this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the trump organization and the company's chief financial officer are charged in court with tax fraud. both the company and the cfo have pleaded not guilty. the uk announced almost 28,000 new covid cases on thursday, but prime minister borisjohnson says he's increasingly confident about the impact of the vaccines. the speed of that vaccine roll—out has broken that link between infection and mortality. and that's an amazing thing. that gives us the scope we think on the 19th to go ahead. wildfires in canada force residents to evacuate from the region that recorded the country's highest ever temperature this week.
president biden travels to miami to thank first responders at the collapsed apartment block. and britney spears is invited to testify before congress about the conservatorship arrangement which has controlled her life for the last 13 years. hello, welcome to bbc news. i'm shaun ley. donald trump's company and its finance chief have been charged with tax—related crimes after a long investigation into allegations of fraud at the trump organization. at a hearing in new york, the prosecutor said there'd been a sweeping and audacious illegal payment scheme at the former president's company. allen weisselberg — who's worked for donald trump for decades — and company lawyers have denied the charges. our north america editor,
jon sopel, is outside trump tower in new york for us. if you listen to the district attorney, he makes it absolutely clear this is just following the facts and following the law, and that a grand jury has approved what happened. listen to the trump organization and you get a completely different story. there's a long statement — i'lljust read you a bit of it. "after years of investigating, dozens of subpoenas, millions of documents and millions of dollars of taxpayers�* money, the manhattan da's office has decided to charge select trump entities with providing a car and apartment. make no mistake — this is not about the law, this is all about politics." and donald trump will have been furious at the way he saw his chief financial officer treated today. the powerful moneyman of donald trump's business empire today led into court in handcuffs, surrounded by police — a heavy—handed and deliberate show of force by the new york authorities. the charge is being led by the district attorney cy vance. he'd been hoping to flip mr weisselberg, so that he'd
work with prosecutors, but the trump cfo is having none of it. and a statement from the trump organization spat defiance over the treatment of mr weisselberg. .. after a short hearing, he left court charged with fraud, charged with giving perks to trump executives and family members that were never declared. on the face of it, these charges might seem, after a three—year investigation, relatively minor — keeping payments off the books — but the district attorney is making clear to mr weisselberg, who's just leaving court now, that this is the start of a process, not the end of it. trump lawyers after the hearing were trying to sound upbeat. the company is very, very optimistic... and we're certainly hopeful that there will not be significant effects.
what donald trump desperately needs now is that he remains tough, because weisselberg is under pressure from the new york authorities to tell them everything he knows. this isn't over, nowhere near. jon sopel, bbc news, new york. the british prime minister, borisjohnson, says he will set out in the next few days how he plans plans to end coronavirus restrictions in england on the 19th ofjuly. it comes as the uk today recorded its highest daily number of new infections since the end ofjanuary — almost 28,000. here's our health editor, hugh pym. it's been more than a year of unprecedented restrictions, including mask wearing and lockdowns, with shops and some other businesses told to close their doors. but now, largely thanks to the vaccination programme, ministers say an end is in sight in england onjuly the 19th. borisjohnson said vaccines had broken the link between covid infections and deaths with the virus. that's an amazing thing.
that gives us the scope we think on the 19th to go ahead cautiously, irreversibly, to go ahead. experts agree that vaccines are having a significant impact. during the peak injanuary and february, daily hospital admissions, seen here on the right, moved up sharply following the rise in cases, seen here on the left. but since may, cases have risen quite fast, but hospital admissions, on the right, have gone up much more slowly. scenes like these on tuesday seem set to be repeated as the team progresses in the tournament. public health officials are urging people to follow the guidelines, advising them to avoid gathering indoors. data in scotland revealed a number of cases were linked to fans travelling to london two weeks ago. you have the potential for lots of super spreader events all across europe, not just from fans travelling to actual matches, but fans
travelling to the cities and then going out to the bars and celebrating, on trains, on public transport, but also at each other�*s houses. the organising body uefa has been branded as "utterly irresponsible" by a german government minister for allowing big crowds. uefa said it was fully aligned with local health guidelines at each venue. the uk currently has a lot more cases than other leading european nations, at 281 per1 million people on the rolling daily average. spain, for example, has 110. france and italy, a lot fewer. the uk's vaccination programme, though, keeping deaths relatively low, is well ahead — at 114 total first and second doses per 100 people, followed by spain, italy and france. the european organising body uefa has been branded as utterly there was a warning today there
could be a new wave of infections in europe, following the uk, with the spread of the delta variant first identified in india. the three conditions for a new wave of excess hospitalisations and deaths before the autumn are therefore in place. new variants, deficit in vaccine uptake, increased social mixing. the uk's ministers, meanwhile, believe that the successful vaccination roll—out paves the way for a further opening up of society, though the drive is still on to get as many people jabbed as possible. hugh pym, bbc news. canadian authorities are now battling wildfires after the extreme heatwave that's hit the western part of the country. residents in lytton were forced to evacuate, as fires engulfed the area. on tuesday, the town recorded the country's highest ever temperature of 49.6 degrees celsius. some 250 people fled the fires — some filming as they left. oh, my god, look at that! our house is actually doing pretty well so far.
holy bleep! spences bridge... cos at least we sort of know a few people there. those ones have just gone. the whole village is going. i'm joined now by gordon murray, who filmed that footage while making his way to safety. he's now in vancouver. hejoins us. he joins us. thank hejoins us. thank you he joins us. thank you very much for being with us. it is almost even knowing what is happening, must be slightly unbelievable when you look at those pictures, to think of what the town was like just a few days ago. the town was like “ust a few days a . o. . ~' the town was like “ust a few days auo. . ~ , ., the town was like 'ust a few days auo. . ~ ,, ., the town was like 'ust a few days auo. . ~ i. ., ., the town was like 'ust a few days auo. . ., ., ., ago. thank you for having me and talk about this _ ago. thank you for having me and
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would have, had the time, been able to get, just got in the car and drove, and had no idea even which direction to drive because there was so much smoke it so much fire that wejust had to so much smoke it so much fire that we just had to kind so much smoke it so much fire that wejust had to kind of so much smoke it so much fire that we just had to kind of direction that we thought would be most likely to get out of the fire and go for it. ~ ., to get out of the fire and go for it. . ., ., , to get out of the fire and go for it. ~ . to get out of the fire and go for did it. what was it you saw? i note you did not do — it. what was it you saw? i note you did not do this — it. what was it you saw? i note you did not do this in _ it. what was it you saw? i note you did not do this in response - it. what was it you saw? i note you did not do this in response to - it. what was it you saw? i note you did not do this in response to in - did not do this in response to in official warning, what was it you saw that made you think, we cannot hang around, this is not in dispute to we have got to get out? initially, wejust to we have got to get out? initially, we just saw smoke, but there had been a fire in the area that had started before the heatwave come about ten days ago, and so we initially assumed that was just clearing up because of the wind. and it was supposed to be quite far away, so we were not too worried about it, but then the smoke got thicker and thicker and the people next door, we saw, actually... our next—door neighbours were battling
small spot fires with their garden hoses, and that was the first thing that freaked us out, and so we started trying to prepare to go, just in case, and then we didn't get any notification, we are checking for any emergency warnings, there was not anything, and that all of the sudden our cell phones when debt and the power went out to —— went out. -- went out. have you had any idea what happened _ -- went out. have you had any idea what happened in _ -- went out. have you had any idea what happened in lytton _ -- went out. have you had any idea what happened in lytton since - -- went out. have you had any idea what happened in lytton since you | what happened in lytton since you have left? not only to your own home but to the people in the places you knew around you?— but to the people in the places you knew around you? there have been a coule of knew around you? there have been a coople of photos _ knew around you? there have been a couple of photos that _ knew around you? there have been a couple of photos that have _ knew around you? there have been a couple of photos that have come - knew around you? there have been aj couple of photos that have come out. i am not sure took them, but i am assuming they were news crews that were up there, which are, and this is not hyperbole, they are
apocalyptic. whole blocks of the village are just completely disappeared, it is not even... you would not even think there had been anything there. they are burned so far to the ground that there is no... you cannot see anything. it just like an empty street. there's definitely been asked of destruction. when we left, a lot of those buildings were still standing, our house was still standing, we were able to grab our 22 of our pets. unfortunately, we did not have time to find a third one, it was hiding, and so we had to leave —— grab two of our pets. it is fortunate we did, because we were already driving through fires that were crossing the road and if we had left much longer, i do not know if we could have made it through. i just also wanted to point out...
briefly, if you could come up and just go ahead. i briefly, if you could come up and just go ahead-— briefly, if you could come up and just go ahead. i 'ust wanted to say that this is — just go ahead. ijust wanted to say that this is not... _ just go ahead. ijust wanted to say that this is not... we _ just go ahead. ijust wanted to say that this is not... we are - just go ahead. ijust wanted to say that this is not... we are the - that this is not... we are the canary in the coal mine. i have no doubt in my mind that this is about climate change, and this is going to be happening more and more all over the world. in a rural area, be happening more and more all over the world. in a ruralarea, so nobody was prepared for it, and again i think this is an bl medic of climate change. nobody is prepared for how fast this is going to happen and how destructive it is going to be, and so people have to start taking this really, really seriously, and we have to start the carbonised in our economy and de—colonizing our attitudes towards this. de-colonizing our attitudes towards this. ,., ., de-colonizing our attitudes towards this. ., ~ ., ., ., this. gordon murray, we are going to have to leave — this. gordon murray, we are going to have to leave it _ this. gordon murray, we are going to have to leave it there. _ this. gordon murray, we are going to have to leave it there. thank - this. gordon murray, we are going to have to leave it there. thank you - have to leave it there. thank you very much for speaking to us. made some powerful, powerful points, and you have a lot of people's simply. that does not solve any of the
problems you're facing, but we hope very much you and your family will be able to rebuild your lives... a gofundme page, people can look out for about listen. thank you very much. —— about listen. gordon murray, thank you. stay with us on bbc world news. still to come: a royal reunion — princes william and harry unveil a statue of their mother on what would have been diana's 60th birthday. china marked its first day of rule in hong kong with a series of spectacular celebrations. a huge firework display was held in the former colony. the chinese president, jiang zemin, said unification was the start of a new era for hong kong. the world's first clone has been produced of an adult mammal. scientists in scotland have produced a sheep called dolly that was cloned in a laboratory using a cell from another sheep.
for the first time in 20 years, russian and american spacecraft have docked in orbit at the start of a new era of cooperation in space. cheering challenger powered past the bishop rock lighthouse at almost 50 knots, shattering a record that had stood for 3h years. and there was no hiding the sheer elation of richard branson and his crew. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the trump organization and the company's chief financial officer are charged in court with tax fraud. both the company and the cfo have pleaded not guilty. and the uk announced almost 28,000 new covid cases on thursday, but prime minister borisjohnson says he's increasingly confident about the impact of the vaccines.
to miami now, where president biden has been meeting families and rescue workers in surfside, where the apartment building collapsed a week ago. 18 people have been confirmed dead, while more than 140 are still missing. rescue work has been paused, amid concerns about the safety of the part of the building that's still standing. the bbc�*s sophie long reports from surfside. how are you? president biden thanking the rescue workers who have been searching for survivors day and night. he also spent time with the families affected, who he centre through hell. , ., affected, who he centre through hell, , a, a affected, who he centre through hell. , . , . ., . hell. they had basic heart wrenching tuestions hell. they had basic heart wrenching questions - — hell. they had basic heart wrenching questions - will— hell. they had basic heart wrenching questions - will i _ hell. they had basic heart wrenching questions - will i be _ hell. they had basic heart wrenching questions - will i be able _ hell. they had basic heart wrenching questions - will i be able to - questions — will i be able to recover the body of my husband, my daughter, my mother, my... jilland i want him to know that we are with them and the country is with them.
his visit fell on a day made even more agonising than those that came before, with news the rescue operation had become too dangerous to continue. the last thing the people he came to console will to hear. when i saw the video, my heart was ripped from my chest, because that's the moment i saw my mum and my grandmother die, so it was very difficult. and that's all i see now when i close my eyes. now, pablo tries to hold on to memories of happier times. in the days that have passed since the building where his mother and grandmother lived crashed to the ground, rescue teams have been working around the clock, painstakingly removing rubble, searching for survivors. it is a dangerous and demanding task, both physically and emotionally. we are human beings _ and we are dealing with human beings beneath the surface. and we know that we look for them and we do the best to get to them, but still, the thought that under
|all this concrete, all this steel, | there is a person —i maybe a little boy — that is buried there, it's very. difficult to feel, to understand. the families of those still unaccounted for have been to visit the site, and some have told me that seeing the homes that they used to visit reduced to rubble with their own eyes is helping them now to start to prepare for the worst. all of them, though, have one question — how long? how long can someone possibly survive in there? it's a question no—one can answer, but they were able to see what's being done to reach those trapped in the twisted metal and concrete before the hope they cling to fades completely. they were able to understand that there was no longer a specific apartment, there is no spaces, and the crews are working night and day, 2a hours a day, 12—hour shifts, working on top of that pile, doing everything they possibly can
to dig deeper into the rubble to try to find anyone that could possibly be there. as the rescue operation continues, people are demanding answers their loved ones will never hear. my mum would have been shouting at the top of her lungs from the rooftop, from anywhere, speaking to anybody that would listen, to make sure that those responsible for this are brought to justice and that reform happens so that this never happens again to any other family, because no—one should have to go through this. this wasn't an earthquake, it wasn't a terrorist attack. this was a building. people went to sleep, and then they died. sophie long, bbc news, surfside, miami. the singer britney spears has been invited to testify before congress about the conservatorship arrangement which has controlled her life for the last 13 years. the move follows the rejection by a los angeles court of her request to remove her father from the arrangement. ms spears was placed under the conservatorship in 2008 due to concerns about her mental health.
the 39—year—old has said previously that she was traumatised and depressed by the arrangement. i'm nowjoined by sarah wentz, who is a lawyer at fox rothschild who specialises in estates and conservatorships. thank you very much for being with us on bbc news. let me ask you first of all, in terms of the case itself, there seems to be some confusion about the legal strategy, and that seems to have led people to be surprised by the outcome we have heard so far. i surprised by the outcome we have heard so far-— heard so far. i think that is fair to sa . heard so far. i think that is fair to say- the — heard so far. i think that is fair to say. the issue _ heard so far. i think that is fair to say. the issue is, _ heard so far. i think that is fair to say. the issue is, there - heard so far. i think that is fair to say. the issue is, there was heard so far. i think that is fair. to say. the issue is, there was a conservatorship hearing in november, november ten, where they actually asked to have bessemer trust appointed as co—conservators of the finances with mrs spears father, and in response to that, she asked that upon appointment of bessemer he be removed. it was clear from some documents filed two days ago in the
court that thejudge documents filed two days ago in the court that the judge had appointed bessemer but not signed the ruling, so what was actually filed with the judge yesterday was in order appointing bessemer, so i think there is some confusion about whether the judge was addressing the june 23 hearing or whether directly responding to the order that had not been signed from november ten. in terms of the substance of this, in a sense, it matters whoever it is conservator, and the one she has been dealing with is her father and thatis been dealing with is her father and that is where a lot of the debate has been over, herfather�*s role in her life, the issue that still surprises many people is that a woman who is a professional in her 30s, with children already, is denied the freedom to make some really quite intimate, personal decisions in her own life by illegal process, even though there is no suggestion that she lacks capacity. __ by suggestion that she lacks capacity. —— by illegal process. i suggestion that she lacks capacity. -- by illegal process.— -- by illegal process. i think there's a _ -- by illegal process. i think there's a couple _ -- by illegal process. i think there's a couple things - -- by illegal process. i think| there's a couple things going -- by illegal process. ithink- there's a couple things going on. one, the father's lawyers keep
saying, if you think you're capable to running your own life and making these decisions for yourself, why have you not brought forward a petition to terminate the conservatorship? that's a really good question and i do not have a form answer to that and it does bring to question what is per strategy with her legal team right now? but ethic what has been come clear from the church commits in the past two is the strategy of her father's legal team —— what i think has become clear from the court documents. they put into the court two days ago, saying to the court, we heard what my doctor said and we are concerned, so we are asking the court to investigate this, and i wondered why mrs spears lawyers did not bring for that position, and it actually came from her father's lawyer. actually came from her father's [a er, ,,., ., actually came from her father's [a er, ., . ., actually came from her father's la er. ., . ., ., lawyer. sarah wentz of fox rothschild, — lawyer. sarah wentz of fox rothschild, i— lawyer. sarah wentz of fox rothschild, i think - lawyer. sarah wentz of fox rothschild, i think we - lawyer. sarah wentz of fox rothschild, i think we are l lawyer. sarah wentz of fox - rothschild, i think we are going to be hearing a lot more about this. thank you for giving some of the background and context of that case.
prince william and prince harry have unveiled a statue of their mother, diana, princess of wales, on what would have been her 60th birthday. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. the event should've been solely about their mother — the unveiling by her sons of a statue of diana, princess of wales. but the sons, william and harry, have fallen out. the special bond between two young princes has been broken. harsh words are said to have been spoken. this afternoon, it could largely be hidden. they were with the spencer family — diana's two elder sisters, sarah and jane, and her brother, charles. everybody chatted quite amiably. how could it have been otherwise? william and harry, side by side for some of the time, but more often than not they stood apart, until the moment of the statue's unveiling.
the statue shows diana with anonymous children. it is intended, in the words of kensington palace, to reflect her warmth, elegance and energy. william and harry stood together to look at the statue and exchanged their impressions. the brothers went on together to inspect the gardens. there had been talk of them both making speeches. instead, there was a joint statement in which they said they remembered their mother's love and strength. "every day," they added, "we wish she was still with us." perhaps then her sons will wonder what she would've made of the current tensions. perhaps today will help them to reflect. that is the hope of the sculptor. the fact that their mother is there, you know, in a real physical sense, perhaps in the evening when the grounds are shut, they could easily come here for a moment of quiet reflection, and i hope that will give them some sort of comfort or solace. today's events will have been an important, shared moment for william and harry in which they will surely have felt their mother's influence. and perhaps it will have encouraged them to move on. because william and harry must surely know that the current
tensions between them are not good, for them or for the wider family. nicholas witchell, bbc news. perhaps some of her magic will work under warring family. finally, you remember that story about how blue orbit was good to go into space and a seat was being auctioned off on board for anybody who fancied joining jeff pazo is on this remarkable journey? joining jeff pazo is on this remarkablejourney? he has chosen someone else to go with him. a woman trained to fly in space will achieve her ambition, but there is more to it than that, it will be more to it than that, it will be more than 50 years late. wally funk was trained in the 1960s, but then the nasa programme was cancelled. now she has been invited tojoin the tech billionaire onboard the first crewed flight by his blue origin company out of the earth's
atmosphere later this month. and you can imagine wally funk is over the moon, and soon will be. that's it, bye—bye. hello there. thursday wasn't a bad day for many of us. it stayed dry across much of the country, apart from a few showers which developed later in the afternoon across southern england. for friday, though, it looks like we could see a few more showers around generally. but that said, there should still be quite a bit of sunshine around. it'll feel quite warm too. so we're in between weather systems for friday. this area of low pressure, though, will be moving injust in time for the weekend. it could bring quite a bit of rain at times and even some thunderstorms. so we start this morning off rather cloudy for many, bit of mist and fog around. that should tend to melt away quite quickly, and then there will be plenty of sunshine as we head on into the afternoon, but a scattering of showers will develop. some of them could turn out to be heavy and thundery. i think the focus of them towards central and eastern parts of the country. some areas avoiding them completely and staying dry,
and it will be quite warm too — top temperatures around 24 degrees. those showers continue into the evening, push their way further northwards, and then we start to see the influence of that area of low pressure arriving across the southwest, sending a band of showery northwards and eastwards across wales, the west country, into the midlands, and some of the rain could be quite heavy and thundery by the end of the night. and generally double figure values for most, so it's going to be a mild night. so for this weekend, it is looking decidedly unsettled, as low pressure will be nearby. here it is, very slowly moving its way northeastwards as it's pushing against this area of high pressure. it's likely to bring spells of heavy rain, maybe longer spells of rain at times on saturday. and then into sunday, widespread showers develop, and some of these could really be quite intense. so this band of rain will continue to journey its way northwards across england and wales through saturday morning. again, some of it could be thundery. scotland could start dry with some good spells of sunshine, before showery rain arrives there later on. further south, there will be some sunshine appearing,
but again showers will develop when temperatures reach highs of around 21 or 22 degrees. sunday, i think generally looking more unsettled across the board. we'll start off with some sunshine, but then showers will get going — some of these will be heavy, some thunderstorms mixed in there. we could see some localised flooding in places, in fact, and temperatures might be a degree or so down range from around 17, generally, to around 20 or 21 celsius. and then into the start of next week, low pressure sticks nearby. in fact, we could see a deep low which could sweep through to bring some wet and windy weather for a time.
this is bbc news, i'm shaun ley. the headlines... at a court hearing in manhattan, lawyers for the trump organisation and its chief financial officer have pleaded not guilty to tax fraud. the prosecutor said there had been a sweeping and audacious illegal payment scheme at the former president's company. president biden has been meeting the families of people who've died or are missing after the collapse of a huge apartment block in miami last week. he also met rescue workers, calling their efforts incredible. hundreds of people have been forced to leave their homes in a town in canada after a wildfire. lytton in british columbia has recorded the country's highest—ever temperature, 49.6 celsius on tuesday. and princes william and and prince harry have unveiled a statue of their mother, diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday. the brothers, whose relationship has been strained in recent months, met for the first time since the duke of edinburgh's funeral in april.