welcome to bbc news. we are live in the capital of zimbabwe, harare. breaking news, the reuters news agency here are reporting that president mugabe has agreed to step down as president. it has not been confirmed, we have not had that for many other sources, but we do know that president mugabe is due to address the nation live on national television on some bubbly‘s national television, zbc. they have already said that the nation should appear on stage and for a live address from present mugabe. pressure on him to resign has been building since the military takeover last wednesday. and today, somatic developments when his own party, the ruling party, zanu—pf, decided to sack him as the leader of the party and also sack his wife, grace mugabe, from her position in zanu—pf. he has been
meeting generals today and they have been trying to persuade him since that military takeover that he should resign with dignity, that he has no options left. zanu—pf gave him an ultimatum today that if he had not resigned by mid—day tomorrow local time and they should start impeachment proceedings against him in the zimbabwean parliament. he is running out of friends, running out of allies, running out of options, and running out of time. and according to reuters tonight he has agreed to step down, perhaps bowing to the inevitable. but get this report on the day's events so far. senior military commanders have met president robert mugabe to further pressure him to step down from government, as his own party held a historic meeting to dismiss him. it's a humiliating end
for the decorated war hero, and the party's longest serving leader. our people, colleagues, are demanding from us gathered here to show leadership and to give effect to their demands for the recall of the president and first secretary of zanu—pf, comrade rg mugabe, from his position in the party and government. applause. bruising infighting for power has taken its toll — an empty top table, no robert mugabe and no first lady. this is the beginning of the end of an era. president robert mugabe will no longer head the party he has led for more than a0 years. the question now is who will take his place? the central committee has sacked not only the president but also the first lady as the leader of the women's wing, but she still remains the head of government. parliament are expected to impeach him if he refuses to resign. war veterans who fought
alongside him in the war of liberation have warned of an undignified exit if he digs in. we're hoping that by 12 o'clock that they resume their negotiations, that he gives in to the fact he is going to tender his resignation and leave. in the event he doesn't, we take over from where the people left yesterday. the vice president he sacked for disloyalty, emmerson mnangagwa, has been recalled to lead the party. it's an extraordinary end for a man whose name has been synonymous not only with zimbabwe, but also this party, since 1975. let's recap the breaking news coming to us this evening. the reuters news agency as saying that president robert mugabe is this evening... well, he has agreed to stand down.
well, he has agreed to stand down. we also hear from well, he has agreed to stand down. we also hearfrom reuters well, he has agreed to stand down. we also hear from reuters that the zimbabwean military are working on a resignation statement from robert mugabe. we know that the national broadcaster, zbc, have told viewers to stay tuned for a statement from president robert mugabe to be broadcast live from state his official residence. the writers are correct, it is the end of the robert mugabe year, 37 lean years —— 37 yea rs mugabe year, 37 lean years —— 37 years he has been the ruler, and he has already been sacked as party leader of zanu—pf. let's go back to that decision to dismiss him as party leader. that was announced earlier today by another leading zanu—pf member. comrade rg mugabe is hereby recalled from the position of president of zanu—pf forthwith.
cheering and applause further, the resolution is that comrade rg mugabe should resign forthwith from his position as president and head of state and government of the republic of zimbabwe. and if a resignation has not been tendered by midday tomorrow, the 20th of november 2017, the zanu—pf chief whip is ordered to institute proceedings for the recall of the president
in terms of section 97 of the constitution of zimbabwe. cheering and applause that was the announcement that robert mugabe had been dismissed as the leader of zanu—pf, the ruling party for 37 years. and we're hearing from the reuters news agency tonight that he has agreed to step down as president of zimbabwe, also after 37 years. that would be another historic moment here. we have those extraordinary demonstrations yesterday here in harare, tens of thousands marching through the streets demanding that he resign immediately. people power in the capital is bubbly. the army
have made it clear they want to resign, the party also, and the people. it looks like, if writers are correct, he has agreed to step down, but we will hear from him are correct, he has agreed to step down, but we will hearfrom him in personality later on on national television. with me is ibbo mandaza, a zimbabwean academic, author and publisher. if this is correct and he has agreed to resign, would you be surprised, ordid to resign, would you be surprised, or did you think he had no other options? i'm not surprised. it was a question of how and when he would go. the impression we got from the discussions on thursday with south africans was that he was going for time, rolling the constitutional card. and indeed, the cool waters gave him leeway by insisting it was not a coup, though he remained head of state, and their
commander—in—chief. he was playing that card. it would be interesting to know how that has worked out today. if he does announce this evening on television he is resigning, is that because of the military, or because zanu—pf have deposed him as leader, or because of those demonstrations, or love those factors 7 those demonstrations, or love those factors? all of those, but more importantly be the discussions they have been having since thursday. my suspicion is that would have been parallel movement today. this zanu—pf meeting taking place, at the same time at the statehouse meetings we re same time at the statehouse meetings were taking place. it could be that the announcement later might actually overtake what happened at the central committee. i still think that the troika factor remains the trigger, remains important, especially for his card, the constitutional card. if he has gone, what does that mean for zimbabwe?
the country for 37 years has been ruled by robert mugabe. is everything going to change if he goes? no, i doubt very much. this israeli a factional fight in which one faction has one, using the military. it is a coup, actually. it is the same faction who have sustained him since 2008 in particular. if one were to argue their first coup was 2008 which has kept him in, and now they have followed and they want to reproduce themselves, basically, as before, but clearly don't mugabe lasting longer than this. do you think life will be better for people in zimbabwe now that mugabe has gone? therapeutically, yes, as you so yesterday. but people need to understand it is the same thing as
before. it will not be an overnight change, not at all. and the new leader, would you expect that to be emerson van dijk work, the man whom the army favour? everybody will have to deal with the cool, do you deal with that situation? what is the real reality? that, we wait to hear from mugabe tonight. thank you for being with us, ibbo mandaza. given that news that the mugabe is agreeing to step down as president, it is possibly time to start writing the political obituaries of robert mugabe, the man who was the leader of the fight for independence, the war of liberation against white minority rule, returned here to harare to claim back in 1980, but who is now, as we have seen from those demonstrations on the streets
here yesterday, widely despised. it is hard to find anybody in the country who wants him to stay on as the president of zimbabwe. i, robert gabriel mugabe... robert gabriel mugabe was a revolutionary leader who fought in the liberation struggle against white minority rule. ..and beartrue allegiance to zimbabwe... his tight grip on power earned him the title of being the oldest head of state in the world. the 93—year—old leader has been in power since zimba bwe's independence in 1980. he has continued his life as an international statesman despite a diminishing reputation, as zimbabwe's economy crumbled amid corruption and violence. mugabe's rise to power began in 1979 when the lancaster house agreement ended white minority rule. at first, he protected minority rights. but in the 2000s, he changed tack —
he led a chaotic land reform programme, including redistributing land from white farmers without compensation. the country's economy collapsed with runaway inflation figures. the central bank printed money on a massive scale. supermarket shelves were empty. a loaf of bread would cost you trillions to buy. mugabe's misrule prompted widespread protests. that was the birth of the opposition mdc, led by trade unionist morgan tsvangirai, who later entered into a power—sharing agreement with mugabe, following a disputed election. the economic climate was unbearable, something it is still struggling to recover from. millions of zimbabweans crossed the border into neighbouring south africa, looking for a better life.
he tried to pave the way for his wife, grace mugabe, to be his successor. the army found that unacceptable, saying that "this is not a dynasty". and we can talk to milton live now injohannesburg. and we can talk to milton live now in johannesburg. we always and we can talk to milton live now injohannesburg. we always knew how stubborn robert mugabe could be, and it looked like he was holding out to stay in office. but there are reports now from reuters that he has finally agreed to resign. would you be surprised if he did finally agreed to go? indeed, i would be very surprised, even though these reports so incredible. but you will see that the sequence of events has led him to this moment. robert mugabe is a type of liberation
struggle hero who fights until the last drop of blood. he was holding out, he was sacked this morning, there was nothing forthcoming, and 110w there was nothing forthcoming, and now the tv trucks are reportedly moving to his compound so that he can makea moving to his compound so that he can make a statement. we have to wait and see what he says. but he dragged it all the way for 37 years. so we're waiting to see what he will say tonight. and if he has decided to go as president, he has been sacked as party leader already, but if he has decided to go as president, how do you think he will be remembered? clearly he did some good things as president, but people both here in zimbabwe and around the world will remember him for a lot of bad things, brittle political repression, economic chaos. that's a very good question. robert mugabe will be remembered for liberating
his people from white minority rule, asa his people from white minority rule, as a struggle hero. he spent ten yea rs as a struggle hero. he spent ten years in prison, fighting white occupation in his own country, and many others died as a result. that is partly how he stayed in power until this moment. because each time he did something wrong, like stealing an election, he would tell people that it is the imperialists, the europeans, who have now infected you and they want you to remove me because they think that like people are inferior, and people would buy that story and they would give him another chance. it was in part because of this struggle effort that he comes from, his own sacrifices, and also very educated man. but he will also be remembered for the obvious reasons, the chaotic land invasions in the 2000 ats, and also
running the economy into the ground. south africa has millions of zimbabwe ‘s living here who run away from poverty, seeking better economic opportunities because he had mismanaged the economy. so it is a mixed bag of remembrance for robert mugabe in his political career. milton, thanks very much indeed. just to recap where we are, there is to be an announcement from robert mugabe in the next short while from the state broadcaster, zbc. he will address the nation live. the reuters news agency is reporting that he has agreed to step down, finally. he has been under mounting pressure but from his own party, zanu—pf, who sacked him as
leader, from the people, tens of thousands taking to the streets yesterday to demand his resignation, and also calls from the military with that takeover yesterday. will he finally bow to that pressure? it looks like if those reports on writers are correct, that he has finally bowed to the will of the party, the people, and the military, and decided to step down. but we will have to wait and see and we will have to wait and see and we will bring that live to you when he makes that address to the nation and zimbabwean television later on. ben brown with the latest from zimbabwe. we'll stay with that top story. do you think he will have to go now?
robert mugabe would always continue to say he would continue to serve zimbabwe if he was able, if he was willing, and, the keyword, if the party wished him to do so. and what you have seen is the party demonstrating that it does not want him to serve. the issue was about ensuring the modalities that allowed that except within the framing of the party. if yesterday was organised and led by the war vetera ns, organised and led by the war veterans, what people don't realise is that the military is part and parcel of the alliances that make up both zanu—pf and the status play. what we see is that mike robert mugabe had two choices, either
accept what is offered by the party 01’ accept what is offered by the party or open up impeachment. the problem is that would open to prosecution. that is the endgame. and for the future, what you see is a consolidation of zanu—pf policies. robert mugabe was never in opposition to the ideals and policies. what happened in the last few years, he became a prisoner of a new grouping that is in danger of what people saw, undermining the legacy, the very things that endeared him to the party. and it is not robert mugabe who led the land distribution programme, it is the war vetera ns distribution programme, it is the war veterans in the party. you see that trajectory and that issue continuing into the future. many people talk about this as a significant turning point for zimbabwe. if it is emerson mnangagwa
who takes over, how much of a break from the past will it actually be? emmerson mnangagwa's formation is in 1964. that is the moment when zanu—pf decides that direct confrontation is the only way of defeating settler colonialism. that's the reason he joins the armed struggle. in that sense he hasn't finished. you can see the independence, the land distribution programme, the alliance with the global site is a continuum in that sense. so i don't see a change in that particular trajectory, that stitching together that underpins zanu—pf. in fact we will see a sharpening of that. i think we will see much more pulling together, bringing zanu—pf back into line. so
that what appears after this weekend is much more united than it has been for the last ten years, i would say. do you think there is any chance of some kind of unity government with the opposition involved, or do you think that zanu—pf will simply want to carry on npower and rule on their own? useful comparison is 2008. in 2008 it created a situation where neighbours and institution it was we re neighbours and institution it was were breathing down zimbabwe's neck. today the dog. the opposition has 110w today the dog. the opposition has now leveraged on this question. if you think of the people in zanu—pf who have engineered this outing, they do not like in myriad of opposition even more than they
dislike robert mugabe. they would not allow the opposition parties to enter through the back door. partly because institutionally they abound. think about the arab spring. part of the reason the arab spring in egypt collapsed was because it did not institutional location. zanu—pf has a foothold in all the situation all sites of power. because it has that it can deal with this question, and what you have been seeing again is the modalities that allowed the central committee to ensure that the new political leadership arises out of this. and as i saw in the summer in my own experience of going to presidential rallies, and visiting a range of things, managua is the most
popular person in the party and outside the party. he is seen as a steady pair of hands. notjust inside the party but in the global south. he is also seen as a safe pairof south. he is also seen as a safe pair of hands with china, for example. and why china? because china is the one country that provides balance of payments support. that tells you where this thing is going. and one of the early a nalyst thing is going. and one of the early analyst is right in a sense in that what we see is a continuation of zanu—pf. the opposition and is about wii has failed over 20 years to produce a counter narrative that speaks to the majority of the people. this is not to say there are any economic issues, it is just that they have not come up with something that addresses those questions. and lastly, international commentators seemed to think this is the end of
zanu—pf, far from it. seemed to think this is the end of zanu—pf, farfrom it. people yesterday did not go on the street because of economic hardships, it was a way of demonstrating, showing to robert mugabe that the party no longer supports, end of. we have seen, and reporters in harare have seen, and reporters in harare have seen, it is most a carnival atmosphere. we have seen people dancing, celebrating the end of the robert mugabe rain. the think it will remain peaceful, order some people fear there could be violence? the constant designation of those terms, i think themselves conceal thatis terms, i think themselves conceal that is a bubbly is a completely different story. what there is, if anything, yesterday was about zanu—pf‘s ability to organise popular support to unite over one purpose, which was to demonstrate to robert mugabe that he did not have
their support. and the carnival was about that. the problem for the opposition is that it failed to generate the same anti—mugabe feeling as they would have liked. that's why you see the can of broken thing in the analysis. robert mugabe never ruled the country from the front, he could only continue this way with the support of zanu—pf itself. he had surrendered himself in recent years not with his traditional power base, not with traditional power base, not with traditional people who give him advice, not people who supported him in the arm struggle, in the liberation war, in the land destruction programme. he distanced himself from that, and that isolated himself from that, and that isolated him from the party. that is what created this. there is a question of whether or not he was still aware.
mikei whether or not he was still aware. mike i don't want to be age discriminatory. there was a possibility of him being taken advantage of, and the party saw that as well. we must leave it there, george shire, thank you forjoining us. george shire, thank you forjoining us. and we will go straight is bubbly at robert mugabe starts to his address to the nation. the reuters news agency is reporting that he has agreed to stand down. police in dorset say they're treating the death of the teenager gaia pope as unexplained. the 19 year old's body was found yesterday afternoon close to a coastal path near swanage. she was last seen alive on the 7th november. 0ur correspondent james ingham is at the scene in swanage. police are now trying to establish exactly how gaia died. at the moment, they are treating her death as unexplained. when gaia was last seen, she was said to be in a distressed state and, when she went missing, she didn't have medication on her that she needs for her epilepsy. but detectives believe she may
well have been killed. last week, they arrested three people, questioning them on suspicion of her murder. they have now all subsequently been released. so, today, in a field down this dirt track, close to the coastal footpath here in swanage, forensic teams are hard at work trying to establish clues, trying to find clues. they are also hoping that, together with results from a postmortem examination and door—to—door inquiries around here, it will help drive their future investigation. the discovery of gaia's body brought to an end 11 days of searching by emergency services, friends and family, and also strangers, volunteers who felt compelled to help. this town has been rocked by her disappearance, and now her death. tonight, prayers will be set at st mary's church in swanage as this small, peaceful, coastal town begins to come to terms with gaia's death. sinn fein's leader, gerry adams, says he plans to step down after 34
years as the head of the party. during his time as leader, he persuaded the ira to call a ceasefire and pursued a political settlement in the form of the good friday agreement. his decision to resign brings to an end the longest party leadership in britain or ireland. republicanism has never been stronger. this is our time. we will grow stronger. this is our time. we will gi’ow eve n stronger. this is our time. we will grow even stronger in the future. but leadership means knowing what it is time for a change. and that time is time for a change. and that time is now. i will not be standing in the next election. investigators are continuing to look into the causes of a mid—air collision between a helicopter and a plane after the bodies of the four men who died were recovered. police and air accident experts remain at the scene of the wreckage in woodland in buckinghamshire, one of the victims has been named as captain mike green. he was conducting a flight instructor course with a student when they both died.
let's get the weather now. it isa it is a fine enter the day for much of the country, but change this evening and overnight. a system moving eastward, clear skies ahead of it and early frost. eventually, outbreaks of rain a strengthening breeze moving into ireland and scotland. that rain but extended pa rt scotland. that rain but extended part of england. further south, drier and cloudier and milder. the rain with us tomorrow morning. clearing from northern ireland. still snow for a time above 400 metres in scotland. the rain will ta ke metres in scotland. the rain will take its time to leave eastern england. but behind that some bright skystrator get through. in much cloudier and milder day across england and wales, with high temperatures of 12—13. still cold across scotland and northern ireland. another system heads away
into tuesday, setting us up for a pattern of unsettled weather through much of the week. further outbreaks of rain as we go through tuesday. the heaviest of which would be through scotland, northern ireland. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: the reuters news agency is reporting that zimbabwe president, robert mugabe, has agreed to stand down after 37 years in power. earlier, he was dismissed as the leader of the ruling zanu—pf party. the country's state broadcaster says mr mugabe will address the national shortly. in other news, the chancellor, philip hammond, has said britain needs to build an extra 300,000 homes a year to make an impact on the housing crisis. police say they're confident that a body found near swanage is that of the missing teenager, gaia pope. gaia's sister described her as, "beautiful, emotionally
wise and intelligent." tests of driverless cars on uk roads are set to be given the go—ahead in this week's budget. that is our objective, to see fully driverless cars, without a safety attendant in the car, on the roads in the uk by 2021. we will take you straight back to zimbabwe as soon as robert mugabe makes that statement, which we are expecting. before that, the sport. hello again. we start with football, there's just one game in the premier league today, and david moyes is back in the premier league, taking charge of his first match as the manager of west ham united. however, with the club in the relegation zone, things haven't seemed to have changed much... they went 1—0 down at watford, thanks to will hughes' first goal in the top flight. brazilian forward richarlison made it 2—0. that remains the scoreline heading into the last 20 minutes at vicarage road. in the scottish premiership,
congestion outside the ground meant kick off in hearts' first match in their refurbished stadium was delayed. a late kris doolan equaliser for partick thistle meant it ended level. chris coleman has been confirmed as the new boss of championship side sunderland, after resigning as wales manager. he signs a two—and—a—half year deal to replace simon grayson, who was sacked last month. having been relegated from the premier league last season, sunderland are bottom of the table afterjust one win in 17 matches. coleman's joined on the staff by his former wales assitant kit symons, and their first game will be tuesday's night's league match away at aston villa. there was one game today in the championship, garry monk's return to leeds united didn't go to plan, as his middlesbrough side were beaten 2—1. ezgjan alioski got the winner. boro', stay sixth — victory means leeds are now level with them on points. tommy fleetwood has won golf‘s
race to dubai title. he held off fellow englishmanjustin rose to top the european tour's money list. it went down to the final hole on the final event of the season. stuart pollitt reports from dubai. race to dubai champion, tommy fleetwood! cheering and applause. relief and joy for tommy fleetwood, after a nerve—racking day in the desert. the southport golfer ended up winning the race to dubai byjust over £50,000, after his rivaljustin rose collapsed on the back nine within sight of victory. in the end, rose had eagled the last to deny the 26—year—old. when he didn't, it was party time for fleetwood's friends and family. as soon as i get my lager, i'll be all right! what does it mean to you to see him achieve it? it's fantastic. it's the best thing you can do in europe. imean, yeah. i'll be saying it for a while, race to dubai champion,
it's very, very cool. just tell me what 2017 will mean to you? surely it can never be beaten, can it? it's been a big one. baby frankie arriving, thankfully, and he's great. and i'm going to get married in a couple of weeks. i mean, it's been the best year of my life by an absolute mile. and on course it's been great, i've played some of the best golf of my career, done things that i've never done before. as the sun sets on the golfing year here in dubai, one thing is for certain, 2017 is a year tommy fleetwood will never forget. a big trophy there for tommy fleetwood. will england have the samejoy in fleetwood. will england have the same joy in the fleetwood. will england have the samejoy in the rugby fleetwood. will england have the same joy in the rugby world fleetwood. will england have the samejoy in the rugby world cup? they have made it through to the semifinals by beating papua new guinea 36—6 in melbourne. tim hague has the details. england have strolled their way through the world cup so far, but with sam burgess back, could they march through their quarterfinal against the colourful and physical papua new guinea? well, we got an indication on that after 90 seconds. papua new guinea skipper
david meade flattened, and he would not return. it summed up the first half — england excellent, and ahead through a familiar finisher. commentator: watkins, and it's going to be yet another try forjermaine mcgillvary! and the watkins—mcgillvary double act did the damage again shortly after. same corner, same result. but this encounter was not without the odd bump in the road. it didn't bother kevin brown or his team—mates, though. alex walmsley going over before half—time. ben curry after it. but papua new guinea have impressed in the tournament so far, and got some reward for their efforts, before england upped the ante again. watkins no longerjust the provider, as he scored twice himself. commentator: is he going to be caught? no, he's not. up with a grin. and another leeds rhinos got the seventh and final try,
brian hall making it a 36.6 victory. tonga next in the semifinals, and england are picking up speed in this world cup. champions exeter have gone back to the top of rugby union's premiership, but they were made to work for it by harlequins at sandy park. quins were ahead at half—time, but the chiefs found a way through early in the second half thanks to sam hill. it wasn't the best performance from last season's premiership winners, but they ended up sealing a bonus point win thanks to a second try for hill. exeter are two points clear of saracens who lost at gloucester yesterday. elsewhere, it's now six premiership wins in a row for leicester tigers, who beat sale 35—27 for the bonus point victory. it's seven defeats in a row for london irish, beaten 22—18 by bath at the madejski. england's women could still draw their ashes series, after beating australia in the penultimate t20 match. henry moeran reports from canberra.
although england have lost the war of this ashes series they battled back for victory today in the second t20, the final phase of this multiformat winning series. batting first, 152—6 is more like it from the england batting line—up. a destructive 32 and not out for katherine brunt, part of a redemptive performance after a difficult night in sydney. with the new ball england were on top throughout. regular wickets, four forjenny gunn and two katherine brunt. it means they go into the final game of the series on tuesday with the potential of finishing level on points, though australia will be retaining the ashes trophy. we came out here to win the ashes and we haven't been able to do that. we have to hold our hands up and say australia played some better cricketer than as up until this point. to go home and hopefully have it on the 2020 series means we can leave with a huge amount of pride. regardless of the result in the final match of this women's ashes
series, england will head home disappointed not have the trophy in their possession. 50 over world champions, they set high standards for themselves that they know anything other than victory would be anything other than victory would be a disappointment. but they proved today they can go toe to toe with australia and these two sides are very closely matched. the england men's team have arrived in brisbane ahead of the first test which starts on thursday. still without ben stokes of course, as the all—rounder awaits the result of the investigation into an incident outside a bristol nightclub in september. but his team—mates are still hopeful he can still play a part. 0ur correspondent andy swiss sent this report. welcome to brisbane, where the sun is out at the moment but early on we had some pretty heavy showers. the forecast is for more rain over the next few days, which could affect the player ‘s preparations for the first test which starts at the gabba on thursday. earlier on, england was matt arrived at brisbane airport from townsville, where they were
playing their final warm up from townsville, where they were playing theirfinal warm up game against a cricket australia 11. a smattering of the barmy army were there to meet them at the airport. the build—up to this ashes series has been dominated by this issue of ben stokes, who is currently back in britain under police investigation after an incident outside a nightclub back in september. team—mate jonny bairstow says he nightclub back in september. team—matejonny bairstow says he is hopeful stokes can still play some pa rt hopeful stokes can still play some part in this ashes series. it would be amazing if stokes comes out here. i'm sure you guys all think the same. he's a fantastic cricketer. we don't know what's going on at the moment, that's completely out of our hands. until that is resolved, we actually don't know what is going to happen. i am sure it will get resolved sooner rather than later, we hope, because it the end of the day we want the best cricketers playing in the ashes. england preparing for this first test
without ben stokes. 0nly preparing for this first test without ben stokes. only one real selection dilemma for them to think about. the final fast bowler spot which seems to be a straight shoot out between craig 0verton and jake ball. 0therwise, out between craig 0verton and jake ball. otherwise, the line—up looks pretty settled. england with three days of training to go until the first ashes test gets underway at the gabba here on thursday. 0ne one to look forward to. england's women lost for the second match in a row in hockey's world league series. they were beaten 1—0 by argentina in auckland, with this late strike from delfina merino sealing the win. it follows england's 2—0 loss to germany in the opening pool b match — they play china next on tuesday. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website — that's bbc.co.uk/sport. over on bbc2 from 6pm, you can watch the final of the tennis world tour finals — it's david goffin against grigor dimitrov. a new name on the trophy this year. i'll have more for you in sportsday at 6:30pm. thank you. philip hammond says there
is no silver bullet to solve britain's housing crisis but heat of the bbc a range of measures to be set out in this week's budget will help get 300,000 homes built a year. he dismissed suggestions the government should borrow tens of millions of pounds to fund a massive house—building programme. this is what phillip hammond wants to see, and he's calling time on so—called land—hoarders, saying it is no longer acceptable to have so many sites with planning permission that aren't being built on. today he told the bbc the state would intervene. there are, in london alone, 270,000 residential planning permissions that have not today been built. we need to understand why these planning permissions that are going up all over the country, that will continue to increase across the country, why they are not being built out. on wednesday, philip hammond will announce £5 billion of investment for new housing, and he will reveal a range of measures not only designed to encourage the big construction firms but also schemes such as government—backed loans
for smaller developers too. there could also be help for first—time buyers on things like stamp duty. the drive for more housing has cross—party support. but labour said today the government isn't doing enough for public services. shadow chancellorjohn mcdonnell argued this could be funded by ending tax cuts for the wealthy, not through borrowing. stop giving the tax cuts to the corporations and the rich and recognise you have an emergency out there in terms of public services. invest in those public services. and will these be on our roads by 2021? philip hammond said driverless cars are the future and is setting out plans for new investment for technology and artificial intelligence. but will robots eventually put millions of us out of work? mr hammond said that won't happen, but had to clarify his comment that suggested there is zero unemployment. where are all these unemployed people?
there are no unemployed people... there are a lot of unemployed people. we have created 3.5 million newjobs since 2010. this economy has become a jobs factory. this budget, says philip hammond, is also about building a country that's fit for a post—brexit world. but don't expect anything too controversial. that slim majority means the governmentjust doesn't have strong enough foundations to take many risks. there's hope today that an argentine submarine that's been missing since wednesday with 44 crew onboard might have been located. the sanjuan was returning from a routine mission near the southern—most tip of south america, when contact was lost with navy command. now signals have been detected after an international search, in which the uk has been taking part. dan johnson reports. this is a vessel designed to play hide and seek in the deepest depths, so finding the sanjuan, its crew and the 22 torpedoes it carries, is a real challenge.
fresh satellite signals, albeit weak ones, have revived hopes of rescue. so help is on its way. the us navy's loading deep sea rescue equipment and flying it to argentina. the submarine left the southern port of ushuaia on monday, after a routine mission. it was making the 2000 mile journey back to its base in mar del plata, not far from argentina's capital. the search is focused around halfway, in the sanjorge gulf, where the sub last made contact, but it's a huge area and poor weather has made a difficult search even harder. translation: we have to consider that it might be on the surface of the water, as protocol says it should, because it would be easier for the submarine to get help that way. one of the 44 crew members is argentina's first woman sub—mariner. the best hope for finding her and her crew mates alive, is that a power failure knocked out the submarine's communications. britain is now one of the five
countries helping the argentine navy in the massive search to find the san juan. volunteers restoring the last paddle steamer to be built in britain are appealing for help to track down artefacts and equipment which disappeared from the ship. ‘the maid of the loch‘ was left derelict after it was moth—balled 35 years ago. now a group of enthusiasts are hoping she will set sail again. 0ur scotland correspondent, lorna gordon has been aboard to take a look. in the grey drizzle of an autumnal day, the last paddle steamer to be built in britain. she's not sailed for more than 35 years, moored up and, for part of that time, left to rot — until steam—ship enthusiasts saved her from sinking. it's a thing of beauty, but it needs a bit of work. absolutely, it sure does. it needs a lot of work, and a lot of money spent on it. the obvious things are that the paintwork
and all that kind of thing... bit of rotten wood there? rotten wood. all of that will be replaced or renewed. the paddle boxes will be bright and sparkling again. in her 30 years of service, royalty and heads of state were amongst the millions of passengers who graced her decks. on a saturday night, there'd be entertainment. and on a summer's day, it would be full of families who'd come from glasgow to see loch lomond. in its heyday, the maid of the loch would have been packed with passengers enjoying a day out on the water. many of those who are helping to restore it have fond memories of this ship, and want a new generation to enjoy it too. was it exciting, as a boy? oh, yes, fantastic. never seen anything like it in my life. there's a wonderful feeling about watching the power — i mean, this is power. this is raw power. all these pistons — the two pistons going backwards
and forwards, turning the shafts, making the paddles go through their cycle, making her go through the water... it'sjust — i mean, "magic" is the only word there is to it. hard work by volunteers has erased some of the damage caused by the years of neglect. but with anything of value stolen, any metals that could be melted down sold as scrap, they now need help in tracking down any artefacts that still exist, like this recently returned ship's wheel. the ship was stripped bare before we took it on. but over the years, we've had one or two things back. the most important one is the ship's bell. you want to hear it? yeah, go on, then... you need to give me a hand...! if i lift it, you can give it a ding... there's lots of other ones that people have taken off. no recriminations, wejust need to know that, if they're safe, would people please give them back? securing the heritage of this historic ship, and moving one step closer to seeing the maid of the loch raising steam and sailing once again.
in the last few hours, after seeing the coverage on the bbc this morning, someone stopped by the ship and handed in the original build plate — as you can see in this picture, is has the name of aj inglis, the shipyard where maid of the loch was built in 1953. it is being held up by two of the charity directors anne urquhart and iain robertson. mexico has officially opened its butterfly biosphere reserve, ready for the migration of monarch butterflies which congregate there each autumn, to survive the harsh northern winter. sophia tran—thompson reports. it's travel season and these northerners are looking for a winter escape. every year in autumn, millions of monarch butterflies take the arduous journey to mexico from as far north as canada, some migrating almost 5,000 kilometres. but only a small number
survive the journey. to help increase their chances of making it, a protected sanctuary has been set up, extending across the state of mexico and michoacan. last year, 200,000 people visited the butterflies. it's changed the landscape and created jobs. translation: the majority of people here were loggers. that was their employment. but now we've realised how important the monarch butterflies are. so rather than being lumberers, we now take care of trees. we are replanting forests and protecting them from fires, everything we can. populations of monarch butterflies have decreased significantly over the past two decades, in part because of a decline in native plants. but authorities in mexico, canada and the us have stepped up efforts to preserve them. it's hoped this season's migration will beat last year's with flying colours.
robert mugabe is expected to make a statement imminently, announcing that he is standing down as zimba bwe's president. hours after a visit from the generals who moved against him, he appears to be responding to an ultimatum to resign by tomorrow. that came from his old comrades in the ruling party zanu pf, which has already replaced him as its leader. we'll have the latest from harare as we await mr mugabe's address to zimbabweans, 37 years after he came to power. also this evening: the search for an argentine submarine missing since wednesday — new cers emerge. the chancellor says he will use this week's budget to speed up the building of new homes. and england make it through to the semi finals of the rugby league world cup. good evening.
robert mugabe is preparing to address his fellow zimbabweans, and is expected to announce that he is standing down as president — after nearly four decades in power. time appeared to run out for mr mugabe today after his own party gave him an ultimatum to resign — and he was visited by the army officers who moved against him. let's cross live to our africa editor fergal keane. this city is tonight tents with anticipation, because we are told possibly even within the next hour, president robert mugabe will go on state television and addressed the nation. reuters is saying he has reached a deal with the military
earlier today and is preparing to stand down. that is not confirmed, but these reports come at the end of another extraordinary day here. it began today with this visit from the generals, bearing a message that left mr mugabe in no doubt that all support had now drained away from him. at the same time, his own party with meeting, to remove him from the leadership. it was a jury that celebrated its way to the verdict. the old man is coming, they sang. actually, he was on the way out. how quickly loyalties have turned. an old friend read out the sentence. it had the feel of a show trial. mr mugabe's wife, grace mugabe, was
kicked out of the party and prosecution demanded. it has to be over now? it has to be over. what he did is enough, enough is enough. people showed in numbers. a new iraq is beginning, look at my back. -- a new era. this is the moment robert mugabe lost power in his own party, the party he had dominated for so long. he has now been replaced as party leader as a man who has been one of his closest allies for many years. emmerson mnangagwa is known as the crocodile. and for decades he enforced robert mugabe's will. the fear is he becomes the new strongman. we need a deliberate process that returns power to an
elected civilian order, not someone who will be deemed and perceived to be the target and the beneficiary of the coup. that would be a disaster. in the centre of harare there was a very different atmosphere, gratitude and hopes for reconciliation at this prayer service. all he had borne the sufferings of the mugabe years. some we re sufferings of the mugabe years. some were personally targeted during attacks by his supporters. when you and yourfamily attacks by his supporters. when you and your family suffered terribly at the hands of mugabe, do you feel the nightmare is over? we are worried about what will happen next. his trusted lieutenants are the ones who carried out his business for him and they will be the ones in power in they will be the ones in power in the future. it's a question of what happens in that transition, whether we get to a place where there are free and fair elections. these are emotions that have been pent up for yea rs. emotions that have been pent up for years. morning for what was lost
here and daring to hope. bring us up—to—date on where we stand tonight? the expectation and speculation this address by mr mugabe will signal his departure. speculation this address by mr mugabe will signal his departurelj think mugabe will signal his departure.” think the speculation is obviously intense. you have to remember, the military control all access to robert mugabe. he is under house arrest, in effect. would they allow television cameras, the state broadcasting service to turn up at his house and make an announcement u nless his house and make an announcement unless they went sure it was something they wanted to hear? that is what is driving people's certainty. the interesting thing will be the terms. is he going to be allowed to go into exile, to live in comfort somewhere else or even stay in the country? people might accept that but at the party rally today at the central committee meeting, there was intense discussion about his wife grace mugabe. the focus of so
much opposition from people and there are many who want to see her, and others around herfaction, prosecuted. thank you very much. bbc news will keep you up—to—date with whatever we hear from harare news will keep you up—to—date with whatever we hearfrom harare as it happens. the chancellor, philip hammond, has said he'll use this week's budget to speed up the building of hundreds of thousands of new homes. but mr hammond stressed there was no "single magic bullet" to increase housing supply — and the government would not simply "pour money in". 0ur political correspondent, ben wright, reports. building up expectations ahead of the budget for a raft of measures to fix the housing crisis. the chancellor wants to stop developers sitting on land that has been given the green light for housing. there are the green light for housing. there a re lots of the green light for housing. there are lots of things we can do, using planning powers, using intervention powers, to get planning permission is that have been granted built up. we will use money, we will use the powers of the state, we will use the powers of the state, we will use the powers of the planning system. we are determined to get those missing
homes built. today, mr hammond gave hints and winks about government help for smaller house builders and a possible cut to stamp duty. housing seems set to be the centrepiece of the budget, but will add up to the giant house—building leap another housing minister has called for? wednesday will turn. labour said the government should borrow billions more for house—building and stretch public services. stop giving tax cuts to corporations and the rich and realise you have an emergency in terms of public services, invest in public services. the head of nhs england says the system needs a boost. the chancellor said he would seek to address certain pressure points but spending splurge on any front looks unlikely. balancing the books are still the government's aim. there will be some cash for d riverless aim. there will be some cash for driverless car technology and artificial intelligence, but will robots eventually put millions of us out of what? mr hammond said that won't happen but did say this. where
are all these unemployed people, there are no unemployed people. there are a lot of unemployed people. we have created 3.5 million newjobs since 2010. people. we have created 3.5 million new jobs since 2010. mr people. we have created 3.5 million newjobs since 2010. mr hammond said technological change hadn't left millions out of work. mr hammond will walk out of that door on wednesday knowing the contents of his budget could be crucial to teresa may‘s struggling government. their arguments more publicly for money to be spent on the health service, house—building. tory mps are urging him to come up with some bold ideas to prove this is a government that has a purpose beyond brexit. the chancellor knows as well there are critical tory mps who want him out of hisjob because there are critical tory mps who want him out of his job because they don't think his heart is in the task of getting britain out of the eu. we won't be a government defined just by brexit. the outcome of the brexit negotiations will matter much more than any single budget and are a
core group of cabinet ministers will discuss how to unblock talks, knowing an offer of more money might be the key. a british sailor has died after being swept overboard during an international yacht race. (00v) 60 year old simon speirs, from bristol, was sailing between south africa and australia, as part of the clipper round the world race. the retired solicitor, who was wearing a life jacket and safety tether, was rescued from the water, but never regained consciousness. police in dorset say they're treating the death of the teenager gaia pope as unexplained. the 19 year old's body was found yesterday afternoon close to a coastal path near swanage. she was last seen alive 12 days ago. her family have said they are "absolutely devastated". the conservative mp anna soubry says her office has received 13 death threats against her over the last week. she says the messages were directly linked to the way she and other party members were branded "brexit mutineers" by the daily telegraph newspaper.