this is bbc news. 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. ata time at a time when many people are celebrating with family and friends, we have lost one of the most illustrious, courageous and beloved amongst us. the bodies of 16 iraqi kurds who drowned when their inflatable boat sank last month in the channel while trying to reach the uk have been returned to northern iraq. new coronavirus restrictions come into force in scotland, wales and northern ireland, to try to limit the spread of the omicron variant.
hello and welcome, if you're watching in the uk or around the world. tributes have been paid from around the world to archbishop desmond tutu, one of the leading figures in the fight against white minority rule in south africa, who has died aged 90. desmond tutu's tireless campaigning against apartheid was rewarded with the nobel peace prize. south africa's president, cyril ramaphosa, described him as a "patriot without equal". former us president barack obama said he had been a "mentor, friend and moral compass". president biden said he was "heartbroken". nomsa maseko reports from soweto. playing their last respects, people from all walks of life dropped off
flowers here at desmond tutu's soweto home, demonstrating what the 90—year—old stood for. he was the voice of reason, the face of reconciliation in south africa's moral compass. it’s reconciliation in south africa's moral compass.— reconciliation in south africa's moral compass. it's a dark day to us, moral compass. it's a dark day to us. south — moral compass. it's a dark day to us, south africans, _ moral compass. it's a dark day to us, south africans, because - moral compass. it's a dark day to us, south africans, because he . moral compass. it's a dark day to us, south africans, because he is the light and the icon of this country. the light and the icon of this count . , ., , ., the light and the icon of this count . , ., ., ., , country. used to be a father to us. his wife used _ country. used to be a father to us. his wife used to _ country. used to be a father to us. his wife used to be _ country. used to be a father to us. his wife used to be a _ country. used to be a father to us. his wife used to be a mother - country. used to be a father to us. his wife used to be a mother to . country. used to be a father to us. | his wife used to be a mother to us. it was _ his wife used to be a mother to us. it was desmond tutu, known affectionately as the arch, coined the phrase rainbow nation to describe south africa's ethnic diversity, often preaching peace and unity in the face of adversity. several memorial services are expected to be held in honour of desmond tutu in the next few days. for people here in soweto, they remember the arch is a unifying figure who played a prominent role in south africa becoming a democracy for the flowers were also laid in
cape town, where he died at his home, surrounded by family and friends. i home, surrounded by family and friends. ., , , home, surrounded by family and friends. . , , ., friends. i was with him this morning when arch said _ friends. i was with him this morning when arch said goodbye _ friends. i was with him this morning when arch said goodbye to - friends. i was with him this morning when arch said goodbye to us, - friends. i was with him this morning when arch said goodbye to us, and l when arch said goodbye to us, and she was lying next to him in bed, and she was still touching him, you know, my baby. and she was still touching him, you know. my baby-— and she was still touching him, you know, my baby. desmond tutu was south africa's _ know, my baby. desmond tutu was south africa's last _ know, my baby. desmond tutu was south africa's last remaining - know, my baby. desmond tutu was south africa's last remaining nobel| south africa's last remaining nobel prize laureate and his contribution has been remembered by leaders worldwide. a seven—day sendoff is being planned, including lying in state and a must to be held by the anglican church. in the past hour, the south african president, cyril ramaphosa, has been addressing the nation. he paid this tribute to desmond tutu. my my fellow south africans, today is the saddest of days for our nation.
our nation and the world work this molly to the sad news —— this morning to the sad news that archbishop tutu passed away peacefully in cape town at the age of 90 years. and this season of cheer and goodwill, at a time when many people are celebrating with family and friends, we have lost one of the most illustrious, courageous and beloved amongst us. archbishop desmond tutu was one of our nation's finest patriots. it was a man of unwavering courage, of principal, conviction, and whose life was spent in the service of others. he in many ways embodied the essence of our
humanity. knowing he had been ill for some time now does very little to lessen the blow that has been dealt to south africa this very sad day. we have lost a person who carried the burden of leadership with compassion, with dignity, with humility and with such good humour. we are comforted in the knowledge that he has left an indelible mark in the lives of millions of people, who had the privilege and honour of knowing him. like many of his time, he was a witness to the greatest injustices and most intolerable
cruelty that our country has ever witnessed. in his ministry, in his struggle against apartheid, and as chairperson of the truth and reconciliation commission, he saw the depths to which human beings could descend in their subjugation and oppression of others. and yet, his faith in humanity and in people, like his faith in god, was unwavering. he knew in his soul that good will triumph over evil, that justice would prevail over iniquity, and that reconciliation would prevail over revenge and recrimination. he knew that apartheid would one day end. and that democracy would come. he knew
that democracy would come. he knew that our people would be free one day. by the same measure, he was convinced, even to the end of his life, that poverty, hunger, misery can be defeated, that all people can live together in peace, security and comfort. he was a man of faith who, throughout his life, gave expression to the biblical teachings and devout actions —— without actions faith is dead. for desmond tutu, it was not enough that he should preach peace. he had tojoin with enough that he should preach peace. he had to join with the people of this country and, indeed, the people of all countries in working tirelessly and diligently for the attainment of peace. it was not
enough for him to bring god's blessings to the poor and the needy. he had to join blessings to the poor and the needy. he had tojoin the blessings to the poor and the needy. he had to join the struggle for socialjustice, for development, for transformation, so that all may have the necessities of life. his brave and often critical voice lost noah urge. he continued his work as a tireless campaignerfor urge. he continued his work as a tireless campaigner for the rights of the oppressed. he was frank and forthright, speaking truth to power, even when criticising the democratic government. it was through both his words and actions that he earned his distinguished place in the history of our nation's struggle for
freedom. of our nation's struggle for freedom-— of our nation's struggle for freedom. , ., ., , ., , ., of our nation's struggle for freedom. , ., ., , , , ., ~ of our nation's struggle for freedom. , ., ,, .,~ ., freedom. president ramaphosa speak a short time ago — freedom. president ramaphosa speak a short time ago and _ freedom. president ramaphosa speak a short time ago and addressing - freedom. president ramaphosa speak a short time ago and addressing the - short time ago and addressing the nation. us presidentjoe biden and first ladyjill biden said they were "heartbroken" to discover archbishop tutu had died. in a statement, they said... earlier, i spoke with former uk prime minister gordon brown, who gave me his reaction to the death of archbishop desmond tutu. he was one of the greatest people i've ever met. he and nelson mandela are the two leaders who ended apartheid. but, you know, he was a teacher, he was a moral leader, he was a campaigner. when he walked into the room he radiated joy and light, and yet he was one of the most modest and humble and unassuming people you could also meet. so he leaves behind a legacy, one of the last of the generation of people who told us that apartheid
was wrong and stood up for human rights everywhere, and he never stopped doing that right throughout his life. he went into retirement in 2010 and then i know he came out of retirement to fight for human rights issues. he will never be forgotten as one of the great leaders of our time. he was hugely passionate about education as well. tell us about some of the experiences you had working with him around issues of education. when he retired as archbishop and moved out of formal campaigning on the issues about the truth and reconciliation commission and the rainbow coalition which he talked about in south africa, he decided he wanted to educate every child in africa, so as a un envoy myself i worked with him as we tried to get more and more children into school, and even now there are millions of children who are not yet going to school and are deprived of a childhood, and he had this campaign to give every child a desk, so he had a desk that was full of information that he tried
to get across africa. i remember him coming to the united nations to launch a campaign with me and i got a message that he had been kept outside the united nations because his name was not on the list and i went out thinking he'd be angry that he was not admitted in, but he was so placid and so unassuming and so modest, he just saw it as an oversight and not anything that was to be worried about. he was that sort of guy, the life and soul of the party, but also someone who was completely modest and aware that every human being has something to offer, always wanting to find the good in everyone, and of course wanting children in particular to get the chance of developing their potential to the full. he was simply a great human being. that's not only because he won the nobel prize, which he did, but throughout his full life he fought for things that he thought were important and would enhance the dignity of human beings. 0ne one of the greatest men he has ever
known, says gordon brown, talking about archbishop desmond tutu, who has died aged 90. the bodies of 16 iraqi kurds, who drowned when their inflatable boat sank last month in the channel while trying to reach england, have been returned to northern iraq. burial services have taken place in irbil. the majority of the 29 people who died in the incident were iraqi kurds. an estimated 40,000 people from the region left for europe in the past year alone, using clandestine routes. soran qurbani of bbc�*s persian service, who took part in the bbc investigation into channel drowning incident, gave details on the events in northern iraq today. very overwhelming situation for the families because these bodies were supposed to arrive on friday morning but, due to weather conditions, the flights were delayed for two days and many of the families gathered at the airport for the past two days. in general, iraqi kurdistan is in mourning. you can see this from the
feedback on social media, and very many people are right now talking about this tragic event. these are 16 bodies from different towns, at least seven towns are having funerals. each very dramatic, eventful, iraqi kurds in general, because many of these families have relatives and family members on the way to europe right now and, in the past three days, there was also another incident in the mediterranean sea, where at least 30 people died in a similar incident. some of them were iraqi kurds again. some of them were iraqi kurds again. so these events, it reminds them of the danger of this situation. remind us what happened last month. it's believed that at least 32 people were on that boat that night. six dinghies were trying to cross
the same night. what we found out through the communication with these people with their families back home and eyewitnesses to that incident, after a couple of hours, the weather conditions changed and the dinky was punctured and was losing air. they tried to ask for help from both french and uk authorities, but the eyewitness told us that before they sent the location to them, it was too late and they sank and the boat was overcome and these people did not manage to send their location to the authorities to be rescued. as we see these pictures from northern iraq of some of the funerals, you have already mentioned the concern that people have about the concern that people have about the young people that have been sent away or gone away in some instances. let's have a listen to the reaction from some people in irbil to the
situation. translation: ~ ., , ., , translation: we iraqis and kurds have nobody _ translation: we iraqis and kurds have nobody here _ translation: we iraqis and kurds have nobody here who _ translation: we iraqis and kurds have nobody here who is _ translation: we iraqis and kurds have nobody here who is at - translation: we iraqis and kurds have nobody here who is at peace. | have nobody here who is at peace. everyone in iraq is not at all at ease with their lives. kurdish government and iraqi government should stop this exodus. youth should stop this exodus. youth should not be put to risk their lives like this. translation: , , ., , translation: yes, this was a family of four, a mother _ translation: yes, this was a family of four, a mother and _ translation: yes, this was a family of four, a mother and her _ translation: yes, this was a family of four, a mother and her three - of four, a motherand herthree chiidren— of four, a motherand herthree children wanted to migrate for a better_ children wanted to migrate for a better life. it is a tragedy they met their— better life. it is a tragedy they met their end at sea.- better life. it is a tragedy they met their end at sea. they should be ut to risk met their end at sea. they should be put to risk their _ met their end at sea. they should be put to risk their lives _ met their end at sea. they should be put to risk their lives in _ met their end at sea. they should be put to risk their lives in this - met their end at sea. they should be put to risk their lives in this way. - put to risk their lives in this way. why do so many leave?- put to risk their lives in this way. why do so many leave? when i talk to many migrants. _ why do so many leave? when i talk to many migrants, they _ why do so many leave? when i talk to many migrants, they blame _ why do so many leave? when i talk to many migrants, they blame the - many migrants, they blame the political leaders and say they are let down by their leaders, because there is high unemployment, injustice, and they blame corrupted leaders. their leaders have not shied away from that. they say there is corruption, but they need time to
implement reforms, but these people are not patient enough. also, the iraqi government leaders blame smugglers for this mass exodus, if you call it. most of these young people say, we lost our hope and we want a better life, and it sounds like a sort of protest. they say, we leave this region to you, to the leaders. if you don't do any reforms, we are going to leave, and they take this dangerous route, and many of them are aware of the danger, of the risk, but despite that they believe they can have a better future outside iraqi kurdistan. the latest headlines on bbc news... 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. the bodies of 16 iraqi kurds who drowned when their inflatable boat sank last month in the channel while trying to reach the uk have been returned to northern iraq.
new covid restrictions have come into force in scotland, wales and northern ireland to try to halt the surge in infections of the omicron variant. curbs have been introduced on the hospitality and leisure industry, including social distancing rules and limits on the size of gatherings. boris johnson hasn't announced any further restrictions in england. tomos 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 omicron 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 four and a half 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 will apply from today in two of the nations. spectators are banned from large events and sporting venues in wales and scotland from today. the premier league brought forward their break in scotland due to measures limiting fan attendance. 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 has a massive effect. new year's eve, we have full capacity but with the two—metre rule we have lost 20% of capacity. 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 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 would 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. a man who was arrested within the grounds of windsor castle on christmas day, while in possession of a crossbow, has been detained under the mental health act. the man entered the grounds but was not able to get into any buildings due to security. the 19—year—old man from southampton was arrested on suspicion of breach or trespass of a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon. our correspondent helena wilkinson has more details.
she had some more details earlier this evening from the metropolitan police about that incident yesterday, christmas day. we know the queen was at windsor castle, thatis the queen was at windsor castle, that is where she is spending the festive period. she normally goes to her sandringham estate in norfolk, not this year, because of concerns of the omicron variant, but it was yesterday morning at around 8:30am officers from both the metropolitan police and also thames valley police arrested a man moments, they say, after he entered the grounds of windsor castle, a 19—year—old man from southampton, and he was taken into custody. he was arrested on suspicion of breach or trespass of a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon. they did a mental health assessment on this 19—year—old while he was in custody
and he has now been detained under the mental health act. he is being looked after by medical professionals. confirmation from the metropolitan police that they searched the man, they say, after he was arrested and on that man they found a crossbow. there have been various newspaper reports that the man used a rope ladder to try and scale a metalfence, but man used a rope ladder to try and scale a metal fence, but that has not been confirmed by officers at this stage. the 19—year—old man arrested in the grounds of windsor castle yesterday, and just to confirm that officers did confirm yesterday that he didn't reach any of the buildings within the castle, he just got into the grounds. he has been detained under the mental health act and officers in their statement this evening say enquiries into the full circumstances of what happened would be continued by the metropolitan police specialist
operations. police in northern india have launched an investigation after a statue ofjesus was vandalised at the entrance of a colonial—era church. the incident in the holy redeemer church in ambala city is the latest in a series of such attacks in recent months. earlier, i spoke to our south asia regional editor, anbarasan ethirajan, in delhi. in fact, attacks on christmas day, they are unthinkable 20 years ago but since 2014 after the bjp came to power, the hindu nationalist party, christian organisations say attacks against them have doubled. we have seen prayer halls being attacked, churches that are literally being burned, and also some of the pastors are being attacked by hindu right—wing youths. this is all happening for the past few years and putting this community in fear, they fear that they are being persecuted. christians are a religious minority in india, about 2%, or 30 million people, but they have remained at the sidelines when you compare
them with the other biggest religious minority, muslims. they feel the attacks are increasing but the government denies that there is an orchestrated campaign against the christians, but many people would complain that the police officers are not taking enough action as and when these christian places of worship are being targeted. so, what is the governing bjp doing to address this problem, if anything at all? the senior leaders of the bjp, including the prime minister narendra modi, they do not talk much about these incidents, whenever something big happens they talk, particularly in recent days, these incidents have not attracted any attention from the senior leaders of the bjp. it is not only about the christians. the way the hindu right—wing people have started using hate speech that shocked many people. for example, a week ago in the conclave of religious leaders, hindu saints and some
of the people linked to the governing bjp, they were calling for open violence against muslims. and in fact they gave interviews for television channels afterwards standing by the statement. and this was again quite unprecedented the level of hate speech against religious minorities. that's why many newspapers have been calling on the government, including the prime minister narendra modi, to come out and openly condemn these incidents. otherwise the level of intolerance, the level of religious hatred will start growing. after that event at haridwar, what was the reaction on social media? people were shocked and appalled by the way the language that was used, the hatred that was spoken by some of the right—wing vigilante groups, the members of these groups. the most striking point was — how come the government was keeping quiet? it took many days for the police even to launch an investigation, this was only after an outcry
on social media saying india is supposed to be a secular country. are many people were promoting hatred. they were not being taken into custody. here first of all the political leaders were not even coming out and condemning it, and second the authorities in this state are not even willing to take action immediately. following this outcry, following this anger and now the police have launched an investigation, though no arrests have been made so far. 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 bbc�*s director—general said she was a stellar presenter who was loved and respected across the industry. you are watching bbc news.
hello, there has been some christmas snow to bring festive excitement in a few places but for parts of england, wales and northern ireland the christmas weather so far has just been about the heavy soaking rain. this is the latest weather system that has moved through bringing snow into the pennines and scottish hills today, turning increasingly light and patchy but yet again today the lion's share of christmas sun has been in northern scotland. in terms of the rain it has been a very wet christmas so far, in katesbridge in county down. since christmas day into the first part of boxing day, nearly 60 millimetres of rain. northolt in north—west london, half a month's worth of rain in that period, on the roads plenty of standing water and spray around. it's looking somewhat drier this evening and tonight, taking some patchy rain and hillsnow
further north through scotland. as the winds ease, there will be plenty of low cloud, mist and fog developing and rain developing in the far south—west later. for many places temperature staying above freezing but hints of blue in northern england and scotland, especially where you have snow on the ground there will be a frost. into tomorrow, here comes another spell of rain across south—west england and wales. pushing further north through england but tending to turn lighter as it does so. scotland and northern ireland will stay dry, a few sunny spells around, but a cloudy day in the northern and western isles with outbreaks of rain and showers. breeziest and mildest to the south. as we go on through the evening there will be another spell of heavy downpours running along southernmost counties of england, with those brisk winds. by tuesday, another area of low pressure looks to be racing in from the atlantic bringing some rain to northern ireland, southern scotland, northern england, north wales and the midlands where we will see the heaviest rain. as that clears through the southern flank we will see the strongest winds in parts of wales and southern england, gusting up to 40—50 mph or so and we will see the highest
temperatures in the south around 12 or 13 degrees. the mild air will become much more widespread from midweek. we see this weather front moving northwards on wednesday, that's going to come with rain, some snow into the highlands but it does open the door to this much milder air heading from a long way to the south and south—west of the uk, lifting temperatures well above average for the time of year. as we see out the year and start a new one, yes, it will be wet and windy at times. but temperatures by day and night well above average.
this is bbc news. the headlines... 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. he was one of the greatest people i've ever met. he and nelson mandela are the two leaders who ended up are tied, but you know, he was a teacher and he was a moral leader. he was a campaigner. the bodies of sixteen iraqi kurds who drowned when their inflatable boat sank last month in the channel while trying to reach the uk have been returned to northern iraq. new coronavirus restrictions come into force in scotland, wales and northern ireland — to try to limit the spread of the omicron variant.
now on bbc news — review 2021, the media year. our media editor, amol rajan, takes a close look at some of the organisations running our digital world in his review of the year. hello. i hope the year has been kind to you. the media industry is defining a new normal, and coming to terms with the second year of a global pandemic. print and distribution costs are growing pretty much everywhere. but so too are online subscriptions and targeted advertising. big tech is more dominant than ever, but governments and regulators around the world, including here in the uk, are waking up to new ways to shape these giants of global media. or at least squaring up for a fight with them. nevertheless, many of the biggest headlines this year came