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tonight at ten... the covid rules are eased for fully vaccinated travellers from the us and the european union. those coming to england, scotland and wales will no longer have to isolate on arrival. the news was greeted with relief by travellers. looking forward to it, you know, just a few short trips to the uk. we are so close here in zurich but it's so far when you know you have to quarantine. the change from next monday is seen as a major boost to british travel firms and tourism. but tougher rules will still apply to france. travellers from there will still need to quarantine in the uk. also tonight... this is wonderful, duncan scott, can
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you get the world this is wonderful, duncan scott, can you get the world record? at the olympics in tokyo team gb's swimmers secured gold to take britain's medal tally to 16. in dressage charlotte dujardin won bronze to become the most decorated british female olympian. and the us star gymnast simone biles has now withdrawn from the all—around gymnastics final to focus on her mental health. and the slate landscapes of gwynedd in north wales are awarded unesco world heritage status. and coming up in the sport on the bbc news channel... heartbreak for the rowers in the men's fours. a disastrous final for britain sees them miss a medal in tokyo. good evening. there's to be a significant easing of the rules for travellers entering england, wales and scotland in a change that's being seen as a much—needed boost for business
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and the travel industry. the new rules apply to people who've been fully vaccinated. they'll no longer need to isolate when coming from a country on the amber list except france, which is currently amber—plus. people will need to have been vaccinated in either the united states or the european union. currently, only people who received theirjabs in the uk can avoid quarantine when arriving from amber list countries. but travellers will still need a test before setting off for the uk and another test two days after arrival. northern ireland has yet to decide whether to adopt the same approach. england's traffic light system for countries around the world, including france, will be reviewed at the end of next week. our transport correspondent caroline davies has the details. few come for the weather. the uk's international tourists have mostly kept away with quarantine rules, but perhaps after months there is some sunshine behind the clouds. here we are in the middle of westminster.
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kate has led tours for most of a0 years, but her last was at the end of february 2020. i've had no work at all in common with pretty much all my colleagues, especially the language guides from europe. it has just collapsed. it is certainly a step in the right direction. i doubt whether it will make much difference now for this year. pre—pandemic 40% of the goring's guests where american, but city hotels aren't the only businesses dependent on international visitors. why is it necessary to have international travel, notjust do things online? the truth is that in business, as in life, the personal connections that we make around the meetings that we have are absolutely crucial at building goodwill, understanding, empathy, and all of these things are part of what makes businesses successful. there was news for cruising as well. ships will be able to set sail for international trips for the first time since march 2020.
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the policy will come in on monday for england, scotland and wales. northern ireland are yet to say whether they will follow too. labour has said it is worried there isn't a robust system in place to be able to verify vaccine passports. we've got real concerns because there doesn't seem to be a system in place yet for an international vaccine passport, which the government said they were going to bring forward. each individual us state does things differently, they don't have a national health service that has a vaccine programme like we do with the certifications. if the hope was to help tourism and trade, with much of europe already open to international travel, has the government acted too late? other countries have had to catch up with the speed of our own vaccination programme to make this a meaningful approach. part of it is just waiting for other countries and partly we wanted to check that our own approach to allowing people who have been vaccinated in the uk to go away and then come back again, that that was all working. we will always put the security
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of the country first. but for many separated from family and friends, today's news makes a big difference. janet lives in switzerland but hasn't been back to the uk for 18 months. now it's like, yeah, we can all go and see the people that we have only been talking to on zoom. we are so close here in zurich, but it's so hard when you know you have to quarantine. the government say they are still looking at what happens with those jabbed in the rest of the world. the travel industry hope today's announcement is clearing a path forward. caroline davies, bbc news. live to westminster and our political correspondent alex forsyth. clearly, it is a significant move when you look at the changes involved, but is it fair to say there is still a lot of caution behind—the—scenes? there is still a lot of caution behind-the-scenes? ~ , ,., , behind-the-scenes? absolutely. the government — behind-the-scenes? absolutely. the government has _ behind-the-scenes? absolutely. the government has been _ behind-the-scenes? absolutely. the government has been under- behind-the-scenes? absolutely. the i government has been under enormous pressure from the travel and tourism industry for some time, so there is
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perhaps no surprise that the announcement has been warmly welcomed in that sector. but there are still restrictions on people coming from france and while people in the us that have had both vaccinations can now travel to great britain without having to quarantine, it does not work the other way, despite the government because my efforts to get some sort of reciprocal arrangements in place. the us borders remain largely close to uk travellers. labour is saying the government's approach to borders has been confused from the start. the welsh government has accepted this relaxation, but somewhat reluctantly, saying it comes with risks. but the government is pressing on and they are saying it is safe and proportionate because there is a growing sense in government that the success of the vaccine programme must bring some benefits, namely the reopening of the economy. this sense from government we have heard before is if not now, when? for many people that will cause concern and you will repeatedly hear from ministers the
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word caution. quietly, though, there is a growing confidence about where things are headed, along with a great deal of hope. mex. things are headed, along with a great deal of hope. alex forsyth with the latest _ great deal of hope. alex forsyth with the latest at _ great deal of hope. alex forsyth with the latest at westminster. | alex forsyth with the latest at westminster. the number of daily coronavirus cases has risen for the first time in a week. the latest government figures show there were just over 27,731; new cases in the latest 24—hour period, though that number is less than the same time last week, which means on average, there were 30,494 per day in the last week. 91 deaths were recorded in the last 2a hours, meaning on average, 71 deaths were recorded per day in the last week. the number of people in hospital with covid continues to rise. there are now more than 6,000 for the first time since march 18th. more than 88% of uk adults have now had theirfirstjab and more than 71% are now fully vaccinated. today's news from the
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olympic games in tokyo. there have been more gold medals for great britain. team gb now has five gold, six silver and five bronze medals, with tom dean becoming the first male british swimmer to win more than one gold medal at the same olympic games in over a century. he helped team gb to victory in the 4x200 metres freestyle relay. an extraordinary swim, they were just 0.03 seconds off the world record. and in rowing there was a silver medalfor britain in the men's quadruple sculls, where the team held off a late charge from australia and poland. from tokyo, this report by our sports editor dan roan contains some flashing images. gold medallists and olympic champions, great britain. rise and shine. they're the golden images britain's been waking up to all week. god save the queen plays. this, the third triumph in as many days for team gb�*s swimmers in tokyo.
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after two individual golds, today it was a team effort in the men's 4x200 metres freestyle relay. this is absolutely brilliant from team great britain. they've swam a really good, solid relay and we've had, right from the start, tom dean leading them off, thenjames guy, matt richards... by the final leg, the favourites were in control. can we win our third gold medal of these games? after three olympic silvers to his name, duncan scott knew a first gold was now in reach, and this time he was in no mood to finish second. this is wonderful. duncan scott, can you get the world record? it's gold to great britain. one of the greatest swims in british history, it was all too much forjames guy, anotherfor whom this was a first gold. for tom dean, a second in two days. can't thank these boys enough from the bottom of my heart. they're, yeah, unreal. i train with this man every single day, you saw how much it means to us.
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james, how much does this mean to you? we can see it but it's been a long time coming this gold medal, hasn't it? yeah, i mean, the way the last year has been and as a kid, _ dreaming of an olympic gold medal is my absolute dream. _ to do it, finally, after 25 years, it's emotional. i well, they've only gone and done it yet again. another day, another gold for team gb here in the pool. british swimming is emerging as the powerhouse of this team effort here in tokyo and not for more than a century have they won three golds at the same olympics. but britain's medal rush extends well beyond the pool. success across a range of sports ensuring its best start to a games in modern times. oh, yes! it's brilliant. today here in tokyo, the man who heads up team gb told me confidence is now sweeping through the camp. some amazing events and performances — you know, from the triathlon
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to the pool, to the tae kwon do. it's just been a sensational set of events. but that spreads throughout the team in the village, we're in one block in the village, in one tower block, so that positive energy will definitely reflect throughout the team. but one sport is finding these games tougher than usual. in rowing, the men's coxless four, aiming for a sixth successive title, but badly losing their way. look at the steering problems of the british. they're coming over, there's going to be a clash... britain finishing outside the medals. i forgot the steering a little bit. and i think that's what cost us, to be honest, it cost us a medal. there were two more fourth—place finishes for british crews today but the tide did turn. silver in the men's quadruple sculls. a first medal in this event for team gb at the olympics. dan roan, bbc news, tokyo. the rider charlotte dujardin has become great britain's most decorated female olympian of all time with six olympic medals. she won bronze in the individual dressage.
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charlotte won two golds at london 2012, gold and silver in rio and now in tokyo she has added two bronze medals to her record—breaking collection, as our sports correspondent natalie pirks reports. when your nine—year reign is over, but bronze still feels like victory — charlotte dujardin danced straight into the record books. commentator: come on, charlotte! gio, or pumpkin to his friends, was incredibly inexperienced, so just how do you teach a horse to dance? with a master trainer and a touch of telepathy. the relationship that these two have is just phenomenal. equine ballet was served for the judges and the horse who was picked to respond best to the heat of tokyo came to the boil at the perfect time. and their work in tokyo is done! when the final rider made too many mistakes, the british team could celebrate bronze. aficionados of dressage know dujardin well. she's the most successful
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british rider in history, but every time the olympics rolls around, the rest of britain is reminded just how good the self—titled girl on the dancing horse is. in london 2012, she and valegro stunned the world of dressage with a patriotic routine. she's going for gold. wow. she came away with two golds and in rio, the perfect pair rode once again to victory. but after 2016, valegro retired and she had to say goodbye. enter gio, the ten—year—old helped her to a fifth olympic medal in the team event last night and today, he helped her make history. bronze medallist, | charlotte dujardin. britain's most successful female olympian. how does that feel? i'm a bit speechless if i'm honest! i mean, it's so surreal to think that i am. i mean, i can't quite believe it.
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imean, yeah. i mean, it was quite an honour to be, you know, with katherine grainger up on the medals anyway. to now have done that, beaten that, i'm don't... i'm a bit lost for words. hopefully, there'll be some more! i was very conscious it was a borrowed title. of all people, you sort of feel charlotte could have the longest career and because i think she is such a kind of... just an incredible rider, what she can do with horses and different horses means... i would have thought her potential was pretty much limitless. in years to come, he'll be a superstar. he's already got one on board. britain's horse whisperer and her small but mighty pumpkin. natalie pirks, bbc news, tokyo. in tennis, andy murray's bid for a third olympic gold is over. he and joe salisbury lost in the men's double quater—finals to the croatian duo marin cilic and ivan dodig in three sets. murray said after competing in his fourth games that if this
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was the end of his olympicjourney, he wanted to thank team gb for giving him some of the best memories of his life. there was disappointment elsewhere at the games in the men's rugby sevens, when britain missed out on bronze after a 17—12 defeat to argentina, finishing in fourth place. the star american gymnast simone biles has now withdrawn from a second event at the olympics. she will miss tomorrow's individual all—around final, in which she's the defending champion, after saying she needs to focus on her mental health. yesterday, she pulled out of the team event. the international olympic committee says it has "huge respect and support" for her decision, as our sports correspondent laura scott reports. commentator: the smile says it all. she loves to perform. simone biles rewrote the record books in rio. she's been the face of a generation of gymnasts. one last tumble to become olympic champion. - at times, her phenomenal
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achievements have given her an aura of invincibility. but this week, she's reminded a world that sees her as superhuman that she is human. and what a champion! i say put your mental health first, because if you don't, you're not going to enjoy your sport and you're not going to succeed as much as you want to. so it's ok sometimes to even sit out the big competitions to focus on yourself because it shows how strong of a competitor and person that you really are. the 30—time olympic and world championship medallist. biles is already the most successful us gymnast of all time, success in tokyo seemed a given. but from the off, she looked off. she really bounced out then. and after faltering early in yesterday's team final, she pulled out. from leader to cheerleader, she watched as her team—mates secured silver. later, she spoke of struggling with the twisties, a gymnastics term for a mental block that can make an athlete feel lost in the air — a frightening experience
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in an already dangerous sport. i didn't want to do something silly out there and get injured, so i thought it was best if these girls took over and did the rest of the job. biles won't defend her all—around title tomorrow and her participation in next week's individualfinals is in doubt, too. usa gymnastics said it wholeheartedly supports her decision and applauds her bravery, saying her courage shows why she's a role model for so many. you need to put yourself first, especially with mental health — that always comes first, over everything, and i feel like that's inspired a lot more, a lot more... a younger generation coming up. in 2018, biles came forward as a survivor of sexual abuse by the jailed former usa gymnastics doctor larry nassar. it made her a role model for more than her sporting accolades. simone has been very vocal about everything she's gone through but, at the same time, there's so much more going on in her mind that she doesn't broadcast and that we don't have access to. biles arrived in tokyo hoping for watershed moments using the power of her body.
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instead, she is creating them with the power of her voice. laura scott, bbc news. all week, the giant companies of the tech world have been reporting their staggering level of profits. alphabet — google's parent company — made in the three months tojune what it used to take an entire year to achieve. it's the kind of growth hardly ever seen before for any company, with the effect of the pandemic on work and lifestyle adding to this surging success. our media editor amol rajan is here to look in more detail at the figures. the phrase "big tech" is now common parlance used to describe the five american companies whose wealth is getting harder to fathom. butjust how big are they? in the three months tojune, microsoft posted profits of nearly £12 billion. that's the highest quarterly growth since it was founded in 1975. in the same period, alphabet, the owners of google and youtube,
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reported profits of {13.3 billion. meanwhile, apple reported profits over £15.5 billion. that's the best third quarter in its 45—year—history. that means these three companies alone have made a combined total of nearly £41 billion in profit injust three months. that's not far off how much the uk spent on defence for the whole of last year. these companies now live in a different financial realm. take a five—year view. here's how the big five — apple, microsoft, amazon, alphabet and facebook — have grown, valued today in the trillions. for most of the world, the pandemic has meant hardship and reccession, but for these superstar firms, it's been a case of up, up and away. they are arguably the greatest innovators in history, using remarkable engineering to deliver products and services for which there is insatiable demand. but their economic power raises profound questions for the rest of us. is enough of their wealth making its way to the workforce? are they paying the right
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amount of the right taxes in the right places? and how is it that, in just a few years, the biggest asymmetry of wealth, power and knowledge in modern history has emerged with such little resistance? the truth is, we're addicted to tech and can't imagine our world without it. except really, it's their world now. huw... our media editor amol rajan, going through recent results from the big tech companies. a permanent monument in tribute to fallen police officers and staff has been unveiled at the national memorial arboretum. the prince of wales and the prime minister were among those attending a dedication ceremony at the site in staffordshire. the open doorway structure represents a "threshold" — the threshold to a different space and to "the dangerous places where police go". 100 pledges have been unveiled
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by ministers to tackle the issues that limit opportunities in life for disabled people. it's part of the national disability strategy and it aims to increase the number of accessible homes and to adapt older properties. there'll be an audit of mainline railway stations to ensure that there's proper access. and a programme will be launched to make it easierfor disabled people to change jobs. the government says the £1.6 biliion strategy as a once—in—a—generation transformative plan, but charities and campaigners say it doesn't answer the need. our disability affairs correspondent nikki fox has this report. this cycling club in south manchester is open to people of all abilities. david can do as much as ten miles a day around this track, but when it comes to doing the things he loves, he struggles. public buildings with big steps and you can't find a ramp, so can't do anything, can't be like normal people.
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despite her best efforts, sue, who runs the club, hasn't even been able to sort an accessible bathroom. i've got people peeing in a bottle round the corner because they can't get into the toilet here. and after 18 years, i am still banging on about having proper facilities. today's strategy doesn't shy away from highlighting the many barriers millions face every day. it plans to increase the number of accessible homes, as well as supporting disabled people with employment opportunities. improving health outcomes is another key area. learning disabilities and autism training will be offered to all health and social care staff. but there are plans for more consultations and audits, including one around public transport and campaigners are frustrated by the promise of more reports and less action. i am really disappointed. this is a missed opportunity. the prime minister promised it
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would be the most ambitious and transformative disability plan in a generation. unfortunately, i think an awful lot of disabled people, 14 million of them, are going to see it as a broken promise. for disabled children like florence, the strategy has come too late. herfamily had to spend £15,000 fighting to get the right school for their 11—year—old daughter, who is autistic, epileptic and has global development delay. it felt so unfair. it felt so inappropriate to have to fight for something that should be a provision for all kids with special educational needs. the government has admitted the system is failing disabled children like florence and it's spending £300 million to improve special educational needs provision. we have a ministerial champion in every department. so the department for education will be held to account — they will be part of that annual report and they will have that ministerial champion who is making
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sure that policies across that department, and delivery, are actually happening. any plans to improve disabled people's lives will of course be welcomed, but charities believe the strategy falls short, as it doesn't deliver immediate, drastic action so that millions of disabled people are no longer held back by barriers in society. nikki fox, bbc news. a deaf woman has won the right to compensation after a judge upheld her complaint about a lack of on—screen sign language interpreters at two covid briefings in england. katie rowley took her case to the high court, arguing that the uk government had breached its obligations to deaf audiences under equality legislation by not providing british sign language in the way that other nations did. the glorious slate landscapes of gwynedd, in north—west wales, have been awarded unesco world heritage status. they now share that status with the likes
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of the great barrier reef, the grand canyon and the pyramids. the area includes several locations in snowdonia and is one of 32 sites on the list in the united kingdom. it's an achievement that's been many years in the making. our correspondent tomos morgan was there to see the announcement, and a warning — his report does contain flashing images from the start. 20 years in the making and recognition is finally here. the slate landscape which dominates this part of snowdonia is now given the prestigious unesco world heritage status and is on a list that includes the great wall of china, the galapagos islands and machu picchu. it's pioneer, dr david gwyn. i felt there was something very wonderful here, almost magical. i'm naturally delighted to hear now that after 20 years, our ambitions have been realised. few of us can resist the sight of men digging a hole. it's said wales roofed the world in the 19th
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century and in its heyday, the industry here employed close to 20,000. explosion so why does welsh slate have such a good name worldwide? firstly, it's the best slate in the world. it's one of the more denser slates, it's been proven on roofs for well over 200, 300 years. forformer quarryman fred hughes, this area has always been special. this place could have gone to rack and ruin, forgotten about. you know, more decay than there already is. so maybe this is a pathway to get it back up on its feet, have the recognition. it's just fantastic news. just as the taj mahal has for india and the pyramids for egypt, the hope is that the recognition for the slate mines here in north wales will also bring an economic boost to the area. for the locals in blaenau ffestiniog, it's tourism, a key employer here, that will hopefully benefit from today's announcement.
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in order to get the tourists to stay in blaenau, we need the investment putting into blaenau to get businesses that help businesses get up and running. for 1,800 years, slate has been mined in a silvery, striking and rugged landscape. and now the stone that's roofed buildings across the globe from westminster hall to melbourne, to rio, has brought an accolade sought world over. tomos morgan, bbc news, llanberis. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night. good evening. summer warmth and sunshine have been in short supply today. rain certainly hasn't been. plenty of drenching downpours and still that's met office amber warning across northern scotland with the risk of flooding and disruption. the wet weather continuing here for a time overnight. that rain also sinking down into northern ireland. for england and wales, showers taking a while to fade. most places will be dry
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by thursday morning. overnight lows around 9—10 celsius. quite a cool, fresh night for many, and then into tomorrow, northern ireland, scotland, northern england, can expect a lot of cloud and some outbreaks of rain. for wales, the midlands, east anglia and the southeast, plenty of sunshine and just the odd shower, but cloud and rain will approach the far southwest later in the day. some very brisk winds out there, and quite a cool feel to the weather as well, 16—21 celsius. cloud, rain and strong winds working across southern england and south wales through thursday night into friday. still some showers left as we head towards the weekend, but perhaps a bit more in the way of dry weather.
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this is bbc news. the headlines — relaxing the rules — from monday, fully vaccinated travellers from the united states and eu will no longer have to quarantine when they arrive in england, scotland or wales. they will still have to present negative covid tests. thailand, south korea, malaysia and japan have all reported the highest daily number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic. the delta variant is being blamed for the surge in cases. nearly 28,000 new covid—19 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours across britain. that's an increase of over 4000 and the first rise in the daily total after seven days of falling cases. prince charles unveils a national memorial in honour of all the british police officers who've died in the line of duty.

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