welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. our top stories... after talks with zimba bwe's the globe. our top stories... after talks with zimbabwe's military chiefs, president mugabe remains under house arrest and there is more pressure for him to step down. in the interests of the people of zimbabwe, mr robert mugabe must resign. step down immediately, in line with the national sentiment and expectation. aspiration 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. 20 people allege the actor kevin spacey behaved inappropriately towards them when he is artistic director of london's old vic theatre. and we go behind the scenes of the biggest archaeological museum in the world, due to open next year. hello. robert mugabe, the world's
old est hello. robert mugabe, the world's oldest head of state is refusing to resign as president of zimbabwe after the military to control of the country's government. mr mugabe, accused of countless abuses of power, is under house arrest and has been discussing his future with regional dozy aiders and the head of the army. the opposition leader has called on mr mugabe to resign immediately. 0ur africa correspondent is in zimbabwe, a warning, he is report contains 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, but now they want mr mugabe's blessing. it's a surreal time for a troubled country. 0n 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 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 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. 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 zimbabwe's smiling prisoner will accept defeat. andrew harding, bbc news, harare.
denied it has imposed a blockade on yemen when millions of people are facing famine. the saudi foreign minister has told the bbc the blame for the crisis lies with rebel groups in yemen. the un says thousands of civilians, including many children, will die, unless aid is allowed into the country. 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. —— if aid doesn't. 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 that have mechanisms to prevent the smuggling of weapons and missiles that can be launched in saudi arabia from yemen. within a matter of days we reopened the ports. the un has said every day is one day too long, 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 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. 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. staying with this story, the un secretary general, antonio guterres, has addressed the worsening crisis in yemen. he says aid must be allowed into the country. it is not easy. we are making a lot
of effort. first of all, trying to make sure the doors are reopened for humanitarian assistance, because at the moment we have enormous difficulties of access for the population, which is in extreme danger. the saudi arabian foreign minister has refused that again today, after three more united nations reports talking about the potential for thousands to die. we will be insisting. it is essential that the seaports be opened for massive humanitarian assistance, they need food and medicine to be distributed. it is also important to have be sa naa distributed. it is also important to have be sanaa airport opened for flights, immediately. we believe that we will be able to reach that and we will go on insisting on that, but beyond that, we need peace. you say insisting. for peace, we need to engage the parties, make the parties understand this is a stupid war and nobody is willing and it is extracting a terrible price from all those fighting it. some news in brief. president trump's proposed tax reforms have received a big loose after being
co mforta ble received a big loose after being comfortable passed by the united states house of representatives. the bill now goes to the senate. mr trump visited congress to urge republicans to vote for the majors. the democrats say the reforms will only benefit is mrs and the rich. conservation groups in the united states have sharply criticised a decision by president trump to allow trophy hunters who kill elephants in zambia and zimbabwean to bring home the tasks of the animals, or other body parts. the move reverses a ban that was put in place during the 0bama administration. and in germany, talks aimed at forming a coalition government have failed to meet a thursday deadline set by chancellor angela merkel. her christian democrats, the pro—business free democrats and the greens have not managed to reach an agreement on major issues including climate change and migration. london's 0ld climate change and migration. london's old vic theatre says that 20 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 incidence was actually reported at the time. mr spacey has yet to comment. when allegations about kevin spacey first became public a few weeks ago, the old vic launched an independent enquiry. dozens came forward, many of them making what are of course unverified allegations. 20 people, all of them younger men, said that kevin spacey had behaved inappropriately towards them. none 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 investigators, the alleged behaviour was so serious that it could well have been criminal. most of the allegations to place between 2004 and 2009, during kevin spacey‘s
tenure as artistic director. the majority of the alleged reported incidents took place here at the old vic theatre in london. 0ne incidents took place here at the old vic theatre in london. one of the issues that the old vic said was that it may well have been a cult of personality surrounding kevin spacey, wherejunior staff personality surrounding kevin spacey, where junior staff and young actors may have felt unable to speak out about the things they had witnessed or his behaviour. the theatre has now apologised, saying that measures were 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. 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. roy moore says he will not drop out of the race, and ata he will not drop out of the race, and at a press conference on
thursday he blames the senate's top republican for meddling in the election. many of you have recognised that this is an effort by mitch mcconnell and his cronies to steal this election from the people of alabama. they will not stand for it. they overcame $330 million and voted me in the primary, and now they are trying a different tactic. 0n the other side of the political aisle, democratic senator al franken has been forced to apologise after a broadcaster accused him of making u nwa nted 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 while they were on a tour to entertain us troops overseas. she released this photo taken during a trip in december 2006, before al franken entered politics. prime
minister theresa may is to hold talks on friday with the president of the european council and the prime minister of islands as she seeks a significant step forward in the brexit negotiations. 0n the eve of the european summit, the brexit secretary, david davies, 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. 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. still to come. could it save egypt's tourism industry? we get a glint of the biggest archaeological museum in the world,
due to open in cairo 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 anti—nuclear movement. the south african government has announced that its opening 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 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 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. we're not the ones who started this. but you are escalating the pressure
ona but you are escalating the pressure on a run. “— but you are escalating the pressure on a run. —— iran. 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 as a system they would like to overthrow. they did when they attacked our embassy and those of other countries. they assassinated our diplomats. the moment they planted terrorist cells 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 now is the moment when you are going to try to put greater pressure on iran? saudi officials here use the phrase "pushing iran 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 every time 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. there is concern either of a dollop ——a declaration of war or an accidental tumbling into war. 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 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 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 woman 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 in the united states, thanks to the temporary protected status, or tps programme. for 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 your head to work out what you are going to do, where you will go, how you will make it. it is not easy at all. ijust keep praying, asking god for a miracle. new york is home to one
of the largest haitian communities. a temporary protection status is invoked for those who have no other legal path to remain in the country, and they will either have to leave or remain in the shadows. that could mean thousands of undocumented people working illegally. the 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 hurricanes. 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 opportunity. there are 50,000 individuals, which is a drop in the bucket when you look at a nation of our size. she says she and her son do not even have a door they can knock on back in haiti and feel blessed with their life in america. i thank the lord every day, 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 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 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, dr tarek tawfiq, gave us a sneak preview of exhibits that are being 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 3,000 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 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.
now before we go, let me show you some great pictures from washington dc. it is actually of an attempted robbery in a restaurant. the suspect entered the store and lunged over the counter to try to snatch the till. but four women working at the cafe fought back, hitting and wrestling with him. he eventually gave up and ran off. a pretty dramatic attempt their drinking a robbery. —— there preventing. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter. it is chilly out there, the bridges
have been tumbling away through the course of the evening and night and there is a touch of frost on the way. for many areas outside, you may need to scrape your car windows. during the course of thursday a cold front was moving across the uk and behind it, we have a shot of calder paul that there going to be over after drink was a friday so the end of the night, lots of clear skies across the country but breezy but some showers across scotland and some showers across scotland and some of them are slick and no across the hills. early morning temperatures in talent and cities will be around two or three degrees, evenin will be around two or three degrees, even in the centre of london which is pretty cold. all part of town it could be as cold as minus four degrees, for example in wales and the lowlands of scotland. so, the weather, first thing in the morning after a clear and crisp night, it will be sunny first thing, lots of beautiful weather, no real missed and fog, it is dried and in scotland
we have a fair old breeze blowing in and carrying those wintry showers, which he particularly across the hills. remember, this is all the way from the polar regions are it will be nippy, single figure temperatures for most of us and nudging ten but briefly so, the most of the it will be low single figures. the friday evening, no real change on the way, lots of clear whether around, we still have a breeze in the north of scotla nd still have a breeze in the north of scotland with some showers carried m, scotland with some showers carried in, again some wintry, and then a change on the way the saturday morning, so cloud and rains are some of our first morning, so cloud and rains are some of ourfirst thing in morning, so cloud and rains are some of our first thing in the morning and will eventually clear away, the weather will improve but it will ta ke weather will improve but it will take time before the sunshine comes out, for example across the midlands. and then into sunday, we are between weather systems, a low pressure is in scandinavia and another in the atlantic, a little brief area of high pressure but the weather front starts to much in so the thinking is that late on sunday, it will start a cloud over across
the south—west of england, maybe wales in the northern island where it is these eastern areas hanging the sunshine for longer and chilly, around six degrees. the mini cold snap won't last for long because by the time we get the sunday night and into monday, the milder air comes right back in again. goodbye. this is an headlines. zimbabwe's president is refusing to step down immediately despite growing calls to 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 he sacked the vice president. the un secretary general, antonio guterres, has told the bbc he hopes there would be no bloodshed in zimbabwe. he also said he considers myanmar‘s rohingya minority to be the "most discriminated against people on earth," but hopes there will be a "massive effort of reconciliation" to end the violence. london's old vic theatre says 20 men 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 apologised for not creating a culture where people felt able to speak freely. mr spacey has yet to comment. now on bbc news, panorama. tonight, the fraudsters helping bogus students rip—off student loa ns. they're targeting private colleges backed by the government to open up higher education to all. for a cut of the student's loan or cash, fraudsters can fix everything. they'll even help fake your coursework.