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this is bbc news. welcome if you're watching here in the uk or around the globe. 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, there is no response yet, 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. messi's moment: the argentine superstar leads his country to victory in the copa america. and the world number one, australia's ash barty, wins the wimbledon
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women's singles final. hello and welcome to the programme. 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 first, this report from the bbc�*s rich preston. as haiti's future remains uncertain, some ordinary haitians are looking for a way
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out of the country, fearful that the situation may deteriorate even further. haiti is the poorest country in the americas, the first lady says her husband planned to change the constitution to improve the lives of ordinary people. speaking in creole, she described wednesday's attack. translation: in the blink of an either mercenaries entered my home and riddled my husband with bullets. without even giving him a chance to a word. we cannot let the country lose its way. we cannot let his blood have been spilt in vain. but his proposed constitutional changes made him enemies, many said hejust wanted changes made him enemies, many said he just wanted to extend his time in office. the haitian government says 28 foreign mercenaries were involved in the attack and that most of them have been arrested or killed. three people now claim to have megaport no claim to lead the country, an interim promise to claudejoseph, a new minister ariel henri, and joseph lambert, nominated as the new president. haiti has
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not asked for international help to maintain calm on the streets, whether that will come is unclear. rich preston, bbc news. 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 challenge the constitution because the constitution, it's bringing a lot of instability and he believed that to change the constitution would make lives of people better. the second was the fight against corruption, especially those living in the energy sector, —— leading in the energy sector, other big areas that he was trying to regulate. and those have created a lot of enemies of the president so i understand when the first lady
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should that, she had an understanding of what has happened on the night. addicts were saying — happened on the night. addicts were saying the _ happened on the night. addicts were saying the constitutional. were saying the constitutional changes were to aloud jovenel moise to run again. who out of all of these contenders do you think was behind this and has the fbi arrived in the country to help you find out?- to help you find out? first of all, to help you find out? first of all. there — to help you find out? first of all, there was _ to help you find out? first of all, there was no _ to help you find out? first of all, there was no plan - to help you find out? first of all, there was no plan for. to help you find out? first of| all, there was no plan for the president to be candidate again. and in the text of the constitution it was clearly stated that the president under which the constitution, the new constitution has voted, cannot benefit from the constitution, so the president was not a candidate, he was telling them so many times. yes, we have called for a request for the fbi to assist in the investigation because we want the truth to get out. the state department or white house in particular has confirmed they will be sending senior fbi countries —— offices into the
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country and we will expect them to be here soon but they are not there yet.— to be here soon but they are not there yet. have also asked for help from _ not there yet. have also asked for help from the _ not there yet. have also asked for help from the un - not there yet. have also asked for help from the un and - not there yet. have also asked for help from the un and us, l for help from the un and us, some trips to help protect key infrastructure, you say, is under threat. infrastructure, you say, is underthreat. have infrastructure, you say, is under threat. have any of those trips 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. what we take was to assassinate the president then the people would get in then the people would get in the street and other mercenaries may have been in the country to destroy key infrastructure. but for now i think the country is calm, there is no response yet —— response yet but we do believe there is a threat for the elections to come in and we still believe haiti would need some kind of assistance, human resources and materials for the poorest to be able to help stabilise the country, for the
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security of the elections that will be coming on september 26. you are backing a candidate, an interim prime minister, that was actually meant to change based on the late president's wishes. there is now a senator patrice dumont who says elections should not be held as early as september because this coup, 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?— leave power in place, would be going ahead then? according to the constitution _ going ahead then? according to the constitution article - going ahead then? according to the constitution article 149, - the constitution article 149, when there is a prime minister, if there is a vacancy, the prime minister presides a concert of ministers and leave the country for 120 days to organise elections. this is not the first time prime minister has been designated and did not take the oath to take power. this prime minister does not have a government and did not take the oath and the actual prime minister, no—one would
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expect him, jovenel moise, to be assassinated on that night but... ,, ,, �* a be assassinated on that night. but. . ._ a vacuum on but... crosstalk. a vacuum on the presidency _ but... crosstalk. a vacuum on the presidency but _ but... crosstalk. a vacuum on the presidency but that's - but... crosstalk. a vacuum on the presidency but that's what . the presidency but that's what the presidency but that's what the presidency but that's what the presidency said that's what we are. ., ., ., y we are. you would not deny it was jovenel— we are. you would not deny it was jovenel moise's - we are. you would not deny it was jovenel moise's wish - we are. you would not deny it was jovenel moise's wish thatj was jovenel moise's wish that ariel henri became wasjovenel moise's wish that ariel henri became prime minister? it ariel henri became prime minister?— ariel henri became prime minister? ., minister? it was part of the negotiation _ minister? it was part of the negotiation that _ minister? it was part of the negotiation that was - minister? it was part of the i negotiation that was ongoing but president moise gave him 72 hours to form a government and after forming hours to form a government and afterforming the hours to form a government and after forming the government, he would come back to the president, the president who has published the name of his name as prime minister and then take the oath to leave the country. that didn't happen, and now we have the responsibility, based on the constitution, with moise as the prime minister, president of the concert of ministers, to leave the country for 120 days to continue with the ongoing
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election. don't forget, $60 million has already been disbursed for elections to happen. the agenda is out. the electoral decree is out. if you want to leave this country you have to go through an election to receive the vote of the people and only the haitian people and only the haitian people can decide who can leave the country, who can take the country forward, and that's what we're going to do, according to the constitution. mathias pierre, haiti's minister for elections. let's get some of the day's other news. on the 60th 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
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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 5—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 8—month war. more than 30 million people in the south—western 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 recorded the hottest temperature recorded in over a century, equalling a similar record set in 2020. hundreds of evacuation orders
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have been issued as wildfires rage across the beckwourth complex in the north of the state. thousands of acres of forest land have been destroyed there. 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. earlier, i spoke to craig clements, who's a professor of meteorology at san jose state university. i asked him what impact the current heatwave in california was having on potential wildfires. these hot temperatures are this heatwave is really driving our fuel moisture is down so we're getting drierfuels fuel moisture is down so we're getting drier fuels which then allows the fires to spread more easily, so that's what we are experiencing.— easily, so that's what we are experiencing. and what is your wildfire forecast, _
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experiencing. and what is your wildfire forecast, if _ experiencing. and what is your wildfire forecast, if you - experiencing. and what is your wildfire forecast, if you like, i wildfire forecast, if you like, the rest of the summer? well, it could be _ the rest of the summer? well, it could be quite _ the rest of the summer? well, it could be quite grim - the rest of the summer? well, it could be quite grim because| it could be quite grim because of our drought that we just came out of this winter. our fuels, the trees, the shops, they are very dry and so as we extend through the summer we can expect largerfires extend through the summer we can expect larger fires so it's quite, quite challenging, the month ahead. irate quite, quite challenging, the month ahead.— quite, quite challenging, the month ahead. we keep hearing about this _ month ahead. we keep hearing about this bad _ month ahead. we keep hearing about this bad news _ month ahead. we keep hearing about this bad news and - month ahead. we keep hearing about this bad news and it - about this bad news and it keeps getting worse and worse but how is it comparatively to other years?— other years? well, we're still early the _ other years? well, we're still early the fire _ other years? well, we're still early the fire season - - other years? well, we're still early the fire season - i - other years? well, we're still. early the fire season - i mean, early the fire season — i mean, we kind of getting into the core in california in august— september— to ourfuel core in california in august— september— to our fuel moisture is our record lows, the lowest they have been, that is a sign we could expect much larger fires but we've been lucky because its day—to—day weather that actually drives a lot of our fire behaviour so that actually drives a lot of ourfire behaviour so it's hard to say but we should expect much larger fires when we get into fall. �* , ., , ., into fall. and the problem for firefighters — into fall. and the problem for firefighters seems _ into fall. and the problem for firefighters seems to - into fall. and the problem for firefighters seems to be - into fall. and the problem for firefighters seems to be that|
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firefighters seems to be that the air is so dry that much of the air is so dry that much of the water dropped by the aircraft to quell the flames evaporates before it reaches the ground so how can these wildfires best be tackled? well, there's some water drops but also retardant which is less susceptible the atmospheric humidity. we need to be— you know, the firefighters are doing lots of air drops on these big fires, the back and with completes for example, —— back in with complex, but as we get more fires later in the season we're going have many more fires so that how best can you mitigate the wildfires of the future —— backwourth. the wildfires of the future -- backwourth.— backwourth. one thing that we're doing _ backwourth. one thing that we're doing in _ backwourth. one thing that we're doing in the - backwourth. one thing that we're doing in the western | backwourth. one thing that i we're doing in the western us is trying to bring in more prescribed fires so that purposely set fires to the fuels, are also going in and reducing the shrubs and the fuels around in the forest so we have millions of acres to treat but if we can treat the forest, we can reduce the fuels
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because it's a build—up fuels the topping drive these big fires. �* , u, ., the topping drive these big fires. �*, ., ., fires. there's we can do about these climate _ fires. there's we can do about these climate change, - fires. there's we can do about these climate change, in - fires. there's we can do about| these climate change, in terms of how it's affecting the fires, but it's the fuels we can manage. craig clemens. 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 south—western united states are experiencing another brutal heatwave. 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 looted overnight gail maclellan reports. lorries burn on the major highway linking johannesburg with the coast. supporters of former presidentjacob zuma
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former president jacob zuma erupted former presidentjacob zuma erupted into protest as he began a 15 month jail sentence. police have been deployed to kwazulu—natal province to maintain control. 28 people have so far been arrested. the application _ have so far been arrested. the application is _ have so far been arrested. tue: application is dismissed have so far been arrested. tte: application is dismissed and costs to include those occasioned by the appointment of senior counsel. fin occasioned by the appointment of senior counsel.— of senior counsel. on friday the high _ of senior counsel. on friday the high court— of senior counsel. on friday the high court dismissed i of senior counsel. on friday - the high court dismissed zuma's application to have his arrest overturned in a sidebar to a case that has been seen as a test of postapartheid south africa's rule of law. mr zuma's imprisonment has laid bare deep divisions in the governing african national congress. the former president still has a large support base in his home province. the zuma faction of the anc has been the most potent internal force opposing president cyril ramaphosa. mr zuma will probably be released from the escort correctional centre after serving four months of his 15— month term
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for contempt of court. but that will not be an end to the controversy. former president zuma's actual corruption trial is yet to get under way. gail maclellan, bbc news. two of international football's biggest rivals, brazil and argentina, have been playing in rio for the copa america. argentina won the game, one goal to nil. it was the first major international trophy for one of the world's best players, lionel messi. from rio dejaneiro, here's the bbc�*s tim vickery. it is the world's oldest continental cup competition. it has been played since 1916. this was the 47th version. one of the most controversial being played in the middle of the pandemic. but it is the moment where lionel messi has finally won a senior title with argentina. how many barroom discussions about the greatest of all time will have to be altered as a result of what has just happened here in rio.
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argentina winning1—0. ironically, they scored 12 goals in the competition. the first 11 of them, messi was involved in all of them. the only goal tonight, the goal that has won this title, is the first goal in the competition that messi did not have a hand in an it has won him his first senior title. fireworks erupting over the stadium right now. lighting up the sky in brazil. of course, brazil themselves have seen their crown slip. do you think this is a blip or a sign of the times? well, it is a worry for brazil. it is only the second competitive game that they have lost in a five—year period. but their painful one was the one against belgium that eliminated them from the world cup three years ago 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, neymar, than argentina were on lionel messi. it was not always pretty.
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it certainly was not a classic but perhaps one of the most touching moments was shortly after the final whistle, a long embrace between neymar and messi. great friends. they played together, of course, with great success, for barcelona and so, even though brazil are disappointed, i think there are plenty here in brazil who would not begrudge messi his first senior title. neymar among them. it was an almost perfect ending, wasn't it, for lionel messi — there was that 87th minute chance that fell to him. i mean, i could have scored that and i'm not as good as lionel messi! he somehow missed it, didn't he, but that probably doesn't take away from the occasion? no, but imagine had brazil equalised in the time 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 teammates were able to hold out. it was a little bit like the siege of the alamo at times, there were times
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when the argentine defenders were almost queueing up to foul neymar. almost wrestling him, rugby tackling him in their desperation... there was a judo move at one point? there was, yes. one or two moves that i think are illegal in boxing... how did they get away with it? well, the constant fails, the constant interruptions a nd co nsta nt 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 showed enough calm under pressure. nearly equalised at one point, they had a goal narrowly ruled out for offside but they did not produce enough on the night. it is argentina's title. tim vickery there. let's go live and have a look at this. it has just gone midnight and utterjoy on the street. they have been waiting for this sent 19 93 but to beat
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brazil in brazil, i don't think they can believe their luck. it has gone midnight but they do not care. they may be out for many hours to come. just sheer jubilation notjust for lionel jubilation not just for lionel messi jubilation notjust for lionel messi but it looks like every argentinian fan that could stay up. tremendous scenes. well there's more football to come. the final of the euro 2020 tournament is just hours away. more than 60,000 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 a fantastic to have obviously the letter from the
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queen, the letterfrom obviously the letter from the queen, the 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 st. george's stopped all the local villagers had come outlining the red and you got more of a sense of what is going on inside the bubble we have been in. but it was comes back to tomorrow. we are in a final and we back to tomorrow. we are in a finaland we are back to tomorrow. we are in a final and we are here to win so everything is important, how we are representing people and we are representing people and we are pleased that legacy has been there but now we want to go and bring the trophy home for everybody. go and bring the trophy home for everybody-— go and bring the trophy home for everybody. only 15.5 hours to no, for everybody. only 15.5 hours to go. who — for everybody. only 15.5 hours to go. who is _ for everybody. only 15.5 hours to go, who is counting. - 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.
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translation: there is a great assion translation: there is a great passion in _ translation: there is a great passion in italy. _ translation: there is a great passion in italy. england - translation: there is a great passion in italy. england have i passion in italy. england have been very unfortunate in the past in world cups and european championships. they have i was posted good teams, just as they do now, they have a topside. i think it would be a wonderful match in front of a packed house and i think that is wonderful news for football lovers everywhere. so i think it would be a great day, it would be a great day to play this match and we know they have a lot of quality so we will see how the game pans out. if england have made to the final, it shows they are a great side. wimbledon has a new women's champion. world number one, ash barty, has claimed her first title at the all england club. she defeated eighth seed karolina pliskov
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from the czech republic, in three sets, as chetan pathak reports. what a moment for ash barty. ten years after winning thejunior title here, she is now wimbledon champion, emulating what her hero evonne goolagong did 50 years ago. goolagong an idol to so many from the indigenous australian community. barty, from the beginning, has talked about winning this title and today, she achieved that dream. it wasn't easy and it took three sets in the end against karolina pliskova, the czech eighth seed, who really started this one slowly — barty winning the first 14 points in a row. but once the world number one had won that first set, pliskova did find her rhythm again, taking the second on a tie—break and leading us into a decider. but barty�*s 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,
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the tears soon followed. and like pat cash and many before her, she made her way up the stairs and to her box, to celebrate with her team — in particular, the physios that have got her ready for these championships. it was only at the french open that she had to walk out in the second round with a hip injury — huge uncertainty about whether she'd be fit for wimbledon. she's ended up going all the way and winning the title. now, the question will be, with two grand slams, can she go on and dominate the women's game? in the men's game, all we've seen is domination for the last two decades — federer, nadaland, of course, novak djokovic. on sunday, djokovic goes for his sixth wimbledon title. he's a man motivated by numbers. if he beats matteo berrettini, it would be 20 grand slams, and that would bring him level with nadal and federer. before we go
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the final preparations are underway 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 entrepreneurs heading into space a bit like buses, you wait ages and then to come along almost at once. first up, richard branson and his unity rocket plan. virgin galactic group should each height of 80 kilometres above the earth's surface. according to nasa, that is where the sphere and asserts the richard will officially become an astronaut. t will officially become an astronaut.— will officially become an astronaut. . . , ., astronaut. i have always been a dreamer- _ astronaut. i have always been a dreamer- my — astronaut. i have always been a dreamer. my mum _ astronaut. i have always been a dreamer. my mum took- astronaut. i have always been a dreamer. my mum took me - astronaut. i have always been a dreamer. my mum took me to. dreamer. my mum took me to never give up and to reach for the stars. thisjuly our dream
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will become a reality. and we're excited to share that moment with you all. the virgin galactic stretches _ moment with you all. the virgin galactic stretches back - moment with you all. the virgin galactic stretches back nearly i galactic stretches back nearly 20 years and has not always gone smoothly. 2014 a pilot was killed. this was only the beginning. soon enough killed. this was only the beginning. soon enoutheff beginning. soon enough jeff bezos beginning. soon enoutheff bezos would take off in his blue origin rocket. some people say this is the folly of rich man in question the logic of commercial space travels when the sky are already full of junk but for others it is about reaching for the stars. this junk but for others it is about reaching for the stars.- reaching for the stars. this is an attempt — reaching for the stars. this is an attempt to _ reaching for the stars. this is an attempt to regularise - reaching for the stars. this is i an attempt to regularise access to space and economic achievable axis. it is a really important flight.— important flight. virgin galactic _ important flight. virgin galactic paint - important flight. virgin galactic paint to - important flight. virgin galactic paint to start l galactic paint to start commercial services into thousand 22 and —— 2022. for sir richard branson this is one small step for a billionaire
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and a giant leap for mankind. tim allman, bbc news. i will be back with a full round—up in half—an—hour. bye—bye. 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 then through the morning. it's dry, but then in the afternoon, very quickly, heavy showers will develop across parts
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of northern england and scotland. some of them could be thundery. also in the south—west, 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 that will have been dry through the afternoon may turn a little cloudy and then wet, and that does mean that, just around kick—off time, we are expecting some rain at wembley. but the good news is that it should be mostly light and fleeting. so, the forecast, then, into the week ahead. well, here's a dip in thejet stream here. and you see some blobs of blue, so that indicates further showers on the cards. quite often, when we do get a dip in thejet stream, we have low pressure over us and the ingredients for further showers, so lots of showers on the way once again on monday, some of them heavy. if you squint, you can just about make out some lime green colours there. that indicates a downpour or two. temperatures in the sunshine will be around 20 degrees or $0. the good news is that on tuesday, the weather improves.
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there will be fewer showers around. but we are watching these very close by over the near continent, northern france. they could just about clipped the south—east. but the further north and west you are, i think the drier and brighter 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. that means that the weather will settle down, there will be more 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.
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this is bbc news. the headlines:
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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.
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