vault and uneven bars gymnastics finals. the four—time olympic champion hasn't competed since she pulled out of the women's team final after this vault earlier in the week. us gymnastics says biles
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is continuing to be evaluated daily as she focuses on her mental health. there's been plenty happening away from the olympics — in cape town, the british and irish lions lost the second test by 27—9 as south africa levelled the series. it'll now come down to next saturday's decider. katie gornall reports. pride and pressure is what a lions tour is all about, with the series on the line it was a question of which team could harness that passion. defeat last week left the springboks wounded. early on it was clear they would not go down without a fight. the penalties racked up, so to the yellow cards, this kick sent duhan van der merwe out the sin—bin before south africa boss mike cheslin kolbe flew in to join him, again tempers flared. the springboks boss had criticised referees this week but one man in the middle kept his cool. finally some rugby broke out. three points down at half—time,
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south africa responded brilliantly, mapimpi with a try, worthy of the world champions. they would sneak through again on the hour, am was quick but did he have control? the referee decided he did. and momentum would stay with south africa until the final kick. the would stay with south africa until the final kick.— the final kick. the players are obviously _ the final kick. the players are obviously very _ the final kick. the players are obviously very disappointed i the final kick. the players are i obviously very disappointed but these are like cup finals and that's these are like cup finals and that's the way we have to look at it and prepare. a few things we have to tidy up in terms of our game. it is tidy up in terms of our game. it is now all square — tidy up in terms of our game. it is now all square in _ tidy up in terms of our game. it is now all square in this bruising series, this battle has one more round to go. katie gornall, bbc news. lewis hamilton will start tomorrow's hungarian grand prix on pole after an impressive performance in qualifying. he lapped three tenths of a second faster than his team—mate valtteri bottas, as mercedes locked out the front row. hamilton's championship rival max verstappen had to settle for third. and in scotland the premiership season is under way,
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viewers waiting to watch the action on sportscene — straight after the news on bbc scotland — might want to look away now. rangers began their title defence with a 3—0 win over livingston at ibrox, extending their unbeaten league run to 40 matches. hearts beat celtic 2—1. there's more on the bbc sport website, including today's results from the hundred. but that's all from me. back to you, martine. chetan, thank you very much. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. that's all from me. the singer, kt tunstall, has been speaking to the bbc about her decision to pull out of an upcoming us tour, due to problems with her hearing. the brit award winner went completely deaf in her left ear three years ago.
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