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Zimbabwe’s ruling party expected to sack Robert Mugabe on Sunday

President close to losing grip on power as tens of thousands join marches calling for his resignation

Robert Mugabe’s efforts to cling to power appeared close to collapse on Saturday night as tens of thousands marched through Zimbabwe’s cities calling for his resignation, while the ruling party prepared to dismiss him.

The 93-year-old president is due on Sunday morning to meet the army commanders who took power last week, a statement broadcast by the state-run TV channel said.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:19:32 GMT
Police 'confident' body found in hunt for Gaia Pope is missing teenager

Discovery was made on land south of Swanage in Dorset, close to where clothing identified as Pope’s was found on Thursday

Police searching for Gaia Pope said they were “confident” that the body found on Saturday close to where some of her clothing was identified earlier in the week was that of the missing teenager.

The 19-year-old had not been seen since she vanished from the Swanage area in Dorset on the afternoon of 7 November. The discovery of the body was made on land south of the town as more than 100 people including police, coastguard, the fire brigade and Dorset search and rescue joined the search to to look for her.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:43:14 GMT
Harvey Weinstein had secret hitlist of names to quash sex scandal
Producer hired team to investigate 91 film industry figures in attempt to stop harassment claims going public

The Observer has gained access to a secret hitlist of almost 100 prominent individuals targeted by Harvey Weinstein in an extraordinary attempt to discover what they knew about sexual misconduct claims against him and whether they were intending to go public.

The previously undisclosed list contains a total of 91 actors, publicists, producers, financiers and others working in the film industry, all of whom Weinstein allegedly identified as part of an extraordinary strategy to prevent accusers from going public with sexual misconduct claims against him.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:57:30 GMT
MPs defend fees of up to £1,000 an hour to appear on ‘Kremlin propaganda’ channel
Commons register of interests shows satirical show has employed at least 10 Tory and Labour politicians

MPs who have accepted up to £1,000 an hour to appear on television shows broadcast on RT, formerly Russia Today, have defended their links to the station, classed by the US government last week as a Kremlin propaganda vehicle.

Analysis of the Commons register of interests for the last two years show at least 10 have been paid handsomely for appearing on the channel, which is now coming under acute scrutiny after both the US and UK governments accused Russia of meddling in elections and pushing fake news.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:00:42 GMT
A thousand nurseries close as free childcare scheme falters
Providers resorting to ‘unethical’ practices to replace funding shortfall

More than 1,000 nurseries and childminders have gone out of business since the Conservative government was elected in 2015 with a promise of 30 hours of free childcare for working parents.

Official Ofsted figures, obtained by Tracy Brabin, the shadow minister for early years, show there has been a net loss of 1,146 nurseries and childminders from the Early Years Register since 2015. In total, 15,288 childcare providers have left the register, while only 14,142 have joined. Four-fifths (81%) of those who left the register had been rated either good or outstanding by Ofsted.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:00:43 GMT
AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young dies aged 64

Brother Angus leads tributes to guitarist with ‘enormous legacy’ who developed dementia about 10 years ago

The “driving force” behind rock band AC/DC, Malcolm Young, has died, aged 64.

Related: Implacable, immutable, irreplaceable: why Malcolm Young was a rock'n'roll great

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:34:44 GMT
First child refugee from Greek camps comes to UK
Syrian boy was offered place by London council last year but officials did not take action to facilitate the 15-year-old’s transfer

More than a year after the UK government pledged to transfer hundreds of child refugees from Greece, the first unaccompanied minor from the country will arrive in London this week.

However the 15-year-old Syrian is described by experts as profoundly traumatised because of the delay and has recently attempted to take his own life.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:00:43 GMT
Britain First deputy arrested over speech made at Belfast rally

Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the far right group, was arrested in London in relation to her speech in August

The deputy leader of far-right group Britain First has been arrested in London over a speech made at a rally in Belfast this summer.

Jayda Fransen, 31, from Penge, south-east London, was arrested in Bromley by Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) detectives on Saturday.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:56:43 GMT
Hospitals attack ‘barking mad’ NHS target to manage winter crisis
Official edicts to banish long trolley waits and treatment in corridors are deluded, say trusts

Health service chiefs have been declared “barking mad” for ordering hospitals to ensure no patient is treated in a corridor or languishes on a trolley for hours when this year’s winter crisis hits.

NHS England’s instructions, intended to avoid a repeat of hospitals’ descent into the sort of meltdown seen last year, also say that patients should not have to wait more than 15 minutes in the back of an ambulance outside an A&E unit as they wait to be handed over to hospital staff.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:00:42 GMT
Murder investigation begins after woman found stabbed in north London

Victim believed to be in her 50s was discovered in Muswell Hill, with her identity understood to be known to police

A murder investigation has been launched after a woman was found stabbed to death.

The victim, believed to be aged in her 50s, was discovered at an address in north London.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:53:30 GMT

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