As we wind up the week, here are links to the biggest stories today.

Zimbabwe: Talks underway to form transitional government, source says

“There is a transition of power underway and it has tacit agreement from regional powers,” a senior member of Zimbabwe’s opposition party, Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change, told CNN. “There are active talks underway to form a transitional government and that transitional government will need to include the opposition,” added the source, who declined to be named.

How Robert Mugabe killed Zimbabwe’s economy

Military leaders have seized control of the country in an apparent coup, deploying tanks in the capital city of Harare and placing 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe under house arrest. Mugabe has led the nation for nearly four decades, and is widely blamed for its economic collapse.

Rare Da Vinci painting smashes world records with $450 million sale

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” has become the most expensive artwork to ever sell at auction, going for $450.3 million at Christie’s in New York. Dating back to around 1500, the rare painting is one of fewer than 20 authenticated works by the Italian in existence.

Newly discovered nearby planet could support life

Announcements about exoplanets, those found outside our solar system, seem almost commonplace in this golden age of discovery for astronomers. So why is Ross 128 b unique — apart from its rather human-sounding name? The planet is about the same size as Earth, and it may have a similar surface temperature, making it a temperate world that could support life.

Chinese envoy heads to North Korea for rare talks

The move comes after US President Donald Trump wrapped up his 13-day Asia trip, where he called for more diplomatic measures to be applied to North Korea, singling out China to do more. But observers cautioned against any expectations of an imminent solution to the nuclear crisis, saying, if anything, the visit was another step in the warming of relations between the two formerly close allies.

3 UCLA basketball players arrested in China are suspended

LiAngelo Ball and two teammates on UCLA’s basketball team have been suspended indefinitely after they shoplifted in China. UCLA coach Steve Alford made the announcement after the three players publicly acknowledged the theft. “They will have to earn their way back,” Alford said Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill apologized Wednesday after they were accused of shoplifting in China.

US to allow imports of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe, Zambia

That means Americans will soon be able to hunt the endangered big game, an activity that garnered worldwide attention when a Minnesota dentist took Cecil, perhaps the world’s most famous lion, near a wildlife park in Zimbabwe.

Roy Moore’s lawyer casts doubt on accuser’s story

Jauregui specifically focused on pushing back on the accusation from Beverly Young Nelson, 56, who said on Monday that Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16 years old. Jauregui took issue with the statements of Nelson and her attorney Gloria Allred, saying Nelson falsely claimed that she never spoke to Moore again after the time of her alleged assault.

Boeing gets $27 billion order from FlyDubai

The aviation giant said that FlyDubai of the United Arab Emirates has committed to buy 175 of its 737 Max planes and will have the rights to buy another 50. Altogether, the 225 aircraft have a total value of $27 billion at list prices.

Zimbabwe awaits next steps after takeover

Zimbabweans are waiting to see what steps the military will take next after seizing control of the country. President Robert Mugabe is said to be confined to his home in Harare but unconfirmed reports says his wife Grace, who was bidding to succeed him as president, has fled to Namibia.

Zimbabwe media slow to cover takeover

Zimbabwean media have been slow to keep their audiences up to date on developments after the military took control earlier today. State TV and radios were re-broadcasting the statement by Major-General Sibusiso Moyo announcing that the military had taken over but offered little by way of updates to the situation.

Robert Mugabe – hero or villain?

As Zimbabwe’s economy has gone from bad to worse to disastrous in recent years, Robert Mugabe’s political and physical demise has been predicted many times but he has always confounded his many critics – until now.

The polarising Grace Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe, a polarising figure, has gradually positioned herself as a potential successor to her 93-year-old husband Robert as president when he dies or steps down. Once a quiet figure known for her shopping and her charity work, she now has a high-profile role in the ruling Zanu-PF party as the head of its women’s league.

‘Leonardo artwork’ smashes records

A 500-year-old painting of Christ believed to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci has been sold in New York for a record $450m (£340m). The painting is known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World). It is the highest auction price for any work of art and brought cheers and applause at the packed Christie’s auction room.

Australian diplomat dies in New York fall

An Australian diplomat has died after falling from a New York City balcony while socialising with friends. Julian Simpson, 30, accidentally slipped from a seventh-floor ledge of his Manhattan building to a landing on the second floor, the NYPD said. US media reported he was playing a “trust game” with a friend when he fell.

Which cities will flood as ice melts?

A forecasting tool reveals which cities will be affected as different portions of the ice sheet melt, say scientists. It looks at the Earth’s spin and gravitational effects to predict how water will be “redistributed” globally. “This provides, for each city, a picture of which glaciers, ice sheets, [and] ice caps are of specific importance,” say the researchers.

Joe Biden 2020 Is A Terrible Idea In A Post-Weinstein America

Joe Biden is a man looking for his moment. Behind those famous aviators, he’s surveying the landscape to see if 2020 might just be his year to fulfill his presidential dreams. Biden has already run for president twice. Although he didn’t run in 2016, he thinks he could have won that race.

Terry Crews Speaks Out About Sexual Assault, Names Alleged Attacker

Actor Terry Crews has publicly called out the Hollywood executive he says sexually assaulted him at a party while courageously recalling the harrowing experience on “Good Morning America” in hopes it will encourage other victims to come forward.

Porn Star Considering Presidential Run With Rapper Coolio As VP

You know things are bad when a porn star thinks the country is getting screwed – and not in a good way. That’s why adult actress Cherie DeVille is considering running against Donald Trump in the 2020 election with ’90s rapper Coolio as her running mate.

Anna Faris Is Living Her Best Life On A Boat In Italy With Rumored Boyfriend

Don’t cry for Anna Faris, because she is doing just fine. Months after she and Chris Pratt announced they were separating after eight years of marriage, the “Mom” star is officially living her best life, vacationing with her rumored new boyfriend in Italy.

Twitter is removing verification checkmarks from accounts that break its rules

A week after giving another white supremacist a coveted blue checkmark, Twitter is taking new steps to address problems with its verification process. The company, which previously paused its verification program following a backlash, said Wednesday it’s working on a new verification system, saying they “did not prioritize the work as we should have.”

KFC wants to hang drumsticks on your tree this Christmas

Unless you live in Japan, fried chicken and Christmas aren’t really things that go together. Regardless, KFC in New Zealand is trying to make it a thing with a series of tree decorations for the unrelenting chicken fan. The set of five decorations features a drumstick, chips (a.k.a.

Apple’s Animoji might not need the iPhone X’s fancy cameras to work

You know the Animojis? The cool feature that lets you send cute face-mapped animated voice messages? The one that Apple made exclusive to the iPhone X? Yeah, those. It turns out Animojis may not need the iPhone X’s fancy TrueDepth camera after all.

Tesla hits back at employee’s racial discrimination claims

Tesla has unrelentingly hit back at a class-action complaint which labeled the carmaker’s factories a “hotbed for racist behavior.” In a statement titled “Hotbed of Misinformation” issued on its website Wednesday, Tesla said it is “absolutely against any form of discrimination, harassment, or unfair treatment of any kind.”

An Earth-sized world 11 light-years from home may be our next best shot to find alien life

Eleven light-years away, an Earth-sized world orbits a cool, red star, and it may be just right for life. The planet, known as Ross 128b, completes an orbit of its star, Ross 128, about once every 10 days, according to new research published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.