welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is tom donkin. our top stories: protests against robert mugabe in zimbabwe ahead of crucial meetings to decide the president's future. a man told me "we want to get in there and tell these people what we think of them". signals from the submarine — argentina believes it's heard from the vessel missing in the south atlantic. hello and welcome to bbc world 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. all sing a common purpose in a place so long divided. all sing 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 very happt. this is a new beginning for the people of zimbabwe. what i am seeing here is the death of a dynasty. all of the faces of the nation came into harare. all sing 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 tells you everything. this is what the people feel about the army. it may not last. but they feel genuine liberation due to the soldiers. they say they are their saviours. 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? well, 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 a man told me "we want to get in there to tell the people what we 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. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. 1a 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 air strikes 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 lebanese politician saad hariri, who shocked his country when he resigned as prime minister, says he will return to beirut within days. he's in paris, where he's been holding talks with president macron. mr hariri announced he was standing down while in saudi arabia a fortnight ago, and he hasn't been home since. mr hariri says he'll be in beirut to celebrate lebanon's independence day on wednesday. 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. the argentine defence ministry says experts are now working to try to trace the source of the calls. here's andrew plant. the san juan submarine, filmed earlier this year at its base near buenos aires. a 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 atlantic ocean. the submarine left the southernmost tip of south america on monday and was heading back to its base in mar del plata, just south of the capital buenos aires — a distance of around 2000km. the search has been concentrated about halfway. it is from where the sub 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 waters. it would be easier for the submarine to get help that way. the sanjuan has a crew of a 1m. 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 a powerfailure 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, nowjoined by a nasa plane, ahe uk survey vessel hms protector the uk survey vessel hms protector and a us navy aircraft. now the argentinian ministry of defence say 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.
malcolm young, co—founder and guitarist of the australian rock band ac/dc, has died aged 64. he founded the group in the 1970s with his brother angus, retiring more than a0 years later to receive treatment for dementia. ac/dc are best known for the albums highway to hell and back in black, and were inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame in 2003. tributes have been flowing on twitter for malcolm young. black sabbath front man ozzy osbourne says: duff mckagan, of guns n roses fame, tweets: his sincerest condolences. that's all from the team. goodbye for now. now on bbc news, a special programme
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