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welcome to bbc news. the headlines: trapped among blasts and street battles — the fight to drive the taliban from afghan cities sparks fears of a humanitarian crisis. translation: we feel very bad. we can hear the gunfire and just now a bullet hit the truck of a tank. we completely evacuated this area. we have nothing left and we do not know where to go. washington calls on iran to resume nuclear talks. more than 150 places in greece. dozens of
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towns and villages evacuated. one of the world's great footballers, lionel messi, is leaving barcelona, after more than 20 years. i am sarah mulkerinns live in tokyo on day 1a of the games, we have had the first medal of the day and if the 50 kilometre men's walk. a very warm welcome. dozens of taliban insurgents have been killed in a battle for control of lashkar gah forces fighting on several fronts.
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this map shows you some of the key areas of the fighting — in kandahar, herat and lashkar gah. this is the situation earlier on thursday in herat, with taliban fighters reportedly moving at will, in much of the city. here are the thoughts of some of the residents. translation: the situation is tough. | 0ur houses have all been destroyed. people have all fled. there are eight or nine taliban on the roof of our house. if the security force hit there, everything will be destroyed. then where should we go? translation: we feel very bad. our house is in the in the basin area. right now, the taliban came into the area from another place. we can hear the gunfire, and just now a bullet hit the truck of a tank. we completely evacuated this area. we have nothing left, and we do not know where to go. helmand province was under the control of british forces after
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a response to the september 11 terror attack. a response to the september 11 terrorattack. in a response to the september 11 terror attack. in march 2012, a corporal was one of six killed when a bomb detonated beneath an armoured vehicle. at the time it was the biggest loss of life suffered by the british military in the campaign. in the last week, his mother has been watching events unfold in afghanistan and she has been speaking toed thomas. h afghanistan and she has been speaking toed thomas. i liked my candles. — speaking toed thomas. i liked my candles, touch _ speaking toed thomas. i liked my candles, touch that - speaking toed thomas. i liked | my candles, touch that picture, i would talk to him.— i would talk to him. holding on, memories _ i would talk to him. holding on, memories of— i would talk to him. holding on, memories of corporal i i would talk to him. holding i on, memories of corporaljake on, memories of corporaljake hardy. i on, memories of corporaljake hard . . , on, memories of corporaljake hard . ., , ., ., ., hardy. i have is old iphone and wallet with _ hardy. i have is old iphone and wallet with money _ hardy. i have is old iphone and wallet with money and - hardy. i have is old iphone and wallet with money and items i hardy. i have is old iphone and l wallet with money and items and cinema tickets. i have his best clothes and i polish his buckle. and i still have is issues. they are just little comfort. it might seem crazy to
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some people but... yes... it is some people but... yes... it is nearly ten _ some people but... yes... it is nearly ten years _ some people but... yes... it is nearly ten years since - some people but... yes... it is nearly ten years since jake was killed in afghanistan. nearly ten years since jake was killed in afghanistan.- killed in afghanistan. losing jake has caused _ killed in afghanistan. losing jake has caused so - killed in afghanistan. losing jake has caused so much - killed in afghanistan. losing i jake has caused so much pain, jake has caused so much pain, so much pain. he was 20 years old. i have not wanted to be here. i have attempted, i have. it is like ijust wanted to go to him. and ijust want the pain and everything to just go away. pain and everything to 'ust go awa . �* ., , pain and everything to 'ust go awa. ., away. after two decades of conflict, — away. after two decades of conflict, this _ away. after two decades of conflict, this is _ away. after two decades of conflict, this is lashkar - away. after two decades of| conflict, this is lashkar gah now, with the taliban taking afghanistan to the brink of civil war. i afghanistan to the brink of civil war-— civil war. i do not think we should go _ civil war. i do not think we should go back _ civil war. i do not think we should go back or- civil war. i do not think we should go back or have - civil war. i do not think we | should go back or have any involvement whatsoever. we have done what we can and it has cost a lot of lives, too many. it makes me angry. it makes me
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angry. he gave his life for queen and country and for us to be safe. ~ . . queen and country and for us to be safe. ~ ., ., , queen and country and for us to be safe. ~ . . , , be safe. we are all seeing is the taliban _ be safe. we are all seeing is the taliban pushing - be safe. we are all seeing is the taliban pushing across i be safe. we are all seeing is i the taliban pushing across the country, across helmand province, where jake was. how difficult is it to see if those images? it difficult is it to see if those ima . es? , difficult is it to see if those imaues? , , ., difficult is it to see if those images?— difficult is it to see if those imaues? , images? it is 'ust a waste. it does feel— images? it isjust a waste. it does feel like _ images? it isjust a waste. it does feel like a _ images? it isjust a waste. it does feel like a waste - images? it isjust a waste. it does feel like a waste but i l does feel like a waste but i think that there is no comeback, there is nothing we can do. ., ., comeback, there is nothing we cando. ., ., ., , can do. corporaljake hadley was one of— can do. corporaljake hadley was one of 457 _ can do. corporaljake hadley was one of 457 british - can do. corporaljake hadley| was one of 457 british deaths in afghanistan.— in afghanistan. jake paid the ultimate sacrifice _ in afghanistan. jake paid the ultimate sacrifice but - in afghanistan. jake paid the ultimate sacrifice but so - in afghanistan. jake paid the ultimate sacrifice but so do i ultimate sacrifice but so do the families. we have definitely been forgotten about. jake abbas last letter, the first line state, hello, family, please, don't cry mum,
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i am not here now, i am in a better place. if i am not here now, i am in a better place-— i am not here now, i am in a better place. if you could say one more — better place. if you could say one more thing _ better place. if you could say one more thing to _ better place. if you could say one more thing to him,... i. one more thing to him,...i love you so much and i would have to finish with, my little nut brown hair stop the us has urged iran to resume nuclear talks after the newly elected president and his swearing—in ceremony said he would back any diplomatic plan to end us sanctions which are imposed over iran nuclear activities. he are imposed over iran nuclear activities-_ activities. he says the efforts to force is — activities. he says the efforts to force is country _ activities. he says the efforts to force is country to - activities. he says the efforts| to force is country to abandon the research had failed. the director of the future of iran
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initiative and a senior fellow at the atlanta councils joins us from washington. ebrahim raisi it is seen as more of a hardliner than the man he replaces. what can we expect from him in terms of relations with the west? mat from him in terms of relations with the west?— from him in terms of relations with the west? not very much, i'm with the west? not very much, i'm afraid- _ with the west? not very much, i'm afraid. he _ with the west? not very much, i'm afraid. he will— with the west? not very much, i'm afraid. he will continue, . with the west? not very much, i'm afraid. he will continue, i i i'm afraid. he will continue, i believe the diplomatic efforts that were started under rouhani. this is a decision by the government to try to get sanctions lifted but ebrahim raisi is not interested in improving relations with the west or the united states but focused on solidifying iran's relations with china and some of its neighbouring states. he is taking direction from the supreme leader of the country. indeed, he was hand—picked by the supreme leader ayatollah ali khamenei ali khamenei so i
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think we can hope perhaps for a return to negotiations and a resumption to the 2015 nuclear deal but not much else. it is deal but not much else. it is interesting, _ deal but not much else. it is interesting, you _ deal but not much else. it is interesting, you point- deal but not much else. it is interesting, you point out where the power really lies. i have heard that the supreme leader has power without accountability and the president having accountability without power? i president having accountability without power?— without power? i am not sure about the _ without power? i am not sure about the accountability. - about the accountability. no—one is expecting very much from ebrahim raisi the. he has not managerial experience. this is the first office he has been elected to anything he was selected, he really had no opposition. i think the decision—making really does rest with the supreme leader and security forces and the arabian revolutionary armed call. ~ . arabian revolutionary armed call. ., ., , ., arabian revolutionary armed call. ., ., ., call. what does it mean for the eo - le call. what does it mean for the people of— call. what does it mean for the people of iran? _ call. what does it mean for the people of iran? if— call. what does it mean for the people of iran? if that - people of iran? if that inexperience, not only is that inexperience, not only is that inexperience, not only easy dinner with the nuclear deal
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and sanctions, iran's economy is battered, but affected by the pandemic, can he deal anything to do with that multitude of problems? getting sanctions relief _ multitude of problems? getting sanctions relief certainly - sanctions relief certainly helped but that is not the only solution. there is a great deal of corruption and smuggling and ifind it hard of corruption and smuggling and i find it hard to believe, despite his promises, that he will be able to track down because they are very powerful people and institutions which are monopolising the iran currency. i think people are fed up, depressed and a rather cynical about this president. many thanks indeed for your analysis. the greek minister kyriakos mitsotaki say many people face a menacing night. he warned the worst was yet to come with
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strong westerly winds expected to fan the flames of ryder. in one of the worst places, firefighters have spent today's try to save the place of the olympic origin.— olympic origin. these fires have spread _ olympic origin. these fires have spread extensively. i olympic origin. these fires - have spread extensively. lively was our at stakes with 55 throughout greece although we have not had reports of serious injuries or deaths. 6000 hectares of land destroyed in three days, last year 10,000 is. it centres around athens, north of athens where temperatures are over 40 celsius and the prime minister is saying there is a menacing time ahead and that is because fires that were dying out have had more life breathed into them by westerly winds. if you
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go to the island of evia, homes have been destroyed and also about a street was surrounded by fire and, because of the rolling hills and visibility has been really difficult to put the out there. if you go to the west of the peloponnese, you will see ancient 0lympia. firefighters have been working overnight to save that historic site where the olympic flame is lit every two years before the olympics, of course. of course 0lympics, of course. of course there is great concern. in there is great concern. in terms of _ there is great concern. in terms of the effort of evacuating people, how is that going? evacuating people, how is that auoin ? ~ , going? the prime minister went on national— going? the prime minister went on national tv _ going? the prime minister went on national tv on _ going? the prime minister went on national tv on thursday - going? the prime minister went on national tv on thursday to i on national tv on thursday to urged people, if they are asked to evacuate and avoid all non— essential travel, to evacuate and avoid all non— essentialtravel, he to evacuate and avoid all non— essential travel, he reminded them that when there was a cyclone that hit greece into
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thousand 20, there was compensation if your home or crops were destroyed. but people are reluctant to go. monks in evia a reluctant to leave, president reluctant to leave, president reluctant to leave because there is a lack of resources and they want to be there to fight the fires threatening their homes. the prime minister _ threatening their homes. the prime minister mentioned climate change?— prime minister mentioned climate change? that's right. it's a climate _ climate change? that's right. it's a climate change - climate change? that's right. it's a climate change is - climate change? that's right. it's a climate change is a - it's a climate change is a reality in the country. of course, climate change increases the risk of hot, dry weather and by increasing the temperature and the frequency of droughts, it can cause more wildfires. some will say he is shifting the blame. local politicians were now thinking for a lack of resources but he is insisting the phenomenon is too great an action is needed on time changed to stop these wildfires of the future.- wildfires of the future. thank ou ve wildfires of the future. thank you very much _ wildfires of the future. thank you very much indeed. - wildfires of the future. thank you very much indeed. and i wildfires of the future. thank - you very much indeed. and thank you very much indeed. and thank you for being with us. plenty more to come.
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more from day 14 at 0lympics. more from day 14 at olympics. the start of the women's football final put back to the evening to avoid the extreme heat. the question was whether we wanted to save our people — and japanese as well — and win the war or whether we wanted to take a chance on being able to win the war by killing all our young men. the invasion began at two o'clock this morning. mr bush, like most other people, was clearly- caught by surprise. we call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all iraqi forces. 100 years old and still full of vigour, vitality and enjoyment of life — no other king or queen in british history has lived so long, and the queen mother is said to be quietly very pleased indeed that she has achieved this landmark anniversary.
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this is a pivotal moment for the church as an international movement. the question now is whether the american vote will lead to a split in the anglican community. this is bbc news. there's been fierce fighting in the southern afghan city of lashkar gah — as the fight to drive back the taliban sparks fears of a humanitarian crisis. washington calls on iran to resume nuclear talks after the deadlock. the footballer lionel messi is to leave barcelona after the club announced it was unable to offer him a new contract which satisfied both sides. barcelona has been stuggling financially,
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and has to reduce its budget in line with spanish league rules. it means messi, seen by many as the world's best player, canjoin another club for free — if they can satisfy his wage demands. the bbc�*s south american football correspondent, tim vickery says this may be a warning shot from barca. there may not be finality here. i could be wrong and i have been wrong before but my interpretation is, this is barcelona negotiating. they are not negotiating with lionel messi stop they have agreed to have agreed terms with lionel messi. the problem is the rules governing la liga, the spanish competition, trying to prevent clubs from overspending. what it seems to me that barcelona are doing is issuing a warning to spanish football. remember, there is an offer on the table from a private equity fund who want a 10% stake in la liga.
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think two or three years ago. the body barcelona are issuing is this, we have agreed terms with the player, the player wants to stay, do you really think it is in the interest of spanish football to let go the biggest name, the biggest staff in world football because of bureaucratic reasons? i am far too far away from it and i think some of these financial affairs are well above my pay grade but, think two or three years ago, real madrid, and barcelona. la liga has already lost one, can la liga afford to lose lionel messi as well? from my point of view, i think barcelona can make a pretty convincing case that it is in the interest of barcelona and spanish football as a whole to retain the services of the man who could be the greatest player, some would argue the greatest player in the world ever, surely it is not time
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to show him the door. now let's get an update from the olympics in tokyo and its day 14. which means there's only a few days of competition left before the big closing ceremony. the first gold of the day )was won in the last hour with poland's dawid tomala in the men's 50 kilometres race walk on friday. tomala powered through the 33 degree celsius heat in sapporo, finishing 36 seconds ahead of germany'sjonathan hilbert. for more on this, we can now cross live to tokyo and sarah mulkerrins. they were really battling the heatin they were really battling the heat in the early morning race walk. 5:30am local time to try get up late as much respite as they could. you could see it as they could. you could see it as they were making it through the laps they were taking on, lots of water and hydration. when they were changing, but it was they were changing, but it was the polish athlete who went on
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to control the race. trying to accommodate the athletes. perhaps happy that they are no longer competing amiss. we can talk to new zealand gold medal winner in the rugby sevens, ruby tilley whojoins winner in the rugby sevens, ruby tilley who joins us on the programme. back in christchurch, you are quarantining. how are you finding it all, are you spending your time looking at the gold medal?— spending your time looking at the gold medal? what's up? it's so funny because _ the gold medal? what's up? it's so funny because watching - the gold medal? what's up? it's so funny because watching the l so funny because watching the tokyo — so funny because watching the tokyo heat will be quite a flashback because it's about two celsius in christchurch, it's freezing but gold medal, doesn't _ it's freezing but gold medal, doesn't matter what temperature it is, _ doesn't matter what temperature it is, does— doesn't matter what temperature it is, does it.—
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it is, does it. brilliant stop. how did — it is, does it. brilliant stop. how did you _ it is, does it. brilliant stop. how did you find _ it is, does it. brilliant stop. | how did you find competing it is, does it. brilliant stop. i how did you find competing in the heat? just asking about because it's a big topic, the last couple of days. to because it's a big topic, the last couple of days.- last couple of days. to be honest. — last couple of days. to be honest. in _ last couple of days. to be honest, in a _ last couple of days. to be honest, in a context, - last couple of days. to be honest, in a context, it'sl honest, in a context, it's quite nice, i paid played in snow and freezing conditions, it's so hard to warm up. but it's so hard to warm up. but it's hot, this is sweet as —— sweet as, you don't need to muck around. but i'm watching the walking, and i've never walked that last that long, so cheers to them.— walked that last that long, so cheers to them. that was about four hours _ cheers to them. that was about four hours. slightly _ cheers to them. that was about four hours. slightly different i four hours. slightly different in rugby sevens. you do have those short sharp bursts that you have to deal with. i know that you spoke about winning silver in rio in five years ago and using that as a motivation. just tell us how you feel now that you've managed to win the gold medal and it had a bit of time to reflect on it. i
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gold medal and it had a bit of time to reflect on it.- time to reflect on it. i need to be humbled, _ time to reflect on it. i need to be humbled, but - time to reflect on it. i need to be humbled, but i i time to reflect on it. i need to be humbled, but i love i time to reflect on it. i need l to be humbled, but i love it, time to reflect on it. i need i to be humbled, but i love it, i want to keep talking about it, to be honest. silver medal in rio, it was really hard because we knew we were better... i think we've lost the line to ruby. are you back? apologies. i'm just going to try to ask you another question. i think you another question. i think you dropped out for a moment with us. you're telling us about how that gold medal feels for you. about how that gold medal feels for ou. ., , for you. the gold feels incredible. _ for you. the gold feels incredible. i— for you. the gold feels incredible. i can i for you. the gold feels incredible. i can still. for you. the gold feels i incredible. i can still taste the silver medal. i look at it every single day, i took it with me to be 0lympics every single day, i took it with me to be olympics to remind me why we've sacrificed all that we have because it gets hard, you know, ten years, chasing this golden dream but now we got it but now i get to sleep with the gold medal every night, it's got its own side of the bed and i am over the moon,
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so hateful. the bed and i am over the moon, so hateful-— so hateful. amazing, you have it on the pillow— so hateful. amazing, you have it on the pillow behind - it on the pillow behind you. can you bring it to be closer to the camera if possible? we will see what one looks like up close. i will see what one looks like up close. ., �* ., ., close. i don't want to hurt your eyes though, - close. i don't want to hurt your eyes though, it's i close. i don't want to hurt i your eyes though, it's quite bright. here we go. it is very bright. here we go. it is very bright. look at that. amazing. i still can't believe it, but it's very real, very weird. ruby, for you. to it's very real, very weird. ruby, for you.— it's very real, very weird. ruby, for you. to be able to represent — ruby, for you. to be able to represent new— ruby, for you. to be able to represent new zealand i ruby, for you. to be able to represent new zealand in i ruby, for you. to be able to i represent new zealand in rugby, it's the most dominant sport in new zealand. it means so much to the country and for you, the journey to get here, does it kind of sink in, the magnitude of what you achieved? probably not, it's of what you achieved? probably not. it's quite — of what you achieved? probably
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not, it's quite heavy. _ of what you achieved? probably not, it's quite heavy. to - of what you achieved? probably not, it's quite heavy. to be i not, it's quite heavy. to be honest, we won the world cup, the commonwealth games. we need to get this across the line. i try not to swear because i'm so excited about it, but it takes every inch of your soul, we are just so grateful. to be part of an event like this in the olympics, which after such a 0lympics, which after such a high couple of years. it's just so beautiful hours quarantining going? so beautiful hours quarantining uroin? ~ . so beautiful hours quarantining hoin? . ., ., so beautiful hours quarantining anoin? ., ., ,., , so beautiful hours quarantining hoin?. ., ., ,., , ., going? what other plans for when you — going? what other plans for when you can _ going? what other plans for when you can break - going? what other plans for when you can break free? itj going? what other plans for. when you can break free? it is such an anticlimactic - such an anticlimactic
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situation. we'rejust such an anticlimactic situation. we're just sitting here. and i can't say no. because i know i'm not doing anything. it's a bit funny. but i'm grateful to be home, i'm grateful to have gotten through so when we get out, it's going to be a little bit of fun but yes, so grateful, and links to bbc for being awesome, and you say hi tojill for me when you see her next? say hi to jill for me when you see her next?— say hi to jill for me when you see her next? i'm sure there is nobody in _ see her next? i'm sure there is nobody in the _ see her next? i'm sure there is nobody in the world _ see her next? i'm sure there is nobody in the world was - see her next? i'm sure there is nobody in the world was not i nobody in the world was not seen your interview with jill douglas of the bbc. we appreciate your time, great to talk to you, enjoy the celebrations and the gold medal. i celebrations and the gold medal. ., , ., celebrations and the gold medal. ., medal. i love your accent as well, that — medal. i love your accent as well, that is _ medal. i love your accent as well, that is cool. _ medal. i love your accent as well, that is cool. thank i medal. i love your accent as l well, that is cool. thank you. likewise- _ well, that is cool. thank you. likewise. ruby _ well, that is cool. thank you. likewise. ruby toohey, i likewise. ruby toohey, gold—medallist there 0lympics.
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ruby mentioned the fact that we got to delayed 0lympic ruby mentioned the fact that we got to delayed olympic games, everything that has gone on, moments ofjoy for everybody, sports fans around the world, able to take a moment of release and watch their favourite athletes or the nation compete and win, those athletes who went through so much over the last 1.5 years training in the town, able to get their moment. able to perform. 0ne get their moment. able to perform. one of them is the new sports. it's one competitor.
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it's very unusual. subsequent 11 games, it's here, and it's like a square floor in gymnastics, and they take to it. they basically perform, and it's been capturing us. it's quite a article. a bit of peace and tranquillity, and perhaps watching it. that's the final new sport that is making its debut. thank you for watching. this is
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bbc news. also talk about heavy showers and is forecast. lots of talk about heavy showers in this forecast, but it is important to point out it won't be raining all the time. there will be some drier, sunnier moments, too, but, yes, some areas on friday will be dealing with heavy, even intense thundery downpours, particularly across northern parts of the uk. whereas further south, there'll still be some heavy showers to contend with, but they'll tend to move through more quickly. more in the way of sunshine, more of the day dry compared with to the north, because to the southern flank of this area of low pressure which has come in, the winds are strongest, so the showers move through more quickly. but if you're close to the centre of this area of low pressure —
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that's really across scotland, northern ireland, northern england, north wales, too — the showers just hang around for longer, the rain totals mount and these intense downpours could well cause some flooding and some disruption in some spots. parts of eastern scotland will be dealing with more persistent rain here. again, rain totals mounting with a risk of flooding. still some sunny spells in between the heavy showers, but with the stronger winds across south wales and southern england — these are average speeds, maybe gusting 40—45 mph — the showers will tend to move through more quickly. and there may be some places that avoid them altogether, and more in the way of sunshine to end the day here as well. up to around 22 in east anglia. most places not getting that high. you can see the swirl of winds and the circulation of the showers around this area of low pressure continuing, then, on through friday night and into saturday morning. temperatures holding up into the mid to low teens.
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nothing really changes on saturday. for the bulk of the uk, there'll be some sunshine around at times, but there'll be heavy, thundery showers. looks like, though, there is a greater chance of picking up some heavy and thundery showers across southern areas compared with friday. and as for temperatures, well, some spots just creeping into the low 20s, though many won't. and then on sunday, well, the area of low pressure's still here. it looks to be centred close to scotland. this is where there could well be the most prolonged thundery downpours, but you can see they're flaring up elsewhere across the uk. but it may well be towards south wales and southern england that we're back to a picture of fewer showers and more in the way of sunny spells. this area of low pressure looks to finally get out of the way by tuesday to allow us a couple of fine days before another area of low pressure comes in later next week.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: there's been fierce fighting in the southern afghan city of lashkar gah, as the fight to drive back the taliban sparks fears of a humanitarian crisis. government forces claim to have pushed back a further taliban offensive on the north—west city of herat. washington has called on tehran to resume nuclear talks after iran's newly—inaugurated president, ebrahim raisi, declared his support for diplomatic efforts to end the deadlock. efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear accord, ground to a halt following months of discussions in vienna. wildfires are threatening large parts of greece, as strengthening winds fuel more than 150 blazes. so far dozens of towns and villages have been evacuated. the greek prime minister, has said many people are facing what he called a menacing stage.
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