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this is bbc world news. pressure is growing on president robert mugabe to step down from the state media in zimbabwe, saying all branches of his own party have passed a vote of no confidence in him. that's been echoed by the vetera ns him. that's been echoed by the veterans of the president's previously most ardent supporters. earlier on friday, mr mugabe appeared in the public for the first time since the military takeover. here in harare, the sense of crisis is swelling, after a day of the surprising and the surreal. it began with an appearance nobody expected. the aura is gone, robert mugabe is a man reduced, in stature and in options. in this coup unlike any other coup, he emerged today to open
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a graduation ceremony. the voice that once preached revolution, now reciting the mundane requirements of the moment. in the passing of any era, there are emblematic moments. caught napping, it's happened a lot to him these days. that appearance illustrated just how much robert mugabe's world has shrunk. he was effectively allowed out on licence today by the army, briefly shown and then taken away again. the fear with which he ruled his people, the patronage with which he bought loyalty, these have gone. but there is growing disquiet
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at the fact he remains president. by lunchtime the pressure was intensifying. these are war veterans, old allies now publicly calling on him to go. between now and tomorrow we are giving you a stark warning to mugabe, to his wife, and anybody who still wants to be associated with him. the game is up, finished, done. we won't allow this to go on. applause the workaday normality of the street is only surface deep, and expectations of real change are growing. it has been long overdue. we expect things to improve economically, socially and politically. people should be free to choose who their next leader should be. we just want to be at peace. we don't want civil war, we don't want anything to do with us not having peace. the military has a dilemma, hence these photographs,
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smiles and handshakes. under pressure from regional powers and the international community, they need a transition with a veneer of legality, ideally with president mugabe agreeing to resign. so far, he won't. that ambivalence has become the problem, the albatross around the military. having to play the legal constitution on one end, at the same time they want him out. by early evening it was apparent that most of his own party want him gone. a majority of provincial branches called on him to resign, and there's talk of impeachment. these moves could be decisive. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the lebanese prime minister, saad hariri, has left saudi arabia on his private plane for france to meet president macron. mr hariri has been in the kingdom since tendering his resignation two weeks ago.
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lebanese officials had said he was being held against his will, but in a tweet sent en—route to the airport in riyadh mr hariri said this was a lie. reports are coming in that an argentine submarine which disappeared with 44 crew onboard has been found. local media say the vessel is stranded without power seventy metres under water. it's lying about 300 kilometres east of puerto madryn. naval officials say a search and rescue mission is beginning to bring the crew to the surface. their condition is not yet known. an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 has hit an area of southern china, close to the indian border. according to the united states geological survey, the quake struck at dawn, local time, on saturday. the tremor was relatively shallow and 60 kilometres from the city of nyingchi in the autonomous region of tibet, but there are no
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reports of damage or casualties yet. you're watching bbc news. stay with us. still to come: the story of a brave dog who fought through bullets, explosives and his own injuries to save british troops in afghanistan. the brexit secretary david davis says the uk has made compromises in the brexit negotiations but hasn't seen the same level of compromise back. he's urged the other eu countries to be more flexible. but at a summit of eu leaders in sweden, the president of the eu council, donald tusk, has insisted the uk has much more work to do if talks on trade are to start next month. and the irish prime minister, leo varadkar,
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say without a guarantee there'll be no physical border with northern ireland, discussions on trade can't begin. here in berlin, where the decisions matter so much, there in dublin, this morning, and almost everywhere, the government mission to persuade the rest of the eu to please move on. the prime minister in sweden had met there is more to do. we are agreed that progress has been made but there is more to be done. but we should move forward together towards the point where sufficient progress can be declared. but someone has to barge to get there. in the european capital that speaks with the loudest void, the view is that britain must shift. the brexit secretary does not think it is down to him. so far in this negotiations we've made quite a lot of compromises. 0n the citizens' rights front,
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we have made all the running. we have not always got that back. but you have come to the powerhouse of the european union, though, without an offer on what pretty much everybody on the other side agrees is the biggest problem. now, eu politician after eu politician has been crystal clear they're not going to move on in the way that you want to until the uk is willing to make a promise, not to give a figure, but to give a promise that you are prepared to write a bigger cheque. what is also clear is that many of them do want to move on. they see it is very important to them. countries like denmark, holland, italy and spain, countries like poland can see the benefits in the future deal that we are talking about, the deep and special relationship prime minister refers to, a strong trading and security relationship. to be clear, germany and france,
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the open secret of europe, are the most powerful players on the european continent, of course. and so what they believe is very influential, sometimes decisively so. but it's the whole of europe decision, 27 countries. why not just admit that at some point in the next ten days, or two weeks, you are going to have to say that the uk will put a more generous financial offer on the table? nothing comes for nothing in this world. with david davis playing bad cop in germany, he left theresa may looking like awkward chief constable in sweden. ireland, clearly not satisfied with the issue of the cash or the border after brexit. 18 months since the referendum,
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ten years since people started agitating for a referendum. sometimes it doesn't seem they thought all of this through. welcome to this concluding press conference. so, for now, the eu is publicly and resolutely sticking together, demanding more progress, with just a couple of weeks to make it, and suggesting mr davies's idea that they should compromise was a joke. i made it very clear to the prime minister, theresa may, that this progress needs to happen at the beginning of december at the latest. i appreciate david davis's english sense of humour. i like jokes... he probably doesn't like his ideas being called a joke, but he has to compete with tory demands at home, too. ministers might have to back down over their hope of putting the date of brexit into law. which is harder, dealing with the tory party or the 27 countries?
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this is the most important decision in peacetime. 0f this is the most important decision in peacetime. of course it's difficult. people have passionate views. and which is harder? i don't know the answer to that. i think it varies day by day. at home and away, this is no longer about pressing the flesh, as the deadline looms. the talks are getting tougher. the journey to the next phase of brexit, a charm offensive perhaps a little short on charm. police have confirmed that four people have died in a mid—air collision between a light aircraft and a helicopter in buckinghamshire. the accident happened close to the village of waddesdon. from there, our correspondent ben ando has the latest. working into the night, the police and air investigators
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tried to find out why this crash happened, and who was killed. police say a total of four people were in a helicopter and a light aircraft, two in each, and no one survived. 0ur priorities today remain with investigating the next of kin, finding out who they are, informing them and supporting them with specialist officers as we progress the investigation here on site. the collision happened just after midday in the skies over historic waddesdon manor in buckinghamshire. the tailplane of a light aircraft, believed to be a cesna, could be seen lying in woodland, coolly detached from the rest of the plane, nearby a win. —— wing. in a small clearing further away the burned remains of what is thought to have been the helicopter. both aircraft had taken from the air park about 20 miles
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away. eyewitnesses say they saw the two come into contact with each other and spiralled downwards in part of a large woodland estate owned by the national trust. why they collided will be part of the air accident investigation, but what is known already is that visibility was good and weather was clear and bright. much of the debris is in small pieces and scattered over a wide area. this evening police have cordoned off the crash site, they say the searching will take place in the hours of daylight, and that is expected to take until at least monday. police in dorset have released a man they were questioning in connection with the disappearance of 19—year—old gaia pope who was last seen in swanage ten days ago. he is the third person the police have arrested on suspicion of murder. jon donnison has more. the beautiful dorset coast — now the focus of an ugly search. more than 50 officers from the police, fire service and coastguard combing the area above and below the cliffs, just outside swanage.
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but it's ten days since gaia pope was last seen. the search moved to this clifftop area after police found women's clothes — similar, they say, to what gaia was wearing when she was last seen. it was shortly after that discovery that officers arrested 49—year—old paul elsey. this evening, he's been released under investigation. paul elsey lives in one of these flats in this complex of morrison road in swanage. his 71—year—old mother and 19—year—old nephew were arrested earlier this week but have also been released while the investigation continues. this cctv footage shows gaia running up morrison road just before she disappeared. earlier, she'd bought an ice cream at a petrol station outside swanage. and her family want the search to intensify. whatever you're doing, if you're planning on being in this area over the weekend, please do get in touch via the find gaia facebook group,
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come and pick up some flyers, and get out there looking for her. tomorrow and number of people will be here on the coast continuing the search. this is bbc news. our top stories this hour: regional branches of robert mugabe's zanu—pf party have called on him to quit the presidency as opposition to the long—term leader of zimbabwe continues to grow. and as the prime minister meets her european counterparts, the brexit secretary has urged eu states to be more flexible. let's go to the united states, where after days of relative silence about a series of sexual misconduct scandals, donald trump has now spoken out. but while he could have offered his thoughts on several individuals, he chose to target a senator from the opposition democratic party, al franken. it comes after a journalist, lee—ann tweeden, put this photo onto social media, dating from 2006, which appears to show mr franken groping her while she was asleep.
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he has issued a statement apologising for his actions. cue mr trump on twitter. "the al frankenstein picture is really bad and speaks a thousand words," said mr trump. and he then added thatjust last week, mr franken was lecturing people about sexual harrassment and respect for women. now, it's worth pointing out that al franken is not the only politician whose actions are being scrutinised, but he is the only one mr trump is tweeting about. the president did not, for example, comment on republican roy moore, who's hoping to win a senate seat in alabama next month, and has been accused of making sexual advances towards several teenagers. mr moore denies those claims, which he says are politically motivated. mr moore's wife has been speaking out in his defence. he isa
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he is a loving father and a grandfather, and most important, he isa grandfather, and most important, he is a christian. let me set the record straight. even after all the attacks against me and my husband, he will not step down. laura bicker in washington updated us on sexual allegations against roy moore. two more women two more women came two more women came forward two days ago, and today, you heard from his wife that he denies all of the accusations against him. he is accused of preying on teenage girls. 0ne accused of preying on teenage girls. one of those who came forward said he abused her when she was just 14. so, there have been a number of
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accuses coming forward. roy moore says that it is a conspiracy from the democrats to force him the campaign. before all the came forward from the washington post, he was well in the lead. now it appears his rival, doug jones, is taking the lead in the polls. why is this so important? not only does it feed into a important? not only does it feed intoa number of important? not only does it feed into a number of accusations against politicians right across the united states, this is an incredibly important senate seat. the senate hangs in the balance. republicans hold it by just hangs in the balance. republicans hold it byjust two votes. all eyes are on this because it could swing the balance to either republicans or democrats. and president trump is coming under increasing pressure to comment on whether roy moore should
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stay in the race. the senate leader, mitch mcconnell, has already said that he should step down. he was already a controversial person in the cabinet. president trump has not distance from him. his daughter said there is a special place in hell for people who prey on children. i have yet to see a valid explanation and have no reason to doubt the victim's account. ivanka trump has spoken out, but not president donald trump. bbc news has learned that tens of thousands of people who claim the main sickness benefit, employment and support allowance, have had their benefits wrongly calculated, and haven't been paid the full amount they are entitled to. ministers say they are aware of the problem and have started making the repayments. 0ur social affairs correspondent, michael buchanan, has this report. in many of britain's former mining
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communities, welfare has replaced work. this place has high levels of an effort —— benefit dependency. peter has any number of health problems. he is now on employment and support allowance. he is astonished the government has underpaid the benefit. it is not like you go and get lots of luxuries on the benefit. the people are getting underpaid for it. that means they are not getting through. they either get food or heating. disproportionately high number of people here have been underpaid. between 2012 and 2015, the government miscalculated. they
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underpaid the benefit due to people. we have been told officials estimate claimants are owed £500 million. the error could affect 75,000 people. based on those figures, the average repayment will be close to £7,000 per person. there will be people angry about it, but many willjust see it as a bit of a windfall and be grateful. they will say it is a welcome break from the austerity we are going through day—to—day. welcome break from the austerity we are going through day-to-day. the benefit system is absolutely crucial in communities like this. it is, in many ways, a backbone of the local economy. in recent years it has become harder to get a benefit and harder to live on benefits. and so the least that people expect is that when they do qualify, the government pays them everything they are actually due. employment and support
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allowa nce actually due. employment and support allowance has paid 2.5 million people. brought in to cut the benefits bill, it hasn't. but as created stress for many claimants. this labour mp has charted the benefits' many problems. he says this is of historic proportions. benefits' many problems. he says this is of historic proportionslj am this is of historic proportions.” am gobsmacked at the site and the nature and the extent and the coverage of the people that have been wrongly impoverished. —— size. this park commemorates the mining heritage of the village. ministerial problems to correct this error and repay everyone in full must be kept. michael buchanan, bbc news. tesla has unveiled its first electric truck. it's chief executive elon musk
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boasting it will "blow your mind clear out of your skull." the tesla semi is claimed to travel 400 miles afterjust half an hour's charging. but with the firm already struggling to meet demand for existing models, some analysts are asking whether tesla is promising more than it can deliver. from the launch in los angeles, dave lee reports. by bringing some of its trademark speed and style to trucking, tesla thinks it can unseat diesel as king of the road. it looks like it's not moving... elon musk has promised it will be able to travel up to 500 miles on a single charge and when dragging the heaviest trailer allowed on american roads it will still accelerate to 60 mph in just 20 seconds. he wouldn't say how much the vehicle will cost, but argued that when fuel and maintenance are factored in it will be cheaper and more efficient than diesel. claims that were met with considerable scepticism by some. it's really a very much economics driven type of industry and diesel has proven to be unmatched in that combination of features, of being very fuel—efficient, very reliable and durable. tesla isn't the first
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to unveil such a lorry. here is an effort from a us truck builder, although its range is only 100 miles. mr musk also had a secret in the back of one of the trailers, a surprise new roadster capable of doing 0—60 in less than two seconds. what was your first impression? no way. just nuts. it's stupid cool. stupid awesome. but there is a cloud hanging over tesla that has investors worried. right now it's unable to build cars quickly enough to meet pre—orders of its more affordable model three, a car unveiled in 2016. elon musk said he was going through production hell and was even camping on the roof of his battery factory in order to save time getting there each day. the astronomical value of tesla relies very much on the cult of elon musk, a strong belief that he is on course
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to change the world. but he is running out of time to start producing results. a military dog who helped save the lives of british and afghan troops has received the animal equivalent of the victoria cross this evening. mali was seriously wounded in 2012, when he entered a building in kabul under fire, to sniff out explosives and insurgents. 0ur reporter, chi chi izundu, has the story. this is mali, the eight—year—old belgian, awarded the highest honour foran army belgian, awarded the highest honour for an army animal. in 2012 he was helping troops in afghanistan when they came under attack to be while searching for insurgents, he came
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under direct fire. his special forces handler is anonymous for security reasons. from operations we have been on previously, he had shown his bravery and reputation among all of the guys. by the time we launched onto this operation, we really felt that we had a guardian angel. the mission lasted 7.5 hours. mali's contribution to its success undeniable. he must have had overloaded senses from what was going on. he received multiple injuries but carried on after that. the military users around 500 dogs ina the military users around 500 dogs in a variety of roles, from sniffing out explosives to hunting down insurgents. mali has made a full
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recovery. as for the medal, he will get a miniature version two were on his collar. hopefully he can pass on his collar. hopefully he can pass on his relics skills. —— heroic skills. bbc news. that is a very brave dog. you can always get in touch with me on twitter. first, the weather. colder air is in to stay for the weekend before mild air makes a fight back next week. friday had sunshine and showers and cold air in scotland across southern and eastern parts of england. hardly a cloud in the sky. this is the view from the isle of wight. scotland will have the best of the sunshine. there will be a brisk wind, with isobars close together. cloud and patchy rain extending across wales and south—west england and other parts of england and wales through the day. patchy frost to start the morning. not as widespread as friday. sunshine becomes more limited for many of us through the day. not the case in scotland. blustery showers in the north,
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the northern isles, wintry through lower levels. plenty of sunshine in scotland. mainly dry in northern ireland, but a fair amount of cloud around. showers working south in northern england early in the day, but then the sun comes out for the afternoon. the south—east of england has a touch of frost, but not lasting long. cloud across wales and into south—west england and that's going to extend eastwards through the day, taking some occasional outbreaks of rain. never amounting to much. you can see the sunshine is in northern england, and especially into scotland, with a brisk wind in the far north and blustery showers. technically milder for some in wales and south—west england. not feeling that way with the cloud and rain. most have single figure temperatures again. expecting some rain in cardiff for the rugby. maybe patchy rain in twickenham. cold for murrayfield. looking at things through saturday evening and saturday night, wet weather affecting wales and southern england overnight and becoming confined to the far south—west of england. elsewhere, clearing skies. frost will be more widespread through sunday morning. temperatures lower than this away from towns and city centres. but sunshine to follow on sunday across scotland,
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northern england and the east of england. clouding over in the midlands, south—west england, wales, northern ireland — not as chilly. but we have cloud and some outbreaks of rain. most of us in single figures. another cold day. this is bbc news. the headlines: state media in zimbabwe has confirmed that eight out of ten regional branches of the governing zanu—pf have passed a vote of no confidence in president robert mugabe, following a military takeover on wednesday. they also want his wife grace, who was apparently planning to succeed him, to quit the party. the lebanese prime minister, saad hariri, has left saudi arabia for france on his private plane. he's been in the kingdom since tendering his resignation two weeks ago. the president of the european council, donald tusk,
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