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Taliban leaders, who've never been seen in public before, have been making their first statements on Afghan soil, to a world shocked by their lightning seizure of power.

They hoped to calm a worried nation and international community, with assurances that those Afghans who assisted international forces would come to no harm, that media freedoms would be protected, and that women would be allowed to study and work, within Islamic principles.

Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten reporting by international correspondent Lyse Doucet.

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The Taliban are urging Afghan people to stay and rebuild their country but will not stand in the way of those who want to leave, if they have the correct documentation, a spokesman has told the BBC.

Suhail Shaheen said people could still leave on commercial flights after the deadline for foreign troops to leave by 31 August.

He said: "We are not putting hurdles in their way if they have a passport issued - they can go on commercial flights at any time. We want them to stay in the country but if they intend to go, they can... if they have the proper documents."

But he stressed there would be "consequences" if the foreign forces stayed beyond 31 August. He did not elaborate on what this would mean, saying only that the Taliban leadership would decide.

G7 members will meet virtually tomorrow to discuss whether to try to extend the 31 August deadline amid chaotic scenes at Kabul airport.

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Two wartime RAF planes have flown over Captain Tom Moore's home to honour the war veteran and fundraiser on his 100th birthday.

He watched as the Hurricane and Spitfire flew overhead.

RAF Squadron Leader Mark Sugden told BBC reporter John Maguire what they were like to fly.

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More than 700 people have been arrested in Britain and tens of millions of pounds have been seized after the police infiltrated a top secret communications system used by criminal gangs.

It's being called the biggest and most significant law-enforcement operation ever carried out in the UK.

The gangs were using a device that looks like a normal mobile phone. But each one costs up to £3,000 and they were used by high-level criminals to talk to each other.

The gangs believed nobody could listen in, but they were wrong.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Home Affairs correspondent Tom Symonds.

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A billion... it’s hard to fathom.

It’s a number that’s thrown around a lot, from party manifestos to conference speeches, but how well do we really understand what it means?

Can mathematical gymnastics and time-bending scenarios anchor the number in reality?

The BBC's Mattea Bubalo explains.


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At least 23 people have been killed and dozens injured after a metro overpass collapsed in Mexico City while a train was travelling on it, officials have said.

Several train carriages plunged to the ground, crushing at least one car, which was on a busy road underneath.

Rescue workers and firefighters are still searching for survivors.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said the cause of the accident was still being investigated, but it appeared a girder had given way on the overpass.

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Brazilian researchers have found that snake venom could be used as a tool in the fight against coronavirus.

Brazilian researchers have found that a molecule in the venom of a type of snake slowed down the reproduction of coronavirus in monkey cells.

The study showed a molecule produced by the Jararacussu pit viper, one of the largest snakes in Brazil, reduced the disease's ability to multiply by 75%.

The Viper's venom has enough potency to kill 16 people, but the dangerous snake could potentially help scientists develop a drug to combat Coronavirus

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Students from more than 50 universities are taking part in a rent strike in protest at how the pandemic has affected their studies.

Many courses have moved to remote learning which has caused some students to go back home.

With mental health also a big concern, the Higher Education regulator is calling for more financial and emotional support for students.

Kate Silverton presents BBC News reporting by Adina Campbell.

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A gunman has killed six people at a university in the Russian city of Perm, officials say.

The assailant walked on to the campus on Monday morning and started shooting.

Students and teachers barricaded themselves inside the university building; others were seen jumping from windows.

Police say they wounded and detained the attacker, who is said to be a student. More than 20 people were injured during the shooting.

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Twin girls who were born joined at the head, and separated last year by a team at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, have returned home to Pakistan.

Safa and Marwa Bibi underwent three major operations, spending more than 50 hours in theatre.

Their mother, Zainab Bibi, told the BBC she was delighted to be taking them back to the rest of their family.

"The girls are doing very well. Marwa has made good progress and only needs a little support," she said.

"We will keep an eye on Safa and take good care of her. God willing, both will start walking."
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The Kharai are a rare breed of camel found in the salt marshes of Kutch district in the western state of Gujarat, India.

They swim up to three kilometres in the shallow seas to reach their grazing land - the region's mangroves. But now local herdsmen say it's taking longer and getting harder to find mangroves where camels can graze.

They claim salt companies are blocking tidal waters and slowly drying up the mangroves. This is endangering the lives of the camels as well as their future.

Reporting by BBC Gujarati's Prashant Gupta, produced by Deepak Sharma and edited by Gaurav Rajpoot.

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The UK government proposes reducing UK greenhouse gas emissions to almost zero by 2050, under a new plan to tackle climate change.

The BBC's Michael Cowan went to meet a family who live self sufficiently in rural Wales, providing a glimpse of the kind of changes we may all need to make.

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Afghanistan is facing an economic crisis, with foreign reserves frozen as the international community decides how to help Afghans but not the Taliban.

There are restrictions on cash withdrawals and long queues at banks.

Second-hand markets have sprung up in cities across the country, with desperate Afghans trying to sell their possessions just to be able to afford enough to eat.

One woman, Shagufta, told us: "The Islamic Emirate is good, there's no theft or crime anymore. We just have one problem, there's no work and no money."

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The latest SpaceX Starship prototype has completed a successful high-altitude ascent and landing, making a controlled return to the ground in Texas.

However, four previous attempts all ran into trouble as they went through their touchdown manoeuvres.



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Meet the engineers who build glaciers from scratch to help isolated villages in Ladakh, the northern most province of India.
Sonam Wangchuk’s team hope that when the man-made sculptures melt, they will provide water in times of need.


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Rockets could be heard exploding nearby during prayers in Afghanistan to mark the start of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha.

Worship at the presidential palace in Kabul continued despite the attack, with some appearing frightened and unsure of what to do.

The prayers were being broadcast live and President Ashraf Ghani was in attendance.

The attack came amid a rise in violence in the country, as foreign troops withdraw after 20 years.

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The release of Facebook's content moderation guidelines has drawn attention to the difficult work of those whose job it is to review the material. The company says psychological help is available to all its moderators 24 hours a day.
Angus Crawford spoke to one woman about the impact of a job where you look at some of the worst material the web has to offer.
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Chad's President Idriss Déby has died suddenly in clashes with rebels in the north of the country at the weekend, the army has said on state TV.

His death came shortly after provisional election results which projected he would win a sixth term in office, with 80% of the vote.

The government and parliament have been dissolved. A military council will govern for the next 18 months.

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Tom Parker from boy band The Wanted says he refuses to let cancer dominate his life, almost a year on from being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

The star has set up a fundraiser at the Royal Albert Hall in London which will feature Ed Sheeran, Liam Payne and McFly as well as the first appearance for more than seven years by The Wanted.

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Armed robbers escaped in a convoy after violently storming a bank in the southern city of Criciúma
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The armed gang targeted a Banco do Brasil on Tuesday night in a raid that lasted for more than an hour.

Gunshots between the robbers and military police could be heard by residents of the city.

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