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this is bbc news, with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk the united states has carried out an air strike in the afghan capital kabul. us officials say missile targeted a suicide bomber in a vehicle who was aiming to carry out an attack on kabul airport. 20 years after being sent in — the last british troops have left afghanistan — along with diplomats and officials, have now left kabul airport. the effort has been frankly truly humbling to see the hours worked, the exhaustion painted on people's faces, so we tried our best. forecasters warn a storm approaching louisiana could be more powerful than hurricane katrina which devastated new orleans 16 years ago.
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a dilemma for doctors — a severe shortage of test tubes in the uk leaves gps with difficult choices about which patients get blood tests. great britain claims a historic first paralympic medal in wheelchair rugby, after storming to gold with a superb win over three—time champions the united states. we'll be speaking to one of the teams family just after 5:15pm. hello, and welcome to bbc news. the united states have carried out an air strike in the afghan capital of kabul. a missile launched from a drone — targeted a suicide bomber in a vehicle — who was aiming to carry out an attack at kabul airport.
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these are the latest pictures we have from the afghan capital. speaking to the bbc�*s us partner network cbs news — a military official said "we are confident we hit "the target we were aiming for." with the latest — here's our washington correspondent nomia iqbal. they say it was to eliminate the threat of isis k. the threat was on the airport itself. i've got the statement here from the united states' central command. they describe it as a "self—defence, unmanned, over the horizon air strike," so a drone strike. and they say they're confident they successfully hit the target. they are checking to see if there were any civilian casualties. but they say that there's no indications of that at this time. we don't know if they eliminated the threat that they warned us of yesterday, when they said that isis k could strike in the next 24—36 hours.
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the statement ends by saying that they are remaining vigilant for any future potential threats, which just underlines how seriously america is taking this. they have said that isis k remains a very real threat as they wind up their evacuation mission. and, nomia, a very sombre day for the us as the bodies of the 13 servicemembers who were killed in the attack at the airport on thursday are returned home. that's right. this is going to be one of the toughest days for president biden, because remember, this is not what he wanted. he did not want to see american troops returning home in coffins. and later on here, around about noon eastern time, there will be the dignified transfer. this is basically the official process in which fallen troops are honoured. and it will take place in the state of delaware, which is around about two hours from here in dc. it's actuallyjoe biden's home state. he will be with his wife,
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the first lady, jill biden. we understand he will meet the families of the 13 servicemembers that died. and we're hearing a lot more about the 13 of them. nearly all of them were in their early 20s. all of them were children when 9/11 happened in 2001, which triggered the war in afghanistan. they weren't there to fight, though — they were there to help. and we've seen images — many of them had put photos on instagram, talking about how much they loved theirjob. but as i say, this is a gut—punch to mr biden. he wanted out of afghanistan. and i think today will be a very hard task for him, because it's the first time that he will oversee a dignified transfer since becoming president. nomia iqbal reporting. borisjohnson has vowed to use all the political, economic and diplomatic levers available to put pressure on the taliban to maintain women's rights and stop afghanistan becoming an incubator for global terror.
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he was speaking after the last british soldiers, diplomats and civil servants left kabul. our political correspondent jessica parker reports. landing back in the uk, one of the last british planes to leave kabul. these troops widely praised. they helped evacuate more than 15,000 people. that as the taliban took over. borisjohnson says the government will engage alongside allies with the regime the uk helped topple 20 years ago, in a statement released by downing street this morning. if the new regime in kabul wants diplomatic recognition or to unlock the billions that are currently frozen, they will have to ensure safe passage for those who wish to leave the country, to respect the rights of women and girls, to prevent afghanistan from again becoming an incubator for global terror. thousands got out, british nationals and afghans who worked with the uk. but hundreds have been left behind, some say many more. i don't think there is a single
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person deployed forward, whether the thousand or so in kabul or the many hundreds of others drawn across from her majesty's government in the middle east or back here who could have given more in the last two and two and half weeks. the effort has been frankly truly humbling to see the hours worked, the exhaustion painted on people's faces. we tried our best. we have absolutely tried our best. government sources insist they are ramping up efforts to try and establish safe routes out via border countries such as pakistan. the journey ahead looks complicated. when i spoke to officials from the pakistani government in the last couple of days, there was an element of pessimism about how much pakistan is going to be able to do. they have 3 million afghan refugees already in the country.
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it was 2001 in the aftermath of 9/11 that british troops arrived as part of a us led mission. a57 uk personnel lost their lives. not in vain says borisjohnson. 20 years on, a hasty withdrawl and claims that has damaged britain's standing in the world. because we got this so wrong, if when we go to another country to intervene, the people who work with us, the local civilians work with us, what confidence will they have that we will stand by them? our words might seem quite empty now. that is a tragedy and we are going to have to work really hard in the world to restore our reputation so people will trust us and work with us in the future. disembarking at brize norton in oxfordshire, the british ambassador to afghanistan. there is no embassy there any more. he will soon head up operations out of qatar. this is history but not as many would have wanted it.
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jessica parker, bbc news. flights bringing british troops and officials out of afhanistan have out of afghanistan have been arriving back at raf brize norton today. our correspondent, simonjones, is there. the british military operation in afghanistan that lasted just short of 20 years is at an end. the operation over the last couple of weeks, frantic operation to get british people and afghan allies out of the country, that too is at an end. it was seen very much here this morning at raf brize norton when a plane charged down —— touched down just before 8:30am bringing back 250 military personnel and diplomatic staff from the region. we do expect more flights later on today from the region but it is very clear that the operation in afghanistan is at an end. it was seen pretty symbolically here on the airfield when the uk
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ambassador to afghanistan walk down the steps of the aircraft. he is in effect homeless now because the embassy in afghanistan has been shut. it will be relocated to qatar. he said on the tarmac that he hoped eventually the uk would be able to reopen an embassy in kabul but the timetable of that is not at all clear. he also said the past couple of weeks, getting people out of the country had been intense, extraordinary, he paid tribute to the foreign office, the border force and the military who have been involved. he also wanted to say that the people of afghanistan who have been left behind should not be forgotten. there are thought to be a potentially around 1000 people who have been unable to get out to our eligible to come to the uk. opposition members have said they think the number is far higher than that. so it will now work in the
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coming weeks and months in a phase two of the operation to try and bring those who are eligible to the uk but there is a great deal of uncertainty about that. one thing that struck me today from the pictures this morning is that there was no sense of celebration ceremony at the end of this operation. the feeling here is rather sombre but although the troops are now out ultimately there is still much work to do in the country, work there will be difficult without a military presence there.— will be difficult without a military resence there. ,, ., ., , ., , presence there. simon, and you very much. presence there. simon, and you very much- simon — presence there. simon, and you very much. simon jones _ presence there. simon, and you very much. simon jones at _ presence there. simon, and you very much. simon jones at raf _ presence there. simon, and you very much. simon jones at raf brize - much. simonjones at raf brize norton. the government has been facing criticism after reports that thousands of emails sent to the foreign office from those eligible for evacuation from afghanistan were left unread for days. the observer revealed a foreign office e—mail inbox collating cases from mps and others regularly had 5,000 unread e—mails through the week. we can now speak to the labour mp for bristol west, thangham debbonaire. thank you forjoining us this
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evening. what type of messages where you receiving and what volume of messages where you receiving with regards to afghanistan and the situation there?— situation there? from afghan constituents _ situation there? from afghan constituents and _ situation there? from afghan constituents and people - situation there? from afghan constituents and people in i constituents and people in afghanistan and people with relatives in afghanistan and people who already had a family reunion visa who are trying to get out, hundreds. my caseworkers have been working round—the—clock to try and get people out. if you are talking about what messages i was receiving from the home office, absolutely minimal. i from the home office, absolutely minimal. . , from the home office, absolutely minimal. ., , ., , from the home office, absolutely minimal. ., , ., ~ minimal. i was actually talking about the messages _ minimal. i was actually talking about the messages from - minimal. i was actually talking i about the messages from people minimal. i was actually talking - about the messages from people in afghanistan or people acting on their behalf. clearly all of those scenarios, as you have outlined. yes, absolutely desperate all of them. heartbreaking and really upsetting. we don't have the luxury of being upset, we have to work hard
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for these people but people who are in dire straits, he put their lives on the line, who have worked in women's rights, politics, journalism as well as ordinary afghans who are just living in fear of the taliban. people that have a legal right to be here and people who have been working with the uk government should be here by now. it is disgraceful and there's been so many e—mails to the foreign office from mps, from mps! they're trying to help people have a rightful need to... 50 help people have a rightful need to," ,., help people have a rightful need to... ., , to... so you say that it has been minimal from _ to... so you say that it has been minimal from the _ to... so you say that it has been minimal from the foreign - to... so you say that it has been| minimal from the foreign office. minimalfrom the foreign office. yes, in response to hundreds of
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e—mails of hundreds of people i have received nothing. my team and i as well as so many other mps across the country, have been following the meagre advice we have been given but it has mostly been too little, too late, very confusing and often changing day by day. i understand it is a difficult situation and i pay tribute to the armed forces and consulate staff on the ground. but the government has had 18 months to plan for this departure. they knew that there was people desperate to be given protection from the uk and have been clamouring for it and they don't seem to be planning even now because we still don't know what the new resettlement scheme will look like when it will be announced. meanwhile, i and like when it will be announced. meanwhile, iand my like when it will be announced. meanwhile, i and my colleagues and our caseworker getting desperate e—mails from people still in afghanistan. we have no idea what to
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do. ~ ., ., . afghanistan. we have no idea what to do. . ., ., . ., afghanistan. we have no idea what to do. ., ., . do. what advice he giving to people in a situation? _ do. what advice he giving to people in a situation? either _ do. what advice he giving to people in a situation? either to _ do. what advice he giving to people in a situation? either to those - in a situation? either to those directly in afghanistan or their relatives desperately trying to help them? and in a practical level what are you able to do at this stage? now they are faced of a choice of staying put in kabul staying put reveller living afghanistan or trying to make their way to a border crossing. it trying to make their way to a border crossinu. , ., , , ., trying to make their way to a border crossin.. , ., , , ., . ., . crossing. it is a desperate choice. as recently _ crossing. it is a desperate choice. as recently as _ crossing. it is a desperate choice. as recently as last _ crossing. it is a desperate choice. as recently as last thursday, - as recently as last thursday, the secretary of defence told mps in many cases it might be safer for civilians to make their way to the border. that advice has been reversed. we have no idea where the said point of crossing are at the borders. i have tried contacting the united nations high commission to get more information. i have not had the government tell me where is the
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safe right across the border. what practical things can i do? we're trying to get as much information as we can about family numbers and make sure we have the information so we can get them resettled as quickly as possible. in the meantime we are keeping in touch with people and reassuring them that we will let them know what work there is. on the political side, them know what work there is. on the politicalside, is them know what work there is. on the political side, is in opposition, we are holding this government to account. the government urgently needs to follow through on boris johnson's promise. he promised there would be a plan, doesn't seem to be one. that plan needs to in lead safe corridors to refugee centres, working with our allies in the region, using the leveraged that we have which is billions of pounds of afghan money in foreign bank accounts which we can use is leveraged. we need to
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—— and please tell us mps what to do to help a family reunions. jae to help a family reunions. joe biden's national security adviser was saying today that the taliban has said to the us that they will offer safe passage to any american or anyone else trying to leave afghanistan. what leaders are being used by the uk government as far as you are aware to get the same guarantees for uk nationals are afghans who have work with the uk? if only we knew. on friday there was a letter from the if only we knew. on friday there was a letterfrom the home if only we knew. on friday there was a letter from the home secretary and foreign secretary which said nothing. our prime minister has had those sorts of discussions but we have no idea whether there will be a safe route of exit. we don't know it will apply to uk citizens or relatives of uk citizens. we simply don't know. this is an absolute
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disgrace from this government that they failed to plan, they have known for months it would have been 31st of august. theyjust had to work back about what they were going to do and at what point. the stories today in the papers say they haven't even been able to respond to mp queries in their own e—mails. even been able to respond to mp queries in their own e-mails. labour mp for bristol _ queries in their own e-mails. labour mp for bristol west, _ queries in their own e-mails. labour mp for bristol west, thank - queries in their own e-mails. labour mp for bristol west, thank you - queries in their own e-mails. labour mp for bristol west, thank you very | mp for bristol west, thank you very much for your time this afternoon. some news that the former president of the international olympic committee has died at the age of 79. thomas bach says that first and foremostjacques thomas bach says that first and foremost jacques loved sport and that he was an accomplished
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president, helping to modernise and transform the olympic committee. the headlines on bbc news... the united states has carried out an air strike in the afghan capital kabul. us officials say missile targeted a suicide bomber in a vehicle who was aiming to carry out an attack on kabul airport 20 years after being sent in — the last british troops have left afghanistan — the last uk troops, along with diplomats and officials, have now left kabul airport. forecasters warn a storm approaching louisiana could be more powerful than hurricane katrina which devastated new orleans sixteen years ago.
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let's talk about the paralympics — where great britain secured a tense 54—49 victory over the usa to win their first wheelchair rugby gold at a paralympic games. joining me now isjo cowling, wife of ryan cowling who's part of that paralympics gb team, and his daughters amelia and eleanor, too. lovely to have you with us. what an exciting and happy day for you all. have you spoken to ryan? yes. exciting and happy day for you all. have you spoken to ryan? yes, they did a face as — have you spoken to ryan? yes, they did a face as they _ have you spoken to ryan? yes, they did a face as they were _ have you spoken to ryan? yes, they did a face as they were leaving - have you spoken to ryan? yes, they did a face as they were leaving the i did a face as they were leaving the stadium to go back to the accommodation. he was very happy and very emotional. what accommodation. he was very happy and very emotional-— very emotional. what did you say to each other? — very emotional. what did you say to each other? just _ very emotional. what did you say to each other? just wow, _ very emotional. what did you say to each other? just wow, it _ very emotional. what did you say to each other? just wow, it is - very emotional. what did you say to | each other? just wow, it is amazing, he was very — each other? just wow, it is amazing, he was very choked _ each other? just wow, it is amazing, he was very choked up _ each other? just wow, it is amazing, he was very choked up and _ each other? just wow, it is amazing, l he was very choked up and struggling to talk. so very emotional. millie and eleanor. _ to talk. so very emotional. millie and eleanor, how— to talk. so very emotional. millie and eleanor, how proud - to talk. so very emotional. millie and eleanor, how proud of-
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to talk. so very emotional. millie and eleanor, how proud of you i to talk. so very emotional. millie and eleanor, how proud of you are —— how proud are you of your dad? so much. it doesn't feel real. the fact that he _ much. it doesn't feel real. the fact that he has— much. it doesn't feel real. the fact that he has actually done it and the team _ that he has actually done it and the team just _ that he has actually done it and the team just did insane today. and eleanor, team just did insane today. fific eleanor, perhaps it team just did insane today. fific eleanor, perhaps it won't feel team just did insane today. e"ic eleanor, perhaps it won't feel real until he gets home and you hold that meadow in your hands?— until he gets home and you hold that meadow in your hands? probably not. it 'ust feels meadow in your hands? probably not. it just feels so — meadow in your hands? probably not. itjust feels so unrealistic. _ meadow in your hands? probably not. itjust feels so unrealistic. it - it just feels so unrealistic. it just— it just feels so unrealistic. it just doesn't _ it just feels so unrealistic. it just doesn't feel— it just feels so unrealistic. it just doesn't feel like... - it just feels so unrealistic. it just doesn't feel like... youi it just feels so unrealistic. it - just doesn't feel like... you don't actually— just doesn't feel like... you don't actually know_ just doesn't feel like... you don't actually know that _ just doesn't feel like... you don't actually know that they— just doesn't feel like... you don't actually know that they have - just doesn't feel like... you don'ti actually know that they have done just doesn't feel like... you don't. actually know that they have done it until they _ actually know that they have done it until they have _ actually know that they have done it until they have actually— actually know that they have done it until they have actually done - actually know that they have done it until they have actually done it. - actually know that they have done it until they have actually done it. it . until they have actually done it. it is until they have actually done it. it must— until they have actually done it. it isjust so— until they have actually done it. it is just so amazing _ until they have actually done it. it is just so amazing that _ until they have actually done it. it is just so amazing that they - until they have actually done it. it is just so amazing that they havel is just so amazing that they have done _ is just so amazing that they have done it — is just so amazing that they have done it i— is just so amazing that they have done it i am _ is just so amazing that they have done it. i am so _ is just so amazing that they have done it. i am so proud _ is just so amazing that they have done it. i am so proud of- is just so amazing that they have done it. i am so proud of them. i done it. i am so proud of them. there's— done it. i am so proud of them. there's been— done it. i am so proud of them. there's been a _ done it. i am so proud of them. there's been a lot _ done it. i am so proud of them. there's been a lot of— done it. i am so proud of them. there's been a lot of tenacity . done it. i am so proud of them. j there's been a lot of tenacity to get to this point, has there, joe? the sport lost the funding after rio and they only got it back i think six months ago so there has been a lot of hard work and uncertainty in
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this process. just give us a sense of who ryan is on the level of determination he has to get to this point to winter paralympic gold and beat —— and winner paralympic gold and beat the current champions in the us. b. and beat the current champions in the us. �* ., ., ., ., ~ ., the us. a lot of hard work and determination, _ the us. a lot of hard work and determination, sacrifices, - the us. a lot of hard work and determination, sacrifices, hel the us. a lot of hard work and | determination, sacrifices, he is constantly training, constantly away from home. when he is home he is off training. he is always at the gym, always doing something related to rugby. and he sacrifices everything, really. rugby. and he sacrifices everything, reall . ~ ., ~ rugby. and he sacrifices everything, reall. ., ,, really. what was it like actually watchinu really. what was it like actually watching the — really. what was it like actually watching the match? _ really. what was it like actually watching the match? it - really. what was it like actually watching the match? it was - really. what was it like actually watching the match? it was so | really. what was it like actually - watching the match? it was so hard. i ke -t watching the match? it was so hard. i kept thinking. _ watching the match? it was so hard. i kept thinking, "that _ watching the match? it was so hard. i kept thinking, "that is _ watching the match? it was so hard. i kept thinking, "that is my - watching the match? it was so hard. i kept thinking, "that is my dad - watching the match? it was so hard. i kept thinking, "that is my dad on | i kept thinking, "that is my dad on the tv! _ i kept thinking, "that is my dad on the tv! " _ i kept thinking, "that is my dad on the tv! " were— i kept thinking, "that is my dad on the tv! " were you _ i kept thinking, "that is my dad on the tv! " were you putting - i kept thinking, "that is my dad on the tv! " were you putting your. i kept thinking, "that is my dad on i the tv! " were you putting your hand in front— the tv! " were you putting your hand in front of— the tv! " were you putting your hand in front of your — the tv! " were you putting your hand in front of your face? _ the tv! " were you putting your hand in front of your face?— in front of your face? could you not watch at times? _ in front of your face? could you not watch at times? sometimes - in front of your face? could you not watch at times? sometimes i - in front of your face? could you not watch at times? sometimes i was l watch at times? sometimes i was like, "i
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watch at times? sometimes i was like. "i cannot— watch at times? sometimes i was like, "i cannot watch _ watch at times? sometimes i was like, "i cannot watch this. - watch at times? sometimes i was like, "i cannot watch this. it - watch at times? sometimes i was like, "i cannot watch this. it is - like, "i cannot watch this. it is so tense _ like, "i cannot watch this. it is so tense " — like, "i cannot watch this. it is so tense " it — like, "i cannot watch this. it is so tense. " it is amazing what is doing and i_ tense. " it is amazing what is doing and i can't — tense. " it is amazing what is doing and i can't believe it was my dad on tv. �* and i can't believe it was my dad on tv. and eleanor, when is your dad home? when _ tv. and eleanor, when is your dad home? when you _ tv. and eleanor, when is your dad home? when you expect - tv. and eleanor, when is your dad home? when you expect him - tv. and eleanor, when is your dad home? when you expect him backj tv. and eleanor, when is your dad - home? when you expect him back from tokyo? home? when you expect him back from to 0? , . , ., home? when you expect him back from to 0? _ , , home? when you expect him back from to 0? _ , ., , tokyo? this wednesday or thursday so in a few days- — tokyo? this wednesday or thursday so in a few days. and _ tokyo? this wednesday or thursday so in a few days. and they _ tokyo? this wednesday or thursday so in a few days. and they are _ tokyo? this wednesday or thursday so in a few days. and they are planning i in a few days. and they are planning a -a ? in a few days. and they are planning a party? who _ in a few days. and they are planning a party? who knows?! _ in a few days. and they are planning a party? who knows?! i _ in a few days. and they are planning a party? who knows?! i need - in a few days. and they are planning a party? who knows?! i need to - in a few days. and they are planning a party? who knows?! i need to get| a party? who knows?! i need to get toda over a party? who knows?! i need to get today over and _ a party? who knows?! i need to get today over and have _ a party? who knows?! i need to get today over and have a _ a party? who knows?! i need to get today over and have a breather- today over and have a breather first, i think! today over and have a breather first, ithink! i today over and have a breather first, ithink!— today over and have a breather first, ithink! first, i think! i think you should [an first, i think! i think you should plan some _ first, i think! i think you should plan some sort _ first, i think! i think you should plan some sort of— first, i think! i think you should plan some sort of celebration! | plan some sort of celebration! definitely something. we will have a think about that tomorrow. bud definitely something. we will have a think about that tomorrow. and what has r an think about that tomorrow. and what has ryan said — think about that tomorrow. and what has ryan said about _ think about that tomorrow. and what has ryan said about the _ think about that tomorrow. and what has ryan said about the experience | has ryan said about the experience of being in tokyo without any of his family members and without anyone he would have ideally liked to have had with him for the games? it will would have ideally liked to have had with him for the games?— with him for the games? it will be very different _ with him for the games? it will be very different experience - with him for the games? it will be very different experience to - with him for the games? it will be very different experience to what l very different experience to what they have had before because we have all been there supporting them are cheering them on during the matches.
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it is very different and even just the experience of being in the paralympic has been very different because they have been able to mix and do what they usually do. but desite and do what they usually do. but despite that what a brilliant result. congratulations to ryan. joe, amelia and eleanor, thank you so much for talking to us and roll on thursday when he comes home! sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. here's gavin.. what an amazing winter that wheelchair rugby team. —— an amazing win. wheelchair rugby team. -- an amazing win. �* , , �* �* , wheelchair rugby team. -- an amazing win. absolutely. and it's been amazinu win. absolutely. and it's been amazing for — win. absolutely. and it's been amazing for the _ win. absolutely. and it's been amazing for the paralympic i win. absolutely. and it's been - amazing for the paralympic team. they won seven gold medals on day
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five of the paralympic games in tokyo. hannah cockcroft added another title to her collection. that's six over three games. it was her third consecutive t34 100m crown as she bettered her own world record with a time of 16.39 seconds. the wheelchair rugby team claimed a historic victory in their final, as we heard, beating the united states 54—49. lee pearson increased his personal haul to 13 paralympic golds as he combined with natasha baker and sophie wells to retain the para—equestrian team title. there were two rowing golds for pr2 mixed double sculls pair and the pr3 mixed coxed four team, successfully defended their titles. chris skelley won the judo 100kg final. and lauren steadman took gold in the triathlon saying victory was redemption for her after getting silverfive years ago. it feels fantastic i remember seeing in beijing some phenomenal performances from athletes, then i went to london and finished sixth and then in rio i got the silver. so getting the gold medal today is the
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icing on the cake. it took four paralympics but i finally got there. it hasn't sunk in yet but it feels amazing. i can't even describe it. it is a speechless kind of feeling. tottenham are the early leaders in the premier league — they're the only side with a 100% winning record, after beating watford this afternoon. it's just the second time in the last 12 seasons they've won their first three league games. nuno espirito santo's side are yet to concede a goal too. they won 1—0 today, thanks to son heung—min's free kick in the first half. harry kane made his first premier league start of the season — as spurs lead the way, on 9 points, going into the international break. it is a perfect start. we should enjoy this moment. we go to the international break and then we will come back with a strong energy and positive energy and that is what we need. we started really well for the three games but that is not all. we have a long season to go and we have to prepare well for the coming season. burnley had to settle for a point
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after conceding a late goal at home to leeds, chris wood put the hosts ahead in the second half. they looked set to claim all three points before patrick bamford snatched the equaliser for leeds to leave the final score 1—1. nchester united are at wolves. that game isjust coming up to half—time. it is 0-0. in scotland, rangers have now made it seven derbies without defeat after beating celtic at ibrox this morning. filip helander scored the only goal of the game in the first old firm match in front of fans since 2019. nesta mcgregor was watching. a lunchtime kick—off at ibrox with all the key ingredients. two teams in rangers and celtic, 130 years of footballing rivalry, 50,000 or so loud and passionate fans. mix together well and keep a close watch.
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it has been known to boil over in a flash. the first decent chance fell to celtic but striker eduoard missed it. rangers are current champions and the closest they came was this chance. brushing the post for but the key moment was served up just after the hour mark. a thumping headerfrom central defender philip helender. rangers without their manager steven gerard because of the covid outbreak held onto all three points in a game that never fails to whet the footballing appetite. two other games in scotland to tell you about — aberdeen are fourth after coming back to get a 1—1 draw with ross county. st mirren and stjohnstone
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was goal—less. that's all the sport for now. the number of new covid cases reported in scotland has hit another record high of 7,113. the figure tops the previous high of 6,835 which was recorded on friday. it comes as health secretary humza yousaf warned the nhs was facing a "perfect storm" of pressure. a health trust in northern ireland has reported the emergency department is under extreme pressure. the ulster hospital emergency department tweeted that they were extremely busy. meanwhile the southern trust has issued a similar warning —saying covid—19 is significantly adding to bed pressures in the hospital. let's take a look at the latest coronavirus figures across the uk. a further 33,196 people have tested positive for the virus — a further 61 people have died within 28 days of a positive test —
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and a total 78.4% of the population have now received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine. a shortage of blood tubes means gps are having to make difficult choices about who gets blood tests, the british medical association has warned. the bma said shortages across hospitals and gp surgeries were "severe" and if the nhs did not reduce usage in the coming days even the most clinically important blood tests may be at risk. the department of health said it is working to restore normal supply and there continues to be stock in place. tens of thousands of people are fleeing for safety from the us state of louisiana as a powerful hurricane gets closer. hurricane ida is expected on make landfall this evening with winds expected to top 130 miles—per—hour. a little earlier i spoke to darren bett from the bbc weather centre and i began by asking him how far away the hurricane was
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from making land fall. i want to show you the satellite picture. what you should take is how well developed this hurricane is. since it left cuba, it has moved over really warm waters and is picked up intensity. they sent a plane through it earlier today to see how strong the winds were and they said it increased to 215 miles an hour, that sort of order, that is a category four hurricane, a dangerous hurricane. you can see the dry spot in the middle, the eye, and we try and work out where the eye will hit when it makes landfall.

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