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tonight at ten, the desperate scramble to escape afghanistan, and life, under taliban rule. the militants beat back the crowds at kabul aiport, as afghans beg western embassies, for travel papers. these people have no real information about what they can do to leave afghanistan but they are desperate. in fact, they are asking us, "is it true, will the canadians give me a visa?" the fact is, most of these people will never get one. the uk says it will continue to help people escape, as long as the us military controls the airport. we are the lucky ones, we made it. there are lots of people who really need help. the un is warning that the taliban is systematically hunting down
anyone who worked with us and nato troops. we'll be live in kabul. also tonight.... one young afghan boy who did make it to the uk, falls to his death from a hotel window in sheffield. new research finds covid vaccines offer strong protection against the delta variant — but vaccinated adults can have high levels of the virus. the appeal of morrisons, multi—billion pound bids from america to control the supermarket chain. and the paralympics join a global campaign to improve the lives of a billion disabled people around the world. and coming up in the sport on the bbc news channel, history made — glamorgan win a knockout trophy for the first time, they beat durham at trent bridge in the one—day cup final.
good evening. crowds of desperate people continue the scramble to escape afghanistan, fearing for their lives under taliban rule, and pleading with foreign governments to help them. kabul airport is a scene of despair and hope, as huge crowds gather, praying for seats on evacuation flights. today is afghan independence day, and in several cities around the country, protestors have taken to the streets, many of them women, in defiance of their new autocratic rulers. but others want to escape, turning up at western embassies, to try to obtain travel papers, then heading to the airport. siren wails. this is crowd control taliban style. outside the airport, thousands of people desperate to leave. this is the road anyone being evacuated has to travel along.
the taliban repeatedly stopped us filming. they don't like the images of so many afghans fleeing their rule. they denied claims they are, at times, preventing some afghans with valid documents from entering the airport. but many of those here don't have a visa. they are still hoping, somehow, to leave. "i want to go anywhere else other than here," says this man. "all the embassies and offices are closed. "what can i do?" then, taliban fighters bring the interview to an end. the taliban are everywhere you go in kabul. they are heavily armed, but for the most part in the city they're friendly. today saw more protests expressing defiance to their rule, rallying around the afghan flag. outside the canadian
embassy, more chaos. hundreds of people frantically scribbling their names on pieces of paper, hoping it will somehow lead to a visa. the embassy has already been evacuated. these people have no real information about what they can do to leave afghanistan but they are desperate. in fact, they are coming to us, they are asking us, "is it true, "will the canadians give me a visa?" the fact is, most of these people will never get one. this family haven't spoken to anyone at the embassy but heard rumours if they turn up they will find help. "there is war, misery. "i can't even buy bread for my children," says this man. new footage today of the even more chaotic scenes at the airport earlier this week. some parents so desperate they hand their children over. and new details on the horrifying story of those who lost their lives. one of the young men
who fell from a plane, clinging to it even after take—off, a talented footballer who had played for the national youth team. 19—year—old zaki anwari. part of a generation of afghans now facing a deeply uncertain future. we have seen so many different faces of the taliban over the last few days, how would you sum up how they are at the moment ridding this country? mi; are at the moment ridding this count ? g ., , country? my interactions with them earlier are a — country? my interactions with them earlier are a microcosm _ country? my interactions with them earlier are a microcosm of - country? my interactions with them earlier are a microcosm of how- country? my interactions with them | earlier are a microcosm of how they are behaving, at times very friendly and approachable and very calm but at other times more aggressive and thatis at other times more aggressive and that is what we are seeing more broadly as well. on the one hand they are involved in discussions with other senior political figures in afghanistan like the former president, despite having already basically captured the entire country, and these meetings are significant because they suggest any
new future political system that is drawn up, that has not been announced yet, it might not necessarilyjust be dominated by the taliban, but on the other hand today a report drawn up for the united nations talk about how the group are systematically searching for former members of the intelligence services and the security forces, detaining them and questioning them and threatening their families at times, and the taliban have declared an amnesty for all former embers of the government. they seem to be adopting a fairly conciliatory tone in public at the moment but we have seen reports of revenge killings in some places. aside from these pockets of chaos around some embassies and around the airport, in the rest of kabul there is an uneasy calm as people are adjusting to this new normal, but no one is quite sure how the group are going to behave in the coming days.
secundar kermani, thanks forjoining us. here, the government says the uk will continue to help people leave the country, as long as the us military remain in control of the airport. more british troops are being sent to help maintain order. our special correspondent lucy manning has been speaking to one family who managed to escape kabul and an interpreter who worked with british forces who's still trapped there. to stay is dangerous, to try to go isn't much safer — but it's a risk many are taking. gharghasht hidai worked in afghanistan. a british afghan, here pictured with the country's former defence minister, thanking him for his work. he and his family were flown out of afghanistan two days ago by the raf and are now quarantining in manchester. yes, i feel good, we are safe. we will start back from scratch in the uk. his wife isn't a dual national.
she was told to stay behind and then struggled to get into the airport. the situation is very bad because we were literally inside the compound, we could see the fighting, the shooting. she was crying. when we met her again, there was one of the officers, he was a british officer, he was actually... he cried, too. how was the situation on the plane for everyone? the situation was chaotic. the plane was completely full. one of my children was sitting on the floor. with his work for coalition forces, he feared for his life. we are the lucky ones. we made it. there are lots of people who really need help. others haven't made it out. these, the certificates of a former british interpreter we are calling abdul. good enough to risk his life, but refused permission to come to the uk.
a five—year—old boy from afghanistan who recently arrived in britain with with his familyjust a few days ago has died in an accident at a hotel in sheffield. the family had been staying there after fleeing the taliban. our correspondentjudith moritz is in sheffield for us tonight. what more do we know about this? this is a terribly sad story. little mohammed munib majeedi had only been in the uk for a short time, he fled the taliban with his parents and his four siblings and we understand the five—year—old's father worked for the british embassy in kabul and the family was eligible to be brought over here with the official home office refugee scheme for government employees and interpreters and support staff. they had spent a couple of weeks in covid quarantine in manchester before being brought over to sheffield, just a few days ago, and placed in this hotel, and little mohammed munib majeedi was in
an upstairs bedroom with his mother when he fell out yesterday afternoon. the home office said it was not made aware of any safety concerns at this hotel before the tragedy but since it happened, it has moved people out for their well—being, and the whole of this hotel had been at —— leased by the home office for housing people who had fled afghanistan, and the hotel chain, the owners, they have not responded to any of our approaches for comment. the refugee council has said there should be an urgent review of the standard of accommodation offered to refugees coming overfrom accommodation offered to refugees coming over from afghanistan. accommodation offered to refugees coming overfrom afghanistan. there will be serious questions now for the home office to answer about what steps were ta ken to the home office to answer about what steps were taken to make sure the safety here for vulnerable families, whether this was suitable for children, especially after there has been months of criticism of the home
office for substandard accommodation, people have said, for asylum seekers and refugees, who have been housed in barracks and holiday hotels elsewhere. judith moritz, thanks forjoining us. the foreign secretary, dominic raab, has rejected calls to resign, after being accused of a "catastrophic failure ofjudgment" in his handling of the afghan crisis. he's been criticised by opposition parties, after it was reported that he failed to follow advice while on holiday, to call his afghan counterpart last friday, to discuss evacuations. the defence secretary, ben wallace, says such a phone call wouldn't have made any difference. our political correspondent ben wright reports. a potentially life—saving flight as the rescue continues. up to ten planes per day are carrying british nationals and afghan evacuees from the chaos of kabul to the uk. i spoke to a uk resident of afghan origin — we'll call her sara — who is waiting to hear if her father
and otherfamily have made it out. the practicalities of the situation are different than what the instructions want. i completely appreciate that there is efforts being made to have, you are saying tens of flights landing every day and whatnot, it's not as easy as, oh, we'll land the plane, you get there, job done — it's just not that simple, unfortunately. there's now a rush to leave, and according to a report in the daily mail, government officials asked the foreign secretary, dominic raab, on friday to urgently call his afghan opposite number in order to arrange help for afghans who worked for the uk. mr raab was not at his usual desk — he was on holiday in crete, and the call was delegated to a junior minister instead. labour said he should be sacked or quit. the idea that the foreign secretary wouldn't pick up the phone as the taliban were advancing and standing at the gates of kabul to see what we could do to help and to prevent afghanistan descending into a base for terror again seems
to me to be extraordinary. but today mr raab shrugged off the calls to go. are you going to resign, mr raab? no. that was a no, and a cabinet colleague came to mr raab�*s defence. the only problem last week was not a phone call to an afghan government that was melting away and had almost or didn't have any leverage. the number one challenge at the end of last week was whether the airport would continue to fly out, allow planes to fly out, and those people that we were getting out, would they be allowed to get out. that was the number one call, the only thing that mattered. dominic raab insists he was working hard on holiday, getting back to britain in the early hours of monday — after the taliban had captured kabul. one phone call might not have changed anything, but it adds to the picture of a government blindsided by events and slow to catch up. today mr raab chaired talks
with the g7 and other countries. this signal wasn't subtle. but there is cross—party anger at what's happened in afghanistan, and the foreign secretary is feeling the flak. ben wright, bbc news, westminster. the biggest survey of covid infection in the uk has found that both the pfizer and astrazeneca vaccines are still offering good protection against the delta variant, the dominant strain in the uk. but researchers also found that fully vaccinated adults can harbour virus levels as high as those who are unvaccinated if infected with the delta variant. here's our medical editor, fergus walsh. 16—year—olds in newcastle were taking up the offer of a covid vaccine today, ahead of returning to school and college. new research shows the younger you are, the more durable the protection from the vaccine, and for now they are being offered only a single dose. analysis of pcr tests from more
than a third of a million volunteers has shown the delta variant is more able to cause infection in fully immunised adults than previous strains. the study found that two doses of the pfizer vaccine initially gave more than 90% protection against symptomatic covid infection, compared to around 70% for the oxford—astrazeneca jab. but over the course of three months, the protection offered by the pfizer jab fell significantly, whereas that of the astrazeneca vaccine remained more stable. the researchers believe that both vaccines will offer similar and still significant protection at around four to five months and it's worth stressing that the vaccines give very strong protection against severe covid illness. the study also showed that double vaccinated adults harboured the same levels of virus if they get infected
with delta as unvaccinated people. what that means is they definitely have the potential to pass that virus on to other people, and so it's really important to take precautions. if you do get covid, despite being vaccinated, don't assume you can't pass it on. so what does all this mean for third booster doses, which ministers are planning to roll out for the over—50s from next month? the scientists who will make the final decision say it is still up in the air. we do need to know that there are people who actually need boosting. we would want to avoid getting into a situation where we were giving boosters on a just—in—case basis, because you could end up being locked into a position of really not knowing whether your boosters were required or who or when they were needed. but israel is already offering booster doses to the over—50s in a bid to curb a huge spike in infections. other wealthy nations plan to folllow suit, even while most poorer countries
have barely started protecting the most vulnerable. fergus walsh, bbc news. the government's latest coronavirus figures show there were over 36,500 new infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period, which means, on average, there were more than 30,000 new cases per day in the last week. 6,379 people are currently in hospital with the virus. 113 deaths were recorded in the past 2a hours, with an average of 96 a day in the past week. on vaccinations, 87.3% adults in the uk have now had their firstjab. that's now measured as the percentage of those aged 16 and over in the population. it was previously measured as a percentage of over—18s. 75.7% of adults have had two jabs. let's take a look at some of the day's other top stories.
the number of people waiting for non—urgent hospital treatment in wales has hit an all—time high. injune, there were 624,000 on waiting lists. that's around 20% of the population. those needing orthopaedic or trauma treatment had the longest wait. a coroner has formally opened the inquests into the deaths of the five victims of the mass shooting in plymouth a week ago. in a short hearing, details were given of the fatal injuries inflicted by 22—year—old jake davison, who turned his weapon on himself. bbc understands a power—sharing agreement between the snp and the could be announced tomorrow. the deal could take the greens into national government for the first time anywhere in the uk. an agreement is likely to stop short of agreement is likely to stop short of a full coalition. the former manchester united and scotland striker denis law, who's 81, has revealed he's been diagnosed with alzheimer's disease. he says he'll be doing his best
to tackle the condition and hopes to be able to continue watching manchester united at old trafford for as long as he's able. the supermarket chain morrisons is the subject of a bidding war between rival american investors. tonight a private equity firm in new york has made a bid valueing the supermarket chain atjust over £7 billion. morrisons board is now recommending to it shareholders over a rival £6.7 billion offer from a consortium in california. morrisons is just the latest british company targeted by foreign investors. our business editor, simonjack, has more details. morrisons was founded by william morrison in 1899 in bradford — a city where it still has its headquarters. for 50 years, it was run by his son, sir ken morrison. you need good suppliers, and you need loyal customers. a retailer with its heart and soul in the north of england and the biggest producer of fresh food in the uk is now the subject
of a bidding war between two private us—based buyers. why? these are very interesting, huge businesses, massive employers that take a load of cash every single week, 52 weeks of the year, cos we all need to eat. and what there is in this business is a little bit more than the normal supermarket. they make and sell food, not just to themselves but to other people, and there also are huge opportunities through a deal they've done with amazon. so morrisons is perhaps not quite what you expect. morrisons is not the only uk company in international buyers' baskets. defence contractor meggitt, which specialises in aerospace, and ultra, which supplies submarine and missile technology, are also being targeted by multi—million pound international bids. the numbers are startling. even before you count morrisons, meggitt and ultra, foreign private buyers have spent more money buying uk listed companies in the last eight months than they have in the last five years combined. so should we be worried when public
companies fall into private hands? the sums are large now, they certainly are competing with the public equity markets, the public debt markets. to me, competition is a good thing. so some companies will leave the markets, others will come in. i think it's important that we have this dynamic movement, and i think competition between capital is a great thing, it's a great thing for business builders. but others think there should be wider tests of the public interest in takeover battles. where the british companies might be more vulnerable from takeovers that aren't in that long—term interest and don't demonstrably make those commitments to jobs, to pension schemes, to supply chains, that there is a means by which the public—interest test could be judged and met. british companies look cheap to international investors. the uk economy was among the hardest hit by covid, and the pound has never regained its pre—brexit value. some people say bids like these highlight the value of and confidence in uk plc, but companies bought this way have to pay off the debts used to buy them,
and ultimately decisions about theirfuture might be made in new york or los angeles, rather than here in bradford. the government plans to expand its powers to intervene in takeovers and to increase the scrutiny of private firms, but that hasn't so far stopped a rush of foreign buyers to the checkout. simonjack, bbc news, bradford. a global campaign described as a game—changer has been launched to improve the lives of more than one billion disabled people. wethe15 wants to improve inclusion in society and end discrimination of disabled people around the world. the international pa ralympic committee the international paralympic committee has joined the the international paralympic committee hasjoined the campaign ahead of next week's delayed tokyo 2020 paralympic games. the leicester cobras used to play every week, but like many other things, the pandemic put a stop to that. for players sam and ray, off—the—court challenges
as disabled people remain. there's still steps everywhere, there's still not enough access or facilities when you get to the place where you need to go. i have been discriminated against — in employment, in general, in going about your daily life. it was hoped that london 2012 would be a turning point for disability awareness in the uk. some who won medals at those games say that, nine years on, despite a higher profile, disability rights is still heavily dependent on access to resources. i would go up and down schools in the uk with the message — it doesn't matter if you have an artificial leg, you can do anything. and about five years into that, i realised, gosh, that's not true. the reality is if you have a disability and a good chunk of money, you can do everything. what we are lacking unfortunately in different parts of the world is money and investment and a commitment that everybody should be able to fulfil their potential.
you are superheroes. really? a new campaign led by the international paralympic committee is aiming to highlight and tackle the issues faced by the world's1 billion disabled people — 15% of the global population. called wethe15, the campaign brings together a host of international organisations across business, culture and sport. it is beyond sport. we want to tackle employment, we want to tackle poor mobility, changing legislation in nations at an international level. how do you ensure that that momentum is kept up and gives us lasting change in seven, eight, nine, ten years from now? we cannot rely only on the paralympics. if we rely only on the paralympics, we will have a limited impact. that's why we need the business sector, employment, access to education. it is only a few days until the tokyo paralympics get under way, but measuring whether this campaign brings about change may take longer.
this awareness needs to go down to every day, not just, oh yes, we've had the paralympics, very good, and then, you know, we all go back into wherever it is they think we go. paul carter, bbc news. the women's open golf championship has got under way at carnoustie. a big increase in prize money means this year the winner will take home nearly £500,000. jo currie reports. the women's open at carnoustie on scotland's east coast — the final major of the year and, with an increase in prize money, now the most lucrative tournament. fresh from her olympic gold medal in tokyo, all eyes were on world number one nelly korda. and she didn't disappoint, as eight birdies saw her shoot into an early lead. will it hold its line? it wilt _ last year's surprise winner,
sophia popov, started well. but then this — carnoustie by name, carnasty by nature. she battled back, though, to finish on par. the british players have mostly struggled, but not former champion georgia hall. she shone on day one, at one point topping the leaderboard, but now one stroke off the pace. level with scotland's louise duncan, an amateur taking her moment on the big stage. well, she's within the lead as well. at the head of the field are south korea's sei young kim and sweden's madelene sagstrom, both on five under par, and up there level with them, ominously poised, is korda. jo currie, bbc news. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night. pretty cloudy day for most of us today. there have been a few good breaks here and there was some sunshine breaking through. there hello again. it's been another pretty cloudy day for most of us today. there have been a few breaks here and there.
a bit of sunshine poking through. but the thickest cloud was across northern england where it turned quite wet for a time. to the west we have low pressure lurking and these weather fronts will be spreading rain are way over the next few days. here's the forecast then. overnight, for most it is a dry night but we will keep a lot of cloud and a few mist patches are possible as well. temperatures ten to 1a degrees. tomorrow, this rain is going to fairly quickly move quickly eastwards, reaching northern ireland with the rain turning heavier and steadier through the day. further east for scotland and england, there is a better chance of seeing breaks in the cloud and some sunshine for a time. we may hold onto some of that sunshine for northern scotland and across parts of eastern england, east wales and into the afternoon. at the same time, for northwest england, west scotland and probably the north—west of wales. thicker cloud is on the way, with rain in the afternoon.
the headlines: a un document seen by the bbc says the taliban are intensifying their hunt for people who worked for nato and us forces. it warns the militants are arresting or threatening family members of targets, unless they surrender themselves. the us says it's evacuated 7000 people from kabul in the five days since the taliban takeover. as people scramble to leave the country, the un refugee agency warns of a looming humanitarian crisis. there's mounting anger in haiti as aid agencies struggle to reach some of the areas worst hit by saturday's earthquake. over 2000 people were killed. the authorities in washington dc have arrested a man who threatened to detonate a bomb near the us capitol. police said they don't know the man's motives.