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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11. one of the worst terror attacks in egypt in living memory as gunmen kill 235 people in a mosque in a remote town in north sinai. (music) celebrations in zimbabwe as the new president emmerson mnangagwa is sworn in. he vows to rebuild the shattered economy and tackle corruption. theresa may is given a deadline by the eu — no trade talks next month unless progress is made on all brexit issues in the next ten days. and in the next ten days. on newsnight, a deadly attac one and on newsnight, a deadly attack, one of the worst in the history of modern egypt. 235 killed and dozens wounded at a mosque in the northern sinai province. who did it and how can they be stopped? good evening and welcome to bbc news.
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egypt's president has vowed to respond with brutal force after one of the deadliest attacks in modern egyptian history. at least 235 people have been killed and more than 100 injured — many critically — after gunmen detonated a bomb and then stormed a packed mosque at the end of friday prayers. it happened in a remote town in egypt's north sinai region. the mosque was popular with sufi worshippers. they follow a mystical form of islam which extremists regard as heresy. just to warn you there are some distressing images in orla guerin‘s report. sirens a rush to save those wounded when a place of worship became a place of carnage. the attackers struck during friday prayers. for egypt, this was a grim new first — a massacre in a mosque. inside, worshippers lay dead where minutes earlier
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they had prayed. the mosque was popular with sufi muslims, who revere saints and shrines and are viewed as heretics by islamic extremists. within hours, a televised address to a nation in shock. president abdel fattah el—sisi telling egyptians their anguish would not be in vain and there would be decisive punishment. the sophisticated assault on the mosque was the latest attack by militants based in sinai. the state has been battling them for years. as egypt counted its new dead, analysts here warned that president sisi has already tried a hardline military response, to no avail. the scorched earth approach that we have seen has failed to prevent this from happening, it has failed to prevent isis from continuing to operate in egypt and in sinai specifically. and it is a reasonable question to ask — to what extent does this scorched earth
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approach actually help isis perhaps recruit further followers? the most deadly previous attack by is here was the downing of this russian aircraft in sinai in 2015, with a loss of 224 lives. in the past year, is have killed scores of christians in three attacks on churches, saying followers of the cross were their favourite prey. this time, militants in sinai have targeted their fellow muslims, showing no mercy. there has been no claim of responsibility. we don't yet know if is was behind this, but it bears many of their hallmarks. outside local hospitals tonight, crowds waited to donate blood. after a day of horror, many egyptians now fearful about what might come next. emmerson mnangagwa has been sworn in as the new president of zimbabwe. he used his inauguration speech
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to call for national reconciliation, and to promise elections would be held next year, as planned. he also paid tribute to his predecessor, robert mugabe, who was forced to step down by a military intervention after 37 years in power. mr mnangagwa, who's known as "the crocodile" because of his ruthlessness, was a close aide of the former president. here's our africa editor, fergal keane. if there had been a roof, they would have raised it. 60,000 voices. and rhythm. and sure feet. unleashing the pent—up emotion not of days but of decades. all the past tortuous week felt as if it had been building to this moment for the once cowed people.
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the military triggered the events that brought the mugabe era to an end, and the traditional chiefs who had fully expected to see him die in power. instead, a man who, a week ago, was hiding in exile, fearing for his life, arrived to claim the presidency. so help me god. (cheering and applause). you can hear the 21 gun salute. emmerson mnangagwa, right behind me, is the new president of zimbabwe, and what an extraordinary moment it is. he has the backing of the international community now. the backing of his army, and the goodwill of his own people. these are gifts he will squander at his peril. the new president was once a loyal comrade of robert mugabe.
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and, in power, he helped to mastermind the often violent ta keover of white farms. and the brutalisation of opposition politicians in rigged elections. he spoke of opening the country to foreign investment, creating jobs, compensating white farmers who had lost their land, and of a break with the painful past. whilst we cannot change the past, there is a lot we can do in the present and the future to give our nation a different, positive direction. as we do so, we should never remain hostages of our past. i thus humbly appeal to all of us, that we let bygones be bygones. gladly embracing each other in defining a new destiny
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of our beloved zimbabwe. to test the mood of the nation today, we spoke with zimbabweans from different walks of life. this man is a pensioner who travelled to the inauguration. it was excellent. he promised usjobs, jobs, jobs, and also peace in the country. peace is the fundamental thing for any country to develop. this man is a farmer who lost his land, but now helps to train young black farmers. he has been involved in breaking the law and we are very very concerned that he will not come back to the rule of law. what we need in this country is the rule of law, and only time will tell if he believes in the rule of law or not. this is a political activist, one of a young generation of africans ready to challenge their government. i have been followed by the intelligence services and even found one of them in my house but, now that mugabe is gone
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and we are free, i can express myself as an activist as much as possible. if you were looking for an indication of a change of mood in the country, listen to this — the moment the crowd booed the chief of police. booing. this is interesting, the crowd booing the chief of the police. remember, for them, the police were a force of oppression. the people who took bribes, who intimidated them. the generals who backed mr mnangagwa were listening. what would they do now, i asked their leader? the job was done, they were going back to barracks, said general chiwenga. scepticism isjustified, but the people are tired of the old way. they cheered for freedom. today, at least, was no one—party party. 16 people were injured and nine had to be taken to hospital after a mass panic in the heart of london this afternoon.
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oxford circus and bond street tube stations were evacuated as armed police responded to reports that shots had been fired. thousands of people fled on what was one of the busiest shopping days of the year — as police told them to shelter in shops and buildings while they investigated. but officers have said in the last few minutes that the mass evacuation was caused by an "altercation" between two men on the platform at oxford circus tube. the president of the eu council, donald tusk, has given theresa may a deadline of ten days to make progress on the brexit negotiations if she wants to start discussing trade next month. mr tusk said movement was needed on all issues — including the irish border. mrs may insisted the talks in brussels had been held in a "positive atmosphere". 0ur deputy political editor john pienaar reports. an amicable divorce from a room full of partners, but it's getting tense. so now theresa may is hinting to eu leaders, starting with donald tusk in the summit chair, britain might up, and some say double, its offer of £20 billion in a separation deal —
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dig deeper into the nation's purse, if only the eu is ready to talk trade. or this long goodbye could end in tears, the last thing she wanted. these negotiations are continuing but what i'm clear about is that we must step forward together. this is for both the uk and the european union to move onto the next stage. brexit negotiations could, maybe will, turn to trade next month. but leaders here need more persuasion. mrjuncker, are you worried about brexit? brexit is a tragedy. i will meet the british prime minister on 4 december and then we will see if there has been sufficient progress. are you at all confident progress will be made? yes. but every country must agree to start talking trade, and ireland's minority government is facing the risk of collapse at home, but was sounding tough here — suggesting brexit talks
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could stall without clear guarantees there will be no hard north—south customs border. is ireland prepared to block progress? i don't think ireland will have to block anything on its own. there is absolute solidarity across 27 countries here. germany's not much more supportive. angela merkel was already firm on brexit. now she has her hands full forming a new government. she met mrs may today, another leader looking for more give on the british side. in her one—on—one talks with the eu council president, no final proposals, no breakthrough, and they may not settle hard numbers on the divorce bill for months to come, but they explored the case for more compromise. moments after that meeting, donald tusk was on twitter calling progress "a huge challenge." mrs may's verdict, both sides must find a way. there are still issues across the various matters that we are negotiating on to be resolved, but there's been a very
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positive atmosphere in the talks and a genuine feeling that we want to move forward together. neither side wants the brexit talks to end in stalemate but without more give—and—take, it could happen. and then the risk would grow of negotiations ending with no eu trade deal at all, and that's the outcome that business leaders who are worried about brexit say they fear most. so, more talking to do ahead of the next big summit next month. the slow march of brexit goes on, its course and destination being decided one step at a time. a brief look at some of the day's other news stories. the olympic and paralympic athlete 0scar pistorius has had his jail term more than doubled to 15 years. a judge in south africa ruled his original sentence for shooting dead his girlfriend reeva steenkamp had been too lenient. a teenager who killed seven—year—old katie rough has been detained for life and ordered to serve a minimum of five years. the girl, who's 16 and cannot be
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named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility injuly. police in somerset say a man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, after a ninety—six year old d—day veteran was attacked with a hammer on his own doorstep. jim booth was left with serious injuries after the assault at his home in taunton. a quick look at some of the front pages of the morning newspapers. the financial times says europe's bags have moved more than £350 million worth of assets from the uk after the eu decision. the times says the defence minister is training to quit if more cost—cutting measures are imposed. the mail headlines movement in the brexit negotiations, with the eu signalling it could be willing to start talks on a possible trade deal after the latest talks with theresa
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may. the telegraph site a new report that says one in five women will not become a mother as childlessness has doubled within a generation. the express rights that wins from the arctic will depend on the uk this weekend, with temperatures potentially reaching as low as minus six. —— wins. now it is time to newsnight. egypt suffered one of its deadliest ever terrorist attack today. 235 were killed and dozens injured at a mosque in north sinai province when islamist insurgents bombed and shot worshippers and then ambulances. the egyptian president vowed to respond with brute force. but tonight there's a disagreement over what has caused this increasingly lethal problem. if you want to get a head get a hat is the old saying, but if you want to keep your head should you get a helmet? should the government make cycling helmets and hi vis vests compulsory?
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0oh, ah, cantona. the footballer with the muse on his new book and that kick. footballers a re role models for young people... no, but i am not a role model. i already say that. i am not an example. even today, i am not an example. i have never been and i never wanted to be an example. i am just a human being with emotions. good evening. it was an attack of the most awful cruelty.

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