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this is bbc news. the headlines at two: tens of thousands of people are on the streets in zimbabwe, calling for president mugabe to resign. in zimbabwe, freedom has finally come. i don't know how to express it because i can't believe it, it is like i am dreaming. richard leonard is the newly elected scottish labour leader, replacing kezia dugdale, who stepped down in august. there are times in the past where it has appeared the scottish labour party has looked to pick fights with jeremy corbyn, i certainly will not be doing that. we cannot afford the luxury of splits and divisions. police and air accident investigators search for clues as to why two aircraft collided, leaving four people dead. hundreds of volunteers assist dorset police in searching for missing teenager gaia pope, who disappeared 11 days ago. also in the next hour...
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taxing takeaway boxes to tackle what's described as a "global emergency". the chancellor is considering measures to help cut the 12 tonnes of plastic going into the oceans every year, often found inside birds, fish and sea mammals. a rare ink picture of tintin and his dog, snowy, is sold for almost half—a—million dollars at an auction in paris. and... the impact of the palm oil industry on sumatra's orang rimba. that's ‘fighting forest faiths' in half an hour, here on bbc news. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news.
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tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of harare, in zimbabwe, calling for the resignation of president robert mugabe. he's been under house arrest — apart from one public appearance yesterday — since the army seized power on wednesday. our senior africa correspondent, anne soy, reports from harare. this is not the typical coup, it's more like a carnival. zimbabweans here are already celebrating the end of president robert mugabe's rule. this is an unprecedented show of defiance against the strong man. these soldiers are the new heroes in town. zimbabweans are ecstatic. they say the soldiers have granted them their second independence. a moment they've all
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been waiting for. years of emotion poured out on the streets. what does this mean for you? new zimbabwe, freedom has finally come! cheering. what about you 7 i don't have to express it because i can't believe it, it's like i'm dreaming. first lady grace mugabe hasn't been seen in public since the military took control of the country. neither has the former vice—president, emmerson mnangagwa, the man tipped to succeed robert mugabe. these people fought for independence led by robert mugabe. now they are asking him to resign. this is all choreographed to put pressure on the president to leave and to give the transition some legitimacy. like many zimbabweans,
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rachel has only ever known mr mugabe as president. it means a new zimbabwe, a new era, and i'm fighting for my children so that they can have a better future. i'm happy that she will grow up knowing a different president from the one that i grew up knowing. yes. thousands of zimbabweans are out to make a strong statement. they want change. for now, any change would do. live now to harare and our correspondent, shingai nyoka. she spoke to my colleague matthew price and explained the pressure mr mugabe is under to step down. well, it is difficult to see how he would not be affected by this seems that he is no doubt watching from his home under house arrest,
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probably on tv. hundreds and thousands of people have been pouring through the streets with one message that president mugabe must go will stop moments ago, we understand that some of those protesters not only marched to his official residence, but also to his private house, singing at his gate and telling him that his 37 years in office is up. we have not heard anything formally from him, but his nephew, who is also a cabinet minister, spoke to the reuters news agency today and he says that president mugabe will not legitimise a coup and he will not legitimise the constitution by stepping down, so the constitution by stepping down, so he remains defiant. richard leonard has been elected the new leader of scottish labour. mr leonard — who's backed by most trade unions — replaces kezia dugdale who resigned in august. in his victory speech, he called for "a vision for the future —
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and a vision for hope again." our scotland editor, sarah smith, reports. applause. electing richard leonard as their leader marks a left turn for the scottish labour party. he says his victory means they will now follow a more radical agenda. there is now a settled consensus established around a radical policy agenda for the scottish labour party of extending public ownership, tackling inequality and poverty, a more progressive taxation system. applause. hello, ben, it's richard leonard... richard leonard was only elected to the scottish parliament last year. he is a yorkshireman who has spent his adult life working in scotland as a trades union organiser and he is a committed corbyn loyalist. there are times in the past where it has appeared that the scottish labour party has looked to pick fights
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with jeremy corbyn. i certainly will not be doing that. we cannot afford the luxury of splits and divisions. we need to work together and i am determined that the scottish labour party, from whom today i have received a mandate, will be working closely and in step withjeremy corbyn and the entire labour party. anas sarwar, the defeated candidate in a fractious race, says the party must now unite around their new leader. the departing leader, kezia dugdale, has surprising news of her own today. she is to appear on "i'm a celebrity...get me out of here!", a decision that has been sharply criticised by members of the party. sarah smith, bbc news. we can speak to our scotland correspondent, steven godden. he is in glasgow and has been following the leadership campaign over the last nine weeks. you heard richard leonard talking about the need for unity and everybody to come together after this result. and certainly, in this campaign, it has been a long
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campaign, it has been a long campaign and at times quite bitter. it pitched these two men, richard leonard on the one side is seen as a left winger, a former union official, against anas sarwar, who was much more moderate. and richard leonard has come out on top. he certainly has a challenge, one of his first is to bring unity to what has been a divided party. the second pa rt has been a divided party. the second part of that challenge is the wider political challenge, to really get labour back to a position that they historically enjoyed in scotland, a position of power. at holyrood, they have fallen to third place behind the conservatives. that is a situation that concerns everyone in that room. you heard richard leonard talking about the need to restate the vision for scottish labour. so very much that is the challenge for him. and he has other things to do with as well so a lot for him to do now that he is in position, but you had a reaction to him, a lot of
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happiness in that room and he now has to bring them together. air accident investigators are trying to find out what caused a light aircraft and a helicopter to collide over buckinghamshire yesterday afternoon. two pilots and two passengers died near the village of waddesdon. our correspondent dan johnson reports. the police say it is still too early to tell what caused this crash and piecing together what happened is still going to take more time. it is difficult, complicated work and it is not being helped by the conditions here on a very wet, miserable day. this morning, eriksson the best test had been going through the pieces of wreckage which are spread across woodland further down this road —— this morning, are accident investigators have been going through. locals heard a loud bang and this sort two black object spinning down the ground before another loud crash and the wreckage is spread throughout the wreckage is spread throughout the woodland. work for investigators
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to do and police say they will not release the identities of the four people who died in this crash until they have spoken to their families and until they have been officially identified. investigators expect to be year at the crash scene probably over the weekend until monday. that was dan johnson. large numbers of volunteers are helping dorset police search for the missing teenager gaia pope, who disappeared 11 days ago. the search is focussing on three locations around swa nage. miss pope's family confirmed that an item of clothing found earlier this week matched what she was believed to be wearing on the day she went missing. yesterday, detectives released a 49—year—old man who'd been arrested on suspicion of murder. our reporter, james ingham, is in swanage. earlier, he spoke to gaia's sister, clara, who is taking part in today's search. she said her family are very hopeful that she will be found alive. with me now is clara, gaia's
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southern. tell me what you are hoping to do here today. we're hoping to do here today. we're hoping to do here today. we're hoping to get a mass search through all three points that you mentioned. days copout and king georges car park. lines of searches with guidelines on a certain section of map covering until acton and walking down priests way fairly near where gaia's clothes were found and hopefully the lines of searches will mean that more people will have more eyes on the ground to cover every inch of ground that has not been yet seen. you talked about gaia's clothes being found, that was a big setback for you and the rest of the family. you still hope you can find her question but actually, it was not a setback at all, shockingly. knowing that that was possible place she could have been orjust even having some kind of lead as to what has gone on, it was a very distressing time for us, but at the
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same time, positive in that we had some lead after so many days of having literally nothing. you cannot go anywhere in swanage without seeing posters of her face and leaflets being distributed. you pleased with the way the community is responding to your calls to come out and help? the community has been amazing and i am beyond grateful. i cannot express my gratitude towards them. i have been involved pretty much every night with the community searches as well, have gone door—to—door in pretty much every house in swanage in coordination with the police to give them posters and to give them other information to search their gardens, is search their sheds, missing girls tend to wander statistically. it is very likely that gaia could be back or she could be there at any point. likely that gaia could be back or she could be there at any pointm has been such an unusual missing person inquiry really because there has been these arrests. the police possibly suspecting that she has come to harm. for you, you are still maintaining the hope that searching
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is the best way forward. yes, by no means is the missing persons investigation team dropped by the police either. the murder investigation is running very much alongside that and they are open to every possibility, as we. and we are choosing to believe that the murder investigation isjust a choosing to believe that the murder investigation is just a formality and that she is alive and she is safe, and we will find her. that was the sister of missing teenager gaia pope. a system clara was speaking to james. —— her sister. 90 mps — about a third of them conservatives — have signed a letter to the prime minister and chancellor to say that patients are being "failed" by the nhs and social care in england. the politicians who signed the letter — including nearly 30 former ministers — are calling for parties to work together to find a solution. our health editor, hugh pym, reports. the pressure on the nhs is growing. there are fears that hospitals will continue to struggle to find
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enough beds to admit new patients, partly because of difficulties discharging elderly patients, caused in turn by problems with social care. a group of mps now says that a long—term sustainable settlement is needed and that only a cross—party nhs and care convention can deliver that. in the letter written to the prime minister and the chancellor, the mps say... senior conservative, labour and liberal democrat backbenchers are among those who signed the letter. i think the nhs and social care are huge issues for our generation and we've got to get it right, and i think it's bigger than just one party. the mps also call for action in next week's budget to address the short—term pressures on the system. a government spokesperson said it was recognised there was broad agreement across parliament that social care reform
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was a priority, and there would be consultation ahead of a policy paper next year. the headlines on bbc news: tens of thousands of people are on the streets of the zimbabwean capital, harare, to call for the resignation of president robert mugabe. richard leonard is the newly elected scottish labour leader, replacing kezia dugdale, who stepped down in august. police and air accident investigators search for clues as to why two aircraft collided over buckinghamshire, leaving four people dead. the government is considering a tax on single—use plastics that are used in packaging and polystyrene takeaway boxes. the chancellor, philip hammond, is expected to use next week's budget to announce a consultation
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on the measure to cut waste and pollution. an estimated 12 million tonnes of plastic enters the oceans each year, and residues are routinely found in fish, sea birds and marine mammals. i'm joined by our correspondent, joe lynam. this is disturbing, the idea that we are introducing plastics into the food chain. but tell me about this tax, is this very similar to the sugar tax? it is only consultation, to be honest. i brought in, in case you thought in —— thought i brought my lunch tab on the set, this is an example of what is going on. bubble wrap is an example and these polystyrene bags and many who have enjoyed drinks later at night have a lwa ys enjoyed drinks later at night have always found themselves eating food out of that. but they are talking about is because they can only be
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used once and sometimes take decades oi’ used once and sometimes take decades or centuries to degrade, they are talking about a consultation whereby the established how they could impose a tax, how much and whether it would work, and whether they would do their bit for the environment. and earn a bit of money for the treachery and maybe cut down on some of our eating habits which may not be that good —— the treasury. it is a consultation. the government cannot even tell was how much they want to get out of this. it is something we are expecting to hear from the chancellor when he announces the budget on wednesday. what has the initial reaction been to this idea of a consultation, leading to some form of tax?|j to this idea of a consultation, leading to some form of tax? i have beenin leading to some form of tax? i have been in touch with friends of the earth and greenpeace and they say, great idea you have started the ball rolling, one time waiting for this to happen. other countries have done this and they have banned polystyrene boxes and many states in the united states, not famed for its
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green credentials, have already banned them, including the state of new york. but they welcome the measure that the government is making a start at the whole thing. there is a lot of water that needs to go under the bridge before we establish whether they apply the tax. interesting fact, the people that might use those polystyrene boxes possibly earn less than the national average. which means they could be paying proportionately far more out of their income if there was a tax applied on the box and we assume that the retailer would pass on the tax. we are talking 5p, maybe iop, nota huge on the tax. we are talking 5p, maybe iop, not a huge amount of money, but in proportion, it would be more. then very much. —— thank you very much. the sinn fein president, gerry adams, has said he will set out a plan for a leadership change in his party at its conference in dublin this evening. mr adams, who is one of the most significant figures in irish politics,
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has led sinn fein since 1983. he's indicated he won't stand down immediately, but will talk about future plans. today marks 30 years since the king's cross fire, when 31 people lost their lives in the worst blaze in the history of the london underground. it started when a single match was discarded on a wooden escalator. as tom edwards reports, the tragedy brought about monumental changes in fire safety. thousands use this escalator every day and many don't know this is where the worst fire in the history of the tubes started. stewart button is now retired, but nearly 30 years ago, he was one of the first firefighters to arrive. we were laying out the equipment and it was then that we heard or started hearing all the screams. i thought there must be loads of people down there. just scream after scream. 30 years on and this official report still makes terrifying reading. it describes how this
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station, full of commuters, turned into a furnace. it also outlines how the response from the emergency services was hampered, due to a breakdown in communication. and there was a lack of knowledge of the station layout. even 30 years on, for the families of those who died, the memories are still raw. you cry a lot... for a long time. it's a shocking thing and every time something like that happens, whether it's grenfell or a terrorist incident, you think of all the people who are getting that news and the shock of it. you are in shock for quite a long time. the following inquiry led to a huge change to the tube and the fire service's safety regimes.
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among the many recommendations, wooden escalators should be removed, smoking should be banned, and heat detectors and sprinklers should be installed. and crucially, the emergency services should be able to communicate with each other underground. most of the recommendations have since been implemented. these types of exercises are now part of training and legislation ensures minimum staffing levels on deep—line stations. there isn't a month goes by in myjob where we don't reference the king's cross fire. it had such a phenomenal and beneficial effect on the organisation. so out of a desperate tragedy, good things have actually come. with cuts due on the tube, the unions say they will resist anything that they think
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could compromise safety. and these changes only happened after the deaths of 31 londoners. emergency services have been called to cardington, in bedfordshire, after the airlander a10 airship — the world's longest aircraft — fell from the air. the airship wasn't flying at the time, as it was secured to its mooring mast, and there was no—one on board. but one member of staff has received minor injuries after the incident. only yesterday, the airlander10 had completed a successful test flight. breaking news concerning the death of malcolm young, at the age of 64. malcolm young the ac/dc co—founder and legendary guitarist. it has been announced on the band's website that he passed away. i will read you the statement. today, was with deep heartfelt sadness that ac/dc has twin announced the passing of
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malcolm young. along with angus, he was the founder and creator of ac/dc, with enormous dedication and commitment, he was the driving force behind the band. he passed away surrounded by family. he had a long battle with dementia. it was back in april 2014 that it was announced that he was going to take a temporary leave of absence to receive treatment for the dementia, before retiring permanently in september of the same year. that isn't 2014. he was born in glasgow so he is scottish. but he grew up in australia, emigrating in the 1960s. so at the age of 64, ac/dc co—founder and legendary guitarist malcolm young has passed away surrounded by friends and family after a long battle with dementia. an original drawing of the comic book hero tintin has sold for nearly half a million dollars at an auction in paris.
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the artwork, by the belgian artist herge, was published in 1939 as the cover of a story called "king ottokar‘s sceptre". an original strip from album the shooting star fetched £350,000, but a copy of the tintin adventure destination moon signed by us astronauts, failed to find a buyer. joining me now is paul gravett, a comics historian. it must have been very exciting to follow this auction. how is it that people are still so interested in tintin? tintin is a classic character, revived recently in the peterjackson movie. there will be no new tintin stories but the classics he created in his lifetime
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still widely read. the real interest in buying the artwork, the original works on paper, the think on paper by herge, there is only one of those. there could be a couple of hundred thousand of the rare first edition albums as you reported, the destination moon did not sell, but what does attract investors is this is the one and only drawing. it is in full colour, it is particularly lovely. there has been a boom in collecting comics art and mrs puzzling the fine art world because people with money you want to buy something that mean something to them, they don't necessarily want to buy an old master like van gogh, it is possibly out of their price range and does not mean so much to them and does not mean so much to them and they do not trust contemporary art. would it be worth anything tomorrow or in a few years' time? if they buy something that means something to them, from these wonderful comics. why did the
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astronaut version not sell?|j wonderful comics. why did the astronaut version not sell? i think it is because there are quite a number of copies of that. it is a later album and it is not a first edition, it is not such a special, collecta ble edition, it is not such a special, collectable item. the whole area is booming, this is a good price and tintin works have gone for more in other auctions, something like 40 million euros of artwork, comic artwork, have sold last year including major art house is like sotheby‘s. and last month, a asterix album suffered for —— sold for 1.5 million euros so this market is expanding considerably. we talk about comics. does it still attract the youth? my son has a couple of tintin collections and dick weber of the films, is there still that interest from the younger generation? yes, and it is not dying
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out. new characters are coming along and news stories catching on. and with the movies, they help to keep the franchises like batman and wonder woman popular, but new characters come along all the time and it is notjust for children, in its an adult movie is some of the biggest selling artists in america include people like robert crumb who adapted the book genesis into an extraordinary graphic novel. the entirety of that art sold as one lot toa entirety of that art sold as one lot to a major collector. and collectors in this field are interesting and include famous people like george lucas and stephen spielberg and a collector over here isjonathan ross, who collect this very seriously and lucas is opening his own museum shortly and he will be showing his collection. is there any hint that there are other undiscovered pieces of tintin art out there that the collectors are waiting on? is there talk of something? probably some, but when herge made these works, he did not think of them are selling for
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millions, he would often give away sketches and drawings to friends. many of them are owned by family and the estate and they are on view in the estate and they are on view in the beautiful herge museum in belgium which is well worth visiting, it is a shrine to the creator of tintin. i do like this genre of comics. good! it is fantastic. we will leave it there for now, thank you very much. comics historian. how is the weather looking? grey and drizzly across southern parts of the uk. over the coming hours, the weather will be improving and we are in for a chilly night with clearing skies. in the short—term, dampness around seven o'clock the evening. already, by that stage, many northern parts of the country turning chilly, 4 degrees in the north. overnight, this guy should clear. not everywhere, the south—west could
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stay more and mild. across the country, temperatures freezing or below, even —5 in the more extreme cases. so a crisp note, jack frost around. through the day, a lot of bright weather around towards the east and central areas. but things will want to turn more cloudy and mild by the end of sunday towards the west. and that means monday is looking mild and soggy across most parts of the uk. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: tens of thousands of people are on the streets in zimbabwe, calling for president mugabe to resign. he's been under house arrest, apart from one public appearance yesterday, since the army seized power on wednesday. richard leonard is the newly elected scottish labour leader,
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