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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is gavin grey. our top stories: hopes dashed as an underwater explosion is detected close to the last known location of an argentine submarine missing since last week. hundreds of thousands of rohingya muslim refugees might be able to return home after a deal is signed by bangladesh and myanmar. zimbabwe prepares for a post—mugabe era — the incoming president, emmerson mnangagwa, is to be sworn in on friday. and an exclusive look inside the saudi hotel where prominent figures continue to be held as part of a campaign against corruption. as far as detention centres go, this one is beyond compare. luxury swimming pools, restaurants, the gym. and the biggest ever photo album in the us, reflecting the everyday life of postwar america.
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hello. the argentine navy says it believes there was an explosion close to the last known location of a submarine that went missing with 44 crew members on board. the blast, described as abnormal and violent, was detected around the time the submarine sent its last signal. a huge international search effort is under way to locate the vessel. our defence correspondent jonathan beale reports. it's known as the silent service. but there's been no communication from the sanjuan and her 44 crew for more than a week. the search had already reached a critical phase, with fears this submarine would soon
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be running out of air. now, more worrying news — scientists confirm they've detected an abnormal sound underwater near her last known location. an argentine navy spokesman said it was a short, single, violent event consistent with an explosion. it's a bitter blow for relatives. just a few days ago they'd been wrongly told there may have been attempts by the submarine to make contact. now they feel betrayed. translation: i feel cheated. they are swines. they've manipulated us. translation: we have no more saints left to pray to, no more saints to ask. aircraft and ships from more than half a dozen nations have been involved in what is still officially a search and rescue mission, at times in heavy seas. this, the view from the royal navy ship hms protector earlier this week.
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but, so far, nothing. the sanjuan left the southern tip of argentina almost two weeks ago. she was on a 2,000—mile journey back to mar del plata when she reported an electrical failure. her last communication, halfway home, was last wednesday — the same day they have now identified that sound like an explosion. if it was to be an explosion, or an implosion, more correctly, it's very likely to have come from the submarine. there's nothing else in that area which could have caused that sort of noise. it now seems unlikely their prayers will be answered. for the families of the 44 crew, hopes of a miraculous rescue have all but disappeared. jonathan beale, bbc news. our correspondent daniel pardo with bbc mundo in buenos aires.
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we were just hearing the spokesperson a few hours ago and he said very little about results, more about the families and how they are dealing with it and so forth. we know very little of what has come out. bear in mind, the area where we are looking to the submarine is huge, it's as big as spain or france and that is just the surface. underneath the sea, it goes down dozens of kilometres. this is a massive operation but a very difficult task. the relatives are talking of betrayal, stating they were given false hope. they are very angry indeed. partly because the rescue operation or the search operation only started two days after the submarine went missing and that is something that has the family is very angry in a country that tends to politicise all sorts of events like this and polarised itself
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when these things happen. it's been a week and we know very little of what happened. obviously, uncertainty generates more anger. what sort of coverage is this getting in the national media? is that anger being manifested in the headlines? it is indeed. it's the main story of the week and probably will be the main story of the month and many media, some media support the government and some don't. this is something that polarises the country which politicises itself. the protagonists of this story other families were very angry and are speaking to the media quite frequently. this is an ongoing story that everybody is seeing 2a hours a day. is there any reason yet given why was several days before we heard that an explosion had happened? they've said that this is normal. bearing in mind a submarine is supposed to be difficult to find and it's supposed to be lost in the sea.
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it is, by definition, something that we are unable to find. it tends to happen that there is a few days after you communicate with the captain but that's what are the main issues here and this is one of the things that people have criticised the most to the army. plenty more on our website including reactions from the relatives of the crew and the argentine media and details of the continuing air and sea search. that is all on the website or simply download the bbc news apple. some of the other stories: one of pakistan's most high—profile islamist leaders,
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hafiz saeed, has been released from house arrest, accused by the united states and india of orchestrating militancy. the banned charity he leads put out a video moments after his release in which he called india's accusations false. officials on manus island in papua new guinea say they have transferred all the refugees and asylum seekers who had been refusing to leave a former australian—run detention centre. the refugees and asylum seekers argued that new accommodation was inadequate. un officials say aid is still not getting into yemen despite saudi arabia saying it would ease its blockade of the country on thursday. it's understood that the un is hoping that shipments will be allowed by air or by sea within 48 hours. traffic was cut off earlier this month after houthi rebels fired a missile at the saudi capital. the united nations refugee agency says the number of migrants crossing from libya to italy dropped substantially during the three months to the end of september. the unhcr says nearly 22—thousand people arrived in italy during that time — about a third of the figure
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for the same period last year. the reduction is being partly attributed to efforts by the european union. bangladesh and myanmar have signed a deal that could help to repatriate more than 600,000 rohingya muslims who have fled myanmar in recent months. the bangladeshi authorities say displaced people could return within months but aid agencies say their safety must be guaranteed. reeta chakra barti reports from cox's bazar in bangladesh. a mass of humanity has made its home here, a city made up entirely of people who fled. they arrived with stories of being shot at and raped, and their children being killed. would they, could they, return to myanmar? translation: we won't go back. we were brutally tortured. young men were put in prison
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and houses were set on fire. rashida haq and her husband lost a son when they escaped. here, at his grave, rashida breaks down. we saw her with her son, azizul, two months ago. the 15—year—old had trodden on a landmine laid in myanmar at the border where they crossed to bangladesh. two days after these pictures were filmed, azizul died. then, she told us, she couldn't bear even to say the word myanmar. here in the cramped shelter she shares with her husband and six otherfamily members, rashida says she won't return. translation: our hearts were broken in myanmar. what does pain mean? i had two sons injured in myanmar.
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will we get peace there? if everybody goes, back we will, but our hearts don't tell us to go back, they don't, they don't. but according to the agreement between bangladesh and myanmar, some of these people could start to return in just two months‘ time, yet there are no details of how their safety would the guaranteed, nor of any international monitoring, making observers cautious. one thing is for sure, for refugees to be able to exercise their fundamental right to return home, the conditions that made them flee in the first place, need to be meaningfully addressed. refugees need to be able to decide voluntarily to return in a safe and dignified manner. bangladesh has been under immense strain with this huge influx of refugees so it is understandably keen to find a deal for their return. myanmar‘s motives are less clear,
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but the country will be under the spotlight next week with a visit from the pope. without cast iron guarantees for the rohingyas‘ safety, many will have serious doubts about today's announcement. reeta chakrabarti, bbc news, cox's bazar, in bangladesh. in the capital of guinea, police and protesters have shall —— clashed. all primary and secondary schools have been closed. they want the teachers to get a pay increase they we re teachers to get a pay increase they were promised sleek and all returned the classroom. a new era is set to begin in zimbabwe with emmerson mnangagwa due to be sworn in as the next president. he has warned people not to engage in acts of revenge on supporters of robert mugabe and his wife grace. in a statement, he said the country is witnessing a new and unfolding democracy. ben brown is in the capital harare and he told us what we can expect
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from the new leader. zimbabweans are preparing for the inauguration of emmerson mnangagwa, the next president, only the country's second ruler for 37 years, a reminder of how long robert mugabe ruled or misruled this country. emmerson mnangagwa will be inaugurated, sworn in at a big stadium here in harare and there will be thousands of people to watch it. what's going to be his programme? he's already promised economic reform. he said economic reform would be at the heart of what he does. he promised jobs, jobs, jobs in a country where there is 90% unemployment, one in ten people has a job, nine in ten rout of work. extraordinary statistics. that is what people are looking to him for, economic improvement and turnaround. but they are looking for political reform and wanting to guarantee there will be free
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and fair next year. also that there will be an end to political repression and human rights abuses. he was a henchman of robert mugabe, not everybody trusts him and people will be keeping a very wary and beady eye on this new president. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: a bitter blow to britain as brussels rules it can no longer host the european capital of culture in 2023. president kennedy was shot down and died almost immediately. the murder ofjohn kennedy is a disaster for the whole free world. he caught the imagination of the world, the first of a new generation of leaders. margaret thatcher is resigning as leader of the conservative party and prime minister. before leaving number 10 to see the queen, she told her cabinet, "it's a funny old world." angela merkel is germany's first woman chancellor, easily securing the majority she needed.
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attempts to fly a hotair balloon had to be abandoned after a few minutes, but nobody seemed to mind very much. as one local comic put it, "it's not hot air we need, it's hard cash." when bob geldof of the boomtown rats saw the tv pictures from ethiopia, he decided he had to do something. and he found his rock music friends felt the same. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: prayers for the crew of a missing argentine submarine, but hopes fade as the navy says there may have been an explosion at the vessel's last—known location. hundreds of thousands of rohingya muslim refugees could be sent back to myanmar after it signs a deal with bangladesh. for almost three weeks,
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some of the most privileged members of saudi society have been held in the ritz cartlon hotel in riyadh, and interrogated on the orders of the crown prince. muhammed bin salman has presented the arrests as a crackdown against corruption, though it would also seem to consolidate his position as the most powerful man in the kingdom. very few have been allowed into the hotel—turned prison, but our international correspondent lyse doucet was given rare access. we drive in under police escort, just past midnight. no—one enters here now without official permission. the world's most talked about hotel. riyadh's most palatial, most prestigious, now a gilded prison. i'm taken in by saudi officials and told, don't film faces, don't record conversations. here in the early hours of the morning, there are still people in the lobby drinking coffee as you'd find in any
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of the five star hotels here in the capital. most of the people who have now been forced to stay here are keeping to themselves. trying to limit any further damage to their reputation. their mobile phones have been taken away from them. but there is a hotline that's available to them. they can call their lawyers, family members, even leading members of the companies they're still trying to keep running. some of the biggest saudi billionaires are under hotel arrest. prince alwaleed bin talal, luxury hotelier himself. at least 11 princes. miteb bin abdullah headed the elite national guard. his young cousin, crown prince mohammad bin salman, is driving this spectacular dragnet. for the last two years building files on alleged corruption, abuses of power, while consolidating his own power. i'm taken to meet one suspect. he doesn't give me his name. says he spends his time
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with his lawyer, focusing on his case, i'm told not to ask about it. but i get a briefing. senior officials conducting this crackdown say it's not a formal investigation yet. they call it a friendly process. but it's clearly fraught. we're being told that when people were brought here around midnight on novemberfour, they were understandably angry. some of them thought this would just be a show. and it wouldn't last. and then when they realised they were here to stay, they were furious, almost everyone here, 95% i was told, are willing to make a deal to give back what are said to be substantial sums of money in order to get out of here. and so far, seven people have walked free. i was told they proved their innocence. many saudis welcome an end to the rampant corruption in the kingdom. there are risks, too. the ambitious crown prince risks
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creating enemies and uncertainty, which could endanger the very stability and reforms he knows his kingdom so badly needs. the crown prince hopes everyone will be checking out by the end of this year. the longer this ordeal drags on, the more questions will be asked here and abroad, about what's going on inside. lyse doucet, bbc news, at the ritz—carlton, riyadh. the british prime minister, theresa may, will meet other european leaders in brussels on friday, to try to persuade them to start trade talks in december. the prime minister is expected to confirm how much the uk is prepared to pay the eu in a divorce settlement, as well as discuss the issue of a border between northern ireland the republic of ireland. john pienaar is in brussels. with a disappointing election behind her, and brexit still ahead, she has more than enough problems than she can easily cope with. and here it is a very crucial
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point now for brexit, because rushingup in the next few weeks, in mid—december, there will be an eu summit where eu leaders will decide whether to break the deadlock on the brexit negotiations. if britain can show that it is willing to write a big enough cheque by way of a divorce settlement, something north of a0 billion or so and that it's got an answer to remodelling and re—managing the borders of northern ireland, then those eu leader say they will be willnig to talk trade. if not, if that does not start to happen at this coming december summit, then the whole brexit plan could be seriously delayed and possibly even derailed. the process of building up to that big decision starts here in brussels when theresa may meets the eu council president donald tusk — that's the sort of board of directors of eu leaders — and then there will be more talks, more crucial meetings and much more diplomatic work behind the scenes, before the decision is finally taken but we will, i think, see that decision starting to become clear over the course of the next two crucial weeks or so.
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the british government says it is in "urgent discussions" with the european commission after it cancelled the uk‘s turn to host the european capital of culture in 2023. dundee, nottingham, leeds, milton keynes, belfast and londonderry had all already submitted bids to hold the title in 2023 and spent hundreds of thousands of pounds in the process. the commission said it was a concrete consequence of brexit. sarah corker reports. liverpool was the last british city to be european capital of culture, almost a decade ago. the programme of arts, music and dance attracted millions of extra visitors and pounds. in 2023, the uk had been due to hold the title again. five cities were in the running but, just days before the winner was supposed to be announced, this bombshell from brussels. the european commission said... you look back in the past and countries that are not members of european union have had capitals of culture — bergen, in norway, and istanbul, in turkey. but the second thing that is really extraordinary, they knew the result of the referendum injune 2016, why did they wait until all the bids had been put in. leeds‘s bid has cost
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them a million pounds. announcer: we are waiting. nottingham offering included a giant inflatable art sculpture, and bids from milton keynes, the scotland city of dundee and a joint proposal from belfast, derry and strabane in northern ireland, all seem to have been a waste of years of planning. it's a body blow for the whole of scotland and, in particular, for the team that have been behind all of the work that's gone in over a considerable period of time. and it's claimed the commission had not previously raised objections to the bids, even after the brexit vote. itjust seems like the eu throwing its toys out of a rather large european—shaped pram, frankly, and just saying, well, if you do not want to be part of us you can't have one of our lovely play things. urgent talks between the government
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and the european cimmission are now under way, with hopes of somehow finding a compromise. sarah corker, bbc news. cricket now, and day two of the ashes first test is underway at the gabba in brisbane. england, who started the series as underdogs, have been dismissed for 302 runs. much of today's total down to a solid partnership from dawid malan and moeen ali. a fightback from the aussies saw england lose three wickets forfour runs. mitchell starc and pat cummins finishing with three wickets apiece. we'll have updates as the game progresses. cameron bancroft has now gone, and australia are 8—1. we will have the dates as the game ‘s progress. it's the largest photo album in the us and a shared window into the past. the so called anonymous project has embarked on a mission to compile and conserve as much slide photography as they can before
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the colours degrade. so far, the project has collected almost half a million photos from personal collections, that take us from the 1960s through to the digital age. we've been speaking to lee shulman, founder of the project. a lot of them we collect from garage sales and attics. sometimes they're known stories but most of the time the people that we're looking at are anonymous people that we have no idea who they are and where they come from. it was like the hd camera of its time with the newest technology. it really took over in america like nowhere else at that time. we are not really trying to say anything about the people themselves
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but more about the experiences. there is a couple kissing, a couple sharing a meal. the same couple actually — three times over. we received this amazing box and we open it and this box was just a box about this passionate relationship between this couple. there is what looks like a father and daughter embracing between two cars. it is like a miniature cinematic movie store. i think we have a perception of how life was at that time but i actually do not think it was as different as we think it was. i think everybody wants the same things in life whether it was the 40s, 50s or 60s. this project would not be
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alive if it had not been for the digital technology. the fact that we can now scan them andsave them that way — it's really the two worlds collide. giving a second life to these photos is really, really important. if you're watching in the united states, happy thanksgiving. of course it wouldn't be be the same without macy's annual parade. thousands lined the streets of new york, to see marching bands and giant inflatables. and a staggering 50 million people are thought to have watched it on tv around the world. this was the 91st annual macy's thanksgiving day parade. hello there.
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no sign of the mild air returning anytime soon. it is going to stay cold to end the week into the weekend and the start of next week as well. now, overnight, there will be more cloud and rain across southern and south—eastern areas. so less cold to start friday here. whereas the northern half of the uk, lengthy clear spells so it will be cold and frosty but wintry showers will affect northern and western scotland, in particular. where we get the showers there will be some ice patches to greet us first thing on friday morning. probably the best of the sunshine across sheltered eastern parts of scotland. north and west, though, plenty of showers around. wintry in nature, with significant snow falling over the higher ground. a few showers for northern ireland. a few into north—west england as well. but east of the pennines and southwards, a largely dry start to friday morning, with some sunshine around. quite chilly too but across southern britain there will be more cloud around. one or two showers so
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a little less cold here. temperatures around 7—8 degrees at about eight o'clock in the morning. that is how it is looking to start on friday. through the day, we lose the showers for many southern areas. actually a good portion of england and wales, a fine afternoon to come with lengthy sunny spells and sunshine becoming more wisdespread across the south—east. for much of scotland, particularly northern and western scotland, northern ireland, the far north—west of england, further wintry showers and it's going to be windy, particularly in the far north, with gales and severe gales. temperatures of only 3—10 across the south—east. that leads into a pretty chilly weekend. we'll see overnight frost as well. there will be further wintry showers, particularly on saturday in the north and the west. but emphasis will be on dry and bright and sunny weather. so this is saturday's picture there and a run of fairly strong, cold north—westerly winds. feeding showers into the north and the west of the uk, again, wintry in nature. the best of the sunshine and the shelter will be across southern and central and eastern parts, staying dry all day. four celsius in glasgow potentially on saturday. 7—8 across the south—east.
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so you'll need to wrap up if you are heading out. there's our area of low pressure bringing those north north—westerly winds. but this ridge of high pressure promises to move in for sunday. what that will help do is kill off some of the showers. so we should see fewer showers on sunday. slightly lighter winds as well, though, will still be a fairfeature. one or two showers across northern and western areas. best of the sunshine again, across central, southern and eastern parts and again another cold day again on the cards. we have a weather system pushing in off the atlantic on sunday night that will sweep across the country to bring a spell of wet and pretty windy weather. eventually clearing from southern and eastern parts of england on monday. and then we are back into the cold run of north—westerly winds with some sunny spells and showers. this is bbc news. the headlines: the argentine navy says it believes there was an explosion in the ocean close to the last known location of a submarine which went missing off the coast of patagonia. the blast was detected around the time the submarine,
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with 44 crew on board, sent its last signal last week. myanmar and bangladesh have signed an agreement to return hundreds of thousands of rohingya muslims who fled a recent army crackdown. a statement from the bangladesh foreign ministry said displaced people could begin to return within two months. and emmerson mnangagwa is to be sworn in as zimbabwe's president, following the dramatic departure of robert mugabe after 37 years of authoritarian rule. the former vice—president — who returned from exile on wednesday — will be inaugurated at harare's stadium.
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