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. we hear from the country's minister for elections for now i think the country is calm. but we still believe there is a threat for the elections to come and we still believe haiti will need some kind of assistance. california and nevada brace themselves for record breaking temperatures as the us heatwave continues. and within the last few minutes argentina has won the copa america, beating arch rival brazil. the world number one, australia's ash barty, wins the wimbledon women's
singles final. we begin in haiti where the wife of the late president, who was assassinated on wednesday, has posted an audio message on twitter — describing the moment gunmen stormed their home. she was injured and taken to a hospital in miami. the killing has thrown the country into deep political turmoil — with haiti asking both the un and the us to send military support. in a moment, we'll hearfrom haiti's minister for elections. but firest this report from the bbc�*s rich preston. as haiti's future remains uncertain 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 my home and riddled my husband with bullets without even giving him 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. earlier, i spoke to haiti's minister for elections and asked him what he knew about anyone who might have wanted to assassinate the president. the president was fighting a lot of battles. one was to effectively change the constitution is because the constitution is bringing a lot of instability and he believed that changing the constitution would make peoples lives better. the second was a fight against corruption, particularly those in the government and energy sector and construction and other big
areas that he was trying to regulate. and that is created a lot of enemies for the president so i do understand when the first lady said that. she got a clear understanding of what really happened on that night. critics are the constitutional changes were to allow him to run again. you heard of these contenders do you think was behind this and has the fbi arrived in a 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 that constitution so the president was not a candidate. yes, we had called for the in the investigation because he wanted to get from the white house to confirm that they will be sending fbi officers in the country yesterday. we still expect them to be in the country very soon but they are not there yet.
you've also asked for help for the un and the us to come and help protect key infrastructure you say is under threat. have any of those troops arrived or have you heard when they might arrive? actually, the letter was signed by the prime minister on the seventh. on the day of the assassination. the plan was to assassinate the president then the people would get in the street and mercies might have been in the country to destroy key infrastructure. 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 needs some kind of assistance and materialist for us to be able to have stabilised the country, for the security of the elections that will be coming in september 26. you are backing a candidate, an interim prime minister that was meant to change based
on the late president's wishes. there is now a senator who is saying that elections should not be heard as early as september because this coup, as they refer to that, of having the prime minister who was in power and was about to be powered in place would be going ahead then. according to the constitution article 149, the prime minister presides over the current ministers and the prime minister can leave the county for 120 days to organise the election. this is not the first time. this prime minister did not take the oath. the actual prime minister, no one
was expecting him to be assassinated on that night. that is what the constitution said lessons where we are. but you are not denied was his wish that he became prime minister. that was part of the negotiation that was ongoing but the president gave 72 hours to form a government and after forming a government he would come back to the president. the president would publish the name of his ministers and his name as prime minister and then order to leave the country. that did not happen. and now we have the responsibility based on the constitution with the president, the leader of the council of ministers to lead the country for 120 days to
continue with the ongoing election. $60 million has already been disbursed for elections to happen. the electoral decree is out. if you want to lead this country you have to go to the election to receive the vote of the people and only the haitian people can decide who can leave the country, who can take the country forward and that is what we are going to do. according to the constitution. 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 — where thousands of acres of forest land have been destroyed. 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 now speak to nbc bay area meteorologist rob mayeda. it was ten go eight days ago that we watch that. temperatures recorded at 5a and
this heatwave and warnings that we are seeing affecting more than 31 million people from arizona, nevada. there seem ten to 12 degrees above average. italian to the wildfires you spoke of. s and you get these high temperatures in these extreme drought conditions that links to the explosive growth in these wired various senate on the hour week tempter that are breaking the record affecting more than 30 million people but now as there is wildfires go in the coming days we'll have to watch about the air quality impacts on the region as more and more that a wildfire smoke moves away into the region and impacts millions more people many miles away from california and into western nevada. you mentioned the coming days that are fresh conditions are expected next weekend will that give people a fresh respite?— fresh respite? yes, we are the sea breeze _ fresh respite? yes, we are the sea breeze and _ fresh respite? yes, we are the sea breeze and we _ fresh respite? yes, we are the sea breeze and we are - fresh respite? yes, we are the
sea breeze and we are hopefuli sea breeze and we are hopeful right now a san francisco has a cooling. we think that we pit with this particular heat spell and we did reach temperatures as high as 45 celsius and on average we don't get higher than 32 but we hope will begin to see more cooling for the next few days and is the climate trends are warmer it is becoming more common here that we are experiencing more of these heatwaves notjust in summer in spring and fall and they're heading to new extremes and of the five warmest years have occurred in california since 2014.— have occurred in california since 2014. �* , ., since 2014. abbas mentioning ali had a scorching _ since 2014. abbas mentioning ali had a scorching of - since 2014. abbas mentioning ali had a scorching of westerni ali had a scorching of western
canada at the us at the end of june said that was virtually impossible. without climate change. what if you're reading on how climate change is affecting things where you are? it is actually very similar. what we're seeing, you know. people refer to these changes we are seeing is, like, on steroids and now you can hit these new extremes or these heatwaves are becoming more likely likely so you can see the trend very clearly here in california and probably the most significant impacts we've seenin most significant impacts we've seen in the past few decades of the world fires which have also been covered extensively by the bbc. 85% of these have occurred in the top 20 wildfire just since 2000 so when we see these rising temperatures and more expensive droughts, wildfire seasons are starting earlier and trending well. i’m seasons are starting earlier and trending well.— and trending well. i'm not aware of _ and trending well. i'm not aware of any _ and trending well. i'm not aware of any climate - and trending well. i'm not - aware of any climate scientists who predicted these particular temperatures so hard so wrong?
yeah, you know, the same group are asking many of those same questions. i think the concept being is that you expect temperatures to warm sometimes a linearfashion so temperatures to warm sometimes a linear fashion so 2—3 of warming at a time. but what thatis warming at a time. but what that is also doing is setting the stage now for hire extremes so heatwaves that would normally develop that type of intensity as far north as western canada and the pacific northwest that five temperatures we see the desert southwest. the frequency of seeing those type of events that we not see before may become more common so what we saw in the past two weeks could be a calling card of what the future could look like. especially as far north as western canada. especially as far north as western canada. south africa's president cyril ramaphosa has called for calm following violent protests linked to the imprisonment of the former presidentjacob zuma.
25 lorries were torched and shops looted overnight in kwa zulu natal province. gail maclellan reports. lorries burn on the major highway linking johannesburg with the coast. supporters of former president jacob zuma erupted into protest as he began a 15 month jail sentence. police have been deployed to kwa zulu natal to maintain control and 28 people have been arrested. the application includes... on friday the high court dismissed jacob zuma's attempt to have his arrest overturned. jacob zuma's imprisonment has laid bare deep divisions in the anc, and the former president has a large support base in his former province. it has been the most potent internal force
opposing the current president. jacob zuma will probably be released from the escort correctional centre after serving four months of his 15 month term for contempt of court. that will not be an end to the controversy. the former president's actual corruption trial is yet to get under way. let s get some of the day's other news. on the sixtieth anniversary of a friendship treaty between china and north korea, kim jong—un and president xi jinping have exchanged messages, promising greater co—operation. according to the north korean news agency, mr kim said their relationship was vital in the face of hostile foreign forces. china is north korea's only major ally. the statues of two confederate generals have been removed from the us city of charlottesville in virginia. the monument to robert e lee was taken away
from a central square, four years after the city council ordered its removal. another — of general thomas "stonewall" jackson — which was standing nearby — was also taken into storage. 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. 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. two of the sports biggest rivals, brazil and argentina have been playing in rio for the copa america score here. the pandemic has meant only a limited number of fans are allowed in the stadium.
it was the first major international trophy for one of the world's best players. and if you hundred fans were allowed in. and if you hundred fans were allowed in. let's cross to rio now and speak to football correspondent tim vickery. ididn't i didn't -- i didn't —— argentina have beaten their old rivals. ﬁnd beaten their old rivals. and ou 'oin beaten their old rivals. and you join me _ beaten their old rivals. and youjoin me as— beaten their old rivals. and youjoin me as he - beaten their old rivals. and youjoin me as he holds- beaten their old rivals. ﬁfic you join me as he holds up the world, largest cup. one of the most controversial, being played in the middle of the pandemic but it is the moment where lionel messi has won a
senior title with argentina put up senior title with argentina put up how many about the greatest of all time will have to be altered about what has happened here in rio. argentina winning 1-0. here in rio. argentina winning 1—0. ironically they scored 12 goals in the competition in the first 11 of them messi was involved in all of them. the only goal tonight, the goal that has won this title, the that has won this title, the that he didn't have a hand in and it is winning him his first senior title.— senior title. fireworks lighting _ senior title. fireworks lighting up _ senior title. fireworks lighting up the - senior title. fireworks lighting up the sky - senior title. fireworks lighting up the sky in | senior title. fireworks - lighting up the sky in brazil. 0f lighting up the sky in brazil. of course, brazil themselves have seen that crown slip. do you think this is a blip or is this a sign of the times? well, it is a worry — this a sign of the times? well, it is a worry for _ this a sign of the times? well, it is a worry for brazil. - this a sign of the times? well, it is a worry for brazil. it - this a sign of the times? well, it is a worry for brazil. it is - it is a worry for brazil. it is only the second competitive game that they have lost in a five year period but they played against belgium and that eliminated them from the world cup and now on home ground to lose to argentina is clearly painful and one of the stories of the game tonight was that
brazil proved more dependent on their big star than argentina were on their big star, lionel messi. it was not always pretty and it certainly was not a classic, but perhaps one of the most touching moments were shortly after the final whistle, a long embrace between them. great vendor they played together with great success for barcelona. and even though brazil are disappointed i think there are plenty here in brazil who would not begrudge lionel messi has first senior title. it was an almost perfect ending, wasn't it? that 87th minute chance that fell to him. i could have scored that and i'm not as good as him. he somehow missed it, didn't he? but that probably doesn't take away from the occasion. h0 but that probably doesn't take away from the occasion. no but imaaine away from the occasion. no but imagine had — away from the occasion. no but imagine had brazil— away from the occasion. no but imagine had brazil equalised i away from the occasion. no but imagine had brazil equalised in| imagine had brazil equalised in the town that had been left. imagine how that would have played on his mind having the chance to clinch the title. thankfully for him it did not matter and his defensive
team—mates were able to hold out. it was a little bit like the siege of the alamo at times. there were times when the argentinian defenders were almost queueing up to foul him. rugby tackling him in their desperation. when a team is that i think are illegal in boxing. that i think are illegal in boxina. ., ., that i think are illegal in boxin., ., ., ., that i think are illegal in boxini, ., ., ., boxing. had to get away with it? the constant _ boxing. had to get away with it? the constant thousand i it? the constant thousand interruptions _ it? the constant thousand interruptions in _ it? the constant thousand interruptions in yellow- it? the constant thousand l interruptions in yellow cards clearly worked to argentina's advantage. it was in their interest to slow the rhythm of the game down. i think it was a time when brazil needed cool heads and they did not have them. i don't think they should enough calm under pressure. they nearly equalised at one point put up a goal narrowly ruled out by offside but they did not enough on the night. it is argentina's title.
the final preparations are under way ahead of sir richard branson's historic trip into space. the british billionaire — and his virgin galactic crew — will take off from a site in new mexico. if successful — he will beat amazon boss — jeff bezos — who's planning his own space launch in nine days time. the bbc�*s tim allman has more. billionaire entrepreneur is heading into space are a bit like buses. you wait ages and then two come along almost at once. first up, sir richard branson and his unity rocket plane. taking off from the spaceport in new mexico, the virgin galactic crew should reach a height of 50 miles or 80 kilometres above the earth's service. according to nasa that is where the atmosphere and so are sir richard will officially become an astronaut. i have always been a dreamer. my mum taught me never give up and to reach for the stars. thisjuly our dream will become a reality. and we're really
excited to share that moment with you all. excited to share that moment with you all-— with you all. the virgin galactic _ with you all. the virgin galactic programme i with you all. the virgin - galactic programme stretches back nearly 20 years and hasn't always gone smoothly. 2014 a pilot was killed during a test flight over the desert. this is only the beginning. soon enough, jeff basis for take—off in his blue orange rocket. some critics say this is simply the folly of rich men. and question the logic of is commercial space travel when the skies are already full ofjunk. but space travel when the skies are already full of junk. but for others it is all about reaching for the stars.— for the stars. this is an attempt _ for the stars. this is an attempt to _ for the stars. this is an attempt to regularise l for the stars. this is an - attempt to regularise access to space and this is about getting economically achievable access to the industrialisation of space. it is a really important flight. space. it is a really important fliht. . space. it is a really important fliiht. . _, space. it is a really important fliiht. . ., flight. virgin galactic plan to start commercial _ flight. virgin galactic plan to start commercial services i flight. virgin galactic plan to start commercial services in | start commercial services in 2022 and said they could be running 100 flights a year 12 months later. for sir richard branson this is one small step for a billionaire. branson this is one small step fora billionaire. one giant leap for mankind.
and if you want to buy a ticket — it's reported a trip will cost you a quarter—of—a—million dollars. turkey has left the eurovision song contest in 2013 — claiming the voting system was "unfair." but now turkish state broadcaster trt and the event's organisers, european broadcasting union, say they are discussing the country's possible return. bbc monitoring's ilgin karlidag reports. this was one of the proudest moments for turkish music. sertab erener took eurovision by storm in 2003 and led her country to victory. but a decade later, turkey left the competition, with state broadcaster trt complaining about unfair voting. this was related to the introduction of a professional jury alongside tele—voting.
turks love eurovision, and rumours have circulated for years about turkey's return. recently, for the first time, both sides are discussing the possibility. fans are ecstatic. the timing of it is no coincidence. the move may reflect on corrupt�*s renewed interest in the timing of it is no coincidence. the move may reflect on corrupt�*s renewed interest in european integration. turkey wants to emerge from a period of political isolation after strained ties with europe over human rights and energy exploration. turkey won eurovision
a year after president recep tayyip erdogan came to power in 2002, amid a wave of optimism about the country possiblyjoining the eu. a lot has changed since then. erdogan's conservative and islamist root of government has become increasingly authoritarian. trt's general manager said in 2018 that turkey would not participate because the competition includes drag performers. the turkish broadcaster has until this autumn to decide if it will compete in 2022.
hello. 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.
the headlines: the widow of haiti's assassinated president has accused his political enemies of hiring mercenaries to kill him in order to halt efforts to introduce constitutional reform and better living 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 south—western 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. in football, argentina have beaten their arch rivals brazil 1—0 in the final of the copa america, ending 28 years without a major trophy. argentina scored the only goal in the first half through the paris saint germain player, angel di maria.