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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11am: zimbabwean president robert mugabe's closest allies in zanu—pf are calling on him to step down, as military leaders gather to meet him to determine his fate. the motorcade has left the private residence of robert mugabe. we think he is on his way to a meeting with generals from the zimbabwean defence forces. missing teenager gaia pope's family thank those who searched for her for their "compassion, humanity and community spirit" — as a body is found near swanage. the chancellor, philip hammond, has said britain needs to build an extra 300,000 homes a year to make an impact on the housing crisis. it is not acceptable to us that there are not enough properties
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available to redmond and that rents are sky—high. the answer is we have to build more homes. tests of driverless cars on uk roads are set to be given the green light in this week's budget. and in half an hour here on bbc news, steve rosenberg travels across russia to find out how its citizens view the 1917 revolution. good morning and welcome to bbc news. the pressure on the zimbabwean president robert mugabe to stand down is intensifying with both the military and his own party set to take further steps to remove him. the ruling zanu—pf party is expected to remove the 93—year—old as its leader at a meeting today. the zanu—pf youth league, which until now has strongly supported president robert mugabe,
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has called for him to step down. tens of thousands of protestors lined the streets of harare yesterday calling for his resignation. the leader of zimbabwe's powerful liberation war veterans has threatened to unleash the mob against mr mugabe if he continues to refuse to step down. you... you this time it will be a typical african coup. you saw the order, you saw the discipline, you saw no looting, that is the way of doing things. iop gives them quickly, so this situation doesn't get any worse than it is now. what does it feel like to turn against an icon like mr mugabe? well, there is angst with something like that
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happening. but look, with old, his faculties were beginning to deteriorate. some people took advantage of that. we probably should have been more vigilant. he should have been more vigilant. he should have been long retired, but anyway, the crowd that turned up yesterday would have been the glorious crowd... now it is coming to chastise him out of power. earlier i spoke to alex magazisa, former adviser to morgan tsvangirai, the leader of zimba bwe's opposition movement for democratic change. he said president mugabewould likely try to hold on to power until the bitter end. yesterday was a mass convergence of zimbabwe to try and apply pressure from the people. today we are seeing is an upf using their structures to apply political pressure on him. but
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mrmugabe, as apply political pressure on him. but mr mugabe, as expected, is holding on. he is a stubborn man. he will try to fight to the very bitter end. even with so many members of his own party coming against him now? that is the character of the man and he is the character of the man and he is getting more and more politically isolated. but he knows he has one thing currently in his favour, the fa ct thing currently in his favour, the fact he is the constitutionally elected or recognised head of state. that is important to other countries in the region? yes, because they don't want to set a precedent, they would like to protect themselves. the african union has been code for african dictators. they will protect mugabe for their arendse. even when they see these scenes we are watching here? —— for their own sake. thousands of people coming out on the street to ask for him to go? absolutely. that is why it is also important for the people of zimbabwe
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not to make it a one—off but a sustained effort to make the campaign and mass protest a sustained effort, demonstrating to mugabe and the african leaders there is no political capital for mugabe and the african leaders there is no political capitalfor robert mugabe. so many people out on the streets of harare. to think that is the thinking of the military, for allowing these kinds of demonstrations, these protests? in the past you just wouldn't have seen this in zimbabwe. absolutely, in the past the military and police would have been the instruments used by mugabe to stop people doing that. the fact they allowed people to protest in the way that they did shows that they are willing to apply political pressure. they are also using the people in order to drive home their point. and this would not have happened last week, it's happening now because it's important to show mugabe he is running out of time. once, if indeed that happens,
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and mugabe is removed, is this a kind of freedom that we are going to see continue? what will all this mean for zimbabwe see continue? what will all this meanforzimbabwe in see continue? what will all this mean for zimbabwe in the short and medium term? i think it's important that we be very realistic about what's going on. this is a family fight within zanu—pf. because other people outside zanu—pf would like to see mugabe gone and that is the main interest. as far as freedom is concerned, yes, people are happy that freedom is coming but it is important to understand that what is critical here is notjust one man but the system. the system has to change, the system that mugabe created and is so entrenched that it would take some time before it can be dismantled. shortly we will speak to my colleague ben brown, who is in harare for us, so we can get the latest. robert mugabe's motorcade was on the move last time we spoke to him. we will get an update
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shortly. first, let's move to the budget. the chancellor of the exchequer has said he will set out a number of measures in wednesday's budget to help build 300,000 new homes a year. speaking to the bbc, philip hammond said fixing the housing market was essential in ensuring young people were not less prosperous than their parents. 0ur political correspondent emma vardyjoins me now. who can tell us more about what the chancellor has had to say this morning. he really outlined this theme of making britain fit for processed brexit world. we have been hearing a lot that there will be a focus on housing in particular, reaching out to younger voters, where conservatives have pretty low support at the moment. strong hints there could be some help for first—time buyers on stamp duty, but philip hammond said there is no magic bullet to dealing with the housing shortage. he is treading a difficult line here. he set up this target for 300,000 new homes, so the question is does that mean building on the green belt? he said this
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morning no, the commitment they have made to the felt stand but there are other things that can be done. he is pointing the finger here at units around london and around the country, where there is planning permission but not a lot of building is taking place. he said that is now where'd the state needs to intervene. in london alone, 270,000 residential planning permissions have not today been built. we need to understand why these planning permissions that are going up all over the country, that will continue to increase across the country, why they are not being built out. we will intervene to make sure they are. we will use money. we will use the powers of the state. we will use the powers of the planning system. but we are determined to get those missing homes built. that is one of a number of measures we will hear about on wednesday which is hoped will appeal to younger voters, many whom have been recently showing their support to jeremy corbyn. recently showing their support to jeremy corbyn. what is the
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alternative for labour? the shadow chancellorjohn mcdonald alternative for labour? the shadow chancellor john mcdonald this morning reiterated that familiar call for the government to end tax cuts for the rich and reinvest in public services. we heard john mcdonnell talk about his arguments for reid nationalising the utilities, saying the public are frustrated with these big companies making too much profit. but he was challenged, as labour always is, over whether labour's alternative budget plans would involve any responsible borrowing while we still have a deficit, and john mcdonnell responded by saying if you invest, there will be economic returns, which will cover the cost of that borrowing. what has happened is the government has cut corporation tax, which means that earned income by corporations is being stacked up and not invested, so we now know... you want to force corporations to reinvest more money? ideally we want to stop giving tax cuts to corporations and the rich and recognise there is an emergency out there in the public services and invest it in public services. a few other things we will be
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looking out for on the budget on wednesday. whether there will be some movement on public sector pay. there was some speculation in the papers this morning there may be some movement on nurses pay. philip hammond didn't give anything away and that this morning. he talked about the vision of having d riverless ca rs about the vision of having driverless cars on our roads by 2021. the big differences between labour and the conservatives on this our labour piling on the pressure for the government to end austerity once again. but philip hammond held firm saying we have been struggling for a long time to get the deficit down, we are on the brink of turning the corner to get the debt down but this is a difficult budget for philip hammond. his second of the year. in his last budget he was forced to make an embarrassing u—turn over national insurance contributions so any controversial measures that go ford on wednesday could be seen to be to particular risky for him. he doesn't want to have to make any more embarrassing
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climb—downs. have to make any more embarrassing climb-downs. no, thank you very much. detectives in dorset say they believe they've found the body 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 seventh 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
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part in a mass search in the town of 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 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. 0ur correspondent james ingham gave us the latest from the scene in swanage. you can hear the emotion in the two girls voices, very bravely speaking
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just a few hours after hearing about the discovery of gaia's body. they had been hopeful right until the last moment that she could be found alive. i interviewed clara a couple of hours before, yesterday lunchtime, when she organised searches, which hundreds of people from this community turned out to help in. she's a due was convinced gaia could be found alive, but as those searches were going on, not far away, near clifftop here in swanage, the far away, near clifftop here in swa nage, the police, far away, near clifftop here in swanage, the police, who had specialist rescue teams out searching, made discovery of the body. studio: give us the latest on the investigation? the police now will be carrying out further scientific work. in the area where she was found and also forensic tests on her body. a postmortem will also take place. that is to try and establish exactly how she came to her death. the pelissie her death is still unexplained. they know whether she simply walked off and came to
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her death without any undue violence, but also they believe that potentially she was killed. last week they did arrest three people on suspicion of her murder. they have all been released by the police say the results of these scientific studies will help determine the course of their future investigation and whether it continues to be a murder inquiry. james ingham reporting from swanage there. more on zimbabwe now. there is to be a meeting this morning and we can go live now to ferrari and speak to ben brown, who is there for us. last time we spoke to you robert mugabe's motorcade was on the move. do we now know he is at this meeting? we haven't had confirmation, but we think he has gone there from his
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residence, the blue roof as it is called, to state house, for that set of negotiations. another set of talks with the military. they talked on thursday, tried to persuade him to resign then, he wouldn't. they are going to try again today. if he doesn't, the leader of the war vetera ns, doesn't, the leader of the war veterans, the men who fought alongside robert mugabe in the war of independence, they say they will unleashed the mob on president mugabe. quote, we will bring back the crowds they will do their business. that is a threat if he doesn't resign. so far, according to his nephew, mr mugabe has no intention of resigning because he believes that will be to give in to what he believes is an illegitimate, unlawful to. the central committee of the ruling party, zanu—pf, are meeting right now. we understand they will depose mr mugabe as the party leader and effectively kick him out of the party as well. so huge humiliation for robert mugabe, after 37 years of running the party
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and the country. but he would still technically be president of this country, so that might mean that if he won't quit voluntarily, they will have to try and impeach him. that would be up to parliament, just down there behind me, and they may start impeachment proceedings in a few days' time. how people responding to that language about unleashing the mob? all the pictures we saw coming out of harare yesterday were full of celebration and euphoria. is there a change of tone today? no, there is no sense of any impending violence at all. that may have just been fiery rhetoric from him. i think people here on the : euphoric. yesterday full of joy, people here on the : euphoric. yesterday full ofjoy, people united, black and white, young and old from all different factions coming together to demand that he goes. so really scenes ofjoy. i think everyone wants this to be a peaceful transition. there was an
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extraordinary scene at the zanu—pf meeting today. a top table, where normally robert mugabe and grace, his wife, and the senior, the vice president of the party and country would sit together. that top table with empty today, because they are all either and a house arrest or have left the country or their whereabouts are unknown. so extraordinary times here in zimbabwe at the moment. you feel like it is only a matter of time before mugabe is persuaded to leave as president, to quit or to be forced out. he can't have much longer in power here. he isn't really in power anyway, just technically president. 0k, thank you very much. ben brown in harare. the headlines on bbc news at 11.17am: the leader of zimbabwe's powerful liberation war veterans movement has issued a warning that mr mugabe will face mob violence if he fails to step down today. police say they're confident
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that the body found near swanage is that of the missing teenager, gaia pope. gaia's sister described her as the "light of my life". the chancellor, philip hammond, has said britain needs to build an extra three hundred thousand homes a year to make an impact on the housing crisis. sport now, and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. good morning everyone. england will play tonga in the semi—finals of the rugby league world cup in auckland next saturday, after they beat papua new guinea by 36—6 in melbourne this morning. england dominated from the off, and jermaine mcgillvary scored another two tries to put them in control. he's scored six in the tournament now. while man—of—the—match kallum watkins also scored a couple, as england ran in a total of seven tries. they've of seven tries. been good all tournament, some they've been good all tournament, some big boys, they tackle hard. it
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was a real test for our pack but we came up well. we're still building, but we're into the semis and fatwa wa nted but we're into the semis and fatwa wanted to be. justin rose is on course to win the season—ending tour championship in dubai. he hasjust gone into he has just gone into the water. he will be scrambling not to drop a shot on this hole. tommy fleetwood has fallen away today, now trailing justin rose by five shots. justin rose battling to save his lead. england's women have lost the ashes, but they've won their penultimate t20 of the series in australia to save a bit of face. and maybe even a draw in the series. england set the aussies a total of 153 to win in canberra and then bowled the aussies out for 112 to win by a0 runs, withjenny gunn taking four wickets. anya shrubsole admits the team had a
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bit of a point to prove.|j anya shrubsole admits the team had a bit of a point to prove. i think it was a point in terms of coming out and showing how we can play cricket, and showing how we can play cricket, and also showing the kind of fight and also showing the kind of fight and resilience that we have in this team. we need those two games to level up the series. i think that's the point we wanted to prove that yes, the ashes of gone but we're still a pretty good team. there will be two new faces in tonight's final of the atp world tour finals at london's 02 arena. bulgarian grigor dimitrov will face belgian david goffin in a match not many would have predicted. goffin sprung the biggest surprise of the finals by coming from a set down to beat roger federer for the first time to reach his first ever tour final. for federer, it was only a fifth defeat of a very successful year. maybe never really reached my best level, because the first set was all right, you know, but he didn't play very well in that set, i don't believe. so yes, pretty
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disappointing, but at the end he did play extremely well and he was the better player on the court. so i feel like it's ok like this. dimitrov beat the americanjack sock in three sets for a shot at the biggest title of his career. the match is live on bbc two and coverage starts at 6pm. david moyes takes charge of west ham for the first time this afternoon as they take on watford. it will be his 500th game as a premier league manager, but he is more concerned at getting to grips with his newjob and his team, who start the day third from bottom of the premier league. i certainly wouldn't be on who is critical of anybody before but the players have told me what they think, so we'll give them what they think, so we'll give them what they think they need to get better. we'll put it on and... i've got to say, they've got to be the ones that take a lot of responsibility for what their actions are now. they can't a lwa ys their actions are now. they can't always be saying it's the manager
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doesn't do this, the manager doesn't doesn't do this, the manager doesn't do that. come on, let's see what you can do yourself. you can hear live coverage of that match on bbc radio five live, a four pin kick—off. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. see you later, thank you very much. investigators are continuing to look into the causes of a mid—air collision between a helicopter and a plane after the bodies of the four men who died were recovered. police and air accident experts remain at the scene of the wreckage in woodland in buckinghamshire. one of the victims has been named as captain mike green. he was conducting a flight instructor course with a student when they both 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 sanjuan was on a routine mission off the southern tip of argentina when it lost contact with naval command on wednesday. the defence ministry is now working with a us company to trace the location of the seven satellite calls made on saturday. the actor and singer, david cassidy,
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is being treated in a florida hospital for multiple organ failure. the 67 year—old who first found fame in the tv sitcom, ‘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. sinn fein leader gerry adams says he plans to step down. he decided the rra to broker a peace deal. the longest party leadership in britain or ireland comes with his resignation. 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.
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i will not be standing for the dail in the next election. i'm joined now by the journalist david mckittrick who has been covering the politics of northern ireland for nearly 50 years. a very good morning to you, thank you for being with us. he has only been doing that the 3a years, so a lot has changed during your period of coverage, and his tenure as the leader. absolutely. in his speech in dublin last night, gerry adams rounded off the names of four prisons where he had been held in his earlier days but that was then and this was now. you have him on his old comrades in the ira and sinn fein, martin mcguinness died earlier this year. there is a real changing of the guard going on here. the question now is whether sinn fein
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can transform itself from a party which was linked with the old violence and so on, put in a couple of new leaders, who will probably both be women, and have a softer image, which will enable them to make even further political gains. so this could be a fairly significant moment? very much so. ten yea rs significant moment? very much so. ten years ago ian paisley, the old loyalist warhorse, and adam scott together and were pictured and agreed to go into government together. that was an amazing moment. things haven't been smooth, of course, since then. we have had this big in belfast where the local assembly, which is supposed to be power—sharing and running in a harmonious way running northern ireland, that hasn't worked out. that has been in suspension for nearly a year now. the question is maybe with this change in personnel, maybe with this change in personnel,
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maybe with this change in personnel, maybe with a new optimism in the air, perhaps that can be rebuilt and things can get to be run a bit more smoothly from now on a. tell us a bit more about possible successors. it seems to be in dublin for the main successor there is a woman, a woman called mary lou mcdonald. she has been very successful in the irish parliament, very good on television. no connection at all with the ira of the old days, never been arrested, never been charged or anything. so an impressive younger woman who has got the vote up in the south quite a bit. because she is what used to be known as a lilywhite, the whole thing now is whether more voters in the south will say, the old days of gone,
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gerry adams is going, and you now have somebody who hasn't been involved in all of that and who would be more susceptible to winning votes. ok, really good to talk to you. thank you for your time this morning. volunteers restoring the last paddle steamer to be built in britain are appealing for help to track down artefacts and equipment which 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. 0ur 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, 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.
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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. all these pistons —
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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? securing the heritage of this historic ship, and moving one step closer to seeing the maid of the loch raising steam
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and sailing once again. the queen and prince philip will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary tomorrow. to mark the milestone, buckingham palace has released this new portrait. 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 to take a look at the weather now, that is with phil avery. good morning. glorious enough through my front door here in central london. but i have to acknowledge straightaway, it is not like that every word. further

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