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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. i'm 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 the biggest ever movement of elephants is completed in malawi. veterans of the war against white rule in zimbabwe, who've been
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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. 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 a graduation ceremony. the voice that once preached revolution, now reciting the mundane requirements of the moment.
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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 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, smiles and handshakes. under pressure from regional powers and the international community, they need a transition with a veneer of legality,
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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 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 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. mr hariri's departure for france
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marks a new chapter in an extraordinary political crisis which continues to be a source of intense speculation as well as condemnation. lebanese politicians have accused saudi arabia of holding their prime minister hostage, although mr hariri insists he came to riyadh two weeks ago of his own free will. he has repeatedly said he fled for his own safety, and accuses the —— lebanon's hezbollah movement and its ally, iran, fuelling regional instability. it is widely understood this curious saga is all about the escalating hostility between two powerful rivals, saudi arabia and iran. mr hariri's sudden resignation led to concern that lebanon could
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become another playing field in a proxy war which already fuels tension in many countries across this region. translation: tension in many countries across this region. translationzlj tension in many countries across this region. translation: i believe that iran's reaction misunderstands france's position, which preserves the framework of the 2015 accord. but i still think regional tensions which exist from syria to yemen, including lebanon, implicate several regional powers and that iran must recognise its role in that. it is hoped that the french president's invitation will help defuse this tension, although this crisis is far from over. mr hariri is expected to spend time in paris and then visit other arab capitals before he eventually returns to beirut. the argentine navy is continuing to search for a submarine that's been out of contact for two days. there had been reports in local media that the sanjuan had been found off the country's east coast, but they've not been confirmed. the submarine was last in contact early on wednesday when it was more
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than 400km off the coast of patagonia. 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: "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
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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 and my husband, he will not step down. well, for the very latest on the allegations against roy moore, i spoke to the bbc‘s
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laura bicker in washington. this controversy has been building for the last week, since the washington posts printed allegations that roy moore preyed on teenage girls. one woman alleges she was preyed on as young as 1a. again, roy moore, as you heard, denies all of these allegations. he continues to stay in the race, despite the fact that establishment republicans like senator leader mitch mcconnell have already turned around and said it is time for him to step out of this race. he is refusing to do that. now, he was already a can commercial republican candidate. —— controversial. onstage, he brandished a gun to emphasise the right bear arms. he was not donald trump's favourite republican candidate for the alabama seat, but he hears, running up against the democratic candidate. he was way ahead in the polls, but since this
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has been revealed he has dropped dramatically, and he is now trailing. president trump has been asked repeatedly, every time he appears, he has been asked 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, and i have yet to see a valid explanation and have no reason to doubt the victims' accounts. moving on to al franken, we saw that tweet from president trump earlier. it is obvious is really only prepared to talk about those in opposition? well, the white house said today that the difference between the two cases was that al franken had admitted guilt is, whereas roy moore had not. when it comes to al franken, he has apologised for the picture. he says he remembers the incident differently. there is a picture of
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him where he is groping, or about to grope, a woman who was asleep. that isa grope, a woman who was asleep. that is a well—known radio host who has come forward with these allegations. of course, donald trump decided to use the nickname al frankenstein in his tweed, and said what happened in pictures two, three, four, five and six? the problem for president trump weighing into any of 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, and denied all the allegations, and said he would be taking legal action. it is a dip to cook route for president trump to take. —— a difficult route. if he weighs into any of these controversies, it brings up some of his own from the past. that was laura bicker in washington. 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.
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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. —— admits there is more. 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 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.
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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. 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
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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? 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.
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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? laughs. you have described about two thirds of myjob. look, this is the most important
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negotiation and transition in our modern history, in peace time, anyway. of course it is difficult. people have passionate views. and which is harder? laughs. i don't know the answer to that, 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. stay with us on bbc news. still to come, the military dog who helped save lives in afghanistan receives the animal equivalent of the victoria cross. benazir bhutto has claimed victory in pakistan's general election.
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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 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.
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this is bbc news. the latest headlines: 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. lebanon's prime minister saad hariri has left saudi arabia on a plane for france after tendering his resignation two weeks ago. president trump has put on hold a decision to end a ban on importing elephant parts into the us from animals hunted in zimbabwe and zambia. an announcement on thursday that trophies from legally hunted elephants could be imported had prompted outrage from animal welfare activists. but it's a different story in malawi. wildlife officials there have completed the world's biggest ever effort to relocate more than 500 elephants
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because of successful conservation efforts. the bbc‘s ben tavener reports from malawi. the national park in southern malawi is home to some big animals. not just hippos and crocodiles but also elephants. lots of them. too many, in fact, conservation efforts have led to the elephants breeding prolifically. now they are straying more and more into local villagers. but in another wildlife reserve over 400 kilometres to the north, the situation is different. which is here virtually wiped out the local elephant population. the african parks, a non—profit conservation organisation, embarks on the world ‘s biggest elephant translocation. it is no mean feat, darting and moving these massive animals takes skill and determination. to
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compensate matters further, families have to be moved together to reduce the stress of being transported and waking up in unknown surroundings. over two years, the $1.6 million project roofed over 500 elephants from overpopulated national parks in the south. now the area has been made safe with regular patrols and 400 kilometres of electrified fencing. this used to be in elephant country and it has been without elephants are sometime so the habitat is perfect for elephants, most of the elephants are settling in very well. members of the community show them how they can locate to the programme. there may be 520 elephants here now but there is still not easy to find in such a big area. we venture out to look for them and after one hour of searching, success! tourist dollars
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have correctly financed the work being done here in central malawi in these 500 elephants now have a new home, 1800 square kilometres of pristine forest. local people have been hired to protect and manage the park and local communities are being educated about the benefits of local wildlife. it is hoped they can be convinced that these majestic animals are worth more alive. tesla has unveiled its first electric truck, with its chief executive elon musk boasting it will "blow your mind clear out of your skull". but the firm is already struggling to meet demand for existing models. 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... if the diesel truck.
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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 to unveil such a lorry. here is an effort from a us truck builder, although its range is only 100 miles. ever won the theatrics, 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
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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 3, a car unveiled in 2016. mr 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 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. mali was seriously wounded in 2012 when he entered a building in kabul under fire to sniff out
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explosives and insurgents. our reporter chi chi izundu has the story. this is mali, the 8—year—old belgian mellonwah who's been awarded the dickin medal — the highest honour for an army animal. in 2012, he was helping british troops in afghanistan when they came under attack. while searching for insurgents, mali came under direct fire as he sniffed out explosives and searched for a safe exit. his special forces handler during the operation is anonymous for security reasons. from operations that we had been on previously, he had really sort of shown his bravery and built a reputation amongst all of the guys. by the time we launched onto this operation, we really felt that we had a guardian angel among us. the mission lasted 7.5 hours. mali's contribution to its success is undeniable. the amount of noise, the dust, the smoke,
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you know, he must have had really overloaded senses. he received blast injuries from two grenades that were thrown down the stairs on him. he received multiple injuries to his face, body, and his hips, but again, still carried on after that. the military uses around 500 dogs in a variety of roles, from sniffing out explosives to hunting down insurgents. mali's made a full recovery. as for the medal, he'll get a miniature version two wear around his collar so that in his newjob, teaching other dogs and their handlers about their roles in the military, he can pass on his heroic skills. chi chi izundu, bbc news. you can find more on all of the stories we're following here on bbc news by going to our website — that's you can also download the bbc news app. this is bbc news. hello.
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colder air is in and is staying for the weekend before mild air makes a fight—back next week. for friday, it was sunshine and showers and the cold air in scotland across southern and eastern parts of england. hardly a cloud in the sky. here is a view from the isle of wight. flipping things around, though, for the start of the weekend — it's actually scotland who will have the best of the sunshine. there will be a brisk wind, with isobars close together. and area of cloud and patchy rain extending across wales and south—west england and other parts of england and wales through the day. there will be a patchy frost to start the morning for saturday — not as widespread as friday morning, and then sunshine becomes more limited for many of us through the day. not the case though in scotland. there will be blustery showers in the far north, the northern isles, wintry on hills to relatively lower levels in places, but plenty of sunshine in scotland. mainly dry in northern ireland, but a fair amount of cloud around. a band of showers working south cross northern england early
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in the day but then the sun comes out for the afternoon. early sunshine east anglia, the south—east of england with a touch of frost, but not lasting too long. already got cloud across wales and into south—west england and that's going to extend eastwards during the day, taking some occasional outbreaks of rain. never amounting to too much but making for a dull, damp afternoon for some here. you can see the sunshine across northern england, but especially into scotland, but remember that brisk wind in the far north with the blustery showers. technically milder for some in wales and south—west england. then again, it won't feel that way with the cloud and any rain. but for most of us, it'll be single—figure temperatures once again. now, for the rugby, well, we're expecting some rain in cardiff, maybe a bit of patchy rain in twickenham, clear and cold going into the evening at murrayfield and also a dry evening for the ireland game in dublin. looking at things going through saturday evening and saturday night, some wet weather affecting wales and southern england overnight, becoming confined to the far south—west of england. elsewhere, clearing skies and the temperatures dip
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and the frost will be more widespread going into sunday morning. temperatures lower than this away from towns and city centres. so some of us will be at or below freezing, but with some sunshine to follow on sunday across much of scotland, northern england and the east of england. clouding over in the midlands, cloud for south—west england. for wales, northern ireland — not as chilly here but here, we have cloud and some outbreaks of rain. most of that light, most of us in single figures. so, it will be another cold—feeling day. going sunday night and into monday, we take cloud and outbreaks of rain northwards, but into into colder air, particularly with scotland in the risk of snow, perhaps notjust on hills on monday so keep checking the forecast throughout the weekend. we will keep you updated. 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,
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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. in a tweet, mr hariri said it was a lie to say that he had been held by the saudi authorities against his will. the president of the european council, donald tusk, has warned britain's prime minister theresa may that "much more progress" is needed 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. in around ten minutes' time, it's newswatch. before that, time for this week's click.
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