The Briefing  BBC News  November 15

The Briefing BBC News November 15


this is the briefing. i’m david eades. our top story: explosions and gunfire in the
zimbabwean capital. military officers deny they’re staging a coup
and say president mugabe is safe. screams and gunfire. children caught in yemen’s conflict — the
un warns millions of lives are at risk from fighting and famine. australians say “yes” to same—sex marriage. more than 61% back the move, in an historic
national vote. fixing the planet — world leader’s gather
in bonn to try to stitch together the climate accord, after donald trump’s pledge to pull
the us out of the paris agreement. i’ll be speaking to tom burke, the chairman
of e36, third generation environmentalism, in the business briefing. a warm welcome to the programme, briefing
you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. and you
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bbc—the—briefing. soldiers in zimbabwe have broadcast a message
on state—run television after shooting and explosions were heard in the capital, harare. a man in a army uniform denied that the move
amounted to a military takeover and said president robert mugabe and his family were safe. he said the situation would return to normal
once criminals around the president had been brought tojustice. sarah corker reports. soldiers and armed vehicles on the outskirts of the zimbabwean capital. small numbers but enough to raise concern,
alison later explosions and gunfire we re alison later explosions and gunfire were heard
in the city and the military took over the state broadcaster. i wish to assure the nation that his excellence
the president of the republic of zimbabwe and commander in chief of the military forces,
he and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed. we are only targeting criminals around him. this dramatic turn of events comes just a
day after the head of the armed forces had threatened to take action over the sacking of an influential politician. we must demand that when it comes to protecting
our revolution, the military is ready to step in. the general was referring to the sacking of
vice president emmerson mnangagwa, a long—time ally to robert mugabe he was once seen as
a favourite to succeed his patron. his dismissal was viewed as a move to hand
power to his wife, grace. robert mugabe is that the world’s old est
robert mugabe is that the world’s oldest head of state and has been in power since 1980
and this dispute over succession power since 1980 and this dispute over succession is escalating.
this is how people reacted in harare, over military movement. what is needed right now in zimbabwe is to
remove this mugabe family from power. if there is this implosion, the implosion
is good for the citizens of zimbabwe. the military said it expected a return to
normal life as soon as it had completed its mission. the us and uk embassy have urged their citizen
to remain indoors to do the political uncertainty. we will be getting the latest from ferrari
later in the problem. —— harare. the united nations is warning that the catastrophic
humanitarian crisis in yemen is worsening and that, unless aid is let in, millions more
lives will be at risk. the saudi—led coalition tightened its two—year
blockade of the country last week in response to a ballistic missile fired at riyadh by
rebel forces backed by iran. extreme hunger and disease are already killing an estimated
130 children a day. from yemen, clive myrie has this special report. there is panic at school, city under houthi rebel control. death can come at any houthi rebel control. death can come atany time houthi rebel control. death can come at any time the kids as well
as military. a saudi coalition air strike targeting a nearby
building has blown out the school’s windows. in this conflict, death can come from the
air at any time, for kids, as well as soldiers. what began as a civil war has become a proxy
struggle between saudi arabia, backing yemen’s government, and iran, alleged to be backing
the rebels. the houthis claim this is a bomb from the
attack that didn’t explode. apart from arms dealers, this conflict has
no winners, and civilians are the biggest losers. imagine what those displaced by the war are
running from, if this is what they’re running to. saila ali ahmed and little ayeeshia, who is
seven months old, fled their home the night the bombs fell. translation: it was like thunder and lightning
in the sky. we were scared and took our children, but left everything else behind. we don’t have food. 0ur men don’t have jobs. they go to market looking for work, but when
they come back with nothing, the children cry. it isa it is a precarious humanitarian organisation. a blocade has seriously affected a flowing
into ports to the north. and this harbour in the south can be shut
down in a moment ‘s notice. the houthi rebels have been accused of blocking
aid convoys have been accused of blocking aid c0 nvoys a re have been accused of blocking
aid convoys are so despite warehouses full of food, millions are at risk of starvation.
aid workers acknowledge this is a dirty war with both sides have questions to answer. civilians in this war are forgotten people,
pawns grave game. they have done nothing wrong, there only crime
is being born here. australia has voted in favour of legalising same—sex marriages. the results of an eight week postal survey
showed more than 61% of voters were in favour — the government has pledged to introduce
legislation before the end of the year. 0ur correspondent hywel griffith is in sydney.
this was voluntary but pretty decisive? yes. it is a historic day i think for australia. this vote emphatic in as much as 62% who participated
did so in favour of legalising same—sex marriage. campaigners say this is a landslide result
and, shortly after the result was announced a few hours ago here in australia, focused
on to the prime minister, malcolm turnbull, and he said the voices for change we re and
he said the voices for change were overwhelming and he has promised to bring in a new law
before christmas. this was not a binding postal survey on mps, certainly, millions
of australians will now expect the parliament of this country to reflect the will of the
people who voted in support of same—sex marriage. the people who voted in support of same-sex
marriage. we sit pictures of those are delighted with
the result. they say it has been a long time coming and
it works well for the prime minister as well? his under pressure because of a constitutional
crisis — very briefly, the straining constitution forbids anyone with a dual citizenship to
sit in parliament and we have had about eight mps and senators forced out of parliament
for that reason. the prime minister has lost the deputy prime
minister barnaby joyce in has lost the deputy prime minister barnabyjoyce in all of these
and the same—sex marriage vote which he supported will come as some relief, a bit of light relief. there could be political troubles ahead in
the same—sex marriage ahead. there are some conservative forces in his
government that want to water down legislation. it is not a done deal yet but mr turnbull
is promising legislation will go before parliament in the not too distant future. let’s brief you on some of the other stories
making the news…. thousands of iranians made homeless by sunday’s earthquake have
spent a third night without shelter. president hasan rouhani visited some of the
worst affected areas in the remote, mountainous region on tuesday, promising more aid. at
least 460 people died in the quake. at least five people, including a gunman,
have been killed in a shooting at an elementary school in northern california. several people including three children were
injured in the shooting at the rancho tehama school. the gunman is said to have fired randomly
until two police officers killed him. a us airline says it is stopping flights to
cuba because of new restrictions on travel to the island introduced
by the trump administration. alaska airlines began operating direct flights
between los angeles and havana injanuary. world leaders meet in bonn today for the first
big international environmental meeting since donald trump pledged to pull the us out of
the paris climate agreement. with me is lawrence gosling who’s editor—in—chief
of investment week. i’ll be speaking to you a little later in
the news briefing but first let’s talk about the climate change convention summit in bonn.
we have the big guns, angela merkel and emanuel macron. one of the interesting things is seen
quite the us comes up with. it is one of mr trump’s big announcements
very early in his presidency that he was going to pull
the us out saying it was a bad agreement for the us, the us industry et cetera. since then,
a wave of embarrassment because when it was originally science by barack 0bama, it was
seen as global. a lot of lobbying trying to get him to come
in. we are expecting to see how the next couple
of days where the us kind of greece to something a lot softer than a hard pull out. it would be something. when he met emmanuel macron, he said we might
be able to find something for everyone but we have americans turning up saying coal is
great. what is interesting, mr trump has just saying
coal is great. what is interesting, mr trump hasjust come back from the far east and china, the world
‘s leader in terms of energy, so if he’s going to continue this trading with china
he will have to stay on the same path with them. there might be some fudge from the conference. what a surprise. and keep your stories coming about how much
of your current lifestyle would you sacrifice to get on the housing ladder? we have a tweet,
i am 3051 have earned a house for 12 years, bought by working hard and having no social
life, the best thing i did. i wonder if you agree. stay with us on the briefing. also on the
programme: tottenham hotspur‘s hat—trick hero christian eriksen helps denmark secure
a place in next year’s world cup. that — and more — in the sport briefing. berliners from both east and west linked hands and danced round their liberated
territory. and, with nobody to stop them, it wasn’t long
before the first attempts were made to destroy the structure itself. it’s keeping the candidate’s name always in
the public eye that counts. success or failure depends not only on public
display but on the local campaign headquarters and the heavy routine work of their women
volunteers. yasser arafat, who dominated the palestinian
cause for so long, has died. the palestinian authority has declared a state
of mourning for the leader who symbolised his people’s hopes for independent statehood.
in the wake of the colombian volcano disaster, rescue teams are trying to reach thousands
of survivors who managed to clamber onto rooftops and trees above the sea of mud. after 17 years
of discussion, the result was greeted with an outburst ofjoy. women ministers who’d long felt only grudgingly
accepted amongst the ranks of clergy suddenly felt welcomed. you’re watching the briefing. 0ur headlines: the un has warned that the
catastrophic humanitarian crisis in yemen is worsening. it says millions of lives are at risk unless
aid is allowed in. loud explosions and gunfire have been heard
in the zimbabwean capital. military officers deny they’re staging a coup
and say president mugabe and his family are safe. let’s stay with that now. rashweat mukundu a journalist and former director
of the media institute of southern africa joins us us from harare. you are in the city,
tell us what is going on. i took time to drive around the city and there
is certainly no traffic. you don’t see that activity. you don’t see the heavy traffic that is normally
associated with the morning how a rush. in the city centre, the office of the president
is completely surrounded by armed cars. not only that but some of the main streets
in the central business district are cordoned off by the military. traffic has been directed to areas not shut
down by the military. certainly, people in the city centre,. the
pictures tell their own story. the senior military officers seem to be saying,
so, but what is the purpose of the action? they are calling
it a smart coup. that is what the military leaders are attending
to communicate to the community. essentially, the military has taken over the
government of zimbabwe. by affecting direct control. president robert mugabe is still in charge. but the intention is to calmly have him retire
and have the president in exile come back from south africa and takeover. under control of the military. there are elements with the military with the reaction of the region and the international
community. we are keeping very close tabs on this. rashweat mukundu bringing us the details from
harare. the president of france — emmanuel macron
— has told the bbc that donald trump and vladimir putin are ‘threatening’ western
values of openness and tolerance. it is now 6 months since mr macron took office,
promising to transform french society, the economy and even its modern sense of identity
in the world. 0ur paris correspondent lucy williamson, who
travelled with the president to abu dhabi recently, sent this report. most presidents enjoy a flash of military
uniform in their schedules, a tang of old—fashioned global power. but emmanuel macron is fighting his own slippery
battle for french influence abroad. jihadi groups in this region have built a
grand narrative around their vision, he says. the west needs one, too, based on openness,
tolerance, and democracy. at the opening of a new louvre museum, in abu dhabi, he told me those values
were under threat from leaders like vladimir putin and donald trump. if you don’t defend
these values, it will become harder and harder, i agree. but is it harder now, is it under threat? i mean, for sure it’s a threat. for sure. but first of all, you have to speak and discuss
this with leaders. because sometimes they’re changed, they were
not like that at the very beginning. and the explanation of the divergence is very
often due to their paranoia of a threat, and their willingness to protect something, and
to be much more nervous about what they want to protect, but forgetting the fact that part
of their own civilisation is about openness. if you decide just to push them back from
europe, and our values, saying, “you are betraying our values, it’s bad,” you lose them. but does it work? when you sat down with mr trump or mr putin,
have you found that you’ve been able to affect real change? i mean it’s not overnight effect, for sure. but i’m optimistic, and i can… i’m extremely
determined. macron ran his election campaign by insisting
on the power of liberal values to solve france’s problems, including its most pressing one
— jobs. graulhet used to be the centre of a booming
leather industry, with more than 100 factories. serge cathala’s factory is one ofjust a dozen
left. unemployment here is 21%, twice the national
average. but president macron’s sweeping reforms mean
serge has begun hiring again. translation: what’s great about macron is
that he’s young, he looks like he’s got guts. nobody‘s going to walk all over him, unlike
his predecessors. and he’s got good ideas, more flexibility for company owners to hire
people, and more freedom. a company needs leaders who will let them
work. president macron has already reformed france’s rigid labour law, to curb
the power of the unions. but graulhet‘s favourites for president
were the protectionist candidates on the far—right and far—left. and, in cafes like this one,
mr macron’s plans to extend unemployment insurance have less impact than, say, his tax breaks
for french millionaires. translation: he’s the president of the rich. he hasn’t changed my life or the lives of
the people in this town. we are the little people, the proletariat,
and no office man is going to change things for us. here in paris, six months ago, mr macron vowed
to remake french politics. since then, he has been criticised for being
more king than president. even some of those who agree with mr macron’s
analysis have questioned his style as president. where some see clarity, determination and
poise, others see arrogance, pomposity and hubris. mr macron has said modesty doesn’t interest him, because he is france’s
last chance to prove to itself that openness, tolerance and democracy work. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. here’s our briefing on some of the key events
happening later. we start in myanmar, at around 0700 gmt, the
us secretary of state, rex tillerson is due to brief the media after discussing the humanitarian
crisis in rakhine state, with aung san suu kyi, and the head of the armed forces. later, the un office on drugs and crime will
release its afghan 0pium survey for 2017. (ani 3) and in new york, a preliminary hearing
is being held in the case of sayfullo saipov. he’s accused of killing eight people and injuring
12 others, when he ran a truck into them last month. now with news about the world cup qualifiers
and the rest of today’s sport briefing, here’s sarah mulkerrins. hello, i’m sarah mulkerrins and this is your
sport briefing for wednesday. australia are bidding to book their place
at the world cup in russia but they’ll have to get past honduras first. and imagine getting the subway to work only
to find your favourite basketball team hogging all the space and seats. so there are just two places left for the
world cup in russia next year. and one of them will go to either of these
two. australia or honduras. after a goalless draw in the first leg in
south america, the second leg kicks off in sydney in just a few hour’s time. the home side have been given a welcome boost
ahead of it — their all—time leading goalscorer tim cahill has been declared fit to play after
missing the first leg. he is ready to go, yes. from the start. look, you probably could have played on friday
in the first game but as i said, again, post game looking at
that pitch and the way the game went, we were able to keep him fresh for this one. he is certainly ready to go. the final place at russia will go to either
peru or new zealand who play in lima on wednesday, and look at what some locals are doing to
help their nation reach a first world cup since 1982. peruvian shamans here with a ritual to send
spiritual strength to their team. all with markers of the three regions — the
coast, mountains and the jungles of peru. in case you missed it — denmark secured
the final european spot at the world cup with a thumping 5—1 win against ireland in dublin
on tuesday. the tie was goalless after the first leg,
a headerfrom shane duffy put the hosts ahead just 6 minutes in. but the bubble was soon to burst. as cyrus christie scored an own goal. then denmark’s star midfielder christian eriksen
ran riot — racking up a hatrick. nicklas bendtner made it 5—1 from the spot
in added time — after missing the euros in 2016. he became belgium’s all—time top
scorer wiht 31 goals, after scoring the winner in his side’s 1—nil friendly victory overjapan
in brugues on tuesday. six—time champion roger federer beat alexander
zverev to reach the last four at the season—ending atp finals in london. federer proved the stronger in the final set,
winning the match 7—6, 5—7, 6—1. germany’s zverev who is seeded third, can
still qualify for the semi—finals on his debut appearance. he will play americanjack sock in his final
group match on thursday, with the winner to progress to the last four. now here’s what’s been catching out eye on
social media. if you’re one of the best basketball teams
in the nba and there’s too much traffic before a big game, how do you
get across new york city? well, you get the subway, of course! that’s
exactly what the cleveland cavaliers did. in the company of a—time league mvp lebron
james, the cavs took the subway journey from their hotel to madison square gardens for
their game against the new york knicks. as always —you can get all the latest sports
news at our website — that’s bbc.com/sport. but that is your sport briefing for now. stay with me on bbc news, i’ll be back with
the business briefing in just a few moments — we’ll have more on the big international
meeting on climate change. and what would you sacrifice to get on the
housing ladder? for many of us, wednesday is going to dawn on a pretty grey
and cloudy day. competing weather stories, really, for wednesday. we’ve got a big ridge of high pressure keeping
the weather quiet across much of the uk, however a small area of low pressure has just trickled
underneath the high and has brought us a lot of cloud across england, that is continuing
to be patchy clouds. 0thers, quite foggy. particularly over the high ground of wales
in south—west england, may a bit murky for wales in south—west england, may a bit murky
for the wales in south—west england, may a bit murky for the salusbury wales in south—west
england, may a bit murky for the salusbury plane, wales in south—west england, may
a bit murky for the salusbury plane, a bit murky for the salusbury plane, a bit of mist
over chilterns and downs. 0ver eastern england, it should clear reasonably
quickly. some fog patches in the valleys of northern
ireland weather is a chilly start day. scotland, called the police there will be
some sunshine and pockets of boston sheltered areas. through the west of wednesday, the —— the
cloud will be ina wednesday, the —— the cloud will be
in a little bit. staying rather cloudy across these areas from
wednesday. it should brighten up across north—west
england and wales. maybe a bit brighter. the best of the sunshine will be in scotland,
particularly northern and eastern areas, threatening outbreaks of rain towards the end of the day. that rain, a bit more extensive. you can see it get in across parts of western
england and wales. through the end of the night, moving into
northern ireland and scotland, a cold front. pushing southwards. a burst of heavy rain along the funds. behind that weather front, that is where the
skies will start to clear nicely. scotland, northern ireland and northern parts
of england. single figures into northern areas. some blustery showers. merging together to get some lengthy spells. what about the weekend weather prospects. we should see some sunshine. quite a chilly wind. that wind will gradually ease down a little
on sunday. that’s the latest weather. this is business briefing. fixing the planet — world leader’s gather
in bonn to try to stitch together the climate accord after donald trump’s pledge to pull
the us out of the paris agreement. japan’s economy growing faster than expected. a third quarter points to strong exports as
the country posts the longest period of uninterrupted growth in more than a decade. and on the markets, a bit of slippage on the
hang seng as hong kong follows wall street with a bit of a sell—off. that’s a picture across asia, as investors
just cash in on the recent rallies. all ordinaries down 0.3%

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