this is 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, 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 women's singles final.
welcome to the programme. plenty of sport coming up. 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 out of the country,
fearful that the situation might 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 blinki of an eye, the mercenaries entered my home and riddled my husband with bullets, without even giving him a chance to say a word. we cannot let the country lose its way. we cannot let his blood have been spilled in vain. but his proposed constitutional 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 lead the country — an interim prime minister, claudejoseph, a new prime minister ariel henry, who's yet to be sworn in, and joseph lambert, nominated as the new president. haiti has now asked for
international help to maintain calm on the streets. whether that will come is unclear. rich preston, bbc news. for more on this, i've been speaking to haiti's minister for elections. i 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 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, particularly those leading the government, on the energy sector, constructions, on other big areas that he was trying to regulate, and those had created a lot of enemies of the president so i do understand when the first lady said that.
she got a clear understanding of what really happened on the night. critics were saying the constitutional changes were to allow mr 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? 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 change — 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 particularly, has confirmed there will be senior fbi officials in country yesterday. we still expect them to be in country very soon,
but they are not there yet. so you've also asked for help from the un and us, some troops 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. what we take 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. for now, i think the country is calm, there is no response yet, but we do believe there is a threat for the elections to come 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 security of the elections that will be coming on september the 26th.
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's saying that 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? according to the constitution�*s article 149, when there is a prime minister, if there is a vacancy, the prime minister presides a concert of ministers and lead the country for 120 days to organise elections. 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, no—one was expecting
presidentjovenel moise to be assassinated on that night but... crosstalk. ..a vacuum on the presidency. that's what the constitution said and that's what we are. but you would not deny that it was mr moise's wish that ariel henry became prime minister? it was part of the negotiation that was ongoing but president moise gave mr ariel 72 hours to go form a government and afterforming the government, he would come back to the president — the president who has published the name of ministers and his name as as prime minister — and then take the oath of everybody to lead the country. that didn't happen. we didn't create it. and now, we have the responsibility, based on the constitution, with dr claude as the prime minister, president of the concert of ministers, to lead the country for 120 days to continue with the ongoing 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 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. 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 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. here's nbc bay area meteorologist rob mayeda with this detailed analysis of the current heatwave conditions and the threat of wildfires faced by the state of california. there was about ten days ago when we watched the heatwave in the pacific north—west and in western canada. as you mentioned at the top, temperatures recorded at 54.1; c in death valley and this heatwave and the heat warnings that we are seeing as you mentioned affecting more than 31 million people from californian nevada into arizona
and many cases we are seeing temperatures about 10— 12 degrees above average. the tie into the wildfires you spoke of, beckwourth complex complex fire off to the east out towards the sierra, as soon as you get these hot temperatures and these extreme drought conditions, that leads to the explosive growth on these wildfires not only are we dealing with these temperatures that are breaking records, affecting more than 30 million people now as those wildfires grow and in the coming days we will have to watch about the air—quality impact in the region is more and more of the wildfire smoke moves further away from the region and impacts millions more people, many miles away from the fires that are bringing here in california and into western nevada. ., ., nevada. you mentioned the cominu nevada. you mentioned the coming days. _ nevada. you mentioned the coming days, rob. - nevada. you mentioned the i coming days, rob. pressure conditions are expected next week. we'll give people a slight respite?— week. we'll give people a slight respite? yeah, we're watching — slight respite? yeah, we're watching the _ slight respite? yeah, we're watching the timing - slight respite? yeah, we're watching the timing of- slight respite? yeah, we're watching the timing of the | slight respite? yeah, we're i watching the timing of the sea breeze —— will it give people. at the moment san francisco has its customary fog pouring into downtown and it will probably take another day for the
valleys to experience the cooling we think we peg with this particular heat spell today, we did reach temperatures as high as 43 celsius in the bay area. on average we don't really get higher than 32. it was a pretty significantjump we saw. at with the onshore winds increasing, we are hopeful we will begin to see more calling as we go through the next few days and is also interesting to point out similar to the heatwave we saw in the pacific north—west as the climate continues trending warmer it is becoming more common here in california that were experiencing more of these heatwaves, notjust in some of that in spring and fall and then heading to new extremes that we did not use to see at our latitude. in fact within the last decade four of the five longest years of —— warmest years have occurred in california since 2014.— california since 2014. indeed, and i was _ california since 2014. indeed, and i was mentioning - california since 2014. indeed, and i was mentioning earlierl and i was mentioning earlier the scorching of western canada and the us at the end ofjune which climate researchers said was virtually impossible without climate change. what is your reading on how climate
change is affecting things where you are? it’s change is affecting things where you are? it's actually very similar. _ where you are? it's actually very similar, but _ where you are? it's actually very similar, but we're - where you are? it's actually i very similar, but we're seeing. people refer to these changes where seeing is like weather patterns on steroids, meaning that now you can hit these new extremes or these heatwaves are becoming more likely. you can see the trend clearly here in california and will be one of the most significant impacts we've seen just the most significant impacts we've seenjust in the most significant impacts we've seen just in the last two decades other wildfires we have also been covered extensively by bbc. 85% of these have occurred, the top largest wildfires, just since 2000 so since we have seen these rising temperatures, more frequent heatwaves, more expensive droughts like we are enduring now, wildfire seasons are starting earlier and they've been trending more intense. rob, i'm not aware of any client scientist who predicted these particular temperatures so how did everyone get it serong —— climate scientist. people, the same group, this community, asking many of those same questions. == community, asking many of those same questions.—
same questions. -- get it so wronu. same questions. -- get it so wrong- you _ same questions. -- get it so wrong. you expect _ same questions. -- get it so - wrong. you expect temperatures to warm sometimes _ wrong. you expect temperatures to warm sometimes in _ wrong. you expect temperatures to warm sometimes in a - wrong. you expect temperatures to warm sometimes in a linear. to warm sometimes in a linear fashion but when talking to—3 warming over two decades at a time. but what it is also doing is that in this stage now for higher extremes —— 2—3 degrees. so heatwave that would not develop with that intensity as far north as western canada or the pacific north—west that rivalled the temperatures we see in the desert south—west, the frequency of thing those types of events that we did not see before may become more common, so what we saw here so far in the last fortnight could be a calling card of what the future could look like, especially at latitudes as far north as western canada. nbc�*s rob mayeda. you are watching bbc news. the 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
presidentjacob zuma. 25 lorries were torched and shops looted overnight in kwazulu—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 kwazulu—natal province to maintain control. 28 people have so far been arrested. the application is dismissed with costs to include those occasioned by the employment of senior counsel. on friday, the pietermaritzburg 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 post—apartheid south africa's rule of law. sings. 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 ramaphosa. mr zuma will probably be released from the estcort correctional centre after serving four months of his 15—month term 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 hasjust happened here in rio. 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, and it has won him his first senior title. and tim, 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 is it 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 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, 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 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, and the constant interruptions and the constant 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. 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 fantastic to have obviously the letter from the queen, the letterfrom 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. all the local villagers had come out and lining the route, and people pulled over in lay—bys and so you got more of a sense of what is going on inside the bubble
more of a sense of what is going on outside the bubble that we have been in. but it always comes back to tomorrow. we are in a final and we are here to win, so everything is important, how we have represented people and we are pleased that that legacy has been there but now we want to go and bring the trophy home for 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 is a great passion for football _ translation: there is a great passion for football in england | as there is in italy. england have been very unfortunate in the past in world cups and european championships. they have i was boasted good teams, just as they do now, they have a topside. i think it will 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 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 will see how the game pans out. if england have made it 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 pliskova 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, 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. 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. tim allman has more. billionaire entrepreneurs 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 a space port in new mexico, the virgin galactic crew should reach a height of 50 miles, or 80 kilometres, above
the earth's surface. according to nasa that is where the atmosphere ends, so sir richard will officially become an astronaut. i have always been a dreamer. my mum taught me to 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. the virgin galactic programme stretches back nearly 20 years and has not always gone so smoothly. in 2014 a pilot was killed during a test flight over the mojave desert. this is only the beginning. soon enoutheff bezos will take off in his blue origin rocket. some critics say, this is simply the folly of rich man and question the logic of commercial space travel, when the sky are already full ofjunk, but for others, it is all about reaching for the stars. this is an attempt to regularise access to space.
this is about getting economically achievable access to the industrialization of space. it is a really important flight. virgin galactic plan to start commercial services in 2022. they say they could be running 100 flights a year, 12 months later. for sir richard branson this is one small step for a billionaire, one giant leap for mankind. tim allman, bbc news. and if you want to buy a ticket it's reported a trip will cost you a $250,000. that's it from me. celia will be here at the top of the hour with lots more. i'm off for a lie down and some controlled breathing for the next 14.5 hours until the euros final kicks off at wembley. if you have any tips on how to keep calm in the run up to england's biggest match for 55 years, let me know on twitter — i'm @ marklobel.
from me and the rest of the team, thank you very much for joining us, goodbye. 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 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 01’ so. the good news is that on tuesday,
the weather improves. 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.
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.