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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is gavin grey. our top stories: after talks with zimbabwe's military chiefs, president mugabe remains under house arrest, with more pressure for him to step down. in the interest of the people of zimbabwe, mr robert mugabe must resign, step down immediately, in line with the national sentiment and expectation. desperation for millions in yemen living under blockade and on the brink of famine. saudi arabia's foreign minister says his country is not to blame. twenty people allege the actor 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. robert mugabe, the world's oldest
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head of state is refusing to resign as president of zimbabwe 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 his report contains some flashing images. he's a frail 93—year—old under house arrest. but tonight new photos of president robert mugabe do not show a broken man, farfrom it. the generals may have seized power in zimbabwe,
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qn the streetflfti’re—capitat 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 from 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 moving between 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 and trying
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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 tojudge the mood. you can really feel the sense of anticipation here. zimbabwe and many zimbabweans here are ready to celebrate the departure of the only president they've ever known, and yet people are also very aware of 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? yeah, it can. it can change. many here blame mr mugabe personally for the struggle their lives have become.
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has he been bad for business? sure. why? because we have no tourism, no jobs, 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 criminal surrounding him, the ones who are making the situation very bad. back here in harare, some of president mugabe's oldest rivals now fear he will dig his heels in and play for time. in the interests of the people of zimbabwe, mr robert mugabe must resign, step down immediately in line with the national assembly expectation. and so for now the nation waits and wonders if and when
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zimbabwe's smiling prisoner will accept defeat. andrew harding, bbc news, harare. the un secretary general, antonio guterres is coming to the end of his first year in office. just a couple of months ago, he warned the world was in danger, "in pieces", and needed putting back together again. the bbc‘s matthew amroliwala has caught up with him to ask about the challenges ahead. first he talked about the situation in zimbabwe. like to see military involved in politics, but i have to recognise this is a confusing situation. i hope, first of all, that there is no blood, that this is done peacefully. and i hope that this will be able to lead to a political democratic solution and that the next elections that are scheduled are free and fair
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elections for the people of sir bobby to choose their own future. —— zimbabwe. he also said he was deeply troubled by tensions on the korean peninsula and urged north korea to come to the table. that also keeps me awake at night. i think it is absolutely essential that the security council remained united and that the north koreans except the need to key nuclear row is the korean peninsula and i believe that there should not be a military solution to that. the security council needs to pave the way for a political solution, for a dialogue that the north greens need to a cce pt dialogue that the north greens need to accept in order to allow for the denuclearisation to take place —— north koreans. the un secretary general though. 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.
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the un says that thousands of civilians, including many children, will die unless aid is allowed into the country. the saudis have now cut off access to the international airport and to major red sea ports, including al hudaydah, to try to block 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 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, 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. the un has said every day is one day too long,
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they need the main red sea port opened immediately. i think the issue of al hudaydah, the houthis destroyed the cranes at the port of al hudaydah. they steal the humanitarian assistance and proceed to sell it to fund their war machine. and the war reached riyadh on november 4th. houthi rebels 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 hudaydah. they say no aid will enter this port until the 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 country. with all due respect, the un has said all sides are guilty here for causing the deaths of civilians, but the overwhelming
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majority are because of the bombardment by the saudi led coalition. my bbc colleagues were in yemen this week and saw the results of the saudi led coalition bombardment. are more steps going to be taken to protect civilians? we've taken 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 the statistics were complied. it sounds like this is going to go on 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.
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a strategically important country that is neighbouring to saudi arabia, 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, its people keep paying a heavy price. lyse doucet, bbc news, riyadh. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. president trump's proposed tax reforms have received a big boost after being passed comfortably by the us house of representatives. the bill now goes to the senate. mr trump visited congress to urge republicans to vote for the measures. the democrats say the reforms will only benefit businesses and the rich. conservation groups in the us have sharply criticised a decision by president trump to allow trophy hunters who kill elephants in zambia and zimbabwe to bring home the animals‘ tusks or other body parts. the move reverses a ban that was put in place during the obama administration.
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in germany, talks aimed at forming a coalition government have failed to meet a thursday deadline set by chancellor merkel. her christian democrats, the pro—business free democrats, and the greens haven't managed to reach agreements on major issues, including climate change and migration. london's old vic theatre says that twenty people have claimed they were victims of inappropriate behaviour by kevin spacey. he was the theatre‘s artistic director between 2004 and 2015. only one of the incidents was reported at the time. mr spacey has yet to comment. 0ur correspondent lizo mzimba has more details. when allegations about kevin spacey first became public a few weeks ago, the old vic launched an independent enquiry. dozens of people came forward , enquiry. dozens of people came forward, many of them making, of course, what are unverified
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allegations. 20 people, all of them younger man, said that kevin spacey had behaved inappropriately towards them. none of the allegations involved rape, but 14 of the men we re involved rape, but 14 of the men were advised to contact the police, because in the opinion of the independent investigators the behaviour was so serious it could have been criminal. the bulk of the allegations took place between 2004 and 2008, during spacey‘s tenure as artistic director. and the majority of the alleged reported incidence took place here at the old vic theatre in london. 0ne took place here at the old vic theatre in london. one of the issues the old vic said may well be a cult of personality surrounding kevin spacey, meaning that junior staff and younger actors may have felt unable to speak out about things they had witnessed or his behaviour. the theatre has apologised, saying measures are in place to prevent anything like this ever happening again. as for kevin spacey, at this
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point that has been a response from him regarding today's allegations. lizo mzimba. both political parties in the us have high profile members facing allegations of sexual misconduct. a broadcaster has accused democratic senator al franken of groping her in 2006. meanwhile in alabama, republican senate candidate roy moore faces new allegations of inappropriate conduct with teenage girls. moore says he won't drop out of the race — and at a press conference on thursday he blamed the senate's top republican for meddling in the election. many of you have recognised that this is an effort by mitch mcconnel and his cronies to steal this election from the people of alabama and they will not stand for it. they ove rca m e and they will not stand for it. they overcame $30 million and voted me in the crameri. and now they are trying
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a different tactic —— primary. and on the other side of the political aisle, democratic senator al franken has been forced to apologise, after a broadcaster accused him of making unwanted sexual advances. leeann tweeden claims the former comedian turned minnesota senator groped her as she slept and "forcibly" kissed her while they were on a tour to entertain us troops overseas. she released this photo taken during the trip in december 2,009, before mr franken entered politics. britain's prime minister, theresa may is to hold talks on friday with the president of the european council and the prime minister of ireland as she seeks a significant step forward in the brexit negotiations. 0n 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. so after we leave the european union we will not engage in a race to the bottom.
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that would mean lower standards for our consumers and poor prospects for workers. after brexit, britain will have an independent trade policy. and we will use it to lead a race to the top on quality and standards across the globe. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: could it save the egytian tourist industry? we get a glimpse of the biggest archeological you seem of the world due to open next march. benazir bhutto has claimed victory in pakistan's general election. she has asked pakistan's president to name her as prime minister. jackson has been released on bail of $3 million after turning himself in to police in santa barbara. it was the biggest demonstration so far of the fast—growing european antinuclear movement. the south african government has announced that it's opening
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the country's remaining whites—only beaches to people of all races. this will lead to a black— majority government in this country and the destruction of the white civilisation. part of the centuries—old windsor castle, one of the queen's should residences, has been consumed by fire for much of the day. 150 firemen have been battling the blaze, which has caused millions of pounds' worth of damage. this is bbc news. the latest headlines. zimbabwean president robert mugabe remains under house arrest after holding talks with military generals and coming under more pressure to resign. desperation for the millions in yemen — still living under a blockade and on the brink of famine. saudi arabia's foreign minister says his country is not to blame. after decades of hostile
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disputes over power, the relationship between saudi arabia and iran remains fragile. some are even questioning if the region is on the brink of war, but in an interview with the bbc‘s chief international correspondent lyce doucet, the saudi foreign minister said saudi arabia is not escalating its pressure on iran. i would not call it escalation. we are defending ourselves. were not the ones who started this. the iranians did the moment the revolution took place. they did the moment they enshrined in the constitution the idea of exporting the revolution and designated saudi arabia is a system they would like to overthrow. they did when they attacked our embassy in those of us —— other countries. they assassinated our diplomats. the moment they planted terrorist cells
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in our country. they committed terrorist attacks in our country. they harboured terrorists and fugitives including those who perpetrated the 1996 bombing and they harboured the directors of al qaeda. we know from the documents of 0sama bin laden, that he had a cosy relationship with the iranians. and 110w relationship with the iranians. and now is the moment when you are going to try to put greater pressure on iran? saudi officials here use the phrase pushing a run back to the borders. is this the beginning? we have come to the conclusion that we cannot reason with them. we have come to the conclusion that everytime we extend our hand in friendship all we get death and destruction. so we came to the conclusion that enough is enough and we will protect our interests. that is what you are seeing. what will we see? the escalation did not come from us, it came from the iranians. how great is the risk of war? we wa nt to how great is the risk of war? we want to avoid this at all cost. we cannot have the iranians walking all over the region. this has got to
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stop. this is the policy of the trump administration. prime minister may spoke about this a couple of days ago. you heard the french foreign minister at the press conference today. the world are saying to iran, enough is enough. act like a rational country. more than 300,000 people from central america and haiti who currently live in the united states may soon lose their legal right to stay. those with tps — or temporary protected status — are finding themselves on the front line of the trump administration's efforts to reform immigration policies. from new york, nada tawfik reports. this wallan has called new york home for seven years. after the devastating 2010 earthquake in haiti, the single mother lost everything and slept on the street with her newborn son. she started over again with her newborn son. she started overagain in with her newborn son. she started over again in the united states, thanks to the temporary protected
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status, or tps programme. the decades it has provided short—term work permits and refuge to those fleeing countries ravaged by war or natural disaster. the policy for haiti has been extended several times but is now under threat as the administration aims to crack down on immigration leaving her future uncertain again. it is stressful. crying every day. knocking you had to work out what you are going to do, where you will go, how you will make it. it is not easy at all. i just keep training, asking god for a numerical. america is home to one of the largest haitian communities. a temporary protection status is invoked to those who have no other legal path to remain in the country, and they will either have to leave all remain in the shadows. that could mean thousands of undocumented people working illegally. in the
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programme was never to be permanent. still, immigration attorneys are now scrambling to help their clients stay where they have build new lives. these tps nationals have developed roots in the united states and have assimilated. they have had us born children. they have worked, paid taxes, paid to social security and medicare. it is difficult to just tell them that they are no longer welcome. the poorest country in the western hemisphere has faced renewed challenges since the earthquake including a cholera epidemic and hurricane ‘s. the department of homeland security says conditions have improved enough for immigrants to start planning their return. but some on capitol hill believe it is still too early to go back and have introduced a bill to help them stay. haiti is in dire straits. it is a fragile ecosystem in terms of healthcare and housing in terms of healthcare and housing in terms of healthcare and housing in terms of opportunity. there are
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50,000 individuals, a drop in the box, when you look at a nation of our size. she says her she and her son do not even have a door they can knock an lack in haiti and feel blessed with their life in america. i think the lord everyday, thank him for a good day. she cannot help but wonder, how long will it last? the biggest archaeological museum in the world is due to open next 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 0rla 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 a rtefa cts .
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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, dr tarek tawfiq, gave us a sneak preview of exhibits that are being
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returned to their former 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 and 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 treatment, but it hasn't always been like this. not even for tutankhamun‘s golden
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death mask, damaged by maintenance staff at the museum in tahrir square. after knocking off the beard, they glued it back on crudely. it took german experts two months to repair it. but so far the transfers to the new museum have gone smoothly. ancient masterpieces unveiled on camera just to prove it. egyptian officials say it's as if their ancestors are helping out, and beckoning the tourists. 0rla guerin, bbc news, cairo. amazing artefacts on display there. plenty more on our main stories on our website or you could download our website or you could download ourapp. our website or you could download our app. this is bbc news. a cold night out there and frost on the way.
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first thing on friday morning you might even have to scrape your car windows. the good news is that the weather is looking good. lots of sunshine around. lots of clear, crisp autumn weather on the way. on thursday we saw a cold front moving across the uk and behind in rural spots it could be as low as minus four celsius just before sunrise. really chilly nights out there. the cold nights won't last for very long. we have some slightly milder weather on the way. more on that in just a second. this is what it looks like around eight o'clock in the morning on friday. a slightly different story in scotland. not quite the sunny skies. plenty of showers around in the western isles and the north of scotland. quite strong winds.
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across northern ireland, wales, and much of england it is a crisp start to the day. you can see the city centre temperatures around 2—3 degrees. even three degrees in the centre of london, which is pretty nippy and for exeter at eight o'clock in the morning. beautiful morning on the way right across the uk. quite a wind blowing across scotland and particularly the far north, even touching gale force at times. showers moving in. some of the showers will be wintry, particularly across the hills. a polar air mass from the northern climes. temperatures will get up to only about eight degrees for most of us. that is briefly. earlier in the day it will be lower than that. it looks like we are in for another clear and cold friday night. that will not last for very long. there is some cloud and light rain heading our way. saturday morning looks like it will be cloudy across many parts of england and wales, particularly in the south. by the time we get to about lunchtime those clouds will start to break up and there will be some sunshine on the way. saturday, admittedly, is looking a little bit mixed. sunday we are between weather systems. 0ne weather system in the baltic and one in the atlantic. we are in a weak area
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of high pressure. there will be some sunshine around, particularly in eastern areas. there is a low in the atlantic heading our way and the anticipation is that there will be cloud and rain spinning into some western and south—western areas a little bit later on on sunday. as i said, the cold air will not last for very long, by the time we get to sunday night and into monday the colder air is swept away and the milder atlantic air returns. goodbye. this is bbc news. the headlines: zimbabwe's president robert mugabe is refusing to step down immediately, despite growing calls for his resignation. the 93—year—old was put under house arrest during a military takeover and a power struggle over who should succeed him. the army moved in after mr mugabe sacked the vice—president. 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
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the bbc that the blame for the crisis lies with local houthi rebels. the un says that thousands of civilians will die unless aid is allowed into the country. london's old vic theatre says 20 people have claimed they were victims of inappropriate behaviour by the actor kevin spacey. he was the artistic director between 2004 and 2015. the board has issued an apology for not creating a culture where people felt able to speak freely. mr spacey has yet to comment. now on bbc news, thursday in parliament.
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