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The cost of hosting the Olympics - BBC News
Hosting the Olympics comes with a hefty price tag. But is holding the world’s biggest sporting event worth the investment for host cities? Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #Olympics #BBCNews
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Reporting on the Olympics in a pandemic - BBC News
Empty airports, quarantining, and the ‘Olympic bubble’ - Tokyo 2020 will be unlike any other Olympics in history. Here's what happened when the BBC’s Mariko Oi travelled from Singapore back to her hometown, with endless paperwork and numerous Covid tests along the way. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #Tokyo #Olympics #BBCNews
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Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony to begin later - BBC News
The most troubled Olympics in recent history will formally open in a few hours time in Tokyo – as the Japanese capital records its highest number of new daily Covid cases in six months. More than 11,300 athletes from 207 countries will compete over the next couple of weeks. With Tokyo in a state of emergency after a Covid spike, the Games have come under huge criticism from the Japanese public, the majority of whom have said they want the Olympics to be cancelled or postponed again. Safety is paramount for the organisers, and huge precautions are being taken, with no fans, from either Japan or overseas, being permitted inside venues. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #Olympics #Tokyo #BBCNews
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Drone video shows scale of China floods damage - BBC News
Aerial images capture the scale of floods in China's Henan province, showing stranded cars and roads still substantially under water. Twelve people were killed after record-breaking rainfall flooded underground railway tunnels in the city of Zhengzhou, leaving passengers trapped in rising waters. More than 500 people were eventually rescued from the tunnels in Henan province, officials said. Days of rain have caused widespread damage and led to some 400,000 evacuations. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #China #Floods #BBCNews
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Olympics ceremony boss sacked over Holocaust joke - BBC News
The show director of the Olympics opening ceremony has been dismissed, one day before the event is due to be held. Footage of Kentaro Kobayashi from the 1990s recently emerged in which he seems to be making jokes about the Holocaust. Japan's Olympic chief Seiko Hashimoto said the video ridiculed "painful facts of history". The dismissal comes days after a composer quit the team creating the ceremony after it emerged he had bullied classmates with disabilities at school. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #Olympics #Japan #BBCNews
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Firefighters battle blaze from top of moving train - BBC News
In California, firefighters are fighting the state's largest wildfire from atop a moving train. Wildfires continue to rage throughout the western US and Canada and even cities on the east coast are feeling the effects. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #BBCNews
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France rolls out Covid health pass as cases soar - BBC News
A new Covid health pass has come into effect in France amid a surge of new infections. From Wednesday, people need proof of vaccination, a negative test or recent recovery from Covid to enter most museums and cinemas. Lawmakers will debate whether to extend its use for entry to cafes, restaurants and shopping malls. The country has seen an increase of 150% in infections in a week, as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #BBCNews
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Inside one flood-wrecked house in Germany as people begin to rebuild - BBC News
Marion Wenzel showed us around her home that has been totally destroyed by the "catastrophic" flooding that hit Germany. Her possessions lie in ruins, but her three children were able to get out alive. As waters recede, the scale of the damage is becoming clear. Dozens have died across regions of Germany and Belgium, and many are still missing. European leaders have blamed climate change for the floods, which have also affected Switzerland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #Flooding #Climate #BBCNews
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US Bootleg Fire burns area larger than Los Angeles - BBC News
The largest active wildfire in the US has burned through more than 364,000 acres, prompting thousands of evacuations. Over 2,000 firefighters are tackling the so-called Bootleg Fire in Orgeon - one of the largest blazes in the state's history. It has already scorched an area larger than the city of Los Angeles. It is one of more than 80 major fires raging across 13 US states, spurred by recent heat waves and high winds. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #BBCNews
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Twelve die as rain floods train tunnel in China - BBC News
Twelve people have died after record-breaking rainfall flooded underground railway tunnels in China, leaving passengers trapped in rising waters. Video shared on social media shows commuters just managing to keep their heads above water. More than 500 people were eventually rescued from the tunnels in Henan province, officials said. Days of rain have caused widespread damage and led to 200,000 evacuations. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #BBCNews
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Tom Brady cracks election results joke at White House - BBC News
The legendary quarterback shared a laugh about the election with President Biden during a White House visit celebrating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Super Bowl victory. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #TomBrady #NFL #BBCNews
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Jeff Bezos and crew launch into space on New Shepard - BBC News
Billionaire Jeff Bezos has launched into space, in the first crewed flight of his rocket ship, New Shepard. He was accompanied by his brother Mark Bezos, the 82-year-old space race pioneer Wally Funk, and an 18-year-old student. New Shepard, built by Bezos' company Blue Origin, is designed to serve the burgeoning market for space tourism. The passengers include the oldest person to go into space - Ms Funk - and the youngest, student Oliver Daemen. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #JeffBezos #BBCNews
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China accused of cyber-attack on Microsoft - BBC News
The UK, US and EU have accused China of carrying out a major cyber-attack earlier this year on Microsoft Exchange email servers. The attack affected at least 30,000 organisations globally. The UK said Chinese state-backed actors were responsible, while the EU said the attack came from "the territory of China". China has previously denied allegations of hacking and says it opposes all forms of cyber-crime. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #BBCNews
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Angela Merkel shocked by 'surreal' floods devastation in Germany - BBC News
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed shock at what she described as surreal destruction caused by last week's flooding. At least 188 people in Germany and Belgium are now known to have died in the floods. Heavy rain is continuing to wreak havoc, with attention now shifting to parts of Austria and southern Germany. European leaders have blamed climate change for the floods, which have also affected Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #Germany #Floods #BBCNews
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Nightclubs reopen in England after Covid restrictions lift - BBC News
Nightclubs are among the first venues to take advantage of the easing of Covid restrictions in England from Monday. With doors opening a minute past midnight, the BBC was at a nightclub in Leeds where revellers aren't being asked to wear masks or socially distance. Some people there said that this was the first time they'd ever been to a nightclub, as they had not turned 18 when the pandemic began. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #Covid #Coronavirus #BBCNews
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Covid rules ease in England as nightclubs reopen and bar service resumes - BBC News
Most legal restrictions on social contact have been lifted in England. There are now no limits on how many people can meet, nightclubs reopened at midnight, and table service will not be necessary in pubs and restaurants. Face coverings will be recommended in some spaces, but not required by law. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged people to still be cautious, and he is currently self-isolating after the health secretary tested positive for Covid. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #coronavirus #Covid #BBCNews
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Masks and social distancing at downsized Hajj - BBC News
Pilgrims have arrived in Mecca for the second Hajj to take place since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Pilgrims travelling to Islam's holiest site are expected to socially distance and wear face masks. The event is larger than in 2020, but is still far smaller than usual years. Only 60,000 fully vaccinated residents have been allowed to take part. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #Hajj #BBCNews
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Moment mum saves her five-year-old son from kidnappers - BBC News
A man has been arrested for attempted kidnapping after a five-year-old boy was snatched and thrown into the car in broad daylight in New York City. A street camera filmed the moment the boy's mother rescued her son by pulling him through the car window. She had been walking down the street with her three children when the attempted abduction took place in Queens on Thursday evening. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #NewYork #BBCNews
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Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan - BBC News
Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was killed on Friday while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near a border crossing with Pakistan. The 41-year-old, who worked with Reuters for more than a decade, covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Hong Kong protests and Nepal earthquakes. In 2018, he won the Pulitzer Prize in feature photography. He won it alongside colleague Adnan Abidi and five others for their work documenting the violence faced by Myanmar's minority Rohingya community. Recently, his photos of mass funerals held at the peak of India's devastating second Covid wave went viral and won him global praise and recognition. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #BBCNews
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The new space race is on but will we be part of it? - BBC News
The new race for space is on and the out of this world industry could be worth over $1 trillion in just 20 years. Extra-planetary entrepreneurs like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Richard Branson have some very ambitious goals for the future of space travel. But will be part of it? The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #Space #BBCNews
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Floridians rally in support of Cuban protesters - BBC News
Across Florida, Cuban-Americans have been participating in rallies showing their support for protests in Cuba. Cubans have been protesting the communist government for their handling of the coronavirus and the economy in a rare sign of defiance. Protests are not often seen on the Caribbean island, where opposition to the government is stifled. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #BBCNews #Florida #Cuba
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Roma women seek compensation for coerced sterilisations in Czech Republic - BBC News
Lawmakers in the Czech Republic are considering a new proposal to pay compensation to hundreds - possibly thousands - of women who were sterilised without their consent. Most of the procedures were carried out during the 70s and 80s, and most of the women were part of the nation’s Roma minority. Now campaigners hope they are close to winning a long-running battle for financial redress. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #CzechRepublic #BBCNews
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How have dozens died in flooding in Germany? - BBC News
More than fifty people have died and thousands of others have been displaced by extensive flooding in parts of western Germany and Belgium. In Germany - the most severely affected country - dozens of people are still missing. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has called it a catastrophe, linking the events to climate change. Ros Atkins looks at how the events unfolded and the impact across Europe. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #BBCNews
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Dutch reporter who exposed underworld dead after shooting - BBC News
The Dutch crime reporter Peter R de Vries, who was shot and seriously wounded in central Amsterdam nine days ago, has died. The 64-year-old was shot in the head minutes after leaving a TV studio. Mr de Vries had won critical acclaim for his reporting on the Dutch underworld - including the 1983 kidnapping of the beer millionaire Freddy Heineken. The statement released by his relatives on Thursday said he died "surrounded by the people who love him". Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #BBCNews
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Angela Merkel's last trip to Washington after 16 years in office - BBC News
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is making her farewell visit to Washington DC after nearly 16 years in office, during which time she has worked with four US presidents. Her tenure ushered in a warm transatlantic friendship, marked by occasional spats over Germany's military spending, climate change and financial recovery policies. Ms Merkel isn't running again in September's German parliamentary election, and this last White House bilateral could be a litmus test for both nations going forward. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #AngelaMerkel #US #BBCNews
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