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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. lawyers for the trump organization and its chief financial officer plead not guilty to tax fraud in a court in new york. wildfires in canada force residents to evacuate from the region that recorded the country's highest ever temperature this week. presidentjoe biden meets families of people still missing after a building collapse in miami. and britney spears is invited to testify before congress about the arrangement which has controlled her life for the last 13 years.
if you justjoined us, 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 trump organisation. 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, has been 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's 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. 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. that footage was filmed by gordon murray and his family as they fled lytton. he is now in safety in vancouver. it is... we're still in shock. it all happened so fast. and as you know, there
was the record heatwave before that, and before that fully was over, the winds picked up and this conflagration happened so fast that nobody really had a chance to fully comprehend it before we just had to basically run. we gathered up... i literally have the clothes that are on my back, they still smell of smoke, and we grabbed our pets and most precious things that we could quickly find and left behind all kinds of things, like passports and things that we really, if we'd had the time, we would've been able to get and just got in the car and drove. and we had no idea even which direction to drive because there was so much smoke and so much fire that we just
had to kind of pick a direction that we thought would be the most likely to get out of the fire and go for it. what was it you saw... 7 because i know you did not do this in response to an official warning, what was it you saw that made you think, "we cannot hang around, this is not now in dispute, 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, about ten days ago, and so we initially assumed that was just flaring 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 were checking for any announcement or emergency warnings, there was not anything, and then all of the sudden, our cell phones went and the power went out. have you had any idea what happened in lytton since you have left, not only to your own home but to the people and the places you knew around you? well, there have been a couple of photos that have come out. i'm not sure who took them, but i'm assuming they were news crews that were up there, which are, and this is not hyperbole, they're apocalyptic. whole blocks of the village are just completely disappeared, it's not even... you would not even think there had been anything there. they're burnt so far to
the ground that there is no... it looks like just an empty street. there's definitely been massive destruction. when we left, a lot of those buildings were still standing, our house was still standing, we were able to grab two of our pets. unfortunately, we did not have time to find the third one, it was hiding, and so we had to leave. 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. gordon murray, talking to me other been earlier. —— a little earlier. china's president xijinping has warned that foreign powers will "get their heads cracked and bloodied" if they attempt to bully or influence the country. he delivered a defiant
speech at an event marking the centenary of the ruling communist party. it comes as china faces criticism over alleged human rights abuses and its crackdown in hong kong. our china correspondent john sudworth has the story. the unmistakable hallmarks of communist party rule were front and centre of its celebrations — the total control, the omnipotent leader, the unquestioning loyalty. overlooking tiananmen square, the general secretary spoke of how the party had saved china from a history of humiliation and of the power it now wields. translation: the chinese people will never be bullied, _ oppressed or enslaved. anyone who dares to try will have their heads cracked and bloodied against a great wall of steel forged by 1.4 billion chinese people.
there are no references, of course, to the fact that on this spot in 1989, the party clung to power by shooting dead hundreds of unarmed protesters... ..nor any mention of the violence and chaos of chairman mao's rule. and while the focus is on the economic success and china's big leap in living standards, critics fear that xinjiang's internment camps and the crackdown on dissent in hong kong reveal, once again, the true nature of one—party rule. this former party insider was expelled last year for voicing concerns about the direction the party was taking. she's now in effective exile in the us. translation: in china, |
100 years old also means a person has lived long, and it is time to think of death. the communist party should review its mistakes. it should be seeking redemption, not celebrating. the theory used to be that as china got richer, it would get freer, but this celebration of rigid authoritarian control represents the total rejection of that notion, and with a triumphalism that's causing concern, including here in democratic taiwan, with xijinping making clear the party's mission to control a territory it still sees as its own. convinced that it's democracy, not authoritarianism, that's in decline, china intends to party on. john sudworth, bbc news, taipei.
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 now resumed, after it was paused on thursday amid concerns of 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 said are going through hell. they had basic, heart—wrenching questions — "will i be able to recover the body of my son or daughter, my husband, my cousin, my mum and dad?" "how can i have closure without being able to bury them if i don't get the body?" "what do i do?" jill and i wanted them to know that we're with them and the country's with them. 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 — - 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. 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 her 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. they pleaded not guilty. presidentjoe biden has said it
is essential to find out what made the apartment block in miami collapse a week ago. 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 spoke to sarah wentz, who is a lawyer at fox rothschild who specialises in estates and conservatorships. i asked whether there seems to be some confusion about the legal strategy and if that seems to have led people to be surprised by the outcome we've heard so far. the issue is, there was a conservatorship hearing in november, november 10, where they actually asked to have bessemer trust appointed as co—conservators of the finances with miss 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 the judge had appointed bessemer but not signed the ruling, so what was actually filed with the judge yesterday was the order appointing bessemer. so i think there's some confusion about whether thejudge was addressing thejune 23 hearing or whether they were actually responding to the order that had not been signed from november 10. in terms of the substance of this, in a sense, it matters whoever is the conservator, and obviously the one she's been dealing with was her father, and that's 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 a legal process, even though there is no suggestion
that she lacks capacity. right, i think that there's a couple things going on here. one, the father's lawyers keep saying, "then petition to terminate. if you think that you're capable of running your own life and making these decisions for yourself, then why haven't you brought forward a petition to terminate the conservatorship?" so that's a really good question and i don't have a firm answer to that, and it does bring into question, "what is her strategy with her legal team right now?" but i think what has become clear from the court documents in the past two days is the strategy of her father's legal team, because they filed some documents in court, two petitions, two days ago, saying to the court, "we heard what my daughter said and we're concerned, so we're asking the court to investigate this," and i wonder why miss spears' lawyers did not bring forward that petition
and it actually came from her father's lawyer. sarah wentz. 130 countries have agreed reforms to business taxation. they want to ensure that multinationals pay taxes where they operate, and impose a minimum tax of at least 15%. ireland and hungary are among nine countries that have not signed up. to england, counting is under way in the batley and spen by—election. the opposition labour party is defending a majority of 3000 and it's being seen as a test of sir keir starmer�*s leadership. our uk political correspondent alex forsyth has this update. this is a by—election that's been hard—fought and at times fraught. perhaps that's a sign of just what's at stake, because a loss here for labour would be damaging and would undoubtedly prompt another period of introspection about the party's direction, but perhaps more crucially, the party's leadership. now, for the tories, this is a test of whether they can continue their charge in this part of the country, now that it's their handling of the pandemic rather than brexit that's at the forefront of people's minds. so the result here will have national significance,
but there are important local factors at play here too. this was the seat once of jo cox, the mp who was murdered by a far right extremist, so it has known division before, and this has been a difficult campaign, tense. there's been anger, there's been harassment, there's been a police presence on the ground. it's been a highly charged contest in a very crowded field, some 16 candidates standing. and among them, george galloway, the former mp. now, he's been targeting labour supporters among this area's muslim community, and labour sources have been downbeat about the impact he might have had, tonight saying the numbers look tough, this could be difficult. the tories, though, saying it's too close to call. we'll get the result early hours of tomorrow morning. the fallout will no doubt follow. alex forsyth. and that result will be available between 11—5 a.m. uk time. prince william and prince harry have unveiled a statue of their mother, diana,
princess of wales on what would have been her 60th birthday. the duke of cambridge and duke of sussex, whose relationship has been strained in recent months, met for the first time since the duke of edinburgh's funeral in april. 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 orfor the widerfamily. nicholas witchell, bbc news. here's an admission long—delayed but about to be fulfilled. awoman... a woman... wally funk has been approved tojoinjeff a woman... wally funk has been approved to joinjeff bezos and his brother. we land on the desert surface, we opened the hatch, and you step outside. what is the first thing you say? what is the first thing you sa ? �* ., ., what is the first thing you sa ?�* ., ., ., what is the first thing you sa? ., ., , say? i'm going to say, that is the best that _ say? i'm going to say, that is the best that ever _ say? i'm going to say, that is the best that ever happened, give — the best that ever happened, give me — the best that ever happened, give me a hug! it the best that ever happened, give me a hug!— the best that ever happened, give me a hug! it is a moment wally funk — give me a hug! it is a moment wally funk has _ give me a hug! it is a moment wally funk has been - give me a hug! it is a moment wally funk has been waiting i give me a hug! it is a moment. wally funk has been waiting 60 years for. in the 1960s, she was one of 13 women who passed
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like she is over the moon. and soon, with any luck, she is going to be. that is it for bbc news. thanks for your company. 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 2a 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... allen by silvered and the organisation set up in trent bouu organisation set up in trent boult name have pleaded not guilty to tax fraud and theft according to new york on thursday... by manhattan district attorney cy vance. hundreds of people have been forced to leave their homes in a town in canada after a wildfire lit in british colombia has recorded the country's highest temperature on tuesday. us presidentjoe biden says it is essential to find out what caused an apartment block in miami to collapse a week ago. federal funding for the rescue effort will continue for a month. mr biden spoke to the families of the victims of the disaster. now on bbc news, it's hardtalk with zeinab badawi.