Hello, this is the BBC news with Fiona MacDonald.
The first formal peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban are getting underway in the Qatari capital Doha. The US has played a key role in brokering the negotiations, which were part of a bilateral deal it signed with the Taliban in February. Here's Secunder Kermani. The two sides will be discussing a ceasefire. That's what most ordinary Afghans want to see implemented as soon as possible and will make the biggest impact on their lives. But most analysts agree that the Taliban are unlikely to sign off on that, at least until they believe that most of their demands have been met, and that really brings us to the crux of these talks. The negotiators are going to be attempting to work out and reach a political settlement, trying to agree on a system of government that somehow incorporates the notions of Islamic governance, theocratic governance that the Taliban had with the more modern, more democratic Afghanistan that's been built over the past two decades.
The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described Bahrain's announcement that it is normalizing its relations with this country, a new era of peace. But the Palestinian leadership condemned the move as a betrayal of Jerusalem and the Palestinian cause. Iran said the move makes Bahrain complicit in what it called Israel's crimes against the Palestinian people. Turkey is also strongly condemned the deal. There's been no comment by Bahrain's powerful neighbor Saudi Arabia.
The Governor of California Gavin Newsom said the devastating wildfires across the US west coast should end all doubt about the effects of climate change. The fires have been fanned by hot winds during days of record breaking heat. Speaking after seeing the devastation caused by the fires, Governor Newsom said the climate emergency was happening right now. He urged climate change skeptics to visit and view the conditions for themselves. California folks, is America fast forward? What we're experiencing right here is coming to community all across the United States America unless we get our act together on climate change.
Congress in Peru has voted to open impeachment proceedings against President Martin Vizcarra for moral and capacity, deepening the country's political and economic crisis. Mr. Vizcarra has denied any wrongdoing. Here's Leonardo Rocha. Mr. Vizcarra has been accused of using public funds to hire a singer to deliver pro-government motivational talks while Peruvians faced economic hardship from the coronavirus crisis. The president's position became weaker after congress received leaked audio recordings in which he appeared to discuss covering up alleged irregularities. Mr. Vizcarra said he's a victim of a coup attempt by the opposition, which has a majority in Congress. 65 legislators voted against him, But that is well short of the 87 votes the opposition will need to force him out of power.