hello and welcome to bbc news. rescue workers searching for victims of the devastating floods across western europe have warned that more bodies may be found in submerged cars, cellars and collapsed buildings. at least 170 people are known have died, most of them in western germany. chancellor angela merkel is due to visit affected areas on sunday. with more, here's our berlin correspondent, jenny hill. in ahrweiler, everything, everyone, is covered in a thick, sticky mud.
there's no power, nowhere to buy food, not much mobile reception. but they're doing what they can. willie told us they've never seen anything like it here, not even in his parents�*, grandparents�*, time. "the water rose two metres in 15 or 20 minutes," he told us. "people tried to save their things, went on to their basements, and unfortunately got trapped. i was lucky," he said, "i could get out the back of my basement." around 100 people have died in this district alone. many more are still missing. there was so little time to run, people tell us. look at the force of this flood. and the damage it left behind. the water's receding, but the number of dead is expected to continue to rise. search and rescue, it's feared, will soon be a recovery operation. today, the german president
described the loss as heartbreaking. translation: it's a time of misery, and in times i of misery, our country sticks together. i'm glad that people, notjust here in the region, but from all over germany, send messages of sympathy and solidarity. so many people just want to help, donations piling up, overwhelming the volunteers at this makeshift warehouse. translation: ican't. imagine what it must be like to be affected. that's why i'm here, to help people. in ahrweiler, across the region, lives turned upside down. this is amelie. "the water," she told us, "came from the playground to our house, but luckily just the ground floor. my gran and grandad were affected, though. they are staying with us now." as the waters slowly subside, they reveal the extent
of the damage done. the task of rebuilding this region seems overwhelming, so much of its vital infrastructure — bridges, roads, railways — has completely gone. hard to imagine the time, the money it'll take to get this region back on its feet. jenny hill, bbc news, ahrweiler. let's get some of the day's other news. iran says international talks on its nuclear programme will now have to wait until after the new president, ebrahim raisi, has taken office next month. tehran also said the us and britain must stop linking the deal to a prisoner exchange. several rounds of talks have been held in vienna without a breakthrough. thousands of people have been protesting in france against new rules, which will oblige health workers to be vaccinated against coronavirus. the restrictions also mean that
people will need to show either a vaccine health pass, or a negative covid test, to enter public places, including restaurants. since the rules were announced on monday, a record number of people have booked appointments to be vaccinated. now to cuba, where the president, miguel diaz—canel, has dismissed last week's historic demonstrations against the communist government as a lie. thousands took to the streets of havana and other cities last weekend, demanding freedom, democracy and more covid vaccinations. more than a 100 people have been arrested since the protests erupted. the president had earlier accused the us of provoking the demonstrations. speaking at a pro—government rally in havana, mr diaz—canel denounced what he said was a "false narrative" over unrest on the caribbean island. translation: we have come i together to once again denounce the us blockade, aggression and terror. we couldn't put off this rally. the enemy has once again gone all out to destroy the sacred unity and peace of citizens.
they are encouraging and glorifying disrespect and destruction of property, threats and harassment of citizens and families. right now, what the world is seeing from cuba is a lie. well, here in the uk, the health minister, sajid javid, is self—isolating after testing positive for coronavirus. mrjavid, who's fully vaccinated, said he'd felt a "bit groggy" on friday night. it's understood he met the prime minister on friday, but it's not yet clear whether borisjohnson will have to self—isolate, too. it comes ahead of the government lifting covid restrictions in england on monday. 0ur political correspondent, nick eardley, reports. downing street yesterday. the health secretary outside number 10, face mask in hand, but this morning he tested positive for coronavirus. i was feeling a bit groggy last night, so i took a lateralflow test this morning and it's come out positive. so, i'm now self—isolating at home with my family
until i get the results of a pcr test. i'm grateful that i've had two jabs of the vaccine, and so far, my symptoms are very mild. this was sajid javid at a care home on tuesday, four days before his symptoms developed. it's not clear yet if anyone else in government will have to self—isolate as a close contact. it comes ahead of a crucial week. from monday, social distancing will officially end in england. there will be no limits at events, face masks won't be a legal requirement. but there were more than 511,000 cases in the last 24—hour period. some are warning we shouldn't be too relaxed, pointing to countries like israel, where some restrictions have been brought back. if we behave like they have done and change our behaviour too dramatically when the restrictions are changed, then we're going to end up having to do what they're having to do now, which is reconsider reimposing restrictions. next week will be a significant
moment in the sometimes slow road out of lockdown in england, but it won't be back to normality overnight. face coverings will still be recommended in some places and there will still be an emphasis on caution. and the number of positive cases we're seeing, like the health secretary's, is a reminder that even if many restrictions are going, the virus hasn't disappeared. for tourists returning from paris and the rest of france, some changes have already been delayed. double—jabbed people were supposed to be spared quarantine, but last night, the government announced that wouldn't be happening. that's left some in the travel industry frustrated. whilst public health will always be a priority, it does not feel like it's the right thing to do to hold the uk back when other countries are travelling in their abundance. frustration shared by tourists leaving london this morning. i'm trying my hardest to follow the rules, but i don't understand the rules, so i don't know. at this point, i'm going on my holiday and whatever happens
happens. it's just constantly changing. it actually feels more, like, political than anything else. it's very confusing. i think everything is really badly handled. in wales today, restrictions on meeting outside were lifted. across the uk, there are more freedoms on their way, but that isn't without risk. nick eardley, bbc news. high—level talks have begun between afghan political leaders and the taliban, in the gulf state of qatar. the negotiations are an effort to jump—start a long—stalled process in the midst of rapid taliban military advances across afghanistan and growing concern about the country's future in the wake of the us—led nato pullout. afghan government sources say the talks have got off to a good start. 0ur chief international correspondent, lyse doucet, is in doha, where she's been speaking to the key players
on both sides. these high—level talks are taking place in the midst of growing uncertainty, if not anxiety, about afg hanistan�*s future. afghan government negotiators say they are acutely aware that the window for peace talks is fast narrowing, perhaps a question ofjust two to three months. because the backdrop, of course, is that the taliban have been overrunning districts across afghanistan and seizing strategic order crossings. so i asked the minister of state for peace, sayed sadat mansoor naderi, did he believe after talking to the taliban again here that they were interested in a political solution? well, we hope so, because the only solution to the conflict in afghanistan is a political solution, is through a meaningful negotiation, and conflict and taking afghanistan by force is not the solution. it will not be acceptable to the people of afghanistan. afg hanistan�*s state minister for peace. but of course that is a question for the taliban too, because it's been noticed that as they make rapid military advances, it's emboldened them and they become clearer about their political vision for afghanistan.
and it's one, judging by their ideas now on the table, one which doesn't include elections and has a new islamic constitution as well as leadership, which, of course, for the afghan government team means that accepting those proposals is tantamount to a call for surrender. so i asked the member of the taliban negotiating team, their spokesman suhail shaheen, whether that was the spirit of these talks. that is a perception of the other side, not our policy. our policy is to have a negotiated settlement of the issue. that is our policy. we want this, because in that circumstance, we can then bring a durable peace to the country. that is our objective. suhail shaheen, the taliban's spokesperson. well, both sides say the talks today here in doha have got off to a good start.
what they're hoping is that these discussions can help both sides to clarify their positions and that they will lead to another round of talks involving even more high—level figures on both sides to try to push this negotiation forward. because everyone is aware, most of all afghans on the ground as well as afghanistan's neighbours, that if these talks fail, the war will get worse — much worse. residents of earlier once again required wear masks indoors among a rise of cases for those unvaccinated. john swarts berger's clinical professor
emeritus at the university of california school of public health, and says the delta variant is a major factor. it certainly is. not exclusively the delta variant, but far and away the most prominent variant we are seeing in los angeles and really throughout the united states now. the variant is really doing exactly what it did to the uk, just doing it a few months later here. so, yes, delta is causing havoc in los angeles. the cdc said recently, just in the last day, they are going to see this affec the unvaccinated. is this being borne out in la? predominantly, yes. those cases are anticipated because vaccines are not 100%. but those breakthrough cases in la are either asymptomatic or causing mild disease or at least disease not serious enough to require hospitalisations. of the 99% of the hospitalisations in los angeles are people who are either not vaccinated or partially vaccinated.
and what kind of people are we seeing going to hospital? is it predominantly over 50s, elderly, getting quite sick, or are we seeing younger people who are not vaccinated getting sick? we are seeing a change in the epidemiology, notjust in los angeles and california in general, but throughout the united states. we are not seeing as many elderly people get hospitalised and dying. we are seeing younger people dying and this is mainly because of two things: number one, younger people are not getting vaccinated nearly to the rate that older people are, and numbertwo, younger people tend to take more risks than older people do. what is the solution here? we have seen the us president get frustrated with vaccination rates stalling in the us. how does la and other cities and states change the mindset around those who have chosen
not to get vaccinated? well, it's just an absolute tragedy that vaccination became politicised in the united states. there is no reason for that. of course, it is appropriate to be hesitant about anything new, but the politicisation of vaccination is a tragedy. the first thing is to try and get rid of the idea that this is a republican or democratic idea. it is just nuts. so, we have got to continue to make the vaccine available, we have got to convince people of its necessity, not just to protect themselves, but to protect others from getting infected, and it is also to protect the world from developing variants, because every person who gets infected becomes a variant factory. an american space force plan
to develop a global monitoring system to track objects up to 22,000 miles from earth could see powerful radar stations established in the us, the uk and australia. it comes amid fears that anti—satellite arms held by beijing are capable of threatening us orbital fleets. todd harrison is the director of the aerospace security project at the center for strategic and international studies. i asked him whether it was unusual to plan such a comprehensive radar system. it's actually not that unusual. this is something that has really been expected, and needed for quite a while, and it's not so much for military purposes, although it will help enhance our collective security in space, it's really more about ensuring safety of flight in space. there are so many more satellites going up now, and the space force, the us space force and before that the air force, has had the responsibility of tracking all those objects, figuring out which objects might collide
with one another, and then sending out all of those collision warnings to satellite operators around the world. that's a free service the us government has provided since the beginning of the space age that the world has come to rely on, to provide that safety of flight information, and with all the new objects going up there in space, they simply need more radar, more telescope sides, more eyes on this guy to keep track of what's going on. so it's an additional prospective radar network on top of what they already have, is that right? that's right, the space force already operates a network around the world of radar and optical telescopes that keep track of what's happening in space, so do other countries as well, and many of our allied countries, we share that space situational awareness data with one another so we can all have a collectively better picture of what's going on in space, but also, there is a growing
commercial industry. we see a lot of private companies building similar systems. not quite as large as what they are talking about here, but we see private companies building their own radars that look up into space to track objects, and they sell that data to satellite companies that want to have a better fix on what's going on in their neighbourhood. we have seen some competition with the space race between china and russia and the us already, but could this be a further push into more competition between these countries that already compete? there are many elements of the competition in space between the united states and china, and russia as well. 0ne element of the competition is for science and exploration, going back to the moon, china putting up a space station, a lot of that is about advancing science and who
will get there first, and national prestige, quite frankly, but there is also very much a military competition going on in space, and is the earlier folks that you interviewed alluded to, both china and russia have been building a vast array of antisatellite weapons, missiles that can shoot down satellites, satellites that can actually attack other satellites, and then nonkinetic forms of attack like jamming and lazing of satellites. we have seen them develop and test a full range of counterspace capabilities, and what they are talking about here, these radar sites would simply allow the us military to get a better picture of what's actually going on in space, which in many ways isjust going to increase transparency and increase the pressure on china to behave better. tens of thousands of pilgrims have arrived in the saudi arabian city of mecca for a downsized hajj — which formally starts on sunday. as sophia tran—thomson reports, restrictions are tight — as the kingdom is hoping
to repeat last year's success, that saw no coronavirus outbreaks during the five day muslim ritual. the annual hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of islam. all muslims are expected to retrace the prophet mohammed's final pilgrimage at least once in their lives if they have the means to do so. the event is usually one of the world's largest annual gatherings and would normally see 2.5 million muslims from around the world converge on mecca. this year just 60,000 healthy and vaccinated saudi residents, chosen through a lottery from almost 600,000 applicants will take part. strict social distancing measures are in place and a hajj smart pass is being used to allow contact free access and transportation to the various religious flights and accommodation. technology will also play a part with the deployment of
robots to dispense bottles of sacred water from the grand mosque and others to dispense disinfectant. while a large proportion of security will take place remotely, and most of the marshals that would normally be on site will be in a call centre instead. translation: a call centre instead. tuna/mom- a call centre instead. translation: ~ , translation: we help them if the are translation: we help them if they are lost — translation: we help them if they are lost or— translation: we help them if they are lost or need _ translation: we help them if they are lost or need urgent - they are lost or need urgent medical help or can't find a coal operator.— coal operator. it's taken complicated _ coal operator. it's taken complicated and - coal operator. it's taken complicated and costly. complicated and costly planning, but hosting the hajj is a matter of prestige for saudi rulers. barring overseas pilgrims will cost to the kingdom around $12 billion this year and kingdom around $12 billion this yearand impact kingdom around $12 billion this year and impact hundreds of thousands ofjobs in the holy city. but the hajj is a gathering which could easily become a coronavirus super spreader event and with around 14 spreader event and with around 1a out of 3a million saudis still unvaccinated, it's a risk
the kingdom isn't willing to take. the french director, julia ducournea, has won the palme d'0r at the cannes film festival for her movie about a serial killer, titane. she's only the second female director to win one of the film world's most prestigious awards. but the announcement didn't quite go according to plan, as tim allman explains. can you tell me which film is the first prize? yes i can. a big night and a big moment, that came just a bit earlier than intended. the film that won the palme d'0r is titane. wait, wait, wait! spike lee announcing the winner of the palme d'0r a little ahead of schedule... cue a fair dose of confusion and a few red faces. fast forward a couple of hours, throw in a hollywood sex symbol, and try again. are you ready? it is now? the palme d'0r — titane.
directorjulia ducourneau still looks a little overwhelmed, even if she knew she was going to win ahead of time. and why not, she is on the second woman to ever be awarded the palme d'0r. titane has been described as outlandish, grizzly, yet comic. it is the story of a female serial killer set to be one of the most shocking films ever shown at the festival. there was this moment where i felt i was in the twilight zone, so i did not believe it, at all. somehow there was the same attention if nothing had been said. elsewhere the award for the best actress went to a norwegian actor for her part in the worst person in the world. america's caleb landryjones was named best actor. the big winner wasjulia ducourneau, who said her evening had been perfect, because it was imperfect.
tim allman, bbc news. earlier i spoke to the entertainmentjournalist kj matthews and asked her about spike lee's premature award announcement. 0h oh my god, it was echoes of best picture a few years ago, many people asked spike lee, what happened, how did you get the name of it, the wrong title for which he was supposed to announce. he was pleased to announce. he was pleased to announce the best actress and he announced the palme d'0r before it was supposed to be announced. afterwards he says he has no reason, hejust messed up. he knows he messed up, he feels horrible and it is just as simple as that. but up, he feels horrible and it is just as simple as that.- just as simple as that. but it didn't ruin — just as simple as that. but it didn't ruin that _ just as simple as that. but it didn't ruin that ceremony, . just as simple as that. but it | didn't ruin that ceremony, did it? it didn't ruin that ceremony, did it? ., ., , didn't ruin that ceremony, did it? ., .,, , ., y it? it did not. it was history
making- — it? it did not. it was history making. julia _ it? it did not. it was history making. julia ducournau . it? it did not. it was history i making. julia ducournau won, for herfilm titane, making. julia ducournau won, for her film titane, she making. julia ducournau won, for herfilm titane, she is making. julia ducournau won, for her film titane, she is the second woman to win and the semi—ii year history. 7a years and only two women have walked away with a big price stop and remember spike lee is the first african—american to helm and be the lead of the cannes film festival. first black person to be on the jury at first person to win the palme d'0r with a female this time, wonderful to have history making at the cannes film festival right after the pandemic. ﬁgs cannes film festival right after the pandemic. as you say, some barriers _ after the pandemic. as you say, some barriers being _ after the pandemic. as you say, some barriers being broken. - some barriers being broken. tell us more aboutjulia tell us more about julia ducournau tell us more aboutjulia ducournau and her when and how significant it is. it is ducournau and her when and how significant it is.— significant it is. it is very significant. _ significant it is. it is very significant. julia - significant it is. it is very i significant. julia ducournau significant it is. it is very - significant. julia ducournau is only in her 30s, so she is not a director who has been around for a long time and a long time
outside of —— and a lot of people outside of france might not really know her. she had some type of frame or fame in 2016, even with this film, titane, people were saying that the film was so graphic that some people lately walked out stopping at attorneys, that is what she doesn't she is really breaking out and making an international impact which is wonderful and i think it also sends a message to the rest of the world that people are ready to see all these large film festivals be much more diverse with women and with people of colour, being participants and winning these awards, so i hope this is the beginning of many more women winning and hope lee a person of colour, in the future. entertainment journalist entertainmentjournalist kj matthews there on a very interesting night at the cannes film festival. don't forget all the details of our stories and more on the website.
you can reach me on twitter, i'm @regedahmad. see you soon. hello there. saturday saw the warmest weather of the year so far in all four nations of the uk. and in northern ireland, whereas you can see it was beach weather in county down, temperatures actually broke the all—time record. the highest temperature since records began in northern ireland, ballywatticock 31.2 degrees. but in england, in wales and in scotland, we saw some pretty hot temperatures. however, the far north of scotland was much, much cooler, just 13 degrees for parts of shetland, whereas you can see we had a lot of cloud. you can pick that out on the satellite picture through saturday afternoon. and that cloud has been pushing a little further south—westwards, so starting off sunday morning, rather cloudy and murky for parts of northern ireland.
quite a lot of cloud for scotland, too, with some patchy rain in the far north. the cloud should tend to break up to give some spells of sunshine, although it will stay quite murky for some northern coasts of northern ireland. i think england and wales will see the lion's share of the sunshine, and that's where we'll have the highest temperatures as well. slightly cooler day for scotland and northern ireland. for england and wales, particularly down towards the south, we're looking at highs of 30, possibly 31 degrees in the london area. and the sun very, very strong at the moment, very high uv levels in southern england, parts of wales. the lower levels further north only because we'll have more in the way of cloud. so, as we head through sunday evening and into the early hours of monday, we keep clear spells, especially across england and wales. still more cloud at times across scotland and northern ireland, some mist and murk. and it will be another very warm and muggy night. 0vernight lows between 12—17 degrees. so, we start monday with high pressure still in charge, but notice the centre of the high is slipping
a little further westwards. that will allow a very gentle north or north—westerly flow of air across the country. and that'll bring just a subtle change in the temperatures, a slightly cooler day for many, a bit more cloud working into north sea coasts as well. some cloud for north west scotland, parts of northern ireland, and you'll see maybe just the odd shower, the odd sharp shower breaking out across southern areas. those temperatures a little down, still quite warm in the south. a little bit cooler further north. as we look further ahead, there is a lot of dry weather on offer this week. still some relatively high temperatures. it mayjust start to turn a bit more unsettled by friday.
to have died, most of them in western germany. two days before a wide scale lifting of coronavirus restrictions in england, britain's health minister has announced he's tested positive for the virus. sajid javid said he had mild symptoms, having been vaccinated. he also recently said cases of coronavirus could reach 100,000 a day later in the summer. afghan government sources have expressed optimism after the start of renewed peace negotiations with the taliban in qatar. the long—stalled talks come as the resurgent taliban continue to overrun many afghan districts and with concerns about the country's future following the withdrawal of us and other foreign troops. now on bbc news, our world. a warning — this programme contains scenes which some viewers may find upsetting. human remains, possibly a female, found lying near an unoccupied house. badly decomposed.