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this is the briefing. i'm david eades. our top story: explosions and gunfire in the zimbabwean capital. military officers deny they're staging a coup and say president mugabe is safe. screams and gunfire. children caught in yemen's conflict — the un warns millions of lives are at risk from fighting and famine. australians say "yes" to same—sex marriage. more than 61% back the move, in an historic national vote. fixing the planet — world leader's gather in bonn to try to stitch together the climate accord, after donald trump's pledge to pull the us out of the paris agreement. i'll be speaking to tom burke, the chairman of e36, third generation environmentalism, in the business briefing. a warm welcome to the programme, briefing you on all you need to know
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in global news, business and sport. and you can be part of the conversation. our question today — how much of your current lifestyle would you sacrifice to get on the housing ladder? do millenials, for example, spend too much on their social life? tell us what you think, just use the hashtag bbc—the—briefing. soldiers in zimbabwe have broadcast a message on state—run television after shooting and explosions were heard in the capital, harare. a man in a army uniform denied that the move amounted to a military takeover and said president robert mugabe and his family were safe. he said the situation would return to normal once criminals around the president had been brought tojustice. sarah corker reports. soldiers and armed vehicles
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on the outskirts of the zimbabwean capital. small numbers but enough to raise concern, alison later explosions and gunfire we re alison later explosions and gunfire were heard in the city and the military took over the state broadcaster. i wish to assure the nation that his excellence the president of the republic of zimbabwe and commander in chief of the military forces, he and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed. we are only targeting criminals around him. this dramatic turn of events comes just a day after the head of the armed forces had threatened to take action
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over the sacking of an influential politician. we must demand that when it comes to protecting our revolution, the military is ready to step in. the general was referring to the sacking of vice president emmerson mnangagwa, a long—time ally to robert mugabe he was once seen as a favourite to succeed his patron. his dismissal was viewed as a move to hand power to his wife, grace. robert mugabe is that the world's old est robert mugabe is that the world's oldest head of state and has been in power since 1980 and this dispute over succession power since 1980 and this dispute over succession is escalating. this is how people reacted in harare, over military movement. what is needed right now in zimbabwe is to remove this mugabe family from power.
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if there is this implosion, the implosion is good for the citizens of zimbabwe. the military said it expected a return to normal life as soon as it had completed its mission. the us and uk embassy have urged their citizen to remain indoors to do the political uncertainty. we will be getting the latest from ferrari later in the problem. —— harare. the united nations is warning that the catastrophic humanitarian crisis in yemen is worsening and that, unless aid is let in, millions more lives will be at risk. the saudi—led coalition tightened its two—year blockade of the country last week in response to a ballistic missile fired at riyadh by rebel forces backed by iran. extreme hunger and disease are already killing an estimated 130 children a day. from yemen, clive myrie has this special report. there is panic at school, city under
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houthi rebel control. death can come at any houthi rebel control. death can come atany time houthi rebel control. death can come at any time the kids as well as military. a saudi coalition air strike targeting a nearby building has blown out the school's windows. in this conflict, death can come from the air at any time, for kids, as well as soldiers. what began as a civil war has become a proxy struggle between saudi arabia, backing yemen's government, and iran, alleged to be backing the rebels. the houthis claim this is a bomb from the attack that didn't explode. apart from arms dealers, this conflict has no winners, and civilians are the biggest losers. imagine what those displaced by the war are running from, if this is what they're running to. saila ali ahmed and little ayeeshia, who is seven months old, fled their home the night the bombs fell. translation: it was like thunder and lightning in the sky. we were scared and took our children,
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but left everything else behind. we don't have food. 0ur men don't have jobs. they go to market looking for work, but when they come back with nothing, the children cry. it isa it is a precarious humanitarian organisation. a blocade has seriously affected a flowing into ports to the north. and this harbour in the south can be shut down in a moment ‘s notice. the houthi rebels have been accused of blocking aid convoys have been accused of blocking aid c0 nvoys a re have been accused of blocking aid convoys are so despite warehouses full of food, millions are at risk of starvation. aid workers acknowledge this is a dirty war with both sides have questions to answer. civilians in this war are forgotten people, pawns grave game. they have done nothing wrong, there only crime is being born here. australia has voted in favour
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of legalising same—sex marriages. the results of an eight week postal survey showed more than 61% of voters were in favour — the government has pledged to introduce legislation before the end of the year. 0ur correspondent hywel griffith is in sydney. this was voluntary but pretty decisive? yes. it is a historic day i think for australia. this vote emphatic in as much as 62% who participated did so in favour of legalising same—sex marriage. campaigners say this is a landslide result and, shortly after the result was announced a few hours ago here in australia, focused on to the prime minister, malcolm turnbull, and he said the voices for change we re and he said the voices for change were overwhelming and he has promised to bring in a new law before christmas. this was not a
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binding postal survey on mps, certainly, millions of australians will now expect the parliament of this country to reflect the will of the people who voted in support of same—sex marriage. the people who voted in support of same-sex marriage. we sit pictures of those are delighted with the result. they say it has been a long time coming and it works well for the prime minister as well? his under pressure because of a constitutional crisis — very briefly, the straining constitution forbids anyone with a dual citizenship to sit in parliament and we have had about eight mps and senators forced out of parliament for that reason. the prime minister has lost the deputy prime minister barnaby joyce in has lost the deputy prime minister barnabyjoyce in all of these and the same—sex marriage vote which he supported will come as some relief,
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a bit of light relief. there could be political troubles ahead in the same—sex marriage ahead. there are some conservative forces in his government that want to water down legislation. it is not a done deal yet but mr turnbull is promising legislation will go before parliament in the not too distant future. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news.... thousands of iranians made homeless by sunday's earthquake have spent a third night without shelter. president hasan rouhani visited some of the worst affected areas in the remote, mountainous region on tuesday, promising more aid. at least 460 people died in the quake. at least five people, including a gunman, have been killed in a shooting at an elementary school in northern california. several people including three children were injured in the shooting at the rancho tehama school. the gunman is said to have fired randomly until two police officers killed him. a us airline says it is stopping flights to cuba because of
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new restrictions on travel to the island introduced by the trump administration. alaska airlines began operating direct flights between los angeles and havana injanuary. world leaders meet in bonn today for the first big international environmental meeting since donald trump pledged to pull the us out of the paris climate agreement. with me is lawrence gosling who's editor—in—chief of investment week. i'll be speaking to you a little later in the news briefing but first let's talk about the climate change convention summit in bonn. we have the big guns, angela merkel and emanuel macron. one of the interesting things is seen quite the us comes up with. it is one of mr trump's big announcements very early
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in his presidency that he was going to pull the us out saying it was a bad agreement for the us, the us industry et cetera. since then, a wave of embarrassment because when it was originally science by barack 0bama, it was seen as global. a lot of lobbying trying to get him to come in. we are expecting to see how the next couple of days where the us kind of greece to something a lot softer than a hard pull out. it would be something. when he met emmanuel macron, he said we might be able to find something for everyone but we have americans turning up saying coal is great. what is interesting, mr trump has just saying coal is great. what is interesting, mr trump hasjust come
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back from the far east and china, the world ‘s leader in terms of energy, so if he's going to continue this trading with china he will have to stay on the same path with them. there might be some fudge from the conference. what a surprise. and keep your stories coming about how much of your current lifestyle would you sacrifice to get on the housing ladder? we have a tweet, i am 3051 have earned a house for 12 years, bought by working hard and having no social life, the best thing i did. i wonder if you agree. stay with us on the briefing. also on the programme: tottenham hotspur‘s hat—trick hero christian eriksen helps denmark secure a place in next year's world cup. that — and more — in the sport briefing. berliners from both east and west
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linked hands and danced round their liberated territory. and, with nobody to stop them, it wasn't long before the first attempts were made to destroy the structure itself. it's keeping the candidate's name always in the public eye that counts. success or failure depends not only on public display but on the local campaign headquarters and the heavy routine work of their women volunteers. yasser arafat, who dominated the palestinian cause for so long, has died. the palestinian authority has declared a state of mourning for the leader who symbolised his people's hopes for independent statehood. in the wake of the colombian volcano disaster, rescue teams are trying to reach thousands of survivors who managed to clamber onto rooftops and trees above the sea of mud. after 17 years of discussion, the result was greeted with an outburst ofjoy. women ministers who'd long felt only grudgingly accepted amongst the ranks of clergy suddenly felt welcomed. you're watching the briefing.
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0ur headlines: the un has warned that the catastrophic humanitarian crisis in yemen is worsening. it says millions of lives are at risk unless aid is allowed in. loud explosions and gunfire have been heard in the zimbabwean capital. military officers deny they're staging a coup and say president mugabe and his family are safe. let's stay with that now. rashweat mukundu a journalist and former director of the media institute of southern africa joins us us from harare. you are in the city, tell us what is going on. i took time to drive around the city and there is certainly no traffic. you don't see
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that activity. you don't see the heavy traffic that is normally associated with the morning how a rush. in the city centre, the office of the president is completely surrounded by armed cars. not only that but some of the main streets in the central business district are cordoned off by the military. traffic has been directed to areas not shut down by the military. certainly, people in the city centre,. the pictures tell their own story. the senior military officers seem to be saying, so, but what is
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the purpose of the action? they are calling it a smart coup. that is what the military leaders are attending to communicate to the community. essentially, the military has taken over the government of zimbabwe. by affecting direct control. president robert mugabe is still in charge. but the intention is to calmly have him retire and have the president in exile come back from south africa and takeover. under control of the military. there are elements with the military with
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the reaction of the region and the international community. we are keeping very close tabs on this. rashweat mukundu bringing us the details from harare. the president of france — emmanuel macron — has told the bbc that donald trump and vladimir putin are ‘threatening' western values of openness and tolerance. it is now 6 months since mr macron took office, promising to transform french society, the economy and even its modern sense of identity in the world. 0ur paris correspondent lucy williamson, who travelled with the president to abu dhabi recently, sent this report. most presidents enjoy a flash of military uniform in their schedules, a tang of old—fashioned global power. but emmanuel macron is fighting his own slippery battle for french influence abroad. jihadi groups in this region have built a grand narrative around their vision, he says. the west needs one, too, based on openness, tolerance, and democracy. at the opening of a new louvre
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museum, in abu dhabi, he told me those values were under threat from leaders like vladimir putin and donald trump. if you don't defend these values, it will become harder and harder, i agree. but is it harder now, is it under threat? i mean, for sure it's a threat. for sure. but first of all, you have to speak and discuss this with leaders. because sometimes they're changed, they were not like that at the very beginning. and the explanation of the divergence is very often due to their paranoia of a threat, and their willingness to protect something, and to be much more nervous about what they want to protect, but forgetting the fact that part of their own civilisation is about openness. if you decide just to push them back from europe, and our values, saying, "you are betraying our values, it's bad," you lose them. but does it work?
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when you sat down with mr trump or mr putin, have you found that you've been able to affect real change? i mean it's not overnight effect, for sure. but i'm optimistic, and i can... i'm extremely determined. macron ran his election campaign by insisting on the power of liberal values to solve france's problems, including its most pressing one — jobs. graulhet used to be the centre of a booming leather industry, with more than 100 factories. serge cathala's factory is one ofjust a dozen left. unemployment here is 21%, twice the national average. but president macron's sweeping reforms mean serge has begun hiring again. translation: what's great about macron is that he's young, he looks like he's got guts. nobody‘s going to walk all over him, unlike his predecessors. and he's got good ideas, more flexibility for company owners to hire people, and more freedom. a company needs leaders who will let them work. president macron has already
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reformed france's rigid labour law, to curb the power of the unions. but graulhet‘s favourites for president were the protectionist candidates on the far—right and far—left. and, in cafes like this one, mr macron's plans to extend unemployment insurance have less impact than, say, his tax breaks for french millionaires. translation: he's the president of the rich. he hasn't changed my life or the lives of the people in this town. we are the little people, the proletariat, and no office man is going to change things for us. here in paris, six months ago, mr macron vowed to remake french politics. since then, he has been criticised for being more king than president. even some of those who agree with mr macron's analysis have questioned his style as president. where some see clarity, determination and poise, others see arrogance, pomposity and hubris. mr macron has said modesty
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doesn't interest him, because he is france's last chance to prove to itself that openness, tolerance and democracy work. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. here's our briefing on some of the key events happening later. we start in myanmar, at around 0700 gmt, the us secretary of state, rex tillerson is due to brief the media after discussing the humanitarian crisis in rakhine state, with aung san suu kyi, and the head of the armed forces. later, the un office on drugs and crime will release its afghan 0pium survey for 2017. (ani 3) and in new york, a preliminary hearing is being held in the case of sayfullo saipov. he's accused of killing eight people and injuring 12 others, when he ran a truck into them last month. now with news about the world cup qualifiers and the rest of today's sport briefing, here's sarah mulkerrins.
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hello, i'm sarah mulkerrins and this is your sport briefing for wednesday. australia are bidding to book their place at the world cup in russia but they'll have to get past honduras first. and imagine getting the subway to work only to find your favourite basketball team hogging all the space and seats. so there are just two places left for the world cup in russia next year. and one of them will go to either of these two. australia or honduras. after a goalless draw in the first leg in south america, the second leg kicks off in sydney in just a few hour's time. the home side have been given a welcome boost ahead of it — their all—time leading goalscorer tim cahill has been declared fit to play after missing the first leg. he is ready to go, yes. from the start. look, you probably could have played on friday in the first game
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but as i said, again, post game looking at that pitch and the way the game went, we were able to keep him fresh for this one. he is certainly ready to go. the final place at russia will go to either peru or new zealand who play in lima on wednesday, and look at what some locals are doing to help their nation reach a first world cup since 1982. peruvian shamans here with a ritual to send spiritual strength to their team. all with markers of the three regions — the coast, mountains and the jungles of peru. in case you missed it — denmark secured the final european spot at the world cup with a thumping 5—1 win against ireland in dublin on tuesday. the tie was goalless after the first leg, a headerfrom shane duffy put the hosts ahead just 6 minutes in. but the bubble was soon to burst. as cyrus christie scored an own goal. then denmark's star midfielder christian eriksen ran riot — racking up a hatrick.
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nicklas bendtner made it 5—1 from the spot in added time — after missing the euros in 2016. he became belgium's all—time top scorer wiht 31 goals, after scoring the winner in his side's 1—nil friendly victory overjapan in brugues on tuesday. six—time champion roger federer beat alexander zverev to reach the last four at the season—ending atp finals in london. federer proved the stronger in the final set, winning the match 7—6, 5—7, 6—1. germany's zverev who is seeded third, can still qualify for the semi—finals on his debut appearance. he will play americanjack sock in his final group match on thursday, with the winner to progress to the last four. now here's what's been catching out eye on social media. if you're one of the best basketball teams in the nba and there's too
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much traffic before a big game, how do you get across new york city? well, you get the subway, of course! that's exactly what the cleveland cavaliers did. in the company of a—time league mvp lebron james, the cavs took the subway journey from their hotel to madison square gardens for their game against the new york knicks. as always —you can get all the latest sports news at our website — that's bbc.com/sport. but that is your sport briefing for now. stay with me on bbc news, i'll be back with the business briefing in just a few moments — we'll have more on the big international meeting on climate change. and what would you sacrifice to get on the housing ladder? for many of us,
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wednesday is going to dawn on a pretty grey and cloudy day. competing weather stories, really, for wednesday. we've got a big ridge of high pressure keeping the weather quiet across much of the uk, however a small area of low pressure has just trickled underneath the high and has brought us a lot of cloud across england, that is continuing to be patchy clouds. 0thers, quite foggy. particularly over the high ground of wales in south—west england, may a bit murky for wales in south—west england, may a bit murky for the wales in south—west england, may a bit murky for the salusbury wales in south—west england, may a bit murky for the salusbury plane, wales in south—west england, may a bit murky for the salusbury plane, a bit murky for the salusbury plane, a bit of mist over chilterns and downs. 0ver eastern england, it should clear reasonably quickly. some fog patches in the valleys of northern ireland weather is a chilly start day. scotland, called the police there will be some sunshine and pockets of boston sheltered areas. through the west of wednesday, the —— the cloud will be
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ina wednesday, the —— the cloud will be in a little bit. staying rather cloudy across these areas from wednesday. it should brighten up across north—west england and wales. maybe a bit brighter. the best of the sunshine will be in scotland, particularly northern and eastern areas, threatening outbreaks of rain towards the end of the day. that rain, a bit more extensive. you can see it get in across parts of western england and wales. through the end of the night, moving into northern ireland and scotland, a cold front. pushing southwards. a burst of heavy rain along the funds. behind that weather front, that is where the skies will start to clear nicely. scotland, northern ireland and northern parts of england. single figures into northern areas. some blustery showers. merging
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together to get some lengthy spells. what about the weekend weather prospects. we should see some sunshine. quite a chilly wind. that wind will gradually ease down a little on sunday. that's the latest weather. this is business briefing. fixing the planet — world leader's gather in bonn to try to stitch together the climate accord after donald trump's pledge to pull the us out of the paris agreement. japan's economy growing faster than expected. a third quarter points to strong exports as the country posts the longest period of uninterrupted growth in more than a decade. and on the markets, a bit of slippage on the hang seng as hong kong follows wall street with a bit of a sell—off. that's a picture across asia, as investors just cash in on the recent rallies. all ordinaries down 0.3%
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and completing our red sea — the dow dropping a little — that's partly on continuing
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