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the game is up for novak djokovic, deported from australia after losing his court case. he flew out of melbourne airport after judges his court case. he flew out of melbourne airport afterjudges said the government could cancel his visa over his refusal. we'll have the latest. also coming up: borisjohnson is accused by labour of presiding over �*industrial scale' partying in downing street. a british man who took four people hostage at a texas synagogue has been killed after a ten—hour standoff. and another england batting collapse as they lose the fifth and final ashes test.
good afternoon. novak djokovic has deen deported from australia after losing his legal challenge to the cancelling of his visa. a panel ofjudges upheld the australian government's decision — they held that his refusal to be vaccinated against covid made him a threat to public health. the serbian prime minster has accused australia of a witch hunt. from melbourne, shaimaa khalil reports. he is used to winning on court, but today he was defeated in it. the world number one men's tennis player lost his last—ditch battle to stay in the country and was forced out of australia. the amended application be dismissed... three judges upheld the government's decision to cancel his visa. the immigration minister had argued
that the unvaccinated tennis star's presence here could bolster anti—vaccination sentiment. in his statement, the world number one said... "i will now take time to rest and recuperate before making any further comments. i'm extremely disappointed with the court ruling to dismiss my application." outside the court, many of his fans were still in shock. and emotions were high. it's disgraceful. how was his first visa. .. how did the first court ruling rule in his favour, but now it ruled against him? why? he had an exemption to come here and play tennis. - he was allowed to come here. and that's what he should be doing. it's a political stunt. and serbia's president was even more indignant. he came there with a medical exemption proposal, and then you were mistreating him for ten days. why did you do it, and then doing that witches—hunt campaign against him?
that is something that no—one can understand. this was a high—stakes court battle for both sides. the government has been publicly embarrassed by its mishandling of the controversy, while the player was desperate to avoid forfeiting the chance to compete for his record—breaking 21st grand slam title. after being accompanied to the airport by federal police officers, novak djokovic boarded a plane to dubai, ending a saga that has bruised the country, the player, and the australian open. shaimaa khalil, bbc news, melbourne. the labour leader says borisjohnson has presided over "industrial scale partying" in downing street — and renewed his call for the prime minister to resign. sir keir starmer said there was no need to wait for the report into a series of alleged rule—breaking events. the conservative party chairman said today that the culture in number ten should be addressed. here's our political correspondent nick eardley. a prime minister under pressure over
what went on in here. were covid rules broke in and downing street? how often did staff drink late into the night while the country was locked down? and can borisjohnson survive? if she comes back and says... labour's leader has made his mind up. i think it's pretty obvious what's happened. there's industrial scale partying that's been going on at downing street. not much of it is really denied, and i think that the public have made up their mind. i think the facts speak for themselves. i think the prime minister broke the law. i think he then lied about what had happened. mr speaker, i want to apologise. the prime minister has admitted he attended one drinks gathering at a time when socialising was extremely limited. that left many of his mps furious. this woman, sue gray, is looking into allegations spanning almost a year. her report is expected soon, but ministers are already suggesting is the culture, not the man at the top, that needs to change.
the culture in downing street does need to be addressed, and i think it's absolutely essential that when the prime minister responds to the sue gray report and he's committed to doing that in parliament, that he addresses that culture. i know from many conversations i've had with the prime minister, he's in absolutely no doubt that he should and will take responsibility. but many tory mps are worried about the man at the top. former minister, tim loughton, is the sixth to see the prime minister should go, tweeting... "i have regretfully come to the conclusion that borisjohnson�*s position is now untenable." others are angry in private. grimsby voted conservative for the first time in decades in the last election. so has this row changed minds on borisjohnson? i think the way theyjust think it's ok to do what they like. i think the whole thing has just made me feel like it's time to go. it's time for a change. what he did was wrong,
but i think he's done a lot of good things as well. i think it's it's disgusting, | especially when you come to a town like grimsby, - you know, it's been tough. it's been really tough. everybody make mistakes, it's not a big deal. the next week could be crucial in deciding if that happens. mps will return to parliament afterjudging the mood in the country, and the report on parties in downing street is set to be published. will the prime minister be able to move on, or is the clock ticking on boris johnson's premiership? nick eardley, bbc news. the culture secretary nadine dorries has suggested that the days of the bbc licence fee are numbered in a tweet about the present charter — which runs until 2027 — being the last. our media correspondent david sillito is here. what exactly did she say, david? tweet this morning, the words that this licence fee announcement will
be the last. the days of the elderly being threatened with prison sentences and bailiffs knocking on the doors are over. this licence fee announcement, endorsing a story in the mail on sunday suggesting the bbc licence fee will be frozen for the next two years and then small increases after that, which will be further hefty cuts to the bbc�*s funding. the wider issue about the licence fee itself, there have been many questions about how long it will last, the current charter goes until the end of 2027. could the bbc be run like netflix on a subscription? what about the millions who watch free to air tv and free to air radio? you would have to have big changes, subscription bbc would be very different. of course, borisjohnson the prime minister was asked this in question time last week. he didn't suggest that he was in favour of getting rid of the licence fee and described the bbc as a great
national institution at the time. david, thank you. now to the latest coronavirus data — which today does not include figures from scotland, due to a technical issue. elsewhere, there were 70,921; new infections, in the latest 24—hour period. that means an average of nearly 108,000 new cases per day in the last week. another 88 deaths were reported of people who died within 28 days of a positive test. on average in the past week, there were 262 deaths per day. vaccinations are continuing, at a slower pace. on average in the last week, nearly 124,000 people per day had a boosterjab. 63.3% of the population aged 12 or over have now had three doses. a man who took four people hostage at a synagogue in texas — and held them for ten hours, was a british citizen, the foreign office has confirmed. the four hostages were freed by police — the hostage
taker died at the scene. reports suggest he was demanding the release of a woman imprisoned in the us after being convicted of terror offences. sophie long reports. more than ten hours after their ordeal began, this is the moment you can see the three final hostages running for their lives. the successful, but nonetheless terrifying end to the delicate, daylong operation. the man who claimed to have a gun and a bomb had disrupted a peaceful morning service being streamed from the congregation in dallas. he may be able to hear his british accent. i in dallas. he may be able to hear his british accent.— his british accent. i am going to die. his british accent. i am going to die- initially. — his british accent. i am going to die. initially, four— his british accent. i am going to die. initially, four people - his british accent. i am going to die. initially, four people were l die. initially, four people were taken hostage, _ die. initially, four people were taken hostage, including - die. initially, four people were taken hostage, including the l die. initially, four people were - taken hostage, including the rabbi. six hours later, one was released unharmed. forthe six hours later, one was released unharmed. for the others, the ordeal would continue until the swat team
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from high up in space, where the satellites caught the moment the huge underwater volcano let loose, sending a cloud of ash and rock 20 kilometres high and at least 500 kilometres wide. that's an ash cloud that could stretch from london to edinburgh. somewhere beneath it is the tiny island kingdom of tonga. the first thing to hit the island was the shock wave. then came the rushing waters of a tsunami, smashing into sea walls and flooding what here appears to be a church. next, day turned to night as the ash begun to fall. these pictures are reportedly from saturday afternoon as people were trying to flee from the coast. in new zealand, prime minister jacinda ardern said communication with tonga remains difficult. shops along the coast have been damaged and the significant clean—up will be needed. the island is covered in thick film of volcanic dust, but otherwise conditions are calm and stable. the hunga tonga—hunga ha'apai
volcano has been active since mid—december, but saturday's eruption was in a completely different scale. i would expect the activity to continue for a while yet. i'm not necessarily expecting it to get any bigger, but it could conceivably continue on at a similar scale. the eruption sent a tsunami wave right across the pacific ocean. in new zealand, the tsunami caused serious damage, smashing boats against each other and causing some to sink. but tonight, the main concern remains tonga. until the ash cloud clears and new zealand and australia can begin sending military flights, it remains very unclear how bad the situation on the island really is. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in tokyo. with all the sport now, here's karthi gnanasegaram at the bbc sport centre. good afternoon. england's men's cricketers have ended what has been a miserable ashes series with defeat
in the final test, leaving australia with a 4—0 series victory. england lost nine wickets in one session today on their way to being bowled out for 124 on day three. australia had already retained the famous urn but they added a 146 run victory in the final ashes test for good measure asjoe willson reports. australia's cricketers summoned the spirit to celebrate in hobart, but this seemed like effortless ashes. it was a contest when england were bowling. mark wood took six wickets and it meant england could take the fifth test if they scored 271. they got 268 without losing a wicket. then the collapse. which former captain alistair cook called rock bottom. australia's bowlers were relentless, cameron green's great discovery. covid restrictions, lack of preparation is all relevant, but
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