this is bbc news. welcome if you're watching here in the uk or around the globe. i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: a tropical storm is battering the us state of louisiana, with officials warning of potentially life threatening floods. a powerfailure in new york leaves more than 40,000 people without electricity, stranding subway trains and trapping people in lifts. in a new leak of diplomatic cables, the former british ambassador to washington describes president trumps decision to abandon the iran nuclear deal as "diplomatic vandalism". a ii,500—year—old pyramid in egypt prepares to open to visitors.
the southern us state of louisiana is being battered by a powerful tropical storm, bringing torrential rain and winds of up to 112 kilometres per hour. but storm barry has lost some of its strength since coming ashore as a category1 hurricane. forecasters have warned of a dangerous storm surge on the gulf coast, with flooding expected to be most severe south—west of new orleans. the bbc‘s sophie long is in new orleans and explained how storm barry remains dangerous. what we are experiencing is sudden downpours of rain, forecasters are warning that rain is going to become more persistent. that is what they're really worried about here, the conditions that preceded this storm, that the mississippi river was very, very high, silence of flooding levels already. forecasters predict they could be up to two feet of rain to fall over the next 48 hours.
now it's going to land on already saturated ground, the street behind me was flooded three days ago, and as i said, the mississippi river is already high. so they are worried that there could still be some flooding here in orleans. we had some good news today, that storm was downgraded from a hurricane as it made landfall to a tropical storm barry. but parts of the coast in particular are still experiencing those very strong winds of up to 70 miles an hour and some flooding there, too. there were concerns about the new orleans levees, how are they holding out? actually, concern about the levees is now petering off as well. they thought that could be a problem, the levees are built to withstand up to 20 feet of rain, with the storm surge you talked about an older rain we are seeing over the next 48 hours, it was feared that those levels could crest that 19 feet, so dangerously close to the 20 feet are able to deal with. we are told now the authorities are confident they will do theirjob and protect new orleans from the catastrophic flooding
that it saw in the aftermath of hurricane katrina. no—one in the city will ever forget that it claimed the lives of 1800 people and devastated the lives of many more. the authorities are confident that the levees will hold, so that will be a huge relief to people here in new orleans. they were told by the mayor to hunker down last night, to make their preparations, to shore up their properties with sandbags and stock up on supplies to hunker down for up to three days. that advice was headed last night, and these dudes were almost deserted. the other day we have seen people coming back out, it is still a much quieter scene than you would normally expect for this time in new orleans, but for now we are seeing families out and about, people have got an brothers and rainjackets but they aren't is linked to that advice as much as they were —— umbrellas, but the message from the mayor has been very clear today is a good as don't be
complacent, we aren't out of the woods yet. it is the rainfall they are expecting over the next 48 hours that they think could still cause flooding. a huge amount has been spent on flood defence systems in the past 14 years since katrina and the drainage system as well. but we've spoken to meteorologist and people who know this city and they say there are very few drainage systems in the world that could cope with that kind of deluge. the storm has been a messy storm, a sloppy storm as they say, it's been very slow moving and hard to predict. if that rainfall prediction is correct, then they could still see flooding here in the next two days or so. a power outage is affecting the upper west side area of manhattan in new york city. the blackout left movie—goers stuck outside cinemas, police directing traffic and evacuations of the new york city subway, which was frozen as power was cut off. over 40,000 people have been affected by the outages. commissioner deanne criswell of the new york city emergency services gave an update to the public.
at 6:47pm there was an electrical disturbance in the system, affecting approximately 62,000 customers in the manhattan area. this was caused bya the manhattan area. this was caused by a power outage on the west side of manhattan. we have no reports of injuries or fidelity ‘s at this time. we also have a list of those individuals who are on life—saving equipment and we are working with them to make sure... we have put together a joint taskforce with the fire department to make sure nobody is stuck in an elevator still. we are hearing from writers that two of the six networks involved in that has restored service. david byyttow has been watching events from his apartment near madison square gardens. what have you seen of the power cuts? it was otherwise. i am just
south of chelsea, 30th st. half of this entire part of the city is entirely black, including madison square garden, which is definitely much further south than the upper west side. it seems to have moved down south in this direction. that also includes penn station, a major large subway and train station as well. we're some of the pictures you took earlier. the lights out in some of those buildings. how has the city been affected as far as you know? well, on my side, you know, it is ha rd to well, on my side, you know, it is hard to tell from rpr, i havejust been watching twitter as well. but i have noticed all cars are stopped along the road here, along the street. i don't know way, but they seem to have stopped us going into the upper west side, there is that blocking going on. 0therwise the upper west side, there is that blocking going on. otherwise it is
just very eerie because half of the city is essentially black and the other half vacancy, south, is just fine. it is a strange place to be from a vantage point. it must be unusual to see the city come to a partial standstill. it is normally so partial standstill. it is normally so buzzing with terrorists and thousands of people. this will sound silly, but a ordered pizza for dinnera silly, but a ordered pizza for dinner a couple of hours ago and the quy dinner a couple of hours ago and the guy had told me, he is like, you know they are out of electricity up here. i was like what is going on and about 20 minutes later the entire 72 story building near me, right next to me went out. so that was kind of scary. it hasn't moved since though. i hope you get your pizza at some point. new york is a very well resourced city. how unusual is a disease something like this affect so many? it is interesting ——to see something like this. there is a mayoral campaign at
the moment. it is interesting to see the moment. it is interesting to see the city in darkness. given the amount of resources we have... to this city. it is doubly weird for me. but, you know, i do get the sense that the city comes together and people understand that at a time like this you can't make you can't let chaos take over, right, you either stay where you are and make sure things could result. to be fair to mayor bill de blasio, he has been giving us updates on the situation. thank you so much for your time, david. near madison square garden. the two men vying to become britain's next prime minister, boris johnson and jeremy hunt, have both defended the right ofjournalists to publish leaked government documents, after police warnings that it could be a criminal offence under the country's 0fficial secrets act. scotland yard is investigating the leak — and publication — of secret dispatches by sir kim darroch, britain's former ambassador in washington, which were highly critical of the trump administration. sir kim subsequently resigned. here's our political
correspondent nick eardley. the leaking of kim darroch‘s e—mails about president trump has caused diplomatic chaos, political controversy, and led to the ambassador‘s resignation. now it's caused a furious row about press freedom and what papers should be able to publish. scotland yard has warned publishing further leaks could be a crime, last night urging the media to return any documents to the government. but many have raised concerns — including the candidates to be the next prime minister. it cannot conceivably be right that newspapers or any other media organisation publishing such material should face prosecution. it is embarrassing but it is not a threat to national security. and it is the duty of media organisations to bring new and interesting facts into the public domain. jeremy hunt said journalists should judge if the leaks are in the public interest.
i think it is also very important to defend in a free society the right of the press to publish material that they think is in the public interest. leaks that they get obviously mustn't breach the official secrets act. scotland yard, though, believes it does exactly that. in a statement, assistant commissioner neil basu said: "the metropolitan police respect the rights of the media and have no intention of seeking to prevent editors from publishing stories in the public interest in a liberal democracy." "however, we have been told the publication of these specific documents, now knowing they may be a breach of the official secrets act, could also constitute a criminal offence and one that carries no public interest defence." but, again, there's a warning. journalists can't use the defence of public interest because itjust doesn't apply to state secrets. there would still be a public interest test to prosecute, though, but many think that is unlikely. the only prosecutions we've had are of civil servants who've leaked information to the media, in some circumstances they've leaked information to mps. but the media who reported those materials weren't themselves prosecuted. and so it would be very unusual and rather unlikely that any sort of prosecution would happen.
the leak of sir kim's e—mails has caused headaches for government and curtailed his time in one of the uk's most important diplomatic postings. now it threatens to put the police against the press too. nick eardley reporting there. meanwhile, a british newspaper has published more leaks of diplomatic cables from the former ambassador. the mail on sunday reveals that in may last year, sir kim darroch said donald trump was set upon "an act of diplomatic vandalism" unilaterally abandoning the international agreement limiting iran's nuclear programme. sir kim accused the president of acting for "personality reasons", because his predecessor, barack 0bama, had helped to negotiate the deal. i asked the former american ambassador to canada, bruce heyman, whether the latest leaks change the diplomatic situation between the uk and the us.
so when we talk about iran and these new cables that have come out, i think the uk ambassador came to reasonable conclusions based on what he was seeing in washington and everything i have heard. part of the contents everything i have heard. part of the co nte nts of everything i have heard. part of the contents of this new reported leak is that the, basically donald trump pulled out of the iran deal in order... because it was from his predecessor, barack order... because it was from his predecessor, ba rack 0bama. order... because it was from his predecessor, barack 0bama. but there's still a loss of support for what donald trump has done, within the united states, for pulling out of this deal. —— lot. so isn't necessarily an accurate assessment? i think diplomatic vandalism is a new term i'm abusing more often about president trump. you know, he has broken away from the tpp, with
other things —— i will be using more often. i think that while there are issues with iran, clearly, in terms of its behaviour around the world and fermenting terrorism, the work at reducing nuclear risk that we did is something that is unfortunate the president has put us injeopardy is something that is unfortunate the president has put us in jeopardy by walking away from. but again, there is still a lot of support what president trump has done. as it really co m e president trump has done. as it really come down to president trump as my personality —— has it? really come down to president trump as my personality -- has it? he is definitely a character. he is trying to isolate the country. and he thinks of himself in the following terms. the art of the deal, for him, is about his winning, somebody has to lose. this further leak, it is unclear if there are more legs to come. how will the diplomatic
community in the us, at least, be reacting to this, especially now that an ambassador has resigned? —— lea k that an ambassador has resigned? —— leak ‘s stop i think the fallout as a result of the present‘s treatment of the uk ambassador will potentially hurt the president's own ambassadors globally —— president's treatment. i think he cutting of the uk ambassador gives other countries, including our allies, tacit approval to shutdown communication with us ambassadors if they don't like what they are saying. this is very harmful to the entire diplomatic/ that we have been operating for many decades. ambassador bruce heymann. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: we look ahead to another big sporting event on sunday — the cricket world cup where a new name is certain to be on the trophy
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 worse floods this century. nearly 100 people have been killed. broadway is traditionally called the "great white way" by americans, but tonight it is completely blacked out. it is 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. finally, 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. the latest headlines: a tropical storm is battering the us state of louisiana, with officials warning of potentially life—threatening floods. a powerfailure in new york has left more than 40,000 people without electricity, stranding subway trains and trapping people in lifts. more now on the situation in venezuela, where senior officials have led a march in protest against a recent un report, which accused the government of widespread human rights abuses towards opposition activists. those marching in caracas dismissed the report as lies, saying its findings are biased and aimed at discrediting president nicolas maduro. alfredo romero is a human rights lawyer and president of foro penal, an organisation providing legal assistance to those suffering human rights violations in venezuela. he says the government appears to have changed its mind about the report by un report by human rights chief, michelle bachelet.
but what happened a week or two weeks ago it was a visit from mrs bachelet and actually the government said publicly that they were so happy with the visit of mrs bachelet, and actually they said that they would recognise, they will follow all the recommandations. actually they took pictures, with bachelet, here in venezuela, i'm talking about the president, i'm talking about the attorney general, and it seems to me very contradictory that now they are against this report. this report basically says what ngos here in venezueal and internationally, ngos like amnesty international, human rights watch, have said many times before, that there are forced disappearances in venezuela, that are still going on, political prisoners still there,
that people have been tortured for political reasons... sorry to interrupt but you do your own research on human rights and i was wondering, when you looked at that un report, did some of the evidence concur with the people you speak to and help? of course. actually bbc people have gone to our office and they have found many people waiting to talk to us, many testimonies that every day we listen to and that we see. we see not just the families of political prisoners that are injail this moment, people that have been tortured, for example, suffocated with plastic bags, or victims of electric shocks, but a;so people that have been injail and have been released and they told us what happened to them and it is exactly the same pattern. the important thing here is notjust torture, for example, it is notjust political detainees, it's notjust political prisoners, what is important here is the pattern, the systematic torture that has been going on against political dissidents. i have always said that the most
important tool of maduro is political repression and, actually, he has been very effective using political repression to keep in power. it is a shame to say that i do not see an important change after this un report. what i see is a more political prisoners, this more political detainees. simona halep has upset the odds to claim her first wimbledon title. the 27—year—old romanian becomes the first player from her country to win any singles title at the tournament and in doing so she also prevented serena williams from claiming another piece of tennis history. 0ur sports correspondent andy swiss was at the all england club. it was the day one wimbledon dream was realised while another was ruthlessly dashed. serena williams had emerged to royal approval in search of a record—equalling 24th grand slam title. but simona halep clearly hadn't read the script. halep won the first four games in ii magical minutes. taking the first set in a blaze of brilliance. desperately, williams dug deep.
at last, some flickers of that familiar fire. but they were soon snuffed out. in less than an hour, it was all over. cue delight and utter disbelief. halep had produced the performance of her life and her opponent knew it. she literally played out of her mind! congratulations, simona! applause. it was my mum's dream whenever i was about ten or 12, she said if i wanted to do something in tennis, i had to play the final of wimbledon. so the day came. so, my mum, thanks! applause. thanks to my parents, actually. applause. well, what drama the fans here have seen. most were expecting to watch serena williams make history. but instead, they have a new champion. and as a fan of the duchess of cambridge, things got even better. really well done. honestly. a quick chat before
even more cheers. for simona halep, the perfect ending to a near—perfect performance. andy swiss, bbc news, wimbledon. sunday is the men's final at wimbledon as well as the british grand prix, on an exciting day for sports fans. it all starts here in london with the cricket world cup final. and we know there'll be a new name on that trophy. england and new zealand contest the game at lords and, while new zelaand's last appearance in the final was just four years ago england have had to wait 27 years for a crack at the top prize. joe wilson reports from lord's. commentator: england are through to the world cup final! so they are here. whoever wins, a new nation will be world champion. lord's has hosted the men's world cup finalfour times before. england's men have reached the cricket world cup final three times before and never won it.
it is indisputably a big deal. it is that far removed i never even in my wildest dreams dreamt of it. it is awesome. i dreamt of hitting the runs in the world cup final, i never dreamt i would lead my country out in the world cup final, in a world cup final, so that probably sums up how much it means. new zealand were the beaten finalists in the last world cup. they knocked out the mighty india in this semifinal, and yet, and yet as the captain knows, they're always described as the underdogs. england deserve to be favourites. whatever dog we are, it is just important we focus on the cricket that we want to play and we have seen over the years that anybody can beat anybody, regardless of breed of dog. both nations hope victory can inspire cricket participation. both captains will now look no further than 100 overs, right here.
joe wilson, bbc news. an ancient pyramid just south of cairo, that marks a key step in the evolution of egyptian pyramid construction, has been opened to visitors. dubbed the bent pyramid, it was built more than 4,500 years ago. tourists will be able to clamber down a narrow tunnel, to explore two chambers deep inside. the bbc‘s tim allman has more. ancient egypt always has more secrets to reveal. before the great pyramids of giza, there was the bent pyramid, sneferu. built for the founder of the 4th dynasty, its unusual design a stepping stone for what was to come. government officials delighted to show it off. dahshur is a very important archaeological site, with five pyramids at least. two pyramids of sneferu, the bent pyramid, and the northern or the red pyramid. and three pyramids of the middle kingdom,
the 12th dynasty. and now, people can see it like they never have before. a narrow, albeit fairly steep, 80—metre long tunnel leading down into the heart of the pyramid. it doesn't look like the easiest of trips but at least one visiting dignitary believes it will be worth it. this is one of the less known places here but one of the most beautiful. those two pyramids are reallyjewels which tourists must come and see. also on display, mummies, masks, tools and coffins discovered during recent excavations of the site. it won't actually be opened to the public for another two years but, in this place, where history stretches back millennia, that is no time at all. tim allman, bbc news. we just want to show you some
incredible pictures coming out of eastern india. carrboro being nursed after it was pierced with an arrow. the iron bolt damaged its lungs but that's have managed to remove the arrow and it is now recovering. —— vets. this is the life seen in new york. there was a big power outage affecting the upper west side of manhattan. 40,000 people have been affected. you can see some of the traffic lights out, and some building lights. rogers saint to of six networks involved in the power outage have restored power. it is being restored but not before it has
trapped people in the lives and our side are cinema complex. stay with us on side are cinema complex. stay with us on bbc news. hello. the first half of the weekend has been mainly dry and fine for most. for others, a few hefty showers, particularly across the eastern side of scotland, into the pennines, through the midlands, east anglia and south—east england. this building area of high pressure through the early hours of sunday morning will tend to ease away most of the showers but we could keep one or two going first on sunday across east anglia and south—east england. a lot of cloud around to start the day. it will thin and break. we'll all see some spells of sunshine, particularly across northern ireland, a fine day here. still the chance of one or two showers across the higher ground of scotland, northern england and wales. maybe one or two across south—west england, but most will have a mainly dry day, fairly light winds as well, except for eastern coasts. brisker breeze here, a bit more in the way of cloud at times, just keeping temperatures pegged back to around 17 or 18 celsius.
further west, in the best of the sunshine, 21—24 celsius. some fine conditions for the cricket world cup final at lord's. a lot of cloud around through the morning, but it will thin and break and by the afternoon some spells of sunshine, lighter gentle north—easterly breeze, highs of 21 celsius. similar conditions at wimbledon as well. so it's a fine evening for most. late spells of sunshine. as the night wears on, more cloud feeding into northern scotland, eastern parts of scotland and england. could be low enough that cloud to bring some patchy drizzle but for most it is a dry night. clearer skies further west. slightly cooler night as well, lows of between nine and 13 celsius. it's a quiet start to the new week. we've still got our area of high pressure so it's mainly dry. some cloud around through the morning, will thin and break, much more sunshine by the afternoon, fewer showers as well, if any. most will stay dry. temperatures up a notch, 21—24 celsius. a little bit warmer along eastern coasts as the winds subtly changes direction.
as we go from monday into tuesday, here's our area of high pressure still with us. look what's happening in the the atlantic, though, a frontal system starting to make inroads. so that's going to start to produce some showers on tuesday, perhaps across northern ireland, the western side of scotland and just filtering their way a bit further north and eastwards, across scotland through the day. it could become heavy in places. for much of england and wales, dry, fine, very warm — 24 or 25 celsius on tuesday afternoon. but here's our front as we go into wednesday, starting to push its way further eastwards. so whilst most of england and wales will probably stay mainly dry for a time on wednesday, we will see increasing cloud and eventually some outbreaks of rain. and that means in turns more unsettled by the end of the week. bye— bye.
the headlines: tropical storm barry is bringing torrential rain and high winds to the southern us state of louisiana. millions of people are bracing themselves for potentially life—threatening flooding. tens of thousands of homes and businesses are without power and new orleans airport has been closed. a powerfailure in new york has halted subway trains and trapped people in lifts. the fire department said it was responding to a blaze in an electrical transformer and to smoke in multiple buildings in manhattan, the most densely populated of new york's five boroughs. further leaks of diplomatic cables sent by britain's former ambassador to washington have been published in the uk. they suggest the ambassador, kim darroch, believed that president trump unilaterally abandoned the iran nuclear deal last year to spite his predecessor ba rack 0bama.