he this is he bbc news our top stories: president biden accuses republican—controlled states of mounting a dangerous attack on voting rights in america. there is an unfolding assault taking place in america today in an attempt to suppress and subvert the right to vote in fair and free elections. heightened unrest in south africa — 72 people have died, amidst looting, protest and confrontations following the jailing of south africa's former president jacob zuma. carlos ghosn�*s great escape. the former boss of nissan recounts to the bbc his extraordinary flight from house arrest injapan, hidden in a box like this.
the 30 minutes waiting in the box in the plane, waiting for the plane to take off, were probably the longest period of waiting i have experienced in my life. australia ranks last for climate action among un member countries — we'll find out why. p°mp pomp and circumstance verses outer space science fiction. the crown and the mandalorian top the table for emmy nominations. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. president biden has accused republican—controlled states of mounting a dangerous attack on free and fair elections by restricting voting rights. the republicans have introduced a number of changes following donald trump's claim that voter fraud cost him the 2020 election.
speaking in philadelphia, the birthplace of american democracy, mr biden called those republican—led efforts unamerican. to date 17 states have brought in a variety of new measures, such as changing voting hours. but president biden pointed out, there had been no evidence of widespread fraud. there's an unfolding assault taking place in america today — an attempt to suppress and subvert the right to vote in fair and free elections. an assault on democracy. an assault on liberty. an assault on who we are. who we are as americans. for, make no mistake — bullies and merchants of fear, peddlers of lies, are threatening the very foundation our country.
the state currently at the heart of this controversy is texas. several local democratic politicians have flown out of texas in a procedural effort to prevent republicans from being able to bote through the new rules. the governor of texas has threatened to arrest them. jasmine crockett is one of those lawmakers who fled the state on monday night. i am an attorney. that is my background. i do criminal defence as well as civil rights work. so, to be clear, i've not committing a crime, so i can't be arrested and thrown in jail. i can't be detained. one reason we are out of the state is simply because you know that if there is any authority, it does not extend past the state of texas. so we won't step foot back in the state of texas so we can go ahead and kill these bills — the house bill as well as the senate bill, in an effort to, you know, give dc another opportunity.
so what are some of the main policies in the texas voting bills? 2a hour and drive—thru voting, which were brought in for last year's presidential election in some areas, are banned. there'll be new id—requirements for voting by mail, previously ballots were verified by a signature matching process. also the authority of observers at polling stations, who work for one party or the other — so—called partisan poll watchers — is to be expanded. democrats fear they could intimidate people as they turn up to vote. our north america correspondent david willis is in los angeles and he's put president biden�*s words into context for us. it was very strong language, david, perhaps his most forceful denunciation so far of these moves by republican—led states to suppress voting rights. and perhaps his most forceful denunciation of his predecessor. even though he didn't mention donald trump directly by name, he did, however, attack the so—called �*big lie�*, that's donald trump's assertion
that the 2020 election was clouded by voter fraud and other irregularity and he said that was completely false. he said this was the most scrutinised election in american history. but instead of it being celebrated, it was an example, he said, of human nature at its worst, something darker and more sinister. and of course, these voting restrictions are being broadened to a variety of republican states. now, more than a dozen of them have implemented them so far. and president biden, of course, has really kind of found it very frustrating as far as getting national voting rights legislation on the books because it's currently stalled in the senate. is there anything he could do about that? because i think some of his democrats believe he could act, he could be firmer, but he doesn't seem to want to. that's right. and there are those who say
he could do this by perhaps putting influence on democratic senators to overturn the convention of the so—called filibuster, which demands all important votes get 60—40, and currently it is a 50—50 split in the upper chamber. but president biden who of course has served for many years in the senate, reluctant to weigh in on that particular debate, if you like. i think what he's looking to do, david, is to focus attention on this issue, the fact that this is happening in quite a number of different states, that these laws are being tightened — democrats claim to the cost of minorities, and groups that would traditionally vote democrat — so that democrat voters will be more inclined to get out to the polls next yearfor the mid—term elections and to cast their votes. so he's looking to, i think, raise awareness
of what is going on, to draw attention to it in the hope of mitigating its effect next year. nonetheless, i guess for many democrats who feel very strongly about this, this is a deeply frustrating time to have to witness so many states going in a different direction? absolutely. and of course republicans argue this is all about enhanced election security. they feel the laws were relaxed too much, surrounding voting rights in the united states, last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. they said that that has not made the election system here safe and secure, so they are justifying these rules which are being brought into place in certain states. democrats, for their part, point out the number of proven cases of voter fraud in this country is more or less infinitesimal.
police in south africa now say 72 people have died in the violence which has erupted since the jailing of former president jacob zuma last week. that includes 10 people killed in a stampede during looting on monday night at a shopping centre in soweto — the country's biggest township. the military has now been deployed to help the overstretched police. mark lobel reports. shocking footage on social media is so as open warfare between citizens in the backyard of jacob zuma. let's go! getting south african against south african. looters against armed locals. get the shotgun. local militia are stepping in
as elsewhere the police are simply overwhelmed. it is perhaps no surprise that the army has been called in, but that brings its own challenges. if they start shooting, they will be war and that is what we don't want here in south africa. the vehicles are being escorted by metro— the vehicles are being escorted by metro police. in_ by metro police. in affected areas, public transport is suspended, with some roads now off limit. this volatile situation. this has led to the statement from a big oil refinery that supplies a third of the country's petrol. they are left with no option but to complete shutdown. the jobs that are being lost at the moment are going to exacerbate the situation, and we don't need this. it is perhaps ironic that the jailing of this man, former presidentjacob zuma, as part of the government's efforts required billions of dollars of alleged corruption to clean up
south africa �*s economy and make it attractive to foreign investors is now triggering further economic damage, not to mention loss of but why? tweets like these from presidents ooma's daughter suggest a political motivation, and hint at a deep split within the amc party, of which she is a member. —— zuma. they have accused the government of propping up the interest of minority white and a lead, and there is also the founding of anger, and to some extent encouraging unrest with some of the comments she has made. there is also the opposition politician who has threatened to mobilise supporters, following the deployment of an army in a local area. one question now is whether political grievances can be put aside while south africa is on fire. the man tasked with putting out the flames is
president cyril ramaphosa who insists that no political cause can justify this violence, as he must now regain control of his pandemic and poverty had country. mark lobel, bbc news. a plan to cut the foreign aid budget would cut $5.5 billion and want to spend on tackling corruption and poverty overseas. here is our diplomatic correspondence. britain has long given humanitarian aid to the world's poorest people, but the government is cutting that aid. what was promised to be temporary has become much more longer term. all the prime minister says — to save money. we are doing this in the midst of a terrible crisis when our public finances are under great
strain, more than ever before in peacetime history, and every pound that we spend in aid has to be borrowed.— to be borrowed. millions less has already _ to be borrowed. millions less has already been _ to be borrowed. millions less has already been spent - to be borrowed. millions less has already been spent on i has already been spent on humanitarian crises in its area and yemen. part of a for billion pound cut to the aid budget this year, money that labour said made a real difference. it labour said made a real difference.— difference. it reduces conflict. _ difference. it reduces conflict, reduces - difference. it reduces - conflict, reduces disease, stops people fleeing from home. it is a false economy to pretend that this is some sort of cut that doesn't have consequences. for the first time, ministers had a chance to vote on the cuts — either to restore aid spending to previous levels last year or tie any future rise to the state of the government finances. the vote was won, despite a tory rebellion. the eyes to the right — 333. the eyes to the right — 333. the nose to the left — 298. the ayes have it, the ayes have it. two tests will have to be
passed before aid spending rises. the amount of long—term debt the government owes must be falling, and day to day government spending must no longer be relied on borrowing. the prime minister believes these cuts reflect the priorities of voters, even if not all his backbenchers who said these tests will not be passed for years. we made a promise to the poorest people in the world — the government has broken that promise. this motion means that promise. this motion means that promise may be broken for years to come. there is an unpleasant odour wafting — there is an unpleasant odour wafting out from under my party's _ wafting out from under my party's front door. this is not who— party's front door. this is not who we — party's front door. this is not who we are, this is not what global— who we are, this is not what global britain as. when i come to choose between money _ when i come to choose between money and — when i come to choose between money and lies, _ when i come to choose between money and lies, i— when i come to choose between money and lies, i always - when i come to choose between money and lies, i always choosej money and lies, i always choose lies _ lies. only lies. - only rarely nes. — only rarely does the house lies. only rarely does the house of commons debate matters of life and death, but this cut in aid spending is no longer temporary but locked in for a number of years. that will have a direct impact on the lives of millions of people around the world. this vote is going to mean children not getting
vaccinations around the world, half a million children whose lives could have been saved through uk aid who will now die. we are going to see 3 million children no longer in schools. the government will still spend £10 billion on aid this year, but it's cuts are now entrenched, backed by a majority of the mps. that was james lindell reporting. stay with us on bbc news. we have lots more to come including — conventional training methods are often impossible, proven over the last year, so we are meeting the athletes preparing for the olympic games any which way they can. after months of talks and missed deadlines, a deal has been struck to keep greece within the eurozone. the immediate prospect of greece going bust in the worst crisis to hit the eurozone has been averted. emergency services across central europe are stepping up their efforts
to contain the worst floods this century. nearly 100 people have been killed. broadway is traditionally. called the great white way by americans but tonight. — it's completely blacked out. it's a timely reminder to all americans - of the problems that the energy crisisj has brought to them. leaders meet in paris for a summit on pollution, inflation and third world debt. this morning, theyjoined the revolution celebrations for a show of military might on the champs—elysees. wildlife officials in australia have been coping with a penguin problem. fairy penguins have been staggering ashore and collapsing after gorging themselves on a huge shoal of their favourite food, pilchards. some had eaten so much, they could barely stand. this is bbc world news. iam i am david iam david eades.
our main story: president biden has accused republican—controlled states of mounting a dangerous attack on voting rights, following donald trump's defeat in the 2020 election. which donald trump put down to voterfraud. carlos ghosn was once considered the great guru of the international motor industry. but the former boss of nissan and renault is as well known now as the man who escaped japanese justice by hiding in a box and being spirited out of the country in a private jet. he'd been arrested in tokyo in 2018 and he was charged with financial misconduct, offences which he continues to deny. he is now in exile in lebanon, from where he has been speaking exclusively to our business editor, simonjack. i could not show my face, so i had to be hidden
somewhere, and the only way i could be hidden is to be in a box, or be in a luggage. so, nobody could see me, nobody could recognise me and obviously, the plan could work. before joining the box, i needed not to be detected because i departed from an airport outside tokyo. so, we used a train and taxis, so i had to wear things that i never usually wear. you know, the plane was scheduled to take off at 11pm that night. we were ready and i was in the box in the rear of the plane probably around 10:30. the 30 minutes waiting in the box in the plane, waiting for the plane to take off, were probably the longest period of wait i've ever experienced in my life. carlos ghosn in exile in lebanon there.
when it comes to countries taking action to counter climate change, australia has been ranked last out of nearly 200 countries. the findings come in a un report which assesses a country's efforts to meet all the so—called �*sustainable development goals', which are designed to lift more people out of poverty. ina in a sustainable way, of course. �*climate action' is the key indicator for issues of global warming. the data shows australia obtained just 10 points out of 100, for action taken to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. australia's ranking is driven by poor performance on all three indicators under the un climate goal. they include: domestic co2 emissions per capita. consumption—based co2 emissions per capita generated through imports of goods and services. and, co2 emissions embodied in fossil fuel exports per capita. and overall, the survey found that australia has shown "limited" commitment to the sustainable development goals. earlier, i spoke to professorjohn thwaites, global chair of the sustainable development solutions network — which produces the report — and he explained why
australia's situation is quite so lamentable. largely because australia relies so hugely on fossil fuels for its energy system and its economy. we've got a energy system based very much on coal and gas, and we haven't sufficiently transferred that into a system based on clean, renewable energy. anybody who knows australia will know the sun shines a lot there. given the nature of climate change, it's been extremely hot. but that does mean there is potential there, solar, in particular? there's huge potential in australia for renewable energy, and notjust solar, wind as well. in fact, australia is one of the best—endowed countries in the world for renewable energy, which gives incredible opportunity for australia, not only to power its electricity through renewable energy, but also to use that renewable
energy to power industry and transport. unfortunately, we have not been using that great resource we've got nearly as much as we should. why is that? what causes that paralysis, as some would see it? it's a range of factors, but there's certainly vested interests in the fossil fuel industry that have made it more difficult for governmen to implement the changes that are necessary. in fact, a decade ago, australia started down the track of having a carbon price and shifting to a clean energy future. but that was under the previous labor government, there was a change of government and the current government reversed that carbon price and really, we stopped the action that was needed then, which would put us in a better position now. this is a bit of a gloom and doom interview, so far.
but if you look at individual states, i think queensland is a good example, building a huge battery plant there. the states can do their own things? overall, they are in a better position? they are. and the interesting thing in australia is that every state has now committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. and that includes states that are run by the coalition — the conservative parties. so, we are seeing states get on with the job of transferring their economies into clean, green economies but we're still not seeing enough action at the federal level. we need the federal government to step up to the plate for broad, economy—wide change as well. it is never quick enough, but presumably, never too late. that's right. and there are some green shoots. within our electricity system we have gone from 8—9% to 25% renewables.
where we're not seeing significant changes, in our industry and in our transport system. so, that is the real challenge, to switch to that clean, renewable energy to power industry and transport. professorjohn thwaites. the nominations for this year's emmys have been announced, with the crown and the mandalorian leading the charge, with 2a nominations apiece. the netflix hit series based on the british royal family has garnered acting nods for olivia colman, josh o'connor and emma corrin. it's also up for best drama series, while disney's the mandalorian is recognised in the same category. i've been speaking to sandro monetti, an entertainmentjournalist and editor of hollywood international filmmaker magazine says the cream of the crop has been recognised. it's been an incredible year for television but quality has risen to the surface. now, interestingly, these are the two most expensive shows on television.
it costs up to $13 million to make each episode of the crown, $15 million for the mandalorian. but you get what you pay for. and, yeah, these are the two duking it out. the crown is there again. i notice, year after year the competition gets better but the crown still gets nominated and the question must be asked, is this the best tv show of all time? do you think it is, david? well! i thoroughly enjoyed it although i am one of those who is a bit sceptical about the format, is this real, is this history, is it drama? i think the same about the mandalorian! he laughs i don't know so much about that one. but they are different productions, aren't they? they are. the mandalorian, the small screen spin—off of star wars but has proved much more entertaining than the recent star wars movies. and baby yoda rapidly becoming the biggest tv star in the world. yeah!
those two lead the way. this is a year when among all the nominees, i think that more of the tv shows have been watched than ever before because so many of us during the pandemic were at home, binge watching. yeah. and you just have to look at social media to see how much love there is from the public for the crown and for the mandalorian, and clearly that love is being shown by the emmy voters. the delayed tokyo 2020 olympic games are around the corner, but lockdown has made training hard. here's some of the ways athlete's from around the world have managed to do it. lockdowns have been tough on athletes, but some have found different ways of keeping in shape for the tokyo olympics. no treadmill, no problem for this 5,000m runner. the american athlete took this jokey approach to indoor training. this woman made use of her
sister and this nearby balcony to keep her beach volleyball skills sharp. fortunately, she won't have to deal with the trees in tokyo. jazz music this woman from the philippines swapped the gym for the kitchen and livestreamed her weightlifting sessions to raise money for charity. boxerjenny made her own gym outside, breaking rocks on a hillside. up on the roof, cuban wrestler daniel worked out with a little help from his coach. this man from india found ten metres inside to practice shooting.
this woman from lebanon also swapped outside for inside by using her garage. hello there. summer weather is increasingly set to take hold over the next few days. it is looking largely dry. we'll see increasing amounts of sunshine and increasing temperatures as well, and it is all because of high pressure. now, currently, this area of high pressure is sitting to the south—west of us, but it is going to build towards the uk over the next few days, hence the increasing amounts of sunshine and those higher temperatures as well. but actually, through wednesday, many spots will see a decent amount of sunshine. we will have quite a lot of cloud through the morning across some eastern parts of scotland and eastern england, tending to retreat towards the coast through the day, and also, more cloud into northern ireland and western scotland. and actually, as that cloud thickens up through the afternoon, it could even produce the odd spot of drizzle.
but elsewhere, some good spells of sunshine. temperatures in the sunniest spots up to 2a or 25 degrees. a bit breezy for north—western areas and also for some eastern coasts. now, as we head through wednesday night into thursday, we will see more cloud rolling down across northern ireland and scotland, getting into northern england and wales by the end of the night. clear spells further south, a pretty mild night — 11—15 degrees in most places. into thursday, we are going to see more in the way of cloud pushing southwards down into england and wales. there'll be some spells of sunshine and certainly, some brighter conditions developing for northern ireland and for scotland, and in the best of the sunshine, temperatures again getting up to around 2a or 25 degrees. and for friday, many spots can expect to see plenty of blue sky and sunshine. a bit more cloud at this stage across north—western parts of scotland, northern ireland, but certainly more cloud across the northern isles. the sunnier skies further south lifting those temperatures up to 25—26, maybe at this stage, up to 27 degrees. and that sets us up for the weekend because our area
of high pressure is going to become firmly established across the uk, bringing lots of dry weather, lots of sunshine. you can see frontal systems close to the far north perhaps giving a bit more cloud at times, but with our high pressure in place, we can expect some pretty warm weather through both saturday and sunday. so, let's look at some city forecasts. you can see across shetland, it'll stay cloudy and a bit cooler, 15 or 16 degrees. but most other places, fine, dry, some spells of sunshine and temperatures easily up to 27, maybe 28 degrees.
some had eaten so much, they could barely stand. this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. republican national committee has said that mr biden has been dishonest, and now voting is our duty. hundreds of troops in south africa have failed to prevent unrest and looting. at least 70 people have been killed. about 800 arrested since protesting broke out in response to the jailing of jacob zuma. australia has been ranked last for climate action out of nearly 200 countries in a recent un report assessing the progress towards global sustainable development goals. ed received a score of ten out of a hundred ed received a score of ten out ofa hundred in ed received a score of ten out of a hundred in assessing fossil fuel emissions.