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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: robert mugabe's zanu pf party calls on him to quit the presidency as opposition continues to grow against zimba bwe‘s long—term leader. lebanon's prime minister, saad hariri, has left saudi arabia on a plane for france, after tendering his resignation two weeks ago. president trump tweets about the sexual abuse allegations surrounding democratic senator al franken — but stays silent on republican senate candidate roy moore. and, from sleeping on the street to providing solar power. one woman talks about her story of renewal and a bright new start. it has revolved around me and brought me back to a point where now
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iam brought me back to a point where now i am helping the sun gives somebody else some sun. veterans of the war against white rule in zimbabwe, who've been president mugabe's most ardent supporters for years, have said he must step down at once. their leaders have called for a mass demonstration in the capital harare on saturday. mr mugabe appeared in public for the first time, since the military takeover in zimbabwe. from there, our africa editor, fergal keane sent this report. 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,
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he emerged today to open a graduation ceremony. the voice that once preached revolution, now reciting the mundane requirements of the moment. applause. 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
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with which he bought loyalty, these have gone. but there is growing disquiet 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.
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the military has a dilemma, hence these photographs, 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. the former lebanese prime minister, saad hariri, has left saudi arabia for france, where he'll meet president macron. using twitter, mr hariri said it was a lie to say that he had been held by the saudi authorities
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against his will. saudi arabia is recalling its ambassador to germany, objecting to comments by berlin on the hariri crisis. our chief international correspondent lyse doucet reports. saad hariri's departure from france marx and new chapter in extra ordinary political crisis which continues to be a source of intense speculation as well is condemnation. lebanese politicians have accused saudi arabia of holding their prime minister hostage. although saad hariri insists he came to riyadh two weeks ago over his own free will. he has repeatedly said he fled for his own safety and accuses lebanon's hezbollah movement of fuelling
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regional instability. it is widely understood that this is about the rivalry between saudi arabia and iran. mr hariri's resignation led to concern that lebanon could become another playing field in a proxy war which feels tension in many countries gci’oss which feels tension in many countries across this region. truss flesh and mac i believe that iran's -- translation: i flesh and mac i believe that iran's —— translation: i believe that iran's position... i think that regional tensions exist from syria to yemen, including lebanon, it locates ta ke to yemen, including lebanon, it locates take several regional powers and that iran must recognise its role in that. -- implicates. it is hoped that the french president's intervention will help defuse this tension. although the crisis is far from over. mr hariri is expected to spend time in paris and visit other arab capitals before returning to
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beirut. the navy in argentina is continuing to search submarine that has been asked of contact for two days. there had been reports in local media that the sam wundke had been found off the country's —— sa nwa and been found off the country's —— sanwa and had been found off the country's east coast but they had not been confirmed. the submarine was last in contact early on wednesday when it was more than 400 kilometres off the coast of patagonia. —— san juan. now 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. he has issued a statement apologising for his actions. cue mr trump on twitter: now, it's worth pointing out that
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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 is a loving father and a grandfather, and most important, he is a christian. let me set the record straight. even after all the attacks against me, my family, against the foundation and my husband, he will not step down.
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applause. the bbc‘s laura becker is in washington for us. we just heard the bbc‘s laura becker is in washington for us. wejust heard mrs moore, so let's start with roy moore, so let's start with roy moore, what other alleged —— latest allegations against him. this controversy has been building for the last week since the washington post printed allegations that he preyed on teenage girls. one woman alleges that she was preyed on as young as 14, and again roy moore as young as 14, and again roy moore as you heard denied is all of these allegations, he continues to stay in the race despite the fact that establishment republicans like the senate leader mitch mcconnell have already turned around and said it was time to him to step out of this race. he is refusing to do that, he was already a controversial republican candidate. on stage he
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brandished a gun to emphasise the right to bear arms, he was not donald trump's favourite roberton candidate for the alabama seat, —— republican. he was weighed against the polls against the democratic and that, but since this has been revealed, he has dropped dramatically. hatchback democratic candidate. president trump has been asked repeatedly by reporters to comment on roy moore, he has refused. the white house turned around and said it was up to the voters of alabama, his daughter ivanka trump has no such qualms. in a statement she 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 that it is' accounts. " —— the victim's accounts. " —— the victim's accounts. it is obvious that he is
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really only prepared to talk about those in opposition. the white house today said the difference between the two cases was that al franken had admitted guilt whereas roy moore has not. when it comes to al franken, he has apologised for the picture and here renders it differently, and it is a picture of where he is about to grope a woman who is asleep and it is a well—known radio host who has come forward with these allegations. donald trump decided to use the nickname al frankenstein in his tweed, —— tweet. the problem for president trump weighing into these controversies is that he has had some of his own. a dozen women came forward last year during the election campaign with various allegations that he had sexually abused them, he said at the time that he denied all the allegations and said he would be taking legal action, but it is a difficult ground for president trump
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to ta ke difficult ground for president trump to take because if he suddenly weighs into any of these controversies, it rings up some of his own from the past. the brexit secretary david davis says the uk has made compromises in the brexit negotiations and hasn't seen the same level of compromise back. he's urged the other eu countries to be more flexible. 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. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports from berlin. 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.
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but someone has to barge to get there. but someone has to budge to get there. in the european capital that speaks with the loudest voice, the view is that britain must shift. the brexit secretary does not think it is down to him. so far in this negotiation we've made quite a lot of compromises. on the citizens' rights front, we have made all the running. we have offered some creative compromises. 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. of course they are saying that.
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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 the prime minister refers to, a strong trading and security relationship. they all have things to benefit from that. this is not a one—way street, not something for nothing. this benefits everybody. so who is holding out? germany and france holding things up? no, to be clear, germany and france, the open secret of europe, they 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?
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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. it's 18 months since the referendum, 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...
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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? (laughs). you have described about two thirds of myjob. this is the most important decision in peacetime. of course it's difficult. people have passionate views. and which is harder? (laughs). 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.
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stay with us on bbc news, still to come: how turkey's coup plot trials are causing anxiety for hundreds of military families. 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 it's 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
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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. our main headline: 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. the former opposition mayor of caracas, antonio ledezma has fled house arrest and left venezuela. mr ledezma said he planned to travel the world to speak out against human rights abuses in the country. he was detained in 2015 and accused of plotting a coup to bring down the government of president maduro.
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translation: i will do nothing but fight, fight for freedom in venezuela, fight for democracy in venezuela. we are facing a regime thatis venezuela. we are facing a regime that is colluding with drug trafficking, with terrorism, a regime whose governors have defrauded thousands of venezuelans. 18 months after the failed coup in turkey, a single court case is seeing almost 500 people on trial for being involved in its planning. the defendants all face charges linked to an air base outside ankara, which prosecutors claim was the headquarters for the plot. our turkey correspondent selin girit has been to meet two families involved in the case — one a victim of the night's violence and another related to someone on trial. the last year the this couple has been full of agony. and it still
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hurt. i6 been full of agony. and it still hurt. 16 months ago, their son was killed in clashes on the night the failed coup. he was 25 years old. shot in front of an airbase, alleged to be the headquarters of the plot. it was a traumatic night to turkey. —— for turkey. as the onlyjetstar all over the capital, dropping bombs on key government buildings. on a shuttle bus service to the courthouse are the relatives of some of the victims and the injured. they ta ke of the victims and the injured. they take it every day to witness the latest hearings nearly 500 suspects are on trial, including the former head of the air force and pilots. translation: we miss our fun so much but he is not coming back. he sacrificed himself in order to defend the nation, the country, the
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flag. more than 50,000 people have been arrested since the coup, suspected of links to the plot. hundreds of people are being tried. the relatives of the vic rooms of the good night they coming here every day is part of the grieving process and their search for justice. but for the defendants and theirfamilies, they justice. but for the defendants and their families, they say this is just a spectacle. —— victims. the first day of the trials for more than 40 of the suspects them paraded into the courthouse. the crowd was yelling we want a death penalty. families of the defendants are not allowed in the court due to what the officials call security measures. they are being increasingly stigmatised. translation: they are being increasingly stigmatised. translationzlj they are being increasingly stigmatised. translation: i believe my cousin is innocent. there are tens of thousands of people under arrest. some of them could be guilty but many are not. the prosecution
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needs to put forward more concrete evidence. one year on, turkey is still ruled under a state of emergency and much remains a mystery about how the coup attempt unfolded. but as a massive purge is under way with more than 10,000 investigations in place, many have already raised concerns over the rule of law. solar energy is one of the leading creators of newjobs in the us and for sharon wise, installing those panels has given her a fresh start. she once lived under a bridge but now she is soaring to new heights. recently, she spoke to us about herjob and how it has changed her life. my my whole life is just gone full circle. the fund has revolved around me and brought me back to appoint where now, i am helping the sun give somebody else since i'm! —— sums
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i'm! living under the bridge allowed me on top of the roof, it is like a new kind of hype, you know, it is like i am hype that i am not high, you know? so therefore, i don't think i can get higher than i am now. my my mother was 25 and had two children and i had two children and i was homeless on the streets living under a bridge. living i was homeless on the streets living undera bridge. living under i was homeless on the streets living under a bridge. living under there, i remember where i would have to make, like, the bed out of things whatever i found, or we had to make a toilet out of whatever i could find, you know, and put a little curtain up there or something out of
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a jacket. i think it did something to my mind about refocusing. if i could very purpose things under the bridge, how come i can't be repurposed? the bridge, how come i can't be repurposed ? the experience bridge, how come i can't be repurposed? the experience you feel, especially when the team is working together, synchronised, you have your ground crew setting things up on the roof, it will call them, roof, all, it is like a symphony. one person is strapping the panels on. somebody else is grabbing it. and you arejust on. somebody else is grabbing it. and you are just sitting there like... i had something to do with this. it is mixed, there are people like myself have never thought they would be in green energy. and now, i don't wa nt to be in green energy. and now, i don't want to do anything else. i look at
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the design aspect of it and where panels should go on a flat roof that looks like a blank canvas to me. i wa nt to looks like a blank canvas to me. i want to break paths, some of those things that is tied to my past. but is tied to my feeling defeated in my life or feeling help with all hopeless or something. this has given me a renewed sense of hope. finally, a military dog who helped save troops in afghanistan has been awarded the animal equivalent of the victoria cross. mali was seriously wounded in an operation in 2012 when he entered a building in kabulunderfire, to sniff out explosives and insurgents. it is all from us former moment. stay with us for the headlines. reform for the moment. colder air is in to stay
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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, 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,
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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
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on sunday across scotland, 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 to meet president macron. he's been in the kingdom since tendering his resignation two weeks ago. the president of the european council, donald tusk, has warned britain's prime minister theresa may that "much more progress" is needed
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on brexit talks, before discussions can begin on a future trade deal. the irish prime minister leo varadkar also wants a guarantee there'll be no physical border with northern ireland after brexit. now on bbc news, time for a look back on the week in parliament.
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