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tonight at ten — robert mugabe is refusing to resign as president of zimbabwe, despite being held under house arrest. he's been discussing his future with regional negotiators and military leaders, after the armed forces took control of the country yesterday. he's said to be insisting that he remains zimbabwe's legitimate leader. as military vehicles patrol the streets of the capital, the opposition leader calls on the president to step down. in the interests of people of zimbabwe, mr robert mugabe must resign, step down immediately, in line with the national sentiment and expectation. we'll have the latest from zimbabwe, where the united nations says it's monitoring the situation carefully. also tonight. police investigating the fire at grenfell tower say they've identified all the victims. the final number of dead is 71. nine days after this teenager disappeared in dorset, a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. 20 people have alleged that kevin spacey behaved inappropriately
towards them when he was artistic director of london's old vic theatre. and we have a glimpse of the biggest archaeological museum in the world, due to open near cairo next year. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news: playing himself into ashes contention. opener mark stoneman hit the first century of england's tour as the tourists find their feet down under. good evening. robert mugabe, the world's oldest head of state, is refusing to resign as president of zimbabwe, a day after the military took control of the country's government. mr mugabe, who's accused of countless abuses of power during his 37 years in office, is under house arrest and has been
discussing his future with regional negotiators and the head of the army. the opposition leader, morgan tsvangirai, has called on mr mugabe to resign immediately. our africa correspondent andrew harding is in zimbabwe and sent this report. this report contains some flashing images. he is a frail 93—year—old under house arrest. but tonight, new photos of president robert mugabe did not show a broken man. far from it. the generals may have seized power in zimbabwe, but now they want mr mugabe's blessing. it's a surreal time for a troubled country. on the streets of the capital we found only a few hints of yesterday's military coup. and, for the most part, an anxious calm. so, what's going on? in a sense, this is all about mrs mugabe. the army intervened here purely to stop her succeeding her
husband as president. a dramatic move in a power struggle that has steadily intensified as mr mugabe has grown older. today, as convoys are spotted rushing between rival camps, the aim is to cut a deal that sidelines grace mugabe and allows the president to step down with at least some dignity. mugabe needs to be persuaded to resign, that's the obvious route to take. if one starts taking the impeachment route, the ill health route, trying to get the parliamentary vote, this could be a long and protracted process, and the outcome could be uncertain. as the haggling continues, we head far out of harare into a poor neighbourhood to judge the mood. you can really feel the sense of anticipation here, zimbabweans, many zimbabweans, are ready to celebrate the departure of the only president they've ever known. and yet, people are also very aware
that politics is a dangerous business, and there's a lot of fear here. are people still scared here? people are very much scared. even now? even now. which is why you don't see big celebrations? of course. that's the reason. do you think that can change? erm... yeah, it can, it can change. many here blame mr mugabe personally for the struggle their lives have become. has he been bad for business? sure. why? we're having no tourism. nojobs. no schools. but there seems little appetite for vengeance. in fact, plenty of zimbabweans still respect mr mugabe. we don't blame the president, but we blame the
criminals that are surrounding him, and are the ones that are making this situation very bad. but back in harare some of president mugabe's oldest rivals now fear he'll dig his heels in and play for time. in the interest of the people of zimbabwe, mr robert mugabe must resign. step down immediately in line with the national sentiment and expectation. and so, for now, a nation waits and wonders if and when zimbabwe's smiling prisoner will accept defeat. andrew harding, bbc news, harare. let's go live to harare and our zimbabwe correspondent shingai nyoka is there for us. what is your sense of the view on the streets of the capital? do people think the mugabe
era is now over? well, they simply don't know whether this is the end. the last 48 hours has been unprecedented and it's caught many zimbabweans unprecedented and it's caught many zi m ba bwea ns totally unprecedented and it's caught many zimbabweans totally off—guard. they've never witnessed anything like this before. they are not sure how they should respond. after all, robert mugabe is synonymous with zimbabwe and has never been won without the other and for many of them he's the only leader they've ever known. those that i spoke to on the street today say they are waiting and watching, but they are also going about their daily business because they don't have a choice. the economy no resilience, but the overriding sentiment is that they want change. the military tanks and soldiers on the street, but no one seems to be questioning whether this is the change that they want. thank you very much again for the analysis from harare, shingai nyoka, oui’ analysis from harare, shingai nyoka, our harare correspondent. the metropolitan police has
announced what it says is a final figure for the number of people killed in the fire in grenfell tower in west london injune this year. officers say 71 victims have been formally identified, while 223 other people who were in the block at the time have been accounted for. in the days following the fire there were persistent concerns that the true casualty figures were much higher. scotland yard said some victims were reported missing twice, as our correspondent elaine dunkley reports. it was a night of unprecedented horror. as people escaped the flames of the grenfell tower, they feared for those who couldn't get out. many believed the initial death toll would be in the hundreds, but today, the police confirmed that 71 people in total lost their lives. a little bit of closure that now everyone has been identified. amongst them, karim mussilhy‘s uncle, hesham rahman. we have to accept it at face value. people are going to question it, but now it's all about getting justice for the people that lost their lives that night.
identifying those that died has been a mammoth task, meticulously carried out by investigators. today, the final two victims of grenfell were named, 71—year—old victoria king and her daughter, alexandra atala. the challenge of it has been immense. we have had our specialist teams work through about 15 and a half tonnes of debris on each floor of grenfell tower by hand to find every single fragment that they can of all those that died. that has been extremely distressing to the families and indeed to those involved in the operation as well. initially in the days following the fire, there were thousands of calls. 400 people were reported missing amongst the confusion. as the months have gone by, police have said that number would be closer to 80, and today, final confirmation that it's lower. but this isn't about a number, it's about the human cost, and recognising every life that has been lost. artist khadija saye died in the fire along with her mother,
mary mendy, on the 20th floor. our lives haven't been the same since june 14th. we're fortunate, we had bodies to bury. a lot of people didn't have bodies. but we've got to look forward as well. the public enquiry, everyone is aware of the negligence and inhumanity of society, greed, negligence. concerns were raised many years before this fire. and i think, had people sat up and taken more notice, this could have been prevented. today perhaps marks a significant milestone, but time cannot heal when so many feel they are so far from the truth. this community will not rest until there are answers for those that survived, and justice for the 71 lives lost in this tragedy. elaine dunkley, bbc news. the communities secretary sajid javid has said housing will be
a central element of next week's budget. mrjavid has set out a number of measures to try to increase the number of new homes being built, including changes to encourage housing associations to borrow money for projects and forcing local authorities in england to take action. labour said the government still did not have a coherent plan. our home editor mark easton has more details. after building the fewest social homes since the second world war, the prime minister had tea with council house tenants rita and val today, to illustrate how providing affordable homes is now her personal mission. the government is clear. we want more people to be able to be able have the security of a roof over their head, their own home, for themselves and their family. meanwhile, the communities secretary in bristol today was stressing how united the government is on building a lot more homes. i'm totally committed to building more of the right homes in the right places at the right prices.
so is the prime minister. so is the chancellor. it's the chancellor as much as voters who's really the focus of today's choreographed government activity on housing. number ten and the communities department have been urging the treasury to do something big on housing in next week's budget. the signs are all that lobbying may have paid off. today, housing associations in england — non—profit organisations which provide most social and affordable homes — were officially redesignated as private bodies, which means that £63 billion of borrowing moves off the public sector balance sheet. and some think that gives the chancellor a bit more flexibility ahead of his budget next week. so what would housing associations like to see him do? it's really great to see that housing is at the top of the political agenda. we're hoping to see more help for social housing. if we build a social rented home, it takes us 30 years before we get that money back,
so we need help in the form of land which is affordable for the rents we need to charge, or in terms of some kind of money subsidy. and what does the labour party think is the chancellor's challenge? homelessness has gone up 50% since this government has been in power. rough sleeping in our cities has been doubled. overcrowding like we've not seen for generations now. this is a crisis that's got to be tackled. some in government and some even in the conservative party recognise that, but philip hammond doesn't seem to. the government is giving a big build—up to a budget on building. but many in the housing sector say they've heard it all before, and even the chancellor's warning there's no silver bullet to providing the homes britain needs. mark easton, bbc news. the prime minister is to hold talks tomorrow with the president of the european council and the prime minister of ireland, as she seeks a significant step forward in the brexit negotiations. tonight, on the eve of the european summit,
the brexit secretary david davis, speaking in berlin, warned that putting politics above prosperity in the brexit negotiations was not a "smart choice". our political editor laura kuenssberg is in berlin tonight. it's a notably bullish message from david davis. how do we square that with what is actually going on? it's almost as if david davis tonight told the rest of the eu, it's not me, it's you, warning them not to put their political priorities, the political sanctity of the eu ahead of the livelihoods of their people and put that in the way of a good deal between britain and the rest of the eu that keeps our trade links going. i think that betrays the frustration that is felt in some parts of the uk government at what they see as a pretty hardline approach being taken, particularly in berlin and in paris. but it's provocative to come here, to the
eu's powerhouse, to make that case. it's pressel —— provocative as well to say it's the other side that has to say it's the other side that has to be more flexible than the consensus and in other european capitals is that it's for britain to be the one who compromises, for britain as a matter of urgency in the next couple of weeks to make a promise that we are prepared to stump upa promise that we are prepared to stump up a bit more cash in order to get on with all of this. but on that crucial issue there was no new offer in david davis' hands tonight. he was reticent and pretty silent on that vexatious issue. but he was clearer on which could cause a bit of trouble at home, was that the european court would be the ones in charge during a two year transition period after we leave the eu. there's a small but noisy of brexiteers on the tory backbenches for whom that is not acceptable and that could cause trouble at home. the trouble at home and all the chaos of the last few weeks of
course hasn't gone unnoticed here and when asked about that here in berlin tonight, david davis tried to shrug it off. he said, it's been a period of turbulence, but i'm sure that it will pass. but with everything that's going on around the continent and back in westminster, i'm not certain he can be so sure. laura, many thanks for the latest in berlin, laura kuenssberg. police investigating the disappearance of a teenager from dorset, gaia pope, have arrested a 49—year—old man on suspicion of murder. women's clothing has been discovered in a field close to the area in swanage where19—year—old gaia was last seen nine days ago. a search is now taking place in the field and surrounding area, as our correspondent duncan kennedy reports. it was on the cliffs above swanage that the woman's clothes were found. officers were called and spent hours searching the fields here. they say the pieces discovered were similar to clothing worn by gaia. the items of clothing were found by a member of the public at around half
past ten this morning. and ever since then, this coastal path just outside swanage has been sealed off, as police have carried out further investigations. gaia, who's 19, went missing nine days ago. tonight, police said they had made an arrest. this afternoon we've arrested a 49—year—old male on suspicion of murder. he is believed to be known to gaia, and is from the swanage area. tonight it has been confirmed that the name of the 49—year—old man in custody is paul elsey. earlier, speaking before the police announcement, gaia's father, richard, said all herfamily are finding her disappearance extremely hard to deal with. the family knows she'll be found, until we don't know that... so we have every hope, every minute that goes by, that, you know, we still have hope.
it's... you know, you can imagine. it's just about the toughest thing we can go through. it's tough, but, you know, we'll hang on in there. we'll hang on in there for gaia, for her sisters, for her mum, for everybody, we'll hang on in there. earlier this week police released these cctv images of gaia while she was running on a road in swanage. and at a petrol station in the town, buying an ice cream on the afternoon she disappeared. police divers and other search teams have been operating in a number of locations around the town, and officers say those will continue for as long as necessary. duncan kennedy, bbc news, in swanage. the old vic theatre in london says that 20 people have come forward
claiming they were victims of inappropriate behaviour by kevin spacey while he was working there as artistic director between 2004 and 2015. he's faced a series of similar allegations here and in the us in recent weeks. our entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba is outside the old vic. tell us more about what has been said today. yes, well, when allegations about kevin spacey first became public a few weeks ago, the old vic launched an independent inquiry. dozens of people came forward , inquiry. dozens of people came forward, many of them making, of course, what are unverified allegations. 20 people, all of them younger men, said that kevin spacey had behaved inappropriately towards them. lawn of the allegations involved rape but 14 of the men were advised to contact the police because in the opinion of the
independent investigators, the alleged behaviour was so serious it could well have been criminal. the bulk of the allegations took place between 2004 and 2009, during spa cey‘s between 2004 and 2009, during spacey‘s tenure as artistic director. the majority of the alleged reported incidents actually took place here at the old vic theatre in london. one of the issues theatre in london. one of the issues the old vic said may well have been a cult of personality surrounding kevin spacey, meaning junior staff and younger actors might have felt unable to speak out about things they had witnessed, or his behaviour. the theatre has now apologised, saying measures are in place to prevent anything like this ever happening again. as for kevin spacey, at this point there has been no response from him regarding today's allegations. many thanks for the latest at the old vic, lizo mzimba. saudi arabia has denied that it's imposed a blockade on yemen, where millions of people are facing famine.
the saudi foreign minister has told the bbc that the blame for the crisis lies with rebel groups in yemen. the un says that thousands of civilians, including many children, will die unless aid is allowed into the country. the crisis began in 2015, when houthi rebels — backed by iran — ousted the president and took control of much of the country. a coalition led by saudi arabia then began a campaign of air strikes to try to restore the government. the saudis have now cut off access to the international airport and to major red sea ports, including al hudaydah, to try to cut off supplies to the rebels. our chief international correspondent lyse doucet reports. yemen the world's worst humanitarian crisis. now on the brink of an even greater catastrophe. ten days ago, all its airand greater catastrophe. ten days ago, all its air and sea ports were shut by neighbouring saudi arabia. and now the un is warning untold
thousands of innocent victims will die if age doesn't enter now. today in riyadh die if age doesn't enter now. today in riyath die if age doesn't enter now. today in riyadh i sat down with the saudi foreign minister. the united kingdom and your other allies have called for the immediate resumption of un aid flights to yemen, and the opening of the port. we said these measures are temporary in order to make sure we have mechanisms to prevent the smuggling of weapons and missiles that can be launched in saudi arabia from yemen. the un has said every day is one day too long, they need the main red sea port opened immediately. they need the main red sea port opened immediatelylj they need the main red sea port opened immediately. i think the issue of al hudaydah, the goofy destroyed the cranes at the port of al hudaydah. —— houthis. they steal the humanitarian assistance and proceed to sell it to fund their war machine. the war reached riyadh on novemberfour. machine. the war reached riyadh on
november four. houthis fired this long—range ballistic missile intercepted over the international airport. saudi arabia called it an act of war, accusing iran of smuggling the missile through al hudaydah. no aid will enter this port until the un controls it. hudaydah. no aid will enter this port untilthe un controls it. what would you do if a ballistic missile hit london heathrow airport, wouldn't you take precautions to protect your people? we've had more than 70 ballistic missiles launched at our company. -- country. the un has said all sides are guilty for causing the deaths of civilians but the overwhelming majority are because of the bombardment by the saudi led coalition. my bbc collea g u es saudi led coalition. my bbc colleagues were in yemen this week and saw the results of the saudi led coalition bombardment. our more steps going to be taken to protect civilians? we're taking steps, where there are complaints we investigate and make amends. this is something the houthis don't do. with respect to the statistics people are putting
out, we have consistently and repeatedly said we take issue with the way the statistics were gathered and with the way statistics were complied. it sounds like this is going to go one for a very long time, and with great human cost. we hope not. but we can't allow a radical militia that is an instrument of iran to take over yemen. a strategically important country that is neighbouring to saudi arabia, and, and, and launch ballistic missiles at us. this is not going to happen, we've said this from day one. from day one, yemen has been a pawn in this brutal proxy war. only a political solution will end this. but with every day it's people keep paying a heavy price. lyse doucet, bbc news, riyadh. retail sales have recorded their first year—on—year decline since march 2013. the office for national statistics says rising inflation has dampened spending — but that the final three months
to october actually show a rise in the quantity of goods people bought and point to an underlying pattern of growth. one of the few women allowed to fly spitfires and bombers for the air transport auxiliary during the second world war has died. joy lofthouse — who was 94 — delivered aircraft to the front line from the factories where they were built. she was one of only 164 female pilots in the service. the royal international air tattoo said she was an ‘amazing character with even more amazing stories‘. the new leader of scottish labour will be announced on saturday, becoming the fourth leader of the party in just over three years. anas sarwar and richard leonard are the two candidates to replace kezia dugdale, who stood down in august. the sense of turmoil was underlined this week when the party's interim leader, alex rowley, stepped aside amid allegations of misconduct as our scotland editor sarah smith reports.
don't be fooled by the smiles. these men are fighting a bitter battle for one of the toughestjobs in british politics. anas sarwar is a former deputy leader of the party, seen as the more moderate candidate. richard leonard is a corbyn loyalist who was only elected as an msp last year. the winner will have to drag their party back from third place scottish politics. hello ben, it's richard leonard, the labour candidate in the scottish leadership contest. a yorkshireman who has spent his adult life in scotland, richard leonard has strong support from the unions, who signed up thousands of new affiliate members to vote in this election. he's got radical plans for a windfall wealth tax, and increased welfare benefits. i'm absolutely convinced that by the scottish labour party putting forward a radical agenda around extending public ownership, ending austerity, redistributing notjust wealth but power from the future the many, these are the kinds of ideas that are exciting people out there. in a fierce contest, anas sarwar has been
attacked for sending his children to private school and had to relinquish shares of his family business. he may be the more moderate candidate, but he has tax plans more radical than evenjeremy corbyn and rejects the suggestion he is a blairite. i don't believe in the factions, i think anyone that thinks the opponents are within the labour party are absolutely wrong. my opponents are not in the labour party, my enemies are not in the labour party, my opponents are the snp and the tories. my opponents are inequality, injustice and poverty. scottish labour certainly gets through leaders fast. even the interim party chief, alex rowley, had to stand aside this week, as he is being investigated over claims made by a former girlfriend. labour in scotland need a whole new generation of voters, so both candidates have to try and win back for young people who were so energised by the snp during the independence referendum. i've previously been an snp
supporter, voted snp, but i really wanted to get behind jeremy corbyn and support his view for the labour party and help push it forward. for me wanting to have an independent scotland, now i actually see a genuine purpose to the labour party again, and it's actually quite good to see, i'm actually quite happy to be involved in that process now. scotland is a critical battle ground for the uk wide labour party. the new leader will need to convince voters in places like glasgow south west where labour lost byjust 60 votes in the last general election. ifjeremy corbyn is ever to make it to downing street, labour need to start winning seats like this one in scotland. sarah smith, bbc news, glasgow. a painting attributed to leonardo da vinci depicting jesus christ has smashed all records after being sold at auction in new york. $400 million is the bid. and the
piece is sold! the painting known as ‘salvator mundi' or ‘saviour of the world' was sold for a final price of £340 million to an unknown bidder. leonardo da vinci died in 1519 and there are said to be fewer than 20 of his paintings in existence. the biggest archaeological museum in the world is due to open next march near the pyramids at giza on the outskirts of cairo. the grand egyptian museum will be home to the complete contents of the tomb of king tutankhamun, which are being brought together for the very first time. and it's hoped the new museum will deliver a desperately—needed boost for the egyptian tourist industry, as our middle east correspondent orla guerin reports. in the shadow of the pyramids, egypt is crafting a new home for the treasures of the past. the grand egyptian museum will showcase more than 100,000 artefacts.
precious cargo has been arriving, slowly and carefully, packed for protection against heat and vibrations. this crate holds a gilded funerary bed from the collection of king tutankhamun. over the past three years more than 40,000 objects have been transferred here. but when the museum opens the star attractions are going to be items like this, connected with the boy king, and the entire contents of his tomb is being transported here. here we have bows from the tomb of tutankhamun. it's a fantastic puzzle work that our colleague is doing here. priceless relics are being restored in a climate controlled laboratory on site. the museum director, doctor tarek tawfiq, gave us a sneak preview of exhibits that are being returned to theirformer glory.
this is the way it was displayed until now. and our young, talented staff, was able to rebuild these sandals, and to show new details at turn them into a new attraction. and there will be more than 3000 new attractions from the tutankhamun collection on show for the very first time. they will give insights about the lifestyle of tutankhamun. his footwear, his garments, his weaponry, his shields, objects that he used in daily life, one will see tutankhamun in a totally new light. the artefacts here are getting the kid glove