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and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. announcer: and now, "bbc world news". laura: this iss america. afghan security forces claim they will retake all of the areas that have fallen to the taliban as we learn more about the withdrawal of u.s. troops. authorities in nigeria closed more than a dozen schools after a series of kidnapping, parents are angry and scared. the u.k. health minister says daily covid cases could rise to 100,000 the summer, even as restrictions in britain are lifted. plus, how one of the world's most daring artists use lockdown to chae course.
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like 's moved from sharks to cherry blossoms. >> there are enough flowers in the world. maybe she got me. laura: welcome to world news amica. the u.s. withdrawal from afghanistan is accelerating. the pentagon said the exit is more than 90% complete as the taliban capture districts. this map shows the areas of taliban control.
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reporter: the taliban have been advancing across afghanistan. in some areas, they had surrendered. in others, resistance. the group iin control of around one third of all districts. afghan officials vow to launch a counteroffensive. >> the afghan security forces and air force has reorganize itself. they may have abandoned their posts because they ran out of supplies. has no means anyone defected. reporter: it was america's largest face, and home to prisoners. it's been handed over to afghan forces.
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officials here claim they were not even warned. airstrikes had been a key weapon. now they are largely stopping. >> nothing is stable. the government's goal is they don't want the taliban. reporter: underline the pressure, dear neighbor ordered thousands of troops. many feared a formal deadline.
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laura: at the white house, the press secretary made the case that a withdrawal does not mean the biden administration is turning its back and afghanistan. >> we have every intention of continuing and ongoing presence which is continuing after we bring the military who are serving home by the end of august. that includes security, humanitarian assistance, capacity. laura: for more we are joined by michael from the brookings institution.
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welcome to the program. with which 90% complete from afghanistan, what actually can the u.s. government do to help the afghans hold off the taliban? >> it's a very dncerting situation. i am strongly opposed. there is still a lot we can do. it may not be enough, but there is a lot to try, starting with funding. the afghan security forces have ample resources. there is a lot of corruption and mismanagement as part of the problem. i still think we are continuing that low, we know the communist government in 1989 were held off after the soviets withdrew for about three years. that is one big piece.
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the second piece is western contractors who keep the afghan air force line which allows them to move around the battlefield. it allows afghan airpower to use offenses fire from the sky. those pieces are crucial. those are just two of the big pieces. laura: afghan forces seem to have low morale. 1000 were reported to flee just yesterday. that's a huge problem? >> there was happy talk in the segment which you picked up on. there are afghan forces who are surrendering or fleeing, running away.
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doing deals with the taliban. there are places where there could have been tactical withdrawal. if they get sloppy, they can be counterattacked. there are several categories where the taliban are growing. in some of those cases there may be options for the afghan military to retaliate. laura: briefly, the taliban, are they just as brutal as they were? >> i don't see a lot of
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progress. i hope that some parts will be more apt to want to work with an outside community of donors. but i'm not sure they are going to take power nationwide anytime soon. there will be a lot of violence. laura: make you so much. in nigeria, local authorities have ordered the closure of 13 schools following ma kidnappings. 140 ildren were taken, and also a kidnapping of nurses and babies from a hospital. our nigeria correspondent reports. reporter: unspeakable grief. these are scenes that have become all too common. these parents are victims in a kidnapping crisis.
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gunmen attacked the high school just before 2:00 a.m. on monday. they gained access by breaching the back wall. as news broke, parents headed to the school. >> we stand in one voice. we condemn whatever happened. we continue to protest. reporter: his daughter was among those taken. >> she is this kind of person that lets people. yesterday [indiscernible] what will haen to my daughter? how is she feeling right now? if she crying?
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so many thoughts came into my mind. reporter: just hours before, another of duction in the same state, and a hospital, a one-year-old baby was among those abducted. nigeria is in deep economic turmoil. unemployment has quadrupled in the last five years. criminals with no job prospects found a lucrative trade in kidnapping for ransom. security forces are stretched. it is a crisis of a comedy and insecurity. no end in sight. laura: the u.k. government is going to ease covid restrictions.
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from the 16th of august people were fully vaccinad won't have to self isolate. but as infections are rising due to the delta variant, the policies coming under question. reporter: that will come to an in august. they will be asked to get tested. the health secretary told us it is part of a move towards more normal lives. >> step-by-step, we are replacing the temporary protection of restrictions with the long-term protection of the vaccine. so we can restore the freedoms which we share.
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reporter: the latest numbers show 29,000 daily reported cases with more than 400 cases admitted to hospital. the government predicts 50,000 is a day by july 9, then 100,000 a day, possibly in august. one key member of the committee says predicting future numbers is difficult, but he is not concerned. >> i am optimistic we will keep hospitalization's at manageable levels. there are risks. reporter: but with number set to rise, therare fears of renewed pressure. the governments in wales and northern ireland to unveil their lands create scottish ministers say they are on track to look for many restrictions next month. laura: here in the u.s.,
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president biden has appealed for unvaccinated americans get the of hf, that comes after his administration fell just short of the goal of 70% receiving at least one dose. mr. biden says his team would go knocking on doors to get people vaccinated it need be. >> our fight is not over. right now, millions ofmericans are still unvaccinated and unprotected. because of that, their communities are at risk, friends are at risk, people they care about are at risk. this is an even bigger concern because of the delta variant. . today we discussed how it is already responsible for half of all cases in many partof this country. laura: he went on to say getting vaccinated is patriotic. in other news, arew cuomo has
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declared a disaster emergency following nonviolence. the move will enablehe state to enable funds. the announcement comes as new york and other parts of the country are seeing a rise in gun violence. officials in florida say the death toll from the apartment building collapse has risen. 32 people are not from dead with over 100 still missing. workers are placed bracing for the bad weather. continue with leader will be the nextovernment journalist of canada. it's the first time an indigenous person will hold the role. the governor general serves as commander-in-chief of the armed forces and represents canada and represents canada events at home . ripoff and sees a spike in
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migrants. belarus migrants to cross over in neighboring lithuania to near ring the. reporter: specs on the screen are men crossing. in the past few weeks, more and mo have reached them. you migrant route. >> today we are detaining 150 illegal migrants. reporter: [indiscernible] in the past month alone, they have received more than 1200 people. the government says it is no
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coincidence. >> today, lithuania is experiencing an unprecedented crisis. reporter: authorities believe that airline is flying migrants. from there, people can make their way to the lithuanian border. >> it is not difficult to understand the link. reporter: the eu imposed the sanctions after a flight was forced to land so authorities could arrested journalist. in retaliation, the leader said they were no longer stop
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migrants from coursing -- crossing into the eu. laura: you're watching bbc world news america. still to come. the french riviera is ready for its close-up at the cannes film festival is back in action. tonight is the opening ceremony and we will be live. the arrest of south africa's former president may be getting closer. the court ruled he should go to jail. reporter: the order is by wednesday. if he does not hand himself over . the court has not given a counter order. the court case has been postponed. his supporters said they were standing guard to ensure -- it's
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why we expect his supporters would do the same. he said it will be a messy confrontation at police officers dare to arrest him. all eyes will be on tomorrow to find out if the former president will be arrested. laura: it's opening night for one of the biggest events. the red carpet is out and the cannes film festival has begun. it was canceled in 2020 due to covid and delayed by two months this year. joining us now is tom. if they are back, does this mean cinema is back?
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reporter: it's a big psychological boost. it does not mean everything is ok. the next 12 days, at least 24 films will be unveiled, and competition. they may do well at the festival, but they have to find distribution, played in cinemas. that infrastructure is not up and running around the world. where you are, 80% of cinemas are operational. that is not the case in a lot of places. it is still uncertain. laura: you have just been to a screening. which movies are generating buzz? reporter: i got up at the crack
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of dawn to go to a press screening for the opening night film. it is an operatic musical, it has movie stars,rench actors, adam driver. it was quite fantastical, a bit tedious, but a good film. it was directed by a man who has a strong connection to french new wave. the french new wave defined cannes in the 1950's. laura: speaking of better things, cannes is about glamour. it's the glamour back? reporter: it depends where you
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look. when i arrived here, my first encounter with the hospital tent where i had to get a covid test. we are being tested every 48 hours. a very strange site because they were collecting it by way of saliva. tonight the walkway down on the street was some glamour, but things are a bit toned down. cannes is not as bold as bresee --. . oldham bresee people are away. we hope there is strong cinema in the offering. laura: we certainly do. how are filmmakers ackwledging the pandemic? reporter: some of them in interesting ways. there is a moving caed the year of an everlasting storm in
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which filmmakers created movies under lockdown using metaphor in a way that shows off their skills. in other ways it is coming through, another film with the theme of rebirth. laura: the paris show has been delayed twice because of covid and finally open today. our pars correspondent caught a sneak preview.
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reporter: he has been painting cherry trees, dozens of them. all the way through the pandemic. much of it alone without his team of assistants. >> it became a solitary thing. negativity and anxiety. in the anxiety i made these paintings. reporter: campuses got larger, leads appeared, shifts in perspective. >> john lennon once said, when he cut his hair, he stood what else can you do after you have grown it? i always try to keep reinventing myself.
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there is enough power in the world. reporter: flowers that our cars, messy, almost tacky. someone who saw them asked me if i was in love. laura: i think his mom was before we go, water slides are a staple. it turns out baby elephants in china like to jo in the fun. look at this. this playful elephant enyed herself on a muddy hill slide. the ground was wet and slippery after raiall and she slid all the way down. the internet noticed in the footage caught fire, they are officially an endangered elegant with a sense of fun which also deserves protection. she is aig -- it big for my
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judy: good evening, i am judy woodruff on the newshour tonight. months later, investigations and arrests ongoing in the violent attack on the u.s. capitol by violent or trump supporters. then, express search for clues to the structural failure of the condominium in surfside, as rescue teams continue to comb the rubble. and leaving afghanistan. members of the u.s. military reflect on 20 years in the country and whether the war was worth it. >> there is a saying in infantry, ours is not to ly,


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