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this is bbc news. i'm sophie lond. the zimbabwean military and the country's ruling zanu pf party are expected to take steps today to remove robert mugabe from office and expell grace mugabe from the party. police say they're confident that the remains of a body found near swanage is that of the missing teenager gaia pope. tests of driverless cars on uk roads are set to be given the green light in this week's budget. the chancellor philip hammond has signalled he'll investigate why some house builders and speculators are hoarding land rather than building on it. gerry adams, sinn fein‘s leader for the past 3a years, will step down from the role next year. and our sunday morning edition of the papers is at 9.30 five — this mornings reviewers are katy balls, political correspondent of the the spectator and the journalist and broadcaster, james rampton. the pressure on robert mugabe is
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intensifying, with the military and his own party taken steps to remove him. the ruling zanu—pf parties to remove the 93—year—old at a meeting this morning. in last the zanu—pf youth league, which until now has strongly supported him, has called for him to step down. tens of thousands of protesters lined the streets of harare yesterday, calling for his resignation. mr mugabe has so for his resignation. mr mugabe has so far resisted. we can speak to richard dowden, journalist and director of the royal african society. today could be a significant day? more pressure on mugabe, but he is a very stubborn man. it will be interesting to see whether he finally says, all right, i will step down. i think he still believes he is president of zimbabwe and he wants to stay there. so, it's going to require an awful lot more arm—twisting. going to require an awful lot more arm-twisting. what is your feeling about what he will do today? up
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until now we have not heard from him, only his nephew, who said that robert mugabe and his wife, race, are ready to die to do what is correct, whatever that means?” think the army would prefer, and everybody else, a properly well—organised resignation and stepping away. i think he is digging his toes in. but i think there are procedures, i know that there are procedures, i know that there are procedures which can force him out of office. they may have to use those. in the meantime, it is a matter of who takes over. let's talk about the procedures first. we are expecting to see those kicking in today with a meeting of the party this morning? the party, the youth league, they have already left him, the party has to end his tenure as the party has to end his tenure as the chair of the party, and then can remove him as president. that would
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start this morning. even if he was removed as leader of the party today, he would remain president officially until parliament resumes sitting on tuesday? that's right. parliament resumes on tuesday and they have the power to vote him out. according to everything else that has happened so far, that should happen finally on tuesday. let's talk about a potential successor and what this will mean for zimbabweans. in the short—term, it looks like one of the problems is there as that group at the top who were part of the war to liberate zimbabwe, and they are not all behind him. he will have two manoeuvre quite a lot to stay in that place, in that position. there is an election coming up, and morgan tsvangirai is not well. the opposition is very
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fragmented. for a strong party to be formed and come in, producing a new effective government, it is still going to be difficult to do. when you look at the background, you look at the contenders, we saw tens of thousands of people on the streets of zimbabwe, people saying they are doing is for the children, the children, what is in exchange for them? i think that is the problem. there is this national uprising of let's get zimbabwe back to where it was, where it should be. at the same time, you cannot see a leader or a group of people that all agree with each other and will take the process forward. by falling out among themselves, they may cause further deeper rifts within society as a whole. i think there is a danger moment, an opportunity moment, but
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also a great danger moment that there will not be a clear leader coming out and saying i am the new boss, this is the way we are going. meanwhile, neighbouring countries will be watching this very closely. what could potentially be the consequences? i think it is part of a general change in africa, that the old rulers and, to the south, jacob zuma comes up for the election later. he will be watching this very closely. in angola, you have the president is trying to push his daughter into the position of his successoi’. daughter into the position of his successor. but the party has said no. i think there could be a change throughout the whole of africa in politics. this sort of kinship that has been created since independence, really, is going to end and the normal processes of democracy will
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ta ke normal processes of democracy will take over. really good to talk to you. thank you for coming in. we can now go to ben brown in some other way. just bring us up—to—date with the very latest irrelevance. —— latest developments. the ruling party of this country, here in harare, meeting the central committee, the leadership. they are going to vote today, we understand, to expel robert mugabe from the party and to dismiss him, and also to dismiss his wife, grace, as head of the women's league. this is com plete of the women's league. this is complete humiliation for robert mugabe, he has run the country for 37 years, he is being kicked out of his own party. it does not mean it is all overfor robert his own party. it does not mean it is all over for robert mugabe. he is still technically president, he has not been removed as president. even when he has been removed as party leader, somehow that has to happen.
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the generals here who launched the military takeover, they don't want it to look like a coup d'etat. they are trying to get him out constitutionally. that might mean parliament, just behind me in harare, voting to impeach him. those impeachment proceedings could begin at the beginning of the week, maybe monday or tuesday. that is we are hearing. give us a sense of the atmosphere. yesterday we saw tens of thousands of people out on the streets of harare, a real carnival atmosphere, one of celebration. what is going on there now? it is pretty quiet now. that was an amazing day, and historic and momentous day. as you were hearing from your last guest, people are not sure what changes coming to zimbabwe, but they are changes coming to zimbabwe, but they a re pretty changes coming to zimbabwe, but they are pretty sure nothing can be the same again. that is why there was so much euphoria. they believe the
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dictatorship of robert mugabe is over. you had on the streets behind me people of all kinds marching together, black and white, young and old, people from different political affiliations, zanu—pf and opposition parties as well. all coming together in tens of thousands to demand that mugabe stands down. over the years, if they had done that, got out onto the streets, criticising mugabe like that, they would have probably been whipped or beaten by the police, tear gas, water cannons. yesterday they were free to go where they wanted. there were having selfies taken with soldiers from the army. there was a mutual admiration between the people and the soldiers, euphoric scenes. a great show of people power, to demonstrate to robert mugabe that not only the army are against him, his own party is against him, and the people are against him, and the people are against him. thanks very much indeed. we will get much more through the course of the morning. detectives in dorset say they believe they've found the body
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of missing teenager, gaia pope. the discovery was made by search teams close to a coastal path near swanage. the 19—year—old was last seen alive on the 7th of november. her family have said they are "absolutely devastated". ian palmer reports. daughter, sister, friend. the search for gaia pope is over. she is, i'm not going to say "was" and i never will, she is the absolute light of my life. so beautiful, so emotionally wise and intelligent and... so passionate, and artistic, and creative and understanding. gaia's body was found yesterday afternoon. the 19—year—old had been missing since november the 7th. she was discovered near fields where some of her clothes were found a few days ago. before her body was located, hundreds of volunteers took part in a mass search in the town of swanage. we want to thank each and every one
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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 that many of you don't even know has been staggering and one of the few things that kept us going. earlier, three people arrested on suspicion of murder were released under investigation. police say, at the moment, gaia pope's death is being treated as unexplained. let's get more on this story with our correspondent james ingham, who's near the scene in swanage. the most devastating news for gaia's family yesterday? yes, really, you could hear in those brief words in
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ian's report how devastated they were. very bravely speaking out, only a short time after being told by police that they have found her body. this whole town was rocked by her disappearance. for 11 days, people have joined friends and family trying to search for her. they have put up leaflets and posters in shop windows. yesterday, hundreds of people turned out to search three different areas of the town. it was while they were doing that that police made their discovery in a field, near a path, close to clifftops here in swanage. that is close to where some of gaia's clothing had been found on thursday. they have been searching extensively, around 50 specialist search officers from the police, fire and rescue, coastguards, lowell and rescue teams. they did ultimately find the body yesterday afternoon. kane what is the latest on the police investigation? police are carrying out further
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forensic tests where the body was found, and also on the body itself. there will be a postmortem. at the moment they say the death is unexplained. they say the results of the further tests will help guide their future investigation. the further tests will help guide theirfuture investigation. they did arrest three people last week on suspicion of murder, and that is still a line of inquiry. thank you very much indeed. the chancellor of the exchequer has pledged to use wednesday's budget to help build 300,000 new homes a year. philip hammond has told the sunday times he will invest billions unfixed planning regulations to get builders building. he'll also announce funding to start the testing of driverless cars on the uk's roads within four years. investigators are continuing to look into the causes of a collision
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between a helicopter and a plane. the bodies of four men had been recovered. police and accident investigators remain at the scene. one of the victims has been named as captain mike green. he was conducting a flight instructor course with a student when both men died. the argentine navy says it has detected signals likely to be from a submarine which has been missing since wednesday with 44 crew on board. the vessel last made contact on wednesday. american planes and a british research vessel have joined effo rts british research vessel have joined efforts to locate the submarine. the defence ministry is now working with a us company to trace the location of the seven satellite calls made on saturday. the submarine, filmed earlier this year, in buenos aires. a 65 metre vessel, a crucial part of the argentine navy since the 1980s. on wednesday, it seemed to vanish somewhere in the waters of the south atla ntic somewhere in the waters of the south atlantic ocean. the submarine left
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the southernmost tip of south america on monday and was heading back to its base just south of the capital, buenos aires, a distance of around 2000 kilometres. the search has been concentrated about halfway, where the submarine last made contact on wednesday. it is a huge area and bad weather and high waves 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, because it would be easier for the submarine to get help that way. it has a crew of 44. it is more than 30 years old and was refitted in 2014. it is the newest of the three submarines that carries 22 torpedoes on board. so, what could have happened ? torpedoes on board. so, what could have happened? the navy said a power failure may have caused communication problems. if that has happened, operational guidelines say
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the submarine should have surfaced. three ships and two aircraft have been searching, nowjoined by a plane, a uk survey vessel hms protector and a us navy aircraft. now the argentinian ministry of defence says seven satellite calls have now been detected, made at various times on saturday. it is thought the signal was too weak to maintaina thought the signal was too weak to maintain a connection. experts are now trying to trace the origin to try to find the missing submarine and its 44 crew. the main headlines... zimbabwe's ruling zanu—pf party is expected to remove president robert mugabe as its leader today, as well as expell his wife, grace, from the party. police say they're confident that the remains of a body found near swanage is that of the missing teenager, gaia pope. tests of driverless cars on uk roads are set to be given the go—ahead in this week's budget. after 34 years at the helm,
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the sinn fein leader, gerry adams, says he plans to step down. during his time as leader, he persuaded the ira to call a ceasefire and pursued a political settlement in the form of the good friday agreement. his decision to resign brings to an end the longest party leadership in britain or ireland. republicanism has never been stronger. this is our time. we will grow even stronger in the future. but leadership means knowing when it's time for change. and that time is now. i will not be standing in the next election. gerry adams, making his announcement last night. john campbell is in the belfast newsroom. give us the background to this. well, gerry adams was saying that this had been long in the planning. he and the
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late martin mcguinness had sat down and planned a handover of power to the new generation of sinn fein. then he says that life sometimes punches you in the face, that was a reference to the fact that martin mcguinness became very ill and died earlier this year. those plans had to slightly change. there was already a new leader of sinn fein in northern ireland, michelle o'neill. she is a new generation. now gerry adams was saying it was time to hand over the ultimate leadership of the party to a new generation. certainly, all the plaudits, all the praise that he got from sinn fein last night, it really showed how he has dominated this party for more than 30 years. but now a new generation is going to be taking over. he will go next year. just give us a sense of the contenders and what this will mean for sinn fein. the hot favourite is marylou mcdonald. she is a member of the irish parliament. she was formerly
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an mep. she is a very accomplished media performer. there are a few others in the irish parliament, like piers doherty, the finance spokesman. certainly marylou mcdonnell is the hot favourite. she represents a huge break with the past. she has no connections at all to the ira, while the adams leadership, although many of them denied it, they had strong ira connections. what we're going to see over the next couple of years is whether gerry adams has been an electoral asset or a liability to his party. certainly the thinking has been that many people would not vote for sinn fein because of gerry adams and that link to the ira's past. but we will now sit at the next election whether that is true or not. the actor and singer david cassidy is being treated in a florida hospital for multiple organ failure. the 67—year—old who first found fame in the tv sitcom
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the partridge family was rushed to hospital three days ago and requires a liver transplant. he is believed to be conscious and surrounded by his family, following reports he had been put in an induced coma. new advice on how to recognise and tackle sexual harassment in the workplace is published today. the advisory and conciliation service acas has released guidelines for employers and employees which outlines the kind of behaviour which could be considered inappropriate and how to report it. jane—frances kelly has more. allegations of inappropriate behaviour by men considered to be hollywood greats and high profile politicians at westminster started a conversation about what sexual harassment is and what needs to be done to tackle it. now the conciliation service acas says it wants to help people identify sexual harassment at work and to give tips on how to handle it. the advice includes examples of the forms that sexual harassment can take, such as written or verbal comments, displaying explicit images or unwanted physical contact.
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sexual harassment can happen anywhere, at any time, to anybody. there are things that employers can do that will help manage that risk. but, nevertheless, it is a possibility and people need to be ready to identify it when it happens, they need to know what to do if it happens and they need to have a safe place and a safe way to report that, and possibly resolve it will take action around the matter as well. acas says if someone feels they are experiencing harassment, there are a number of people within an organisation that can help deal with complaints — like members of the human resources team, or union representatives. any kind of harassment that includes sexual assault or physical threats, it says, is a criminal act and should be reported to the police. sophie long, bbc news. a bbc hereford and worcester investigation has uncovered fresh
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claims of child abuse within the jehovah's witness organisation and there are fears that the church's own rules are protecting perpetrators. the charity commission has now launched an inquiry. a similar inquiry by the australian royal commission has revealed reports of 1800 victims — and there are twice as manyjehovah‘s witnesses in the uk. the bbc‘s felicity kvesic reports. it just felt normal. growing up, i thought that's what you did with your brother. that's what happened. louise palmerfrom halesowen was just four years old when her brother started sexually assaulting and raping her. she is waived her right to anonymity to tell her story. they'd been born into the jehovah's witness faith, an organisation that preaches kindness and unity. she feels let down by them after she told her not to go to the police when she revealed the years of abuse. i asked them what should i do. do you report it to the police, do i report it to the police?
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their words were that they strongly advised me not to go to the police because it would bring reproach on jehovah. louise's brother, richard davenport, was found guilty in 2015 and is serving a 10—year sentence for rape and abuse. she wants the jehovah's witnesses to rethink their protection policies. i believe that children are not safe. the safeguarding policies need to be updated. no child is ever going to feel like they can come forward, and they're not going to supported if they come forward either. marc and cora latham now celebrate christmas, something they'd never done as jehovah's witnesses. they run a support group for former members who've left, disillusioned by the organisation. many talk of a so—called two witness rule, which they worry puts children at risk. if, for instance, an individual finds themselves having to report this to the local body of elders, which is the clergy class, the elders will look at it and then ask the question, were there any other witnesses? if little johnny cannot find another
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witness to his molestation or rape, then the elders are instructed, because of the two witness rule, to leave it there, in god's hands. in 2013, the charity commission started a statutory inquiry into the organisation known as the watchtower bible & tract society after safeguarding issues. the inquiry is still ongoing, and an mp says he wants reassurances that safeguarding is top of the agenda. people must be free to practice their religion and we don't want to intrude upon that. but if it is established, on the basis of a rigorous inquiry, that something is going badly wrong, that is going to have to be ripped out, root and branch. i tried to speak to some elders at several kingdom halls across the west midlands. their phones either rang out or they referred me to the watchtower in london, the headquarters. the watchtower refused to put anybody up for interview. instead, they've given me a statement. for louise, a survivor of years
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of abuse, the message is simple. don't stay silent, tell the police. volu nteers volunteers restoring the last paddle steamer in britain have been asking for volunteers to help track down a rtefa cts a nd for volunteers to help track down artefacts and equipments that disappeared from the ship. ‘the maid of the loch‘ was left derelict on the banks of loch lomond after it was mothballed 35 years ago, now a group of enthusiasts are hoping to see her set sail again. our scotland correspondent, lorna gordon has been aboard to take a look. in the grey drizzle of an autumnal day, the last paddle steamer to be built in britain. she's not sailed for more than 35 years, moored up and, for part of that time, left to rot — until steam—ship enthusiasts saved her from sinking. it's a thing of beauty,
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but it needs a bit of work. absolutely, it sure does. it needs a lot of work, and a lot of money spent on it. the obvious things are that the paintwork and all that kind of thing... bit of rotten wood there? rotten wood. all of that will be replaced or renewed. the paddle boxes will be bright and sparkling again. in her 30 years of service, royalty and heads of state were amongst the millions of passengers who graced her decks. on a saturday night, there'd be entertainment. and on a summer's day, it would be full of families who'd come from glasgow to see loch lomond. in its heyday, the maid of the loch would have been packed with passengers enjoying a day out on the water. many of those who are helping to restore it have fond memories of this ship, and want a new generation to enjoy it too. was it exciting, as a boy? oh, yes, fantastic. never seen anything like it in my life. there's a wonderful feeling about watching the power — i mean, this is power. this is raw power.
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all these pistons — the two pistons going backwards and forwards, turning the shafts, making the paddles go through their cycle, making her go through the water... it'sjust — i mean, "magic" is the only word there is to it. hard work by volunteers has erased some of the damage caused by the years of neglect. but with anything of value stolen, any metals that could be melted down sold as scrap, they now need help in tracking down any artefacts that still exist, like this recently returned ship's wheel. the ship was stripped bare before we took it on. but over the years, we've had one or two things back. the most important one is the ship's bell. you want to hear it? yeah, go on, then... you need to give me a hand...! if i lift it, you can give it a ding... there's lots of other ones that people have taken off. no recriminations, wejust need to know that, if they're safe, would people please give them back?
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securing the heritage of this historic ship, and moving one step closer to seeing the maid of the loch raising steam and sailing once again. mexico has officially opened its butterfly biosphere reserve, ready for the migration of monarch butterflies which congregate there each autumn, to survive the harsh northern winter. sophia tran—thompson reports. it's travel season and these northerners are looking for a winter escape. every year in autumn, millions of monarch butterflies take the arduous journey to mexico from as far north as canada, some migrating almost 5000 kilometres. but only a small number survive the journey. to help increase their chances of making it, a protected sanctuary has been set up, extending across the state of mexico and michoacan. last year, 200,000 people
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visited the butterflies. it's change the landscape and created jobs. translation: the majority of people here were loggers. that was their employment. but now we've realised how important the monarch butterflies are. so, rather than being lumberers, we take care of trees. we are replanting forests and protecting them from fires. everything we can. populations of monarch butterflies have decreased significantly over the past few decades. in part, because of a decline in native plants. authorities in mexico, canada and the us have stepped up efforts to preserve them. it's hoped this season's migration will beat last year's with flying colours. the queen and prince philip will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary tomorrow. to mark the milestone, buckingham palace has released this new portrait.
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a set of six commemorative stamps have also been issued by royal mail, they feature the couple's engagement and wedding. they are the first royal couple to celebrate their platinum anniversary. time for a quick look at the weather. dry weather on offer across many parts of the british isles. the cloud will start to fill in across western areas of wales, england and the western side of scotland, northern ireland. there will be bits and pieces of rain. despite the dry weather, sunshine in the east. not overly warm. five, six or 7 degrees. we push mild air overnight, which causes snow to form and lie above 200 metres initially on high ground to the north of the central belt in scotland. as we get into the first pa rt scotland. as we get into the first part of monday, we are going to find an awful lot of rain across a good pa rt an awful lot of rain across a good part of northern and eastern britain. that gradually pushes off into the north sea, leaving behind
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leaden skies, the odd bit of rain on the breeze. at least the breezes coming from the south—west. relatively mild across england, wales, northern ireland. a cooler feel, one of those days, i'm afraid, for the greater part of scotland. on into tuesday, we keep it mild but it stays fairly wet and very windy.

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