a warm welcome to viewers in the uk and around the world. this is bbc news with mark lobel. our top stories: president biden arrives in the uk for the g7 summit — it's his first foreign tour since taking office injanuary. the united states is back and democracies of the world are standing together to tackle the toughest challenges. the eu says its patience is "wearing very thin" with the uk, in talks aimed at avoiding a trade war over border checks with northern ireland. sky—gazers delight — amateur astronomers across the northern hemisphere await a partial eclipse of the sun. those in the arctic will have the best view. and, curfew stops play — the quarter— finals of the french tennis open
are disrupted by coronavirus restrictions, as 5,000 fans are forced to leave the court. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. president biden has arrived in the uk for the g7 summit. he began his first overseas trip with a rallying cry for the world's democracies — insisting the united states was back following the trump years. late on wednesday night air force one arrived in cornwall where the summit is taking place. he will meet the prime minister, borisjohnson at carbis bay on thursday, before the summit begins on friday. 0ur north america editor jon sopel has this report on the start of the us president's visit.
for the first time since becoming president injanuary, joe biden steps out from air force one on to foreign soil. the soil of suffolk and raf mildenhall, to be precise, on a perfect summer's evening. the president wants this first foreign trip that will take him to cornwall, brussels and geneva, to be seen as a decisive break from the trump years — america no longer isolationist. points he drove home to us servicemen and women at the base, once he'd told them to relax. please, at ease. i keep forgetting i'm president. laughter. america is back on a role of global leadership, he told them. at every point along the way, we're going to make it clear that the united states is back, and democracies of the world are standing together to tackle the toughest challenges and the issues that matter most to our future. that we're committed
to leading with strength, defending our values and delivering for our people. whether it be covid, the global economy or climate change, joe biden wants to see america at the forefront, and he looked ahead to the trickiest of his encounters on this trip. his meeting in geneva with the russian president. i'm heading to the g7 and then the nato ministerial and then to meet with mr putin to let him know what i want him to know. applause 0ne domestic issue where joe biden can be expected to weigh in is on northern ireland, where the us is watching with some unease british attempts to amend or renegotiate the northern ireland protocol that puts a de facto border for trade between mainland britain and the province. the us says the achievements of the 1998 good friday agreement, that played such a decisive role in bringing peace to northern ireland, must not be put in jeopardy. whatever way they find to proceed must at its core fundamentally
protect the gains of the good friday agreement and not imperil that and that is the message president biden will send when he is in cornwall. and if he had any indication that it would imperil the good friday agreement, would thatjeopardise a future us—uk trade deal? i don't want to sit here today and negotiate in public around linkage or make some claim or threat. i would just say that our concern runs very deep on the northern ireland issue. for g7 leaders, there will be relief to see a more familiar style of american president — less isolationist, more supportive of international bodies. less capricious. but there's unease too about how reliable a partner the us will be in the long
term, how much longer the us can be seen as the pre—eminent superpower. joe biden�*s got his work cut out. jon sopel, bbc news. the eu has doubled down on its threat to take action against the uk after talks about the implementation of post—brexit trading arrangements in northern ireland ended without a breakthrough. the row concerns the northern ireland protocol which allows for border checks on goods going into northern ireland from great britain. the british prime minister borisjohnson said a resolution to the row was "easily doable" 0ur political editor laura kuennsberg reports from cornwall. so, is this just the beginning? the beginning of what? the start of what could be a momentous week for this prime minister — to crank out deals with other democracies on climate, on covid and cooperation. i got it. as world leaders make their way to cornwall, he wants to be the host with the most. it's a big moment. don't forget, this is the first time in six months in office, almost, thatjoe biden, the us president, has been able to come overseas for a major trip.
it's his first time on the european continent, it's the first time any of us, really, have been able to see each other face—to—face since the pandemic began. and you know, the pandemic, let's face it, was a pretty scratchy period. so a tiny cornish bay is being transformed into a stage for the world. yet some of the nuts and bolts of the uk's friendship with its neighbours are already banged out of shape. while the prime minister was making his way to the south—west, in westminster, this diplomatic spat with the eu was reaching new levels of danger. the eu will not be shy in reacting swiftly, firmly and resolutely to ensure that the uk abides by its international law obligations. i was coming here with hope for a breakthrough. of course now we have to consider our future steps. it's not too late, let's correct the path, let's focus on what unites us. that tension is bound to be a topic of conversation here.
this huge get—together is the first since the uk left the eu, and there's a heightened sense of hostility over how the brexit deal�*s affecting northern ireland, just at the moment when borisjohnson wants to be showing why friendship matters. remember, under the deal, northern ireland has to follow some eu rules. so some goods are meant to be checked when they move from one coast to another. that created a trade border of sorts inside the united kingdom, but it avoided the need for a hard border between northern ireland and ireland. now time's passed, the uk is frustrated, it wants the eu to be flexible about the deal, but the eu's perplexed, they think the uk's not willing to do what it agreed.
and the time allocated to business to get used to some of the change is about to run out and there's a stand—off, because neither side appears willing to budge. so the problem we've got is that the protocol is being implemented in a way which is causing disruption in northern ireland. and we had some pretty frank and honest discussions about that situation today. there weren't any breakthroughs, there aren't any breakdowns either, and we're going to carry on talking. what we really now need to do is very urgently find some solutions which support the belfast good friday agreement, support that the peace process in northern ireland and allow things to return to normal. once the final preparations are complete, there is a big chance for the prime minister and for his colleagues from around the world to show they can pull together. but unscripted moments, unplanned for spats, could always spoil the show. reports from the us say america will send 500 million szier coronavirus vaccines to around 100 countries over the next two years. but congressional leaders are pushing for even more to be done. earlier, i spoke to congressman raja krishnamoorthi.
he is on the us coronavirus crisis select committee which has introduced some new legislation. he explains what he wants to achieve. this new bill called the novid act — it's a play on words, no more covid — aims to basically vaccinate 60% of the population of the world's 92 poorest countries. and this is absolutely needed right now, not only because it's the right thing to do, but it's also the smart thing to do to prevent those variants which are developing abroad, from coming back and defeating the progress we have made in our respective countries, with regard to obviously our health, but also our economic progress. so, to get to where you want to, 60% of 92 poorest countries, is 500 million doses enough? it's an excellent, meaningful step in the right direction, it's a great downpayment, but obviously to get to where we need to go, we need to have a lot more doses. we need to be talking
about billions of doses being produced and then getting into people's arms. so, how differently can these doses be produced in order to reach your target? basically, our novid act spins up the manufacturing capacity not only of our domestic companies but also our foreign partners, and basically tries to get to a point where we can ensure end—to—end delivery of these vaccines because if they don't end up in people's arms, they're not useful. so in my own birth country of india, we learned very quickly how variants and other strains of the coronavirus can take a country which was experiencing cases of no more than 10,000 per day, up to 300,000 per day in a matter of weeks, and we can't possibly allow that to happen either there or anywhere. so manufacturing will be easier in other countries, will it? well, i think that,
for instance, take india, which is the world's largest producer of vaccines. it's an essential component of what's called the quadrilateral initiative — the us, india, the australians and the japanese — in helping to vaccinate asia, for instance, because the indians are licensed, they are able to produce the astrazeneca vaccine within their country, and then export it abroad. of course, nobody predicted that they themselves would fall victim to such a huge surge of the coronavirus. and china and russia seems to be making a lot of headway here. is america going to look like it's constantly catching up? no, i don't think so. i think at this point, if you offer the average person the sinovacs, which is
the vaccine from china, or one of these modern vaccines — either the pfizer vaccine, or the moderna, or thejohnson &johnson vaccine — they're going to choose the latter, they're going to choose those ones that work. let's get some of the day's other news. dozens of iraqis in baghdad have been giving blood samples in the hope of identifying relatives of an islamic state massacre at a jail in 2014. the murder of around 600, mainly shia, detainees at badush prison, was one of thejihadi group's biggest attacks. the wife of the mexican drug lord known as el chapo, emma coronel aispuro, is expected to plead guilty on thursday in a federal court in washington, where she has been accused of helping her husband run the sinaloa cartel of smugglers. if convicted on all the charges she faces, she could be
sentenced to life in prison and fined up to 10 million dollars. she was arrested in february. a buckingham palace source has told the bbc that the queen was "never asked" for permission by prince harry and meghan to name their daughter lilibet, which was the queen's childhood nickname. on wednesday, the law firm schillings, which acts for the couple, wrote to some news organisations saying that claim is false and defamatory. 0ur royal correspondent jonny dymond says that two different versions of events have emerged. maybe it's an issue of interpretation. but let's rack back a bit. sunday night, we get an announcement from harry and meghan about the naming of their second child, their daughter, who will be lilibet diana mountbatten windsor. lilibet, as you say, is the queen's childhood nickname given to her by her grandfather and used by her closest relatives. the name she used on the funeral wreath of her dearest friend, one of her dearest friends, earl mountbatten. it means a lot, lilibet. over the next couple of days,
stories start to come out from various different sources, citing generally friends of prince harry, that the queen had given permission for lilibet to be used. and then, as you mention, a palace source told the bbc that she was never asked. within hours, there was a response from harry and meghan�*s spokesperson, who said that harry had spoken to his grandmother, the queen, as the first person to tell about the baby before the announcement was made that he had shared their hope of naming their daughter lilibet and that had she not been supportive, then they would not have used the name. so, two pretty contradictory accounts there of what happened. the palace, or a palace source at least, very keen to set the record straight, as they saw it, and equally, harry and meghan very firm that they thought that they had gone through all of the proprieties involved.
stay with us on bbc news, still to come: why 5,000 tennis fans were forced to leave their seats during the french open, quarterfinals. the day the british liberated the falklands. and by tonight, british troops had begun the task of disarming the enemy. in the heart of the west german capital, this was gorby—mania at its height. the crowd packed to see the man who, for them, has raised great hopes for an end to the division of europe. it happened as the queen moved towards horse guards parade for the start of trooping the colour. gunshots the queen looks worried but recovers quickly.
as long as they'll - pay to go and see me, i'll get out there and kick 'em down the hills. - what does it feel like to be the first man to cross the channel by your own power? it feels pretty neat. it feel marvellous, really. this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: on his first foreign trip as president, joe biden touches down in the uk. 0n the eve of the g7 summit he promises a multilateral america and support for global democracies. the eu says its patience is "wearing very thin" with the uk, in talks aimed at avoiding a trade war over border checks with northern ireland. when president biden meets his russian counterpart vladimir putin next week, he'll be discussing the treatment russia has meted out to jailed
anti—corruption campaigner alexei navalny. a statement by the moscow city court said navalny�*s regional network offices and his anti—corruption organisation were branded extremist and banned with immediate effect. that means anyone who publicly supports mr navalny�*s political network can now be barred from running for public office. well, russian parliamentary elections are due to take place in just over three months. well, earlier, ispoke to rachel denberfrom human rights watch and asked her reaction to this latest news. two basic reactions. one, that sadly, it is utterly unsurprising that the court ruled in this way. this is exactly what we can expect from russia's justice systems, unfortunately. the second reaction is that it's completely — it's a scandalous ruling, the lawsuit itself was completely unfounded and baseless.
and it's a very dangerous precedent that's been set. there are already organisations that have been branded extremist in russia — for example, thejehovah's witnesses have been branded extremist in russia. and since that time, in 2017, there are now almost 500 people in russia who arejehovah's witnesses who are under criminal prosecution. 55 are now behind bars, either having been convicted and serving sentences of like four or five, six, seven years injail, or they're awaiting jail. a worrying prospect for mr navalny�*s supporters. they are appealing this, but what affect do you think this will have on the upcoming elections? well, look, i mean, ithink the upcoming elections are pretty much
a foregone conclusion. i think that the aim of banning what's called the non—systemic opposition movement, the state opposition movement, it's not in the parliament, a probably premier of non—systemic opposition movement, that's to say an opposition movement that's not in the parliament. the aim of that is to remove, ithink, a movement that the government can't control. i don't think they ever really stood a chance in the upcoming election anyway. islamic state militants in afghanistan say they carried out a deadly attack on a mine clearance operation, in the northern province of baglan. at least 10 people were killed when masked gunmen burst into the halo trust compound, late on tuesday evening.
secunder kermani reports. rushed to hospital. victims of —— from a mining charity. i was six men in masks came into a room, said this man. then they started firing at everyone. i was hit, but managed to escape through a window. the victims worked for the halo trust, helping clear landmines and other explosives. the british charity has been in afghanistan since 1988. its work in conflict zones across the world has been supported by princess diana, amongst others. translation:- diana, amongst others. translation: , , ., ., translation: this is a great in'ustice. translation: this is a great injustice. these _ translation: this is a great injustice. these people - translation: this is a great injustice. these people were | injustice. these people were serving the country, they are
civilians. , . ~ serving the country, they are civilians. . ,, ., ., , civilians. islamic state group has claimed _ civilians. islamic state group has claimed responsibility i civilians. islamic state group| has claimed responsibility for this attack. be repeatedly targeted afghanistan's a shower minority. violence across the country has been flaring ever since us and international troops began theirfinal troops began their final withdrawal last month. peace talks are yet to make any real progress and many fear the worst is yet to come. secunder kermani, bbc news. stargazers in some parts of the world will be treated to a solar eclipse on thursday. the full spectacle will be visible from northern canada, greenland and some parts of russia. and weather permitting, a partial eclipse will be seen in northern asia, europe and the united states. our science correspondent, rebecca morelle, has more. it's one of nature's most dazzling sites — the moon casting its
shadow across the sun. the northernmost parts of the world will be treated to the best view, where the total eclipse will begin in canada, travelling across a narrow band of the earth before ending in siberia. and it's a special solar event known as an annular eclipse. an annular eclipse happens when the moon is a little bit further away from the earth, so it looks smaller in the sky. and what you'll be able to see is a sort of ring around the moon, and that is way the annular solar eclipses are sometimes known as the 'ring of fire'. they're incredibly beautiful eclipses to spot as well. so, how can you safely watch the eclipse? well, you should never look at the sun directly or through sunglasses, because you can seriously damage your eyes. use two pieces of card, one with a hole in it, to make a projection of the sun. or if you can get a pair of certified eclipse viewers, you can use these to watch the spectacle instead. across other parts of the globe, the united states, northern europe and northern asia, a partial eclipse will be visible.
scientists are urging people to take a look. i think it gives us an opportunity to connect with the sun. normally, the sun is so dazzlingly bright we kind of don't pay much attention to it, but during an eclipse of one form or another, we are able to remind ourselves, that if we look safely and with special filters and projection techniques, we can look at the sun and we can look at the moon gliding in front of it and remind ourselves this sort of clockwork solar system that we live in. eclipse—watchers everywhere will be hoping for good weather. if not, there will be another annular eclipse at the end of the year, one that will sweep across antarctica. rebecca morelle, bbc news. now, novak djokovic will face rafael nadal in the french open semifinals, after battling past matteo berrettini in a match that saw spectators ejected from roland—garros midway through. aruna iyengar has the details.
celebrating new freedoms. tennis fans toasting the chance to watch the tennis greats at new night sessions at roland—garros. 5,000 fans were allowed in to court philippe—chatrier for the quarterfinal. an electric atmosphere as top—ranked djokovic was ahead in the first set. cheering but the cheers turned to jeers as the quarterfinal was stopped at a critical point in the fourth set, officials stopped play at 11pm, in line with the new coronavirus cu rfew. are we going to go out or stay? unhappy fans were forced to leave the court. a cathedral—like silence for the rest of the match. the world number one perhaps making up for the lack of noise from the crowd by making some of his own. yes! commentator: djokovic. novak djokovic will now face
13—time champion rafael nadal for a place in the final but questions remain about whether the quarterfinal could have started earlier. aruna iyengar, bbc news. and before we go, on the east coast of the us, cicadas have been flying off the trees. well, in a chocolate shop just a few miles from washington, dc, they're also flying off the shelves. look away now if you're prone to getting a little queasy. in maryland, they're dipping the insects in chocolate to turn them into crunchy treats. delicious. the owner says they now have a five—day backlog of orders for chocolate—dipped cicadas. customers appear to love the delicacy. imean, i mean, anything dipped in chocolate, quite wrinkly, is delicious. isn't it? —— quite frankly. would you try one?
that's it for now. it's been a pleasure. goodbye. hello. two main points to take from our forecast for the next five days. number one, there is very little rain on the way for the uk as a whole, and number two — temperatures will be sitting above average for the majority of us in the days ahead. the reason for this weather, this ridge of high pressure which extends up from the azores. we will see various weather fronts trying to push their way in to the north—west. there'll be some rain for the northern isles on thursday. more cloud around in general and some patchy, light rain possible around western coasts and hills, often quite mucky and murky here with mist and fog as well. best of the sunshine on thursday will be for central and eastern england. quite windy to the north. that could break the cloud up quite nicely across eastern
scotland, seeing temperatures up to 23 around the moray firth. further south, 211—25 across central and eastern england. overnight thursday into friday, we do start to see a weather front having a bit more success working its way south across the uk, but not bearing anything significant in the way of rain. it basicallyjust introduces some slightly lower humidity here, so slightly less muggy across the northern half of the uk first thing on friday. to the south, still a warm and humid start, and a cold weather front works its way south through the day, but you can barely make it out. it's essentially a few showers drifting their way south across england and wales. the odd one may be sharper, but certainly, the majority of places will stay dry. ahead of the front, still looking at temperatures in the mid—20s, a little down on thursday thanks to more cloud. to the north, it will feel fresher, but temperatures still into the high teens, even the low 20s. and then, through the weekend, the high pressure plumbs us into a more southerly
airstream once again. it keeps things fine and it also bumps those temperatures back up after that brief dip behind the cold front on friday. there's what's left of the cold front heading off into the continent. here is saturday. aside from a bit of cloud across western scotland and perhaps northern ireland, wall—to—wall sunshine and temperatures above average across the uk. for sunday, just the chance of a little more in the way of rain getting pushed in on the front to western scotland. elsewhere, though, again, a lot of dry weather. sunday, if anything, the warmest of the two days. eastern scotland up to 2a, perhaps close to 30 in the south—east.
the headlines: us president, joe biden has arrived in the uk, on his first trip abroad since taking office. he's due to attend the g7 summit of world leaders in cornwall, where the agenda will include, covid recovery, climate change and trade. the eu has doubled down on its threat to take action against the uk — after talks about the implementation of post—brexit trading arrangements in northern ireland ended without a breakthrough. delayed border checks — are due to start at the end of this month. lawyers for the russian opposition activist, alexei navalny, say they will appeal against a court ruling that in effect bans his political movement. supporters face being barred from running for public office, with parliamentary elections due to take place in september. the ruling has been condemned by britain and the united states.