this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. extreme heatwave is building up in the western united states. millions of people are under warning of dangerous conditions. we'll be live in california, as it braces for record—breaking temperatures. also on the programme: fighting continues in afghanistan, as the taliban rapidly retake land from government forces. killed in the blink of an eye — the widow of haiti's president describes the moment her husband was murdered. less than 2a hours until the euro 2020 final between england and italy, we'll have the latest from both camps. and the billionaire richard branson gets ready to fly to space. we'll look at the risks
and the rewards. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. i'm in the uk or around the world. shaun ley. we begi the i'm shaun ley. we begin this hour in the united states. more than 30 million people in the southwestern united states are bracing for a brutal heatwave. excessive heat warnings are in place, with record temperatures predicted in california and nevada. on friday, california's death valley matched its previous record of 54.1; degrees celsius — set in 2020 — the hottest temprature recorded in over a century. wildfires are already under way. the beckwourth complex in the north of the state has led to hundreds of evacuation orders. more fires are expected as the heatwave intensifies.
and power companies have urged consumers to conserve energy ahead of next week. the heat is linked to a heat dome, or ridge of high pressure, over the region. hundreds of people died in the us and western canada when a similar heat dome shattered temperature records at the end ofjune. bbc weather presenter nick miller has the details. this heat wave is now well under way, notjust in the southwest usa but into parts of canada too. and whilst not reaching some of the highest temperatures recorded in the recent heat wave in canada, it's still hot from alberta across to ontario, with temperatures well above 30 celsius. the higher temperatures are being felt, though, across the southwest of the usa, particularly through nevada and into california — well above 40, but in some spots above 50 degrees. so even in a part of the usa accustomed to extreme heat and heat waves, this is a particularly difficult and indeed extraordinary situation.
death valley, california on friday recorded a high of 54.1; celsius, 130 fahrenheit, matching and temperature recorded in august last year which some argue is the highest temperature reliably recorded on earth, but the official record at death valley actually goes back to 1913 at 56.7 degrees celsius. now, whilst not expected to threaten that this weekend, we still see temperatures getting a little bit higher over the weekend in death valley. gradually, temperatures will subside as we go through the week, head closer to the seasonal average. may also threaten a record at las vegas. regardless of the actual numbers, regardless of records, this is clearly another extreme and dangerous heatwave affecting some people and places in the usa. nick miller there. let's get an update on the state's response from chiefjon heggie from california's department of forestry and fire protection. and hejoins us now live. thank you
for being with us on bbc news. there are reports already of wildfires breaking out. what is the status of your firefighting teams at this stage? are you watching and assessing where you begin actively trying to control the outbreaks? absolutely. we are actively monitoring right now. right now we have numerous sensors, but none of them have exceeded our capabilities, so as of right now we are keeping everything in check, but we are cautiously optimistic that no new incidents will start. [30 cautiously optimistic that no new incidents will start.— incidents will start. do you have modelling _ incidents will start. do you have modelling ongoing _ incidents will start. do you have modelling ongoing to _ incidents will start. do you have modelling ongoing to train - incidents will start. do you have modelling ongoing to train and l modelling ongoing to train and typically the areas are likely to be most intense —— try and predict? reasonably you have quite a lot of extremes with this already? yeah, we monitor u- extremes with this already? yeah, we monitor up and _ extremes with this already? yeah, we monitor up and down _ extremes with this already? yeah, we monitor up and down the _ extremes with this already? yeah, we monitor up and down the state, - monitor up and down the state, looking at different areas. 0bviously looking at different areas. obviously the whole western united states under a whole heatwave, civilly all of california has that
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north of the bay area is really of concern. ~ , , ., ., ., concern. any place in california has that potential. _ concern. any place in california has that potential, because _ concern. any place in california has that potential, because the - that potential, because the relatively we are facing is the dry condition or state—wide. there is not one place that is outside of a drought condition, severely anyplace in california has the potential for large fires. in california has the potential for large fires-_ in california has the potential for [an e fires. , large fires. chief heggie, we wish ou and large fires. chief heggie, we wish you and your _ large fires. chief heggie, we wish you and your colleagues - large fires. chief heggie, we wish you and your colleagues good - large fires. chief heggie, we wish - you and your colleagues good fortune in all the work you're good to be doing this tough season and keeping safe as well as you possibly can. thanks for telling us all about that on bbc news. the afghan president, ashraf ghani, has called on the taliban to resume political negotiations saying that his government wants peace. the taliban say they are continuing to capture territory and claim they've made further military advances, seizing two districts of pa rwan. earlier, they captured a key border crossing. islaam kalaa is one of the biggest trade gateways into neighbouring iran, generating around $20 million a month for the afghan government. haroonjanjua is a freelance journalist reporting on the taliban advances in the region.
they claim that they have seized control of 85% of the territory in afghanistan, but the government has denied, but intense fighting has been going on in the western part of the country, where the taliban has gained control on friday and control of the border crossing, which is very significant, a border with iran and leslie also gained control of the us border crossing with afghanistan —— us built border crossing. but the fighting in the western provinces, bordering turkmenistan, is the provincial mac first provincial capital which is pasty although salt —— provincial capital which is pasty for solid assault since the us removed its troops. hundreds of commanders have regained control on thursday, and the taliban is still fighting, where locals clean there's chaos and
fighting everywhere. this would really strengthen them more, which is becoming and uses of income for them. haroon janjua reporting haroonjanjua reporting from afghanistan. the widow of haiti's president, jovenel moise, has made her first public remarks since he was assassinated. martine moise, who was injured in the attack, said the couple were taken by surprise when gunmen entered the president's palace and shot at them several times. she said president moise was killed by mercenaries because of his determination to re—write the constitution and improve the lives of ordinary people. her message comes as the crisis in haiti is deepening, with rival political factions arguing over who should run the country. courtney bembridge reports. crowds gathered outside the us embassy in port—au—prince with suitcases packed, looking for a way out. translation: i can't close my eyes.
i can't sleep at night. i had to come here to the embassy because i'm scared. there are so many gunshots, and you don't even know where they're coming from. i've abandoned my home. i can't go back, i don't know about my family. the country of 11 million people is reeling from the assassination of its president, shot dead inside his home on wednesday. translation: look at what happened to the head of the state. _ i can't stay here. it's important to leave the country. these are two of the men haitian authorities say carried out the plot. they were attacked by the public as they were loaded into a police car. 17 men have been arrested so far, most of them colombian, but investigators are still looking for who ordered the killing. haiti was already plagued by hunger and gang violence, but the assassination has pitched the country deeper into turmoil. it's requested the united nations
and the united states send troops to help secure the country and protect key infrastructure. the us has declined the request, and the un may also be reluctant to get involved. ithinkthe un is- thoroughly sick of haiti. they had a 13—year peacekeeping force there that got in a lot - of trouble in a lot of ways. i the last thing being the cholera i epidemic which the peacekeeping forces brought into haiti. so, i think they don't really. want to get entangled again. i think most outside forces don't |want to get militarily entangled| again in haiti if they can avoid it. adding to the uncertainty is the political situation. there's no working parliament, two men are claiming to be the prime minister, and a third of the senate has just nominated another man to lead as interim president. courtney bembridge, bbc news. ethiopia's prime minister, abiy ahmed, has won a landslide parliamentary victory to secure a further five—year term.
his prosperity party won more than 400 seats out of the 425 for which results were announced. no voting took place in the tigray region, which is in the grip of an eight—month war. the un world food programme is moving aid into tigray for the first time in two weeks. a convoy of 50 lorries had to find an alternative route after a bridge was destroyed. the ethiopian government and tigrayan rebels have accused each other of sabotaging the delivery of aid. the leaders of north korea and china have exchanged messages promising to strengthen cooperation, on the anniversary of their treaty of friendship and mutual assistance. north korea's state media says kim jong—un said cooperation is vital in the face of hostile foreign forces. china's xijinping promised to bring the two countries' relations "to a new stage". south africa's president, cyril ramaphosa, has called for calm following violent protests linked
to the imprisonment of the former president jacob zuma. 25 lorries were torched and shops were looted overnight in kwa zulu natal province. major roads were blocked with burning barricades. the police said at least 26 people were arrested. the statue of confederate general robert e lee in charlottesville has been removed. the controversial momunement was the focal point of the white supremacist unite the right rally in 2017, which saw anti—racism protester heather heyer killed by a neo—nazi terrorist. police in bangladesh have arrested the owner of a food and drinks processing factory where more than 50 people died in a fire. the blaze broke out late on thursday. shahan shah azad, the owner of hashem foods, is one of eight people arrested so far. he's expected to face murder charges. most of those who died were trapped inside the building. children were among the dead — and this has led to an investigation into the use of child labour at the factory. akbar hossain is in the bangladesh capital dhaka with this update.
fire safety is always ignored in bangladesh, although there are some steps taken by the government after the big factory collapse in 2012 which killed more than 1200 workers. after that, which killed more than 1200 workers. afterthat, big brands which killed more than 1200 workers. after that, big brands in europe and america, they helped the bank less government improve their safety standards, but after the... they do not follow their rules and regulations and they do not follow the safety standards, and government is not getting proper attention there to improve the safety standards. it is widely alleged. and the people are saying that this factory, it is also alleged widely that this factory also employs child labour, which is another major concern that all the backless government claims that there is no child labour in bangladesh, a few years back, international labour organisations came up with a report which says that, still, 1.2 million child labourers is employed in different sectors in bangladesh, and
this factory which... among the dead bodies, there are some children, so this is a huge concern for many people in bangladesh. child labour is going on. akbar hossain in dhaka. you're watching bbc news. a reminder of our latest headlines: record temperatures are expected in the us this weekend, as another heatwave bears down on america's southwest. afghanistan's president, ashraf ghani, has urged the taliban to resume political negotiations about the country's future. haiti has appealed for international military help to secure strategic sites, after the assassination of its president. it's just over a week before covid restrictions are lifted in england, but medical leaders are warning that people should remain cautious, as cases continue to rise. the academy of medical royal colleges says the nhs is "under unprecedented pressure" as staff are having to isolate and it tackles the backlog of patients. it says that clear messaging
was needed from government. our health correspondent katharine da costa reports. covid infections in oxford have soared to their highest levels since the start of the pandemic, mostly among young adults. from monday the city will follow places like bolton and bedford in getting extra government support for surge testing and vaccinations. with restrictions in england due to end in nine days' time, people are urged to continue wearing facemasks in crowded indoor areas. so i have no problem with continuing to wear a facemask after they are not in force, because i think if it helps people to feel reassured, you know, it's just a piece of cloth over your face. it is more about thinking of others as well. i mean, i'm fairly young but the older generation are more vulnerable. elsewhere, large parts of the north east of england have the highest infection rates in the uk. many of them rising sharply in the last week.
with people getting together for the big final tomorrow, there is a plea from hospital bosses. as much as it's an exciting opportunity and potentially once in a lifetime for our country, i ask that you know, fans remain at a distance as best they can, wash their hands at every opportunity, drink alcohol in moderation. please do not overwhelm our a&e services. here in liverpool, over 18s are being turning up to get their first jabs. there is a big push to get more young people to come forward. with predictions covid cases could hit 100,000 a day later this summer and a third of adults not fully vaccinated, medical leaders across the uk warn things are likely to get worse before they get better. many people have just had or are about to have their first doses of the vaccine and this virus is rampaging through society. and although far few people are ending up in hospital and dying at present,
than have previously, because the vaccine is helping, actually many of people who get covid will get go on to get long covid. hospitals are extremely busy, with record number of patients in some a&es, while trusts are trying to catch up with the huge backlog of postponed operations. health bosses are warning the sharp increase in infections will lead to major staffing issues if doctors and nurses have to self—isolate every time they are in close contact with someone testing positive. one hospital trust is said to have 500 staff off due to the virus. ministers are considering making double jabbed nhs workers exempt from self—isolating when lockdown ends. that's welcomed by health unions if there's appropriate testing and ppe. katharine da costa, bbc news. now with a round—up of a busy day of sporting action, here's jane dougall at the bbc sport centre. we start at wimbledon, where there is a new champion. the world number one ash barty won in three sets over
the czech karolina pliskova. barty fulfilled her dream 50 years after her fellow australian evonne goolagong cawley won the title for the first time. joe wilson reports. deep breath, step forwards. two women who'd played every kind of occasion except a wimbledon final. five foot five versus six foot one — ash barty overcame karolina pliskova's height. that's tremendous. pliskova battled her own nerves, fearsome serve gone with it, the first set. between navratilova and king, urgent discussions in the royal box. all spectators wanted a worthy final. the second set produced the back—and—forth tension that is tennis. pliskova at the net had to win this point, didn't she? that moment went to barty. the second set went to a tie—break. in the capacity crowd, you come to sit down — you want a reason to stand up. that's pliskova's husband.
one set all. it had become a captivating final, right up until the deciding point in the third set. a private moment of triumph for ashleigh barty in front of the world. it took me a long time to verbalise the fact that i wanted to dare to dream and say i wanted to win this incredible tournament and being able to live out my dream right now with everyone here, it's made it better than i could ever have imagined. 50 years ago, another indigenous australian, the great evonne goolagong, won this title on this court. that's inspiration. i hope i made evonne proud. aww. you did, you did. all in all, on centre court, ash barty did everyone proud. joe wilson, bbc news, wimbledon. it's less than 2a hours until italy and england meet at wembley for the european championship final. both teams left their training bases and arrived at their respective hotels, close to the ground where the match will take place on sunday.
we'll hear from italy manager roberto mancini in a moment, but first england manager gareth southgate says he and his squad have blocked out the distractions of the past and are fully focused on what they have to do. obviously the letter from the queen, letter from the prime minister to all of the team and the recognition that the players and all of the staff have gone about this in the right way. we had a fabulous reception when we left saint george's. all the local villagers had come out and were lining the route and people pulled over in lay—bys, so you got more of a sense of what's going on outside the bubble that we've been in. translation: we need to stay calm. we know what a tough game it will be for a number of reasons, but we need to be absolutely focused on what our aim is all about, and we need to try and implement that to the maximum potential. and we know this will be our last game, so if we want to enjoy
ourselves 90 minutes, we need to do so tomorrow night because then the european championship will be over and the guys will go away on holiday. so if we still want to enjoy ourselves, we've got 90 minutes available tomorrow night. there is another football final this weekend. the copa america is in a few hours' time. and what a match—up it's expected to be — brazil versus argentina. it's a chance for lionel messi to finally win a major international trophy. believe it or not, argentina haven't won a top level tournament since 1993. they're facing the defending champions brazil in rio dejaneiro. viewers in the uk will be able to watch the game on the bbc. more olympic venues will be without fans after organisers announced that events in fukushima and sapporo will be staged from behind closed doors. with a spike in coronavirus cases in tokyo leading to a state of emergency in the japanese capital, there was hope that some sports being held further afield could host spectators. but baseball in fukishima and football in sapporo will not be allowing any fans in.
now to the tour de france. and bauke mollema has won stage 1a with a fine solo ride. the dutchman broke free from the lead group with 26 miles to go on a lumpy stage into quillan and held on to take the victory. canada's michael woods replaces nairo quintana as the leader of the king of the mountain's competition, while slovenia's tadej pogacar retains the overall lead. we're going to finish where we started, back in london, and the second one day international between england and pakistan at lord's. rain reduced the match to 47 overs a side. england managed just 2117 all out, with phil salt and james vince both making half centuries. in the last few minutes, pakistan have been bowled out for 195. england winning by 52 runs.
there's more details on that story and on all the others we featured on the bbc sport website, but that's it for now. jane dougall there at the bbc sport centre. the british billionaire businessperson sir richard branson is set for his latest venture. he will fly to the edge of space as a passenger in the back of the unity rocket plane his virgin galactic company has been developing in the us for the better part of two decades. here's the rocket on a test flight. if all goes according to plan, the flight will last about 90 minutes, taking mr branson and his crew in an almost vertical climb through the outer fringe of earth's atmosphere. and if successful, it will will give him bragging rights to beating amazon rivaljeff bezos into space by nine days. will whitehorn is the former president of branson's company virgin galactic. iam i am actually more nervous than i expected. i mean, space is not easy, and they are actually going into space sub nasa's official definition of space is 50 miles or 80 km, as is
the us government and the federal aviation authority. tomorrow, within 24 hours, sir richard branson wilderness after not wings according to the us government regulations. and this is a flight, they've been in a very big test programme, there have been setbacks during that programme and tragic accidents, and this is an attempt to regular lies access to space, regular lies it for the likes of space spacex satellites, virgin galactic and for blue origin. this is about getting economically achievable access to the industrialisation of space, so it is a really important flight tomorrow. will whitehorn there. french actress lea seydoux may miss the cannes film festival after testing positive for covid—19. the james bond star — who is double—vaccinated and asymptomatic — is appearing in four films at the world's most famous movie festival. the event is being held in—person on the french riviera, with organisers insisting they have
strict measures to avoid infections. now, let me just show you these pictures of the british army's elite official parachute display team — known as red devils. they've performed a spectacularjump for england football squad. unfolding a long flag with a message "it's coming home". what a spectacular site — almost matched by the british antarctic survey team, who are unfurling a flag on the ground, but in quite horrific weather conditions. now time for a look at the weather with tomasz. well, the weather was a little hit—or—miss today with some heavy showers. same for tomorrow, and of course tomorrow a very big day in the world of sport. we've got wimbledon, obviously the match at wembley, and there are some showers on the cards. so, here's the forecast
through the night. a weather front is approaching from the west. it is going to bring some rain to the very far west of northern ireland through the night and possibly south—western parts of england, but for many of us, it's actually a dry night with variable amounts of cloud. and the forecast for wimbledon isn't looking too bad at all. very comfortable temperatures, around the high teens or 20 degrees or so, but with increasing amounts of cloud ahead of this weather front here, which will sweep into south—western areas of the uk, bringing potentially some heavy rain at least for a time. also showers breaking out across northern england and scotland. these could be heavy as well, but other than that, it is a mostly dry day for a lot of us with temperatures in the low 20s. now, watch this weather front. it moves gradually towards the east. it could reach the london area, wembley, by around kick—off time, so there is a chance of some rain. certainly by half—time, i think increasing amounts of cloud and the possibility of a bit of rain. here's the outlook into monday. dip in the jet stream
here keeping things cool across western parts of europe. blobs of blue there indicating further showers. the showers could be heavy on monday, potentially thundery as well, particularly across some western and northern parts of the country. probably the brightest of any weather will be across more south—eastern areas on monday, and here temperatures getting up to around 21 or so. then the outlook into tuesday, fewer showers around, but we're watching this cluster of storms here very close around the near continent. they could clip the south east of the country, but i think for most of us across western and northern areas, tuesday is looking bright at the very least, if not sunny. now, here's the outlook into midweek and towards the end of the week. we are expecting high pressure to very slowly build off the atlantic, so that will settle things down. probably a little bit of rain before that happens across some northern areas, but generally speaking, it does look as though things are on the up.
hello. this is bbc news. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment — first the headlines. england's footballers have arrived at their hotel near london ahead of tomorrow's match against italy in the final of euro 2020. the build up reaches fever pitch — millions of fans around the country preparing to watch the game tomorrow night at eight o'clock. italy are unbeaten in 33 games — they've now flown to luton from their training base near florence hoping to win their second euros trophy. in other news — fully vaccinated nhs staff could be let off having to self—isolate after contact with someone with covid — to try to tackle staff shortages.