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zimbabwe awaits news of the future of its deposed leader, robert mugabe, after a takeover by military leaders. mr mugabe remains under house arrest as zimbabweans try to come to terms with the end of his 37—year leadership. there is this anticipation, this feeling that people want to celebrate, and yet, so many people here have learnt the hard way that politics is a very dangerous business. people get arrested, they disappear, there are beatings, there are killings. we'll bring you the latest from our correspondents reporting from inside the country. also this lunchtime... police say the final number of people known to have died in the grenfell tower fire is 71. it has taken so long because of the sheer challenge grenfell tower has placed on all the emergency services, but particularly the specialist teams we use to recover all those that have died. the actor, kevin spacey, faces 20 more allegations of inappropriate behaviour at the theatre he used to run. a pledge to build more homes — the prime minister promises to take
personal charge of dealing with britain's housing crisis. russian athletes could face a second olympic ban for not doing enough to address doping allegations. 400 million dollars is the bid and the piece is sold. and the lost leonardo goes for a record—breaking price. and coming up in the sport on bbc news... are young people being priced out of football? a bbc sport study suggests the next generation of season—ticket holders are yet to emerge. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. the future of zimbabwe's
long—time leader, robert mugabe, remains unclear after he was placed under house arrest by the country's military. two envoys from south africa have arrived in the capital, harare, to try to hold talks with the 93—year—old and with zimbabwe's generals, who deny there's been a coup. the army's intervention is being seen by many as an attempt to prevent mr mugabe's wife, grace, from succeeding him. richard lister reports. they are headlines most in zimbabwe thought they would never see, the man who had helped the nation in an iron grip the 37 years swept aside by the military and now in custody. it isa by the military and now in custody. it is a lot to take in. taken by the army, quite positive. we are a bit uncertain about what will happen. we are still... we have to respect our president because we have to give
him a retirement package, find somewhere to keep him safe. the military says it is keeping the president say for now, armoured vehicles are still patrolling the streets of harare today, the army very much in charge, but also maintaining calm. president mugabe has been kept out of sight to maintain this pretence of it not being a coup, the army needs him to resign to allow a transition of power. talks are under way with south african envoys but some reports suggest he is demanding to serve his full term. president mugabe is still in power, the man in charge of zimbabwe, he is protected by the army. they got has happened. but what has not happened is a coup. whatever you call it, waiting in the wings is emmerson mnangagwa, once robert mugabe's ‘s right—hand man, sacked as vice president last week, widely believed to have engineered
the takeover. the whereabouts of his main rival, the president's wife, grace, are known and some of those in the governing party who supported her in the past and criticised the military yesterday are now falling into line. please accept my apologies on behalf of myself, we are young people, growing up, we learn from our mistakes. from this big mistake, we have learnt a lot. but will reshuffle at the of zanu—pf be enough for these opposition activists with the movement for democratic change? they have battled robert mugabe for most two decades both. opposition parties may not see a path to power. it is urgent we go back to democracy, it is urgent we go back to legitimacy. but we need a transitional period and i think and
i hope that the dialogue can be opened between army and zimbabweans. mr mugabe's official residence filmed here eight years ago may still have the trappings of power but its occupant has lost his authority. where once could grandstand to the world, now others are deciding his fate. the man who said only god could remove him, the victim of a more mundane power struggle. richard lister, bbc news. our correspondent, anne soy, is in zimbabwe. just bring us up to date with what's going on. well, a lot of intense negotiations going on behind—the—scenes. we understand the regional bodies in southern africa as well as the continental body are heavily involved in trying to broker some sort of political solution to this but there is a constitutional quagmire. they are very keen to ensure this does not appear like a coup even though it really does in
the way it has been conducted. for now, the military says president mugabe remains in charge, even though he is under house arrest. apart from that, we have driven around the country, talking to people, you do not get the sense that it people, you do not get the sense thatitis people, you do not get the sense that it is a country in crisis, people are going about their business. there is a reduced presence of people in the terms. however, when you speak to them, there is optimism. they are hoping there is optimism. they are hoping the change they have been waiting for a long time has finally come, that their fortunes could change, especially economically, but they do not know how the next few days and weeks will be. many thanks. reporting from zimbabwe. our correspondent, andrew harding, is also in zimbabwe. he's been speaking to people who've only known life under robert mugabe. we have come to a very ordinary township to talk to people about what's going on in zimbabwe and two things are very striking. everyone is feeling this enormous sense of anticipation. they know, they believe, that president robert mugabe, the only man they've ever known
in charge of this country, really is on the cusp of stepping down. and so there is this anticipation, this feeling that people want to celebrate. and yet, so many people here have learnt the hard way that politics is a very dangerous business. people get arrested, they disappear, there are beatings, there are killings. and this has been something that has been a reality in zimbabwe for many, many years. so people are waiting, they're waiting for it to become official. they are waiting either for president mugabe to go on television and announce his resignation, or perhaps for emmerson mnangagwa, his former deputy, who was ousted and who has now come back on the back of this military coup, to go on television himself and say it is over. and then i think we will see people breathing out, people relaxing, and taking perhaps to the streets to mark this extraordinary moment. but until then, people are waiting, they are quietly overwhelmed,
i think, and overjoyed, by and large, by what is happening, but they are also aware, of course, that this is not some popular uprising, this is not the opposition taking over, this is still zanu—pf, this is still the party that has run things and it will carry on to run things. and so people are not sure exactly what will change in their lives when, and if, president mugabe is finally out of the picture. the bbc‘s andrew harding there. police investigating the grenfell tower fire say the remains of all those who were killed in the blaze have now been recovered. 71 people are now known to have died when the blaze ripped through the tower block injune, including a stillborn baby delivered in hospital after his mother escaped. tom burridge reports. grim statistics do little to convey the scale of this tragedy. but after five months, the police now have a definitive figure.
70 people, they say, were killed in the fire, as well as a stillborn baby. it's not about a number, it's about the people, it's always been at the heart of what we do. the challenge of it has been immense. we've had our specialist teams work through about 15 and a half tonnes of debris, on each and every floor of grenfell tower, by hand, to find every single fragment that they can of all those that died. that's been extremely distressing to the families and indeed to those involved in the operation as well. the complexity of the police's work means a community waits. and scepticism and anger are prolonged. anita raphael knew people killed. she used to play in grenfell tower when she was a child. it's going to take a while for us to know the truth. you know, i don't think it's going to be like now or like the ending of the year, i think it's going to take about two years for everything to coming to light,
you know, what's in the dark must come to light. that's how i see it. because we have no information, really, what's going on. you know? nothing at all. in the days and weeks following the fire, there was a lot of confusion about how many people had been killed. previously, the police had said around 80 people had died. the final death toll is lower, they say, because of a small number of cases of fraud and because some of the victims, who came from different countries, were reported missing several times. people living in this part of london have constantly demanded answers, but a vocal critic of the council in the wake of the fire says the debate about how many victims there were should now end. i think we have to accept that this is the final number. people are still angry about the chaos as it developed. i do pay tribute to the police and to the coroner's service. it's turned out to be far more complex than anybody thought it was going to be. officers are examining millions of documents relating to the refurbishment
of the tower before the fire. they are interviewing thousands of people and examining the role of dozens of companies involved. any prosecutions are probably still a long way off. tom burridge, bbc news, in west london. 20 people have claimed they were victims of inappropriate behaviour by the actor kevin spacey, following an investigation by the old vic theatre in london. mr spacey was artistic director there between 2004 and 2015. our entertainment correspondent, lizo mzimba, is at the old vic. this comes from an investigation by the old vic into kevin spacey‘s time there. that is correct. they engaged a law firm to investigate once the allegations began to emerge a few weeks ago. they said 56 people contacted them with information, 20 of those people alleged inappropriate behaviour by kevin
spacey. this ranged from him making them feel uncomfortable through to sexually inappropriate behaviour. the bulk of these events took place, alleged events, took place between 2004 and 2009 in the time he was artistic director. they say the bulk of the alleged events took place at the old vic theatre itself. they apologised for not having created an atmosphere where people could feel free to speak out. they said possibly one of the causes was kevin spa cey‘s possibly one of the causes was kevin spacey‘s star xavier. one of the stars of the stage and off screen. —— behaviour. one of the people who said he behaved inappropriate calls them, the inquiry encouraged i4 said he behaved inappropriate calls them, the inquiry encouraged 14 to talk to the police because they said what had happened could constitute a criminal offence. three of them said they had a ready done so. they asked
kevin spacey to take part in the investigation but received no response. they say they are amending the codes of conduct to try to prevent something like this in the future. thank you. theresa may has said she will take charge of the government's plans to build more new homes to fix what she's called a broken housing market. the communities secretary, sajid javid, has announced that he will intervene in the case of 15 local authorities in england which have failed to produce a local plan for housing in theirarea. our political correspondent, leila nathoo, reports. time to get britain building. the housing market is broken, the prime minister says, and she wants to take personal charge of the response.” wa nt to personal charge of the response.” want to make sure young generations can have that same opportunity to have their own home, the house or flat that will work for them. that is why it is so important the government and i am putting our focus on housing. new figures out this morning showed 217,000 new
homes were added to year, yea r, g‘éi of [est e; f . ; hilfiﬁ um- ’ on - previous [est e; f . ; theme 1am- ’ on - previous year. [est e; f . ; theme 11- ’ on - previous year. the 30,000 on the previous year. the government once took up the rate and today announced two new measures to help. housing associations borrowing will no longer be classified as part of public debt. the hope is that allows them to invest more to build. and ministers say they will intervene in 15 local authorities which have failed to produce housing plans. this morning, a promise from the secretary of state to make a giant leap forward. re-election, day after day, week after week, to give this country a housing market that works for everyone —— real action. in next week's budget, you will see how seriously we take the challenge, just how hard we are willing to fight to get britain building. ministers calculation is housing is such a pressing political issue they must act. the conservatives need to
reach out to young people so drawn to labour at the election, but there is still a debate within government over just how far to go. : ——if: , w, in over just how far to go. : 77:5: or w. in ‘to big. labour i477? "w w h big. labourargues ”7 "7" w h ”7 big. labourargues low www w w w borrowed big. labour argues low interest rates is an incentive to ta ke interest rates is an incentive to take out loans. homelessness up 5096, rough sleeping doubling in our cities in recent years, overcrowding ona cities in recent years, overcrowding on a scale we have not seen since the second world war. we need an emergency budget to bring forward significant housing investment, nothing that has been said today recognises the scale of the problem oi’ recognises the scale of the problem or brings forward the resources we need. allocating scarce resources is the chancellor's challenge next week. housing is sure to be high on his list. our economics correspondent, andy verity, is here. the minister pledging action on housing there in next week's budget. but today, labour produced
detailed plans of its own. that is right. sajid gig that is right. sajid fa ct facti did fact did we “a 41" facti did - we ; talking in fact it did not. we are talking about the same status quo as we had before 2015. labour's plans, they say they need it on a greater scale, we have not but i“. ‘1111 w the number we need to build demand. the number we need to build is more like 240,000 to meet overall demand. but it is ok for labour in the sense they do not have to put that in their day—to—day spending. they are planning to increase that, john mcdonnell did a speech this morning where he said they would be £17 billion available for public services, most of which will be taken from raising corporation tax.
those are two separate issues. investment in housing and higher spending. thank you. russia could be barred from competing in the winter olympics, in february, after the world anti—doping agency said it hadn't done enough to address allegations of widespread cheating. the organisation says it's maintaining a suspension put in place two years ago, when a report accused russia of systematic state—sponsored doping. our sports correspondent, richard conway, reports. it was russia's moment to shine, but evidence of state—sponsored doping at the sochi winter olympics in 2014 continues to leave a stain on the country's sporting character. russia's hopes of clearing its name suffered a blow today. the world anti—doping agency thinks not enough has been done. it wants access to the moscow lab suspected of being the hub of its doping operation and is also demanding acceptance that senior sports ministry figures were complicit in a cover—up. the argument from our russian friends today was these top two
are mainly political rather than normal procedure. i'm not sure that either of them are, but that's a different argument. but they haven't been fulfilled. independent reports last year by the canadian law professor richard mclaren implicated the majority of russian olympic sports in cheating, prompting a partial ban at the rio 2016 summer games. the russian minister of sport directed, controlled and oversaw the manipulation of athletes' analytical results, or sample swapping, with the active participation and assistance of the fsb. but russian authorities insist they are continuing their antidoping reforms. we are doing all our best to progress in antidoping activity among the whole of russia.
i mean in prevention, in education, in result management, testing and in investigation. with just under three months to go until the winter games begin in south korea, russia's paralympians are currently ruled out of taking part. the final decision is due in mid—december. but the international olympic committee must also make its decision and rule if it's going to leave a sporting superpower out in the cold. richard conway, bbc news. our top story this lunchtime. zimbabwe awaits news of the future of its deposed leader robert mugabe, after a takeover by military leaders. and still to come. theresa may calls on all sides to act with restraint. and coming up, the highest price paid for a work of art, a painting by leonardo da vinci fetches more than £340 million. coming up in sport — mark stoneman puts himself in prime position for an opening spot, with a century in england's final warm—up match before
the start of next week's ashes test with australia. the us secretary of state rex tillerson has called for a "credible and independent" investigation into the plight of hundreds of thousands of rohingya muslims who've fled myanmar, because of a violent crackdown by authorities there. 800,000 rohingya muslims have now crossed from myanmar into neighbouring bangladesh — because of what's been described by the united nations as "textbook ethnic cleansing". our correspondent justin rowlatt has been to cox's bazar in bangladesh to see what's rapidly becoming the world's biggest refugee camp. a bangladeshi army speedboat patrols the river that marks the border with myanmar. from the boat, you can see tents and hundreds of people trapped on the beaches. they're desperate to escape. so desperate they'll take incredible risks. some 60 people arrived on this raft
made of plastic containers, lashed together with rope. one big wave could have broken it apart. yet babies and grandparents made the journey. they tell the same, now—familiar stories of violence and horror. "they kept us on that beach for a month and a half," she says. "we had so little food. the army shot my husband, blinding him in one eye." like many of the new arrivals, they are in terrible shape. noor is two and half years old and is severely malnourished. if she doesn't receive nutritious foods soon, it could affect her development for life. one in four children are malnourished. we actually expect the situation to deteriorate before it improves. we have a nutrition crisis here, now.
12,000 people will be given food at this one feeding station today. it is basic nutrition — just rice, lentils, and a little oil, but it is enough to keep you alive. there are now more than 800,000 rohingya refugees here. no wonder they're calling this place the mega camp. just look at it — there are now more people living here than in leeds, glasgow or liverpool. and every day, it grows and grows. things are getting more orderly. the mega camp is getting roads and bridges. thousands of toilets have been dug in just the last few weeks. geophysicists use drones to help find aquifers deep underground. the blues, those are our clays and shales. and the reds are aquifers — clean water. so that's telling you where to drill.
how important is clean water in a situation like this? clean water is fundamental to everything here. without that, we will have outbreaks of disease — cholera, typhus, within days or a few weeks at the most. but the truth is this is still basically a giant, open—air prison. soldiers guard the roads out of the camp. refugees aren't allowed to leave, and they can't go back to myanmar. despite all the evidence of atrocities, earlier this week, the myanmar government issued a report that exonerated its army from any blame. justin rowlatt, bbc news, kutupalong. thousands of women who discover they have advanced breast cancer will have access to two new drugs, which been shown to slow down the disease and delay the need for chemotherapy. they've been approved for nhs use in england by the national institute for health and care excellence — and it's thought around 8000 people in england will now have access to the medications. our health correspondent sophie hutchinson is here.
what difference access to these drugs likely to make to patients? it's hoped it will make a significant difference to those patients, who suddenly discover they have advanced breast cancer. at the moment those patients would probably go straight on to have chemotherapy, which in many cases can have quite debilitating side—effects. the real benefit of these two new drugs, palbociclib and possibly is as well as slowing down the cancer of the two years the side effects seem to be minimal —— reverse the clip. one woman said aside from a little fatigue, no one would know she was ill and it was life changing. they are for hormone related breast cancers. until now treatments have been based on trying to prevent the hormone oestrogen from kind of fuelling the cancer but these two drugs work in a completely different way. what they drew is they try to
block the molecule which tells cells you must divide and that's what cancers want to do, divide and grow into larger tumours. because they are not growing it seems to trigger this programme within them, a kind of programme of death, if you like, so the cells start to die. to put into some context, scientists have described this as one of the biggest breakthroughs this type of medicine for the past 20. thank you. figures out this morning reveal that retail sales fell by 0.3% in october compared to the same month last year. but despite the annual fall, the office for national statistics says the underlying pattern is "one of growth," as the three months to october show a rise of 0.9% in the quantity of goods people bought. a british explorer who went missing on an expedition to reach a reclusive tribe in papua new guinea has been seen alive and well. benedict allen, who has no mobile phone or gps device with him, was dropped by helicopter in the remote jungle three weeks ago.
he's now been sighted near an airstrip and efforts are under way to bring him out. a 500—year—old painting of christ, believed to have been by leonardo da vinci, has been sold in new york for a record £341 million. the painting is known as salvator mundi, the saviour of the world. it's the highest auction price for any work of art. leonardo da vinci died in 1519, and there are fewer than 20 of his paintings in existence. our arts correspondent david sillito reports. and so, ladies and gentlemen, we moved to the leonardo da vinci, the salvator mundi. the salvator mundi, by leonardo da vinci. for this sale, the record price wasjust by leonardo da vinci. for this sale, the record price was just over $100 million for an old master. itjust 28 seconds for that record to fall. at 110 million, who will give me... two minutes later, this. 190, 200
million is bit, at 200 million. at 200 million. it had broken all sale records and we were onlyjust getting started. this painting is what you might call the ultimate trophy work. there's only one in the world. so if you buy it you are the only person who's got the last leonardo da vinci in private hands, and you have got the ultimate trophy. 290? 300. i thought so. 300 million. applause and that was the record for any painting, smashed, and there was still a long way to go. the journey to this extraordinary moment is a story fit for a thriller. it was pa rt story fit for a thriller. it was part of charles the first‘s collection. in the 18th century someone collection. in the 18th century someone decided to adam beard to the face than four decades its whereabouts were unknown. then, in 1958, it was sold at auction for £45 about $60 and in 2005 it was decided
bya group about $60 and in 2005 it was decided by a group of experts that this really was the work of leonardo da vinci. the clue was that face, that hazy shimmer, his signature style. there are those who still have their doubts but a leading leonardo expert is convinced. there are no serious arguments about it not being by leonardo. the only serious argument is the extent to which it's been damaged and repaired, which is quite extensive. 19 minutes into the sale it had stalled at $370 million. and then this. 400. 400 million. adding christies' commission and that's a total price of $450 million. game over. sold. the name of the buyer, even where they come from, remained secret. but wherever they are, they've just made history. secret. but wherever they are, they'vejust made history. david sillito, bbc news. our arts editor will gompertz is with me. this is a staggering amount of
money. it's mind blowing. when you think about this painting, which was sold in 2000 for around $10,000, it was overpainted at that stage and they discover this figure the niece of —— the discover this figure beneath. but throughout that period there have been questions about its authenticity, so it is this person who has spent $450 million on a picture which the majority of people say is by leonardo, but a significant minority say could possibly not be by leonardo. most people think it's all by leonardo, plus it's in terrible condition. so it's an extraordinary purchase from that point of view. to put it into context, the most ever paid at auction for an old master previously was in 2002, for rubens, about $76 million. the most ever paid before last night for any work of art at auction was around $179 million, in
2015, for the caso's women of algiers. so to go from that figure to $450 million, you just have to say it, a bit of wood with painting on it, albeit they say by leonardo, its eye watering! indeed it is. many thanks. time for a look at the weather. here's louise lear. i have my own masterpiece behind me. i'm just going to concentrate on this beautiful picture of perth and kinross, it's beautiful in wales, but the moment it is cloudy and wet. it's a cold front moving across the country and as it does so it's bringing rain. to the south of this cold front we have some sunshine, but it's miles. behind it, it's introducing cold air, windier conditions with a scattering of showers. in fact, conditions with a scattering of showers. infact, gale conditions with a scattering of showers. in fact, gale or severe