welcome to bbc news. i'm mark lobel. our top stories. the widow of haiti's assassinated president claims he was killed because of his drive to improve the lives of his people. mr moise�*s murder led to a power vacuum — we'll speak to the country's election minister about the way forward. california and nevada brace themselves for record breaking temperatures as the us heatwave continues. less than 2a hours until the euro 2020 final between england and italy — we'll have the latest from both camps. the world number one, australia's ash barty, wins the wimbledon women's singles final.
hello and welcome to bbc news. the wife of the president of haiti, who was assassinated on wednesday, has posted an audio message on twitter — describing the moment gunmen stormed their home. jovenel moise died in the attack. his wife was injured and taken to a hospital in miami. the killing has thrown the country in to a deep political turmoil — with haiti asking both the un and the us to send military support. the bbc�*s rich preston reports. some ordinary haitians are looking for a way out of the country, fearful that the situation could deteriorate further. it is the poorest country in the americas and the first lady said her husband
planned to change the consultation to improve the life of ordinary people. she described wednesday's attack. translation: in the blink of an eye the mercenaries entered mayhem and fiddled my husband with bullets without even giving them the chance to say a word. we cannot let the country lose its way. we cannot let his blood had been spilled in vain. but his proposed constitutional changes made him enemies and many said he wanted to extend his time in office. the government said 28 foreign mercenaries were involved in the attack and most of them had been arrested or killed. three people now claim to lead the country, and interim prime minister, a new prime minister who has yet to be sworn in, and one nominated as the new president. haiti has now asked for international help to maintain calm on the streets whether that will come is unclear. let's speak to haiti's minister for elections mathias pierre who's in the country's capital
port—au—prince. thank you forjoining us. are you any closer to finding out who finance these mercenaries. because it has been said that it was because he wanted to change the constitution that he was assassinated. i change the constitution that he was assassinated.— was assassinated. i don't think that the president _ was assassinated. i don't think that the president was - was assassinated. i don't think that the president was fighting a lot of battles. one was to effectively change the constitution because the constitution is bringing a lot of instability and he believed that changing the constitution would make the lives of people better. the second was a fight against corruption, particularly those living in the energy sector. and other big areas that he was trying to regulate. and those have created a lot of enemies by the
president so when the first lady said that she had a clear understanding of what happened on that night. understanding of what happened on that night-— on that night. reddy said that it was to allow _ on that night. reddy said that it was to allow him _ on that night. reddy said that it was to allow him to - on that night. reddy said that it was to allow him to run - it was to allow him to run again. you out of all these contenders do you think was behind this and has the fbi arrived in the country to help you find out. first of all, there was no plan for the president to be a candidate again. and in the text of the constitution it was clearly stated that the president, under which the new constitution was voted, cannot benefit from the constitution. so the president was not a candidate. yes, we had call for the fbi to assist in the investigation because we want the truth to get out. the state department white house particularly have confirmed they will send fbi offices and we still expect them to be in
the country very soon but they are not there yet. they are not there yet and you have asked for the help from the un and us, to keep the infrastructure which is under threat. have any of those troops arrived or have you heard when they might arrive. �* . ., , arrive. actually, the letter was signed _ arrive. actually, the letter was signed by _ arrive. actually, the letter was signed by the - arrive. actually, the letter was signed by the prime l was signed by the prime minister on the second. on the day of the assassination. the plan was to assassinate the president then the people would get in the street and other mercenaries might have been in the country to destroy key infrastructure like the airport and also attack gas reserve and the new electrical plant that was creating a law to enemies for the business in the country so in that sense we have
requested support from the un and the us and the secretary—general of the us. for now, i think the country is calm. there is no response yet but we still believe there is a threat for the elections to come and we still believe haiti would need some kind of assistance for the police to be able to help stabilise the country for the security of the elections that will be coming in september 26. lisp; elections that will be coming in september 26.— elections that will be coming in september 26. usa and the security threat _ in september 26. usa and the security threat has _ in september 26. usa and the security threat has decreased | security threat has decreased and there is no imminent for trips from america or the un at the moment. for trips from america or the un at the moment-— the moment. for the moment everything _ the moment. for the moment everything is _ the moment. for the moment everything is calm. _ the moment. for the moment everything is calm. the - the moment. for the moment everything is calm. the level. everything is calm. the level of chaos was expected and did not happen because the haitian people are very mature and they were emotional in mourning the death of the president. there
is nothing they were expecting that happened but we still believe we need to stabilise the country, create a secure environment for elections to happen because what happened todayis happen because what happened today is the fight for the elections not to happen. the government... elections not to happen. the government. . ._ government... sorry to interrupt. _ government... sorry to interrupt. there - government... sorry to interrupt. there is - government... sorry to interrupt. there is not. interrupt. there is not political stability, though, is there? you're backing an interim prime minister that was actually meant to change based on the late president's wishes. there is now a senator who is saying that elections should not be held as early as september because this cool, as they refer to it of having the prime minister who was in power and was about to leave power in place, would be going ahead, then. i place, would be going ahead, then. ., , , then. i have been minister since january. _
then. i have been minister since january. they - then. i have been minister since january. they have l then. i have been minister- since january. they have been since january. they have been ministers of the past two years and i've been prime minister for three months. according to the constitution article 149, when the prime minister presides, achingly the country for 120 days to organise the election. this is not the first time a prime minister has been designated and did not take the oath to take power. this prime minister does not have a government. he did not take the oath. the actual prime minister, mark no one was expecting him to be assassinated but that is what the constitution said and that is where we are.— is where we are. you are not that it was — is where we are. you are not that it was his _ is where we are. you are not that it was his wish. - is where we are. you are not that it was his wish. it - is where we are. you are not that it was his wish. it was i that it was his wish. it was art of that it was his wish. it was part of the _ that it was his wish. it was part of the negotiation - that it was his wish. it was | part of the negotiation that was ongoing. afterforming
part of the negotiation that was ongoing. after forming the government it will come back to the president and the president would publish the name of the ministers and his name is prime minister and then take the oath to lead the country. that would have been through created and now we have the responsibility based on the constitution is that the prime minister to lead the country for 120 days to continue with the ongoing election. don't forget, $60 million have been disbursed for the election to happen. the agenda is out. if you want to lead this country you have to go to an election to receive the vote of the people and only the vote of the people and only the haitian people can decide who can lead the country, who can take the country forward, and that is what we are going
to do according to the constitution. this to do according to the constitution. �* , ~ , ., constitution. as minister for elections — constitution. as minister for elections how _ constitution. as minister for elections how important - constitution. as minister for elections how important is l constitution. as minister for| elections how important is it that elections are held in september for the return of stability in your country? mas stability in your country? was no lan stability in your country? was no plan to _ stability in your country? was no plan to change _ stability in your country? was no plan to change that - stability in your country? —" no plan to change that date and even when the prime minister was coming he was clear because the president published the electoral decree before and the idea was to have elections festival on september 26. the idea, because the presidential wanted to empower another elected president. that was the goal, and that is what we intend to do and the prime minister is in the same line and the same direction. thank ou ve and the same direction. thank you very much _ and the same direction. thank you very much for _ and the same direction. thank you very much for your- and the same direction. thank you very much for your time. | you very much for your time. thank you.
more than 30 million people in the southwestern united states are bracing themselves for a brutal heatwave. dangerously high temperatures are predicted for most of california and nevada in the coming days. on friday, california's death valley equalled it's previous highest record — set in 2020 — the hottest temperature recorded in over a century. hundreds of evacuation orders have been issued as wildfires rage across the beckwourth complex in the north of the state — charring thousands of acres of forest land. and power companies have urged consumers to conserve energy ahead of next week. it's all 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. we can speak to sekhar padmanabhan, who's a freelance journalist from california, specialising in covering wildfires and climate change.
we have had from the fire service that problems are state—wide in california. can you explain how the potential for starting a fire and large fires can literally come from anywhere? well, when you have fuel entries that are not drying and you ask meteorologists, they will tell you that as far as the numbers they put together showing lots of places that we are ahead of where we were last year in terms of things drying up and be volatile. if you have a heatwave like this it is only going to make the potential for their fuel to going to make the potential for theirfuel to ignite and cause a large fire to spread very quickly. that much more likely. so as you say in the complex, which is the one i have been
following most closely, that fire a few days ago which is the biggest part of it was only 50 acres or so. tonight it has grown to over 60000 and that was mostly because if you feel thatis was mostly because if you feel that is not burned, that is right for fire, you that is not burned, that is right forfire, you have hot temperatures, you have some wins, all of that that just grows and grows and grows. i would not be surprised it was a close to 100,000 acres.- close to 100,000 acres. what are the kind — close to 100,000 acres. what are the kind of _ close to 100,000 acres. what are the kind of things - close to 100,000 acres. what are the kind of things that - are the kind of things that can't catch on fire?- are the kind of things that can't catch on fire? any kind of lirht can't catch on fire? any kind of light grass. _ can't catch on fire? any kind of light grass. kind - can't catch on fire? any kind of light grass. kind of - can't catch on fire? any kind of light grass. kind of price | of light grass. kind of price thatis of light grass. kind of price that is bigger than that, smaller trees. that is bigger than that, smallertrees. larger that is bigger than that, smaller trees. larger trees have also had core moisture levels so there's a take longer to burn the cars there for care larger. so those are going to
be taking longer but it does not matter if you have a fire which ignites and funds to everything else, right? so it does not really make a difference. it'sjust, it's basically the type of fire that you have, whether it is in the forest or your houses. this is a rural area next to nevada so it is a lot of open land and a bunch of mountains with forest there. ,, ., �* bunch of mountains with forest there. ,, ., ~ ., ., bunch of mountains with forest there. ,, ., �* ., ., there. show. and from what you have seen. _ there. show. and from what you have seen, had _ there. show. and from what you have seen, had the _ there. show. and from what you have seen, had the resources i have seen, had the resources had been in place to stop at bay so far? ese had been in place to stop at bay so far?— bay so far? vb sources are running — bay so far? vb sources are running then. _ bay so far? vb sources are running then. they - bay so far? vb sources are running then. they are - bay so far? vb sources are - running then. they are getting help from around the state for this fire but oregon has been having a lot of big fires right now as you alluded to above or with the power issues. we were told that california might have large power issues because the fire in oregon where it intersects with our power. we have enough right now but our
fire season, as bad as it is now it is only going to get worse for we have to figure out how going to allocate that and that doesn't even include nevada or oregon or washington so it can be very hard. what so it can be very hard. what effect these _ so it can be very hard. what effect these annual- so it can be very hard. what effect these annual fires - so it can be very hard. what i effect these annual fires have on local communities? can they fully recover further in between them? it depends on what kind of community you have. it depends on a few things. what kind of properties you have, how close they are together. you don't have smoke and health effects which generally can be anything, large distance away from the fire itself. so it also depends on things like how defensible your home is. how much space your home is. how much space you have around it and what your home is built out of. you know, we have places up in northern california were people of the building three years. it
just depends. and it depends on insurance. everything is so volatile around here and companies don't want to, but thatis companies don't want to, but that is a whole other issue. yes, they can. but it is not across the board. thank you so much forjoining us and taking us through that.— much forjoining us and taking us through that. thank you very much for having _ us through that. thank you very much for having me. _ us through that. thank you very much for having me. i - much for having me. i appreciate it. this is bbc news — our main headlines. the widow of haiti's president, jovenel moise, has made herfirst public remarks since he was assassinated. more than 30 million people in the southwestern united states are experiencing another brutal heatwave. now, the final of the euro 2020 tournament is just hours away, but the final of south america's mens football championship, the copa america, has just kicked off. two of the sports biggest rivals, brazil and argentina
are playing in rio. no goals so far. the pandemic has meant only a limited number of fans are allowed in the stadium. whereas in london, more than 60 thousand are expected at wembley where england take on italy on sunday night. gareth southgate's squad arrived in london after their final training session. the england manager praised the home support, and said his players would give everything to win their first european championship. it has been fantastic to have obviously a 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 of gone about this on the right way. we had a fabulous reception when we left saint georges, all the local villagers had come out and were lining the route and people pulled over in lay—by is in so you got more a sense of what is going on outside the bubble. but it always comes
back to tomorrow. we are in a final and we are here to win. so everything, it is important how we represented people and we are pleased that legacy has been there. but now we want to go and bring the trophy home to everybody. italy will be looking to win a second european championship. the italian manager roberto mancini said his side will need to be at their best to beat england. translation: there's great | passion for football in england just as there is in italy. england have been very unfortunate in the past in world cups and european championships. they've always boasted good teams just as they do now. they have a top side. i think it will be a wonderful match in front of a packed house. and i think that's wonderful news for football—lovers everywhere. so, i think it will be a great day, it will be a great
day to play this match. and we know they have a lot of quality. so, we'll see how the game pans out. if england have made it to the final, it shows that they're a great side. well, both the euros and copa america are not just watched by fans on their respective continents, but right across the world. and none more so than in asia, where, despite the time difference, fans have watched the games often in the middle of the night. we can cross to singapore and speak to football presenter and content creator farrah nair — who, by the way, is also a passionate liverpool supporter. thank you forjoining us again on bbc world news. the final will be another 3m affair for you. you will you be watching it with. where will you be? and what has the atmosphere to previous tournaments? thank you so much for _
previous tournaments? thank you so much for having _ previous tournaments? thank you so much for having me _ previous tournaments? thank you so much for having me on - previous tournaments? thank you so much for having me on again. | so much for having me on again. i would definitely be watching at home because unfortunately now we still have to be at home and there is no way for us to be outside compared to previous years who are actually allowed to be at community centres where they were telecaster games live for everybody to come and watch for free but now i am pretty happy because for me personally i'm just watching things like the euros in the world cup at home but my brother, with my father, so thatis brother, with my father, so that is how i will be watching it. �* , ., it. at the beginning of the toymaker _ it. at the beginning of the toymaker told _ it. at the beginning of the toymaker told us - it. at the beginning of the toymaker told us in - it. at the beginning of the toymaker told us in the i it. at the beginning of the i toymaker told us in the bbc that you just wanted to watch good football and you wanted to give the emotions of rest which you get from watching club football. but if we take one team, denmark, you had the on pitch cardiac arrest, all of the drama up to the game they played england and then you declaring that they were robbed against england. it has not fully let your emotions are best at all, has it?- fully let your emotions are best at all, has it? no, it has very very _ best at all, has it? no, it has very very strongly _ best at all, has it? no, it has very very strongly about - best at all, has it? no, it has very very strongly about that| very very strongly about that but, you know, itruly very very strongly about that but, you know, i truly believe the two teams deserve to be
where they are in the final and i think that the whole thing with denmark was just i felt that they were so admirable, having to go through what they went through and seeing your team—mate, friend, go through that. i thought that the resilience that they should be where they are they should be extremely proud of themselves and i would have loved to have seen them in the final but, you know, italy and england, doesn't get any bigger than that. , ., ., doesn't get any bigger than that. , ., . , ,., ~ doesn't get any bigger than that. , ., . , ., that. everyone i have spoken to here is massive _ that. everyone i have spoken to here is massive for _ that. everyone i have spoken to here is massive for england. . that. everyone i have spoken to here is massive for england. it| here is massive for england. it isn't the case that support around the world and perhaps in singapore, might be greaterfor italy and if so, why? ida. singapore, might be greater for italy and if so, why?— italy and if so, why? no, not at all. italy and if so, why? no, not at all- it— italy and if so, why? no, not at all. n is— italy and if so, why? no, not at all. it is not _ italy and if so, why? no, not at all. it is not even - italy and if so, why? no, not at all. it is not even a - at all. it is not even a surprise that people ever in this part of the world, especially where i am in singapore, we absolutely love england and, again, i still can't put a finger as to why but i feel like it is because we follow the premier league
closely. i can easily namely 15 of my friends who support england and the other one saying it is coming home. and i am like, where? singapore? but it is fine. it is all good. you have no _ it is fine. it is all good. you have no doubt _ it is fine. it is all good. you have no doubt watched - it is fine. it is all good. you have no doubt watched both teams. he was your money on? you know what, i really think england. ijust feel it. i think it is going to be england. 3-1. england. underscore? 3-1. engiand- — england. underscore? 3-1. england. and _ england. underscore? 3-1. england. and there - england. underscore? 3-1. england. and there is - england. underscore? 3-1. i england. and there is another bi . england. and there is another bi came england. and there is another big game on _ england. and there is another big game on at _ england. and there is another big game on at the _ england. and there is another big game on at the moment l england. and there is another| big game on at the moment in rio dejaneiro which involves premier league players, is singapore also tuning in? i do know a number _ singapore also tuning in? i do know a number of _ singapore also tuning in? i if know a number of people who are watching. it shows that the timing is a little bit more weird because it is eight or nine in the morning and people go to work. i know a few people are actually watching it but not as much and not as big as the euros, to be fair.- the euros, to be fair. you will aet a the euros, to be fair. you will get a break — the euros, to be fair. you will
get a break from _ the euros, to be fair. you will get a break from your- the euros, to be fair. you will get a break from your 3am i the euros, to be fair. you will i get a break from your 3am wake ups and at least go back to a bit more normal timings for the singapore premier league and then again the english premier league. are you looking forward to that? , , , to that? yes. definitely. i cannot wait _ to that? yes. definitely. i cannot wait for _ to that? yes. definitely. i cannot wait for club i to that? yes. definitely. i. cannot wait for club football to come back because, mean, for me, personally, where my interests lie. and, yeah, the singapore premier league is going to start again this weekend so i'm really excited for that but yes, club football. i cannot believe that the premier league to get started again and it will be so good. started again and it will be so aood. ., ~' ,, started again and it will be so aood. . ,, i. ., started again and it will be so mad. ., ~' y., ., , good. thank you and we will see if ou good. thank you and we will see if you are _ good. thank you and we will see if you are right _ good. thank you and we will see if you are right about _ good. thank you and we will see if you are right about the - good. thank you and we will see if you are right about the euro i if you are right about the euro spinal in a few hours' time. thank you forjoining us. and just to say that argentina have just to say that argentina have just taken the lead in that final. just taken the lead in that final. wimbledon has a new champion. world number one, ash barty, has claimed her first title at the all england club. she defeated eighth seed karolina plish—kova from the czech republic in three sets. chetan pathak reports. what a moment. ten years after
winning thejunior title what a moment. ten years after winning the junior title here she is now wimbledon champion emulating what her hero did 50 years ago. she was not over so many from the indigenous australian community. from the beginning she has talked about winning this title and today she achieved that dream. it was not easy and it took three sets in the end against her opponent who really started this one slowly. but in the first 14 points in a row. but once the world number one had won that first set she did find her rhythm again, taking the second on a tie—break and leading us into a decider but her game of variety and slicing and stronger movement got her over the line in the end and when she won she dropped to the ground, the tears soon followed and like many before her, she made her way up the stairs to
her box to celebrate with a team and particularly the physios who got her ready for these championships. it was only at the french open that she had to walk out on the second round with a hip injury. you'd uncertainty about whether she would be fit for wimbledon. she has ended up going all the way and winning the title. another question will be, with two grand slams, can she go on and dominate the women's game? in the men's game, all we have seen is domination for the last two decades. federer, nadaland of course novak djokovic. on sunday, djokovic goes for his sixth wimbledon title. he is a man motivated by numbers. if he beats his opponent it will be 20 grand slams and that will bring him level with nadal and federer. i didn't and never scored in the final. you can reach me on twitter.
fairly quiet on the weather front right now. plenty of dry weather across the uk, but we are expecting some showers and even the odd downpour and thunderstorms later on. and, of course, it's a very big day in the world of sport. we've got wimbledon, we've got the final at wembley too, so eyes on the weather too. we'd like the best weather conditions we could possibly get. so, this is what it looks like early in the morning. some sunshine and dry, but weather fronts are approaching and showers are brewing. the good news is that, for wimbledon, we're expecting fine weather conditions, very pleasant temperatures of around 18 to 20 celsius with some scattered clouds. so, this is what it looks like for most of us through the morning.
it's dry, but then in the afternoon, very quickly, heavy showers will develop across parts of northern england and scotland. some of them could be thundery. also in the southwest, a weather front is approaching at the same time. so, wet weather for the west country, parts of wales too. and this weather front will move slowly eastwards through the course of the day, so areas looking dry for the afternoon it may turn a little cloudy and then wet, and that does mean thatjust around kick—off time, we're expecting some rain at wembley. but the good news is it should be mostly light and fleeting. so, the forecast into the week ahead, a different extreme here, indicating further showers in the cards and we do get a dip in thejet stream, low pressure over us and the ingredients of further showers and so lots of showers on the way once again on monday and some of them heavy. if you squint, you can make up some lime green colours there, and that indicates a downpour or two. temperatures in the sunshine will be around 20 degrees 01’ so. the good news is the weather improves, a few showers around.
but we are watching these very close by in the continent, northern france. the further west you are, i think the drier the weather will be on tuesday. and then from midweek onwards, we are expecting high—pressure to gradually drift from the azures in our direction, and that means the weather will settle down and most dry weather around, lighter winds and also a little bit warmer too. i suspect in one or two spots eventually towards the end of the weekend, temperatures will hit 25. but wherever you are today, have a good day.
conditions for all. in an audio message posted on twitter, she urged the people of haiti to continue fighting. more than 30 million people in the southwestern united states are experiencing another brutal heatwave. nearly 200 square miles of forest has been closed due to wildfires, and people have been moved from their homes close to the nevada border in northern california. queen elizabeth has sent a message of support to the england men's football team, ahead of their euro 2020 final on sunday. if they beat italy, it'll be their first major tournament victory since 1966. italy haven't lost any of their previous 33 matches. here in the uk, as new coronavirus cases continue to rise, medical leaders are warning that people should remain cautious, even after restrictions are lifted in england injust over a week's time.