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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. new coronavirus restrictions come into force in scotland, wales and northern ireland — to try to limit the spread of the omicron variant. there were due to be 10,000 fans here at cardiff arms park today to watch the festive rugby derby, they will now to watch
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from home, a total ban on spectators at sporting and large events in wales from now on. and — 0micron causes chaos for travellers — seven thousand flights cancelled around the world over the christmas weekend. the former bbc radio presenter janice long has died after a short illness. she was a presenter on radio 1, radio 2 and top of the pops. 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. a friend of nelson mandela,
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he was awarded the nobel peace prize in 1984 for campaigning against apartheid. 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!
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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. when freedom finally arrived, he did not fade into the background.
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instead, often in tears, he presided over a truth and reconciliation commission, shining a light on tight victims and on its perpetrators. in later years, continuing to speak out, condemning corruption, criticising south africa was my own liberation heroes when they lost their way. i liberation heroes when they lost their wa . ., liberation heroes when they lost their wa . . ., , ., ., their way. i am warning you. i am warnin: their way. i am warning you. i am warning you _ their way. i am warning you. i am warning you that _ their way. i am warning you. i am warning you that we _ their way. i am warning you. i am warning you that we will- their way. i am warning you. i am warning you that we will pray - their way. i am warning you. i am warning you that we will pray and | their way. i am warning you. i am i warning you that we will pray and we pray for the downfall of the apartheid government, people pray for the downfall of a government that misrepresents us. you for the downfall of a government that misrepresents us.— for the downfall of a government that misrepresents us. you was that rare thin , that misrepresents us. you was that rare thing. truly _ that misrepresents us. you was that rare thing, truly truly _ that misrepresents us. you was that rare thing, truly truly feel _ that misrepresents us. you was that rare thing, truly truly feel a - that misrepresents us. you was that rare thing, truly truly feel a small. rare thing, truly truly feel a small figure but never a gloomy one. you said to me — figure but never a gloomy one. you said to me once _ figure but never a gloomy one. 7m, said to me once that when he dies, desmond tutu loft, he laughed, cried, and that is what he was, was
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always a man of tremendous joy. the always a man of tremendous 'oy. the one thin always a man of tremendous joy. the one thing that helps him 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 was my torturous 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, former archbishop of johannesburg whose death has been announced today at the age of 90. and in the last hour, a statement from buckingham palace was released. the queen has said...
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barack 0bama ba rack 0bama has barack 0bama has said... the president of south africa, himself a mentor of the anti—apartheid generation, praised desmond tutu and said,... and here, the prime minister borisjohnson has said...
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earlier i spoke to nomsa maseko in soweto, outside desmond tutu's home. she told me more about how the community has responded. many are saying... you as a unifying figure that often laughed in the face of adversity but he can at times risked his own life to ensure that there was no bloodshed, even during those dark 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... apparition. he day, especially when it came to... apparition-— apparition. he was clearly very an: as apparition. he was clearly very angry as he — apparition. he was clearly very angry as he expressed - apparition. he was clearly very angry as he expressed himself| apparition. he was clearly very l angry as he expressed himself at apparition. he was clearly very - angry as he expressed himself at the time president zuma was in office and when there was a series of allegations. the great difficulties for him? yarn until that point, he had sat shoulder to shoulder with
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some other big figures but he or she was calling out corruption and maintaining his consistency but perhaps also then challenging the leadership of the party that had helped to end apartheid. he was heavily criticised _ helped to end apartheid. he was heavily criticised and _ helped to end apartheid. he was heavily criticised and even - heavily criticised and even sidelined by governing anc. they said they are a deputyjesus christ because of the moral compass that he had, especially in the country but also the fact that not only did the speak out on political issues but also on issues like hiv, aids, homophobia. he would not go to church, he would rather stay home than to praise, that was some of the things he said and he is deeply remembered. many years ago, even lighting candles and speaking on the memories that they used to have of
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him, seeing him jogging memories that they used to have of him, seeing himjogging up and memories that they used to have of him, seeing him jogging up and down the street, and towards the church here. you in 2009, desmond tutu spoke to the bbc�*s stephen sackur for an episode of hardtalk. here, the former archbishop describes the moment when in 1994, south africa saw the transition from the country's national party government who had ruled the country since 1948 and had advocated the apartheid system for most of its history, to the african national congress who had been outlawed in south africa since the 1950s for its opposition to apartheid. let's have a listen. you are a you are young like everyone remembers how you literally whooped for joy, everyone remembers how you literally whooped forjoy, do you remember that as my whooped for 'oy, do you remember that as m j , , , whooped for 'oy, do you remember that as mh when _ whooped for 'oy, do you remember that as mh when you - whooped for 'oy, do you remember that as mh when you saw. whooped for 'oy, do you remember. that as mh when you saw the that as my yippee! when you saw the south africans _ that as my yippee! when you saw the south africans have _ that as my yippee! when you saw the south africans have the _ that as my yippee! when you saw the south africans have the right - that as my yippee! when you saw the south africans have the right to - south africans have the right to vote and for the first time in their lives, exploring and enjoying this
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unimaginablejoy of shaping lives, exploring and enjoying this unimaginable joy of shaping the country's future. i wonder, 15 years on, whether, in your heart of hearts, you are disappointed that the potential you saw then has not been fully explored and exploited. i would say that we were on a roller—coaster ride and we had been on cloud nine, and now we had a finely tiny bit of a dip but you have to keep remembering that we have to keep remembering that we have fantastic people in that country, people of every race. you see it in our rugby, we are world champions for the second time. we
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beat you and look at what we've done in cricket. when you think that less than 20 years ago, some of those images that you've seen in sport, leaving aside everything else, were impossible. you've got to say that... yeah, we've still got to salute them, we all imagined that we were going to be overwhelmed by a racial bloodbath and instead they showed the world something. they showed the world something. they showed the world that it is possible for enemies to become friends. let's get more reaction now from people in south africa to the archbishop's death.
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it's a dark day to us in south africa because he is the light and theicon africa because he is the light and the icon of this country. i africa because he is the light and the icon of this country.— the icon of this country. i stay in the icon of this country. i stay in the third house _ the icon of this country. i stay in the third house from _ the icon of this country. i stay in the third house from his - the icon of this country. i stay in the third house from his house, | the icon of this country. i stay in | the third house from his house, i knew_ the third house from his house, i knew him — the third house from his house, i knew him as _ the third house from his house, i knew him as an older person who was always— knew him as an older person who was always in_ knew him as an older person who was always in the — knew him as an older person who was always in the morning, jogging from 6am on _ always in the morning, jogging from 6am on 8am greeting us as a humble person. _ 6am on 8am greeting us as a humble person. as _ 6am on 8am greeting us as a humble person. asa— 6am on 8am greeting us as a humble person, as a stalwart of south africa — person, as a stalwart of south africa. |s— person, as a stalwart of south africa. , ., person, as a stalwart of south africa. , . , ., person, as a stalwart of south africa. , ., ., africa. is a personal level as a riest africa. is a personal level as a priest who _ africa. is a personal level as a priest who worked _ africa. is a personal level as a priest who worked with - africa. is a personal level as a priest who worked with him i africa. is a personal level as a l priest who worked with him very briefly, his legacy will be his love for all people. he used to be a father to us, his wife used to be a mother to us because he used to bring all close to us, used to come to my mum's house and bring close for my mum, bring shoes for my mum, and my mum was also appreciating
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whatever he was doing. today, on the announcement, niclas kjellstrom—matseke is the chairperson of the desmond and leah tutu legacy foundation. a little earlier, he shared some of his memories of desmond tutu. many memories, one is a close out the one where he grew up with ancestors in soweto and so on, but it's also the more professional one where we would both, he would be the chair of the elders and i would be a helper in that system, and advise him, coming back to the foundation, it also needed some support, so i think memory wise, there are so many stories and quite often, they
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contained both serious, serious issues and laughter, and ijust embrace his methods and techniques, and it's very difficult to copy it because he was a truly unique man. and he was, a man who was known probably the best known south african until nelson mandela was released from prison, probably the best known south african in the world. what do you think you would have hoped for south africa's future? ~ .., have hoped for south africa's future? ~ .. ., ., future? we can never forget that he was a religious _ future? we can never forget that he was a religious leader _ future? we can never forget that he was a religious leader who - future? we can never forget that he was a religious leader who also - was a religious leader who also embraced any people in the world but he was a true patriot for south africa and south africans, so, yes, what he wished for us to do now is to continue his legacy and how can we do that? well, by as acting in small matters on a daily basis, based on his values, fairness, treat
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others with equality, fighting injustice and racism, and try try to listen and wanting to understand, thatis listen and wanting to understand, that is the first stage, then you can decide if you are also wanting to go for reconciliation and unity, which is his true wish, but we ought to pick up the rucksack now and he filled it with so many great values, but it's really up to us now and next the younger generation needs to remember the archbishop for what he stood for and still stands for. here in the uk, new covid restrictions have come into force in scotland, wales and northern ireland
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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 4.5 months of trade and we're back here again. and the issue is, we are not clear
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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. they 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 its scottish pubs and restaurants come into force tomorrow, the stormont executive
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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. earlier, i spoke to simon calder, travel editor at the independent newspaper, from gatwick airport. he told me that over 670 flights were canceled in the us today alone.
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worst affected are are dealt and jet blue but american, allegiant and south west also badly hit along with united and they are effectively saying, we have not got enough staff because they are all oft isolating because they are all oft isolating because of the ohmic run variant. in comparison, things are working very well here at gatwick and indeed at the airports around the uk, very few delays, that is largely because the french and german travel ban mean there is ten or 15% fewer passengers travelling than expected and people reporting their easy security queues and many flights leaving early but one big exception is british airways flight to 236 which came in 50... yes, overtwo flight to 236 which came in 50... yes, over two days late from san jose in costa rica, which had a technical problem and very unfortunately, the passengers who
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were due to fly out on the 23rd of december only got to gatwick this afternoon, i got up with a couple of them, jo mitchell and her new husband, they were on their honeymoon, geir 0lafsson. ida honeymoon, geir 0lafsson. no information at all, not through the 8pp information at all, not through the app e-maii. — information at all, not through the app e—mail, phone calls, nothing. no one spoke _ app e—mail, phone calls, nothing. no one spoke to — app e—mail, phone calls, nothing. no one spoke to us, the only way we got anything _ one spoke to us, the only way we got anything out — one spoke to us, the only way we got anything out of them was by making a twitter— anything out of them was by making a twitter account and sending some messages — twitter account and sending some messages on twitter and waiting for their response. if they said we were not coming — their response. if they said we were not coming back today, we could have a night _ not coming back today, we could have a night out _ not coming back today, we could have a night out in— not coming back today, we could have a night out in sanjose and relax, -et a night out in sanjose and relax, get away— a night out in sanjose and relax, get away from the hotel but as it stood, _ get away from the hotel but as it stood, because we didn't know anything. _ stood, because we didn't know anything, we just sat in the hotel for two _ anything, we just sat in the hotel for two days waiting to hear when we might— for two days waiting to hear when we might leave to go home.— might leave to go home. everyone is kickin: off, might leave to go home. everyone is kicking off. crying — might leave to go home. everyone is kicking off, crying and _ might leave to go home. everyone is kicking off, crying and stuff- might leave to go home. everyone is kicking off, crying and stuff like - kicking off, crying and stuff like that, _ kicking off, crying and stuff like that, angry _ kicking off, crying and stuff like that, angry because _ kicking off, crying and stuff like that, angry because the - kicking off, crying and stuff like that, angry because the flight l kicking off, crying and stuff like i that, angry because the flight had been _ that, angry because the flight had been cancelled _ that, angry because the flight had been cancelled again. _ that, angry because the flight had been cancelled again. do - that, angry because the flight had been cancelled again.— that, angry because the flight had been cancelled again. do you have any advice? _
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been cancelled again. do you have any advice? speak— been cancelled again. do you have any advice? speak to _ been cancelled again. do you have any advice? speak to your- been cancelled again. do you have - any advice? speak to your customers, what is an e-mail? _ any advice? speak to your customers, what is an e-mail? just _ any advice? speak to your customers, what is an e-mail? just send - any advice? speak to your customers, what is an e-mail? just send an - what is an e—mail? just send an email. — what is an e—mail? just send an email. you— what is an e—mail? just send an e—mail, you know who is on your flight _ e—mail, you know who is on your flight to— e—mail, you know who is on your flight to communicate with your customers, it's the least you could do. �* �* , ., ., do. and i've been hearing from british airways _ do. and i've been hearing from british airways who _ do. and i've been hearing from british airways who say - do. and i've been hearing from british airways who say they i do. and i've been hearing from l british airways who say they give their heartfelt apology to the passengers on this flight, it happened that the worst of all time, over christmas and their staff, including pilots and cabin crew, were also stock and they are going to help out with people's out—of—pocket expenses and they appreciate the patience and understanding of their customers and have just confirmed to me understanding of their customers and havejust confirmed to me in understanding of their customers and have just confirmed to me in the past few minutes they will be paying £520, which is the statutory cash compensation that all the passengers are due, and they are now finally on their way home the bodies of sixteen iraqi kurds who drowned when their inflatable boat sank last month in the channel while trying to reach england... ave been returned to northern iraq.
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burial services have taken place in irbil. the majority of the twenty—nine people who died in the incident were iraqi kurds. an estimated forty thousand people from the region left for europe in the past year alone, using clandestine routes. 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. 378 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?
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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.
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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
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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 former bbc radio presenter janice long has died following a short illness. she was best known as a presenter on radio 1, radio 2, top of the pops and, most recently, on bbc radio wales. she died at home on christmas day, surrounded by her family. the director—general of the bbc said she was a stellar presenter, who was loved and respected
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across the industry. hello, understandably, there is always lots to talk about when snow at christmas and while there has been some come from many places, it hasjust been rain been some come from many places, it has just been rain and lots of rain since christmas eve, this is the radar picture over the past few hours with the weather system moving through, bringing rain, and some snow into the pennines, in scotland as well, and a very wintry scene this morning from county durham but from many places, it is the rain, the standing water and the spray making it difficult travel conditions and we give a lot of cloud and further outbreaks of rain, easterly parts of england, and through scotland, sleet and snow to the hills going through the rest of the hills going through the rest of the afternoon and a very brisk south—easterly wind running into scotland and north—east england, adding an extra chill to the things
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but it is still mild, here and into wales, it will gradually be brightening up. may be brighter in northern ireland as well before the end of the day, we continue taking some rain, perhaps some sleet and snow into the higher ground, north and has gotten down overnight, elsewhere wins easing with lots of low cloud and mist and fog around, and while purchase of any of the above freezing, blue in parts of scotland and especially when you've got snow on the ground, bringing a frost. so to tomorrow, the western isles and scotland having a cloudy day with patchy rain and showers around and another weather system bringing outbreaks of rain and wales during the day, northern ireland, some cloud, some brighter spells as well with the far north of england, especially scotland, and from the far north, sunny spells, quite windy with the outbreaks of rain to the south, the rain runs along and then for tuesday, another weather system taking an area of rain, across the central slave of the uk, and it will
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be quite mild here with temperatures running from around 10—11 c and if you think that is mild, this weather system taking more northwards across the uk going through wednesday, bringing some very mild air into the uk and that is transported northwards on the south—westerly winds are blustery with rain, yes, but temperatures reaching into the mid—teens, quite widely around the middle of the week and it stays mild but quite often wet and windy for the start of the new year.
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this is bbc news. the headlines:
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tributes have been pouring in for archbishop desmond tutu — nobel peace laureate and veteran of south africa's struggle against apartheid, who has died at the age of 90. the president of south africa, cyril ramaphosa, has said that the passing of desmond tutu is another chapter of bereavement in south africa's "farewell to a generation of outstanding people who have bequeathed us a liberated country". new coronavirus restrictions have come into force in scotland, wales and northern ireland — to try to limit the spread of the 0micron variant. 0micron is causing chaos for travellers — 7,000 flights have been cancelled around the world over the christmas weekend. uk ministers have proposed that pubs in england and wales should be allowed to stay open for an extra two hours nextjune, during a special bank holiday weekend to mark the queen's platinum jubilee. the plans will go out to a public consultation.
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