this is bbc news — i'm shaun ley — these are the latest headlines in the uk and around the world. tributes pour in for archbisop desmond tutu — nobel laureate and veteran of south africa's struggle against apartheid — who has died at the age of 90. desmond tutu was somebody at the height of the anti—apartheid struggle, when nelson mandela and his leadership comrade is on the freedom struggle were locked up in northern ireland, rouse the faithful, inspired people. we'll have the latest from our correspondent in soweto . also on the programme. new coronavirus restrictions come into force in scotland, wales and northern ireland — to try to limit the spread of the omicron variant. labour due to be 10,000 fans here at
cardiff arms park today to watch the festive rugby derby, they will now to watch from home, a total ban on spectators at sporting and large events in wales from now on. —— there was due to be 10,000 fans. and — 0micron causes chaos for travellers — seven thousand flights cancelled around the world over the christmas weekend. we'll be live at gatwick airport. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. archbishop desmond tutu, who helped end the racial segregation and discrimination of south africa's apartheid era, has died aged 90. of south africa's apartheid a friend of nelson mandela, he was awarded the nobel peace prize in 1984 for his role in ending white minority rule. the south african president, cyril ramaphosa, said the death marked another chapter in the nation's farewell to a "generation of outstanding south africans". 0ur africa correspondent, andrew
harding, looks back at his life. raise our hands and we say, we will be free! desmond tutu was a man of hope. a south african priest who became one of the world two great moral voices. it was during south africa's long private struggle against white minority rule that desmond tutu rose to prominence. a diminutive priest, defying the apartheid government, comparing them to the nazis. the system of this country, apartheid, is immoral! the system of this country is evil! while nelson mandela was imprisoned for decades, desmond tutu became the face and voice of south africa two
liberation movement. desmond tutu was somebody at the height of the anti—apartheid struggle who, when nelson mandela added leadership, rate in the struggle be locked up, browsed the faithful, inspired people. desmond tutu was fearless, condemning the brutal apartheid state, but also urging black south africans to shun violence, to remain united. in 1984 desmond tutu was awarded the nobel peace prize. and he used his global prominence to criticise britain and america for being too soft on the apartheid government. when freedom finally arrived in south africa, tutu did not fade into the background. instead, often in tears, he presided over truth and reconciliation commission, shining a light on
apartheid's victims and its perpetrators. in later years, tutu continue to speak out, condemning corruption, criticising south africa's own liberation heroes when they lost their way. i am africa's own liberation heroes when they lost their way.— they lost their way. i am warning, i am warning — they lost their way. i am warning, i am warning yon — they lost their way. i am warning, i am warning you. that _ they lost their way. i am warning, i am warning you. that we _ they lost their way. i am warning, i am warning you. that we will - they lost their way. i am warning, i am warning you. that we will pray l am warning you. that we will pray like we prayed for the downfall of the apartheid government, we will pray for the downfall of the government that misrepresents us. desmond tutu was that rare thing, a truly independent, truly fearless moralfigure but truly independent, truly fearless moral figure but never truly independent, truly fearless moralfigure but never a gloomy one. it was clear that he loved, he laughed, he prayed, and that's what he wants. he was a man of tremendous jov- he wants. he was a man of tremendous 'o . ., ., , ,
joy. the one thing that helps desmond — joy. the one thing that helps desmond tutu _ joy. the one thing that helps desmond tutu stand - joy. the one thing that helps desmond tutu stand out - joy. the one thing that helps desmond tutu stand out andi joy. the one thing that helps - desmond tutu stand out and occupy this unique place in south african history is that he was there at every step of the way, through this country's tortuous journey from apartheid to democracy and beyond with that clear moral, often angry, sometimes laughing voice, a man defined above all by his sense of hope. desmond tutu, whose died at the age of 90. —— who has died. earlier i spoke to nomsa maseko in soweto, outside desmond tutu's home. she told me more about how the community has responded. the sun has set in south africa. 0ne the sun has set in south africa. one of the most empowering figures, unifying figure, who often laughed in the face of adversity but he even had the luck at times risked his own
life to ensure that there was no bloodshed even during the days of apartheid but he was also a man who never shied away from criticising the government of the day, especially when it came to issues like corruption. he especially when it came to issues like corruption.— especially when it came to issues like corruption. he was clearly very an: as like corruption. he was clearly very angry as he — like corruption. he was clearly very angry as he expressed _ like corruption. he was clearly very angry as he expressed himself - like corruption. he was clearly very angry as he expressed himself at l like corruption. he was clearly very l angry as he expressed himself at the time president zuma was in office. here he was calling out corruption, maintaining his consistency but perhaps also then challenging the leadership of the party that helped to end apartheid. he leadership of the party that helped to end apartheid.— to end apartheid. he was heavily criticised and _ to end apartheid. he was heavily criticised and even _ to end apartheid. he was heavily criticised and even sidelined - to end apartheid. he was heavily criticised and even sidelined by l to end apartheid. he was heavily i criticised and even sidelined by the government with what some view it as him saying he is a deputyjesus christ because of the moral compass that he held especially in a country
that he held especially in a country that not only did he speak out on political issues but also on issues like hiv, aids, he would not go to church, he would rather stay at home. those were some of the things he said, and he is deeply remembered here by those who gathered outside the house and were lighting candles and speaking of the memories, jogging. going and speaking of the memories, jogging, going down the street, buying newspapers with his wife, and even walking to... your incinerator. —— here in so soweto. tributes have been coming in from leaders around the world. former us president,
barack 0bama, has posted instead, handed power to a government led by the african national congress which had been outlawed in south africa, precisely for its... , ., outlawed in south africa, precisely for its... ,, , , ., for its... everyone remembers how ou for its... everyone remembers how you literally — for its... everyone remembers how you literally whooped _ for its... everyone remembers how you literally whooped for _ for its... everyone remembers how you literally whooped forjoy, - you literally whooped forjoy, weeping forjoy. you literally whooped for 'oy, weeping forjoyﬁ you literally whooped forjoy, j weeping forjoy.- when you literally whooped forjoy, - weeping forjoy.- when you saw weeping for 'oy. yipee! when you saw south weeping forjoy. yipee! when you saw south africans — weeping forjoy. yipee! when you saw south africans have _ weeping forjoy. yipee! when you saw south africans have the _ weeping forjoy. yipee! when you saw south africans have the right - weeping forjoy. yipee! when you saw south africans have the right to vote and exploring and enjoying this unimaginablejoy of shaping vote and exploring and enjoying this unimaginable joy of shaping their country's future. ijust unimaginable joy of shaping their country's future. i just wonder whether in your heart of hearts, looking back, you're disappointed that the potential you saw then has not been fully explored and exploited. yes, iwould
not been fully explored and exploited. yes, i would say that we have experienced the gift. we are on a roller—coaster ride and we have been on cloud nine and now we have had a tiny bit of a dip but you have to keep remembering that we have fantastic people in that country, people of every race. you see we are world champions and rugby for a second time. look at what we've done and in cricket, but when you think that less than 20 years ago, some of those images that we see in sport, they were impossible. you have to
say yeah, we've got to still salute them. we all imagined that we were going to be overwhelmed by racial bloodbath and they didn't, they instead showed the world something. they should the world that it was possible for enemies to become friends. tributes have been coming in from leaders around the world. former us president, barack 0bama, has posted on twitter saying — "archbishop desmond tutu was a mentor, a friend, and a moral compass for me and so many others. a universal spirit, archbishop tutu was grounded in the struggle for liberation and justice in his own country, but also concerned with injustice everywhere." the president of south africa, cyril ramaphosa, said "the passing of archbishop emeritus desmond tutu is another chapter of bereavement in our nation's farewell to a generation of outstanding south africans who have
bequeathed us a liberated south africa." and the uk prime minister, borisjohnson said he was "deeply saddened to hear of the death of archbishop desmond tutu. he was a critical figure in the fight against apartheid and in the struggle to create a new south africa — and will be remembered for his spiritual leadership and irrepressible good humour." in other news... new covid restrictions have come into force in scotland, wales and northern ireland as they try to halt the surge in infections of the 0micron variant. all three have introduced curbs on the hospitality and leisure industry, brought back social distancing rules and put limits on the size of gatherings. the prime minister borisjohnson hasn't announced any further restrictions in england. tomas morgan has this report.
another winter and another set of restrictions. social life will be curtailed yet again in wales, scotland, and northern ireland as the devolved governments have brought restrictions in again as an attempt to slow the spread of the 0micron variant to ease pressure on the nhs and to give more people the opportunity to be boosted at mass vaccination centres. having only reopened less then six months ago, nightclubs will have to turn their lights off once again in both wales and northern ireland from today. some industry bosses feel like they're being made scapegoats in this latest round of rules. we've essentially had 11.5 months of trade and we're back here again. and the issue is, we are not clear when this will be lifted. we have not been provided yet with any data on why this sector particularly has been closed and what conditions will need to be met for the sector to be reopened again.
restrictions on large events and spectator sports will also apply from today in wales and scotland. there were due to be 10,000 fans here at cardiff's arms park today to watch the festive rugby derby — they will now have to watch from home. a total ban on spectators at sporting and large events in wales from now on. but in scotland, the premier league have moved their winter break forward due to measures to limiting maximum capacity in stadiums there, much to the dismay of fans. across all hospitality venues, the rule of six is back in wales, as is social distancing. smaller tables mean smaller profits, and two metres means fewer guests. the two—metre rule obviously has a massive effect. new year's eve, we've got full capacity, but with the two—metre rule, we've probably lost 20% of the capacity, so we have had to phone a few people and unfortunately cancel people for new year's eve. while restrictions in northern ireland and in scottish pubs and restaurants come into force tomorrow, the stormont executive said they would keep the measures under review.
whilst first minister nicola sturgeon told the public theirs would be in place for at least three weeks. meanwhile, her counterpart further south, mark drakeford, said rules will be reviewed frequently. his next three—weekly assessment is due at the end ofjanuary. with large events due to be attended by thousands of people across the uk called off, it looks like this new year's eve will be just as subdued as the last. tomos morgan, bbc news. tens of thousands of airline passengers have been hit by the grounding of thousands of flights as a surge in covid cases causes staff shortages. according to flightaware data tracking website, at least 7,000 flights have been cancelled today, christmas day and christmas eve. chinese and us airlines appear to be the hardest hit. further disruption is expected on monday. companies have blamed staff shortages on the fast—spreading 0micron variant. simon calder is the travel correspondent for the independent and joins us now at gatwick airport. we were talking in the last hour about the disruption, some big
examples of that and i think, should we talk about america first? yes. examples of that and i think, should we talk about america first? yes, so we've 'ust we talk about america first? yes, so we've just had _ we talk about america first? yes, so we've just had the _ we talk about america first? yes, so we've just had the count _ we talk about america first? yes, so we've just had the count increased i we've just had the count increased to 679 flights cancelled to or within the us today and that represents around 100,000 passengers to add to many hundreds of thousands of people who have had their plans disrupted and the worst affected airlines are delta and jet blue but american allegiant and america southwest also badly hit with united and they are effectively saying, we do not have enough staff because they are all off isolating because of the overgrown variant. in comparison, things are working very well here at gatwick and indeed at the airports around the uk, very few delays, largely because the french and german travel bans me there is
fewer passengers travelling through than expected and people are reporting very easy security, many flights leaving early but one big exception is british airways flight to 236 which came in 50... yes, over two days late. it had a technical problem and very unfortunately the passengers who were due to fly out on the 23rd of december only got to gatwick this afternoon. i caught up with a couple of them, jo mitchell and her new husband, they were on their honeymoon, geir 0lafsson. irate their honeymoon, geir 0lafsson. we could not get anything out of them, the only— could not get anything out of them, the only way was making a twitter account _ the only way was making a twitter account and sending some messages on twitier— account and sending some messages on twitter and _ account and sending some messages on twitter and waiting for their response. if they told us we were
coming _ response. if they told us we were coming back today, we could at least have had _ coming back today, we could at least have had a _ coming back today, we could at least have had a night out in sanjose and relaxed. _ have had a night out in sanjose and relaxed. and — have had a night out in sanjose and relaxed, and been able to get away from the _ relaxed, and been able to get away from the hotel, but because we did not know_ from the hotel, but because we did not know anything, we sat in the hotel_ not know anything, we sat in the hotel for— not know anything, we sat in the hotel for two days waiting to hear when _ hotel for two days waiting to hear when you — hotel for two days waiting to hear when you might be leaving to go home _ when you might be leaving to go home. , ., , when you might be leaving to go home. ,, , ~' x' when you might be leaving to go home. i. , ,, a .,' , home. everyone is kicking off. they were angry — home. everyone is kicking off. they were angry because _ home. everyone is kicking off. they were angry because the _ home. everyone is kicking off. they were angry because the flight - home. everyone is kicking off. they were angry because the flight had l were angry because the flight had been cancelled again. do were angry because the flight had been cancelled again.— were angry because the flight had been cancelled again. do you have any advice — been cancelled again. do you have any advice from _ been cancelled again. do you have any advice from british _ been cancelled again. do you have any advice from british airways? l any advice from british airways? speak to your customers. just send an e—mail. you know who is on your flight, just communicate with your customers, it's the least you can do. �* , ., ., �* , do. i've been hearing from british airwa s do. i've been hearing from british airways who _ do. i've been hearing from british airways who have _ do. i've been hearing from british airways who have sent _ do. i've been hearing from british airways who have sent a - do. i've been hearing from british airways who have sent a heartfelt apology to their customers and they said it happened at the worst possible time. the pilots and cabin crew are also stock and they are going to help out with people's out—of—pocket expenses and they appreciate the patience and understanding of the customers and have just confirmed to me that they
will be paying £520, the statutory cash compensation, that all the passengers are due and they are now finally on their way home. that is what you call a late christmas present. to again and thank you very much for that. some of the worst floods seen in malaysia for decades are now known to have killed nearly fifty people. tens of thousands were displaced following torrential rain, which caused rivers to overflow a week ago. the floods left some places underwater and trapped people in their homes for days. the malaysian government has been criticised for its slow response and failure to issue flood warnings. people in more than a hundred cities in the philippines are without power following typhoon rai which ripped through the country ten days ago. disaster officials warn it may take till february to restore all electricity supplies. tens of thousands of homes were damaged and there's still a lack of food and clean water. three—hundred—and seventy—eight people are now known to have been killed by the typhoon,
and about sixty are still missing. for decades china was known as the country where you could only have one child. that all changed recently to try to overcome a new problem? an ageing population. but the relaxation of the rules hasn't convinced many young chinese couples now used to "one—child" families that having more kids is the way to go. enter the mother of three who's taking it upon herself to change their minds. here's our china correspondent stephen mcdonell. a three child family is unusual in china. but this successful working mother want to change that. using herself as an example. she is selling her beauty products online, and also have the idea of big families. one minute it is shampoo and weight loss treatments, the next it is family photos and images of achievement.
people always say, you have money, that's why you can risk three kids. but when we give birth to that first one, we didn't have much money. when our second baby came along, our business was under big pressure. we couldn't decide whether to have him or not. we went ahead and our business grew. actually, kids make you more responsible. china's one child policy started in the 1980s to manage a booming population. now it has changed to encourage more children because of an ageing population. the new problem is convincing young people to have multiple kids. in the months since the new policy was announced, there has already seem to have been a shift in people's attitudes here. initially, it was very easy to find somebody who would say, there is no way i'm going to consider having more than one child. now, you are starting to get people saying, i would consider it. when our financial situation stabilises,
maybe we will think about it. yet many remain sceptical. i don't want a second one yet. at this company, having more children is encouraged. here, most employees are female. most have kids. they have two or more. i wish society could be more l accepting of working mothers. they won't give up easily. they have great spirit. they can be remarkable in the workplace. - government officials would love this message to her large audience. she says it is simply what she believes. i want to say to other women, - don't panic, just go with the flow. this is not something money can buy. she is certainly drawing attention here. stephen mcdonald, bbc news.
the taliban say women in afghanistan seeking to travel other than short distances should not be offered transport unless accompanied by a close male relative. the taliban also directed all vehicle owners to offer rides only to women wearing islamic face coverings or hijabs. activists say the taliban's interpretation of hijab is unclear and most afghan women already wear headscarves. the islamists have also asked people not to play music in their vehicles. in israel, the psychic and entertainer, uri geller — famous for his spoon—bending feats — has opened his own museum. like the man himself, it's a one of a kind spectacle. with an eclectic collection of items, uri geller tells the story of his extraordinary life and career, through 50 years of pop culture. 0ur middle east correspondent, yolande knell, has been to tel aviv to meet him. there is only one celebrity who owes his success to spoons. uri geller is now 75. i managed to instill spoon
bending into world culture. from a trivial demonstration of spoon bending, how did it catch fire like this? ladies and gentlemen, uri geller. back in the 1970s, the young israeli's signature skills wowed layman and lords alike. you will break it. is that solid silver? made by gerard's of london. more and more, uri found himself rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous. now, ever the showman, he promises an unforgettable experience for fans visiting his psychic museum. i know what the audience likes. they like disaster stories, crazy stories, things that are to do with mind power and mysteries of the world. and he doesn't disappoint. but if some still call him a trickster,
uri doesn't care. i am real and these are real abilities. they are still hugely controversial and i think the sceptics built my career. they are the ones who constantly talk against me. all publicity is good publicity. unsurprisingly, the displays here are not short on silverware. some is purchased, some is given. you do have have a lot to answer for because i spent a lot of meal times when i was a kid rubbing spoons, hoping, hoping to emulate you and failing. but i did bring you a present. you did? that is a beautiful spoon. look at it. and i am going to place it right here. there you go.
ta—da! my message is this. stay positive, whatever you can visualise you can materialise. there is nothing you cannot be, do all have because you are architect of your life. the motown singer wanda young, who sang the 1961 classic please mr postman, has died at the aged of seventy eight. # wait a minute mr postman #. young was the lead singer of the marvelettes for several years in the nineteen sixties, before going on to have a solo career. the marvelettes were widely regarded as first key female motown group. great song, just to bring a bit of updated news, the queen has said she and the whole royal family or deeply
saddened by the death of desmond tutu. it is deja vu for england in australia, bowled out for 185 on the opening day of the third ashes test in melbourne. and much england had to wind to keep the series alive, but it was the same old problems with the bat. a new match, new innings, a new beginning for nine minutes. 0ut a new match, new innings, a new beginning for nine minutes. out for zero, england recalled zach crawley, pat cummings got him for 12 and that is why you won the toss and bold. melbourne's boxing day test is a
spectator occasion, huge ground, proof of vaccination was required, no restrictions on the capacity and no restrictions on the capacity and no limits on pat cummings, milan 1a. joe root at the touches which put him in a different class, taking him to 50 and making the next it so disappointing, caughtand to 50 and making the next it so disappointing, caught and out but why? joe root could not tell you and could not believe it himself. ben stokes tried all sorts of shorts and this was the last one, going for 25. josh butler on three was aiming for the boundary, presumably, and got nowhere near it. there is a fielder and that is the catch. johnny bairstow surprised on 25 and england soon 185 all out, normal service resumed. could england even summon a ghost of optimism? well, australia reached 61 41 ghost of optimism? well, australia reached 6141 in reply, the final ball was almost another wicket but
every almost must be a success when you are in this kind of mess. joe wilson, bbc news. as you saw, johnny bairstow at least offered some resistance back in the side, you may bet and there was a lot of work to do but they are not giving up hope of turning the series around. we have to of turning the series around. - have to get a bit stronger and tougher with our dismissals, we know that, we spoke about that, and that is just being honest with ourselves, so we need to keep doing that, we saw in that second innings, adelaide for a period of time, a lot on each of our wickets and when it comes to the second innings, that is what you will have to do.— will have to do. steven gerrard and patrick vieira _ will have to do. steven gerrard and patrick vieira both _ will have to do. steven gerrard and patrick vieira both missing - will have to do. steven gerrard and patrick vieira both missing from i will have to do. steven gerrard and| patrick vieira both missing from the dugout today due to positive coronavirus tests. three matches off today, six games in total on and manchester city, as you can see,
flying against leicester! 4—0, not even 30 minutes played there. de bruyne, mahrez, gundogan and a sterling penalty, and you can see that southampton lead 1—0 at brighton. —— at west ham. celtic have closed the gap on rangers to three points after a comfortable win againstjohnson in the early game. liel abada scored twice to put celtic in control and chris kane pulled one back for stjohn's in but —— for stjohnstone but then nir bitton scored the winner. rangers can go six points clear again if
they beat st mary in which they are on course to do. it is 1—1 with aberdeen and dundee. a big shock at kempton in the king george six chase this afternoon, what a story this is, 28-1, this afternoon, what a story this is, 28—1, the winnerfor willie mullins, thejoint favourite. and second. more reaction to that over on the bbc sport website and you can keep up with the latest scores on this busy boxing day, some big games in rugby union's premiership, too, with leeds and leicester tigers at bristol bears but from me in the team, that is alljust what for now, goodbye. this is bbc news. the headlines: tributes have been pouring in for archbishop desmond tutu —