hello i'm tom donkin, welcome to bbc news. broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. our top stories: protests against robert mugabe in zimbabwe — ahead of crucial meetings to decide the president's future. we wa nt we want to get in there and tell these people what we think. signals from the submarine — argentina believes it's heard from the vessel missing in the south atlantic. hello and welcome to bbc news. tens of thousands of people have marched in the zimbabwean capital, harare, and the second city, bulawayo, calling on their president of four decades to stand down. crowds have been singing at the gates of robert mugabe's official residence, urging him to go. he's been under house arrest
since the army took control four days ago. now, the country's ruling party, zanu—pf says it will dismiss mr mugabe as its leader on sunday and reinstate the ousted vice—president. our africa editor, fergal keane, reports from harare. something happened inside the people today. a shared energy that swept them along the streets. they were there on the big streets and small. a common purpose in a place so long divided. voices that would not have dared speak of robert mugabe a few days ago now sounding his political requiem. it is a historic moment. it is special and we have waited for it for 37 years. you have returned from england, you are happy to see this? indeed i am.
this is a new beginning for the people of zimbabwe. what i am seeing here is the death of a dictator. all of the faces of the nation came into harare. joy was unrestrained and exubera ntly expressed. we watched passing soldiers being enveloped by eager hands and arms. who knows what freedom the military coup will deliver. but an army that was once an instrument of oppression is now celebrated. this tell you everything. this is what the people feel about the army. they feel genuine liberation due to be soldiers. fear has been cast off and expectations awakened. watching the march, i met a paramedic with a young family.
do you believe that the army will really allow you to be free now? yes. we do. and if they don't? it is difficult for them to stop us because we have been free, just unable to exercise freedoms. those who forced this moment include many who were once ardent supporters of robert mugabe. now they call for the departure of the president and his wife. the people of zimbabwe have spoken and the people of zimbabwe have said you and yours should go today and not tomorrow. robert mugabe is under intense pressure. yet this afternoon he was refusing to stand down. at one of his official residences, the army was pushing back demonstrators. but they would not leave the area. so people are very angry and they want to get
through, past these army lines to this official residence, one of the president's official residences. our man told me that they want to get in there to tell the people what they think of them. the army will remain on the streets and tomorrow the generals will meet president mugabe to tell him that their guns and the sympathies of the people have turned against him. but there is no more time. everyone is now certain that the moment of robert mugabe's departure is growing close. and fergal has been giving his assessment of what is likely to happen next. basically you have three processes now running in parallel. the people have been on the streets and they have shown their anger to robert mugabe. you have the generals going in to a meeting in the morning telling them again that time is up, and critically his own party is preparing to vote on a motion that
would see him expelled. robert mugabe always said down the years that if people wanted him to go then he would not stand in the way. today, and you can still hear car horns blaring in the background of people angry about the situation, today he got a loud message and that is what he is reflecting on in his official residence across the city tonight. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. 14 civilians are reported to have been killed in a rebel—held neighbourhood besieged by syrian government forces on the outskirts of damascus. the british—based syrian observatory for human rights said the victims died in airstrikes and shelling in four towns in the eastern ghouta district. syrian state media blamed rebel shelling in damascus. the russian ambassador has dismissed criticism of his country's decision to veto a un security council resolution, which would have extended an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in syria. this is the 10th time moscow has used its veto powers at the united nations in support of its ally,
since the start of the conflict. the french—tunisian designer azzedine alaia, whose figure—hugging gowns which helped define the look of the 1980's, has died. alaia worked in many of the famous fashion houses in paris, before winning his reputation in the 80's as the ‘king of cling' for his close—fitting designs. supermodels cindy crawford and naomi campbell have walked the catwalk in his designs and he had many celebrity clients including former first lady michelle obama. search teams say they have detected failed satellite calls from a submarine which disappeared three days ago. the sanjuan, which has a crew of 44 on board, last made contact on wednesday. international help in the form of american planes and a british research vesseljoined efforts to locate the missing submarine. it's still not clear what caused the sub to lose communications, or whether the distress calls mean it will now be found. andrew plant reports. the san juan submarine,
the sanjuan submarine, filled earlier this year at its base near buenos aires, 2000 ton, 65 metre vessel, a crucial part of the argentine navy since the 1980s. but on wednesday it seemed to vanish somewhere in the waters of the south atla ntic somewhere in the waters of the south atlantic ocean. submarine left the southernmost tip of south america on monday and was heading back to it's based in mar del plata just south of the capital buenos aires, a distance of around 2000 kilometres. the search has been concentrated at the halfway. it is from where the sub first —— last made contact on wednesday. it is a huge area and bad weather and high waves are now slowing the search. translation: we have to consider it might be on the surface of the water is. it would be easierfor the submarine surface of the water is. it would be easier for the submarine to get help that way. the san juan has a crew of a 1m. that way. the san juan has a crew of a 1:4. it that way. the san juan has a crew of a m. it is more than 30 years old but was refitted in 2014. the
a 44. it is more than 30 years old but was refitted in 2014. the newest of argentina's three submarines, it carries 22 torpedoes on board. so, what could have happened? the navy said at powerfailure what could have happened? the navy said at power failure may have caused communication problems. if that's happened, operational guidelines say the submarine should have surfaced. three ships and two aircraft have been searching, now joined by a nasa plane. the uk survey vessel hms protector and a us navy aircraft. now the argentina ministry of defence they failed satellite calls have been detected which they believe are from the submarine. it is not clear, though, when the calls were made, why they failed or whether they could lead those searching to where the submarine is now. stay with us here on bbc news, still to come: after more than 30 years as an irish republican leader, gerry adams says he'll be stepping down as president of sinn fein. the family of gaia pope have said
they are absolutely devastated after police searching for her, said the body of a young woman had been found, and they were confident it was that of the missing teenager. the discovery, in dorset, was made by specialist search teams close to a coastal path near swanage. adina campbell reports. the search for gaia pope has been going on for 11 days. but tonight that search has come to an end. she is — i will not say was and never will — she is the absolute light of my life. so beautiful, so emotionally wise and intelligent and, um, so passionate and artistic and creative and understanding. the teenager's body was found around three o'clock this afternoon
near the coastal path and field where some of her clothes were discovered earlier this week. just hours before the body was found, hundreds of volunteers took part in mass searches in three areas around swanage. we want to thank each and every one of you for everything you have done. if there is one ray of light in this nightmare it is the compassion, humanity and community spirit you have shown over the last ten days. your dedication and selflessness for a girl most of you don't know has been staggering and one of the few things that kept us going. three people arrested on suspicion of murder earlier this week have all been released under investigation. police say for the time being, gaia's death is being treated as unexplained. the lebanese prime minister is in
france where he will be confirming that he will be going back to lebanon in the last few days —— next few days. there will be a meeting of the international support group for lebanon. he announced he was standing down while in saudi arabia a fortnight ago. having the president greet you at the palace sends a message. in this case, that saad hariri is still the prime minister of lebanon, not a political exile fleeing saudi arabian control. it was a show of support both political and personal. after the meeting, sources said france would continue direct contacts with the middle east key players. saad hariri said he was finally going home. translation: i will return to beirut in the coming days and will take part in our independence day celebrations. i will make my position known on all subjects after talking to our president. president macron wants france to have greater global influence. old colonial ties to lebanon no
doubt played a role in his invitation to saad hariri but he is also stepping into a delicate situation between iran and saudi arabia, two regional powers with conflicting ties to lebanon. saad hariri had been in saudi arabia for two weeks since announcing his surprise resignation, accusing iran and its ally hezbollah of threatening stability in lebanon and saying he feared for his life. the invitation from mr macron to saad hariri and his family offered a way out of the impasse but not a solution. this was a important meeting but no solution because the solution is among the lebanese, not in france. france can play a role in the middle east between iran and saudi arabia and also, perhaps, between the lebanese but i think the main issue is going to happen in lebanon in the next few weeks.
saad hariri left the palace with his family today having tasted french diplomatic power. he is about to test his own. after a day of protests against his rule, the zimbabwean president, robert mugabe, will meet the military leaders controlling the country on sunday. the argentine defence ministry says it has detected signals from the submarine that went missing last wednesday with forty—four crew on board. gerry adams, the leader of the irish republican party, sinn fein, says he plans to stand down next year, after thirty—four years
at the forefront of republican politics. throughout his leadership of sinn fein at the height of the conflict in northern ireland, gerry adams became seen as the political voice of the ira. he made the announcement at his party's conference in dublin. from there, chris buckler sent this report. tonight, sinn fein paid tribute to one of the men who built the party. martin mcguinness was a key figure in its divisive leadership. martin was a proud member of the ira. but that was a generation ago. and sinn fein‘s other figure, who has been party president for 3.5 decades, announced this evening he would stand down next year. i have complete confidence in the leaders we elected this weekend and the next generation of leaders and i want to thank everyone who has welcomed me into their homes and communities and made me part of countless campaigns. gerry adams was the leader of sinn fein.
but the party was seen primarily as the political face of the ira. and he was a hit figure for unionists who saw him as an apologist for violence. i have not gone away, you know. but the ira has now gone away. and with a rise in electoral support in the republic, sinn fein‘s new ambition is to be part of government in dublin. if gerry adams is still leader, i don't think so. i think that makes a difference to a lot of people. he is tainted and people believe he was the leader of the ira. he has always denied that. but sinn fein‘s ira past still hangs over the party, both north and south of the irish border. sinn fein‘s new leader, michele o'neil, has been able to agree a deal to return to power—sharing in stormont, in northern ireland.
and there is a challenge for the next generation of leaders here in dublin. in order to go into coalition government they need to build relationships with parties that have been keen to distance themselves from sinn fein in the past. the rock world has been paying tribute to the guitarist and co—founder of ac/dc, malcolm young, who has died after a long battle with dementia. he founded the australian group in the 1970s with his younger brother angus, retiring over 40 yea rs his younger brother angus, retiring over 40 years later. a seat —— ac/dc we re over 40 years later. a seat —— ac/dc were inducted into the rock ‘n‘ roll hall of fame in 2003. of course, as you would expect, twitter has been a flow with tributes for malcolm young. ozzy osbourne says it is sad
to learn of the passing of yet another friend. david cassidy is suffering from multiple organ failure at a florida hospital. a spokesman for the 67—year—old who rose to fame in the 19705 67—year—old who rose to fame in the 1970s sitcom the partridge family says he is conscious and surrounded by family. he was admitted to hospital earlier this week. the colleagues of a helicopter pilot, who died in a crash with a light aircraft in buckinghamshire yesterday, have paid tribute to him. captain mike green was conducting a flight instructor course with a student when they both died. two other men were also killed in the collision which happened near the village of waddsdon. air accident investigators are still trying to establish the cause of the crash. here's our correspondent danjohnson. this is the airfield on the edge of whickham that the two aircraft took off from yesterday. we don't know exactly what time they left ear or exactly what time they left ear or exactly where they were heading or
why they both came together over that patch of woodland, about 20 miles from here, at midday yesterday. is when eyewitnesses say they heard a bang in the sky, looked up they heard a bang in the sky, looked up and saw pieces of debris spiralling down to the ground and thatis spiralling down to the ground and that is where the crash happened, on the edge of a country estate. today crash investigators have been going through that patch of woodland are trying to find all the bits of wreckage, trying to work out exactly what caused this crash. we saw them sift through the remains of the two aircraft. a light aircraft and a. they have taken pieces of evidence away for further examination. it is difficult and delicate work at the best of times and conditions today are particularly bad. around four o'clock this afternoon we had an update at the crash scene from thames valley police who are leading this investigation. as you know yesterday there was an air accident at waddsdon the state were four people lost their lives. those four
people lost their lives. those four people were all men, two in each of the aircraft involved. all families have now been informed and are being supported by specialist officers. three of the families have visited the site today without support so they can understand a little more about what has happened to their loved ones. we remain on site today to work with the air accident ranch and a number of other experts from the fire service and military, with a view to using their expert services to recover the men's bodies, hopefully before the end of today. enquiries will continue for the rest of the weekend and i anticipate we remain on site until tomorrow evening. confirmation that four men died in this accident. two on each aircraft, a pilot and a passenger in the light aircraft and in the helicopter as well. the officer there stating that the investigation has much further to
run and they expect to be an sidedly through tomorrow and into monday, piecing together all the evidence that will lead to them giving a full indication of exactly what went wrong in this crash. a difficult time for the families of those who have died and for those who knew them as well. nobody here at the airfield was willing to talk about the men who died but obviously they know the people who lost their lives and it has deeply affected people here. people were telling me that instructors came here this morning just to be together and share company had such a difficult time. the investigation work still has quite a long way to run yet. the new leader of scottish labour has promised to offer voters what he called "a message of real hope". richard leonard, a jeremy corbyn supporter was elected to holyrood 18 months ago and replaces kezia dugdale. her next role will be in a reality tv show. here's our scotland editor, sarah smith. electing richard leonard as their leader marks a left turn for the scottish labour party as he becomes the fourth leader injust three years.
there is now a settled consensus established around a radical policy agenda for the scottish labour party. richard leonard was only elected to the scottish parliament last year. he's a yorkshireman, former trade union organiser and a committed jeremy corbyn loyalist. at times in the past it has appeared that the scottish labour party had looked to pick fights with jeremy corbyn. i will not be doing that. we can not afford the luxury of splits and divisions. we need to work together and i am determined to put the scottish labour party, from whom today i have received a mandate, we will be working closely and in step withjeremy corbyn and entire labour party. anas sarwar was the more moderate candidate in what was a fractious race. i think it is obvious to see that at times this campaign has been conducted in a comradely way. i hope we can come
together as a party and focus on the real points. the labour party are facing a really substantial challenge in scotland. they are in third place behind the snp and the tories. they will need to fight hard to regain their place is the official opposition in the scottish parliament. they will need to win a lot more scottish seats ifjeremy corbyn is ever going to form a government in westminster. on her way out, the departing leader, kezia dugdale has sprung a surprise. she is to appear on i'm a celebrity, get me out of here, a decision sharply criticised by members of her own party. nasa says it has launched the first ofa nasa says it has launched the first of a new generation of advanced weather satellites which could help predict or natural disasters in the future. free, too... one. and lift off. the spacecraft has a powerful
set of sensors to monitor the surface of the earth and atmosphere. nasser says the information will be available to scientists around the world and will help predict and monitor battle hazards like forest fires, droughts, hurricanes and rising sea levels. an original drawing of the comic book hero tintin has sold for nearly half a million dollars at an auction in paris. the artwork, by the belgian artist herge, was published in 1939 as the cover of a story called "king ottokar‘s sceptre". an original strip from the album "the shooting star" fetched $350,000 but a copy of the tintin adventure, "destination moon", signed by us astronauts, failed to find a buyer. paul gravett, a comics historian, says there's recently been a huge boom in collecting comics which is puzzling the fine—art world. classic character. it's been, of course, revived recently in the peterjackson movie. there will be no more new tintin stories, but the great classic albums he already created in his lifetime
are still being widely read. and i think the real interest in buying the artwork, the original works on paper, the ink on paper artwork by herge, is that there's only of those. there are a couple of 100, or a couple of thousand of the rare first—edition albums that have survived. as you've reported, the destination moon album didn't sell. what does lure collectors and investors, of course, is that this is the one and only drawing. it's a particularly lovely one because it's in full—colour. there's been a huge boom in collecting comics art and this is puzzling the art world, the fine—art world. it's probably explained because people with money who want to buy something that mean something to them, they don't necessarily want to buy an old master, a van gogh or something. it's probably out of their price range, it also probably doesn't mean so much to them. and similarly, they're also a little bit distrustful of contemporary art. i mean, will it be worth anything tomorrow, or in a few years' time? they buy something that means something to them, which is this artwork from these wonderful comics.
a new portrait of queen elizabeth and prince philip has been released to mark their 70th wedding anniversary. when they married, the then princess elizabeth was 21—years—old while her groom, lieutenant philip mountbatten, was 26. the queen and the duke of edinburgh will mark monday's platinum anniversary with a private dinner with friends and family at windsor castle. don't forget you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter. for now, coming up we have the weather. hello there. part two of the weekend will be a colder studies you are stepping out first thing this morning and it is no surprise that we had a beautiful of the day across the north. we had clear skies and temperatures have plummeted. in the south, not so clear. we began with a dank and grey weather but that gradually eased out of the way. the
harshest frost will be in rural areas in northern and eastern parts of the uk but frost is likely elsewhere and it means that it will bea elsewhere and it means that it will be a lovely sunny start to the day for most of us. however, where we have had the legacy of damp weather across southern england, parts of wales and those areas more prone to sealable fog, again, if you travel this morning you will hang around at this morning you will hang around at this time of year until the middle of the morning so it will be cold heart —— quite cold and grey. promising across scotland for sunshine. fewer showers and the gale force winds that have been for three days now should begin to ease. that is not to say that not be at cloud —— cold start. these towns and cities in the countryside will be below freezing and you will scrape theice below freezing and you will scrape the ice off the cars. fog issues across the southern half of the uk and the weather front is never too far away from the south—west of wales and for northern ireland. will tend to topple back in the cloud through the afternoon turning skies a little grey that you will feel
cold did the wind won't be quite so strong in the east are given such a cold start, the temperatures will be lower than they were yesterday. struggling to five or six degrees but not too bad in the sunshine and there should be some around in the late afternoon for watford and west hampshire. they will just late afternoon for watford and west hampshire. they willjust be cold although fine and try and temperatures will fall away quickly as they will in scotland. cold if you are heading out to any sporting events through the course of the day ahead. through this evening and overnight, we could see snow across the hills of scotland, possibly even at lower levels as we start to see a change. we will watch that for the rush—hour and it may cause disruption. there will be heavy rain for a time before it gets blown away by the brisk westerly wind coming in off the atlantic. a real change of type and feel i think by the time we reach monday. not necessarily in the north. cold air really does stagnate and holds an across the north and east of scotland. a question of how
far that cold air comes back but at the moment it looks like the mild airwillwind the moment it looks like the mild air will wind through for much of the week and could bring with it further rain. severe gale force winds potentially late in the week. this is bbc news, the headlines. two crucial meetings to decide the future of zimbabwe's president — robert mugabe — are due to take place on sunday. army chiefs, who seized control of the country on wednesday, are expected to push for his resignation. the leaders of the governing zanu—pf party will also discuss his dismissal. the argentine navy says it has detected signals from the submarine that went missing on wednesday with forty—four crew on board. however, they said the source of the calls had yet to be found. ships and aircraft from argentina, brazil the us and the uk have been searching the area where it disappeared. police looking for 19—year—old gaia pope say a body has been found on land near swanage.