this is bbc news. i'm ben boulos. our top stories: unbelievably bad — former president george w bush delivers his verdict on the us pullout from afghanistan. unbelievable pullout from afghanistan. how that society changed, unbelievable how that society changed, from the brutality of the taliban, and now all of a sudden, you know, sadly, i'm afraid afghan women and girls are going to suffer unspeakable horror. burned—out buildings and looting mark the sixth day of chaos in south africa. more than 70 are dead, and the crisis is growing. britney spears wins the right to choose her own lawyer as she tries to end the 13—year—long arrangement that controls her personal and business affairs. and jadon sancho speaks out —
the england footballer says hate will never win after receiving online racist abuse over his missed penalty in the euros final. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. the former us president george w bush has criticised president biden�*s decision to withdraw us troops from afghanistan, stating he believes the consequences are going to be "unbelievably bad". mr bush initially led america into afghanistan in late 2001 after 9/11 attacks on america. here's what the former president had to say to german television. the progress that can be made for young girls and women in afghanistan is unbelievable,
how that society changed, from the brutality of the taliban, and now all of a sudden, you know, sadly, i'm afraid afghan women and girls are going to suffer unspeakable farm. is it suffer unspeakable farm. is it a mistake? — suffer unspeakable farm. is it a mistake? the _ suffer unspeakable farm. is it a mistake? the withdrawal? i a mistake? the withdrawal? 1 think it is. ithink a mistake? the withdrawal? 1 think it is. i think the consequences are going to be unbelievably bad, and i'm sad. i spent a lot of time with afghan women, and they are scared, and i think about all the interpreters and people that helped, not only us troops but nato troops, and it seems like they're just going to be left behind to be slaughtered by these very brutal people. the warning from former president bush comes as the taliban say they've captured the strategic spin boldak border crossing with pakistan, the second busiest crossing between the countries, which gives afghanistan access to pakistani ports to the south. the afghan government has denied the reports, however videos online show the taliban's white flag flying next to the pakistani flag
at the border crossing, with militants chatting to pakistani border guards. controlling the border point would bring the taliban significant customs revenue and adds to other crossings they've captured along the borders with iran, well for more on the significance of this victory for the taliban, i've been speaking to professor marvin weinbaum, director of pakistan and afghan studies at middle east institute and a former analyst at the us state department. ido i do think this is quite significant. it, as you say, is symbolic, it shows the taliban are prepared now to actually hold territory, that they will do so openly, and i think what really stands out is the hands of the government seem tied. it
would be very difficult at this point to launch a military operation to clear that area, and of course, it should be mentioned that the revenue that comes from all of these border crossings is really what little the government has going for it in terms of being able to find anything. the rest is funded by the united states and the international community, so this is quite significant. ﬁnd this is quite significant. and we heard — this is quite significant. and we heard that _ this is quite significant. and we heard that morning from the former president george w bush. do you think he is right in his assessment that the us withdrawal is an unbelievably bad decision?— bad decision? that view is shared by _ bad decision? that view is shared by many _ bad decision? that view is shared by many people. i bad decision? that view is - shared by many people. many other people are going to be in harm �*s way. yes, the women eye, i think that stands out as perhaps the most, the wine
type... how do you say, repression that will most resonate, but at the same time, there are going to be other people against whom the taliban will be exacting retribution. those who worked for the government, those who certainly work with united states military, they are in harm �*s way, and so those, together with the many people whose livelihood depends on there being a republic rather than an dictatorship. taste being a republic rather than an dictatorship-— being a republic rather than an dictatorship. we should say the us has outlined _ dictatorship. we should say the us has outlined a _ dictatorship. we should say the us has outlined a plan - dictatorship. we should say the us has outlined a plan to - us has outlined a plan to evacuate afghan interpreters who have worked with the nato and us led forces for their protection. i suppose the question is, if the withdrawal of us and nato troops is as the former president says unbelievably bad, ijust wonder
what the alternative is, because if they have not achieved a solution to bring peace and stability to afghanistan in 20 years, what would staying another 20 achieve?— would staying another 20 achieve? ., ., ., achieve? the international forces, what _ achieve? the international forces, what they - achieve? the international l forces, what they succeeded achieve? the international - forces, what they succeeded in doing, and probably good for some time, is to stabilise the situation enough so that the taliban could not make major gains in the population centres. they have done of course quite well in the rural areas, but in the population centres, they could hold for some time. now what to do with our time is another matter, but you could argue that this gives an opportunity for the country's political elite to pull together, and it also gives breathing room, breathing time for the national security forces to be reinforced, and forces to be reinforced, and for the united states to be
able to be in a position to give some air support, which right now it is not giving out all, so it's a stability that we are talking about. south africa has announced a tenfold increase in the number of troops to be deployed in response to widespread violence sparked by the jailing of the former president, jacob zuma. up to 25,000 soldiers are to be sent onto the streets of kwazulu—natal and gauteng provinces. more than 70 people have now died, with the worst violence in years centred on durban and johannesburg. here's our south africa correspondent nomsa maseko. factory after factory after factory, ransacked and burned by looters. two young men lying dead beside a railway line, 48 hours after they died. this is what six days of looting and rioting in kwazulu—natal and gauteng provinces in south africa looks like.
violent protests began just hours after south africa's former president, jacob zuma, was jailed for failing to comply with a court order to give evidence at a corruption inquiry. however, speculation is rife that even though this may have started out as a pro—zuma protest, it was a well orchestrated plan designed to embarrass the current president, cyril ramaphosa, and to ensure he doesn't get another term in office. but yesterday, amid fear and desperation, a moment of hope. people were screaming, "throw her, throw her, throw her!" and i was scared, i was really scared, but there were people down in the streets. i wasn't. .. they weren't always panicking. i was trusting anyone for my baby, to take my baby away from me, because the flames were spreading and there was a smoke outside. and today, firefighters lined the streets to start cleaning up. armed with broomsticks, residentsjoined in, chasing away anyone trying to loot whatever is left.
not that much remains. is today the first time that you've come to see the trail of devastation that was left here since the rioting started? yeah, it's the first time we came down. we have our driver live next door, so he came two times to see what's going on. the first day, they only came through a small hole in the front and broke and stole a few watches, but later that night, they broke everything open and they looted all the shop. it can't happen again. i can't board up this business again. after six months or a year, it's happening again. the rioting comes as the country experiences the highest number of covid—19 cases in africa, with many wondering if south africa's economy will ever recover. nomsa maseko, bbc news, durban.
ajudge in los angeles has ruled that britney spears can choose her own lawyer in her ongoing struggle to end her controversial conservatorship. addressing a court for the second time in less than a month, the us pop star demanded once again that her father be removed from the legal agreement that has controlled her affairs for years. 0ur los angeles correspondent david willis has the latest. for the second time in three weeks, britney spears gave a very emotional testimony and she said that her father's control of her affairs was abusive and as she did succeed in getting her own lawyer to represent her after 13 years in which she has been represented by a court appointed attorney, and that lawyer, matthew rosen guard says he plans to file immediately, a motion seeking to have britney spears' father jamie stripped of his control over her life. he called mr
rosen guard in court forjamie spears to stand down immediately in the interests of his daughter, and said you have claimed that you love your daughter, so you should step down now from this position, but the lawyer representing jamie spears flatly refused to do so. she called some of the accusations levelled against jamie spears by his daughter unsubstantiated. if jamie spears by his daughter unsubstantiated.— jamie spears by his daughter unsubstantiated. if we take a step back _ unsubstantiated. if we take a step back as _ unsubstantiated. if we take a step back as well _ unsubstantiated. if we take a step back as well and - unsubstantiated. if we take a step back as well and remind j step back as well and remind people and those coming to this perhaps without so much background knowledge why there was this agreement in place, under which britney spears had so little control, continues to have so little control over her personal and business affairs. this conservatorship, it's called the guardianship in some other states, was put in place backin other states, was put in place back in 2008 when you might remember there were some scenes in which britney spears appeared to lose control in public, clashes with the
paparazzi at one point, she shaved her head at another point. i conservatorship is supposed to be put in place for a very short period of time until somebody recovers, or imposed in the case of somebody who is unable to deal with their own affairs. the point has been made in recent hearings that britney spears is more than able to deal with her own affairs, she has been a judge on a reality tv show, she has even been on tour in las vegas, and there was a lot of contention over her father's role as far as the $60 million estate, which is what her fortune and mounts to going forward. he has been the one solitary figure that has been control of this vast estate for the last 13 years, and it's emerged in recent years, or months i should say, that britney spears does not want that arrangement to continue and that she clearly has some very real issues with her
father. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: the england footballer jadon sancho says hate will never win after receiving online racist abuse over his missed penalty in the euros final. after months of talks and missed deadlines, a deal has been struck to keep greece within the euro zone. the immediate prospect of greece going bust in the worst crisis to hit the euro zone 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 crisis 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 their favourite food, pilchards. some had eaten so much, they could barely stand. hello, i'm ben. this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: former us president george w bush has criticised the withdrawal of nato troops from afghanistan, saying civilians were being left to be "slaughtered" by the taliban. south africa is to increase to 25,000 the number of troops deployed in response to widespread violence sparked by the jailing of former presidentjacob zuma. more than 70 people have been killed. let's get more now on the situation in south africa.
i've been speaking to steve bhengu, a journalist with east coast radio who's been on the ground in kwa—zulu natal during the disturbances. recently, as you are aware, even being on the ground, i have also witnessed various elements such as violence and racial profiling. we have seen the army being deployed as well. we are hoping that somehow we will see things start to slow down and law and order essentially prevailing. what do you think, in your assessment, is motivating the violence? is it purely about the jailing of the former president, jacob zuma, or was it simply the short term trigger that — the match that struck that discontent for all sorts of reasons? it struck that discontent for all sorts of reasons?— struck that discontent for all sorts of reasons? it is sort of
layered- _ sorts of reasons? it is sort of layered. initially _ sorts of reasons? it is sort of layered. initially you - sorts of reasons? it is sort of layered. initially you have - layered. initially you have obviously the jailing of former presidentjacob zuma. i was therejust 45 minutes presidentjacob zuma. i was there just 45 minutes before impact. a few hours later, the next morning, he then started having sporadic gatherings and hashtag three jacob zuma. while it didn't gain much momentum, what started happening was they started to lose the mandate of the agenda and the focus on the mandate. they started spreading out. we live in a country where protesting is quite common. but not at this level. now we are seeing things such as looting, burning of property, dismantling of infrastructure and even loss of life. but! dismantling of infrastructure and even loss of life. and what has been _ and even loss of life. and what has been said _ and even loss of life. and what
has been said from _ and even loss of life. and what has been said from the - and even loss of life. and what has been said from the zuma l has been said from the zuma camp on this? are they encouraging it or trying to get people to come down? are we hearing anything? it’s hearing anything? it's interesting. _ hearing anything? it's interesting. we - hearing anything? it�*s interesting. we have the immediate family of zuma such as his children, if you have shared sentiments of support. for instance, his son, writing in. they somehow believe this is about freeing their father and think it will translate to him being released from prison. but what we're seeing as this something completely different. it has essentially given rise to other elements, which we have seen. we know this is an uneven society. we have some of the richest people living next to the poorest people. these poorest of the poorest now see an opportunity to put food on the table. that is essentially their argument, saying, you know, we have been looted for many years through the system, and when we try to put food on
the table, why are we all of a sudden the bad guys? that is the conversation that is being had right now. the conversations around the former president being incarcerated has essentially become about, look, the poorest of the poor, putting something on the table to eat. ,, �* , , ., ~ to eat. steve bhengu speaking to eat. steve bhengu speaking to me from — to eat. steve bhengu speaking to me from durban _ to eat. steve bhengu speaking to me from durban in - to eat. steve bhengu speaking to me from durban in south i to me from durban in south africa. brazil's presidentjair bolsonaro has been taken to hospital for tests after suffering persistent hiccups. he apologised for hiccupping throughout this press conference, saying he'd had them for over a week. he was originally expected to remain under observation for 2a to 48 hours, but has since been transferred to sao paolo for additional tests for an obstructed intestine and possible surgery. in a tweet, mr bolsonaro said he would be, "back soon, god willing." dom phillips is a journalist based in salvador — he says the brazilian president has been struggling for a number of days.
bolsonaro has been complaining for about ten days now. he is completely struggling to talk in social media videos taken by his supporters. that is quite often at the presidential headquarters, where he goes behind the fence and talks to supporters he has been struggling to talk and clearly, quite badly. we should remember in 2018 he was stabbed during his election campaign, that damaged his intestines and caused serious internal bleeding. he was in hospital in brazil and transferred to sao paulo. he is being treated by the same doctor who treated him after his stomach stabbing. the hospital said he is being submitted to clinical lab and image evaluations and they are trying to work out whether or not he has an obstruction of the intestines. it is a little bit more serious than just hiccups. bit more serious than 'ust hiccupsi bit more serious than 'ust hiccus. �* , , ., bit more serious than 'ust hiccus. �* , ., hiccups. ac. this comes at a time when — hiccups. ac. this comes at a time when he _ hiccups. ac. this comes at a time when he is _ hiccups. ac. this comes at a time when he is under - hiccups. ac. this comes at a time when he is under any i time when he is under any significant amount of pressure and there is a lot of dissatisfaction. we see people
out on the streets protesting against his government and the way he has handled the whole pandemic in brazil. it is pandemic in brazil. it is probably _ pandemic in brazil. it is probably the _ pandemic in brazil. it is probably the worst - pandemic in brazil. it 3 probably the worst moment in his entire presidency so far. it has been a very torturous presidency. his support is at its lowest, he is under extreme pressure from a senate enquiry into his government's disastrous handling of the covid pandemic which has killed 500,000 brazilians. there are strong indications of corruption in the purchase of vaccines, disaster areas as —— disastrous for a president who can be end —— campaigned on anti—corruption. and when he won the election in 2018, there was an interview with a millionaire businessman who says he thinks he is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. is former campaign director said he would be lucky to be, he won't even get through the first round. he would be lucky to be voted in charge of the
building. is under massive pressure at the moment and has been hiccuping very badly. supporters have been calling for people to pray for him because he is sort of evangelical and catholic and his wife is evangelical. it's worth mentioning, and this has been a team on social media today, also nairo does have a certain obsession with that. in 2015 he said he had this prescient thought about someone getting cancer, that the military dictatorship didn't kill enough opponents, and there will be an explosion in gun sales. so, it's a very... a very polarising issue in brazil. people they don't like him, there are more and more people against bolsonaro, they are not really sure what to make of this. some supporters are calling for prayer is. dom phillis, are calling for prayer is. dom phillips, speaking _ are calling for prayer is. dom phillips, speaking to -
are calling for prayer is. dom phillips, speaking to me - are calling for prayer is. dom phillips, speaking to me a i phillips, speaking to me a short time ago. let's check in on some of the day's other news now. the un says the coronavirus pandemic is leaving millions of children at risk from measles and other deadly diseases. 23 million children missed out on basic vaccines last year as health services were hit by covid restrictions and many parents shunned vaccination clinics for fear of exposure to the virus. a coronavirus cluster has been found among staff at a japanese hotel that is hosting a number of brazilian olympic athletes. seven staff members tested positive for the virus. 0lympic officials say, that the affected workers have not been in contact with the brazilian delegation, which includes judo athletes. around 1,000 visitors to a festival held in the netherlands over the first weekend injuly have picked up coronavirus there. in total, 20,000 people attended the verknipt outdoor festival and they all had to show proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test. earlier this week,
the dutch prime minister apologized for lifting covid restrictions too early. the england footballer jadon sancho has made his first public comments following the racist abuse he received after missing a penalty in the euro 2020 final, saying "hate will never win". it comes as the prime minister, borisjohnson, said changes will be made to football banning orders. 0ur deputy political editor vicki young has this report. it was a heartbreaking defeat that quickly became a debate about racism. 0nline racist abuse has left the conservative party divided over anti—racism campaigning. government has made a hasty announcement about changing the law. i announcement about changing the law. , ., , ., announcement about changing the law. , ., , law. i utterly abhor the racist outpourings _ law. i utterly abhor the racist outpourings we _ law. i utterly abhor the racist outpourings we saw - law. i utterly abhor the racist outpourings we saw on - law. i utterly abhor the racist l outpourings we saw on sunday night. what we're doing today
is taking practical depths to ensure the bold anning order regime is changed, so that if you are guilty, mr speaker, you will not be going to the match. ministers have announced a12 week consultation but campaigners want them to go further. boris johnson wants to focus on practicality, saying he is coming down top on social media platforms, threatening them with massive fines if they do not remove online abuse. but the conservative party has been on the back foot on this whole issue as it struggled to explain whether it supports players taking the knee or not. england manager gareth southgate says his team were doing it to highlight racial inequality and had nothing to do with the political organisation archives matter. the labour leader said the prime minister has promised to act now but that rang hollow. evenif act now but that rang hollow. even if the prime minister is with the plays in their stand against racism, or he could
defend his own record, those of his ministers and some of his mps, but he can't have it both ways! mps, but he can't have it both wa s! ., ., ., ways! tonight, a heartfelt message _ ways! tonight, a heartfelt message from _ ways! tonight, a heartfelt- message from temperament, one of the young players subjected to racism. "as a society, we need to do better and hold the abusers accountable. eight will never win." —— hate. after a very scaled—down ceremony last year due to the pandemic, this year's bastille day celebrations returned to paris. this was the scene as night fell — fireworks at the eiffel tower to celebrate france's national day. covid rules limited the number of spectators to 10,000, all of whom had to wear masks and produce proof of a vaccination. a spectacular display, for the city of light.
you can reach me and the team on social media. i'm @benmboulos. hello there. sunshine did wonders for the temperatures on wednesday. aberdeenshire, one of the places that got above 25 degrees with scenes like this. lots of southern england saw similar temperatures as well. and over the next few days with more sunshine on the way those temperatures could have a little further to climb. it may be up into the high 20s and parts of the south over the weekend. but it's not all about sunshine, this is the earlier satellite picture from wednesday. you can see this cloud that has spilt in across scotland and northern ireland, that working down into england and wales as well. so a lot of places having a fair amount of cloud through thursday, maybe even given the odd light shower in eastern england. but that cloud will tend to break. we will see spells of sunshine. i think the best of those
across parts of northern england, northern ireland and a good part of scotland. and in the sunniest places, temperatures will get up to 25, maybe 26 degrees. but some eastern parts of england will be affected by a keen breeze, and that will feed more cloud in across east anglia and the south—east once again. as we head through thursday night into friday. at the same time, cloud will tumble in from the north—west, but in between a slice of clear sky and a mild start to friday morning. now, through friday, this area of high pressure continues to establish itself. that means mainly settled conditions, but we do have a frontal system close to the north of scotland, so the closer you are to that frontal system the more cloud you are likely to see. northern and western scotland, parts of northern ireland as well, quite breezy, quite cloudy maybe with the odd spot of drizzle. cloud first thing towards the south—east, that will tend to clear for most places friday. it will bring plentiful sunshine and temperatures well up into the middle 20s celsius. and then we get on into saturday. again, more cloud up towards the north—west of scotland. some light and patchy rain is possible in the north—west highlands, but further south it is largely fine with plenty of sunshine and temperatures likely to peak at 27 degrees.
but those temperatures could climb even further by sunday. this area of high pressure is still with us into the second half of the weekend. this frontal system still with us in the north as well, and that may reinvigorate a little through the day. so we could see some slightly more widespread and heavier rain into the far north—west of scotland later. but elsewhere, some good spells of sunshine, and in the south we are looking at highs of 29 degrees. that's all from me for now.
this is bbc news. the headlines: the former us president george w bush has criticised the withdrawal of nato troops from afghanistan, calling the decision �*unbelievably had, before warning that in his opinion, civilians were being left to be �*slaughtered' by the taliban. president biden has insisted soldiers will be pulled out by september 11. south africa is to increase to 25,000 the number of troops deployed in response to widespread violence sparked by the jailing of former presidentjacob zuma. the government has said the unrest had brought shame on the entire country the pop singer britney spears has secured the right to choose her own lawyer, as she tries to end the conservatorship that controls her business affairs. the approval comes three weeks after the singer made an emotional address in which she called the existing arrangement �*abusive.’