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I'm Alpa Patel.
Our top stories.
More than 230 people
have been killed in
a militant attack in Egypt.
Gunmen stormed a crowded mosque
in the Sinai peninsula
during Friday prayers.
The Egyptian president has vowed
to respond with brute force -
saying the army and police
would avenge the victims.
Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn
in as Zimbabwe's new president -
three days after the resignation
of Robert Mugabe.
I will devote myself to
the well-being of Zimbabwe and its
So help me God.
Also on the show -
Oscar Pistorius' jail sentence has
been more than doubled
by a South African court.
The Paralympic athlete had initially
been sentenced to six years
for the murder of his girlfriend
Hello and welcome
to World News Today.
A deadly terror attack.
The number of people killed
in Egypt, where militants have
attacked a mosque has
risen to at least 235.
Egypt's President has promised to
respond with brute force to the
militants. It happened in a remote
town in northern Sinai
militants. It happened in a remote
town in northern Sinai. Militants
entered the mosque with guns and a
bomb during Friday prayers. It is
the deadliest attack yet in the
three year insurgency.
James Landale has the latest.
A warning that there are distressing
images in his report.
These were some of the chaotic
scenes after the attack,
as hundreds of wounded people
were rushed to nearby hospitals.
Survivors of one of the most deadly
attacks on civilians in Egypt.
Witnesses said the militants stormed
the mosque in northern Sinai
and exploded a bomb inside.
They said around 40 gunmen then
fired on worshippers
as they tried to flee.
They came here to kneel in prayer.
Instead, they lay down in death.
President Sisi sent his condolences
to the families of those who had
died and said the attack would only
increase Egypt's determination
to face up to terrorism.
Many of the dead and wounded
were said to be Sufi Muslims,
whose brand of Islam is rejected
by jihadi extremists.
But a mass attack on a mosque,
with such devastating consequences,
is very rare in Egypt.
This is unprecedented.
I can't see any particular
imperative behind it
in the slightest.
You haven't had this sort
of attack take place before.
You've seen the rhetoric about Sufis
and Sufism from these radical groups
for years but you've never seen
an attack like this.
The militants have long targeted
religious opponents such
as Coptic Christians,
particularly by mounting
attacks on their churches.
They've also killed civilians who
work with the authorities in Sinai.
Until tonight, Egypt's deadliest
terror attack was the downing
of a Russian passenger jet over
Sinai in October 2000 and 15.
IS said they were behind the bombing
that killed 224 people,
but so far no one has claimed
responsibility for today's
attack, which has now left
even more people dead.
James Landale, BBC News.
Let's get more from our
correspondent Sally Nabil
who is in Cairo for us.
With so many injured, many
critically, there is the possibility
that the death toll could rise.
Yes. This is true. It is highly
likely that the death toll could
rise in the next few hours, because
as you said, many of those injured
are in a quite critical condition.
Just a short while ago some judicial
sources and frantic experts said
that the militants were armed with
automatic rifles and rocket
propelled grenades. What we know is
that a group of militants walked
into the mosque and they started
shooting randomly at every person
they saw. There was a different
group in the street shooting at
passers-by. They even targeted
ambulance cars that rushed to the
scene to save people. This is by far
an unprecedented attack whether in
terms of scale or in terms of style.
Militants have been operating in the
Sinai peninsula for quite some time.
Oh dear. We have lost Sally from
Cairo so unfortunately we will have
to move on.
Zimbabwe has a new president.
Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn
in a few hours ago, in a ceremony
watched by tens of thousands
in the national stadium
in the capital Harare.
And that of course marks
the end of the Mugabe era.
Robert Mugabe, who had been
in power for 37 years,
was officially "too tired"
to attend the ceremony.
Our Zimbabwe Correspondent,
Shingai Nyoka, reports.
The changing of the guard
in Zimbabwe, and long-time leader
Robert Mugabe was not
there to witness it.
But newly-elected President
Emmerson Mnangagwa does
not need his blessing.
I, Emmerson Mnangagwa...
The moment Zimbabweans
have been waiting for,
the swearing in of this country's
second leader in nearly 40 years.
This is Zimbabwe's new President,
not through an election
but with the help of the military.
It caps the most dramatic two weeks
in Zimbabwe's history,
and a surprise comeback from a man
who just a fortnight ago fled
the country in fear of his life.
With Mugabe's departure,
Mnangagwa will serve
as interim President
until next year's election.
But he inherits a fragmented party
and a country broken under Mugabe's
In his inaugural speech there
was praise for his predecessor.
He led us in our struggle
for national independence.
He assumed responsibilities
of leadership at a formative
and a very challenging time,
at the behest of our nation.
That is to be lauded and celebrated.
But also a pledge to
break from the past.
I am not oblivious to the many
Zimbabweans from our political,
ethnic and racial divides,
who have helped make this day.
So what do we know
about Emmerson Mnangagwa?
Jailed for ten years in 1965,
he met Mugabe in prison.
There, the two men formed
a close association.
After independence in 1980,
he became Mugabe's right-hand man.
In 1983, he was implicated
in the mass murder of thousands
of opposition supporters
something he denies.
More recently, he was accused
of orchestrating a violent crackdown
on opposition supporters.
Those who are very close to him say
that he listens more than he speaks.
He is a soft-spoken man,
a gentleman, contrary
to what the reports say about him.
He is a God-fearing family man.
We have to give him some time
because an improvement
is something which cannot be
improved like overnight.
After two weeks of uncertainty,
Zimbabwe seems to be
returning to normal again.
No one knows what the future
holds, whether Mnangagwa
is the man to bring a new era
of democracy and freedom.
The BBC's Ben Brown is in Harare.
We heard from the new President.
What do Zimbabweans want from their
Well, I think they are looking for
change, haven't they? A new era, a
new dawn. That is what they have
been saying on the streets when they
have been out to demonstrate in. And
really, is it just words? Is it just
rhetoric from the new President?
Hard to tell at the moment but it
was a promising inaugural speech and
most people would agree. It was
statements like, inspiration at
times. It was inclusive. He said to
Zimbabweans, his audience, you, me,
all of us, together, we need to work
together to get this country back on
its feet. And he said let bygones be
bygones. He said he wanted to
represent as President is not just a
ruling clique of the political party
but the whole country. Zimbabweans
of all colours, creeds, tribes and
political persuasions. He was very
much trying to make himself as a
President who would rule for all the
country and made a lot of bold
promises, economic reform, jobs,
jobs, jobs, he talked about free and
fair elections next year as well and
stopping corruption. Of course, the
proof will be in the pudding.
Will he keep these bold promises
that he has made? He is accused of
corruption, isn't it? And some of
the worst human rights abuses under
the ruling party.
That is right. He was a henchman in
the Mugabe regime. He has, according
to its critics, he has got blood on
his hands, he has rigged elections,
he is corrupt. Those of the charges
against him. That is why I think
watching today's speech was
important to read between the lines
and see what messages he was putting
across. As I say, these messages of
inclusivity and of governing for the
whole country. And economic reform
at the heart of everything he did.
And wants to do as well. He also,
interestingly, got charisma as well
as talking about Robert Mugabe who
he said had been a great father
figure for the nation. She said let
bygones be bygones. He wanted no
retribution in terms of Mr Mugabe
who has been his great rival, and
Grace Mugabe who has been his great
rival in the past few weeks. It was
an interesting speech and a good
start but just a start. And everyone
will watch for the next few months
because technically, she is just
serving out the remainder of Mr
Mugabe's presidency, only a few
months until the next elections next
Interesting times. Thank you very
Thank you very much.
Authorities evacuated Oxford Street
and there was panic among them being
pedestrians. Police say they
received reports of shots being
fired in a number of locations but
officers have said they have not
found any trace of any suspects.
found any trace of any suspects.
Let's take a look at some of
the other stories making the news.
Saudi Arabia's de-facto ruler has
called Iran's supreme leader
the "Hitler of the Middle East".
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
said the European experience shows
that appeasing Tehran will not work.
Saudi Arabia and Iran accuse
each other of fuelling
instability across the region.
North Korea appears to be
fortifying its border
in the Demilitarised Zone
with the South, days after a soldier
defected by running across.
A US diplomat to South Korea has
tweeted a picture showing
workers digging a trench.
The defector was shot multiple times
by border guards from the North
at this spot last week
and is still in hospital.
Moroccans are gathering to play for
rain. King Mohammed the sixth in his
official capacity and commander of
the faith called for prayers. There
has been a severe shortage of
rainfall in the last few months,
which has hit the agricultural
sector and rural employment, both
central to the country's economy.
An escaped circus tiger has been
shot dead in streets of. Members of
the public found the emergency
services around 6pm in the evening
to say they had seen the animal
loose near the river in the west of
the city. The owners shot its near a
The Supreme Court of Appeal
in South Africa has more
than doubled the jail sentence
for murder handed out to Paralympic
athlete Oscar Pistorius.
Mr Pistorius has been given
the minimum fifteen years
for shooting his girlfriend,
Reeva Steenkamp, to death
on Valentine's Day in 2013.
The BBC's Milton Nkosi has more.
What we saw today is
the Supreme Court of Appeal
here in South Africa
overturning that six-year sentence
and increasing it all the way up to
13 and a half years
for Oscar Pistorius.
The family of Reeva
Steenkamp, who was shot on
Valentine's Day in 2013,
has already said that
that they welcome this change
in sentencing, and they said
that this shows that justice can be
achieved in South Africa.
On the other hand,
from the Oscar Pistorius
family, his brother Carl Pistorius
tweeted three words.
Shattered, heartbroken, gutted.
That summed it up, really,
for the athlete who is
still behind bars and for his
family and friends.
US actress Uma Thurman has sent out
a Thanksgiving message venting anger
at movie mogul Harvey Weinstein -
who has been accused of sexual
harrassment by dozens of women.
who has been accused of sexual
Ms Thurman said on Instagram:
"When I'm ready, I'll say
what I have to say...
Stay tuned", adding that she had
a few reasons to be angry.
Weinstein denies all allegations
of non-consensual sex.
The President of the European
Council has said the British
government's hopes of an agreement
next month to begin Brexit trade
talks remain a "huge challenge".
Following meetings with the British
Prime Minister Theresa May
in Brussels, Donald Tusk said
progress was still needed
from the UK "on all issues",
within the next 10 days.
Our deputy political editor
John Pienaar reports from Brussels.
An amicable divorce
from a roomful of partners,
but it is getting tense.
So, now Theresa May is hinting to EU
leaders, starting with Donald Tusk
in the summit chair,
that Britain might up and some say
double its offer of £20 billion
in a separation deal.
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 am 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.
Leaders here need more persuasion.
Mr Juncker, are you
worried about Brexit?
Brexit is a tragedy.
I will meet the British Prime
Minister on the 3rd of December
and then we will see if there has
been sufficient progress.
Are you at all confident that
progress will be made?
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 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 is 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.
There are still issues
across the various matters
that we are negotiating on to be
resolved, but there has been a very
positive atmosphere in the talks
and a genuine feeling
that we want to move
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 is the outcome business
leaders who are worried about Brexit
say they fear most.
So, more talking to do ahead
of the next big summit
The slow march of Brexit goes on.
Its course and destination
being decided one step at a time.
John Pienaar, BBC News, Brussels.
For some it is taken
for granted that if you call
an emergency number,
someone will pick up
and help will be on its way.
However in Kenya,
that's not the case.
In the capital Nairobi, alone,
there are more than 50 individual
numbers for ambulance
and fire services.
Now two entrepreneurs have come
forward with plans for a solution -
but can it help the poorerst?
Catharina Moh has more from Kenya.
When a medical emergency happens
in Nairobi, it is a real problem -
in the slums because it is hard
to access, and in the city because
it is plagued by traffic jams.
Calling for an ambulance or fire
engine is not simple because Nairobi
has no central emergency number
for its millions of residents.
And that is just in this city.
Across Kenya no central data
base actually exists
for emergency services and,
until now, they have all operated
independently so that means
if you need to call for help,
you have to call each one up one
by one and that's if you can even
find the right mobile
number for them.
It is a problem this start-up
is trying to tackle.
They're called Flare and it's run
by Caitlin and Maria.
You just take for granted
that 9/11 exists.
And we did as well.
Like, both of us have lived
here for years and had never even
considered it and we'd worked
in health and I never even thought,
what would I do in an emergency?
They have created an online
Uber-style platform to connect
people to the closest ambulance.
It is currently being used
to buy private hospitals.
Ambulance crews logon,
their location can then be tracked
and any hospital on the platform can
contact them, pooling resources.
The system also uses Google Map
traffic data to help emergency
workers navigate Nairobi's jams.
The response times that we have seen
have gone down from 162 minutes -
which is the average -
which is nearly three
hours, which is insane -
to about 15-20 minutes.
Hospitals and users currently
pay as subscription fee
to access the platform -
it is akin to a private concierge
for emergency services -
not something the poorest can
I do not see any elements of equity
within this package.
Number one, you are minimising
the number of times that I can be
able to be evacuated,
my family for instance.
Number two, the cost issues come in.
The people who actually
need the services are
people who are poor,
so if you cannot have access
and reach the poor, in the slum
areas, what is the value
creation for your product?
Despite the mixed reviews,
it is widely agreed that Kenya needs
of its emergency services.
Something Flare is trying to do.
Catharina Moh, BBC News.
Major companies have
suspended their advertising
on YouTube after it emerged that
people have been leaving sexually
explicit comments next to videos
posted by children -
comments that hadn't
been removed by YouTube.
Adverts for major brands like Mars
and Cadbury have been appearing
alongside some of the videos.
YouTube says since this came
to light it has taken action
to remove the comments.
Our Media Editor,
Amol Rajan, reports.
YouTube has reinvented the very
idea of broadcasting,
allowing anyone with access
to the internet to create their own
channel and build a following.
The site now has a billion users
and pulls in around £4 billion in ad
revenues every year.
Users have to be 13 before they can
upload and share videos,
but millions of teenagers use
the opportunity to share their inner
thoughts with the world,
or just to have fun.
That is why and where sexual
predators often stalk them online.
These comments found by the BBC
are a fraction of the total material
on YouTube but they show how
the digital platforms have
emboldened some would-be offenders.
New research by BBC Trending,
the BBC social media
has discovered that for close
to a year something went
wrong with the system
for removing obscene comments.
I am really, really concerned
that the public function reporting
isn't seemingly working.
It's something I will be writing
to YouTube about straightaway
and I will want them
to take immediate action.
Several leading brands have now
said they will suspend
their advertising on the platform
until it is further cleaned up.
Brands such as Mars,
Adidas and Lidl.
In a statement, YouTube's owners,
Google, said: "Content that
endangers children is abhorrent
and unacceptable to us.
endangers children is abhorrent
and unacceptable to us.
"In just the past week,
we've disabled comments on thousands
"of videos and shut down
hundreds of accounts
"identified as making
A power broker in Britain's
advertising industry applauded
the tech giant's efforts to address
the issue but said
they should do more.
I think we have to be
Whether they would call themselves
a platform or a publisher,
they are responsible to advertisers
I think to make sure
that the environments that they take
advertising in and make money
from are free of these dangers.
Some campaigners and indeed
politicians say that YouTube
should be regulated just
like any other broadcaster.
But the very principle of the open
Web is that users and not companies
should shape our public domain.
And the sheer volume
of content on YouTube,
400 hours of video uploading every
single minute, means that ultimately
this is an issue that would be
managed not by human beings,
but by machines.
Digital giants like Google
are adamant that social problems
in the internet age have
than regulatory solutions.
But the prevalence of sexual
predators online is an issue that
will never be fully eradicated,
because the anarchic freedom
of the internet will always afford
them a home somewhere in cyberspace.
To fight them is to enter
a war without end.
Amol Rajan, BBC News.
The Argentine president,
Mauricio Macri says he had ordered
a thorough investigation
into what happened
to a navy submarine that disappeared
more than a week ago
in the South Atlantic.
He said it was important
to know why the vessel,
which was in good working order,
suffered an explosion.
Mr Macri said the search
for the submarine and its forty-four
crew members would continue.
Ships and planes from Argentina,
the United States, Britain,
Chile and Brazil are involved
in the operation.
Before we go, an update
on our top story -
and President Trump is due to call
Egypt's President Sisi in just
in just over half an hour -
to "discuss the tragic terrorist
attack, with so much loss of life"
President Sisi of Egypt has vowed
to respond with an iron fist
after gunmen launched an assault
on a mosque in Sinai
and killed at least 235 people.
Addressing the nation after one
of the worst militant attacks
in its recent history,
the President promised his forces
would avenge the dead.
The assault began
during Friday prayers.
There was a bomb blast,
and then dozens of gunmen fired
on people as they tried to flee.
The mosque was popular
with Sufi worshippers,
who follow a mystical form of Islam
regard as heretical.
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