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tonight at ten — a new afghan government could be in place by tomorrow — the taliban claims its approach will be inclusive. in kandahar today, a victory parade, featuring some of the military equipment left behind by us forces. in the capital kabul, the taliban is promising roles for women in the new government, but not at senior levels. we'll have the latest on events in kabul — as thousands more afghans wait to see if they'll be allowed to leave. here in the uk, some afghan migrants meet ministers, as more details of a resettlement scheme are announced. in scotland, vaccine passports will be
needed later this month to visit nightclubs and to attend larger live events. and why the shortage of some beers at wetherspoons is being blamed on brexit — and on the pandemic. and coming up in the sport, on the bbc news channel, dan evans equals his best performance at a us open — he's into the third round after beating american marcos giron. good evening. a new afghan government composed of senior taliban figures could be announced as early as tomorrow. a taliban spokesman told the bbc today it will be an inclusive government, with some roles for women, but none in the highest positions. he also insisted that afghans with the right documents would be allowed to leave the country but there's still deep concern about the fate of countless afghans wanting to flee.
during the day, the taliban staged a victory parade, featuring some of the military equipment left behind by the americans, as our correspondent secunder kermani reports from kabul. the taliban are in firm control of the country. this, a huge military parade in the southern city of kandahar, along with a captured helicopter. but the group still hasn't established a new government, leaving many afghans in a state of limbo. now that the final foreign troops have left, an announcement is expected soon. the last time the group was in power in the 1990s, their regime saw public executions and women banned from working. now they say things are different, though they admit women won't be in senior positions. maybe they will be in the government, in the lower things, because in every department
of the government ministries, you can say almost half of the workers are women. so they can come back to their work and they can continue. but in this new government which has been announced, in the top posts, i mean to say in the cabinet, there may not be a woman. the uncertainty about what the future will look like has seen the value of the afghani drop and concerns about the economy rise. the world bank and imf are holding back from continuing support. whilst the us has frozen reserves and most local banks remain closed. translation: no one has any money right now, - all their savings are stuck in the banks. people are just bringing small amounts of cash here to exchange, to pay for everyday living. translation: i needed money for groceries, . but the exchange rate isn't good, so i'm going home. the currency rate just keeps on fluctuating. i pray that god brings stability to the government and these problems can be solved. the afghan economy has been heavily
dependent on international aid. whether or not that continues, at least when it comes to the west, is likely to be dependent on what kind of government the taliban create, what kind of laws it enforces. governing afghanistan is going to prove a bigger challenge for the taliban than taking control of it. they've been holding meetings with senior political figures, like former president, hamid karzai, but many doubt whether they're willing to really share power. their elusive leader, mullah hibatullah, may well be declared leader of an islamic emirate. these, new pictures of some of the final us troops to be withdrawn from afghanistan, the focus now is on what they've left behind. secunder kermani, bbc news, kabul. live to kabul and our chief international correspondent lyse doucet. the taliban and talk about an inclusive government, how inclusive
will that be in your view?— will that be in your view? there is the magical _ will that be in your view? there is the magical word _ will that be in your view? there is the magical word of— will that be in your view? there is the magical word of inclusive, - will that be in your view? there is the magical word of inclusive, it l will that be in your view? there is| the magicalword of inclusive, it is the magical word of inclusive, it is being used by afghanistan's neighbours to put pressure on the taliban, to share some of the power so they don't have absolute control, but in pure political terms, the taliban have come to power, much more quickly than even they expected, and they now control more territory in afghanistan than even when they were in power in the 90s, so they feel they have an overwhelming mandate to pursue their overriding objective. that is, we use words like government cabinet, they objective is to establish an islamic system, so the choice of who is in the cabinet is going to be very much, they are said to be discussing individuals on the basis of islamic principles and sharia law, are these people corrupt, did they work for the former government, and what about women? women will not play a leading role. this new
emerging islamic emirate, women will play secondary roles to mentor we are hearing reports they will play some roles but not at the senior level, this is different from what we had two years ago when the taliban discussed with representatives from the afghan government and civil society here. they had a platform of words where they said women can have any roles in their new islamic government except the president or the prime minister but they can be ministers, but now they seem to be rolling back from that, because what happened in the past is now history. it is a new day for them and a day when the taliban are in charge. lyse doucet, many thanks. among the many afghan relatives and friends separated by the events of the past few weeks is the family of seven month—old gulrena, a baby girl split from her parents four months ago. herfather is a british national
but she's living with her grandparents in kabul because her passport has only just been issued. our special correspondent lucy manning has been speaking to gulrena's father — his identity is concealed to protect the family. too young to know what has happened, too small to comprehend she is stuck in kabul without her parents. gulrena, one of the youngest britons left behind. we are missing her a lot. you know how people feel when their child is outside the country, and in another country where there is a war and you don't know what is going to happen next? her parents, thousands of miles away. this is the closest her dad muhammad in london can get to her. he can only try to keep their bond alive. when kabulfell, gulrena still didn't have her uk passport, five months after her british father applied, his identity hidden for the family's safety. she is stuck in afghanistan
because of the passport delay. if the passport took less time, she would have been here with us. and she is stuck there with my other part of the family and they're all in danger. i called the consulate when everything happened and they said she is not british yet. "you have to wait until her passport arrives, then she is british, "then we can help you." i told them it's going to be too late. trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare, gulrena was born unexpectedly in kabul injanuary when her mother, an afghan, was unable to return to the uk as planned after visiting relatives, because she'd lost her uk id card. she eventually got a temporary visa to return to britain in may to get a replacement, but had to leave gulrena behind with grandparents. then, the taliban took over. i want the government to help me find a way to take them out, take my daughter and my family out of afghanistan. the government can do anything, if they want to. and they can do it. why not? how do you want the government
to help, when they don't have any soldiers on the ground? they can help, they can find a way. they are the government. the government says it has evacuated more than 16,000 people from afghanistan but it knows more must be done to support those at risk. government advice has long been for britons not to travel to afghanistan. gulrena's mother says she is lost without her baby by her side, is losing hope, and begs the government to help. finally. at 3pm this afternoon, gulrena's passport finally arrived, but with nearly half her short life separated from her parents, there's now no easy way to bring her home. lucy manning, bbc news. in london, the government has given more details about its resettlement scheme for afghan refugees. it says those who worked with the british government and military will be able to settle
in the uk permanently. the home office says it wants to help afghans in the uk to rebuild their lives. but so far, fewer than a third of local authorities have offered to help, as our home editor mark easton reports. 15,000 afghans have been evacuated to the uk in the last few weeks and a further 5,000 are expected in the next year. victoria atkins has been appointed the minister for afghan resettlement, overseeing what the government calls operation warm welcome, but which is quickly turning into a hot political issue. i've got 10,000 people in quarantine hotels at the moment who have to be housed as they come out. so, the challenges are big, the scale of this task is big, i don't shy away from that, but it will take us a bit of time to set some of these policy details in place. afghans are being given permanent residency with access to health care, housing, education and welfare.
but having fled kabul last month, this interpreter says it's proving difficult to start a new life here. i'm doing nothing, i'm just sitting at home. i'm looking for a job. i told them many times, the case workers, "please get me "a job as soon as you can." in greenwich, the town hall has become an aid centre with staff and volunteers operating a 24—hour shift system, but the council's labour leaders say support from central government has been almost non—existent. we've received a large number of almost 700 newly—arrived afghans who are quarantined in one of our local hotels, and the pressure has been on. not only that, they arrived, but there's been no support system in place to work with them. so, in fact, we've been stepping in the gap. local authorities across britain have access to a share of £5 million in government funding for supporting and housing afghans, but at the moment, fewer than a third of the councils have offered to help find homes
for the new arrivals. the home office refuses to say who's come forward because they don't want to name and shame councils who may yet open their doors, but experience suggests local authorities in east anglia and the fens take very few refugees and asylum seekers, while councils in the north—east and north—west of england take proportionately many more. here in huddersfield, there were mixed views about whether local councils should answer the call to offer assistance. there's not enough affordable housing, but yet they'll bring them over and they get housed so quick. i think it's brilliant. it gives them an opportunity, gives them a chance to rebuild their life. ijust think we are absolutely already overrun, full. - it's good for the economy, and it's good for our culture that we open and embrace those people who want to settle in the uk. the prime minister has said britain owes a huge debt of gratitude to those afghans who risked their lives to support our armed forces. but helping thousands to permanently settle in the uk is clearly
a challenge for the long term. mark easton, bbc news. giving evidence to mps, the foreign secretary dominic raab has admitted he can't give a precise figure for the number of people eligible to come to the uk from afghanistan. his own handling of the afghan crisis was heavily criticised by some members of the foreign affairs committee, including his time on holiday, as the taliban were tightening their grip on afghanistan. our political correspondent damian grammaticas reports. under pressure today, the foreign secretary, mps believe he has been at the helm during the biggest foreign policy disaster in decades. so why did he fail to foresee the rapid fall of kabul? the central proposition was that given the troop withdrawal by the end of august you would see a steady deterioration from that point and that it was unlikely kabul would fall this year. the mps said a foreign office report from july had
warned cities could fall. i'm sorry, the source of that? it's your principal risk report. but mr raab still went on holiday. we had uk personnel, uk civilians in harm's way and i think it's important for us to know what you were doing and where you were doing it from. when did you go on holiday? and in all material terms... i'm not looking to brow beat you over this. ijust want to know when you went. he said with the luxury of hindsight he wouldn't have gone. they asked why he hadn't called ambassadors in the region or even visited since he'd become foreign secretary. why did we get it so badly wrong? clearly, the assessment that they would not be able to advance at that speed was not correct and we will need to look and assess about why that's the case. and more questions about the effort to save lives. why e—mails by desperate afghans went unanswered. we can answer every e—mail we get, or we can focus resources on getting as many eligible people through kabul on to air flights, filling capacity, back home.
and why he doesn't know how many are still at risk... could you tell me why you are confident of your numbers of those remaining in afghanistan now? we are not confident with any precision at all. finally, will the uk now deal with the taliban? under what circumstances will the uk | recognise the taliban and what sortl of recognition do you foresee? first of all we do not recognise governments, generally, but i think it's important not to confer any legitimacy on the taliban. at the same time, we do need to be able to send a clear and direct signal. we have done that for some time via their political commission. the mps asked mr raab if he had considered resigning. he said no. and as for nation building, he said the uk might not do it in future in such circumstances. but would have to live within its means. mr raab is now heading to the region trying to secure exit routes for afghans seeking to flee the taliban. damian grammaticas, bbc news, westminster. let's turn to some of the day's other news.
the group of medical experts which advises the uk government on vaccines has just announced that up to 500,000 people will be offered a third covid jab in the coming months. thejcvi says it will be targetting people whose immune system is severely compromised. but the committeee has still not decided whether 12 to 15 year—olds should be vaccinated. our medical editor fergus walsh reports. this daily cocktail of immunosuppressant medication is vital to prevent hal cohen's body from rejecting the kidney donated by his father. but the transplant medication also blocked his immune system from developing protection from two doses of covid vaccine. the ao—year—old from north london is now eligible for a third dose. it's going to be really great for me to have a booster and hopefully give me some vaccine protection, and the ability to return to normal life, do things other people are doing without thinking about it.
but at the same time, it's not clear if the booster is going to work for myself and people like me, so we really do need to carry on looking at other treatments. see if there's any on here. as well as transplant patients like hal, those with blood cancers or advanced hiv will also be eligible. they will all receive pfizer or moderna jabs. we hope it will top up their immunity levels. some of these people will not have mounted a good either antibody or t—cell memory response to two doses of the vaccine, and we hope a third may help those individuals. there are two more big decisions due on vaccines, firstly whether the over—80s should get a booster dose to help with waning immunity, and secondly, what about jabs for younger teens? with the new school year getting under way, there is mounting urgency for a decision on whether all 12— to15—year—olds should be offered a covid vaccine.
currently, only those with specific health conditions are eligible, but the scientists making the recommendation say they want to see new data on the benefits and risks. this is emma, just before she got covid. more than a year later, the 14—year—old often struggles to walk because of persistent nausea and dizziness. a new study has found a significant minority of children do get long covid. yeah, so i had to be in a wheelchair, because basically the dizziness is triggered or it gets worse by me walking around. if i start walking around ijust feel like i'm going to pass out, so it was very hard for me to get around school. vaccinating all over—12s would help suppress covid outbreaks in schools. the us, france, spain and italy have all taken this approach. a final decision in the uk may come next week. fergus walsh, bbc news.
the latest uk coronavirus figures show there were 35,693 new infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period, which means an average of 33,751; per day in the last week. the latest figures show there were 7,598 people in hospital being treated for coronavirus on friday. 207 deaths were reported in the latest 2a hour period — that's people who died within 28 days of a positive covid test. that takes the average deaths per day over the last week to 106. on vaccinations, 88.5% of people aged 16 and over have now had their first injection, and 78.9% of the population aged 16 and over have had both vaccinations. in scotland, vaccine passports are set to be introduced for entry to nightclubs and larger
live events later this month. our scotland correspondent lorna gordon is in glasgow. this led to this end what has prompted the decision?— the decision? covid numbers are suruain in the decision? covid numbers are surging in scotland, _ the decision? covid numbers are surging in scotland, five - the decision? covid numbers are surging in scotland, five times i surging in scotland, five times higher than there were four weeks ago and nicola sturgeon says she believes the limited use of a vaccine passport is appropriate and could help control the virus as we head into autumn and winter. you will not lead this vaccine certification to access public transport, education, the nhs, orto entered shops but you will need to prove you are double dosed if you want to go to a nightclub, go to any gigs or larger events like many football or rugby matches. plenty of nightclub owners are coming out expressing dismay saying they think they are being singled out unfairly. we have heard from the football authorities and they are not happy. they say they haven't been consulted and they don't think it is workable. the liberal democrats have civil liberty concerns and believe it will
set a dangerous precedent. it will be debated on and voted on in the scottish next weekend if it passes vaccine passport will be introduced here by the end of the month. lea here by the end of the month. loa nou, thank— here by the end of the month. loa nou, thank you very much for the update in glasgow, lorna gordon, scotland correspondent. the ministry ofjustice has confirmed that the child killer colin pitchfork has been released from prison. pitchfork was jailed in 1988 for raping and murdering two 15 year—old girls — lynda mann and dawn ashworth — in leicestershire. the 61 year—old was freed after the parole board decided injune that it was safe for him to serve the rest of his life sentence on licence in the community. itv has been cleared by media regulator ofcom in relation to criticism by presenter piers morgan of the duchess of sussex. his comments that he didn't believe what the duchess had said in her interview with oprah winfrey led to nearly 58,000 complaints. it resulted in him leaving the show good morning britain. today, he stood by what he had said about harry and meghan.
i was entitled to not believe them. i was entitled to not believe them, and by the way, you're all entitled to not believe me — that is what happens in a democracy. so, the idea that i had to lose myjob for expressing a genuinely held opinion, i felt was ridiculous at the time, and i think it's ridiculous now. that was piers morgan speaking earlier today. the wetherspoons chain says a number of its pubs have run out of some brands of beer, because of problems with supplies. a shortage of lorry drivers is said to be an important factor in recent problems with logistics, across the food and drink industry. experts say that the pandemic is partly to blame, as are the effects of brexit. coca—cola says it's also dealing with similar issues, including a shortage of aluminium cans. our transport correspondent caroline davies takes a close look. it'sjust gone 3:30am in the morning. long hours, fast food... that'll do me for this evening. ..few facilities... a squaddie shower which consists
of some wet wipes. ..and often nowhere to park up. life in steve's cab over a few days, and it's not always easy. this is our bunk. nick is steve's boss and he's been driving for more than a0 years. he says conditions for hgv drivers have got worse, and he's worried it's putting young people off. we used to park overnight in all the towns. from about the last 25 years all those facilities have closed. either we use these places here which are expensive and not really secure, or you park in a lay—by. what would be your advice to a young driver who is thinking about coming into this. it's a sad thing to say but i don't think that you should. there is a driver shortage across europe and the effects of it are already biting in the uk. the uk haulage industry says it has lost 111,000 drivers who have gone back to the eu this year. but it's not as simple as brexit.
tax rules have changed, wages in eastern europe have gone up, and some, like laurentiu, now back in romania after six years in the uk, wanted to be able to see their family more easily. what sort of conversations did you have with other european drivers before you decided to come back? money. because they put in balance the money they could take in euros the money they could take in europe and the money they could get here in the uk and the difference is not so big. an estimated 30,000—a5,000 drivers have left the industry in the last year. but the issue is not just about people leaving the industry. it's also about how quickly you can get new drivers in. remember that left mirror. wages have surged and more people have signed up to train, but covid and industrial disputes have meant that there along delays. it's taking two to three monthsjust to get your provisional back before another two months' wait for a theory test and then another two months' wait after that to get into a lorry before you can start
doing your lessons. i think this bit will be easier for me. | sam is one of those waiting. she signed up injanuary. it's really frustrating _ because obviously you know a lot of companies need help and we need a job. . so it'sjust really hard - because you know it's not your fault, you're just waiting. the government says it is introducing new measures like streamlining the process for hgv drivers to get their licence. but it says that most of the solutions including pay and conditions need to be driven by the industry. the driver shortage is a complicated mix of issues that are difficult to solve. but the rush is now on before christmas to get more drivers on the road. caroline davies, bbc news. there was another flurry of medals for paralympics gb in tokyo. david smith won the team's 30th gold of the games. he successfully defended his individual boccia title in the bc1 class to become the sport's most successful british player. there was also a silver for swimmer becky redfern
in the sb13100m breaststroke. cristiano ronaldo has broken the world record for goals scored in men's international football tonight. the 36—year—old hit his 110th and 111th goals for portugal in their dramatic 2—1 world cup qualifying win over the republic of ireland. the manchester united forward has also equalled sergio ramos' european record for men's caps — with his 180th portugal appearance. meanwhile, scotland were beaten 2—0 by denmark in copenhagen as both sides resumed their qualifying campaign for next year's world cup. defeat leaves scotland fourth in their group. adam wild was watching. a summer of adventures now behind them, for scotland this was time to really begin plotting where they had next. where they head next. the world cup next year, that's the target. but that too is where denmark are aiming, a team touched by near—tragedy at the euros, a football nation united
still in the recovery of christian eriksen. emotions that remain clearly close to the surface. commentator: and denmark have an early lead. _ daniel wass headed them on their way. scotland almost immediately forced to rethink. those thoughts barely collected before denmark strode into a two—goal lead. but had this effort from billy gilmour found its way in, things for scotland mayjust have been different, especially as ryan fraser too went close. a frustrating defeat. still, scotland's hopes of reaching another major tournament certainly aren't over. thejourney, though, getting a little more precarious. adam wild, bbc news. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night. hello there. parts of scotland and northern ireland did very well with the sunshine today. it was quite warm too. but elsewhere, we held onto that cloud. it was thick enough to produce some patchy light rain and drizzle.
the next few days, similar story. much of the south and east will be cloudy, with spots of drizzle. further west, we should see some sunshine, all because of this area of high pressure and the position it's sitting in, continuing to feed this north—northeasterly wind across the country, bringing in this low cloud off the north sea. most of the cloud will affect england, wales, parts of eastern scotland overnight, but western scotland, northern ireland, some clear spells, where it will turn chilly once again. but for most, double—figure values. thursday, then, a rather cloudy start pretty much across the board. but into the afternoon, again, scotland, northern ireland, parts of northern england should see the sunshine breaking through. it will stay cloudy, though, further south. temperatures fairly cool along north sea coasts, that onshore breeze. in the brighter spots, we could see the low 20s. similar story on friday as well, with many central, southern and eastern areas seeing the thickest of the cloud. best of the sunshine towards the west.
this is bbc news, the headlines. the taliban have paraded captured american military equipment in the city of kandahar, a day after the last us troops left afghanistan. armoured vehicles were driven through the streets in celebration of victory after twenty years of war. the taliban has told the bbc the formation of a new afghan government is in its final stages. there will be women in the new regime, but they will not be in any senior cabinet roles. presidentjoes biden has condemned a law banning abortion from six weeks into pregnancy which has come into effect in the us state of texas. it bans abortions after the detection of what anti—abortion campaigners call a foetal heartbeat. fifty thousand people have been forced to leave the lake tahoe area of california as firefighters continue to battle a huge wildfire that has been growing for more than two weeks.