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and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. announcer: and now, "bbc world news". ♪ >> i am laura trevelyan in new york city "bbc world news america." a powerful earthquake in afghanistan kills at least 1000 people. morehan 1600 were injured which struck in the remote southeast of afghanistan, near the border with pakistan. reporter:. reporter: the skill of the disaster is hard to comprehend. all villages have been flattened. this is just the start of this crisis, as russian forces advance on the last ukrainian-held towns in the donbas, we joined volunteers trying to evacuate civilians. reporter: another family has
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just been loaded into the truck. another family saying goodbye to their home and to their lives. laura: as extreme weather events become more common, we hear about the impact from our correspondence around the globe. >> welcome. [applause] >> we are open! laura: and glastonbury is back after the pandemic. crowds are heading to england's iconic music festival, hoping forunshine. ♪ welcome to "world news america" pbs and around the globe. we begin in afghanistan, where more than 1000 people are reported to have been killed and many more injured by a powerful earthquake. it measured 6.1 in magnitude and damaged thousands of homes in one of the most worst and diplomatically isolated countries in the world.
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governed by a militant taliban, afghanistan is already in crisis, with millions facing famine. our correspondent now reports. reporter: a desperate search for survivors. hundreds of homes, entire commities wiped out in a single dreadful moment in the middle of the night. the village is worst affectedy this earthquake are in remote southeast afghanistan. with no paved roads, helicopters were used to transport some of the injured to the hospital. >> there was a rambling and my bed began to shake, he tells us. the ceiling fell down. i was trapped but i could see the sky. my shoulder was dislocated. my head was hurt. but i got out. i am sure seven or nine people from a family who were in the same room as neat are dead.
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reporter: in this hospital, patients are treated for their wounds. it is a fight to save lives. that thoughts are already turning to what happens next. , shelter is now a crucial need, because all houses have been collapsed. food, medicine, human tngs are really essential. reporter: the scale of this disaster is hard to comprehend. all these people have gathered to donate blood. but whole villages have been flattened. but this is just the start of this crisis. >> he was struck on his head by a piece of dris. >> three of our relatives were trapped under the rubble. there's nothing left of our house. someone who buys a tent will hand find a place to put it in.
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there. they will have no other choice. officials have called on eight agencies to help provide support. many are rushing towards the epicenter. but this was a country already struggling with a humanitarian crisis. millions are going hungry. and now the misery is intensifying. >> the situation is looking even more dire here in the province. we have seen heavy rain, cold weather, even hear. hundreds and hundreds of families have been left hopeless, making the situation even more difficult for the rescue efforts which are still ongoing, many people still expected to be trapped underneath the rubble. that was me all the more challenging. i was speaking to some of the people in the hospital, some survivors were telling me that around 90% of their homes and village districts had been destroyed. this looks to be the start of a major crisis, a major new
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crisis. laura: that is our correspondent reporting from afghanistan on yet another crisis. now to the war in ukraine. russia and forces are csing in on the beleaguered city of lysychansk in the donbas region. military sources tell the bbc, the russians are less than 12 miles away. they have captured most of the neighboring city of sievierodonetsk, though fierce fighting is continuing there. liberal officials say about 7000 civilians are left initially sank compared to the prewar population. our correspondent and his video journalist joined volunteers evacuating civilians. a warning, viewers may find the report upsetting. reporter: on the road to war. ukrainian tanks heading towards lucy that's, laden with troops.
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we follow a team of volunteers risking their lives to get others out. along the way, the stop for a daily ritual, praying to god to keep them safe. inside the city, the hallmark of russia's invasion, destruction which comes without warning. this shell exploded in front of our convoy. without the pause for prayer, we would have been right in its path. >> somhing just landed very close so we will go here and check out what the situation is. but it has been landing all day. very dangerous.
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[explosion] [dog barking] >> inside, cartier grabs documents as her 12-year-old son becomes homeless. they are leaving with next to nothing. one more family uprooted, like millions of ukrainians. now we realize there will be no happy ending here, she says. after the shell fell outside our yard yesterday, we lost all hope of being able to save ourselves without help. and help comes from anthon. he cofounded the aid group base ua with france.
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for two months, they have been doing rescue missions on the frontlines. they bring out a suspected stroke victim who has had no medical help for five days. fsasha, don't be scared, says a relative. everything is going to be fine. but she can no longer speak. reword people will be left behind there'll be too late to reach them? >> i an oh-fer sure that they will be left behind. street fights will happen here for weeks or maybe months, and obviously, these people shouldn't stay behind, but they will, and many of them will die or just stay under horrible circumstances for ages. reporter: and those who remain are witnessing the deathf their city this is the community arts center.
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lucy that's is being hollowed out bylaws. and by anguish. a father cries out over the body of his adult son killed recently in the fields near home by what looked like a russian cluster bomber attack. some still have time to grab their belongings, to flee with their children. this mother of four, clutching her toddler, cartier. she and her family have just emerged from months in the basement. her 12 year old is old enough to help with bags and understand adult worries. [explosions] reporter: it is all too much. [crying] nina says, she tries to calm the
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younger ones and tell them i'll be ok. another family has just been loaded into the truck. another family saying goodbye to their home and to their lives. the light is fading here now, there is not much time to evacuate more people tonight, and the sound of explosionis getting louder and closer. they were driven away to relative safety at sunset. the russians are closing in. lucy that's is running out of time. -- lu lulysichansck is running out of time. prof. glauber: lithuania has stopped goods and are e.u. sanctions moving into kaliningrad. kaliningrad does not have a border with russia and is
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surrounded by e.u. countries, so it relies heavily on goods moving by rail through lithuania. correspondent reports from the region. reporter: it is a piece of russia in the heart of europe. kaliningrad is 300 miles from mainland russia. russia's outpost and fortress. this is the home of the baltic fleet. for supplies, it has relied on rare links to lithuania. but because of e.u. sanctions, the transit of key russian goods is now banned. >> that is a problem for t corete plant. reporter: is barely operating as it is. with russian cement now on the sanctions list, it is another blow to his business. >> the sanctions will not only affect our business, they will affect eryone. our factory is at a standstill.
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we aren't making anything so the builders cannot build anything. there is a chain reaction. reporter: threw an you iists it has not been located kaliningrad. russian passengers can travel freely through lithuania to get here, and so cannot russian goods not on the e.u. sanctions list. but it hasn't called the saber-rattling from russian officials. >> this week the hawkish head of russia's security council flew to kaliningrad. he attacked the west and the last the transit ban as a hostile act. the warned of serious consequences for the lithuanian people. today his boss mark the anniversary of the nazi invasion of the soviet union. the kremlin leader has yet to announce his response to the ban. the message from america --
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don't even think of involving the russian army. >> our commitment toato and specifically to natives article v, the premise that an attack on one would constitute an attack on all, that commitment on the part of the u.s. is ironclad. reporter: and what does the fishermen think? like many of the people i spoke to in kaliningrad, he doesn't blame lithuania or the west. >> we need to establish relations, make them better. i want peace and friendship with all countries. corporation, instead of confrontation. that is not the kremlin line. steve rosenberg, bbc news, kaningrad. laura: the u.s. senate is moving forward with the most significant gun-control law in decades. democrats and republicans have voted to advance a bill which would toughen background checks
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for gun buyers under 21, incentivize states to take guns away temporarily from people deemed dangerous, and for the first time, block the sale of guns to those convicted of abusing married partners. there is also funding for mental health programs, and school security. democrats hope they will be a final vote in the coming days. around the world, ereme weather is becoming more common. exacerbated by climate change, these events are growing more severe, affecting the lives of billions o people. tonight will hear from bbc correspondents around the world on the impact of drought in east africa, record heat in spain, and extreme rainfall in china. we begin with flooding in south africa, with our correspondent in johannesburg. reporter: weather experts described the floods that devastated kwazulu-natal in april as the worst scene in that region in 60 years. in a matter of two days of rainfall, thousands of homes
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were flattened, roads were destroyed, and thousands worth of infrastructure brought to naught. people have barely begun to rebuild. officials say, lessneed to be learned on how to better prepare for extreme weather conditions. it is a harsh lesson that has been learned by the people of this country, one that has left them questioning, how to better prepare for the future. >> in this province, it is the rainy season. they have been floods here throughout history. however, chinese scientists are word that climate change is making the frequency and seriousness of these floods so much worse. it's not only refer t melting glaciers in the himalayas, pushing large volumes of water down into china's rivers. south of the country this week, some parts have seen the most rain they have had in decades. it is driving muddy water through suburban areas.
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there have been landslides, and hundreds of thousands have been moved to safety. north of the country, there have been heat waves. from the north to the south of china, emergency teams including rescue workers, have been going from town to town to deal with these extreme weather events. reporter: the summer has barely started, yet here in rain, the country has already had two episodes of unusually high temperatures. so far in recent weeks, first in may, and more recently in mid-june when some evidence of the country were seng temperatures of up to 43 degrees celsius, that is 110 degrees fahrenheit. those temperatures are not unheard of in mid-july or mid-august, for example, but they are unusual in may or in june. one of the consequences of those hot, dry conditions has been a series of wildfires around the coy, most recently in the central province of zamora, were
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many areas of rural land or devastated in what has been the worst fire there for several decades. reporter: here in east africa, large parts of the region have experienced 4 consecutive failed rains. what that means is families have not been able to grow food to feed themselves, or to sell. anif they had livestock like cows, goats, or camels, they are likely to have died because of a lack of water or pasture. looking at the bigger picture, there are questions as to whether climate change is to blame for this draft. scientists have not made the call yet. laura: our correspondent in nairobi ending that report on the effects of extreme weather around the globe. governments our meeting in rwanda for the first time since the pandemic. the queen is the head of the commonwealth, a group of more than 50 nations, most of which
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were part of the british empire. prince charles is representing the queen at this global summit, as she cannot travel due to mobility issues. the times of london has reported that prince charles says the uk's government policy of sending migrants to everyone there for processing is appalling -- sending migrants to rwanda for processing is appalling. let's get to our guest. rwanda is hosting the summit. they are part of this policy even though it is controversial. tell us what is being said there. guest: exactly. as you mentioned, the times quoted that prince charles had said he was appalled by the uk's decision that their policy to send refugees as well as immigrants to rwand but this is just one of a few issues that could overshadow the current meeting that is taking place here in kigali.
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there is also human rights organizations who are asking them to talk about rwanda's track record of human rights abuses. there is also diplomatic tensions with rwanda's neighboring country, the drc. there are issues that people are waiting to hear and to see whether or not heads of states will discuss. laura: and joyce, of course, prince charles's mother is the queen of the commonwealth. our other commonwealth countries thinking of basically getting rid of her as their head of state? reporter: yes, she is indeed. the queen has also expressed that she wants prince charles to be her successor wendy she steps down as the head of the commonwealth. despite this being a role which is not inherited. so you mentioned there, are other countries wanting to perhaps become republics and
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turn away from the monarchy? the answeruite frankly is, we have seen barbados do it, jamaica is in talks about doing the same event bigger and more developed countries who make up the commonwealth such as australia. whether they will progress in this is something we will have to agency. laura: we will indeed. joyce in kigali tonight, thank you. in other news from around the world, the crown prince of saudi arabia is in turkey, in his first visit to the country since journalist jamal khashoggi was murdered at the saudi consulate in istanbul. the turkish president will hold talks with mohammad bin salman, the u.s. intelligence -- who u.s. intelligence agencies believe ordered the killing into jamal khashoggi. the visit has been condemned by khashoggi's fiance, who is turkish. the president has called for a three-month suspension of the gas tax in the u.s. the average cost of a gallon of gas is up one dollar from your go. the relief would knock $.18 from
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the cost of a gallon of gas. it is estimated that the levy would cost the government $10 billion. parents in the u.k. have been warned to make sure their children's polio vaccines are up-to-date. traces of the disease were found in london's sewage system. health officials believe it could be linked to someone who received a vaccine abroad, using a jab that featured a live form of the virus. the secretary of health said he not particularly worried about the outbreak because of the high rate of polio vaccination in the u.k. the world bank has approved financial support work $2.3 billion to help the food crisis in east and southern africa. 66 million people in the region were facing possible famine. if eop and madagascar, two countries suffering -- ethiopia and madagascar, suffering pronged drought, will get the first rounds of funding.
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one of the world's most famous music festivals is back in the english countryside after a three-year absence due to the pandemic. 200,000 people are to show up in somerset, eagerly awaiting the first performances at glastonbury, which begin on friday. the stars of the show include paul mccartney, billie eilish, and diana ross, as collin peterson reports. >> welcome. [applause] reporter: after a three year rate, the very moments that glastonbury finale reopened its doors -- after a three year wait. the festival's founder was there to greet people. [chatter] >> thank you. [laughter] reporter: it was clear howh it meant to be back. >> it is incredible, isn't it,? >> it is also exciting. >> spectacular this year. been waiting so lon, and it is the biggest buildup we have ever had. >> have an amazing time.
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reporter: festival goers had cute all night to make sure they >> three years, it has been a long wait. what does it mean to you? >> it means everything. this is my favorite place in the entire world. to be back here has bn absolutely fantastic. >> is my first time. so i cannot wait. reporter: explain the rollers. >> [laughter] >> after the -- last night. reporter: and it is a very special day for one family ignored her famy. for her birthday he 2020 all she wanted wasicket to glastonbury. you made it! >> i am in. reporter: two years later, she is finally getting to go. i hear that you will get to the front of the stage. describe your tactic. >> snake around the side. [laughter] you can get near the front. you can't get through the middle
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. [laughter] >> you know, i can't keep still. i am still running around. >> welcome to glastonbury, baby! reporter: the number 1 must see is paul mccartney. nanny pat says she will be at the front, and taking no prisoners. laura: i hope it doesn't rain on pat and her pals. before we go, a bit of destruction with a purpose. in new york, a bulldozer pulverized 100 illegal dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles that police had confiscated. the event was hosted by the mayor, who called the bikes extremely dangerous and an annoyance. police have seized a total of 2000 bikes this year, nearly 90% more than in 2021. each vehicle will be turned into scrap metal and eventually recycled. a noble purpose, of course, but
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also one of that produced these rather dramatic, and some might say, quite pleasing crushing images. i am laura trevelyan. thank you so much for watching "bbc world news america." ♪ narrator: funding for this presentation of this program is provided by... narrator: financial services firm, raymond james. narrator: funding was also provided by, the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. ♪ ♪ narrator: you're watching pbs. ♪ da-da-da-duh-da-da-da♪ ♪ da-da-da-da-da-da ♪♪
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judy: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the "newshour" tonight, pain at the pump -- president biden asks congress to suspend the federal gas tax temporarily as rising prices pinch drivers nationwide. then, guns in america -- senators announce a bipartisan deal on firearm safety legislation in the wake of numerous mass shootings across the country. and, crimes of war -- the international criminal court's top prosecutor investigates atrocities committed by russian forces in ukraine. >> what we have to do is make sure we put the law into action.


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