you're watching bbc news, i'm ben boulos. our top stories. the last major city in northern afghanistan — mazar—e—sharif — reportedly falls to the taliban, as president ghani says that remobilising the military is his top priority. translation: our dear country, afghanistan, is in severe - danger of instability. the reintegration of the security and defence forces is our priority and we are taking serious measures to deal with this. a state of emergency is declared in haiti after a powerful earthquake, measuring 7.2 magnitude. at least 29 people have been killed. in the uk, there are questions for police about why it chose
to return a shotgun licence to the man who killed five people in the uk's worst mass shooting since 2010. hello and welcome to our viewers in the uk and around the world. in afghanistan, the taliban have continued to seize yet more territory and are now in control of more regional capitals than the government. it's been reported that mazar—e—sharif, the northern city that was the afghan government's last northern stronghold, has also now fallen to taliban fighters. provincial authorities say security forces abandoned weapons and fled to the uzbekistan border. the city of sharan, in paktika province, and asadabad, in kunar province, also fell to the militants on saturday.
meanwhile, the afghan president, ashraf ghani, has addressed the nation for the first time since the taliban advance, saying his focus was to prevent further instability. translation: our dear country, afghanistan, is in serious - danger of instability due to the war imposed upon us. i am aware of the situation here and i offer my condolences to the martyrs of the security forces and civilians and wish the people a speedy recovery. our effort is to take care of our compatriots who have been displaced due to the situation. i appreciate the courage of the afghan security and defence forces who have a strong spirit to defend their people and their country. right now, the reintegration of the security and defence forces is our priority and we are taking serious measures to deal with this. let us cross live to our south asia regional editor anbarasan ethirajan, who's watching the developments
in afghanistan from delhi. this capture of mazar—e—sharif, the northern stronghold, how much of a difference does that make to the taliban advance on the capital, kabul? , . , ., , ., ., taliban advance on the capital, kabul? , ., ., . , kabul? this was the last ma'or city held by the — kabul? this was the last ma'or city held by the government _ kabul? this was the last ma'or city held by the government in h kabul? this was the last major city held by the government in the - held by the government in the northern region of afghanistan. it was a commercial hub and the border city with uzbekistan, so it is a huge military prize for the taliban. the government in kabul, the north is being dominated by the taliban, so they are now taking territories close to kabul city itself and in the morning they were targeting a town a0 kilometres south—west of kabul and they also targeted other provinces nearby, meaning the
government now only has two cities, the big cities in kabul and one other, so there are expectations they might come under attack in the coming days, meaning the government is in charge of only kabul. now the taliban are tightening their stranglehold on the city itself and many people think the taliban might start the siege in the coming weeks. and when we see the number of key cities that have fallen, mazar—e—sharif, others, this presumably makes the humanitarian situation even more of an acute crisis with people fleeing and having to escape their homes, their towns and cities to go elsewhere. that is a big concern for the humanitarian agencies and also for the government itself, because the northern half was considered usually
an anti—taleban place. these people are worried about what the taliban will do now they have captured these areas, that is why many have posted on social media going towards kabul, the number increasing day by day, people looking for a safer location. they firstly want to save their lives and want to escape from what they describe as taliban tyranny, because we have heard reports of executions and people being dragged out of their houses and not caring about these people and women are complaining about how taliban fighters are trying to forcibly marry them. these are accusations that the taliban denied but these are issues happening to the population and they have nowhere else to go. they keep going towards
kabul, but it seems like that'll be the next target of the militants. many thanks indeed. a powerful 7.2 earthquake has hit haiti and authorities say at least 29 people have been killed. prime minister ariel henry described the situation as dramatic and appealed for the spirit of solidarity of all haitians. he said the quake had caused huge damage across the south of the country and has declared a state of emergency for a month. pictures show collapsed buildings and damaged roads in several cities. it's feared many people maybe trapped under the rubble. the earthquake triggered a tsunami warning in the region which has since been lifted. in 2010, a magnitude seven quake near the capital, port au prince, killed an estimated 200,000 people. us presidentjoe biden has authorised immediate help from the us. 0ur north america correspondent david willis is following the story.
this earthquake was 18 miles to the west of the haitian capital, port—au—prince, which is good news in the sense that it is away from a heavily populated area. bad news, though, that it was both stronger and deeper than the one that you refer to back in 2010, which caused such devastation to the capital, port—au—prince, killed about 200,000 people and left more than 1.5 million people homeless. so they are still trying to establish the precise death toll, the number of fatalities in this new, this most recent quake, but certainly there are pictures on social media which show considerable devastation — ruined buildings, cars crushed by collapsed debris and so on. and there are also pictures on social media of people crying out and trying to get rescue for their friends and family, family members.
a massive search and rescue operation is continuing in northern turkey, where at least a0 people have died in flash floods. the floods swept through the black sea region earlier this week, causing some buildings to collapse, and damaging roads, bridges and power lines. it's the second natural disaster to hit the country this month, following wildfires in the south. you're watching bbc news. here in the uk, the decision to return a shotgun and a licence to the man who killed five people in plymouth on thursday is being examined by the independent police watchdog. jake davison�*s victims included his mother, maxine, a three—year—old girl, sophie martyn, and herfather lee. davison also injured two other people before turning the gun on himself. jon kay has more. 200 miles from westminster, the home secretary came to plymouth, to pay her respects to the victims.
maxine davison, the mother of the gunman. three—year—old sophie martyn and her dad lee, stephen washington, who was 59, and 66—year—old kate shepherd. it's tragic beyond words, really, really tragic. priti patel promised to support the community, with specialist help for anyone left traumatised. she wouldn't comment on news that the gunman, jake davison, had his firearms license returned last month, despite posting hate filled rants online. home secretary, should davison have had a gun? you say you want to reassure people, a lot of people have questions about gun control. my brain can't process it. physically can't process that information i was given. chris says his family is reeling. not only was his auntie maxine shot dead, but it was her son that killed her.
chris never met his cousin jake davison, and doesn't understand what has gone so catastrophically wrong. it is impossible, you can't plan for this, you can't see the next day or the day after or the day after, you literally take each day as it comes. but i know, as a family they will come together, be there for each other and try to understand this horrendous thing that has happen. and also the other four innocent people that had no part in this. i'm sorry to everyone that is going through this. it must be the worst thing in the world. i can't imagine to understand. among these grieving, the family of three—year—old sophie martyn and her dad lee. apparently shot at random as they walked home together. they were definitely a pair. little �*un running round and eating all the ice—creams. 0nly last month the dad and daughter were watching the euros with friends here at the anchorage pub. amazing together, always mucking about and playing, he doted on her. she was an amazing little girl. so — and he was a great dad.
she hasn't even started her life. she's so little, and it's just, yeah, it's terrible. this afternoon, plymouth argyll�*s match fell silent. concerts have also been cancelled. a8 hours on, this city has so many questions, and things are still so raw. jon kay, bbc news, plymouth. let's get more from our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford. first of all, should a young man living in a city who had a history of mental illness be allowed to keep a gun at home at all? but the second element of that is that the certificate for his shotgun and a shotgun itself were taken from him in december because of an allegation of assault in september, but injuly, the police returned both the certificate and the shotgun to him.
and anyone who did any research onjake davison after he carried out the shooting could go through his social media history, they could see elements of depression, of extreme violence towards his mother being discussed, a discussion of extreme violence towards other women, an obsession with mass shootings, and i think one of the questions will be, was enough research done onjake davison before that certificate and the shotgun were returned to him? the family of west mercia police officer david louden and his three—year—old son, harrison, who were found dead at a house in kidderminster, have said the pair will be forever missed and loved. in a statement, the family said... ..and described harrison as a "happy, well—loved little boy." west mercia police says the deaths are currently being treated as unexplained and an investigation has been launched. in a new record, nearly 600 people
crossed the english channel to the uk on thursday — on the same day an eritrean man died trying to make the journey. the home office says 592 migrants on 16 boats were rescued or intercepted by uk authorities, the highest on a single day. more than 10,000 people have reached the uk on small boats this year. the latest government coronavirus figures show there were 29,520 new infections recorded in the latest 2a—hour period, which means on average there were 28,715 new cases per day in the last week. currently, 5,875 people are in hospital with coronavirus. and 93 deaths were recorded in the last 2a hours, which means an average of 88 deaths a day, in the last week. turning to vaccinations,
more than 89% of adults in the uk have now had their first jab, and more than 76% have had both jabs. however, some clinically vulnerable children in england are struggling to access a covid vaccine, nearly four weeks after they were added to the roll—out. nhs england say at—risk 12 to 15—year—olds, and those living with someone with a weak immune system, should be offered a jab from the 23rd of august at the latest. 0ur health correspondent katharine da costa reports. where do they grow chicken? that is right, you clever girl. lovely, and what a i lovely smile as well. well done. 15—year—old veronica enjoying an online therapy session at home in south—west london during lockdown in february. veronica has severe neuro disabilities. last month, 12 to 15—year—old children who are at high risk from covid, like her,
were advised to have a vaccine as well as those living with someone with a weakened system. ——immune system. but nearly four weeks on end with the start of a new school term in sight, dozens of families like hers are still desperate for information about when they will get one. i think the urgency of the vaccine roll—out for our children has been completely forgotten. it is not good enough. if something is announced on the 19th ofjuly, having to wait until the end of august for a vaccination, i mean, it is too late. immunity isn't going to have time to have kicked in in a meaningful way. doctors say they are still waiting for search guidelines to help them identify from patient records which children are eligible. i can understand parents and children are anxious about this because they want to be sure they get at least one vaccine before the school year starts in a few weeks' time in england. however, we have not yet received guidance on how it will be implemented, so doctors, and that includes gps like myself, but also paediatric doctors, are still waiting for guidance from the nhs and how this will be implemented. but nhs england say they have
provided guidance on how to proceed. in a statement, they said... eligible children in the other uk nations are also being invited in for a jab. the nhs in scotland said nearly a quarter of 12 to 15—year—olds there had received a first dose. katherine da costa, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news... the last major city in northern afghanistan — mazar—e—sharif — reportedly falls to the taliban, as president ghani says that remobilising the military is his top priority. a state of emergency is declared in haiti after a powerful earthquake
measuring 7.2 magnitude. at least 29 people have been killed. in the uk — there are questions for police about why it chose to return a shotgun licence to the man who killed five people in the uk's worst mass shooting since 2010. let's return to events in haiti, where a devastating earthquake has killed at least 29 people. prime minister ariel henry has said the quake has caused huge damage across the south of the country and has declared a state of emergency for a month. a short time ago we spoke to widlore merancourt, journalist and editor of ayibopost in haiti. so at what we do know is it is a very severe earthquake. these earthquakes awaken bad memories for a lot of haiti, but also a lot of
people who felt it. i have family in the south and my sister's house was destroyed, and by the grace of god, she is alive and she's well. but i'm hearing from sources there that many people were killed from the earthquake. in the south, where my parents live, one journalist told me that he saw with his own eyes two people died, but we think that more people, you know, will be reported because houses have collapsed on them. but i am cautious regarding giving any numbers because it is still an ongoing situation, but it is a very dire one. haitianjournalist raouljunior lorfils also gave us this update from port—au—prince. the immediate help that would be needed right now is health care. i would say, for the injured.
and after that, i think there will be a huge need of help in rebuilding maybe the houses that have collapsed, especially public buildings like high schools. and so far, we have seen reports that hospitals have received many more victims and some of them are about to run out of places for new patients. and as you know, the health care system here in haiti has never been something very strong and especially in these times, it is a huge challenge for everyone, especially for the doctors and hospitals. so, yes, this is what we are starting to have here,
we have hospitals running out of spaces while more and more patients are wanting to be saved. the new head of the nhs in england says she fears tens of thousands of people are are risking their lives because they're unable to spot the first warning signs of cancer. research also suggests three in five people would delay seeking medical advice because they don't want to be a burden during the pandemic. 0ur health correspondent anna collinson reports. cancer services are back to pre—pandemic levels and are busy, but nhs england says over the past year, there has been a 10% drop in cancer patients receiving treatment. we know that people are out there and we are worried they may have symptoms and not be coming forward, so the purpose of this campaign is to highlight those symptoms, to make sure people are aware of what is normal and what's not normal for them, and to come forward if they need help. just, you've said it too. health officials are particularly
concerned about abdominal, neurological and lung cancers. as this new advert shows, symptoms can include discomfort in the stomach, blood in urine, persistent diarrhoea or a cough that lasts longer than three weeks. it was a gp who first detected declan�*s kidney cancer eight years ago. he is now a patient at this urology clinic at guy's hospital in london, and is mostly able to live a normal life. if there is something bothering you, it may not be something serious but it is absolutely worth getting it checked out, you know? and i know that you can go to your gp. i think some people think that these things aren't happening now, but they are. the earlier cancers are detected, the more likely it is that we can treat them effectively. if a patient spots a possible symptom, the nhs says it is ready to help. anna collinson, bbc news. the us federal weather agency says july was the hottest month globally ever recorded.
the national oceanic and atmospheric administration calculates the combined land and ocean surface temperature was 0.93 celsius above the 20th century average of 15.8 celsius. in italy, which has reached its peak holiday weekend, 17 cities are now on red alert because of the heatwave being suffered across southern europe. just a couple of days ago, the island of sicily registered a staggering a8.8 celsius. if confirmed by the world meteorological organization, it will be the hottest temperature ever recorded in europe. 0ur europe correspondent mark lowen is in sicily. the temperatures have dropped a bit today, i have to say. for the moment, they are closer to 30, likely to push up again during the day, but actually, the worst of the heat today in the mediterranean will probably be in spain, where in madrid, temperatures are likely to be a3 and in cordoba in the south of spain,
going up to a5. and the spokesman for spain's weather agency says it could today be the hottest day on record. and people we were speaking to on the beach yesterday said the interesting thing was, despite the air being absolutely scorching, the water is very cold for this time of year so you have the extremes as well. and we have just had an announcement on the national oceanic and atmospheric administration, which is the us federal agency that monitors the climate, which has found thatjuly was the hottest month in the world since records began 1a2 years ago. and i can tell you from being here today, i think probably a scorching august is going to follow that sweltering july. people have been flocking to suffolk and norfolk in the east of england to see original works by the grafitti artist banksy. on friday night, banksy posted a video on instagram of him working on the creations. one of the pictures has become such hot property that the new owner has moved it to a secret location.
jenny kirk has more. is it or isn't it? the question on everyone's lips for the last week has now been answered. i absolutely love it. i think it's wonderful it's come this way to lowestoft. i think it's the best thing that's happened to this town for years, to be honest. for some this is vandalism, to others it is art. and instead of removing it, the local council says they are beyond excited, and it is a real boost for great yarmouth and lowestoft. everyone that's seen these piece has smiled. everyone has had pleasure from what he has put out there, and that is a wonderful thing to be able to do. hundreds of thousands of people can go and see the artwork and it will make them smile. this is how the elusive artist whose work sells for millions ended the speculation, by posting online his spraycation.
but there is less good news for king's lynn. banksy�*s reimagining of a prominent statue with an ice—cream cone has already been removed. at merrivale model village they have had substantial offers for their banksy, but they are not selling. the public unfortunately weren't respecting it. they were trying to climb over, get up close with it, and we were fearful it was going to get damaged so we had to move it off site, and with the news last night the insurance company have insisted we put it in a secure facility. how now to protect and capitalise on his work? a nice problem to have. special to know that banksy actually was here. jenny kirk, bbc news. a 1a—year—old boy with autism, with a passion for military history has used his drawings to raise money for the veterans who inspire him. since covid restrictions were eased, jack berry and his family have been travelling to see some of the people — and planes — that feature
in the book he has created. john maguire was there. hello, jack! lovely to see you. oh, that's for me? thank you very much indeed. this is the moment two friends, although generations apart in age, met in person for the very first time. we have been waiting for this day, haven't we? really have. personally, i thought we'd missed each other all our lives. john meller is a veteran of the second world war. he served in the raf as a crewman on board lancaster bombers. and jack berry, who is autistic and non—verbal, is a keen artist. he has turned some of his paintings of aircraft into a book, raising money for military charities. jack has been touring around aviation museums to meet some of the people who helped with his book, and one of those who inspired him isjohn. jack�*s book, as i say,
it shows how artistic he is. his drawings are absolutely perfect. i have got one of his books, i look at it basically every day. he is a real artist, no doubt about that. they have connected via their computers, but this is a chance for the two to meet face—to—face and to exchange gifts. this model of the lancaster was made byjohn during the war. forjack, this is a chance to meet one of his heroes. obviouslyjack loves history, so it has been an opportunity for him to actually learn something from john, notjust by social media or zoom, but actually face—to—face, and the fact that he has given that lancaster and how he has made it will probably mean quite a lot to jack, and he will probably take it into school and tell the other children about it, so it has been really good. resplendent in his specially made uniform, todayjack is at the international bomber
command centre in lincoln. he and john are here for a special service, and to commemorate the 85th anniversary of bomber command. 0ther veterans and their families are here to reflect, and to remember. it means quite a lot, because it lets you see that people still appreciate it, what we went through, of all ages. from youngsters to the very old. you'd only got to be in the war and make friends like i did, with different nationalities, you'd look across at the tables where we used to meet them, because you made friends with them, and you'd come back and then realise they wouldn't come back ever.
a dakota from the battle of britain memorial flight roars overhead through blue skies. and in the gift shop, they spot a copy of jack�*s book. "flying high in the sunlit silence". his painting has helped him immensely, especially coping through with lockdowns. and the historical military aircraft community has rallied around to help him, so now jack is determined to thank them for taking him under their wings. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. good evening. a decidedly mixed weather picture across the uk this weekend. today, we had a bit of sunshine in places, a bit of rain in others. you can see as we head through tonight, we have this area of cloud bringing rain through northern ireland, parts of northern england, patchy rain for wales and the south—west. clearer skies for a time in south—east england and also across parts of scotland,
allowing temperatures to drop to 8 or 9 degrees through the central belt, but some showery rain pushing back in across north—east scotland. so as we head into tomorrow, you can see the curl of this weather system here across england, wales, northern ireland, some rain at times. certainly turning quite cloudy, damn through the day for wales and the south—west. but there will be some sunny spells too. much of scotland seeing spells of sunshine but some showery rain pushing in across the north—east, heavy downpours in places. very cool in the far north of scotland, the highest temperatures towards the east of england, at 23 degrees. and the week ahead looks predominantly cloudy, there will be some sunshine at times and temperatures generally a bit disappointing for this point in august. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... the last major city in northern afghanistan — mazar—i—sharif — reportedly falls to the taliban, as president ghani says that remobilising the military is his top priority. a state of emergency is declared in haiti after a powerful earthquake,