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this is the briefing. i'm sally bundock. our top story. south africa's governing african national congress is voting to choose a new leader — we'll have the latest, live from johannesburg. myanmar‘s leaders could face genocide charges over the persecution of rohingya muslims. we have an exclusive interview with the un's high commissioner for human rights. austria's controversial coalition government — including members of the far—right freedom party — will be sworn in later today. and in business what is the outlook for the south african economy as its ruling party scrabbles to find a new leader. we get the view of a leading economist and as president zuma calls for a new era i'll be listening. a warm welcome to the programme —
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briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. and you can be part of the conversation. tell us what you think about the stories we're covering including the world's smallest christmas card — it can't be seen with the naked eye but it comes with a festive message from the team at the national physical laboratory. a waste of time and money or a fun festive experiment? comments to hashtag bbcthebriefing. south africa's governing african national congress is voting to choose a new leader to succeed president jacob zuma. the party said it had reversed an earlier decision to delay the poll until monday morning. nearly 5,000 delegates are choosing between two candidates. sarah corker has the latest. beneath the singing and shows
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of unity, this has been a bitter leadership battle. the anc came to power 23 years ago, and this election is seen as a pivotal moment for the party. soaring unemployment and allegations of corruption have fuelled frustration towards south africa's ruling party. two candidates are vying for the votes of nearly 5,000 delegates, to succeed president jacob zuma as the party's leader. as things stand, comrades, we have two candidates for the position of president — comrade cyril ramaphosa and comrade nkosaza na dlamini—zuma. nkosaza na dlamini—zuma is the ex—wife of jacob zuma, and is promising to put more of the country's economy and land back in black hands. she is a former foreign and health minister, but critics say she is too close to jacob zuma. cyril ramaphosa is currently the deputy president,
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and is running on an anticorru ption ticket. he is backed by the business community, and analysts say he is most popular with the middle classes. we're here to support cyril ramaphosa to become our next president, to clean the anc from corruption. we support comrade nkosazana dlamini—zuma, because i think what she's advocating for, she speaks a lot about the concept of radical economic transformation. whoever eventually wins will be well—placed to become president of south africa in the next general election, in 2019, but also faces the huge challenge of uniting this divided party. we will be live tojohannesburg shortly for a chat with our
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correspondence. myanmar‘s military and civilian leaders could face genocide charges because of violence against rohingya muslims. in an interview with the bbc, the un high commissioner for human rights, zeid ra'ad al hussein doesn't rule out the possibility that aung san suu kyi or senior military figures could end up in the dock. it's estimated that more than 650,000 rohingya muslims have fled from myanmar to neighbouring bangladesh since august. here's our south asia correspondent, justin rowlatt. this boy is 11 years old. he draws pictures of the horrors he has witnessed. translation: older women were stamped on, and then the military grabbed them by the hair and slaughtered them. because i saw that, i am drawing this. he is one of 650,000 rohingya refugees who fled myanmar
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after a military assault that began in late august. "they are coming to kill us," says the man, "they are coming to kill us." the widespread and systematic nature of the violence has persuaded the un chief to say that it could amount to genocide, acts intended to destroy a group of people. can anyone rule out that elements of genocide may be present? he wants a criminal investigation to identify the perpetrators, and in an exclusive interview with the bbc, he does not rule out the possibility that aung san suu kyi or military leaders could end up in the dock. given the scale of the operation,
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clearly these would have to be decisions taken at a high enough level. and then there's the crime of omission, that if it came to your knowledge that this was being committed, and you did nothing to stop it, then you could be culpable as well for that. he says only a court can judge that, but he is determined thatjustice should be done. in the meantime, though, this boy and hundreds of thousands like him remain in limbo. we asked aung san suu kyi for a response, but she has not replied. justin rowlatt, bbc news. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news. the british prime minister and her senior colleagues will meet this morning to begin settling on what the uk wants from brexit. eu leaders have been pressing theresa may to come up
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with a positive vision of the future. michel barnier, the eu's chief brexit negotiator, has again squashed any idea the uk will secure a bespoke new relationship with the eu. police investigating the deaths of a 75—year—old canadian billionaire and his wife say the couple died of "ligature neck compression" — they could either have been found hanging or strangled. barry sherman — who founded a major pharmaceutical company — was found dead with his wife honey at their mansion on friday. a powerfailure has caused massive disruption at the world's busiest airport — atlanta in the us. the failure seems to have been caused by a fire in an underground plant. three major airlines, united, american and south—west all suspended operations at the airport. one of chile's richest men, sebastian pinera, has won sunday's presidential election run—off. he secured nearly 55% of the votes defeating, the left—wing senator and journalist, alejandro guillier
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by ten percentage points. mr pinera, has promised a better life for all chileans. austria's new coalition government of conservatives and the anti—immigration freedom party will be sworn in today. it makes austria the only country in western europe with a far—right party in power, following inconclusive elections in october. so what does the freedom party stand for and has it influenced european politics? bethany bell reports from vienna. a campaign video for the far—right freedom party. a couple wakes up to discover their home has been overrun by strangers. the video avoids xenophobic images, but the message is clear — austria for the austrians. support for the freedom party soared during the migrant crisis of 2015.
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then austria's conservative party under sebastian kurz also moved to the right. but now, mr kurz has formed a coalition with the far—right. it's controversial. the party, a majorforce in austrian politics, was founded by former nazis in the 1950s. observers say freedom party policies have helped set the agenda, not only in austria, but across europe. of course the freedom party is traditionally a far—right party. however, what you've seen in the last years is that many other parties in europe, and also here in austria, have joined their issues. they took over their issue positions. and, in that sense, i think they set a certain tone all over europe. but the past still troubles the party. this recently published photo shows a freedom party politician apparently giving a hitler salute. back then, the eu even imposed limited diplomatic sanctions on austria. there was an outcry in austria and across europe. but today, eu sanctions are very unlikely. austria's new leader, sebastian kurz, has pledged to form a pro—eu government.
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austria has changed, europe has changed, and now some people are wondering if the freedom party has really changed too. bethany bell, bbc news, vienna. now let's return to our top story — in business briefing we are looking at the economic impact of a new leadership of the anc in south africa. with me is william attwell, senior analyst for sub—saharan africa at frontier strategy group. and you are from south africa as well. good to see you. give us your thoughts on this contest between the two candidates who would like to ta ke two candidates who would like to take on the leadership of the anc. it has been a deeply divided campaign between these two. it is driven by factions supporting one side or the other. nkosazana
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dlamini—zuma is the statist woe candidate, —— status quo. taking it down a populist road. cyril ramaphosa is the current deputy president and a business tycoon in his own right. the business community hope he could carry out reforms and cut down some of the corruption that has characterised the current administration. are significant is this in terms of the future of the party? of course, president zuma has been embroiled in so president zuma has been embroiled in so many corruption charges and so far none have stuck. he has managed to survive so many votes of confidence but is still running the country until 2019. tell us how significant this is, this change of leadership at the anc and what it means for future years. the country goes to the polls in 2019. under mr zuma, the anc run the country since
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the end of apartheid. certainly, the worry the end of apartheid. certainly, the woi’i’y among much the end of apartheid. certainly, the worry among much of the leadership of the party is that they could indeed lose the election unless they turn things around. they have steadily lost support during the course of mr zuma's term, including losing control of most of the major cities in south africa. thank you, for now. william will be back for the business briefing. looking at it from an economic perspective. also on the programme: celebrations and a little surprise as sir mo farah is named bbc sports personality of the year. that and more in the sport briefing. after eight months on the run, saddam hussein has been tracked down and captured by american forces. saddam hussein is finished because he killed our people, our women, our children. the signatures took only a few
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minutes but they brought a formal end to 3.5 years of conflict that has claimed over 200,000 lives. before an audience of world leaders, the presidents of serbia, bosnia and croatia put their names to the peace agreement. the romanian border was sealed and silent today. romania has cut itself off from the outside world in order to prevent the details of the presumed massacre in timisoara from leaking out. from sex at the white house to a trial for his political life. the lewinsky affair tonight guaranteed bill clinton his place in history as only the second president ever to be impeached. you're watching the briefing. 0ur headlines: the un has warned leaders in myanmar
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they could face charges of genocide over the persecution of rohingya muslims. voting's been going on through the night in johannesburg, where south africa's governing anc is choosing a new leader. let's go live to the anc conference. when will we find out who takes on thejob of being head of when will we find out who takes on the job of being head of the anc? that is the million dollar question. the delegates are now outside caucusing smaller groups. last night we we re caucusing smaller groups. last night we were told we would get the results this morning but this morning, about an hour ago, we were told there were still four provinces
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told there were still four provinces to go into the polling booths and they are bringing them on 500 batches. that means one group of 500 people goes in to vote and another and another. we are dealing with close to 5000 voting in delegates. in terms of the outcome, i understand it is pretty tired. both delegates have a strong backing. what do they both stand for?” delegates have a strong backing. what do they both stand for? i spoke to pretty much everyone you can talk to pretty much everyone you can talk to in here. the delegates come from the countryside, people who are running massive corporations in south africa, nobody knows what the result is going to be an pretty much eve ryo ne result is going to be an pretty much everyone says it will be a photo finish. everyone is waiting to hear by what margin. when we came into this race, we knew that ronald
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postle —— ramaphosa was ahead. but where we get the results, we do not know how much that will differ. ramaphosa is more business friendly. n kosaza na ramaphosa is more business friendly. nkosaza na dlamini—zuma is ramaphosa is more business friendly. nkosazana dlamini—zuma is speaking what the language of the masters. nkosazana dlamini—zuma is speaking what the language of the mastersm terms of how significant this is, give us the sense of how important these change of leadership is after two terms of president zuma? that is a very important question. in a way it is why we are covering this conference. the anc is 105 years old, the oldest movement in the continent. it is the largest
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political party in south africa with the largest number of members. political party in south africa with the largest number of membersm holds south africa together. everyone believes that if the anc colla pses, everyone believes that if the anc collapses, then you will have a big problems in south africa. now there is the introduction of coalition politics and the prospect that if the anc loses and it seems now it is in deep trouble internally, they have squabbles, corruption allegations, factionalism, as president zuma has said in his final address and they may not win the elections and we may end up with a coalition of smaller political parties governing this country. interesting times. thank you for 110w. interesting times. thank you for now. we will talk to milton again as the morning progresses.
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the white house has confirmed that the cia provided intelligence to russian security services that helped foil a terror attack. russian agents raided a flat allegedly used as a base to plan an attack on the kazan cathedral in st petersburg. seven people were detained on charges of being members of so—called islamic state. president putin has thanked the us for its help. president trump says he has no intention of firing the special counsel, robert mueller, who is investigating alleged russian interference in the us presidential election. when asked directly on sunday if he was considering dismissing mr mueller, he told reporters, "no, i'm not." some republicans have cast doubt on mr mueller‘s impartiality. earlier, a trump campaign lawyer had accused mr mueller of obtaining unauthorised access to tens of thousands of emails. a spokesman for mr mueller said his team followed appropriate criminal process in all its dealings. british diplomats in lebanon are trying to help
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the police inquiry into the murder of a member of embassy staff in beirut. rebecca dykes had been in the city for about a year, working for the uk's department for international development. it is believed ms dykes had spent friday evening at a going—away party for a colleague. after leaving the bar at about midnight, it appears she was abducted. here's our briefing on some of the key events happening later: the new bishop of london — the third—most senior figure in the church of england — will be named at st paul's cathedral this morning. then at westminster, in the afternoon, theresa may will update parliament on last week's brexit negotiations in brussels. and later in washington, president trump announces his new security strategy focussing on protecting the us homeland and preserving "peace through strength". cricket and there was no play before
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lunch in the ashes test in perth because overnight rain penetrated onto the pitch. but play has just got underway with england facing an uphill task to avoid defeat on this the final day. bairstow was out to the first ball he faced and a few moments ago england had taken their second innings total to 1111 for 5 — they still trail australia by 118 runs now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello and welcome to your monday sports briefing. we're looking ahead to the latest round of matches in the nba. can the houston rockets continue to soar and preserve their unbeaten run? while manchester united cement their place in second in the english premier league. and mo farah wins the bbc‘s sports personality of the year. it's another big night in the nba on monday,
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when the houston rockets look to extend their unbeaten streak to 1a games when they take on the utahjazz, while the leaders of the eastern conference the boston celtics will be looking to continue the kind of form which has taken them to the top of the table but they'll have to do it without daniel theis who will miss their next few matches with a broken nose. they play the indiana pacers. and jury deliberations will continue on monday at the trial in new york of three former south american football officials charged in the bribery scandal that engulfed football's world governing body, fifa. jose maria marin from brazil, peru's manuel burga and paraguay‘sjuan angel napout have all denied taking money in exchange for influence in awarding the commercial and television rights to world football tournaments. now in case you missed it, manchester united are second in the english premier league after their 2—1 victory over west brom but still 11 points behind the league leaders, manchester city. romelu lukaku opened the scoring with a header —
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his second goal in as many games, while jessie lingard got the second before half—time. west brom are second from bottom in the table and haven't won in 17 games although the united manager said they shouldn't be underestimated as opponents. you do your best to try and win matches and to try to - the you do your best to try and win matches and to try to asthe if"? 7" w m 7 you do your best to try and win matches and to try to as: a e if"? 7" w m 7 you do your best to try and win matches and to try to as: a team ww ww w w w passiblé arms 1115111151113;- as £41513?! ,, , the passiblé amjfj ttteqqt as 51 tett1 ,, , the best passiblé arms tttetqt as 51 tzt-tt1 ,, , the best she passiblé arms tietz'elixel as 51 te-tt1 ,, , the best she can asaaiaia arms aatatsa as a taat1 ,, , the best she can and give asaaiais arms asssisa as a tsat1 ,, , the best she can and give kids a big chance to become an important player at manchester united and at the end of the season we will see what happens in the premier league and other competitions. while liverpool are up to fourth in the table after their comfortable 4—0 victory over bournemouth. coutinho, lovren, salah and firmino all on the scoresheet. leaving the liverpool boss jurgen klopp happy with the result and performance. the most important thing in the second half we controlled the game.
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i like that the most. at half—time, everybody thought... i really pleased. and to the bbc sports personality of the year... drum roll please... the 2017 sports personality of the year is mo farah. cheering and applause. yes, sir mo farah — winner of gold and silver at the world athletics championships this year, took a surprise win ahead of world superbike champion jonathan rae and world pa ra—athletics champion jonnie peacock. favourite anthonyjoshua only finished 11th in the public vote. time to see what's been catching your eye on social media. and staying with sports personality of the year, it could be all about awards — but sometimes its just about having fun. here's 0lympic diver tom daley finding himself up in the air once again, but this time courtesy
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of the world's strongest man eddie hall — he lands safely once again you can get all the latest sports news at our website — that's bbc.com/sport. but from me marc edwards and the rest of the team, thats your monday sports briefing. thats your monday sports briefing. the latest star wars film has generated more than $450 million in global ticket sales on its opening weekend. the total for the lastjedi, includes $220 million from box offices in the us and canada. this places the film second in the all—time list for north america, behind the 2015 film, star wars: the force awakens. the lastjedi is the eighth instalment in the series which began 110 years ago. can you believe it! it was that long
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ago. now, a spot of dance. hundreds of couples have danced the night away in this historic city, attempting to break the world record for the largest group walls. although they managed to gather an impressive 1292 couples, they missed the record standing at over 1500. it looks like they enjoyed trying, and definitely. this is the world ‘s smallest christmas card. you cannot see it with the naked eye but i have an image of it here. we asked for your thought on this and many of you have been in touch. john from manchester says that this card will get lost in the post. i agree. see you soon. the weather is looking fairly quiet.
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a great picture on sunday as this picture shows. more in the way of sunshine on monday with high—pressure ill thing in from the south. likely to see mist and fog potentially causing problems late on monday and into tuesday. monday morning start on a dry, crisp note. mist and fog patches particularly for parts of the north—west of england. further south, not for parts of the north—west of england. furthersouth, not quite for parts of the north—west of england. further south, not quite as cold. colder conditions further east across england with the odd icy stretch during monday morning and frost away from main towns and cities and missed for part of the midlands. much of northern england, northern ireland and scotland looking dried to start monday. in
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the countryside below freezing. lots of sunshine through the day. mist and fog clearing. light winds during monday for most of us. more cloud moving into the north—west during the date with a few showers for scotland. devic is around 7— 10 degrees in the west further east, a little bit colder. —— temperatures. potentially dense fog patches towards the south—east of england and the freezing fog will be stubborn to clear. the potential on tuesday morning to see someone disruption to both road and air trouble due to the fog in the southern and eastern parts of england. poor visibility. north—west, low cloud living in with fog over their hills with perhaps a bit of drizzle here but towards the
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south and east, the fog will be quite stubborn. temperatures turning milder. as we move into the middle of the week, this frontal system slipping south. the north and south split on wednesday. two of the south cloudy and drizzly, brighter in the north. bye—bye. this is business briefing. i'm sally bundock. what is the outlook for the south african economy as its ruling party scrabbles to find a new leader. and will you pop in to a pop up shop? some of the worlds leading retailers hope so in the run up to christmas. we take you to new york to see how successful they are. and on the markets.... the penultimate week of the year has
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started really well in asia.
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