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hello there. sunday's looking much brighter than saturday. we've got more sunshine around, but it will be breezier, particularly across the northern half
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novak djokovic arrives for his final appeal to stay in australia — judges are currently deciding on his deportation. a huge underwater volcanic eruption near tonga triggers tsunami warnings across the pacific ocean. siege at a texas synagogue — police are negotiating with a hostage taker in the us state and the first case of the omicron variant is officially confirmed in beijing, just three weeks before the start of the winter olympics. three judges in australia have begun considering novak djokovic�*s appeal against the cancellation of his visa on the grounds
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of public health. djokovic�*s lawyers have been challenging the government's argument that the serbian player is an anti—vaccination figurehead. the judges say the verdict will be delivered on sunday or monday. our correspondent, phil mercer, is outside the court in melbourne. the full bench of the federal court will digest all of those arguments that have been presented to them and as you say, we could have a decision as to whether novak djokovic will compete in the australian open starting tomorrow, monday, or he will be deported by the end of the day. the government here in australia is contending that novak djokovic is a risk to the population here by potentially inciting civil unrest because of his anti—vaccination stance that has been reported. his lawyers
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are contending however that the government view is illogical and irrational, they say there is no evidence that novak djokovic is an anti—vaxxers throw throughout all of this, the legal arguments, thejudges the legal arguments, the judges will the legal arguments, thejudges will have to wade through all of them to come up with a final decision and it is a momentous decision, not only for the world number one but of course for the australian government as well. ., ., , as well. the government lost the first time _ as well. the government lost the first time round - as well. the government lost the first time round so - as well. the government lost the first time round so what. as well. the government lost| the first time round so what is different now?— the first time round so what is different now? ~ . ., different now? what we had when novak djokovic _ different now? what we had when novak djokovic arrived _ different now? what we had when novak djokovic arrived at - novak djokovic arrived at melbourne international airport a week and a half ago, he was stopped by border force officials said he had not adhered to immigration rules and his visa was cancelled. that decision was challenged by djokovic and his legal team and a judge found that the border force officials had not acted properly so that decision was overturned and novak djokovic
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�*s basin was reinstated but alex hawke, the australian immigration minister has reviewed the case and used his ministerial powers, these discretionary broad powers, to again cancel that visa, and happened on friday. so here we are on sunday, an appeal to the full bench of the federal court and if novak djokovic loses, there is no automatic right of appeal but of course, time is of the essence. it is lunchtime here in melbourne on the australian open starts in less than 2a hours' time when novak djokovic would be expected to defend his australian open title. so time is very much of the essence here and the people and the noise that you can hear behind me are around a0 or 50 supporters of novak djokovic. they are pretty confident he will not only win this appeal but also go on to defend his australian open title but of course, it is pretty soon, it
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will be in the hands of those three federal courtjudges. find three federal court 'udges. and if he were * three federal court 'udges. and if he were to h three federal court 'udges. and if he were to lose _ three federal courtjudges. and if he were to lose heat might not be granted another visa for three years? i not be granted another visa for three years?— three years? i think what this case has served _ three years? i think what this case has served to _ three years? i think what this case has served to highlight | three years? i think what this | case has served to highlight is how strict, uncompromising and confusing australia's immigration system can be. novak djokovic flew to australia believing he had a medical exemption from covid—i9 vaccination from tennis australia which is the governing body here and also the victorian state government. however, when he arrived at the border which is a federal matter, those federal agents decided that he did not meet those immigration rules and thatis those immigration rules and that is why this saga has lasted for ten days or so but we are expecting a definitive result either today or tomorrow.— result either today or tomorrow. ., ., , result either today or tomorrow. . ~ . tomorrow. that was phil mercer and of course — tomorrow. that was phil mercer and of course we _ tomorrow. that was phil mercer and of course we will _ tomorrow. that was phil mercer and of course we will monitor i and of course we will monitor the progress of that court case and will bring you any decision
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as soon as we can. police in texas are negotiating with a manwho police in texas are negotiating with a man who has taken people hostage at a synagogue. homes nearby in the city of colleyville are being evacuated. one person has been released but at least three others remain inside the building. it's not thought anyone has been injured. the fbi and a swat team are at the scene and say the man is armed. the hostage—taker interrupted a service that was being streamed live. a short time ago, i got this update from our north america correspondent in los angeles, peter bowes. we understand these negotiations are continuing and they are at a very delicate stage. the positive news is that one person, a male hostage, was released unharmed and there have been no reports of any of the other hostages being injured. really, all many people have to go on and clearly the authorities are looking at this as well, that live stream of the congregation
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from earlier in the day and that is when many people, observers, perhaps people who would otherwise have been in the building, had it not been for covid and that's why a lot of people listening to the live stream, there is no video of what happened, they heard this man who was at times very erratic and he seemed to be shouting, angry, and then at times he seemed to be very quiet and almost apologetic for what he was doing. he seemed to imply that he was motivated by the case of doctor aafia siddiqui, she was convicted in 2010, she is of pakistani origin, she was arrested in afghanistan and the accusation was that she had attempted to murder us agents there, she was found guilty and sentenced to some 86 years in prison, she is serving that sentence in texas. and according to people watching
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this live stream the man seemed to suggest that he was motivated by her case, perhaps even suggesting that he was her brother. the lawyer representing the brother, mohammed siddiqui, has since said he is not that person and in fact doctor siddiqui does not want any violence to occur in her name. she has become something of a cause celebre, her family have maintained for many years now she was wrongly convicted so the true motivations of this person, this man, holding now we understand three people hostage, are still to be fully understood. i understand the white house has been informed but what sort of security is there around synagogues, particularly in this area? pretty much all synagogues across the united states, security has been increased in recent years, we have seen a number of anti—semitic attacks, some tragic attacks over the years and for that reason, security has been increased.
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of course this was an unusual situation reflected at other synagogues as well, a live stream was being used, not a traditional way of sharing a congregation but in the times that we are going through, that was being used and utilised by many of those people in that congregation and that is why there was a relatively small number of people, we understand, involved in what is now a stand—off between this man and the authorities. now to china, where health officials in beijing have confirmed the city's first locally—transmitted case of the omicron variant of covid—i9. it was detected in the haidian district, where many technology companies are located. elsewhere on friday, the authorities in the southern chinese city of zhuhai suspended public bus services after detecting at least seven cases of omicron. with just three weeks before
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the chinese capital hosts the winter olympic games, the authorities will be hoping they can contain this strain of the virus. stephanie prentice reports. the world's most populous capital city trying to avoid the most contagious form of covid yet. just three weeks ahead of the winter games, beijing's luck has run out. translation: in the morning of january the 15th _ the testing agency reported abnormal nucleic acid testing results. the results remain positive with detection of the mutations of the omicron variant. omicron�*s distinctive mutations found in one of the city's 21 million residents testing due to work requirements. the case, said to be mild, could still be china's biggest challenge so far to their zero covid strategy. they want to use the winter olympics to showcase not only athletic achievement but also the success of that strategy but if they don't, like, if they choose not to take draconian measures like a full lockdown you will see
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the silent spread of the omicron variant. with the pressure on, officials say the containment plans are working since the country's first omicron case was reported a week ago. the cases appearing then in shanghai and guangdong. translation: the spill-over of infections is _ gradually declining. it is necessary to continue to do a good job in the management and control of the quarantine sites. the haidian district of the city known as its tech hub is now facing restrictions on places linked to the omicron case, the latest in a series of experimental measures like crackdowns on public transport in cities across the country. the winter games will now be held in what officials call a closed loop meaning limited spectators in venues, no overseas visitors, and personnel only interacting within their bubble.
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whether that will be enough to stop a wave of cases and safeguard the games will only become clear in the coming weeks. stephanie prentice, bbc news. here in the uk, there's no let up in the pressure on the prime minister over parties held in downing street of edinburgh's funeral. so today the labour leader urged conservative mps to force him out. of course there's a party advantage in him going, but actually it's now in the national interest that he goes, so it's very
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important now that the tory party does what it needs to do and gets rid of him. usually when opposition mps call for a prime minister to go, the troops rally round, but tonight the former government minister — tim loughton — tweeted... the chairman of the commons defence committee, tobias ellwood, told the bbc, borisjohnson should lead, or step aside. chanting. outside downing street, demonstrators against a forthcoming police bill were making their views of the prime minister known. far more subtly, some of his own mps have also been doing so. what may be worrying the prime minister is that some of his former supporters now want him to go. one mp, elected in 2019, told me he owed his seat to borisjohnson but now, he says, "this feels terminal, and he should go quickly." and another mp i spoke
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to several days ago, who told me then that he thought borisjohnson could ride out this political storm, got back in touch today to say he's now damaging the conservative brand and it was a question of when, not if, he leaves number ten. no cabinet minister, though, has broken ranks. inside downing street, there is hope that an investigation by a senior civil servant may say that the prime minister has not broken covid rules. and the expected lifting of restrictions later this month could improve his mps' mood. the conservatives snatched a seat in yorkshire from labour in 2015, but now conservative voters here are in the market for a different leader. i'm 50—50 as to whether i think he should go or not. there are so many people who have lost people, and they have stood there telling us to do one thing and doing another. ijust think it's disgraceful. some conservative mps are saying it's now the mood on the doorstep that could determine whether boris johnson is shown the door. iain watson, bbc news.
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lawyers for the duke of york want to question two people as part of the civil sexual abuse case being brought by virginia giuffre in america. according to court documents, prince andrew's legal team argue ms giuffre may be suffering from false memories, and they want to hear from her husband and her psychologist. prince andrew denies all the allegations against him. nomia iqbal has more from washington. this comes 2a hours after virginia giuffre requested witness accounts from prince andrew's former assistant and a woman at a nightclub at the time of the allegations, and now the prince has hit back with requests of his own. as you mentioned, his legal team wants to hear from her husband, robert giuffre. they want to know how he met his wife in 2002, the household finances. they also want to ask about virginia giuffre's relationship with the convicted sex offendersjeffrey epstein and ghislaine maxwell. the duke's side is claiming that ms giuffre had a role
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in recruiting underage girls to be trafficked. they also contend, as you mentioned there, that she may suffer from false memories, which is why they want to examine the second person, her doctor, a psychologist, judith lightfoot. now both the husband and doctor are residents of australia, so the duke's legal team have requested that letters are issued from the us court to the central authority of australia to get the testimonies. more on our top story now. in court in australia hearing now the final appeal of novak djokovic against the cancellation of his visa. i've been speaking to the immigration lawyer carina ford who's following the court proceedings. she explained to me how this case is different from the one last week. the big difference is the minister has used his personal power to intervene so there is no requirement for example for naturaljustice so to put the reasons to him to discuss or
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put submissions forward. so it does make it very, very difficult to appeal and it's also based on a public interest test and that also is restrictive in how it is interpreted. we know he has not had a vaccination, what do we know though about what he feels and what he has told in interviews and how much he is promoting an anti—vaxxer agenda? that's one of the points of discussion so far this morning. is whether or not it is known he is an antivaxxer just because he has not been vaccinated so the evidence that the minister is relying upon is general knowledge as well as the fact that there was an article actually with the bbc last year where he indicated before vaccinations were available that he may not wish to be vaccinated so that's taken up actually quite a bit of time this morning in terms of the court discussion.
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what about anti—vaccination groups protesting in his support? is that another factor here? yes, that is. that's sort of the reason he's been found to be a risk to good order, is that it may encourage antivaxxer protests, etc. so the basis for that is there has been antivax protests in melbourne, in fact, all over australia. the connection to the two may be the sticking point in the case but it's difficult to determine yet given that the minister's side is just doing their arguments 110w. what do we know about the process here as well? is there a strict timeframe or could this go right through to the end of the day for a decision, and then he will decide whether he can wear his training or
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tennis shoes tomorrow to play? the fact that the court is sitting on a weekend and the tight timeframe of when submissions are due means the court understands it needs to make a decision quickly. it is likely there is probably only an hour or so left of argument and then the judges will go away, they indicated at the start of the hearing that either today or first thing tomorrow. so it depends on how long it takes them to make a decision but they are fully aware that it needs to be made quickly. and that's part of why it is being heard on sunday morning here. and if he does not win, he is out. and could be out for a long time? a three—year ban? yes, that's correct, there is a waiver provision on that but it's again it is a high threshold and he would have to put in an application for it to be considered. let's get some of
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the day's other news thousands of people have held demonstrations in paris and other cities across france, against government plans to introduce a vaccine pass. the pass would mean people have to prove they've been vaccinated against coronavirus — and not merely that they've tested negative — in order to visit cafes, restaurants and other public venues. nino cerruti — one of the great italian designers and fashion entrepreneurs — has died aged 91. starting work in his family's textiles mill, cerruti would later branch out to design clothes for hollywood stars including jack nicholson and julia roberts. far—reaching tsunami alerts have been issued after the eruption of a giant underwater volcano near the island of tonga in the pacific ocean. australia's east coast has been put on alert along with the west coast of america, and hawaii. injapan too, there are warnings of possible waves, three metres high. here'sjon donnison.
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the violence of this underwater volcano was captured from space, triggering tsunami warnings across the pacific. tonga, made up of more than 170 islands, was the first to be hit. this video, which is yet to be verified, is thought to be from within a church. 500 miles away in fiji, they felt the force too. widespread coastal flooding, but thankfully no casualties reported so far. the volcano erupted just north of tonga's main island. but the shockwaves swept across the globe, with tsunami alerts stretching from chile to japan. it was very short but very explosive. so it tells us there was enough energy released in this very short—lived blast that was able to essentially explode water, push water out of the way,
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and create this shock wave that sent ripples literally across the globe. in california, many beaches were closed as a precaution — and that's more than 5000 miles from where the volcano erupted. jon donnison, bbc news. they're monitoring the tsunami threat right across the pacific, of course, and i've been speaking tojoe sirard, a meteorologist with the national oceanic and atmospheric administration, based near los angeles. he says it's been a worrying time but the worst seems to be over. we have had a tsunami advisory along the west coast which means tsunami waves above the mean sea level about 1—3 feet was expected and most areas had that range so we had some minorflooding, we had some surges into various harbours with some damage to some boats, that sort of thing.
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but it was an advisory which is the lesser extent of a tsunami versus a warning so actually, we kind of dodged a bullet along the west coast here with just advisory tsunami conditions. so no real damage to property or any casualties? well, no casualties that i am aware of. there was, locally here, a boat in a harbour that sank due to the surge into the harbour and some boats lost their moorings, that sort of thing but that's pretty much the extent of the information that we have received. you are many thousand miles away of course, is this a region in tonga which has a history of volcanic activity like this? usually when we get tsunamis on the west coast it is due to earthquakes so this is an exceptionally rare event where a volcano that was mostly
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underwater exploded and causes a tsunami across the pacific but usually it is earthquakes so pretty much any earthquake along the pacific rim, we do and can get tsunamis on the west coast even from earthquakes off of chile, for example. so there's a wide scope of areas in the pacific rim that can cause tsunamis here on the west coast. you say these warnings are rare, can you remember when the last one was? the most recent that i can recall was from the japan earthquake in 2011 and it caused a pacific—wide tsunami. on the west coast we had tsunami warnings, north of quake conception, the los angeles area which is south, had an advisory at that time. up on the central and northern california coastline and further north there was a tremendous amounts of damage occurred as a result of that major earthquake and tsunami back in 2011.
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experts in scotland are hopeful that progress is being made in efforts to save the native red squirrel. alexandra mackenzie reports. the native red squirrel. not a common sight in the uk, but now limited to areas like here in barhill wood in dumfries & galloway. how many red squirrels would you have in this wood? in november last year we had over 30, which is an exceptional amount. you know, there's not many places in scotland where you'd find that level. so what makes this the ideal habitat for the red squirrel? principally, it's the age of the trees that they are now producing cones regularly and that enables food to be available at different times of the year. the larch produces cones in the summertime, the scots pine in the winter, so it gives the squirrels a good
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wide feeding pattern. but of course, they are in competition with the grey squirrels. wherever you get the grey squirrels, the reds are going to disappear, unfortunately. the scottish wildlife trust said having a predator, the pine marten, helps to control the grey squirrel population. but that is not enough. grey squirrel control is going to be necessary for a long time yet. so that will be the key thing that needs to keep continuing in a targeted and landscape—scale approach, you know, which is tricky and hard work but what is needed if we want to keep our red squirrels. the battle for survival with the more feisty grey squirrel is likely to continue for some time. alexandra mackenzie, bbc news, kirkcudbright. plenty more on that and indeed all of the others on the
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website. from me and all the team, see you soon. hello, there. saturday was a rather cloudy day across much of the country. sunday looks brighter once we lose this weather front which is spreading southwards across the country, being a band of cloud and showers. and you'll also notice it will be a breezy day pretty much across the board, but certainly in the north, where we'll have gales across northern scotland. you can see why on the pressure chart, quite a few isobars here. this is the weather front spreading its way southwards across the country — this one brought some showers to southern areas overnight, that will eventually clear away and take any showers for the far south east of england. this weather front in the north will continue to sink southward through the day — barely anything on it by the time it reaches england and wales, in fact, and to be fragmenting to allow for quite a bit of sunshine to develop. and there'll be lots of sunshine across the northern half of the country. a breezy day, like i mentioned, windy in the north with gales for the northern isles. our air source will be coming in off the atlantic and, with quite a bit of sunshine around, it should feel a touch
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milder with highs of 8—11 celsius for many of us. now, as we move into sunday evening and overnight, the winds ease down for many — still quite breezy across the north uk, further showers for the northern isles, but high pressure begins to build in clear skies. temperatures will drop — and again, it's going to be a colder one than what we've seen through saturday night, with temperatures below freezing, and also some dense mist and fog patches around. our area of high pressure then, building in for monday, will bring a lot of settled weather — you can see barely any isobars on the chart, so winds will remain light all day for most of us. still some breeze and some cloud for the far north of scotland, but elsewhere, it's a chilly start with some frost and fog, which will clear and then leave actually a pretty pleasant day. quite a lot of sunshine up and down the country. after the chilly start, temperatures will reach highs of 7—9 celsius for most of us. as we move out of monday into tuesday, we see this frontal system sweep in off the atlantic, and that'll bring a wetter and windy day for the northern half of the country, the south still influenced by this area of high pressure. so it turns wet and windy
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for northern ireland, western scotland first, spreading across the rest of scotland, perhaps northern england into the afternoon. a chilly start with some fog across central and southern areas, but also a little bit of sunshine tending to break through in the afternoon as temperatures range from 7—11 celsius. thereafter, high pressure dominates the scene for the rest of the week and into the following weekend. so a lot of fine, unsettled weather with overnight frost and fog. see you later.
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this is bbc news.
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the headlines: a court in australia is hearing the final appeal of the tennis player, novak djokovic, against the cancellation of his visa. his lawyers are laying out their case in front of three federal courtjudges. if djokovic loses this appeal, he faces deportation and a three—year visa ban. one of the hostages being held in a synagogue in texas has been released. the fbi is continuing to negotiate with the hostage—taker, who they say is armed. the police have told residents to avoid the area. the incident happened as a service was being streamed live. an underwater volcanic eruption near tonga has triggered tsunami warnings across the pacific ocean. waves of more than a metre have crashed into tonga. alerts had been in place from the west coast of the united states to japan, but the danger appears to be receding.


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