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violence erupts in the capital of zimbabwe as the opposition claims the elections have been rigged. the army use live ammunition against protestors — three people are reported dead. tear gas is fired, as the chance of a peaceful transition to a new political era ebbs away. it's changed dramatically, the atmosphere in the last 2a hours. really volatile now. we've had tear gas fired, shots fired. i think we've got to go. the anger is fuelled by an unexplained delay in announcing the result of the presidential election. eu monitors say it's undermining the vote‘s credibility. also tonight... a council in crisis talks about cutting services for adults and children as it runs out of money. the future of struggling retailer house of fraser is thrown into doubt as a major investor pulls out. setting fire to surging cocaine production in colombia — we're with the police there as they battle the drugs gangs. and after a promising start against india, england's cricketers crumble after getting in
a spin at edgbaston. and coming up on bbc news, the top brits are in action today but the standout performance comes from jo konta, who gives serena williams the worst defeat of her career. good evening. the army is on the streets of zimbabwe's capital tonight. water cannon and live bullets have been used against opposition party supporters claming the election there has been rigged. three people are reported dead. the chance of a peaceful transition to a new post mugabe era is quickly evaporating. the result has been delayed that will announce which of these two men will become president and lead the country, emmerson mnangagwa of the ruling party zanu pf, or nelson chamisa
of the opposition mdc. and eu monitors are now questioning the credibility of the vote. —— and eu monitors are appealing for a swift declaration. our africa editor fergal keane reports from harare. from early, there was something different in the air. reports emerged on state media that a presidential winner would be declared by the afternoon. and at opposition headquarters, supporters were gathering in anticipation. it is about an hour to go before the declaration of the result. we've got police water cannon now stationed right outside opposition headquarters and, compared to the celebratory mood yesterday, it really does feel more tense here. in the absence of an official result, the crowds believe the claims of their leader, however premature. chanting: chamisa! chamisa! chamisa! chamisa is the winner! chamisa is going to victory. but over at the results centre, hopes of an announcement faded, as the declaration of parliamentary results dragged on. and it appeared that not all the legal representatives
of the 23 presidential candidates had turned up. for now, this is all we have for you. we will start announcing the result of the presidential as soon as that legal process has been ta ken care of. the delay convinces the opposition that there's a fix. and as the day wore on, foreign observers appealed for a declaration. the results of the presidential election were counted first in the polling stations and, therefore, i have still to learn why it will be published last. butjust outside, the riot police had blocked the gates against hundreds of protesting opposition supporters. they burned posters of the president and ruling party. we heard shots and tear gas and then the afternoon descended into chaos. at the other end of the city, police came under attack. a ruling party office was targeted.
gunshots gunfire echoed around the city. there was injury and death. a bbc colleague struggled to help this man as his life ebbed away. shouting close by, a policeman pointed his gun towards the camera. there are soldiers just beyond this group of running people. it's changed dramatically, the atmosphere, in the last 2a hours. really volatile now. we have had tear gas fired, shots fired. i think we've got to go. we saw a bayonet—wielding soldier strike at a protester. opposition supporters tried to blockade a large swathe of the city centre. at the headquarters of the zanu—pf,
party officials watched the angry crowds approach. and, tonight, the president and party leader blamed the opposition. we hold the opposition, the mdc alliance, and its whole leadership responsible for this disturbance of national peace, which was meant to disrupt the electoral process. armoured vehicles on the streets. it seems more reminiscent of a war zone than a nation in the middle of a democratic election, or a city where thousands cheered the armyjust eight months ago. today, we saw the deployment of military tanks and firing of live ammunition on civilians for no apparent reason. civilians are allowed to demand the respect of their rights in a lawful manner. any disorder may be dealt with by the police, who are best trained for public order. in a few hours this afternoon,
the great hope that there was for this country was battered. it will take a real will for calm on all sides for it to be restored. studio: fergal, it had all looked so promising on polling day — is it possible to say where this is going to from here? well, look, there is no minimising the sense of shock across this country tonight, or indeed the damage done to the hopes of a democratic transition and indeed to this country's international image. if you are looking for a sign of hope, politics here is not monolithic. there will be voices on the mdc sides and the government who will be urging calm, stepping back from confrontation. we are sure meetings will take place with the diplomatic community tomorrow, strong international pressure for
compromise. but there is no, as i say, reducing the sense of shock, crisis and fear among ordinary people here. fergal keane, in harare, thank you. angry protestors in northamptonshire have taken their county councillors to task tonight during crisis talks to discuss which services must cut to the "bare minimum" in order to save money. the authority needs to save up to £70 million by next march amid concerns it may no longer be able to afford services for vulnerable children and adults. our social affairs correspondent alison holt reports. no more cuts! outside northamptonshire‘s county hall, protesters outline their fears about the human consequences of what are described as inevitable cuts to vital council services, including those for vulnerable adults and children. the reason why i'm doing this today is to remind them their cuts, it isn't just about facts and figures, it's about real people's lives. and they're going to die because of a result of today's decisions. all of you have failed miserably. created this chaos, mess, shambles, turmoil... and inside, at an emergency meeting, councillors
were berated by the public... just resign, the lot of you. as for this year's accounts, throw 'em in the bloody bin and let the bloody professionals do it. ..all before they began wrestling with how to pull the authority back from a financial precipice. the anger inside that meeting is because the problems that northamptonshire is facing are unprecedented. within the last six months its chief financial officer has issued two notices warning that the authority is on the brink of insolvency. the hope centre in northampton supports people struggling with homelessness and poverty. most arriving here are already feeling the impact of cuts to council services. we see people who have got nothing else. charities like us just cannot cope with responsibilities that in the past were the responsibility of social services or other statutory funding. we just can't mop up all that need and that demand. and one of those in need is linda,
who is partially blind and has mental health issues. she says after she lost her council support, she ended up homeless. it's going to impact long—term. take the money now, it's still going to work out further down the line, you know? those people are still going to need that help. but the reality for northamptonshire is that out of a total budget of £441 million this year, it now has to make cuts of up to £70 million. and another £54 million of savings will have to be made next year. that will involve making some tough decisions about some of those statutory services, and we've got to make sure, of course, that we protect the most vulnerable in both the likes of children's services and adult social care. here local problems including pricey new council offices are seen as part of the problem, but experts say reductions in central government funding mean
other councils also face serious financial difficulties. it's clearly mismanagement locally, an unwillingness on the part of councillors to make the tough decisions to bring the budget into balance within the year. other councils have just about managed that, but it's not to say there aren't others that are near the same situation. even so, the hole northamptonshire is currently in is said to be particularly deep. alison holt, bbc news. the equality and human rights commission has confirmed this evening that it's received a complaint from the campaign against anti—semitism over alleged discrimination and victimisation in the labour party. earlier the party leader, jeremy corbyn, apologised for what he described as 'causing anxiety‘ by appearing at events with people who compared the actions of the israeli government to the nazis. mr corbyn said views were expressed that he did not "accept or condone". our political correspondent vicki young has more. reporter: morning, mr corbyn. for more than two years, jeremy corbyn‘s faced accusations that he's turned a blind eye
to anti—semitism in the labour party. good morning, nice to see you... and today those questions are still coming. could you close the window, please? this row is about an event jeremy corbyn hosted in 2010, before he was leader, where speakers including a jewish holocaust survivor compared the actions of the israeli government to the nazis. in a statement, mr corbyn said... but one senior colleague went further, openly acknowledging the damage being inflicted on the labour party. this has really shaken us to the core, really. but we have got to resolve the issue within our party, and then get out there to assist the jewish community campaigning against anti—semitism within our society overall. but some campaigners against anti—semitism have no confidence in mr corbyn.
because he has still failed to issue a real proper apology, it's too late. we don't think there's anything that mr corbyn can do, and apart from anything else it's more than justjeremy corbyn now. the rot thatjeremy corbyn brought in has gripped the party. for more than 30 years, jeremy corbyn‘s been one of parliament's most vociferous pro—palestinian campaigners, sometimes appearing alongside people with controversial views about israel. but today the scrutiny is far greater, because he wants to be the next prime minister. and the anger in his party isn't just about his past. it's about decisions being made now, about a code of conduct. the party has adopted a widely accepted international definition of anti—semitism, but hasn't included all of the examples that come with it spelling out anti—semitic behaviour. the international code says, for example, it's anti—semitic to draw comparisons between israeli policy and the nazis. labour's version says party members should resist using nazi metaphors, but adds it is not anti—semitic to criticise policies
of the israeli state in this way unless there is evidence of anti—semitic intent. labour says it's trying to make the code to enforce, but critics argue it makes anti—semitism harder to prove, and the original international definition must be adopted. —— trying to make the code easier to enforce. we need leadership from the top, to turn round the situation, and that can be done byjeremy saying to the people out there who are creating the offence, "don't do it," and leading from the front. let's get this declaration agreed straightaway. # 0h, jeremy corbyn...#. but so far, despite the anger and the protests, jeremy corbyn hasn't changed his mind. vicki young, bbc news, westminster. the future of the struggling department store chain house of fraser has been thrown into doubt after a potential new owner has pulled out. our business correspondent emma simpson is outside their central london store. what's gone wrong and what does it
mean for house of fraser? tonight that is 160 —— tonight, this 169 new world chain is in a battle for survival. a chinese company which owns toy chain hamleys was supposedly coming to the rescue, taking a majority stake and investing £70 million of much—needed cash into the business. this was all conditional on house of fraser closing most of its shops in a controversial restructuring deal with its creditors. they approved it through gritted teeth and there has been a legal challenge, but that has all been overtaken by events, because today the chinese burn made an announcement on the hong kong stock exchange essentially saying that a slump in its share price
meant it could no longer raise the funds to invest in house of fraser. this is a huge blow because all the way along house of fraser said this was the only viable option to save the business. today house of fraser says it is in discussions with alternative investors aren't... and assessing options. sports direct founder mike ashley has said he can offer something better. i understand he has been in touch today but he has an 11% stake. we do not know what his game or if it will amount to anything, but house of fraser is in serious financial trouble and needs to find a solution now. thank you. one of europe's biggest drug makers says it has been stockpiling products in the uk in case of a no—deal brexit. the french firm sanofi currently manufactures products here and sends them to the continent for quality control. it has increased the supply it holds to guard against potential shortages. novarti and astrazeneca have also said they will increase stockpiles of medicines in the uk. farmers at a meeting
with the government have demanded emergency measures to safeguard food production from the current drought. they're warning milk, meat and harvests will be reduced by the heatwave. the shortage of grass has led to the price of hay for livestock doubling in some areas. and some farmers are sending their animals to slaughter early as the cost of feeding them has become too high. the far—right activist tommy robinson has been freed on bail, after winning a challenge against a ruling of contempt of court. the former leader of the english defence league had been given a 13—month jail term. thejudgement said he had livestreamed a video of himself talking about a grooming trial at leeds crown court involving asian men, which is subject to reporting restrictions. lucy manning has more. a free speech hero to some, a dangerous far—right leader to others, tommy robinson left prison this afternoon. a free man, for the moment at least, his only reaction to criticise the media.
all the mainstream media do is lie. the british public no longer believe you. what do you want to say? i've got a lot to say but not to you. to the british public. outside the high court in london this morning, police... 0h, tommy, tommy. ..tommy robinson's supporters and his opponents. nazi scum, off our streets. i've caused a breach of the peace... the former english defence league leader had beenjailed for 13 months for contempt of court after confronting defendants outside leeds crown court and broadcasting it live on to facebook. the pictures were watched a quarter of a million times. can you get me a solicitor? the judgment today revealing it was a trial involving asian men accused of grooming. but, today, the high court overturned that decision. ..in respect of the finding of contempt in leeds crown court and allow the appeal against that finding for the detailed reasons set out in the judgment, essentially because the process was flawed. he's coming home, he's coming home,
he's coming, tommy's coming home. so tommy robinson will be released from jail but he will be back in a courtroom soon. he's been released on bail but he will be back in the old bailey to face that allegation of contempt of court once more. most of us thought that the system was so rigged against him that we had no chance. we believed that the establishment would gang up. but it does appear that we have got, at least, some independent minds working here. the high court finding the original decision to jail tommy robinson, whose real name is stephen yaxley lennon, was made too quickly and was unfair. tommy robinson is not a working class hero. it's up to the judges whether they release him for contempt, but i believe tommy robinson has got contempt for our democracy
and forjustice. he's been a lifelong racist. but his imprisonment has gained him even more support, especially in america. he's not perfect, he makes mistakes, but, by and large, his approach is one that i would endorse. he's not fighting islam, he's not fighting muslims, he's fighting a radical interpretation of islam. there are many who disagree with that. people are seeking to use stephen lennon, that's what makes him dangerous but that's also why he must be exposed. we need to remind ourselves, this isn't a free—speech champion, this isn't somebody exposing anything. this isn't over yet and tommy robinson could still end up back injail. lucy manning, bbc news. president trump has ramped up his invective against the ongoing investigation into russian interference in the us election. for the first time, he has called on his attorney general to end it, and called the man heading it, robert mueller, a "disgrace to the usa". let's go straight to our north america editorjon sopel, who's in washington. president trump has repeatedly been a vocal critic of this investigation but this is taking it to a new level.
yes, we have known for that donald trump is absolutely exasperated by the mueller investigation into whether there was collusion between the trump campaign and moscow. we have heard him send his theory on many occasions before. he has always stops short of saying the investigation ought to be ended. today, that changed. this is a terrible situation, he said on twitter, and attorney generaljeff sessions should stop this rigged witchhunt right now before it continues to stay in our country. the timing of this is the first full day of the trial of his former campaign manager paul manafort, who is charged with not revealing fully his links with pro—moscow ukrainian businessmen. so that is part one, but the other part of it is we have also learned the president received also learned the president received a letter in the past 2a hours from
the robert mullah investigation. there is speculation that one of the things they have raised —— the robert mueller investigation and the respective nation the one of the things they may have raised is that they want to talk to the president about obstruction ofjustice and that may have led to him venting his feelings on twitter today, but there are those that pointed out that by virtue of tweeting what he said, that the attorney general or to fire the person leading the investigation, that is obstruction of justice itself. that investigation, that is obstruction ofjustice itself. that has been put to donald trump's lawyer, who pointed out that in the tweed, he just said the attorney general should do this, not that he must do this. other people have said though that when the president told you you should do something, that pretty much does act as an order. jon sopel in washington, thank you. colombia has long been regarded as the cocaine capital of the world, but production of the drug there is now reaching unprecedented levels — with much of it heading to europe. cressida dick, the head of the metropolitan police, has blamed — in part — middle—class cocaine users
for helping fuel the surge in related violent crime. over 900 tonnes of cocaine was produced in colombia last year, despite a peace accord that's ended a long—running insurgency by rebels known as farc, who had been the main producers. our security correspondent frank gardner has just travelled to four different locations around the country to bring us this special report on how colombia is trying to fight back against the drugs gangs. colombia, post—peace deal, and the war on drugs continues. a surprise raid by counter—narcotics police on an illegal coca crop. i went with them. from remote areas like these, cocaine production is now at an all—time high. over 900 tonnes last year, much of it heading to europe, including the uk. the troops destroy the jungle labs wherever they can. colombia seized over 400 tonnes last year, but it's not winning the war
against the traffickers. well, we've just landed by helicopter a short distance away, right in the middle of a coca field and this here is the laboratory, a fully operational jungle laboratory. you can smell it in the air. they are going to now destroy it but they are very worried about a counterattack from the people who are operating this, they think they are going to come and try and hit them. colombia's 52—year—long insurgency by farc rebels may be over, but the government is struggling to reassert control in many parts. often, where former rebels have disarmed, the cocaine industry is fuelling criminality and pulling in the ruthless mexican cartels. narco—trafficking, illegal mining, contra band, extortion. so our fight against especially narco—trafficking, which is the source for those groups, is really our main effort. as long as there is coca and cocaine, those groups will have support to continue their fight
against democracy and to continue theirfight against the civilian population. offshore in the caribbean, just off cartagena, the coastguard told me the traffickers pay locals from this island to approach the big container ships then sling the drugs on board. they use informers inside the port to get the information about the location of the containers and the destination of it. down on the pacific coast, tumaco is the epicentre of the cocaine trade. poverty stricken and underinvested, its people suffer most. mothers told me their biggest fear is their sons growing up to join the violent drug gangs. at sunday mass, we find father arnulfo mina. he believes the government's recent boost in security presence here won't last. translation: military
action is only temporary. it stops and then the murders return. as soon as the military drop their guard a little, the people start to fight again. it's a temporary solution. we need social investment here. night—time in tumaco is dangerous. the murder rate here has shot up since the farc rebels disarmed, as rival drug gangs compete for turf. on patrol with the police, i could see the heavily reinforced security presence, a uniform every 100 metres, but that won't be enough to stifle the cocaine trade, nor the massive demand from britain, the us and elsewhere. colombia's war on drugs is very far from over. frank gardner, bbc news, colombia. universal credit is leaving victims of domestic abuse at the mercy of their abusers. that's the warning from a group of mps.
under the system, benefits are paid into one bank account per household — which the work and pensions select committee says allows abusers to take control of family finances. the government insists split payments are available for those who need them. a 21—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering another man in nottingham on sunday night. stephen walsh's body was discovered at his home in mapperley — he had suffered serious head injuries. the 37—year—old had been involved in a car crash in the area hours earlier. the increase of new grammar school places in some areas in england is greater than the rise in numbers of secondary school pupils — that's according to figures compiled by the bbc. there are 11,000 more grammar school pupils than in 2010. and, by 2021, if the intakes stay the same, that would be the equivalent of 2a new schools. here's our education editor bra nwen jeffreys. educating boys for more than 100 years, bournemouth school is proud of its academic tradition.
valued by parents and pupils. it has got more academically able students, and when they are together it helps, because they help each other out. we are all aiming to do well in our exams and do well in future life, so we all encourage each other, we challenge each other, we compete. most of you are at a stage now where you've moved on... the school is bidding for government money to grow. it's been making its admissions more inclusive, despite legal challenges from some better—off parents. next year, poorer children get places first, then local pupils. we have been on a long journey. we have been on thatjourney because we have a moral purpose to serve every able child, most particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. letting in more poor pupils is a condition of getting any cash, but there isn't a target for grammar schools to reach. the government hasn't said exactly what it expects schools to do
in return for the money. nor has it spelt out how it's going to hold grammar schools to account, because some have changed their rules, but still let in relatively few kids from poorerfamilies. if grammar schools are growing already, what difference does it make? when you get to a point where there are around 70% of places for high—attaining pupils in an area, that's where we start to see a negative effect on the pupils that don't get into the grammar school. and that negative effect is even greater for poorer pupils. perfect, so if we... at this comprehensive, they're losing money. nearby grammars are taking a bigger share of pupils and the funding that goes with them. round here we have fantastic comprehensive schools. the three comprehensive schools locally out—perform most of the grammar schools just to the north of us.
and so it's important for parents to understand that what they are actually doing is removing their child from society in some ways, they're removing their child from the full social mix. all good schools can grow, says the government, and grammar schools are just one small part of that. branwen jeffreys, bbc news. england's cricketers have suffered a batting collapse in their 1,000th test match against india at edgbaston. the home team had been going well against the number—one ranked side in the world, but lost late wickets. patrick gearey was watching the landmark day. an english drama in 1,000 parts, from flickering victorian beginnings through history, haircuts and heroics. test cricket still relies on the same familiar routines. this time, england won the toss and batted. this queue shows that there is still interest in this form of the game, but they have struggled to sell all the tickets for this first day, a reminder that test cricket needs
a captivating series now more than ever. for england's batsmen, though, this from ravi ashwin was altogether too interesting. alastair cook got a corker. so many times in england's history, such moments have led to dizzy spells. joe root kept a level head, scoring steadily. keatonjennings accompanied him to lunch and beyond until he was bowled almost in slow motion. how unfortunate... fast forward around 25 minutes and dawid malan was also ejected. in came jonny bairstow, steering the match england's way. he passed 50, alongside root. two yorkshiremen on yorkshire day. but the lesson of the past 999 england tests is where there is peace, trouble may lurk. root run out by kohli for 80. one captain seeing off another. bairstow at the other end could only watch