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all the days news coming up now including that story, much more to come on the six o'clock news. you're watching the bbc. gunmen detonated a bomb before storming inside this mosque, shooting at men and children at the end of friday prayers. also tonight, panic in heart of london. oxford circus is locked down in a major police incident after reports of gunshots. thousands of people fled as officers told them to take shelter in buildings. so far police say they've found no casulaties or evidence of gunshots. celebrations in zimbabwe as the country's new president is sworn in. the eu tells theresa may it needs to see progress from the uk within ten days on all brexit issues. a number of big brands suspend advertising on youtube after sexually explicit comments are made on videos posted by children. and england and australia are neck and neck as they go into the third day of the ashes in brisbane.
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coming up on sportsday, england's women return to world cup qualifying tonight without the sacked former manager mark sampson, who oversaw victory in their first group match. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. it's one of the deadliest attacks in modern egyptian history. at least 235 people have been killed and more than 100 injured, many critically, after gunmen detonated a bomb and then stormed a packed mosque at the end of friday prayers. it happened in a remote town in egypt's north sinai region. egypt's president has vowed to respond with brutal force. james landale reports. this report contains some
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distressing images. these were some of the chaotic scenes after the attack, as hundreds of wounded people were rushed to nearby hospitals. survivors of one of the most deadly attacks on civilians in egypt. witnesses said the militants stormed the mosque in northern sinai and exploded a bomb inside. they said around a0 gunmen then fired on worshippers as they tried to flee. they came here to kneel in prayer. instead, they lay down in death. president sisi sent his condolences to the families of those who had died and said the attack would only increase egypt's determination to face up to terrorism. many of the dead and wounded were said to be sufi muslims, whose brand of islam is rejected byjihadi extremists. but a mass attack on a mosque, with such devastating consequences, i laiei iii $35 eéliulléi in the slightest. you haven't had this sort
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of attack take place before. you've seen the rhetoric about sufis and sufism from these radical groups for years but you've never seen an attack like this. the egyptian government has been fighting a jihadi insurgency in the northern sinai desert for more than four years. it intensified when the army ousted the former president and his muslim brotherhood movement in 2013, and since then local militant groups, some affiliated to so—called but this is by far the largest attack on civilians. the militants have long targeted religious opponents such as coptic christians, particularly by mounting attacks on their churches. they've also killed civilians who work with the authorities in sinai. until tonight, egypt's deadliest terror attack was the downing of a russian passengerjet over sinai in october 2000 and 15. is said they were behind the bombing that killed 224 people, but so far no one has claimed responsibility for today's attack, which has now left even more people dead.
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james landale, bbc news. 0ur middle east editor, jeremy bowen, is here. this is a remote town in a remote part of egypt. these were muslims at prayer in a mosque. why would they be the target of such a brutal attack? as james said, if it is the case that these are sufi muslims, it is a mystical form of islam, that these are sufi muslims, it is a mysticalform of islam, then that these are sufi muslims, it is a mystical form of islam, then these are people who have often been attacked in the past in different countries by these violent islamist extremists. so that is the kind of target they might be going after. they have been fighting islamic state in sinai since 2015. but this year, the tempo of the attacks by these violent islamists has gone up. there is one line of thought about
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this, that it coincided with the caliphate in syria and iraq, the is caliphate in syria and iraq, the is caliphate there, being destroyed by military action. there have also been reports of fighters from that place going towards egypt and libya. who knows? perhaps there is some new blood in there that wants to come in and carry out this kind of slaughter. but it is notjust about religious hatred. it is about power. is, if they carried this out, and it isa is, if they carried this out, and it is a likely assumption that people are making at the moment, they have pretensions to govern parts of sinai. so there is also a message which is, the president in cairo is powerless to stop what we, the jihadists, want to do. zimbabwe has a new president, only its second in 37 years. thousands of people celebrated in harare today as emmerson mnangagwa was sworn in. it has been an extraordinary fortnight for the man who was until a fortnight ago zimba bwe‘s vice president.
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he had to flee the country after robert mugabe abruptly sacked him, a decision that led to his own downfall. 0ur zimbabwe correspondent, shingai nyoka, reports. the changing of the guard in zimbabwe, and long—time leader robert mugabe was not there to witness it. but newly—elected president emmerson mnangagwa does not need his blessing. i, emmerson mnangagwa. .. the moment zimbabweans have been waiting for, the swearing in of this country's second leader in nearly a0 years. this is zimbabwe's new president, not through an election but with the help of the military. it caps the most dramatic two weeks in zimba bwe‘s history, and a surprise comeback from a man who just a fortnight ago fled the country in fear of his life. with mugabe's departure, mnangagwa will serve as interim president until next year's election. but he inherits a fragmented party
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and a country broken under mugabe's isolationist policies. in his inaugural speech there was praise for his predecessor. he led us in our struggle for national independence. he assumed responsibilities of leadership at a formative and a very challenging time, at the behest of our nation. that is to be lauded and celebrated. but also a pledge to break from the past. i am not oblivious to the many zimbabweans from our political, ethnic and racial divides, who have helped make this day. so what do we know about emmerson mnangagwa? jailed for ten years in 1965, he met mugabe in prison. there, the two men formed a close association.
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after independence in 1980, he became mugabe's right—hand man. in 1983, he was implicated in the mass murder of thousands of opposition supporters in matabeleland, something he denies. more recently, he was accused of orchestrating a violent crackdown on opposition supporters. those who are very close to him say that he listens more than he speaks. he is a soft—spoken man, a gentleman, contrary to what the reports say about him. he is a god—fearing family man. we have to give him some time because an improvement is something which cannot be improved like overnight. after two weeks of uncertainty, zimbabwe seems to be returning to normal again. no one knows what the future holds, whether mnangagwa is the man to bring a new era of democracy and freedom. in the last hour police have been
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responding to an incident at oxford circus in central london. two tube stations were evacuated and thousands fled in panic. in the last few moments, police have stood down the operation. tom symons has been following it. the police say it is over but it sparked mass panic. it really did. this started with what several bbc reporters told us were a couple of bangs around 0xford reporters told us were a couple of bangs around oxford circus station. people started running, there was screaming, children crying, shopping being dropped. people ran into shops, which closed their doors, following protocol for an incident like this. the police response was very fast. we are about 200 metres away from where this is happening.
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as we arrived, the police were arriving, armed officers, and a quadrant of the central london shopping area, 0xford quadrant of the central london shopping area, oxford street and regent street mainly, was closed off, the area completely cleared of people, officers closing the streets. as time went on, it became clear that the police could not find any evidence that shots had been fired, that there were any kind of casualties in the streets, and we started to see armed officers leaving the area and the incident being closed down. during that period, it two jude being closed down. during that period, it twojude stations, bond street and oxford street, were closed, so trains would have been going straight through. and many shops closed their doors. the incident has now ended. the metropolitan police are saying that "given the nature of the information received, 999 calls about gunshots, they responded in line with the suggestion it might have been a terrorism incident but it was not". eu leaders have said hopes
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of an agreement next month to begin trade talks following brexit remain a "huge challenge". it follows talks with theresa may in brussels. the eu council president, donald tusk, said that progress was needed from the uk in the next ten days "on all issues". john pienaar reports from brussels. an amicable divorce from a roomful of partners, but it is getting tense. so, now theresa may is hinting to eu leaders, starting with donald tusk in the summit chair, that britain might up and some say double its offer of £20 billion in a separation deal. dig deeper into the nation's purse. if only the eu is ready to talk trade. or this long goodbye could end in tears, the last thing she wanted. these negotiations are continuing, but what i am clear about is that we must step forward together. this is for both the uk and the european union to move onto the next stage. brexit negotiations could, maybe will turn to trade next month.
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leaders here need more persuasion. mrjuncker, are you worried about brexit? brexit is a tragedy. i will meet the british prime minister on the 3rd of december and then we will see if there has been sufficient progress. are you at all confident that progress will be made? yes. but every country must agree to start talking trade, and ireland's minority government is facing the risk of collapse at home, but was sounding tough here. suggesting brexit talks could stall without clear guarantees there will be no hard north—south customs border. is ireland prepared to block progress? i don't think ireland will have to block anything on its own. there is absolute solidarity across 27 countries here. germany is not much more supportive. angela merkel was already firm on brexit. now she has her hands full forming a new government. she met mrs may today, another leader looking for more give on the british side. in her one—on—one talks
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with the eu council president, no final proposals, no breakthrough and they may not settle hard numbers on the divorce bill for months to come. but they explored the case for more compromise. there are still issues across the various matters that we are negotiating on to be resolved, but there has been a very positive atmosphere in the talks and a genuine feeling that we want to move forward together. neither side wants the brexit talks to end in stalemate, but without more give and take it could happen. and then the risk would grow of negotiations ending with no eu trade deal at all. and that is the outcome business leaders who are worried about brexit say they fear most. so, more talking to do ahead of the next big summit next month. the slow march of brexit goes on. its course and destination being decided one step at a time. john pienaar, bbc news, brussels. a court in south africa has more than doubled the jail sentence of the former olympic and paralympic athlete 0scar pistorius.
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he has been given 15 years for murdering his girlfriend reeva steenkamp, after prosecutors argued his original six—year sentence was too short. pistorius was jailed in 2016 after being found guilty on appeal of killing his girlfriend. he shot reeva steenkamp four times through a locked door at his home. major companies have suspended their advertising on youtube after it emerged that people have been leaving sexually explicit comments next to videos posted by children, comments that hadn't been removed by youtube. adverts for major brands like mars and cadbury have been appearing alongside some of the videos. youtube says since this came to light it has taken action to remove the comments. amol rajan, reports. youtube has reinvented the very idea of broadcasting, allowing anyone with access to the internet to create their own channel and build a following. the site now has a billion users and pulls in around £4 billion in ad revenues every year.
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users have to be 13 before they can upload and share videos, but millions of teenagers use the opportunity to share their inner thoughts with the world, or just to have fun. that is why and where sexual predators often stalk them online. these comments found by the bbc are a fraction of the total material on youtube but they show how the digital platforms have emboldened some would—be offenders. new research by bbc trending, the bbc social media investigations unit, has discovered that for close to a year something went wrong with the system for removing obscene comments. i am really, really concerned that the public function reporting isn't seemingly working. it's something i will be writing to youtube about straightaway and i will want them to take immediate action. several leading brands have now said they will suspend their advertising on the platform until it is further cleaned up. brands such as mars, adidas and lidl. in a statement, youtube's owners, google, said: "content that endangers children is abhorrent
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and unacceptable to us. "in just the past week, we've disabled comments on thousands "of videos and shut down hundreds of accounts "identified as making predatory comments". a power broker in britain's advertising industry applauded the tech giant's efforts to address the issue but said they should do more. i think we have to be incredibly diligent. whether they would call themselves a platform or a publisher, they are responsible to advertisers i think to make sure that the environments that they take advertising in and make money from are free of these dangers. some campaigners and indeed politicians say that youtube should be regulated just like any other broadcaster. but the very principle of the open web is that users and not companies should shape our public domain. and the sheer volume of content on youtube, 400 hours of video uploading every single minute, means that ultimately this is an issue that would be managed not by human beings, but by machines. digital giants like google are adamant that social problems in the internet age have
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technological rather than regulatory solutions. but the prevalence of sexual predators online is an issue that will never be fully eradicated, because the anarchic freedom of the internet will always afford them a home somewhere in cyberspace. to fight them is to enter a war without end. amol rajan, bbc news. our top story this evening... 0ne one of the deadliest attacks in modern egyptian history. at least 235 people have been killed in a bomb and gun attack in a mosque in north sinai. and still to come we're on the trail of the flytipping gangs, taking advantage of homeowners and illegally dumping their rubbish. coming up on sportsday on bbc news... the foremr footballer michael 0wen impresses on his first race as a jockey, finishing second in a charity race at ascot. it's black friday again, but this year most of the bargain—grabbing
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seems to have gone online. by the end of today it's thought that british shoppers will have spent more than £2.5 billion in one day alone. that's about £937,000 a minute online. but not all retailers like it. emma simpson's at amazon's warehouse in tilbury in essex. 0h, they definitely like black friday here. this is amazon's biggest and newest distribution centre. they do some of the packing down there. this place is the size of 3a football pitches. it's mind—boggling. that's some of the parcels down there waiting to be shipped. it has been busy here, but the big question for retail is, will
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this entirely manufactured event kick—start festive spending? everywhere you look today, a blizzard of deals from the high street right to your inbox. black friday in full swing. it's first light, and we have come out to see who's shopping. forget the stores, we're on the train, because it's all about this. i've been shopping online this morning. already? yeah, i managed to get a discount for my son for a monitor for christmas. i bought a dyson this morning. it seems to be getting bigger and bigger each year. i don't know, it's mental. i've actually been thinking about it for the past week, waiting for today. the first opportunity i've got, i've logged on. those orders are already on their way here at amazon, with robots moving thousands of items from the shelves to the pickers. they've been doing deals all week. so too have many others, anything to get shoppers to spend. personal finances are under pressure. consumer confidence is beginning to falter a bit. but this is a really important time of the year where black friday is the starting gun for christmas,
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and retailers will be hoping this spurs consumers on to spend. as the day rolls on, where else are all these orders coming from? it's lunchtime, and lots of people are at work. but are they also having a little sneaky shop? put your hands up if you have been shopping for black friday deals. all of you! at this small essex office, charlie lauren spent £200. sorry, everybody. i was online shopping. just on my normal girls‘ websites like missguided, zara and topshop. yeah, i did spend quite a lot. they are hoping for a lot of spending at this small electronics business in cambridge. they have bought half a million of stock to sell — exciting, but nerve—racking, too. if we don't operate in black friday, they are just going to buy off someone else. it's not an option for us. we have to sell on black friday.
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doing incredibly well on socks... but the boss of this clothing chain isn't taking part. for the high street, it is bonkers. i can't think of a better word to describe it. all it's doing is moving sales from december into november. it's not growing the market. and everybody is having to sell things at reduced margins. as the sun goes down in leeds, who are the winners on black friday? shoppers may feel they have bagged a bargain, but with all these discounts, the profits won't be sparkling for many retailers. emma simpson, bbc news. fly—tipping is on the rise. if you want to remove your rubbish legally, it can involve paying to hire a skip or paying a licenced contractor to take it away. and criminal gangs have spotted an opportunity to make some cash by offering cheaper rates and then dumping it unlawfully. last year, councils in england had to deal with more than a million illegal dumps on public land, with the clearing up costing local authorities £58 million a year. dan johnson reports.
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tonight, the scourge creeping across our country. it's a real mess, isn't it? we investigate the illegal rubbish dumps. there's even more of it. can you tell us where the rubbish has come from? we witness the endless struggle against criminal gangs. by having a piece of land, you then become victim to such a horrendous crime. can we talk to you about the rubbish? and we confront the fly—tippers. and you're going to drive away and leave this rubbish? for everyone else to deal with? there is abuse and intimidation. they are executing a warrant over there. in south—east london, bailiffs are reclaiming an old warehouse. evicting a fly—tipping gang who have been living there. and just look what they are leaving behind. it goes on and on, pile after pile. all of this dumped in just five days. it is clear most of this is builders' waste, or old furniture from house and office clearances.
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it's stuff that should have been disposed of professionally, but that would have meant a cost. somebody saved lots of money by dumping it here. and the amount that has accumulated in such a short space of time is absolutely staggering. a court order, an eviction, the problem has been moved on. but it's an expensive game of cat and mouse. we will probably see these guys in the next couple of weeks, and we start the procedure again. you just keep going round in circles? just keep going round in circles. the last of the gang return to move their vehicles. i'm from bbc news, sir. can we ask you about this rubbish? can you tell us where this rubbish has come from? are you just going to leave it? you made a real mess here. are you going to clean up? no answers. no accountability. it's like a war zone...
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no sympathy for landowners like chris. you feel violated. you feel powerless to do anything about it. you want to be a law—abiding citizen, and you stay on the borderlinejust watching your property be trashed. he's angry there wasn't more help to stop this. it's his land, his clear—up bill. 0n the streets, it's councils that clear up. in croydon, they are collecting more rubbish and prosecuting more fly—tippers. the government should do a national media campaign to make fly—tipping a social stigma, very much like we did with the anti—drink and drive campaign. and to explain the actual financial costs to taxpayers of clearing up all this fly—tipping. taking their vans to be crushed is one of the extra powers granted by government to help beat the fly—tippers. but still, across the uk,
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the rubbishjust keeps on coming. danjohnson, bbc news, south london. england and australia seem to be neck and neck after the second day of the first ashes test in brisbane. england were bowled out for 302 in theirfirst innings. but then their bowlers reduced the home side to 76—11, before an australian fightback. 0ur sports correspondent andy swiss reports from brisbane. after a patient opening day, the ashes were about to hit the fast forward button. long queues outside the gabba, and at first, england also played the waiting game. for an hour and a half they were calm, composed. a 50 for dawid malan. what could possibly go wrong? well, pretty much everything as it turned out. malan‘s swish sparking a collapse in the grand english tradition. losing 6—56. moeen ali was the next to go as nathan lyon sent the visitors spinning. chris woakes was utterly bamboozled. jake ball, brilliantly
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caught by david warner. and by the time stuart broad holed out, england hadn't even lasted the morning. all out for 302. well, lunch will be tasting pretty good for these australian fans after that horrible collapse by england. six wickets in barely an hour that transformed the mood of this match. but that mood was about to swing once again, as the gabba's glee was silenced. stuart broad with the breakthrough before a bit of moeen magic, trapping usman khawaja. suddenly it was australia's turn to tumble. warner inexplicably serving up catching practice. but they recovered thanks to an unbeaten half—century from captain steve smith to cap a day of fluctuating, fascinating fortunes. an enthralling start to this ashes series. andy swiss, bbc news, brisbane. time for a look at the weather.
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we are in the middle of a modest cold snap, some frost around in the next few days in the morning and it already feels chilly out there in many areas. in the last couple of days we have had snow showers across scottish ales that will continue across the course of the evening. temperatures dipping to freezing in many towns and villages with the risk of ice in northern and western parts of the uk. the scene tomorrow morning, cold airfrom the norwegian sea is digging down into northern parts of france and iberia. there will be lots of crisp sunshine for us, and it will look beautiful, but very cold. this is roundabout lunchtime. some wintry showers
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across the scottish hills. 0ne lunchtime. some wintry showers across the scottish hills. one or two showers across the scottish hills. one or two s howe rs a cross across the scottish hills. one or two showers across northern ireland and wales. for many, central, eastern and southern areas, basically what you have is a beautiful, crisp, sparkling and chilly autumn day. temperatures in london briefly touching six or 7 degrees. there will be a breeze as well, so it will feel colder. no real change through tomorrow afternoon with showers here and there. for many of us, a clear saturday night on the way and that means sunday will start frosty once again. a few showers around on sunday and it will be ever so slightly less cold with temperatures nudging eight or nine. as we head into monday, a little bit more mild, but overall it will stay cold. that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines...
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