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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the head of one of prince charles�* charities temporarily steps down following claims he helped secure an honourfor a major donor taliban officials have broken up a demonstration by dozens of women in kabul, who were calling for the right to work and to be included in the government. heathrow airport has criticised uk border force after passengers complained of "unacceptable queuing times" , images on social media showed packed queues at the london airport. the uk government have said no decision has been taken after reports of the demolition of grenfell tower due to safety concerns , one survivors group claimed fewer than 10 of them were consulted.
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and two more medals for great britain on the final day of the paralympics, with bronze wins in the men's badminton and men's wheelchair basketball. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. the chief executive of one of prince charles�* charities — the prince's foundation — has temporarily stepped down following claims that he helped secure an honourfor a major donor. two british newpapers — the sunday times and the mail on sunday — allege that michael fawcett used his influence to assist a saudi businessman. mr fawcett was — until 2003 — the prince's valet. here's our royal
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correspondent, jonny dymond. michael fawcett was once one of prince charles�* closest aides, a man whom the prince relied upon to guide and organise his personal life. three years ago, he became chief executive of the prince�*s foundation — an umbrella group for a number of prince charles�* charitable interests. newspaper reports allege that mr fawcett offered to assist a wealthy saudi national and major donor to the prince�*s foundation with citizenship and with an honour. mahfouz marei mubarak bin mahfouz received an honorary cbe in late 2016. 0ne palace source stressed the distance between prince charles�* office and his foundation, but michael fawcett is renowned for his closeness to prince charles and this is an embarrassment for the prince. the foundation said it took the allegations very seriously and that the matter is under investigation. the foundation failed to respond
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to a number of other allegations raised by the newspapers. in the last few minutes we�*ve received these latest pictures of michael fawcett returning to his home this morning. he didn�*t respond to the questions put to him there but said he is cooperating with the investigation. the saudi businessman named in the story denies any wrongdoing says he didn�*t expect anything in return for his donations. joining me now is our news correspondent, simonjones. a news correspondent, simon jones. a news correspondent, simonjones. lot of allegatio newspapers a lot of allegations all over the newspapers today. how embarrassing is this for the royal family? he newspapers today. how embarrassing is this for the royal family?— is this for the royal family? he did not want to — is this for the royal family? he did not want to respond _ is this for the royal family? he did not want to respond to _ is this for the royal family? he did not want to respond to allegations | not want to respond to allegations put to him by reporters near sm today but i think it will be embarrassing for him, it will be embarrassing for him, it will be embarrassing for him, it will be embarrassing for prince charles and it will be embarrassing for the royal family. it will be embarrassing for the royalfamily. he has a long history
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with the royal family and has royalfamily. he has a long history with the royalfamily and has been associated with them for the past a0 years, getting his firstjob with a fitment to the queen in 1981 and went on to be prince charles �*s valet. that was a job that involved him selecting suits and shirts for prince charles to wear every morning so that gives you an idea of the closeness between them. but now, he has stepped down, temporarily, from the role he had as the head of the prince�*s foundation, looking after prince�*s foundation, looking after prince charles�*s charitable concerns. that is why the investigation has been launched. we have not heard about what you said about the allegations but in terms of what he said of helping businessman getting an honour, he says he says he has not done anything wrong and his donations were not linked to any return of four of any sort of honour like what
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are the prince�*s foundation saying? i will take you to the statement. it goes on to say they are 15,000 people in training to get to work or starting up their own businesses and the foundation have also added, that he is going to cooperate with this investigation and that he is welcoming it. investigation and that he is welcoming it. earlier, i spoke to the former liberal democrat mp and government minister, norman baker, who has written books on royal finances. he said the allegations had to be independently investigated. it is very serious. the ability to sell an owner in return for cash, as thatis
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sell an owner in return for cash, as that is what the allegation is, is a criminal offence. which is why i will be asking the metropolitan commission to investigate this matter. but i am afraid this is not a vocal operation, this is not a one off. this is something that has been revealed and there was a long history of prince charles receiving cash in return forfavours. they savers have generally been a dinner or that sort of thing. but a history of rather dodgy characters, frankly, who have given major pens. people give money to causes, very worthwhile causes, because they want something in return not because they are being altruistic. and now we have the allegation that the prince�*s foundation will investigate this matter. but asjudge prince�*s foundation will investigate this matter. but as judge and jury of its own accord. this is a recipe for a cover—up. particularly the allegation that an honour has effectively been sold. but
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allegation that an honour has effectively been sold. but there is a trustee investigation, _ effectively been sold. but there is a trustee investigation, as - effectively been sold. but there is a trustee investigation, as we - effectively been sold. but there is| a trustee investigation, as we have been told, being carried out. these allegations at the moment. why do you need the police to be involved as well? �* , , ., ., ., as well? because selling an hour now is a criminal— as well? because selling an hour now is a criminal offence. _ as well? because selling an hour now is a criminal offence. you _ as well? because selling an hour now is a criminal offence. you also - as well? because selling an hour now is a criminal offence. you also have i is a criminal offence. you also have to bear in mind that he is very, very close to prince charles and there is no suggestion that he acted in an independent manner. he and prince charles allegedly took three orfour prince charles allegedly took three or four times a day, prince charles allegedly took three orfour times a day, he is his closest adviser. he has resigned already and both times under cover of darkness he was reinstated by prince charles when everything died down so he is very very closely linked to this man and i�*m sure that whatever he did would have been done with the full support of prince charles. prince charles needs to answer questions about this. fin a answer questions about this. on a wider scale. _ answer questions about this. on a wider scale, does _ answer questions about this. on a wider scale, does this _ answer questions about this. on a wider scale, does this bring into question the whole honour system which has been discussed and has been controversial for so many
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years, decades even? that been controversial for so many years, decades even?- been controversial for so many years, decades even? that is a much wider question _ years, decades even? that is a much wider question but _ years, decades even? that is a much wider question but yes, _ years, decades even? that is a much wider question but yes, it _ years, decades even? that is a much wider question but yes, it does. - years, decades even? that is a much wider question but yes, it does. if. wider question but yes, it does. if you have a lollipop lady who stands outside in all weather for 50 years and someone else gives a donation to the conservative party and end up with a seat in the house of lords. the honour system is one where it is very questionable. honours are a good thing and it is right to recognise people to give to society by the way the honour system works is not always to reward the most able and the most generous but perhaps the ones who have given the most to a political party. that cannot be right.— most to a political party. that cannot be riuht. . , ., cannot be right. that is the former liberal democrat _ cannot be right. that is the former liberal democrat mp _ cannot be right. that is the former liberal democrat mp norman - cannot be right. that is the former. liberal democrat mp norman baker. to afghanistan — where economic and social uncertainty is growing as the country still awaits an announcement of the new taliban government. it had been expected earlier this week — but no reason has been given for the apparent delay. meanwhile taliban fighters have been accused of using pepper spray, tear gas and violence to break up a demonstration in kabul, held by a group of women demanding rights under the new regime. courtney bembridge reports.
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women in kabul demanding rights and a voice in government say they were met with violence. translation: the taliban hit women . with electric tasers and they used i tear gas against women. they also hit women on the head with guns and the women were bleeding. there was no—one to ask why. it�*s the latest of several protests in kabul and herat from women who fear a return to the way they were treated the last time the taliban was in power. the taliban have said women can be involved in government, but not hold ministerial positions. afghans have watched on as remnants of their old lives are erased. the taliban says this is just cleaning and decorating, but as the wait for a new government drags on, there is growing uncertainty. translation: security is good all over the country, _ the people are happy, but the lack of work
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and the non—announcement of the government is worrying people. everyone is confused and people don�*t know what the future of the homeland will be because, well, everyone�*s confused. long lines have formed outside the banks for weeks now. translation: currently, - there are economic problems. prices have increased in the market. the cost of food and ingredients has rocketed. the people pouring in here don�*t know if their money is in the bank. people think their money has been emptied from the banks. afghanistan�*s economy is heavily dependent on cash and this weekend the country�*s largest money exchange market reopened after a 20—day closure. there are other signs of normality too. a cricket match was held in kabul this week with taliban commanders in the stands. a stark contrast to the last time the taliban were in power and most sports were banned. but the taliban doesn�*t yet control the whole country. in the panjshir valley,
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north of kabul, fighting continues. it�*s the last area holding out against taliban rule and the resistance maintains it won�*t surrender. grenfell tower looks set to be demolished after the fire four years ago that killed 72 people. according to reports, structural engineers hired by the government are believed to have concluded unanimously that the building is unsafe and needs to be carefully taken down. 0ne survivors group says fewer than 10 of them were consulted. the uk�*s vaccines minister has hinted the government could introduce vaccine passports for large venues. speaking this morning, nadim zaharwi said that checking people�*s vaccination status was "right thing to do" to ensure the whole economy remained open. he said the worst case would be a strategy where a spike
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in infections at a venue would mean it having to shut — and the only way to avoid that was being able to check the vaccine status of the people entering it. the uk government has accepted that huge queues at immigration desks at heathrow — one of the world�*s biggest airports — are unacceptable. british nationals were among those delayed for several hours on friday. the airport says the lack of border force staff manning the positions was to blame. long queues and fed up passengers — these have been the scenes at heathrow airport this weekend, with waiting times of several hours to get through passport control. travellers took to social media to vent their anger at the situation, describing overcrowding and poor ventilation, even claiming some had fainted. the end of the school holidays means extra pressure at airports. this weekend is the busiest of the year for returning passengers, many with young children who can�*t use the electronic passport gates. but heathrow has criticised border
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force over the unacceptable during times, putting it down to simply not enough staff on duty, particularly due to the extra checks being made due to coronavirus. in a statement, the airport apologised for the delays. it said border force were aware of extra demand and that it was very disappointed that they didn�*t provide sufficient resource. it also said it was drafting in more workers to help manage the queues and provide passenger welfare, but that at peak times, all immigration desks should be manned. the home office has admitted that the long waits are unacceptable and said borderforce was now rapidly reviewing its rosters and deploying more staff across the airport to improve waiting times. kathryn stanczyszyn, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news. the prince of wales�* former aide steps down from his charity role after allegations he used his influence to help secure an honour for a major donor. taliban officials have broken up a demonstration by dozens of women in kabul, who were calling for the right to work and to be
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included in the government heathrow airport has criticised uk border force after passengers faced "unacceptable queuing times" , as images on social media showed packed queues at london�*s main airport. new zealand�*s prime minister — jacinda ardern — has revealed that the country�*s immigration agency had been trying for years to deport an islamic state supporter who stabbed seven people in a supermarket in auckland on friday. he�*d spent three years in prison in new zealand — awaiting trial for possessing islamic state group propaganda. from sydney, phil mercer has more. the new zealand pm saying that for years her government had tried to deport ahamed samsudeen. he arrived in the country in 2011 on a student visa and claimed asylum. he was granted refugee status. he first came to the attention
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of the authorities in 2016 and was warned about posting violent extremist islamic state content online. he was later charged with various offences and spent three years in prison awaiting trial. he was convicted earlier this year, but released injuly on a supervision order. jacinda ardern was saying that every legal avenue had been persued to try to keep this man behind bars. he wasn�*t, but was under 2a—hour police surveillance when he launched his knife rampage in that supermarket in auckland. for more than 50 days, police and tactical unit officers were watching this man�*s every move. we don�*t know if he knew he was under surveillance, but the authorities have said that he was pretty savvy in the regard of being watched. we understand that police officers were waiting outside
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of the supermarket he visited before when, apparently, he took a knife from a display cabinet and started his attack. within less than a minute the police had confronted this individual and shot him dead. we have an update on the victims. five people were stabbed, another two received other injuries. out of those five who were attacked and stabbed, three remain in a critical, but stable condition in auckland�*s city hospital. the first few hundred thousand doses of the pfizer vaccine that uk has agreed to supply to australia has arrived in sydney today. australia says it has secured an extra four million doses of the pfizer vaccine from the uk in a swap deal. it is australia�*s most significant overseas vaccine deal and will double the monthly supply of the pfizer drug. australia is in a race to hit inoculation targets as delta variant infections continue to surge. about half of australia�*s population is currently in lockdown due to outbreaks in the cities of sydney, melbourne and canberra.
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dr chris moy is the vice president of australian medical association— pfizer was arriving and it is much needed because there are still a lot of vaccine hesitancy, isn�*t there? i of vaccine hesitancy, isn't there? i don't think there is. it isjust of vaccine hesitancy, isn't there? i don't think there is. it is just the don�*t think there is. it is just the number of people unvaccinated so far. australia have been unscathed for so long. we have, due to a combination of luck, because we are an island, but also very good decision—making so far, we have really been able to live a blissful life until quite recently. delta has changed the game as it has across the world. we need to get those vaccine levels up levels. we are really running at about 38% fully
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vaccinated and about 62% one vaccination, across the country and we need to get those up to number is closer to the uk to get to safety. what is the reason that those numbers are so low? i mean, compared not only to the but also to most advanced nations in the world, which are much higher vaccination rates? b, are much higher vaccination rates? few things. the first thing was that we were relatively careful compared to the other countries because we felt, in an emergency situation, early this year. and also, there was a combination of the vote that we relied a lot on astrazeneca which we are making in australia however they came this hesitancy in australia because of that very, very rare thrombotic condition which unfortunately became disproportionate to really the level of risk particularly in a place where there was not much covid. finally, the thing was that the vaccines really have been diverted to countries where they have been
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most needed earlier this year weather has been catastrophic numbers of cases. and so they are really only coming on line now and said that combination of those things, having not many being relatively slow in approving them and then the combination of hesitancy because of the astrazeneca situation and delays have led us into this situation.— into this situation. critics of the australian's _ into this situation. critics of the australian's authorities - into this situation. critics of the australian's authorities have . into this situation. critics of the l australian's authorities have said australian�*s authorities have said that the whole vaccine roll—out has been a colossal failure but will there is arrival of the pfizer vaccine, how much will it help? a lot. particularly in city and new south wales, the mainstays affected at the moment. unfortunately that state had really got away with not many cases and, as i said, across australia we have been living a blissful life with almost no covid for so long but unfortunately delta is a very humbling strain and it really has got going. we are talking about the sort of death rates that have occurred across other countries
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but the health system is coming under fair but the health system is coming underfair bit of but the health system is coming under fair bit of strain at the moment and i think in sydney we have about 1500 cases a day at the moment which is putting the hospitals and into intensive care units and a fair bit of strain. they need to get vaccinated as quickly as possible, as does the rest of the country, as unfortunately deltas here to stay in australia after living a blissful life until now. at least 15 members of iraq�*s security forces have been killed in two separate attacks, by suspected islamic state militants. both attacks happened near major cities in the north of the country — a former stronghold of the group. the biggest took place at a police checkpoint in a village near kirkuk — leaving 12 police officers dead. the militants are reported to have used roadside bombs to hold back reinforcements during almost two hours of shooting. the second happened near mosul — at least three soldiers are reported to have been killed. the city had been occupied by the group calling itself islamic before the iraqi military drove it
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out four years ago. the 2020 tokyo paralympics closes later, after 12 days of extraordinary sporting achievement by disabled athletes from 162 countries — set against the backdrop of the covid pandemic. there is a real division. this division between what is happening inside the stadiums, the sport that people are watching, which has been tremendously exciting. there have been incredible performances. we have seen world records broken, we have seen world records broken, we have seen world records broken, we have seen individually some amazing performances. i think the chinese athlete won four gold medals and this is a man who lost both his arms as a child in an accident and set
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new world records at the paralympic games. someone from team gb who has become what americans would call the most winning paralympian of all time. japan has done much, much better as the host nation, the host team, in this paralympics than it has in previous 0lympic team, in this paralympics than it has in previous olympic and paralympic games. so, you know, in rio and london i don�*t think the japan paralympic team won any gold medals at all but this time around, look to the new total and they won 13 goals in 51 medals overall. a great achievement for the japanese team and that raised enthusiasm here for what is going on. on the other hand, david has been spreading very, very fast and there are a lot of people in hospital, a lot people cannot get into hospital here in tokyo because of the pandemic and that has really soured things here. the atmosphere here injapan,
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particularly here in tokyo but across the country, is one of anxiety about the pandemic and the budget has got so much worse in the past few weeks and i go out to the politicians for not getting this under control. a lot of people think they were focused on the olympics and paralympics are not on controlling the pandemic. more than 8,000 chain stores disappeared from high streets, shopping centres and retail parks across britain in the first six months of this year. new research suggests city centres have suffered the most, as footfall has yet to recover to pre—pandemic levels. our business correspondent, emma simpson, reports. it is the most famous shopping street in london, but now one of the hardest hit. oxford street littered with boarded up shops. city centres have suffered the most this year as chain stores continue to close. there is quite a lot closed down, we have noticed, that is what we have noticed walking along. it is not as crowded as it used to be. it is quite unexpected to come into central london and actually see how effected they are by the pandemic. it's the same in brighton, |
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loads of shops have gone. new figures show the scale of upheavel. in the first part of this year, 3a88 chain stores opened. these include everything from gyms and cafes to banks and bars. but more than 8700 of them closed, meaning a net loss of more than 5200 outlets. these figures are stark, they are not quite as bad as this time last year. out of all the locations across great britain, it�*s retail parks and out—of—town shopping that have fared best. so is this a permanent shift? over the next few months, city centres will start to liven up again as people start to go back to work and schools go back and people spend more time in cities. however, i don�*t think you are going to get the same level of footfall in city centres as before. and retail parks, they are just more convenient for us. this bakery chain definitely prefers a high street.
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it is just opening its latest store here in the london suburb of kew, one of four new branches. i definitely think people are eating better food, more often and more often at home. opening the extra stores and being able to expand at a time when rents are low and there is opportunity for us to rethink even what a bakery is. tempting people back in is the big challenge now for so many of our towns and city centres, which are still struggling to fully recover from the pandemic. emma simpson, bbc news, central london. proof now that working with children or animals is not advised — as turkey�*s president discovered. erdogan was taking part in a ribbon—cutting ceremony for the opening of a road tunnel in the northeast of the country — when he was somewhat upstaged by a young boy whojumped the gun — and decided to cut the ribbon a little bit early. after the president administered a light tap
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on the head in punishment — the ceremony was restaged and the tunnel was officially opened. now, the weather with ben rich. hello there. just when you thought summer was over, temperatures are set to climb over the next few days. and certainly for today, it�*s going to be a little warmer than it was yesterday in most places, but with the chance of some rain across the north—west of the uk. so as we head through the afternoon, then, most places england and wales will see some spells of sunshine, stained bit misty and magnificent coasts in the southwest, eastern scotland holding onto some brightness at least for a time, but for western scotland and northern ireland, we see thicker cloud and some outbreaks of rain, with a strengthening breeze. but temperatures are going to be a little higher than they were yesterday, 20 degrees for glasgow,
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2a for cardiff and for london, somewhere in the south getting to 26 degrees potentially, with just the chance of the odd late shower, but most places remaining dry. not so further north — we have this band of rain, that will sink a little further southwards overnight, getting down into parts of northern england, turning very misty and murky for western coasts of wales, and the south—west of england, and some fog patches developing elsewhere, as well. a very mild and muggy start to monday morning. we will have this band of rain and patchy cloud in place across northern england and northern ireland, the rain will peter out but it will stay quite cloudy for many northern parts of the uk. further south, early mist and fog clearing to give some spells in many places and that sunshine will let temperatures as high as 27 degrees. and even further north, 21 for aberdeen and 22 there in belfast. and there is more warmth to come. high pressure to the east of us bringing a southerly breeze, quite a brisk breeze at times as we head into the middle part of the week. but drawing very warm air up in our direction. you will feel that, particularly given lots of sunshine,
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and on tuesday, we can expect largely sunny skies after morning mist and fog has cleared. away from the far north of scotland, here it will stay quite cloudy. but look at the temperatures. 2a to maybe 28 or 29 degrees down towards the south, and wednesday, very similar weather in most places. some good spells of sunshine around butjust the chance of some showers and thunderstorms starting to creep in from the south—west. but ahead of that, a very warm if not hot day for some of us. however, things do look set to change for the end of the week. it�*s going to turn more unsettled, with some rain at times. temperatures are a little lower by this stage but still quite respectable for this time of year.
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hello this is bbc news. the headlines: the head of one of prince charles�* charities temporarily steps down following claims he helped secure an honourfor a major donor. taliban officials have broken up a demonstration by dozens of women in kabul, who were calling for the right to work and to be included in the government. heathrow airport has criticised uk border force after passengers complained of "unacceptable queuing times".
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images on social media showed packed queues at the london airport. the uk government have said no decision has been taken after reports of the demolition of grenfell tower due to safety concerns. 0ne survivors group claimed fewer than ten of them were consulted. and two more medals for great britain on the final day of the paralympics, with bronze wins in the men�*s badminton and men�*s wheelchair basketball. now on bbc news, it�*s time for dateline london. hello and welcome to the programme which brings together some of the uk�*s leading commentators, bbc specialists, and the journalists
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who write, blog and broadcast from the dateline: london. this week, back to school — back to covid? afghanistan after america, and the dateline panel mark your cards with the news that�*s worrying them.

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