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this is the briefing. i'm sally bundock. our top stories: talks to form a coalition government in germany collapse, throwing angela merkel‘s future into doubt. robert mugabe, defies his own party and refuses to resign as president of zimbabwe. e has been given until noon to resign orface e has been given until noon to resign or face impeachment. e has been given until noon to resign orface impeachment. —— he has been given. the longest marriage in british royal history. the queen and the duke of edinburgh celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. in business briefing — the euro sinks as germany's thrown into political turmoil so what does this mean for brexit negotiations? we'll be live in brussels for reaction to the collapsed coalition talks in germany and its implications for the eurozone and beyond. a warm welcome to the programme — briefing you on all you need to know
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in global news — business and sport. and you can be part of the conversation here on the briefing — do send us your comments on any of the stories we are covering including any thoughts on what you might give to your other half to celebrate 70 years of marriage — just use the hashtag bbc—the—briefing. germany is on the cusp of a political crisis following the collapse of talks over the formation of a coalition government. eight weeks of negotiations following september's general election have collapsed with the centrists free democrats led by christian lindner pulling out.
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it leaves angela merkel with few options given her stated objections to ruling as a minority government. later mrs merkel will meet the german president frank—walter steinmeier who could call a new election. andrew plant reports. after three terms in office angela merkel‘s hopes of staying in power rest on forming a coalition. an election in september left mrs merkel without a majority with some voters angered by germany's liberal policy towards refugees. translation: this is the day, at the very least, about deep thought about how things will proceed in germany. but i wish to tell you this, i, as acting chancellor, will do everything to ensure that this country is led well through this difficult weeks. to form a stable government, she needed to reach an
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agreement with the free democrats and the greens. it would step down from left to right in germany's political spectrum. —— it would spam span. they said the parties had no common vision for the country. translation: we will not abandon our voters from policy with which we are not convinced. it is better not to govern them to govern badly. fairer ways forward. negotiations could continue if mrs merkel can persuade the free democrats back to the table. without them, she can in form a minority coalition. think commentators say is highly unlikely which leaves the possibility of calling another general election. what is certain is the failure to form a coalition means that angela merkel‘s position suddenly becomes much more uncertain after 12 years at the top of european politics. later in the programme, we will have
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more on that. of course, that story is impacting trade with the bureau falling versus the euro —— us dollar. the stock about the other big story dominating today. —— let's talk. in just five hours time robert mugabe faces being impeached following his refusal to resign on sunday. in an extra—ordinary television address which was expected to include details of how and when he would stand down, the 93—year—old said he would lead next months congress of the ruling zanu—pf party. from the capital harare our senior africa correspondent anne soy reports this is to be admired. the moment that was to be a weighted. but here, the first sign that what many people have expected, a resignation, would not be forthcoming. the congress is due ina not be forthcoming. the congress is due in a few weeks from now... i
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will preside over these processors which must not be repossessed by any a cts which must not be repossessed by any acts calculated to undermine it or to compromise the outcomes. shock and disappointment amongst those who had gathered, waiting to celebrate. he didn't actually say he is resigning or anything so we are still waiting. he does not speak for out still waiting. he does not speak for our interest! yearly speaks of his personal interests and his family. why are you so disappointed? we are suffering! we are suffering. we have had enough of suffering. we need him... we need him to change his mind. we need him to resign. people marched yesterday and expressed their views. i am a young lawyer in
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zimbabwe. iam practising their views. i am a young lawyer in zimbabwe. i am practising law for the past three years. it's pathetic. the country has gone to the dogs. early in the day, his party had removed him as their leader. the groundwork had been laid for his departure. but hejust groundwork had been laid for his departure. but he just wouldn't budge. his critics were quick to reply. i thank you. and good night. to remove mr mccarthy from office. there are calls from all protests and an impeachment in the coming days. —— mr mccarthy. —— robert mugabe. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news. specialist under—water rescue equipment has arrived in argentina from the united states to help hunt for a missing submarine.
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the sanjuan disappeared five days ago in the south atlantic with 44 crew on board. five countries are now involved in the rescue mission tsunami waves have been detected in new caledonia and vanuatu after a magnitude seven earthquake struck between the pacific islands. the tsunami warning centre says waves as high as one metre above the high—tide mark are forecast to hit new caledonia and smaller waves are expected in vanuatu. fifteen people — including several women — have died in a stampede at a market in morocco where they'd gathered for a handout of food aid. it happened in the town of sidi boulaalam, near the coastal tourist resort of essaouira. it's not clear what triggered the stampede. former president sebastien pinera has won the first round of voting in chile's presidential election. the conservative billionaire — who previously held the post — will now face a run off next month against the socialist candidate alejandro guillier. discuss the fallout or the
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implications of the fact that coalition talks in germany have collapsed. i am joined coalition talks in germany have collapsed. iam joined byjeremy stretch. head of foreign exchange strategy at cibcjoins me now. i'll be speaking to you a little later in the news briefing but first let's talk about the situation in germany... it is always seen in relation to markets and currency is the obvious marker. it is symptomatic of the uncertainty that has already been reached by this particularfailure of the talks to progress. any other saying this could mark the end of angela merkel‘s rain in germany, as
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it were. she has been in powerfor a very long time. one thing she has been noted for is her quiet diplomacy, the fact she is able to broker these deals with various parties but not this time. not this time or at least not yet. we shouldn't necessarily rule out that these coalition talks could come back together again. we have seen the free democrats walking out and saying they would rather not govern and govern about government. there maybe some more movement that could be seen but you are right, the 12 yea rs be seen but you are right, the 12 years that angela merkel has ruled and ultimately the backstop of europe, she has been able to provide some stability, particularly during the eurozone crisis over the course of the last six or seven years. if she were to be moving away from the centre stage, that would add an outer layer of political uncertainty to europe and that also has a brexit type relation component as well. interesting today, theresa may and her team have tried to come up with
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a better financial offer to the her team have tried to come up with a betterfinancial offer to the eu. they will discuss this, would they? and what this means for the brexit timetable. when you think about it, that was one of the risk factors that was one of the risk factors that the uk had when triggering article 50 when they did. there was a packed lecture will timetable for 2017. we started with the dutch elections in spring and then went to the french ones and after that period, markets generally believed that the political risk had dissipated of course that has proved not to be the case. we shouldn't forget that the alternative for deutschland party did pol 13% in the september election in germany and thatis september election in germany and that is publicly going to be one of the crystallising factors that will push back against the idea of having an early election. because of what that could entail second time around. by now, jeremy, thank you. he will have to the green room and is looking through all of the other stories we are discussing in the news briefing later. we asked you for the comments about the 70th wedding anniversary between the queen and the duke. —— 70. in
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germany, we see it as the 70th mercy anniversary. she says right now, germany needs a collective marriage counselling. that is one tweet we have had so far about the royal anniversary. stay with us on the briefing. coming up on the programme: a record breaking day for bulgaria's, grigor dimitrov as he claims the biggest title of his ever improving tennis career benazir bhutto has claimed victory in pakistan's general election, and she has asked pakistan's president to name her as prime minister. jackson has been released on bail of $3 million after turning himself in to police in santa barbara. it was the biggest demonstration so far of the fast—growing european anti—nuclear movement.
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the south african government has announced that it's opening the country's remaining whites—only beaches to people of all races. this will lead to a black—majority government in this country, and the destruction of the white civilisation. part of the centuries—old windsor castle, one of the queen's residences, has been consumed by fire for much of the day. 150 firemen have been battling the blaze, which has caused millions of pounds‘ worth of damage. you're watching the briefing. our headlines: former allies of the zimbabwean president, robert mugabe, have reacted with anger at his refusal to step down. and our top story — talks to form a coalition government in germany have collapsed, threatening angela merkel‘s
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position as chancellor. let's stay with that now. jeroen dewulf is associate professor in the department of german at the university of california in berkeley. you are from germany as well, we must mention that. give us your reaction to the collapse of the coalition talks and talk about what caused the various parties to walk away. very surprising news. not so much surprising because the negotiations were going well because we know that these glaciations were difficult but surprising as we all felt that there was no alternative. and nobody seems to have a plan b. so the situation is quite chaotic at the moment. nobody seems to know how to move forward from here. interestingly, the main reason for
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by the negotiations seem to have failed was the topic of immigration and in this particular case, the discussion focused essentially on family reunification, families of refugees come up family reunification, families of refugees come up with these families be allowed to come to germany as well or should germany postpone or even ban their families? you mention there is no plan b but in terms of what angela merkel ‘s options are, isn't ruling with a minority government or calling for new election? there are essentially three options, one is a minority government, the second could be that the social democrats, who have previously said they would not want to be part of a government, may change their opinion, but the most likely option at this point i would say is new elections, yes. and if they were new elections, what do you think the outcome would be next time
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around? a similar outcome of the german people vote in a different way? difficult to say, the projection —— the most recent projections show huge change is not happening but the week depends —— it may depend on angela merkel‘s decision, whether she will campaign again or whether she will step down and somebody else will be the chancellor candidate for the german christian democrats. we have to leave it there but thank you for yourtime, we leave it there but thank you for your time, we appreciate your analysis, jeroen. here's our briefing on some of the key events happening later. the annual meeting of asian and european foreign ministers is getting under way — 51 countries from europe and asia are represented. and this year it's in myanmar, currently facing international criticism over the rohingya refugee crisis. however, neither the european union's representative nor the de facto leader of myanmar, aung san suu kyi, mentioned it in their speeches. bill hayton reports.
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—— more on that later. here's our briefing on some of the key events happening later. british prime minister, teresa may will today convene her new brexit inner cabinet to discuss tactics ahead of december‘s european council meeting and flesh out what commitments britain is prepared to honour as it leaves the eu. kenya's supreme court is expected to rule on two petitions to annul last month's presidential election. the re—run last month was won by president uhuru kenyatta with 98% of the vote, amid a boycott by his rival raila odinga. and later in new york, the 45th international emmy awards ceremony will take place to honour excellence in global television programming. and now, the annual meeting
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happening earlier today with regards to the rohingya crisis were aung san suu kyi was among those speaking. this is an annual gathering of governments that really touches on controversial topics but this yet, the asia europe meeting takes place ina the asia europe meeting takes place in a country that has triggered an international crisis are excelling hundreds of thousands of muslims into neighbouring bangladesh. the global balance of power at... that issue however was not even directly mentioned. instead, aung san suu kyi's choice of words echoed the myanmar‘s military‘s view of the issue in rapine state. conflicts around the world are being rise to medical immigration, spread of terrorism and violent extremism.
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rakhine. before travelling to myanmar the european union foreign policy representative visited some of those expelled from rakhine that are now filling the teeming refugee camps in bangladesh. she was careful to support existing discussions under way between the two countries and to encourage the government to allow the refugees to return. but at the summit, she made only the most general comments. we have had many opportunities over the last months and years, all of them important. and we feel that this is even more important in this time. time is of great change and challenges for the world. and greater, pollution on global affairs is even more important than it has ever been —— greater co—operation. important than it has ever been —— greater co-operation. harrowing scenes in rakhine have been caused by myanmar security services over which aung san suu kyi has almost no control. for the eu, the best way to
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restrain those forces is to support a government, not condemn it. time for the sport and with news of three big winners in end—of—season events in golf and tennis, plus a homecoming for another world champion, here's nick marshall—mccormack. hi, i'm nick marshall—mccormack with your sport briefing for monday, as we look ahead to lewis hamilton bringing home the f1 championship trophy to mercedes headquarters, and king james's throne has been dusty of late — le bron is on the charge with the cavs. michael schumacher is the greatest ever formula 1 driver with seven world titles to his name. but motor experts are tipping lewis hamilton as a good bet to catch schuey. hamilton is heading to the mercedes team headquarters on monday to officially celebrate his fourth f1 title. he's still only 32 so he's got age on his side as he eyes more championships. the start of the nba season quickly fell to pieces for lebronjames
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and the cleveland cavaliers but the king and his men are putting it all back together again. cleveland play detroit on monday after their overtime victory against the clippers gave them four in a row. james was their key man with 39 points. while lebron drips in sweat, we're also keeping our eye on the 150 or so competitors perspiring in the oman desert marathon. these are amazing pictures as the athletes run across the sandy dunes in temperatures of nearly 30 degrees celsius. they are required to carry all of their own equipment, except for water. it's 165 kilometres over six days. this time last year, many golf fans barely knew who tommy fleetwood was. 12 months on and he's officially the best player on the european tour. he didn't shoot the round of his life on sunday at the tour championship,
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but it's how he performed across the season which has won him the race to dubai trophy. jon rahm, justin rose choked. fleetwood's tie for 21st was enough to clinch the money and the european crown. the rest to dubai champion is very cool the rest to dubai champion is very cool. tell me what 2017 will mean to you. 2017 can never be beaten, can it? no, it's been a big one. ba by frankie arriving safely, and he's great, i'm going to get married in a couple of weeks. yeah, i mean, it's been the best year of my life by an absolute mile. and, you know, on the course, it's been great. i've played some of the best golf of my career and done things that i've never done before. and, of course, i'mjust such a happy person. so, it's, er... you know, we'll have to think of ways to better this one! lexi thompson had a massive case of what they call the yips in golf! she missed a sitter — a two footer to win the season—ending lpga
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tour championship. that left thailand's ariya jutanugarn to close with back—to—back birdies to win the event. but thompson still took the $1 million dollar season bonus prize, despite that last—hole heartbreak. talking of cash, grigor dimitrov pocketed $2.5 million as he won the biggest tennis tournament of his career at the atp finals in london, fans witnessing a brilliant 3—setter. in the decider, the crucial break came in the sixth game and dimitrov sealed the win, with his fifth match point. he's the first man to win the atp finals on his debut appearance for 19 years. i think this means a lot, but i think this one in particular is very special. to be able to actually qualify for this event, to be able to come and be successful in the group, and be secure kind of early in the season, to play out here, was a great reward for me, but also for my team. i think they really deserve this, as well. understandably, social media has been buzzing with praise for the bulgarian. this picture has been shared hundreds of times over. from grigor‘s pen to the camera lens, simple but three words that mean so much — "i love you!" we all love that as well, don't we?
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in 1947, europe was still recovering from the second world war, the internatioanl monetary fund began operating, and ferrari started —— the international monetary fund began operating, and ferrari started production of its sports cars. but here in london, an enduring love affair was complete when the then princess elizabeth married prince philip. 70 years later, the couple will mark their wedding anniversary — the longest in the royal family history — privately with family and friends. our royal correspondent sarah campbell reports. in the gloom of post while britain, their marriage was, in the words of winston churchill, a flash of colour. he was the dashing naval officer, she the future queen. in the 70 years since, that has proved
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to bea the 70 years since, that has proved to be a relationship which is truly stood the test of time. it has worked because their personalities and their characters lament one another. now quite different in many ways but prince philip is the first to make the queen laugh uproariously and is probably the only person who can also tell her to shut up. pictured in 1939, 18—year—old philip first called princess elizabeth's i ona first called princess elizabeth's i on a visit to dartmouth naval college. it was the beginning of a friendship which grew into a lifelong partnership. the queen has referred to him as a strength and stay, the duke remarked that tolerance is essential to any happy marriage and the queen, he added, has that quality in abundance. 70 yea rs has that quality in abundance. 70 years after the has that quality in abundance. 70 yea rs after the royal has that quality in abundance. 70 years after the royal couple exchanged their vows here, the bells of westminster abbey will appeal for more than three hours in their honour. these images have been released by the palace to mark the
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couple's milestone anniversary. the queen and prince philip will celebrate at a private party at windsor castle this evening. we have been sending in suggestions and thoughts on that story, what he would give your partner after 70 yea rs. would give your partner after 70 years. charlie got in touch, he said after 70 yea rs of years. charlie got in touch, he said after 70 years of marriage i would hope she would give him the right. —— revoked. someone tweeted a —— remote. personal letter of affection. so many of you essential thoughts. a quiet weekend away. as we heard, they are celebrating privately with family and friends today. thank you to your company on the briefing. i'll be back with the business briefing in just a few moments. and more on the collapse of coalition talks in germany. see you $0011. hello.
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it's safe to say there is a lot of weather to come in the week ahead. low pressure after low pressure will be coming in from the atlantic. the atlantic part of this is important because it is mild air coming in with the areas of low pressure so coming in with the areas of low pressure so temperatures will be heading up to much of the uk, it may just hold on to the colder in the far north of scotland and it will come south again by the end of the week. this is how munday plays out, called an office and snow over the highest levels of the hills in northern scotland as we begin the day, higher—level perhaps a bit slushy in places so bad that in mind as you go out but for many of us, rain and it will fizzle out as we go on through the morning. the range in northern ireland and england. parts of england clear —— east anglia too.
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i think what many will notice most of monday begins here anyway is just how mild it is compared with recent mornings. as temperatures well into double figures. the mild flow is feeding in across the uk but with plenty of clout, fun trying really ha rd to plenty of clout, fun trying really hard to come by but a few brighter brea ks to hard to come by but a few brighter breaks to the east and high ground and in the afternoon a few areas of thicker cloud and patchy rain, at this stage not very much though. double—figure temperatures reaching into southernmost parts of scotland but much of that country, still chilly, especially into the north. mainly dry and bright day. monday night, another spell of rain through northern ireland, wales, england, and then to scotland and any snow turned back to reign there, the mild air feeds into tuesday but it looks like a pretty wet day, especially in northern scotland. another area of rental northern ireland for a time, sinking south—east eastwards into england and wales but really, really mild temperatures, reaching into the mid— teens in some spots. author
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scotla nd mid— teens in some spots. author scotland reaching into double figures as well. the pressure coming midweek as we go into wednesday, pretty wet by wednesday with parts of north—west england, north wales could see gales and parts of southern england and heavy showers on wednesday night and the potential to seeing heavy rain. this week, milderfor to seeing heavy rain. this week, milder for a to seeing heavy rain. this week, milderfor a time, turning colder by the end of the week, rain at times, some could be quite heavy, some snow in the scottish hills and often windy. this is business briefing. i'm sally bundock. finding a new home. two important eu agencies will decide where to move today, as they leave london after brexit. and imagine sending your child off for an education in gaming. in singapore, the idea is gaining respect and even support from the government. and on the markets the euro sinks in response to the collapse of coalition talks in germany. this as share markets in asia also starting the week on the slide — we'll fill you in on all you need to know.
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