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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe
will meet military commanders
on Sunday, as protestors in Harare
march on his residence
demanding he step down
A man told me, we want to get in and
tell these people what we think of
tell these people what we think of
Former Lebanese Prime
Minister Saad Hariri meets
President Marcon in Paris -
and says he WILL go back to Lebanon
in the coming days.
The Venezuelan opposition leader,
Antonio Ledezma, is in Spain -
a day after escaping from house
arrest in Caracas.
In football, England Premier League
leaders Manchester City brush aside
Leicester for their sixteenth
successive win in all competitions.
Hello and welcome
to World News Today.
Zimbabwe's President Mugabe
is expected to meet the military,
who have taken power
in the country, on Sunday.
He could be hours away from losing
Tens of thousands of
people joined rallies across the
country on Saturday calling for Mr
Mugabe to go. There are also crowds
outside his official residence. They
want to reinstate the vice
president. Despite all of this the
veteran president remains defiant.
Our Africa Editor, Feargal Keane
reports from Harare.
inside the people today.
A shared energy that helped
them into the streets.
They were there on the big
streets and small.
A common purpose in
a place so long divided.
Voices that wouldn't have dared
speak of Robert Mugabe a few days
ago now sang his political Requiem.
This is a historic moment.
It is so special.
We have waited for
this for 37 years!
You have come back from England,
you are happy to see this, I'm sure.
Indeed, I am very happy.
This is a new beginning
for the people of Zimbabwe.
What I am seeing here
is the death of a dynasty.
All of the faces of
the nation came into Harare.
Joy was unrestrained.
And exuberantly expressed.
Who knows what freedom
the military coup will deliver?
But an army that was once
an instrument of oppression
is now celebrated.
This tells you everything,
this is what the people
are thinking in Harare.
-- this is what the people
feel about the Army.
These are moments of genuine leather
oration. They thank the soldiers as
their saviours. -- genuine
Fear has been cast off
and expectations awakened.
Watching the march I met this man,
a paramedic with a young family.
Do you believe the army
will allow you to be free?
If they don't?
Well, it is difficult for them not
to allow us to be free,
because we have been free,
we just never exercise our freedom.
Viva the people of Zimbabwe.
Those who forced this moment include
many who were ardent
supporters of Robert Mugabe.
Now they call for the departure
of the President and his wife.
The people of Zimbabwe have spoken,
and the people of Zimbabwe have said
you and your husband should go today
and not tomorrow.
Robert Mugabe is under intense
pressure, yet this afternoon
was refusing to stand down.
At one of his official residences,
the army was pushing back
demonstrators, but they would not
leave the area.
So people are very angry
and they want to get through,
past these army lines,
to this official residence,
one of the President's
A man told me we want to get
in and tell these people
what we think of them.
Everybody here is now certain
that the moment of Robert Mugabe's
departure is drawing near.
Let's get the very latest
now from my colleague
Ben Brown, who's in Harare.
Some extraordinary scenes we are
watching. What is it like where you
Amazing to see such euphoria
turned on the streets of Harare.
There were big demonstrations. The
people who demonstrated today, it
was unthinkable in years gone by
that they would even question the
leadership of Robert Mugabe. To come
out onto the streets and demand he
resigns and resigns now. They have
lost all the fear they had. This
follows the fact the Army have lost
faith with Robert Mugabe and Zanu-PF
have lost faith with him as well.
What we saw today was people power.
Tens of thousands on the streets
showing they have lost faith with
Robert Mugabe and demanding he steps
down now. Indications are that he
will not. People close to him how
the saying he will not resign. He
would rather die than resign. The
army says it is having more talks
with him tomorrow to persuade him,
or tried to dissuade him, to go
quietly and with dignity.
have this meeting of the Zanu-PF
party, who say they are going to
dismiss him. Then we could be seeing
the vice president brought back in.
He was rejected any a few days ago.
Yes. This is the point. This is what
Robert Mugabe is facing. He knows
time is running out for him. He does
not have any friends or allies left.
Nobody in the country wants him
still to be president of the
country. If he refuses to resign,
the leadership of Zanu-PF a meeting
on Sunday to discuss the posing him.
He will no longer be leader of
Zanu-PF. On Tuesday we expect
Parliament would then meet to begin
possibly impeaching him. In other
words this would all be done
constitutionally. There has been a
military takeover but the Army does
not want to make it look like they
are getting rid of him by force,
through a coup d'etat. They wanted
to be done constitutionally. If the
party him as leader and the
parliament deposes him has dashes as
president, that is what the Army
would like to see. They would not be
blamed as being an army, the
military, that has forcefully
deposed the president.
is, he'll ever replaces him, the
question that Fergal Keane was
asking people on the streets is, do
people really believe that would
bring them a proper freedom?
absolutely the key question. The
vice president has been seen as a
real strongman of Mugabe's
leadership, his government, in years
gone by. Many people accuse him of
being in charge of atrocities will
stop he has not been known as a
champion of democracy and human
rights. Some people here are saying
we might lose Mugabe and have
somebody not much better in his
place. On the other hand, there are
signs that the military would like
to install him. He is their favoured
candidate, as leader of a new
transitional authority but with
numbers of the opposition involved
as well. The opposition MDC. They
might think matters more palatable
to the outside world.
joining us live from Harare.
The Lebanese Prime Minister,
Saad Hariri, is in France
where he has confirmed
that he will be going back home
in the next few days.
France has said it is "ready
to organise a meeting
of the international support
group for Lebanon".
Mr Hariri announced
he was standing down
while in Saudi Arabia
a fortnight ago.
The BBC's Middle East Analyst,
Alan Johnston reports.
The man at the centre of Lebanon's
store, Hariri, with his family being
welcomed in Paris by President
Macron. Then there was lunch. The
president key to show his support
for Hariri at a very difficult time.
When they emerged, Mr Hariri said he
was going home.
I'm going to Beirut
in the next few days to celebrate
Independence Day. When I am there I
will make known my political
position after meeting with the
This all began far from
Paris in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
Mr Hariri has been close to the
Saudis all through his political
career. After talks with them he
suddenly announced in Riyadh that he
was resigning. He said he feared he
would be fascinated in Lebanon. He
accused Saudi Arabia's eight
regional rival Iran of meddling in
his country's fares. A reference to
Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah
movement, Iran's life. In Beirut,
people were stunned for that nobody
had seen the resignation coming from
but they began to rally behind their
missing Prime Minister, here showing
their support for him during
Beirut's marathon. Many Lebanese
suspected the Saudis had forced Mr
Hariri to stand down and they might
even be holding him against their
will. Mr Hariri appeared again on
television to deny this. His
relations with the Saudis were very
good, he said. In this interview he
hinted he might even withdraw his
resignation. Many questions continue
to surround this affair. When Mr
Hariri comes home in a few days'
time, his people will hope he will
give them more answers, more
Let's take a look at some
of the other stories making the news
Search efforts in the South Atlantic
to find a missing Argentine
submarine have intensified,
with more air and sea craft
heading for the area.
The San Juan, which has
with forty-four crew on board,
hasn't been in touch for three days.
The sub had been returning
from a routine mission
when it disappeared.
It was last in contact
when it was more than 400 kilometres
off the coast of Patagonia.
14 civilians are reported to have
been killed in a rebel-held
neighbourhood besieged by Syrian
government forces on the outskirts
of Damascus. The British-based
observatory for human rights said
the victims died in air strikes and
shelling in four towns. Syrian state
media blamed rebels shelling in
The Russian ambassador has dismissed
criticism of his country's decision
to veto a UN Security Council
resolution, which would have
extended an international inquiry
into chemical weapons
attacks in Syria.
It's the 10th time Moscow has
used its veto powers
at the United Nations in support
of its ally since
the conflict began.
Stay with us on BBC World News.
Still to come...
We will look at tributes for the
AC/DC guitarist, Malcolm Young, who
has died at the age of 64.
Police looking for 19-year-old
Gaia Pope say a body has been found
on land near Swanage.
Officers made the discovery at 3pm
today near the coastal path where
items of her clothing were found.
She went missing in 11 days ago.
Three people arrested on suspicion
of her murder have been released.
Her sister said the teenager was the
light of her life and a cousin gave
This afternoon the
emergency services found Giaia's
body. We are devastated and unable
to put those feelings into words. We
thank you for everything you have
done. Our little birdhouse flown but
will always be with us. The police
will be releasing a statement.
Please respect the privacy of the
family at this devastating time and
keep us in your prayers. Thank you.
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today but that the latest headlines.
Huge crowds in Harare have marched
on President Mugabe's residence as
the military prepares to meet the
embattled leader and persuade him to
step down. The Lebanese Prime
Minister has met the French
president in Paris. He has confirmed
he will be going home in the next
few days. Let's get more on our top
story and President Mugabe being
forced from power.
Alex Magaisa, from Kent Law School,
was the chief of staff for former
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai,
who leads the opposition
to Mr Mugabe.
He gave us his thoughts
on the recent developments
in his home country.
This is the first time in a very
long time there has been a huge
convergence of all the different
forces in timber dashes back in
Zimbabwe. I think it is an
opportunity for all the parties to
work together and see if they can
chart the way forward. It is
important for them to understand
what the future holds, in particular
making sure that the road to
democracy is prepared. That is
something that has been lacking in
Zimbabwe. We know the military that
intervened seemed to favour the
former vice president but
Zimbabweans must be given an
opportunity to make a choice as to
who's should lead them. -- who
should. Mr Mugabe is a tough man and
he will fight to the end of the bid
is not surprising that even though
there are offers on the table he is
unwilling to take what would be a
dignified exit and it might end up
very ugly. Mr Mugabe has seen lots
of people coming to his rallies over
the past few months and this made
him believed he is too well loved. I
think all of that was a facade.
People were doing it because that is
what they believed they were
expected to do. In the last few days
his party is rejecting him and I
think he will see very soon that he
will be politically isolated.
Doug Coltart is a human rights
lawyer, and activist in Zimbabwe.
He's been attending the rally
in Harare, and joins me via Skype
I expected cannot believe the
scenes. What has it been like for
It has been an incredible
day. For many of us, we were not
sure we would ever see a day like
this where we marched on Statehouse.
It was incredible, the scenes... The
atmosphere was euphoric and joyous.
I was not alive during the
Zimbabwean independence but many
people told me that the atmosphere
felt... They had not felt that since
Independence Day for the really it
has been an incredible day.
we have Robert Mugabe remaining
defiant. He has not gone yet. Do you
fear that maybe the jubilation and
celebration is a little bit
I would not say it is
premature but I think there is good
reason for why people feel this
energy, this excitement, the
transition, and irreversible
transition has begun. Certainly
there is a lot of reasons for
caution and Zimbabweans, we are not
through the woods by any means.
Zimbabwe -- Mugabe needs to step
down. Then there are huge queries
about the agenda of the military and
the potential for imposition of a
new leader. I think the fear for
many people is that this will just
remain an internal transition within
Zanu-PF and will not bring real
change. Today, seeing the masses
come out in such an unprecedented
scale, it really takes us down a
path where ordinary citizens are
starting to demand that they want to
have a stake in this transition
And I suppose all eyes are
on the former vice president will
stop the question is whether he
would we any different from Robert
Mugabe. He may still be seen as the
Absolutely. It seems that
the military does favour the former
vice president. To that degree he
probably needs to have a significant
and important role in the transition
process. He does seem to have the
backing of the military. He comes
from the same chequered past that
Zanu-PF has been through. He was
involved in many of the atrocities
that Zanu-PF have committed. I think
what we are saying is it is
essential that this is an inclusive
transition process where people from
all political parties, civil
societies, trade unions...
have to leave it there. It'll be
very interesting to see what
It is an image of defiance that
summoned -- that Venezuelans were
emboldened by. The former mayor of
Caracas a staunch critic. Safe
having crossed the border into
Colombia. Until last week he was
under house arrest, accused of
plotting a coup to overthrow the
Government. He spent more than 1000
days in detention and now speaks for
Venezuelan political prisoners.
TRANSLATION: I will concentrate on
travelling the world in excise. I
will contribute and be an extension
of the hope of the Venezuelan people
to get rid of this regime, this
Venezuela is the
victim of a regime that is colluding
with drug traffickers.
he was meeting the Spanish Prime
Minister. He says he has not gone to
Madrid to seek asylum but political
TRANSLATION: I have asked Mr Roy to
continue to put pressure against the
tyranny in Venezuela. He is a tyrant
who uses force and seeks to subdue
people like me. In Caracas, the
president was sarcastic. He
commentated on the escape.
vampire is flying free in the world.
He says he is going to Spain to live
the high life, drinking wine and
grand beer. You can keep the vampire
But he could reenergise
in a position that has been
criticised for not coming up with a
plan for Venezuelan. Four months of
protests ended earlier this year
with more than 130 people dead and
no change of government. He is now
free to become the most high-profile
opposition leader, speaking against
the president outside of Venezuela.
The question is how much this will
help his supporters inside the
country to bring about political
Loads of sport around today.
Jesus and Kevin deploying with the
goals for Manchester City.
Manchester United beat Newcastle 4-1
at Old Trafford to stay in touch
with their city rivals. The Josay
Mouinho side saw Paul Probert and
Ibrahimovic return from injury with
Pogba getting on the scoresheet. --
Jose Mourinho. Bournemouth thrashed
Huddersfield and Chelsea also
thrashed strugglers West Bromwich
4-0. Swansea beat Burnley. Crystal
Palace drew with managerless Everton
while Liverpool romped to a 3-0 win
at home to Southampton. Roma moved
above Lazio into third with victory
in the Rome derby. Natalie are
currently 2-0 up against AC Milan.
-- naphthalene. Real Madrid and
Atletico Madrid are currently level
in the Madrid derby. By Munich
pulled six points clear with a win.
In Rugby Union, England have beaten
Australia by 30-6 to make it five
straight wins over the Wallabies.
That scoreline did not reflect the
balance of play. Our sports
correspondent was at Twickenham
watching the action. England, the
home side, ran away with the game in
the drizzle as the match slipped
away from Australia. Only in the
closing few minutes was the match
settled and certain. At key points
in the match the Australian coach
was visibly fuming at the decisions.
An Australian try disallowed and
offside at a crucial time. At one
point Australia were reduced to 13
men. England can say they have great
finishers to bring off the bench to
make a game like this certain. As
the coach, Eddie Jones, pointed out,
it is imperative to play for 80
minutes in these international.
Eddie Jones has still won every
single game as England coach.
Argentina beat Italy 31-15. Wells
could only manage a 13-6 win over
Georgia. Ireland edged it 23-20
against Fiji. Currently France Trail
South Africa 10-8 with half an hour
to play. David Coughlin has shocked
tennis fans by knocking Roger
Federer out. Dimitrov has lost the
first set against Jack's soccer but
leads by a break in the second. --
Malcolm Young, co-founder
and guitarist of the Australian
heavy metal band AC/DC,
has died aged 64.
He founded the group in the 1970s
with his brother Angus,
retiring more than 40 years later
to receive treatment for dementia.
The band were best known for albums
Highway to Hell and Back in Black,
and were inducted into the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
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