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this is bbc news, i'm ben boulos with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. 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. unbelievably bad — former president george w bush delivers his verdict on the us pull—out from afghanistan. 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.
hello and welcome. 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 broke outjust hours after south africa's former president, jacob zuma, was jailed forfailing 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—i9 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. let's cross live to our north america correspondent david willis in los angeles. where does this leave the conservatorship? ﬁre where does this leave the conservatorship?- where does this leave the conservatorship? are very good cuestion. conservatorship? are very good question- for— conservatorship? are very good question. for the _ conservatorship? are very good question. for the second - conservatorship? are very good question. for the second time i question. for the second time in three weeks britney spears gave a very emotional testimony. she said her father's control of her affairs was abusive and 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. that lawyer, said he plans to file immediately in motion seeking to have britney spears' father stripped of his control over her life. he called mr rosen guard foyjamie spears to stand down immediately in the interests of his daughter. he said you have claimed you love your daughter so you should step down now from this position but a lawyer representing jamie spears flatly refused to do so. she called some of the accusations levelled against jamie spears by his daughter unsubstantiated. if by his daughter unsubstantiated. . ., by his daughter unsubstantiated. .. ., ~ unsubstantiated. if we can take a step back _ unsubstantiated. if we can take a step back and _ unsubstantiated. if we can take a step back and remind - unsubstantiated. if we can take a step back and remind people| a step back and remind people and those coming to this perhaps without so much background knowledge on why there was this agreement in place under which britney spears have had so little control, continues to have so
little control over her personal and business affairs. this conservatorship, called a guardianship in some other states, was put in place in 2008 when you might remember there were scenes in which britney spears appeared to lose control in public. there were clashes with the paparazzi, at one point she shaved her head. conservatorship is something thatis conservatorship is something that is supposed to be put in place for a very short period of time until somebody recovers or is imposed in the case of someone 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 reality tv show and even on tour in las vegas. there is a lot of contention over her father's role as far as this $16 million estate which is what it amounts to going forward. he has been the
one solitary figure that has beenin one solitary figure that has been in control of this vast estate for the last 30 years —— $60 million estate. it has emerged over recent months britney spears does not want that arrangement to continue and that she _ that arrangement to continue and that she has _ that arrangement to continue and that she has some - that arrangement to continue and that she has some very l that arrangement to continue i and that she has some very real issues with her father.— issues with her father. david, for the moment, _ issues with her father. david, for the moment, thank - issues with her father. david, for the moment, thank you . issues with her father. david, i for the moment, thank you very much. 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 could be made for young girls and women in afghanistan, it's unbelievable how that society changed from the brutality of the taliban. and now all of a sudden — sadly — i'm afraid afghan women and girls are going to suffer unspeakable harm.
is it a mistake to withdraw? you know, i think it is, yeah. ithink... because i think the consequences are going to be unbelievably bad. and...i�*m sad. i spent a lot of time with afghan women and. . .and they're scared. and i think about all the interpreters and people that help not only us troops, but nato troops. and therejust... 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, tajikistan and turkmenistan. the us has charged four iranian nationals with plotting to kidnap a new york—based activist and journalist. while the indictment didn't name the target, a high—profile iranian activist and author, masih alinejad, says she was the intended victim. the usjustice department says a person in the united kingdom and three others in canada were also targets. ms alinejad told the bbc how she felt when she learned about the plot. i got angry, i got furious. instead ofjust being scared, it made me furious that this is the nature of the islamic republic — kidnapping people, arresting protesters, killing them, murdering them.
but here in america, i was shocked from the beginning when i heard the details, because i didn't know about the details. i didn't know that they're going to take me with a speedboat to venezuela and kidnap me from there to iran. so although this was not new for us iranians, but it was new that the islamic republic is allowed to have such an operation in the united states of america. that was iranian—american journalist masih alinejad. iran's government says the allegations of a kidnapping plot are "ridiculous and baseless". let's return to our top story. the process, violence and looting that has been going on in south africa at the announcement by the south african government that it will send ten times as many troops
into the affected areas to try to quell the violence. i'm joined by steve bhengu — a journalist with east coast radio, who's been on the ground in kwazulu—natal during the disturbances. what is the sense that you get from being on the ground? is the violence escalating or is it plateauing and winding down? it has been happening for quite some time now and there is hope that things would slow down a bit. in recent years we have seen not only property being burnt to the ground but even being on the ground i have also witnessed various elements such as violence and racial profiling, so we have seen the army being deployed, as well. there isn't much visibility unfortunately as far as the army is concerned but we are hoping that somehow we will see things starting to slow down and law and order essentially prevailing. and law and order essentially prevailing-—
and law and order essentially prevailing. what do you think is motivating _ prevailing. what do you think is motivating the _ prevailing. what do you think is motivating the violence, i is motivating the violence, your assessment? is motivating the violence, yourassessment? is is motivating the violence, your assessment? is purely about the jailing of the former presidentjacob zuma or was president jacob zuma or was that presidentjacob zuma or was that simply the short—term trigger that the match that struck the tinderbox of discontent for all sorts of other reasons? it discontent for all sorts of other reasons?— discontent for all sorts of other reasons? it is sort of la ered other reasons? it is sort of layered so _ other reasons? it is sort of layered so initially - other reasons? it is sort of layered so initially you - other reasons? it is sort of| layered so initially you have the jailing of the former presidentjacob zuma. i was there 45 minutes before midnight and there 45 minutes before midnightand he there 45 minutes before midnight and he was taken to the centre. a few hours later, the centre. a few hours later, the next morning, we then started having sporadic gatherings under the hashtag free jacob zuma valley. it has not gained much momentum but we started losing mandate on the agenda and a focus on the mandate and essentially started spreading out to becoming looting. we live in a country
where protesting is quite common and it is quite common to see businesses being disrupted but not at this level. now we are seeing things such as looting, burning of property, dismantling infrastructure and even loss of life. ~ . , , , infrastructure and even loss of life. ~ ., , , , ., life. what is being sent from the zuma — life. what is being sent from the zuma camp _ life. what is being sent from the zuma camp on _ life. what is being sent from the zuma camp on this? - life. what is being sent from the zuma camp on this? are| life. what is being sent from - the zuma camp on this? are they trying to calm things down, what are we hearing from them, if anything? it what are we hearing from them, if anything?— if anything? it is quite interesting. _ if anything? it is quite interesting. you - if anything? it is quite interesting. you have | if anything? it is quite - interesting. you have obviously the immediate family ofjacob zuma, such of his children, who have shed support. this son and daughter, they somehow believe it will translate to him being released from prison. this is something completely different. it has essentially given rise to other elements which we have seen. we know south africa is a very uneven society. we have
the richest people living next to the poorest and it is these poorest of the poorest to now see an opportunity to put more food on the table and essentially that has been the argument, saying, well, you know, we have been looted for many years through the system. resources, energy. when we try to put food on the table, why are we all of the sudden the bad guys? that is essentially the conversation happening now. essentially it has now become about, look, the poorest of the poor putting something on the table for something to eat. steve, thank you very much. stay with us on bbc news, still to come... # some other girl you knew before... the �*60s music celebration that was almost lost to history. how a new film is bringing the harlem cultural festival to a modern audience.
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- fora summit on pollution, inflation and third world debt. this morning, theyjoinedl 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. this is bbc news, the latest headlines... 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. spain's popular holiday islands ibiza, majorca and menorca are all being moved on to the british government's amber list — just two weeks after they were approved for quarantine—free travel. from next monday anyone over 18 who's not fully vaccinated will have to quarantine on return home. the announcement applies at the moment only to people travelling from england,
but other uk nations could follow suit. colletta smith has the latest. it's more choppy waters for those dreaming of a summer getaway, as the traffic lights have changed colours again. for those about to fly off, it will mean quarantine and more tests when this woman gets home. the timing of the test and things... that needs another change of gear. with some customers abroad and plenty heading off in the coming weeks, it's more rules to get their heads round. you were confident enough to reopen the shops this week. demand is up, people want a holiday, but they want to holiday with confidence and they need clarity. that's what they're not getting at the minute. they have shops in england and wales and today's changes only apply to passengers from england.
announcements from wales, scotland and northern ireland might follow. there's been a rise in covid cases in tourist hotspots in greece and mainland spain, and the government say cases in the balearic islands have doubled since they were put on the green list, and the changes shouldn't come as a surprise to passengers. everybody who was travelling by now, surely nobody can be thinking, we can travel and rely on things not changing. we're not in control of this virus, particularly in how it affects other countries, their level of vaccinations and genomic sequencing or testing regimes. those are out of our hands, so when we see things change, for the safety and security of everybody at home, we need to react. it might not be a surprise, but it will be a frantic few days in majorca as some holiday—makers rush to get home before the quarantine rules kick in, and it's more frustration for businesses relying on a wave of young people arriving this summer.
people are happy to be here, to be on the beach, loads- of people. the island is relaxed and content, - and i think that this is just l going to be another spanner in the works, and it's one step forward, five steps back. - other changes include good news for those travelling to bulgaria and hong kong, which moved to green, and croatia and taiwan moved to the green watchlist. for those shifting to amber, weighing up the extra frustration and expense against the lure of a holiday has become even more complicated. colletta smith, bbc news. brazil's presidentjair bolsonaro has been taken to hospital for tests after suffering persistent hiccups. he apologised for hicupping throughout this press conference, saying he'd had them for over a week. he is expected to remain under observation for 2h to 48 hours, but not necessarily in hospital. a statement by staff said he was "feeling good and doing well".
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". he said the abuse he and his teammates got was nothing new but "as a society we need to do better". it comes as borisjohnson said changes will be made to football banning orders. 0ur deputy political editor vicki young has this report. it was a heartbreaking defeat but post—match analysis has focused on far broader issues than england's abilities on the pitch. 0nline racist abuse aimed at the three players who missed penalties has left the conservative party divided over anti—racism campaigning, and pressure has forced the government to make a hasty announcement about changing the law. i utterly condemn and abhor the racist outpourings that we saw on sunday night. so what we are doing is today
taking practical steps to ensure that the football banning order regime is changed, so that if you are guilty, mr speaker, of racist abuse online of footballers, then you will not be going to the match. ministers have announced a 12—week consultation, but campaigners want them to go further. boris johnson wants to focus on practicalities, saying he's coming down tough on social media platforms, threatening them with massive fines if they don't 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 said his team were doing it to highlight racial inequality, and that it was nothing to do with the political organisation black lives matter. the labour leader said the prime minister's promise to act now rang hollow. either the prime minister is with the england players in their stand against racism, or he can defend his own record, those of his
ministers and some of his mps. but he can't have it both ways. tonight, a heartfelt message from jadon sancho, one of the young players subjected to racism. as a society we need to do better, he said, and hold the abusers accountable. hate, he said, will never win. vicki young, bbc news, westminster. it was called the black woodstock. in 1969 stevie wonder, nina simone and gladys knight were some of the stars who played at the harlem cultural festival in new york. it was all filmed, but the footage was left to gather dust in a basement. now, the archives have been turned into an award—winning movie. 0ur entertainment correspondent colin paterson reports. the summer of 1969. woodstock. neil armstrong walking on the moon. and more than 300,000 people attended the harlem cultural festival.
are you ready, black people, are you ready? an event almost no one has heard of until now. six weekends of major artists. the panthers were the security and kids sitting in the trees. i was nervous. i didn't expect a crowd like that. something very important was happening. summer of soul is a documentary exploring why this event, which it argues could have become the black woodstock, has been ignored for more than half a century. the film is directed by questlove, who drums for hip—hop outfit the roots and is a professor at nyu, where he is an expert in black music history. but even he hadn't heard of the festival. we're talking about stevie wonder, nina simone, sly and the family stone, comedians, politicians, everybody was there. the thing is that it's preserved professionally
on tape and what winds up happening is that not one producer or outlet is interested. so this film just sits in the basement for 50 years. nobody ever heard of the harlem culture festival. nobody would believe it happened. however, a couple of film producers heard about the a0 hours of archive, managed to secure the rights, and decided that questlove was the man to bring it to life. it took me five months ofjust constantly having these monitors in my house, in every room in my house — my kitchen, my bathroom, my bedroom. i kept it on a 24—hour loop. i kept notes on anything that gave me goose bumps. 1969 was a change of era in the black community. the styles were changing. music was changing. a revolution was coming together. but as well as highlighting sensational performances, questlove also wanted to put
the event into a cultural context. this might be my new destiny and i didn't even know it yet. but, you know, iwelcome it, i welcome it. colin paterson, bbc news. after a very scaled—down ceremony last year due to the pandemic, this year's bastille day procession in paris once again featured the cavalry of the republican guard, members of the foreign legion and an aircraft flypast. this was the scene a short time ago at the eiffel tower — fireworks to celebrate france's national day. despite covid restrictions, the fireworks went ahead, and people have been able to attend — but 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.
that's it for the moment, i will see you very soon. goodbye. hello, there. sunshine did wonders for the temperatures on wednesday. aboyne in aberdeenshire one of the places that got above 25 degrees with scenes like this. parts 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 — maybe up into the high 20s in 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 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 giving 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 southeast once again. in across east anglia and the southeast once again as we head through thursday night into friday. at the same time, cloud will topple in from the northwest, 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, too, quite breezy, quite cloudy maybe with the odd spot of drizzle. cloud first thing towards the southeast, that will tend to clear. for most places friday 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 northwest of scotland. some light and patchy rain is possible in
the northwest 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 northwest 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.
the headlines: 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. more than 70 people have been killed. 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. the former us president george w bush has criticised the withdrawal of nato troops from afghanistan, calling the decision "unbelievably bad" before warning that, in his opinion, civilians were being left to be "slaughtered" by the taliban. now on bbc news,