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welcome to bbc news. our top stories: the taliban celebrate with gunfire and fireworks as america confirms its 20 year war in afghanistan is over. the us airborne corps poster social media picture of their last soldier to step onto the final plane out of the country. taliban soldiers are already in charge of culpable airport. they survey the equipment left behind after a frantic few weeks. also, the aftermath of hurricane ida. the water is
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rising in the southern us as people survey the damage. and china clamps down on children's game time at concerns they are becoming addicted. thank you forjoining us. well, america's longest war is over. the last us troops were flown out of kabul airportjust a few hours ago, concluding an operation in which more than 120,000 people were evacuated from kabul. we have got a picture here posted on twitter of the very last soldier to step aboard the final plane out of the country. this was posted by the sky dragons. it is a rapid response corps and have a look at this. it is the reality now. taliban soldiers already in charge of the airport. they
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have been surveying the equipment left behind after these frantic few weeks. and these frantic few weeks. and the upshot, of course, is that hundreds of americans and thousands of afghans have been left behind to face an uncertain and, for many, a dangerous future. general kenneth mckenzie of us central command announced that the us withdrawal from afghanistan had been completed. in the last couple of hours the us secretary of state gave a statement on the latest in afghanistan and said the us evacuation from kabul had been a massive undertaking and he paid tribute to the personnel involved. 18 paid tribute to the personnel involved. 'j~ , paid tribute to the personnel involved. 'j~ ., ., involved. 18 days ago the united states _ involved. 18 days ago the united states began - involved. 18 days ago the united states began ourl united states began our evacuation and relocation operation in kabul. as you just heard from the pentagon, a few hours ago, that operation was completed and more than 123,000 people have been safely flown out of afghanistan. that includes 6000 american
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citizens. this has been a massive military, diplomatic and humanitarian undertaking. 0ne and humanitarian undertaking. one of the most difficult in our nation's history and an extraordinary feat of logistics and coordination under some of the most challenging circumstances imaginable. many, many people made this possible. i want to commend our outstanding diplomats who worked around the clock and around the world to coordinate the operation. helping americans, ourforeign partners americans, our foreign partners who americans, ourforeign partners who have been by the side for 20 years and afghans at risk at this critical moment. it was more thanjust high this critical moment. it was more than just high stakes assignment for our team. it was assignment for our team. it was a sacred duty. in the world saw how to the challenge with determination and heart. fire determination and heart. are corresponding _ determination and heart. are corresponding has this analysis
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on that final pull—out from afghanistan. there are so many things to consider right now the powerful imagery around right now and the final soldier boarding the final flight to leave the airport and the military hardware the americans left behind in the big questions of the future that the secretary of state was trying to address there but talking about the new diplomatic relationship. a diplomatic relationship. a diplomatic sequel, as it has been described that is really very difficult to quantify because it is going to be a diplomatic relationship that is not based on trust as the secretary of state to put it. it will not be based on faith. it will not be based on faith. it will not be based on faith. it will not be based on the taliban has said it is going to do. it will be based on actions of the taliban and there was a huge question mark over whether they mean what they say. the observation period is really starting to see if the taliban allows the freedom of movement that it has talked about for its people and maybe the americans are wanting to leave the country and of course, the
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huge question of terrorism. international terrorism and with the terrorists will try to, once again, base themselves in afghanistan and launch attacks on the western world. it has been a pretty breathless closure to this chapter and in the last 2a hours five rockets were fired at kabul�*s international airport. the islamic state group claimed responsibility but the us is accused of causing significant casualties in a drone strike targeting isn kabul, including children. flames leapt from a car after militants use it to launch rockets at kabul airport. they were intercepted by missile defence system nearby, a family comes to the wreckage of a us drone
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stri. relatives are collecting remains to bury. they reject claims that the vehicle was being used by islamic state. if there was a bomb inside the car which had been blown up says this man. amongst those killed was a two—year—old. and these two twins. as well as someone who had previously worked alongside american forces. the family was hoping to be evacuated out of the country. my brother came from his work. he wanted to park the car in here and their children were in the car. how many people from yourfamily died? ten persons have died in here, including my daughter, who was two years old. what happened here appears to be an awful human tragedy. it also underlines the challenges the us is going to face in trying
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to target militants from afar and the terrible consequences ordinary afghans have to pay. the us has said it is assessing and investigating reports of civilian casualties but insists an imminent threat to the airport was disrupted. nobody wants to see innocent life takien. we take it very, very seriously and when we know that we have caused innocent life to be lost in the conduct of our operations we are transparent about it. we are investigating this. i am not going to get ahead of it. the evacuation effort is now complete with us soldiers flown out ahead of tuesday's withdrawal deadline. many afghans remain desperate to leave the country. at this bus stand in kabul, many are headed for the iranian border. nearly all are hoping to be smuggled across. passenger numbers have more than doubled in recent weeks. the previous government only cared about getting rich themselves, says this man.
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now the taliban are here there are nojobs. there is no work anywhere. i need to be able to feed my kids. everything has become more expensive. i can't live here any more. a new era in afghanistan is about to begin. the taliban say they are bringing peace and ending corruption. but for those here the deep uncertainty that has accompanied their arrival is a final push towards a new life. it is now just it is nowjust over a fortnight since the taliban did reach kabul and took control of pretty much the whole of afghanistan and they have been portraying themselves as more moderate than when they build in the 1990s. they've also promised an amnesty to those who worked for foreign forces of the afghan army but there is growing evidence of a different reality on the ground including revenge killings.
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a sight that strikes fear into the hearts of millions of afg ha ns. the taliban back on the streets, back in control. the group assured amnesty for everyone. the announcement was made from the office of a former government spokesperson they had killed a few weeks ago. his death wasjustified as a punishment for his deeds. even since the pledge of pardon, others have been killed. this man was a security director and multiple sources have told the bbc he was executed by the taliban just over one week ago. as was a security head of a province. we spoke to a soldier from the afghan special forces who is in hiding. he did not want to be named.
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other soldiers have also told us about colleagues being killed and high—ranking police official in hiding wanted his story to be heard.
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many, like the first female mayor, have fled after threats from the taliban. she said her father was killed by the group last year and now they are looking for her. they took their weapons away and they were searching for me. the taliban were searching for me. especially those taliban who came from the province. forced to leave her country she is now in germany. the taliban did this to me. i did nothing to them. i was not part of their war. more importantly, they made me to
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leave the country which was more important. this woman was a policewoman, one of thousands this trained since 2001 by the international community. out of afghanistan now she fears for her colleagues back home. acts of reprisal continue with impunity. it could be the result of a gap in the thinking of taliban leaders and the foot, soldiers but it is evidence that their present is
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as ruthless as their past. lets get a look at some of the day's other news from around the world. the south korean prime minister said he supports calls for the head of samsung to return to managing the global tech firm just weeks after being released from prison. the prime minister told the financial times newspaper in london that it was not appropriate to curtail his activities when he had already been freed from prison. the samsung air was released on parole earlier this month having served just over half a sentence. the european union is recommending that its member countries reintroduce travel restrictions on unvaccinated travellers coming from the united states. that would mean quarantines or testing for those who have not received the jab however these are just recommendations. they are not mandatory. each eu member state imposes its own covid guidelines and restrictions. the un environment programme
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says the use of leaded petrol has been eradicated worldwide. algeria, the last country to use the fuel exhausted its supplies last month nearly one century at the doctor's first issued a warning about the toxic effects of leaded petrol. the un described the news is a huge prevent more than 1 million premature deaths every year. do stay with us here on bbc news. coming up injust a moment, white could be game over as china restricts the amount of time underage teens can spend on video games. she received the nobel peace prize for her work with the poor and the dying in india's slums. the head of the catholic church had said mother teresa was a wonderful example of how to help people in need. we have to identify the bodies, then arrange the coffins
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and take them back home. parents are waiting, and wives are waiting. hostages appeared — - some carried, some running — trying to escape the nightmare behind them _ britain lost a princess today. described by all to whom she reached out as irreplaceable", described by all to whom she reached out as "irreplaceable", an early—morning car crash in a paris underpass ended a life with more than its share of pain and courage, warmth and compassion. welcome back to bbc news. our main headlines: the taliban have been celebrating with gunfire and fireworks after america confirmed its 20 year war in afghanistan is over. the
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taliban soldiers have already taken charge of kabul airports and have been surveying equipment left behind after a frantic few weeks. the viz warning of life—threatening flooding in the southern united states has hurricane ida moves from louisiana into mississippi. the storm itself broad storms of 150 mph as it made landfall on monday, ripping roofs of buildings. 0ne ripping roofs of buildings. one man was killed when a falling tree hit his house. flash floods have already affected residents of new orleans despite defence is being after hurricane katrina some 16 years ago. our correspondent is there. rescue efforts are now under way. from the federal government to volunteer organisations. most pressing of courses to hundreds of crews on boats and helicopters trying to reach
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those still trapped in the floods. the governor has warned that as those efforts continue the death toll, currently at one, could rise. this was the force of ida's winds as it mercilessly pounded louisiana with water. a hospital building filled with patients in one town was no match for the storm's fury. part of the roof was lifted off with ease by the gusts. low lying areas were overwhelmed by the tidal surge. this footage from a fire station in delacroix, louisiana, captured the dramatic rush of water as the night wore on. in new orleans the entire city went dark as the storm raged outside and a transmission tower toppled into the mississippi river. at this hotel, workers struggled to get the generator working. all across southern louisiana, the task of surveying the damage from hurricane is under way. the destruction is immense and the situation for some is desperate. injefferson parish, emergency services have
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received at least 200 rescue call since last night. there, the rising waters and intense winds left communities in tatters. clarence has lived here for 50 years this is the worst storm he has lived through. it is terrifying. we were in the bedroom and it started leaking. we come out the bedroom and go into another room and start leaking in that room. and then finally we came into the living room and the dining room here and this was the only room where it did not really leak. it leaked but it did not reach that bad when the sheetrock fell in. without proper shelter, power or water, he has no choice but to leave. his dilemma now, where to go. it strengthened so rapidly that gay people hear very little time to prepare or evacuate. for those who stayed, the night was scary but seeing fall—out the morning after has been even harder. along the roadways, closed and impossible in many areas, we found this
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family walking to find food. the storm's strong winds ripped their trailer apart in the middle of the night. they took shelter at a neighbour's house. we ain't got nothing there. house is gone, car is gone. i'm sorry. crews are now focused on rescue operations. the next step recovery will be long and difficult. barry is a professor at the department of geography and anthropology at louisiana state university and he joins anthropology at louisiana state university and hejoins me now. i understand baton rouge got off relatively lightly, i understood, but when we look at the pictures, it is clear what damage has been wrought. but there was a fear, possibly, that it could have been worse still, is that fair? 0h, absolutely.—
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still, is that fair? 0h, absolutely. still, is that fair? 0h, absolutel . , ., ., absolutely. the storm did not reach the _ absolutely. the storm did not reach the peak _ absolutely. the storm did not reach the peak forecast - absolutely. the storm did not reach the peak forecast of. reach the peak forecast of intensity of landfall. we were thinking this thing could be getting close to a category five hurricane. fortunately that did not happen but it is still a category for wreaking havoc on this region. the track, as you noted, the forecast was great, mind you. but had it move may be 20 or 30 miles to the west, baton rouge would have also been roughed up way worse than it actually worse. we had a lot of people here even in my city without power. thank goodness somehow i managed to scrape through this and did not lose power to the whole storm where most people i know who live in this town have lost power. but nevertheless so the area between here new orleans just devastated. we 0rleans just devastated. we finally had a chance to assess things today and there are still quite a bit of water from the storm surge that has not receded so we have a lot of areas that have flooded. by and
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large the major levee system that protects new orleans held up. it did fine. there were a few smaller what we call parish build levees built by lower municipalities the region. in some of those levees did actually get over top of a so we did have some flooding in some communities. the biggest issueis some communities. the biggest issue is no power. i some communities. the biggest issue is no power.— issue is no power. i going to sa , issue is no power. i going to say. there — issue is no power. i going to say. there is— issue is no power. i going to say, there is that _ issue is no power. i going to say, there is that to - issue is no power. i going to j say, there is that to contend with and while hurricane ida moves on perhaps we all move on if we are not in louisiana itself. how long do it is going to be before a semblance of normality returns? we to be before a semblance of normality returns?- to be before a semblance of normality returns? we have over 1 million customers _ normality returns? we have over 1 million customers without - 1 million customers without power so that comes out to be way more people than a million. 0k. way more people than a million. ok. so we have a lot of folks. louisiana is not a cool place
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in august. the temperatures are sweltering. the temperature is a very high. so you do not want to be without air conditioning for long periods of time especially when you're trying to rebuild your house so we have all these folks without power and that is really going to things down and it could take up to three weeks probably to restore power to most of those people. we also have some water issues here where they have water boils in place and in other places they don't have any water at all and you can't even flush toilets, for example. so it is going to be a tough road for a while. we have these for you — tough road for a while. we have these for you it _ tough road for a while. we have these for you it was _ tough road for a while. we have these for you it was not - tough road for a while. we have these for you it was not as - tough road for a while. we have these for you it was not as bad | these for you it was not as bad as it could have been but best of luck with the clear up. thank so much forjoining us. thank so much forjoining us. thank you very much. regulators have imposed controls and online video gaming to stop anyone under the age of 18 play more than three hours a week. they're being told they will only be able to
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access the games between eight and nine on the evening on friday, saturday and sunday. also public holidays. beijing says it wants to protect the physical and mental health of young i've been speaking to a china tech analyst about how this move came about. in china a lot of the _ this move came about. in china a lot of the parents _ this move came about. in china a lot of the parents perceive . a lot of the parents perceive that it a lot of the parents perceive thatitis a lot of the parents perceive that it is the responsibility of the platform and the government, actually and they don't want to take as much responsibility themselves in the background behind these regulations is actually that there were already restrictions on miners playing games but when they came out parents apparently complained and did not think they were harsh enough so the regulators went back and adjusted upwards. haw back and ad'usted upwards. how do ou back and adjusted upwards. how do you police — back and adjusted upwards. how do you police it? _ back and adjusted upwards. how do you police it? right _ back and adjusted upwards. how do you police it? right now, - do you police it? right now, what the — do you police it? right now, what the leading _ do you police it? right now, what the leading player - do you police it? right now, what the leading player in l do you police it? right now, i what the leading player in the industry does is there using facial recognition so if you play above a certain amount of time or you are going past late
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night, midnight, what happened is that even if you are already registered as an adult player you will get this window and it will request for you to use facial recognition and verify that you are indeed the person that you are indeed the person thatis that you are indeed the person that is tied to that account and if you are not endued aside, let's say you are a kid paying your parents account and you press cancel, then you will actually be automatically booted from the game and you will not be able to access the game from i believe hpm, surrey 9pm to 8am every day. it is game from i believe hpm, surrey 9pm to 8am every day.— 9pm to 8am every day. it is a re 9pm to 8am every day. it is a pretty stringent _ 9pm to 8am every day. it is a pretty stringent measure. - 9pm to 8am every day. it is a i pretty stringent measure. could they shed be expanded further, do you think might be on some of these games. he sports is one area, of course, a massive growth area. pretty addictive, i suppose, just like other gaming. i suppose, 'ust like other auamin. , i suppose, 'ust like other gaming._ gaming. there is a lot of eo - le gaming. there is a lot of people in _ gaming. there is a lot of people in the _ gaming. there is a lot of people in the industry i gaming. there is a lot of. people in the industry who gaming. there is a lot of- people in the industry who if, for example, we don't have youth playing games, and there is a concern that there will be less adult gamers a few years
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from now but also where is the talent going to be for the pool of players going to practice these sports because typically to be world class you have to start very young and she would have to do in any other athletic events so that is definitely a concern and i don't think any of us have any answers yet because regulations are so new. football's world governing body said club spent nearly $50 billion buying players over the past decade. fifa has carried out research on transfers between 20112020 and they discovered that manchester city topped the list of big spenders. they were followed by chelsea and the spanish giants barcelona. viva's study found that more money has been spent on brazilian players that footballers from any other country and a big rise in the amount paid to agents were given a total of three and a
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half billion of that $50 billion spent. we've got more detail on the football and on the website. you are watching bbc news. hello there. many parts of the uk will have another cool and cloudy day on tuesday. monday the sunshine was restricted more to sheltered western areas of the uk. we had some sunshine in the southwest before the cloud increased and temperatures reached 20 degrees in plymouth. highest temperature was in castlederg in country tyrone, northern ireland. only 15 degrees in aberdeen and scarborough. and this was the cool and grey picture that we had in hull in east yorkshire. we've got high pressure still sitting to the northwest of the uk but the winds around it coming in from the north sea, pushing in the cloud and we start tuesday with a blanket of cloud against most of england and wales,
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temperatures 11—13 degrees. cloud a bit thinner in scotland and northern ireland so it's cooler here first thing. we should see a bit more sunshine breaking through the cloud. across central parts of western scotland and northern ireland as well and i'm hopeful that across east anglia and southeast the cloud will thin and break to give some sunshine at times. further north across eastern parts, likely to keep a lot of cloud. still maybe some drizzle too. the winds coming in off the north sea, it's not going to be very warm down the east coast of scotland nor indeed the east coast of england, temperatures 15 to 17 degrees at best, in the sunshine maybe 20 celsius once again. many places ending the day cloudy on tuesday. should be a decent end to the day for northern island, western parts of scotland. the high pressure is still sitting to the northwest of the uk on wednesday. it's not going anywhere just yet. we've got stronger winds on the east coast of england through channel affecting the southeast of england. here, i think they will be more cloud on wednesday. back to cloudy skies, maybe a bit of drizzle, too. pretty cloudy across most of england and wales. we may get some sunshine
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in cumbria or likely in northern ireland and perhaps more of scotland where temperatures will reach 20 or 21 celsius in the central lowlands. the winds probably a bit lighter on thursday, still cloudy for most of england and wales. maybe getting some sunshine in cumbria, west wales. again the sunnier, blue skies more likely in scotland and northern ireland, temperatures under the cloud around 18 or 19 degrees. as we head into the weekend, though, as high pressure starts to move away, there are signs of more unsettled weather with rain on the horizon.
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this is bbc news,
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the headlines... the 20—year us military operation in afghanistan described as america's longest war, has come to an end. washington's ambassador to kabul and the us military commander there were on the final evacuation flight. the us says it has evacuated nearly 80,000 civilians in the past few weeks. taliban fighters have now taken control of kabul airport. video footage shows them walking towards planes by the side of the runway. earlier, taliban forces fired their guns in the air and let off fireworks to celebrate the united states completing their withdrawal. a huge rescue operation is taking place in the us state of louisiana which was struck by hurricane ida. the storm is known to have killed at least two people, but many more are feared to have lost their lives. most of the state's southeast is without power.
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