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the crisis in zimbabwe continues as the deposed president robert mugabe ignores today's deadline for him to resign. more protests on the streets, as moves begin to impeach the president, who's led the country for nearly four decades. we'll have the latest from our correspondents in zimbabwe. also this lunchtime: the eu's chief brexit negotiator says an ambitious free trade deal with britain is on the table but only if the uk meets its conditions. angela merkel holds crisis talks with germany's president after the collapse of negotiations to form a coalition government. jana novotna, the winner of the 1998 wimbledon women's singles title, has died at the age of 49 from cancer. the scene live at westminster abbey where the bells are ringing to mark a royal platinum wedding anniversary... as the queen and prince philip celebrate 70 years of married life. and coming up in the sport,
west brom sack manager tony pulis with the club just one point above the premier league relegation zone and without a win since august. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. the deadline set by zimbabwe's ruling party for president robert mugabe to resign passed this morning with no response from the head of state. his party, zanu—pf, has now begun discussing the impeachment of the embattled leader, calling him a "source of instability", and blaming him for the country's economic problems. in a speech to the nation last night, mr mugabe defied expectations and made it clear he had no intention of stepping down, despite intervention from the military last week. ben brown is in
the capital, harare. when robert mugabe went on television last night with that address, there was a real expectation across the country that he was going to resign and when he didn't there was shock and disbelief, and real anger as well. today zanu—pf, his party which has already sacked him as leader, is launching impeachment proceedings against him. they will need a two thirds majority in both houses of the parliament behind me, but one mp has said that will take weeks or months and even then it might not be successful. the next age of the battle is set, robert mugabe is on one side and his party on the other. i will preside over. . . party on the other. i will preside over... last night he didn't step
down as expected. party leaders had given him until today to do so. the midday deadline to resign has come and gone. the zanu—pf party is planning to put the final wheels in motion, it has summoned its lawmakers to the zanu—pf headquarters behind me to discuss a possible impeachment. the process will then move to parliament with —— where the constitution says a two thirds majority will be needed to remove the leader. lawmakers can cite misconduct, violating the constitution or mental or physical incapacity as grounds for dismissal. but it's not clear how long the process will take and this president doesn't appear to be in the mood to play ball. it depends how fast it moves, it could take days or months, but the beauty is it's a process that has provided the constitution in section 97 so i think it is now
the only hope for the country that the only hope for the country that the president is removed in terms of that section of the constitution. unprecedented waves of protest across the country have failed to persuade the only leader of this country has known to go. and they continue to spread. students at the main university are now boycotting their exams. we are sick and tired, we want him to resign. we want change. the constitution should change, the parliament should change. and the war vetera ns parliament should change. and the war vete ra ns say parliament should change. and the war veterans say they will escalate their protests this week. mugabe, go now, go now. your time is up, please leave the house and let the country
start on a new page. it's been a long week of events never witnessed here before and the desire to at least give the appearance of removing him by the book is slowing the process down, but finding the quick resolution to this impasse may prove very hard to find. over the weekend we saw a massive demonstration against robert mugabe here on the streets of harare, tens of thousands of people taking to the streets, another huge demonstration has been called for tomorrow. but mr mugabe has shown he doesn't care about pressure from his own party, the army, and he doesn't care about people power either. ben brown, thank you. the eu's chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, has warned britain that it can't cherry pick parts of the single market it wants to keep. but he said that brussels was ready to offer the uk the most ambitious free trade deal if its terms are met. theresa may is chairing a meeting of senior cabinet ministers to discuss the size of the so—called
divorce bill — the money the uk needs to pay to start trade talks. our political correspondent eleanor garnier reports from westminster. busy ahead of the budget on wednesday, highlighting the government's plans for investing in technology and engineering but the prime minister and the chancellor too know that brexit is the backdrop too know that brexit is the backdrop to everything. and it is the money, the so—called brexit bill that is the so—called brexit bill that is the sticking point in the negotiations. we have been very clear we will honour our commitments but i want to see developing that deep and special partnerships with the european union for the future andi the european union for the future and i want to see us moving together because a deal that is good for the uk is because a deal that is good for the ukisa because a deal that is good for the uk is a deal that's good for the rest of the eu. the eu's chief negotiator said the preference was foran negotiator said the preference was for an ambitious trade deal but only if divorce issues get sorted. i'm
settling the accounts accurately, we owe this to taxpayers as well as to all those benefiting from eu funding projects. but there was also a clear message on sticking to the rules and the free movement of goods, capital, services and people. those who claim that the uk should cherry pick part of the single market must stop this contradiction. the two sides have been sitting down to negotiations for months with no major breakthroughs. there's increasing pressure from brussels for the uk to come up with solutions, and back here calls on the chancellor to watch how he spends taxpayers' money. he cannot afford play santa claus to jean—claude juncker and donald tusk, a needs to make sure we are paying for what we are absolutely contracted for, and for every pound he unnecessarily gives
away to the european union is a pound not being spent on british public services. when theresa may and senior ministers meet later to discuss the size of the brexit bill, they will know agreeing to pay more will quicken the talks but also caused anger amongst some. getting agreement within cabinet is crucial and as eu leaders keep pointing out, the clock is ticking. in a moment, we'll speak to our assistant political editor norman smith in westminster, but first, to brussels and our europe correspondent damian grammaticas. damian, what is the message the eu negotiator michel barnier is trying to send? i think it's very interesting, the speech this morning clearly comes within the context of the things you are hearing in the debate in the uk. the highlight at the top, michel barnier saying the eu wants the most ambitious free trade agreement with the uk but to achieve that his speech went on to
lay out conditions, and of course we all know about the exit agreement, dealing with things like money. he moved on quickly from that, the speech was all about michel barnier point in the uk towards difficult choices that the eu believes the uk has to make to move things forward. ireland, he pointed to that, he said the uk has said it would apply some eu rules in ireland but what rules? what is the uk willing to commit to prevent a hard border? they want the uk to focus on the question of ireland. and participation or access to the single market, he said that would depend on how much the uk sought to divert in the future because he said the legal consequence of brexit is that the uk is quitting the single market, and uk banks will lose their access. he said the further the uk diverges,
the harder it will be to get a deal that gives the uk good access to the single market in the future. norman, all of this as theresa may appears poised to pay a bigger divorce bill, how likely is that to happen? all of the signs are that theresa may will agree to a bigger bill, certainly than the £18 billion floated by mrs may in florence and that's because they know they have to put more cash on the table if the eu will move onto crucial trade talks. the extra cash will come with strings, so there's likely to be an insistence this money is only for past bills signed up for, not ongoing eu commitments, but they will also want an assurance the eu will move onto trade talks. in other words they will not take the cash, put it in their back pockets and say how about more money. but the risk is of a
significant backlash from a public who were told during the referendum campaign that we were going to get £350 million per week for the nhs. instead we are having to hand over billions as part of a divorce bill. already we have heard from tory mps saying we have got to have an itemised list of why we are having to spend all of this money, and this in the week of the budget when the chancellor is under massive pressure to ease off on austerity. i doubt we will get a fixed figure of how much we are prepared to pay today or any time soon, more likely though a nod and a wink to brussels that down the line, yes, we are ready to pay more and maybe a lot more. norman, thank you. meanwhile, the european union will decide this evening where two major eu agencies, currently based in london, will be relocated after brexit. 19 cities are bidding for the european medicines agency, while eight want to host the european banking authority. more than 1,000 people work for the two agencies.
our business correspondent theo leggett has the details. london's canary london's ca nary wharf london's canary wharf is home to some of the worlds biggest banks and two prestigious eu agencies, the uk banking authority which monitors the health of the region ‘s biggest banks and the european medicines agency which supervises drugs used on humans and animals. but now we are leaving the eu, both organisations will have to move and today they will find out where they are going. two dozen cities are scrambling to host them. the european commission says the agencies employ about 1100 people, many well—paid, but they also attract many business visitors for meetings, conferences and expert panels. between them they book about 40,000 hotel rooms per year. the uk will lose 1100 good jobs of
regulators who spend money in the capital but there is more to it than that. having a regulator creates a halo effect because lots of american and japanese businesses set up shop in london because they want their staff to be close to the regulator so they can help its decisions. it isa so they can help its decisions. it is a similar story in the banking sector, the european banking authority may be a relatively small agency but it wields a lot of influence. it tells us a lot about where the europeans once their financial centre to be, and secondly there is a whole ecosystem that's built up around the banking authority here in london. will that move as well? quite possibly there are morejobs that move as well? quite possibly there are more jobs that will move with retail banks moving to follow the regulator. the result has been a kind of beauty parade with cities across europe setting out their stalls. they have to provide offices, good transport links and hundreds of school places. bucharest
is... and they have been offering extra perks such as subsidised rent, language lessons and free visits to the zoo. even heads of government have been helping with the hard sell. other eu members may not necessarily be keen on britain's departure but they are happy to pick up departure but they are happy to pick up benefits where they can. the german chancellor angela merkel‘s attempts to form a coalition government have collapsed, raising the prospect of the country facing another general election. after weeks of negotiations, the centrist free democrats — the fdp — pulled out of talks, with its leader saying there was no basis of trust between the parties. mrs merkel has been meeting the german president this morning. damien mcguinness is in berlin. what does this now mean for angela merkel and for germany? it is certainly a blow for angela merkel because she was responsible
really as the potential chancellor of making these coalition talks work. some people say it will be ha rd work. some people say it will be hard for her to survive politically which means this will be the end of the merkel era, unexpectedly sooner than thought, but it depends how the public reacts to this breakdown in the coalition talks because the recriminations are already starting and this morning most german commentators seem to be blaming the liberal sdp party, the ones who walked out of the talks, for the breakdown —— fdp. if there is a backlash, angela merkel could be strengthened because often when things get rocky, either abroad or domestically, she is often seen as an anchor of stability so she could even emerge stronger from this. what is clear is that we will see a period of political instability in germany because none of the options going forward for the new government are good. we either have a minority
government, fresh elections, and they would mean months before the next elections take place and this would lead her effectively in political limbo which could have a big impact on the german economy. damien, thank you. the former wimbledon singles championjana novotna has died of cancer at the age of 49. the czech tennis player won the championship in 1998, after losing five years earlier to steffi graf in a memorable match. ms novotna, who also had an outstanding doubles career, has been described by the women's tennis association as an inspiration. our sports correspondent david ornstein looks back at her life. it is one of wimbledon's most enduring images. jana novotna may have lost the final at she got a shoulder to cry on from the duchess of kent and the hearts of the british public. shejust told me, you will do it. i believe one day
you will do it. i believe one day you will do it. i believe one day you will do it. and ijust became very emotional. it was very nice. i appreciated it. novotna finished runner—up again but a year later she finally won the trophy. news of her death has been met with a mixture of shock and an outpouring of tributes. ican shock and an outpouring of tributes. i can only describe her as a ruthless competitor on the court but utterly sweet and charming of it. she was such a warm person, always very friendly. she would come up and give you kisses and smile, she was really loved by everyone. she rose to prominence in the early 90s and went on to become one of the most exciting, popular and successful players of regeneration. wimbledon was her only grand slam singles title but she collected 16 in
doubles and 100 tournament wins across a glittering career, laying her way into the international tennis hall of fame. she was back on the lawns of wimbledon as recently as 2016, rolling back the years in the invitational mixed doubles. but jana novotna will always be remembered for the tears and then the triumph, refusing to let the setbacks keep her down, eventually coming back on top and writing her name into history with a smile. jana novotna, who has died at the age of 49. our top story this lunchtime: the crisis in zimbabwe continues as its deposed president robert mugabe ignores today's deadline for him to resign. and coming up, a change in culture — the new head of uk sport calls for more to be done to improve the welfare of top—level athletes. in sport, the cricketers relax ahead
of the ashes test. jake ball confirms he has recovered from his ankle injury and is fully fit. the notorious cult leader charles manson, who directed his followers to commit a string of brutal murders, has died aged 83. he'd been in prison in california for more than four decades. in 1969, his followers, known as the manson family, killed seven people. among them was the heavily pregnant hollywood actress sharon tate, the wife of roman polanski. james cook reports from los angeles. charles manson. the name itself is synonymous with evil. a killer who did no killing but whose crimes shocked the world. in august 1969, followers of his cult broke into the home of sharon tate. the pregnant actress, who was married to the director roman polanski, was brutally murdered along with four of her friends.
the next night, the so—called manson family killed again, tying up and murdering a wealthy couple. this was the ramshackle ranch in death valley where manson lived in a commune with his runaway fans. they apparently used lsd and saw the guitar playing ex—convict as a kind of saint. or perhaps a devil. charles manson was charged, not with wielding a knife orfiring a gun, but with controlling and directing the killers. i don't accept the court, i don't accept the whole situation. i was in the desert minding my business. this confusion belongs to you. it is your confusion. i don't have any guilt, i know what i've done. no man canjudge me. i can judge me. what have you done, charlie? why had he done it? apparently to spark a race war, it would be called helter skelter, and he would use it to seize power. in 1971, he was sentenced to death on seven counts of murder,
later commuted to life in prison. over the years, charles manson applied for parole time and time again, but he died a prisoner, having shattered the peace and love of the 1960s with diabolical violence. the owner of british gas, centrica, has announced it will scrap standard gas and electricity tariffs for new customers. it claims this is part of a series of measures which will be significantly more effective than the government's proposed cap on energy bills. our business correspondent simon gompertz is here. what difference is this likely to make? two thirds of gas and electricity customers are on what we call standard variable tariffs. these are the tariffs the prime minister last month condemned as
rip—off prices and promised that there would be a price coming in. what british gas and centrica are seeing is there's a better way, but they will start phasing it out from next spring. if they come to the end ofa next spring. if they come to the end of a fixed—rate deal but will not be put on the expensive one as they have up until now. they say there is not a catch. some people might be suspicious. it will be difficult to negotiate this. they will need to be more wary. the other thing they've said is £200 should be taken off the average bill. how do they get that number? adding together the cost of subsidising renewable energy, putting high—tech smart meters in, subsidising the bills of people on low incomes. people say that should
come out of taxation because it is government policy. the company is trying to put out it is not them responsible for all of the expensive bills. a bbc investigation has uncovered claims of child abuse within the jehovah's witness organisation, and there are fears the church's own rules could be protecting alleged perpetrators. some experts believe the problem could be widespread, and the charity commission has now launched an inquiry. felicity kvesic reports. louise palmerfrom halesowen was just four years old when her brother started sexually assaulting and raping her. she's waived her right to anonymity to tell her story. it just felt normal. growing up i thought that's what you did with your brother, that's what happened. they had been born into the jehovah's witness faith, an organisation that preaches kindness and unity. she feels let down by them after they 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?" and their words were that they strongly advised me not to go to the police because it would bring reproach onjehovah. 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 children aren't safe. safeguarding policies need to be updated. no child is ever going to feel like they can come forward, and they're not going to be supported if they come forward either. in 2013 the charity commission started a statutory inquiry into the organisation known as the watchtower bible and 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 practise 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, which is their headquarters. the watchtower refused to put anybody up for interview. instead they've given me a statement... for louise, a survivor of years of abuse, the message is simple — don't stay silent, tell the police. three people arrested in connection with the disappearance of gaia pope have been released from the police investigation without any further action. the 19—year—old's body was found on saturday in a field near swanage, 11 days after she was last seen. dorset police are treating her death as "unexplained" pending toxicology results. the new chair of uk
sport dame katherine grainger, has called for "a lot more" to be done to improve the welfare of athletes. several governing bodies are embroiled in bullying allegations, and dame katherine, an olympic rowing gold medallist, says they must "rise to the challenge" of improving the culture in top level sport. uk sport is issuing new guidance to coaches on how to treat athletes with respect, as richard conway reports. it has been an era of unprecedented success for british sport but with complaints and enquiries under way within a number the uk's leading sports federations, many are asking if winning has been prioritised over welfare. in response, dame katherine grainger, who cheers uk sport, the funding authority for elite athletes, is urging them to improve.
nobody believes it should be medals at any cost. there is an understanding that the healthiest atmosphere you can have, to keep people in the system, you want them succeeding and being pushed hard but also, you need to enjoy it, you need to be passionate about it. british gymnastics is the latest body to be dragged into the crisis after care standards were questions at other organisations. change cannot come soon enough for those who say they've experienced a culture of bullying. for us there was no one to talk to. you fear that if you speak up talk to. you fear that if you speak up you're going to be kicked off the team. there needs to be something or someone we can speak to, with no repercussions, who will have her
back. uk sport has now released new guidance to help sports such as britain's hugely successful cycling team. it includes advice to coaches on how to treat athletes with more respect. the hope is that a greater focus on welfare can forge a new winning combination. the queen and the duke of edinburgh are today celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary — the longest in the royal family's history. they are marking the occasion privately with family and friends at windsor castle. the church bells are ringing out this lunchtime at westminster abbey, where the queen and prince philip were married. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. archive newsreader: for any girl, wedding day is the day of her life. as the 21—year—old princess arrived at westminster abbey, it was her moment too. a november day two years after the end of the second world war. at westminster abbey a wedding of the then princess elizabeth and lieutenant philip mountbatten. and now the solemn service begins. i, elizabeth alexandra mary...
take thee, philip... to my wedded husband. band plays the wedding march. it was the start of a marriage which has endured for 70 years and which from the moment elizabeth came to the throne in 1952 has underpinned the success and stability of her reign as queen. those who know them have no doubt that the bride and groom who signed the marriage register that day at the abbey were deeply committed to each other. obviously they were very much in love. it's early love, as far as i can understand, so it's a love match, essentially, it's a great love story. deeply loyal sense of duty, which is bolstered and encouraged and uplifted, as it were, by their faith. the early years of the queen's reign were not without difficulty for the duke.
he felt he had no clear purpose, but he adapted to the role of consort to the monarch and for decade after decade they toured the world and fulfilled official duties together, a couple so much of whose lives have been public, sustained by the private bond between them which remains strong and deep, as the latest photographs, issued to mark their platinum wedding anniversary, make clear. at westminster abbey bells are being rung to mark the anniversary. as for the couple themselves, they are spending the day quietly at westminster, where there will be a quiet family party in their honour tonight. time for a look at the weather. i'm sure you will have noticed a change in the feel of the weather.