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This is BBC World News Today, I am
Chris Rogers, a top stories: as
South Africa's ruling ANC party
decides on its next leader, Jacob
Zuma warns of challenges ahead and
the need to unite.
national conference is taking place
at a time when our movement is at a
The new Austrian leader
outlines his programme with his far
right coalition partner. He says he
will be pro EU but tougher on
illegal immigration. Romania's last
monarch, forced to abdicate by the
common to leadership 70 years ago,
is buried with full state honours in
Hello and welcome to World News
Today. South African President Jacob
Zuma has warned that the ruling
African National Congress is at a
crossroads. He was speaking as
delegates met to choose a successor
as party leader. We can look at the
main contenders to succeed him. They
are deputy present Cyril Ramaphosa
and and a former Cabinet minister,
Dr Dlamini-Zuma. President Zuma's
called for an end to party
infighting. Fergal Keenan has more.
-- Fergal Keane.
Not since the ANC came to power
23 years ago
has so much depended
on the votes of its party members.
An organisation that held together
through more than eight decades
of white rule
is now bitterly divided.
They sing the same song
but support very different visions.
This conference isn't
just about the future
of a liberation movement,
a political party.
It's about the future
of this country.
Will the ANC elect
a new leader who has promised
to sweep away corruption?
The ANC has always been
good at shows of unity,
like the clasped hands
of the two contenders.
They are both vying
for delegates' votes.
Who would you like to see?
She will become the president.
You will see, you will see.
You can see, look at the numbers!
Who do you think will
be the next leader?
Cyril Ramaphosa, no doubt.
Cyril Ramaphosa to be
the next president of the ANC
and the Republic of South Africa.
Dr Dlamini-Zuma is a politician
in her own right
but also the ex-wife of Jacob Zuma.
Cyril Ramaphosa could prove his
nemesis if he makes good
on his anti-corruption rhetoric.
Cyril Ramaphosa has been
portrayed as the puppet
of greedy white business,
hence this swipe in his speech.
We need to find ways of protecting
the ANC from corporate greed
and ensure that
the decisions we take
are informed by the policies of
the ANC, and are not dictated by...
are not dictated to by
Africa's oldest liberation
movement is fraying,
even in the face of
poignant pleas for unity.
Whoever is elected leader tomorrow
will inherit a party in crisis.
BBC News, Johannesburg.
The man who'll be Austria's next
Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz,
has said he'll lead a government
that's clearly in favour
of the European Union.
But he urged it to strengthen
Europe's borders to limit
Mr Kurz was speaking
alongside his new coalition partner,
who heads the far-right,
anti-immigrant Freedom Party.
Bethany Bell has more from Vienna.
Austria has a new government, and it
is right wing. Sebastian Kurz of the
peoples party has done a deal with
the far right traditionally
Eurosceptic freedom party. But he
says his government will be strongly
We have agreed on April
European outlook with the aim of
strengthening subsidiarity in the
European Union. A European Union
which should be stronger on the big
issues and holds itself back on
While the parties do
not always agree on Europe, they
both taken a hard line on migrants.
The Freedom Party leader said the
new government would crack down on
illegal immigration and cut benefits
The minimum income for
asylum seekers will be reduced to
365 euros per month, and those being
integrated into society will receive
an integration bonus in the amount
of 155 euros. Primary care for
asylum seekers will be more
supported, with material and runs
The Freedom Party is
the junior partner in this
coalition, but it has come away with
some significant posts. The
interior, defence and foreign
ministers. It has been a significant
player in Austrian politics for
years, but it has been troubled by
its past. It was formed by former
Nazis in the 1950s. These days it
routinely expels or suspends party
members who veered towards neo-Nazi
ideology. The Freedom Party has
towns down some of its more extreme
rhetoric in recent years, but many
observers believe it has helped to
set a right-wing agenda not just
here in Austria but across Europe.
Bethany Bell, BBC News, Vienna.
Let's take a look at some of
the other stories making the news.
The head of the Argentine navy has
been sacked over the disappearance
of a submarine last month. It is
thought to have exploded in the
Atlantic. The submarine has not been
located despite an international
Authorities in California have
issued new evacuation orders
as a huge wildfire flares up again
in Santa Barbara County.
Meteorologists said fresh
northerly winds were likely
to drive the flames
towards the Pacific coast.
The blaze, which has been
named the Thomas Fire,
is now the third-largest
since reliable records began.
South Korea's spy agency says
North Korea appears
to be behind hacking attacks
on the South's
At least $7 million
in digital money was stolen.
The thieves also stole the personal
information of 30,000 people.
A full state funeral for Romania's
last monarch, King Michael,
has been held in Bucharest.
Thousands of people turned out
to watch the cortege pass
through the streets of the capital.
King Michael, who died last
week at the age of 96,
was forced to abdicate
by Romania's Communist leaders
nearly 70 years ago.
Our central Europe correspondent
Nick Thorpe reports.
He only ruled for ten of his 96
years, but King Michael of Romania
has been given a farewell fit
for a national hero.
Tens of thousands of Romanians lined
the streets of Bucharest
as his coffin was carried on a gun
carriage from the former royal
palace to the patriotic or cathedral
of the Orthodox Church.
Michael came from the German house
of Hohenzollern and as a third
cousin of Queen Elizabeth.
The King's five daughters
and royalty from all over Europe
attended the funeral Mass,
including Britain's Prince Charles
and former King Juan Carlos
and Queen Sofia of Spain.
Michael came to the throne
for the first time when he was only
five years old in 1927.
Since then, he was the contemporary
of 16 US presidents and eight Popes.
He's best known for switching
Romania from the Nazi
to the Allied side during
the Second World War in 1944.
Forced to abdicate in 1947
by Romania's Communist rulers,
he lived most of his life
in exile in Switzerland.
From the cathedral,
the coffin was taken back
through the streets of Bucharest
to the Baneasa railway station.
The large crowds reminded people of
the fall of communism. There was a
sense of regret that the monarchy
had not been restored then.
It is very sad, sad
that the king was not able to be in
Romania, we missed this opportunity
twice, when we chased out in 1947,
then in 1990. Without him, we have
lost dignity, education and common
sense. Maybe we will wake up now.
It is important to pay
final tribute to His Majesty,
because on top of the national
tributes, he represents a personal
example of depth, dignity, refusal
to compromise, and a love of
From the cathedral,
the coffin was taken back
through the streets of Bucharest
to the Baneasa railway station.
From there, he was carried slowly
on the royal train
on his final journey
to the Orthodox monastery
at Curtea de Arges, in the foothills
of the Carpathian Mountains,
to be buried beside his wife,
his father and grandfather.
After another church service,
attended only by close family and
dignitaries, King Michael was
finally laid to rest in the royal
crypt of the monastery beside his
wife, his father and his
Police investigating the deaths
of a 75-year-old Canadian
billionaire and his wife say
the circumstances appear suspicious.
Barry Sherman, who founded
a major pharmaceutical company,
was found dead with his wife Honey
at their mansion in Toronto.
Reports say there was
no sign of forced entry.
One of Toronto's richest suburbs,
a house for sale.
In the basement, a discovery -
two bodies, a man and a woman.
Barry Sherman and his wife Honey,
one of the richest couples
in the country.
Police cannot yet say what happened.
The circumstances of their death
lead us to believe
that there may be
It is an investigative tool.
Until we know exactly how they died,
we treat it as suspicious.
Barry Sherman, who was 75,
is thought to be worth
more than £2 billion.
He made his money
setting up Apotex in the 1970s,
and building it
into one of the biggest drugs
companies in the world.
Stepping down as chief executive
he dedicated himself
to charity work.
Today, Canadian premier Justin
Trudeau said that he and his wife
sent their condolences
to the Shermans' family and friends
and everyone touched
by their vision and spirit.
This woman, an employee,
still could not believe the news.
People looked up to him.
People are in shock, crying.
They are genuinely heartbroken.
For now, the investigation continues
into two deaths which leave
the community in shock
and a family in mourning.
Angus Crawford, BBC News.
Yes, this just in, a draft
resolution is being circulated at
the United Nations Security Council
which would declare that any
unilateral decision on the status of
Jerusalem would have no legal
effect. The measure proposed by
Egypt comes, of course, after
President Trump's announcement that
the United States recognises
Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,
and he wants to put the American
Embassy there and move it from Tel
Aviv. I'm joined now by David Willis
in Washington, what will be the
ramifications of this resolution, if
it is signed and agreed, David?
Well, this resolution was tabled by
Egypt. It doesn't specifically
mention President Trump or the Trump
administration, but it is clearly
aimed at the recent decision by the
resident to do as you were just
saying, recognise Israel, Jerusalem
as the capital of Israel, and to
move the US Embassy there. Now, in
this draft resolution, tabled by
Egypt, it stresses that Jerusalem is
any student to be resolved through
negotiations, as it puts it, and
expresses a deep regret at a recent
decisions concerning the status of
Jerusalem. It goes on to affirm that
any decisions and actions which
purports to have altered the
character, status or demographic
composition of Jerusalem have no
legal effect and are thus null and
David, thank you for that
update, more on that story and of
course reaction as well here on the
BBC. Stay with us, still to come,
the skeleton of a rare woolly
mammoth that sold for hundreds of
thousands of dollars. We will tell
After eight months on the run,
Saddam Hussein has been captured by
Saddam Hussein is
finished, because he killed our
people, our women, our children.
signatures took only a few minutes
but brought a formal end to three
and a half years of conflict that
has claimed more than 200,000 lives.
Before an audience of world leaders,
the presidents of Bosnia, Serbia and
Croatia put their names to the peace
The Romanian border was sealed and
silent today. Romania has cut itself
off from the outside world in order
to prevent the details of the
presumed massacre from leaking out.
From sex at the White House to a
trial for his political life, the
Lewinsky affair tonight guaranteed
Bill Clinton his place in history as
only the second president ever to be
This is BBC World News Today.
The latest headlines: the South
African ruling ANC party decides on
its next leader, President Jacob
Zuma warns of huge challenges and
macro and of the need to unite. The
new Austrian leader has outlined his
pro EU plans but says he will be
tougher on illegal immigration.
Hugh Woozencroft has all the sport.
European cup holders Real Madrid
have won their second straight world
club title, their fifth piece of
silverware this year. They took and
1-0 over South American champions
Gremio of Brazil thanks to a free
kick from Cristiano Ronaldo in a
match in Abu Dhabi. It means they
equalled the record three titles won
by Barcelona. High-flying Manchester
City Abbie Eaton Tottenham 4-1 to
increase their lead at the top of
the English Premier League to a
massive 14 points. -- have beaten.
It extends their winning sequence to
16 straight matches. Raheem Sterling
scored twice. It didn't matter that
Gabriel Jesus missed a penalty.
Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin de Bruyne
were also on target.
believe the best way to defend is
going back, we don't believe that.
We have to believe that you have to
feel we will be going forward to
take the ball, and after that to try
to tackle as best as possible. But
we did last season, since the
beginning, but of course we need
sometimes some time, because we play
with new players. Sometimes you need
Antonio Conte's Chelsea
stay third in the table after a 1-0
win at Southampton. Marcos Alonso
scored the only goal of the game,
Chelsea have won aid of their last
ten Premier League matches. Arsenal
have moved up to fourth after a 1-0
win against Newcastle at the
Emirates, Mesut Ozil scored with a
stunning strike in the first. The
defeat means Newcastle dropped into
We did well, we had
chances to draw, and it is a pity,
because in the end we are learning,
we have this situation in some games
that we have just one goal behind,
and then we have to improve quickly
and to be sure we can get these
trawls or wins, because we are
making a great effort, the players
are working so hard, and it is a
Elsewhere in the Premier
Inter Milan have been beaten for the
first time in the league, 3-1 at the
San Siro by Udinese...
Australia will start in a dominant
position on day four, when the third
Ashes Test resumes in Perth in just
over six hours' time.
They're 549-4 in their first
innings, a lead of 146,
with captain Steve Smith
still there on 229
and Mitchell Marsh unbeaten on 181.
England must avoid defeat if they're
to keep the series alive.
We have got two more days to play,
of course it is going to be tough,
but we had opportunities in the last
game, and in the previous game,
so we have had opportunities,
we just haven't been good enough,
or they have been better
in the tough moments and have taken
the games away from us.
But we have two days to go,
and we have to believe we can
fight hard and make sure
there is still a contest
to keep going.
Oh, look, they are obviously tired,
it is hard work, and you walk off
the ground very tired and sore. I am
not sure we have broken their
spirit, but we have put ourselves in
a very good position to know win
this match if we can bat well
That is all the sport for
now, the rest of the stories are
available on the BBC website.
As we've heard, South Africa's
governing African National Congress
is holding a conference
where delegates will choose
a new leader to succeed
President Jacob Zuma.
To gauge wider public
opinion in South Africa,
we asked a teacher, a singer,
a student and a janitor
what their message would be
to their next leader.
Ready when you are!
I am a musician,
I play folk music, I think I am a
storyteller first and foremost, so
the music right now is exploring
ideas of protest and belonging and
identity in South Africa.
# Waiting to break black bodies
As a young person and a young
mother, the corruption issues that
have been plaguing the ANC and, you
know, that have just become almost
normal, the fact that these things
happen at such high levels but have
now become the culture of how people
do things, even at local levels, you
can just see this way of living
trickling into every single
institution, almost like a cancer.
My message to the ANC is to stamp
out corruption and to put the people
first and not bow down to the needs
of big business.
I am Andy, a social worker, and I am
25 years old. I have grown up in a
South Africa which values her
identity but also the next person
beside her, understanding that we
are all equal. Different as we are,
but we are all equal. My message for
the ANC is whoever gets to lead this
country, remember, we have come a
long way separated, but here we are
now, the rainbow nation, it is up to
you now to take what actually binds
us as a country and give us
direction as to the way we can go
and flourish as a country.
is Samir, I am a student. I was born
in 1994, all I have ever known is an
ANC government. I am just working on
an essay about the race and class
debate. I think that a lot of the
ANC members have lost their way and
sort of lost what should be the true
aim of the party, which is to help
the people of South Africa,
especially the poorest. My message
to the ANC and the next leader of
the party would be to focus on free
education and pushing through that
The views of South Africans
and the next leader of the ANC,
whoever that is.
Now to the skeleton of a woolly
mammoth which lived 10,000 years ago
and has now sold at auction in
France for nearly $600,000.
It may be staggeringly big and
staggeringly old, but it has lost
none of its grace. A 15,000
-year-old woolly mammoth skeleton
has been sold at auction in France.
The ice age beast was found complete
and frozen in Siberia about ten
years ago and was kept by a hunter.
It retains 80% of its original bone.
Here, you have an
exceptional specimen, first because
of its size, it is a very big one,
five .4 metres in length, 3.5 metres
in height, three metre tasks, a
gigantic weight of 160 kilograms.
This is very important. In general,
we find much smaller specimens.
is believed to have been about 50
years old when it died, weighing
nearly a tonne. It is a red sale of
the largest land mammal of all time.
Auctioneers sold another woolly
mammoth skeleton in 2012 for around
$370,000. This time, the budget
needed excluded many private
museums. The deep pockets of a
Strasbourg based construction
company won the lot for around
$644,000. A record price for a
Since our logo is a
mammoth, we couldn't do anything
else but by.
The company has deep
pockets and plenty of room.
put him at the firm's headquarters,
we have enough space.
It becomes the
largest of the species in the hands
of a private owner, the auctioneers
say. The giant that stood alongside
early man captivating it once more.
Rhodri Davies, BBC News.