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since the country's army took over. he attended a graduation ceremony in the capital, harare, after being put under house arrest on wednesday. the 93—year—old is reportedly refusing to step down but negotiations are continuing with zimba bwe‘s military and regional envoys. we will be live in zimbabwe with the latest. also this lunchtime... theresa may, at an eu summit, says she hopes for positivity in the brexit talks, but eu leaders warn that the clock is ticking. the missing dorset teenager gaia pope — police are still questioning a man on suspicion of murder. a belgian court is considering whether to extradite the former catalan leader for sedition, after he declared independence for catalonia. and meet malli, the dog who helped save soldiers‘ lives in afghanistan — now honoured with the animal equivalent of the victoria cross. and coming up in the sport, it's bad news for england's women
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as they lose the ashes series to australia with a six wicket t20 defeat in sydney. good afternoon, welcome to the bbc news at one. the zimbabwean leader robert mugabe has been seen in public for the first time since the military takeover on wednesday. he's been attending a university graduation ceremony in the capital, harare. earlier, the military said talks with mr mugabe were continuing and there had been significant progress in the operation targeting what it called the criminals surrounding him. ben brown is in zimbabwe. he was supposed to be under house arrest.
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but today it look like business as usual for robert mugabe, awarding degrees to university graduates in harare and even walking down a red carpet. so, after this week's dramatic military takeover here, is he still president or not? out in the streets, no—one seems quite sure. right across zimbabwe, millions of people are waiting and watching to see what happens next in this crisis, and whether the rule of robert mugabe, after 37 years, is finally coming to an end. after decades of political oppression, and economic disaster, zimbabweans are hungry for change. almost any kind of change. we don't want mugabe any more, please, anyone, no one likes him, this time we are going to tell you, we don't want you, you must go. the country has been going
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backwards. you can't reinvent the wheel, before you lads already been invented, this country is going down and down and down. we are tired of begging food for my baby to put on the table. no, we say no to that, we need better things to happen in this country. the zimbabwe defence force says significant progress has been made in that operation... robert mugabe has been negotiating with the head of the army here, general chiwenga, but it is not clear whether mr mugabe is trying to cling to power or negotiate a dignified exit in which he would step down in return for guarantees about his safety a nd return for guarantees about his safety and that of his family. if that happened, one scenario could be a transitional government run by zanu—pf but including members of the opposition. zimbabwe, once again, is ata opposition. zimbabwe, once again, is at a crossroads. ben brown, bbc news, zimbabwe. anne soy is in zimbabwe. from where we sit and watch, it is
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quite surreal situation. what is your best understanding of what is going on, what is being said to robert mugabe? well, what is clear is that the military is micromanaging what is going on here in zimbabwe. they did allow him to leave his steak house and go to attend that ceremony, even though they had said that they had confined him to his official residence. what i can read in this is that they are very keen to show that it is that they are very keen to show thatitis is that they are very keen to show that it is not mr mugabe who has fallen out of favour with the military, it is his wife, grace mugabe, who wanted to succeed mr mugabe, who wanted to succeed mr mugabe, and the politicians who supported her and who we understand have been detained by the military. the higher education minister, he ought to have been at the ceremony
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but was missing, he is one of the key allies of mr mugabe. up until now mrs mugabe has not been seen in public, her whereabouts remain unknown, as well as the former vice president who was sacked last week and who fled to south africa, but we understand that he may have returned to the country. so a very delicate process is going on here, we understand negotiations are going on. many people would rather mr mugabe steps down right now and then the succession happens from him to a civilian leader. however, they also understand mr mugabe has insisted that he wants to complete his term, that he wants to complete his term, thatis that he wants to complete his term, that is until next year. thank you very much, our correspondent there with the latest. theresa may says she hopes the eu will respond positively to her efforts to push forward the brexit talks, as she meets other eu leaders at a summit in sweden. but the president of the european council donald tusk said
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it's not a given that negotiations on a trade deal will begin next month. meanwhile, the brexit secretary david davis has claimed the eu has not offered as many ‘creative compromises‘ as the uk to try to resolve the current sticking points. this report from our political correspondent leila nathoo contains some flash photography. if only the path to brexit was this clear. the prime minister in sweden with a push to convince eu leaders to allow negotiations to move on to trade. making the case that britain has already offered enough money to separate from the european union. i was clear in my speech in florence that we will honour our commitments but of course we want to move forward together, talking about the trade issues and trade partnership forfuture. i‘ve set out a vision for that economic partnership. i look forward to the european union responding positively to that. across the continent, her minister in charge of delivering brexit in berlin to speak to business leaders, armed with a warning to eu member states not to put politics
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above prosperity, and telling the bbc it‘s now brussels‘ move. on the citizens‘ rights front, we‘ve made all the running, you know, we‘ve made the running in terms of things like the right to vote, where the european union doesn‘t seem to be able to agree. everybody involved, 3 million europeans in britain, a million brits abroad, should be able to vote, they can‘t do that, so we have been offering some quite creative compromises. we haven‘t always got that back. and in dublin the foreign secretary borisjohnson arguing the irish border question can‘t be settled until negotiations turned to future arrangements. but he was met with a now—familiar riposte — britain hasn‘t yet gone far enough. yes, we all want to move on to phase
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two of brexit negotiations, but we are not in a place right now that allows us to do that. it‘s just weeks before european leaders must decide whether to give the green light to trade talks beginning, but so far in all quarters the view‘s the same. the clock is ticking. i hope that we will be able to come to an agreement as far as the divorce amount is concerned in december, but work has still to be done. and so, for now, the diplomatic effort continues. both sides are entrenched. they know, though, to make a breakthrough, something has to give. leila nathoo, bbc news. in a moment we‘ll speak to our political correspondent ben wright in westminster, but first to kevin connolly in gothenburg, where eu leaders are meeting. not for the first time, we keep hearing that phrase, the prop is ticking. yes, it was good to hear one of the european union‘s greatest hits again, the clock is ticking, the
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catchphrase of this whole process from the european point of view. i think behind the scenes, pretty sharp disagreement because the uk is failing that, in effect, the next move has to come from brussels, from the eu 27, that the uk has put other is on the table, made compromises, and now it is time for the eu to do something in return. that goes to the difficulty, which is that the view from eu leaders, with increasing clarity, is that this is not a situation where there is a mutual opportunity to do a good deal, this is a problem in the european perspective of britain‘s own making and it is up to britain to come up with the solutions to that problem. leo varadkar, the irish prime minister, put it pretty clearly a nd irish prime minister, put it pretty clearly and critically when he said to me early on, look, i sometimes wonder so far into the brexit process whether the people who were so process whether the people who were so keen on the brexit project had
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really thought everything through. so there is no guarantee that the progress of the eu —— that the eu wa nts to progress of the eu —— that the eu wants to see by december is going to be there, no guaranteed the uk will get that shift onto talks about trade in the future. kevin, thank you. let‘s talk to ben wright as well. when you listen to that, that is precisely the tone and language that theresa may, david davis and others do not want to hear? they don‘t, but listened to david davis speaking to the bbc and he has an undimmed, affable swagger as he approaches negotiations and he said again that in his view the uk had made compromises, they have moved faron made compromises, they have moved far on the question of guaranteeing the right of each use it isn‘t in the right of each use it isn‘t in the uk, for example, and he said smaller eu countries like holland, spain, wanted to crack on with trade talks and transition discussions right now and suggested it was france and germany holding things up, a brave thing, ithink,
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france and germany holding things up, a brave thing, i think, for david davis to say, whereas it is clear that so far the eu has remained solid on how they are approaching these talks. as kevin said, the key issue for them to get that green light in december and begin to talk about trade is to find more clarity from the uk about the financial obligations the uk is prepared to stump up. theresa may said in florence she would effectively put 20 billion euros on the table, the eu guarantees it will be more if they are to give the green light to talks and that remains the big difference between the big sides. it is clearly also buried politically contentious in westminster, and so is the date of brexit. the government wants that to be cemented into uk law and mps will vote on that next month, but about two dozen of their own tory mps are concerned about that and today the prime minister‘s spokesman insisted that remained the government‘s intention, to persuade mps to vote
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for that day to be in law, but this lunchtime a cross—party group of mps has said there are real problems with that. in their view it could create significant difficulties if eu negotiations go down to the wire. then, thank you very much. ben wright and kevin connelly. police are continuing to question a 49—year—old man about the murder of a missing teenagerfrom dorset. gaia pope, who‘s i9, was last seen in the coastal town of swanage ten days ago. ian palmer reports. gaia pope went missing ten days ago. clothes similar to the ones the teenager was wearing when she disappeared were found yesterday in coastal fields. the area was sealed off by police. officers searched the scene in an attempt to discover what happened to the missing 19—year—old. we continue to investigate whether gaia has come to harm through an act of crime, or whether she is missing, and we will continue to do so. gaia lives in a village near swanage. she was last seen in morrison road by a family friend. shortly before she was captured on
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camera ina shortly before she was captured on camera in a petrol station buying ice cream. two people were arrested and released pending further enquiries. yesterday, in a country park, some clothing was found by a member of the public. miss pope has severe epilepsy and needs regular medication. her family say she likes being at home, and her absence is hard to bear. mum and younger sister maya are basically holed up in the house, trying to keep away from upsetting conversations, keep away from social media, keep away from the stuff that has been in the press, parts of the press, which has been extremely distressing for the family. they're just trying to look after each other. the man being questioned on suspicion of murder by police has been identified by his father as paul elsey, who is 49 and lives in the swanage area. he‘s the third person to be arrested. ian palmer, bbc news. our correspondentjon donnison is in swanage.
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explain what is happening where you are? police said they continue to keep an open mind about what might have happened, not ruling out the possibility that gaia might still be alive but obviously becoming increasingly concerned. the focus of the search now is this clifftop area behind me. up to 50 officers involved, not just from behind me. up to 50 officers involved, notjust from the police but from the fire service and coastguard, searching the area at the bottom of those clips. this is where those items of clothing were found yesterday, items the police say were similar to what gaia was wearing the last time she was seen. she was last seen at a property belonging to the family of paul elsey, who police are continuing to question. the family of a pope obviously extremely upset, concerned. her father
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obviously extremely upset, concerned. herfather richard obviously extremely upset, concerned. her father richard again making an appeal this morning for information to come forward, and he‘s saying, look, she did suffer this problem with epilepsy, she didn‘t have her medication, and i think the family still hoping this might have been some sort of medical incident rather than anything more sinister, but i think the police now are increasingly worried. john gunnarsson in swanage in dorset, thank you. the former catalan regional president, carles puigdemont, is appearing in court in belgium this lunchtime. ajudge is considering a request by the spanish authorities to extradite mr puigdemont and four former ministers. they are wanted in spain on charges of sedition and corruption for declaring independence for catalonia. damian grammaticas is following the case in brussels. it is due to begin around now. what is happening? it is under way, it began a short time ago. we are at the huge, very grand court complex
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in the centre of brussels. mr puigdemont slipped in through a side door out of view of the cameras, got into the courtroom without being seen. his lawyers came in too. the court case began, or the hearing began. the belgian judge court case began, or the hearing began. the belgianjudge is now deciding whether that spanish extradition request, the european arrest warrant, has legal merit, whether it stands and whether he will honour it and send mr cellar ca rles will honour it and send mr cellar carles puigdemont back. lawyers are ca rles carles puigdemont back. lawyers are carles puigdemont back. lawyers are carles puigdemont have argued this will be a political case, a political prosecution, an attempt by the spanish government to shut down a political opponent. they might find that a difficult argument to win because thejudge find that a difficult argument to win because the judge will simply examine this on its legal merit. we do know that mr puigdemont has said ifa do know that mr puigdemont has said if a decision comes, and it could come as early as today, to send him
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back, he will appeal. that could ta ke back, he will appeal. that could take several levels of appeal, perhaps 60 more days. the earliest we could hear is this afternoon, possibly within the next week to ten days. thank you, damian grammaticas. our top story this lunchtime... zimbabwe‘s president robert mugabe makes his first public appearance since the country‘s army took over. and coming up... accessing the archives — the campaign to get us unearthing our own family history. coming up in sport, the former england women‘s goalkeeping coach lee kendall admitted to using a fake caribbean accent towards striker eni aluko, before stepping down from his role yesterday. a military dog who helped save the lives of british and afghan troops in afghanistan is to receive the animal equivalent of the victoria cross — the dickin medal. mali was seriously wounded in 2012
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when he entered a building in kabul under fire to sniff out explosives and insurgents. his new handler, corporal daniel hatley, says mali was exceptionally brave. richard lister reports. meets mali. he is an eight—year—old belgian malabar, and a war hero. he has been recognised with the highest award for gallantry and animal can get, the dickin medalfor his bravery in afghanistan, where he helped clear the building overrun by taliban fighters. a massive gun battle hardened stewed with coalition forces, mali was sent in ahead of the troops to search for ieds and enemy fighters. the noise, the dust and smoke, it must have overloaded the senses. he received a blast injuries from two grenades thrown down the stairs at him,
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multiple injuries to his face, body and hips. again, still carried on. after treatment, mali made a full recovery. the ministry of defence says there is no doubt his work in afghanistan helped save lives. britain‘s armed forces have some 500 dogsin britain‘s armed forces have some 500 dogs ina britain‘s armed forces have some 500 dogs in a variety of roles, from sniffing out explosives to hunting down insurgents. despite the technological advances another aspect of the military, dogs, it seems, are irreplaceable. another aspect of the military, dogs, it seems, are irreplaceablelj think dogs, it seems, are irreplaceable.” think there is a long way to go before we can get something that will do all the great things that dogs can do. the dog is an extremely good detector, very agile, it can go on all sorts of places and they are very good for morale as well. mali is now part of the canine training squadron, which teaches dogs and their handlers about their role in the military. soldier and dog face the same
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dangers on the battlefield, and the charity which introduced the dickin medal exactly 100 years ago says it is important to acknowledge that animals can be heroes, too. i think the dickin medal is there to recognise animals and the devotion to duty. it raises the role that they play, the vital role that they play. what i see more and more is these citations of the incredible bonds between the handler and the animals. in recent years the dickin medal has been awarded almost exclusively to dogs, a sign of their continuing importance to the modern military. but when it was created in the second world war, among the other recipients with 32 pigeons, four horses and a ship‘s cat. it is not entirely clear what mali makes of this medal. corporal daniel hatley says he was quite keen to eat it at first. but for those who might owe mali their lives, it is a fitting tribute. more than a million credit card users who are struggling financially
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have had their credit limit increased in the last year without being asked, according to the charity citizens advice. it‘s calling on the chancellor to ban unsolicited increases in the budget next week. our personal finance correspondent simon gompertz is here. how on earth does this happen? what is going on? it is the last thing you need if you are having trouble managing your debts, for your credit ca rd managing your debts, for your credit card company to say here is a whole lot more you can borrow by using your card. cards are useful for people who are good at paying them back quickly or have the financial resources so it doesn‘t matter, but to give you an idea of the sort of increases people are being given without asking for them, the average is almost £1500, but for one in ten it is £3000 or more. what citizens advice says is that according to their estimates, which is from a survey of people using credit cards,
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1.4 million who are struggling financially are being given these increases without their consent. and so is anything going to be done to change that system? there is a voluntary code of conduct, we will hear more details about that in a few weeks. that is basically the card companies saying if they see that within people‘s monthly repayments most of it is being swallowed up by interest or charges over a 12 month period, people will not be offered a higher credit limit or given one. but what citizens advice says is it would be so much easier to have a clear ban on unsolicited credit card limit increases for everyone, that is what they are asking the chancellor to bring in. thank you, simon gompertz. the electric car maker, tesla, has unveiled the prototype of a new lorry — the latest in its growing range of vehicles. the company‘s chief executive, elon musk, says the vehicle could travel 500 miles on a single charge. he also unveiled a new sports car, which he said would make traditional
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vehicles look like a steam engine. our business correspondent theo leggett reports. it certainly looked the part — emerging gleaming out of the darkness, appearing every inch the king of the road. this is the new tesla semi, a big rig trailer that silicon valley entrepreneur elon musk thinks can revolutionise the haulage industry. tesla has made its name producing high—end electric cars, and this is an all electric truck. so will it leave conventional lorries struggling in its wake? tesla has high hopes for its new zero emissions lorry. for a start, it will be equipped with self—driving technology so that one—day convoys of trucks will be able to travel close together. in theory, that should reduce running costs and improve safety. tesla says it will also be cheaper to run per mile than conventional models. but it will only have a range of 500 miles. existing lorries can do double that on a single tank of diesel. and the technology as yet
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is still relatively unproven. tesla will be able to make its electric semi. whether they‘ll be able to make it at scale and to the production timetables that they set out is very much in question. they haven‘t been able to do it on any of their models so far. assuming the new lorry can be produced in numbers, will hauliers actually want to buy it? tesla is promising low running costs and a high degree of driver comfort, but that may not be enough. the problem with electric lorries is the price point. a new lorry, a diesel lorry, costs us £85,000 each at the moment. these new teslas are probably going to be around the £200,000 mark. that‘s way beyond the budget of most hauliers in the uk. tesla is already struggling to turn itself from a niche luxury car—maker into a mass—market producer with its new model 3. and hidden in the back of the electric lorry was yet another new project, a hi—tech roadster which tesla says will be the quickest production
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car on the planet. now analysts are worried the company may be trying to go too for too fast. theo leggett, bbc news. australia have retained the women‘s ashes, with an emphatic six—wicket victory over england in the first twenty20 international in sydney. victory gave the holders an 8—4 lead in the series, meaning england can only draw if they win the final two matches. our sports correspondent andy swiss was watching. england knew it was win or bust for the ashes hopes. not the moment for one of the most chaotic starts you will see. second ball, heather knight caught behind. or was she? the catch seemingly taken in front of the stumps. knight was reprieved before another change of mind, and was out again. confused? england were, as they utterly disintegrated
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ina were, as they utterly disintegrated in a flash. 16-4, the in a flash. 16—4, the ashes surely over. then a recovery thanks to australian butterfingers and are battling half—ce ntu ry butterfingers and are battling half—century from danielle wyatt. their total of 132 at least gave them a chance. but it proved a mere flicker as beth mooney of australia said about despatching them into the syd ney said about despatching them into the sydney night. a couple of wickets briefly revived england‘s hopes but ultimately only postpone the inevitable, as mooney struck the i’u ns inevitable, as mooney struck the ru ns to inevitable, as mooney struck the runs to retain the ashes. they did it with two games to spare. england might be the world champions, but in this series they we re champions, but in this series they were second best. you could see it on the faces of the girls, there is a lot of emotion around tonight. disappointed with the way we played today, i thought we have a chance when we were going from 16-4 to
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16—4 to get 16-4 to get 130, 16—4 to get 130, but credit to australia, they have played better cricket than is this series. with the men‘s ashes starting next week, for australian fans, plenty to cheer. spectacular, i can't wait until next thursday to win it again. twice we will be doing it this year. a great venue, the girls are playing such a great stander, it is awesome. the men's coming up, it will be great. what a time to be australian. so a yearin what a time to be australian. so a year in which england scaled the heights of a world cup win has ended in disappointment. the first triumph of the winter has gone australia‘s way. now many of us would like to clear out the clutter at home — and now the national archives says sorting through old memorabilia could unearth previously untold family stories. it‘s launching a campaign to get more of us interested in researching our history. as part of this, one family memento has gone on public display in reading. the treasured item is a frame carved from a first world war british army biscuit. robert hall explains. for many of us, this is the archive. a loft or a cupboard or a set of shelves where we tend to put
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family stuff away and then forget about it. but what if amongst all these objects there was something which told a bigger story about a family member, and perhaps took us on a journey to something extraordinary? this isjeremy collingwood. an object he found at home is now a star exhibit in reading museum. it looks like an ordinary framed photo of his grandfather, but the frame is a biscuit. reading used to be home to one of the most famous names in biscuit making. during the first world war, huntley and palmer provided what looked like rather solid snacks for the troops. so solid, in fact, that some soldiers carved them and sent them home as gifts. in the drawer at home there was this... i suppose a keepsake that mum really liked, and would show me, of her father. and he‘d sent it back to his mother to say how much he loved his mother. and you look at the... look at that picture, the scaredness in his eyes, the worry and concern.
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yeah, he‘s wanting to show his mother he is all right. i mean, itjust connects in a really human way. if you are following a trail, you might well end up here. the national archives store 11 million paper records going back 1000 years. every day, hundreds of documents are brought from 2500 kilometres of shelving or read as digital copies. what we have here is a spy file from the second world war. this file contains the case of karl friedrich miller, the evidence that is collected against him includes a number of letters. you will see across the top here what is written in black is what he wanted you to see, and what is in gold was hidden by the secret or invisible ink. if you scan through the file and click through a number of cases you will even find the lemon he used to read those letters. this is an example of a file relating to suffrage and women's rights, this is the case of a woman called hilda burkett,
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who went by the alias of byron, she was one of the first women to be forcibly fed in prison and she talks about how she's willing to give her life if needed, it's a really great example of one of the personal stories that we have here at the archives. from tomorrow, archives nationwide will be asking us to get involved and to explore these amazing places. who knows, the next big discovery could be yours. robert hall, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. here‘s louise lear. it was cold this morning, i did not wa nt to it was cold this morning, i did not want to say i told you so, but it was cold. lots of


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