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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11pm: zimba bwe‘s ousted president robert mugabe refuses to step down as talks about his future continue with regional negotiators and military leaders. police say the final death toll from the grenfell tower fire stands at 71, after an extensive search to identify all the victims. police investigating the disappearance of 19—year—old gaia pope in dorset have arrested a 49—year—old man on suspicion of murder. the biggest warcrimes trial since nuremberg is coming to a close. returning to find the voices from bosnia whose lives were altered forever. and as we look at the deeply offensive comments, does the problem goes much wider? good evening and
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welcome to bbc news. robert mugabe, the world's oldest head of state, is refusing to resign as president of zimbabwe, a day after the military took control of the country's government. mr mugabe, who's accused of countless abuses of power during his 37 years in office, is under house arrest and has been discussing his future with regional negotiators and the head of the army. the opposition leader, morgan tsvangirai, has called on mr mugabe to resign immediately. our africa correspondent andrew harding is in zimbabwe. his report contains some flashing images. here's a frail 93 rolled under house arrest. but tonight you photos of president robert mugabe do not show a broken man, farfrom it. the
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generals may have seized power in zimbabwe, but now they want mr mugabe's lessing. it is time for a troubled country. on the streets of the capital we found only a few kids of yesterday's military coup. and for the most part an anxious calm. —— few hints. so what's going on? in a sense this is all about mrs mugabe. the army intervened here purely to stop her from succeeding her husband as president. a dramatic —— dramatic move in a power struggle that has steadily intensified as mr mugabe has grown older. today, the aim is to cut a deal that sidelines grace mugabe and allows the president to step down with at least some dignity. mugabe needs to be persuaded to resign. that's the obvious route to take. if one starts
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to ta ke obvious route to take. if one starts to take the impeachment route, the ill health route and trying to get the parliamentary vote, this could bea the parliamentary vote, this could be a long and protracted process and the outcome could be uncertain. we had far out of harare into a poor neighbourhood tojudge had far out of harare into a poor neighbourhood to judge the mood. had far out of harare into a poor neighbourhood tojudge the mood. you can really feel the sense of anticipation here. zimbabwe and many of the people here are ready to celebrate the departure of the only president they've ever known, and yet people are also very aware of that politics is a dangerous business and there's a lot of fear here. people still scared he'll? people are very much scared. even now? even now. which is why you don't see big celebrations? of course, that's the reason. do you think that can change? yeah, it can change. many here blame mr mugabe
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personally for the struggle their lives have become. has he be bad for business? sure. why? not much tourism, nojobs, no schools. business? sure. why? not much tourism, no jobs, no schools. but there seems little appetite for vengeance. there seems little appetite for vengeance. in fact, there seems little appetite for vengeance. infact, plenty there seems little appetite for vengeance. in fact, plenty of zimbabweans still respect mr —— mr mugabe. we don't blame the president, but we blame the criminal surrounding him, the ones who are making the situation very bad. but a key harare, some of president mugabe's oldest rivals now fear he will dig his heels in and play for time. in the interests of the people of zimbabwe, mr robert mugabe must resign, step down immediately in line with the national assembly expectation. and so for now the
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nation waits and wonders if and when zimbabwe's smiling prisoner will accept defeat. the metropolitan police has announced what it says is a final figure for the number of people killed in the fire in grenfell tower in west london, injune this year. officers say 71 victims have been formally identified, while 223 other people who were in the block at the time have been accounted. in the days following the fire, there were persistent concerns that the true casualty figures were much higher. scotland yard said some victims were reported missing twice, as our correspondent elaine dunkley reports. it was a night of unprecedented horror. as people escaped the flames of the grenfell tower, they feared for those who couldn't get out. many believed the initial death toll would be in the hundreds, but, today, the police confirmed that 71 people in total lost their lives. a little bit of closure that now everyone has been identified. amongst them, karim mussilhy‘s
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uncle, hesham rahman. we have to accept it at face value. people are going to question it, but now it's all about getting justice for the people that lost their lives that night. identifying those that died has been a mammoth task, meticulously carried out by investigators. today, the final two victims of grenfell were named, 71—year—old victoria king and her daughter, alexandra atala. the challenge of it has been immense. we have had our specialist teams work through about 15 and a half tons of debris on each floor of grenfell tower by hand to find every single fragment that they can of all those that died. that has been extremely distressing to the families and indeed to those involved in the operation as well. initially in the days following the fire, there were thousands of calls. 400 people were reported missing amongst the confusion. as the months have gone by,
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police have said that number would be closer to 80 and, today, final confirmation that it's lower. but this isn't about a number, it's about the human cost, and recognising every life that has been lost. artist khadija saye died in the fire along with her mother, mary mendy, on the 20th floor. our lives haven't been the same since june 14th. we're fortunate, we had bodies to bury. a lot of people didn't have bodies. but we've got to look forward as well. the public enquiry, everyone is aware of the negligence and inhumanity of society, greed, negligence. concerns were raised many years before this fire. and i think, had people sat up and taken more notice, this could have been prevented. today perhaps marks a significant milestone, but time can't heal when so many feel they are so far from the truth. this community will not rest
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until there are answers for those that survived, and justice for the 71 lives lost in this tragedy. elaine dunkley, bbc news. police investigating the disappearance of a teenager from dorset, gaia pope, have arrested a 49—year—old man on suspicion of murder. women's clothing has been discovered in a field close to the area in swanage where19—year—old gaia was last seen nine days ago. a search is now taking place in the field and surrounding area, as our correspondent duncan kennedy reports. it was on the cliffs above swanage that the woman's clothes were found. officers were called and spent hours searching the fields here. they say the pieces discovered were similar to clothing worn by gaia. the items of clothing were found by a member of the public at around 10:30 this morning and ever since then, this coastal path just outside swanage has been sealed off,
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as police have carried out further investigations. gaia, who's 19, went missing nine days ago. tonight, police said they had made an arrest. this afternoon we've arrested a 49—year—old male on suspicion of murder. he is believed to be known to gaia, and is from the swanage area. tonight it has been confirmed that the name of the 49—year—old man in custody is paul elsey. earlier, speaking before the police announcement, gaia's father, richard, said all her family are finding her disappearance extremely hard to deal with. the family knows she'll be found, until we don't know that... so we have every hope, every minute that goes by, that, you know, we still have hope. it's...
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you know, you can imagine. it's just about the toughest thing we can go through. it's tough, but, you know, we'll hang on in there. we'll hang on in there for gaia, for her sisters, for her mum, for everybody, we'll hang on in there. earlier this week police released these cctv images of gaia while she was running on a road in swanage. and at a petrol station in the town, buying an ice cream on the afternoon she disappeared. police divers and other search teams have been operating in a number of locations around the town, and officers say those will continue for as long as necessary. duncan kennedy, bbc news, in swanage. the prime minister is to hold talks tomorrow with the president of the european council and the prime minister of ireland, as she seeks a significant step forward in the brexit negotiations.
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tonight, on the eve of the european summit, the brexit secretary david davis, speaking in berlin, warned that putting politics above prosperity in the brexit negotiations was not a "smart choice". so after we leave the european union we will not engage in a race to the bottom. that would mean lower standards for our consumers and poor prospects for workers. after wrecks it, britain will have an independent trade policy —— rex app. and we will use it to lead a race to the top on quality and standards across the globe. our political editor is in berlin and explained what reaction there had been to the speech. it is almost as if david davis tonight told the rest of the eu it's not me, it's you, warning them not to put their political priorities, the political sanctity of the eu, ahead of the livelihoods of their people and put that in the way of a
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good deal between britain and the rest of the eu that keeps our trade links going. i think that betrays the frustration felt in some parts of the uk government at what they see as a pretty hard—line approach being taken see as a pretty hard—line approach being ta ken particularly see as a pretty hard—line approach being taken particularly in berlin and in paris. but it is provocative to come here to the eu's powerhouse to come here to the eu's powerhouse to make that case and provocative too to say it is the other side that has to be more flexible, when the consensus in this and other european capitals is that it is for britain to be the one that compromises, for britain as a matter of urgency in the next couple of weeks to make a promise that we are prepared to stand upa promise that we are prepared to stand up a bit more cash in order to get on with all of this. but on that crucial issue there was no new offer in david davis's can tonight. he was reticent and pretty silent on that vexatious issue, but he was clearer on, which could cause trouble at home, that the european quarter would be the one charged during the
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two—year transition period after we leave the eu. there is a small but noisy group of brexiteers on the tory backbenchers for whom that is not acceptable and that could cause trouble at home. the government says it wants to build more homes, more quickly, to fix what it's called the "broken housing market" the communities secretary, sajid javid, says he will intervene directly in the case of 15 councils in england, which haven't drawn up plans for more homes. labour say any increase was welcome but that house—building had still not returned to the level it reached before the global financial crisis. let's have a quick look at some of the front pages. the i says that theresa may is prepared to take charge of tackling the housing shortage. housing also leads in the metro, with the communities secretary sajid javid suggesting that the baby boomers generation are blocking ways of solving the housing crisis. the daily mail leads with the same story, describing the baby boomers as selfish. the daily telegraph says that
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since the car tax disc was scrapped, tax dodging has soared. the guardian's top story is the apology from the old vic after 20 allegations were filed against kevin spacey. the mirror leads with new allegations reported to police in las vegas against the actor sylvester stallone. the financial times claims saudi princes and businessmen are being asked to hand over money in exchange for their freedom after a purge there. and the express says that three cups of coffee a day could help to beat cancer. but maybe not at this time of night! that the summary. newsday coming up at newsnight. now, time for newsnight. still, any time when i walk in the store, there is no toilets, babies, everything together. —— walk in this
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tour. thousands of people. the most serious war crimes trial since nuremberg is drawing to a close. ratko mladic stands accused of genocide and crimes against humanity. and the horrors of bosnia's past still feels raw. will he go gently? tonight, conflicting reports of whether robert mugabe is willing to step down from his 37 years at zimba bwe's helm.

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