this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. tributes pour in for archbishop desmond tutu, nobel laureate and veteran of south africa's struggle against apartheid, who has died at the age of 90. at a time when many people are celebrating with family he was a man of unwavering courage, principal conviction and whose life was spent in the service of others. israel approves plans for a huge expansion of settlements in the golan heights, which most of the world doesn't recognise as israeli territory. and omicron causes chaos for travellers — 7000 flights cancelled around the world over the christmas weekend.
leaders from around the world have been paying tribute to desmond tutu, one of the heroes of the anti—apartheid movement, who's died at the age of 90. president biden praised the courage and moral clarity of the former archbishop of cape town. the un secretary general, antonio guterres, called him an inspiration to generations. 0ur africa correspondent, andrew harding, looks back at his life. raise our hands and we say we will be free! desmond tutu was an exuberant figure, an outspoken anglican priest who became one of the world's great moral voices. it was during south africa's long and violent struggle against white minority rule
that he rose to prominence, condemning the apartheid government, comparing them to the nazis. 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. in 1994, tutu was awarded the nobel peace prize and he used his global platform to criticise britain and america for being too soft on the apartheid government. eventually mandela was released, but the advent of democracy presented tutu with new challenges in a country that he now dubbed
"the rainbow nation". often in tears, tutu presided over south africa's truth and reconciliation commission, seeking to expose and to heal the wounds of apartheid. he specialised in forgiveness, but with accountability. and that pursuit ofjustice continued, especially when south africa's democratic politicians plunged into corruption. i am warning you that we will pray as we prayed for the downfall of the apartheid government, we will pray for the downfall of a government that misrepresents us. inevitably, desmond tutu made enemies, but his genius was for winning people over, one could say
he certainly wants that . when he dies the epitaph will be very clear — - that desmond tutu loved, he laughed, he cried, i and that is what he was, he was always a man of tremendousjoy. l the one thing that helps desmond tutu stand out and occupy this unique place in south african history is that he was there at every step of the way through this country's tortuous journey from apartheid to democracy and beyond, with that clear, moral, often angry, sometimes laughing voice, a man defined above all by his sense of hope. that report by andrew harding. but we contribute is being organised to remember archbishop tutu. many south africans have
been gathering outside his home. he was the voice of reason, the face of reconciliation and south africa's world countries. is a dark day for us because he is the light and the icon of this country. he because he is the light and the icon of this country.— icon of this country. he used to be a father _ icon of this country. he used to be a father to _ icon of this country. he used to be a father to us. - icon of this country. he used to be a father to us. his - icon of this country. he used to be a father to us. his wife used — to be a father to us. his wife used to— to be a father to us. his wife used to be _ to be a father to us. his wife used to be a mother to us. it used to be a mother to us. [it was used to be a mother to us. it was desmond tutu, known affectionately as the arch, who coined the phrase rainbow nation, that describe south africa's ethnic diversity. more than an other, he just gives you a
prayer. _ other, he just gives you a prayer. and _ other, he just gives you a prayer, and then - other, he just gives you a prayer, and then you - other, he just gives you a prayer, and then you go. other, he just gives you a i prayer, and then you go to other, he just gives you a - prayer, and then you go to the chapel— prayer, and then you go to the chapel and _ prayer, and then you go to the chapel and pray— prayer, and then you go to the chapel and pray for— prayer, and then you go to the chapel and pray for us - prayer, and then you go to the chapel and pray for us every. chapel and pray for us every day— chapel and pray for us every day when _ chapel and pray for us every day when we _ chapel and pray for us every day when we have _ chapel and pray for us everyl day when we have problems. several — day when we have problems. several memorial— day when we have problems. several memorial services i. several memorial services i expected to be held in honour of desmond tutu. for people here and soweto, they remember him as a unifying figures who played a role in south africa becoming a democracy. flowers are laid in cape town. a seven—day sendoff is being planned, including a lying in state and a mass to be held by the anglican church. bishop trevor mwamba is a former bishop of botswana and now the president of united national independence party in zambia. he is an acquaintance of archbishop tutu and told me about his memories. my mother once visited south africa, and we knew the tutus, and she went there to tell them what i was doing. i was then at oxford, training to be a priest, so she told him that's what i was doing.
a couple weeks later, i went to pick up a letter, and it had a stamp of the south african council of churches, and it was a letter from archbishop desmond tutu, as he then was. and what really moved me about that was simply that here was a man, very busy with the liberation struggle within south africa, and yet, he could find time to write to and ordinate who was training to be a priest. an ordinate who was training to be a priest. basically, the letter was simply to say, "your mum "dropped by and she mentioned that you are training "for priesthood, and ijust want to say to you that i am "praying for you and i wish you all the very best," and that was very touching. he was a man who was down to earth. i think that sense of him being approachable always came across. i think one of the last moments
he was seen in public globally was when harry and meghan visited the country. trevor, can you hear me? i couldn't hear the last part. sorry, i was just talking about his approachable side to his nature, was seen very clearly on the visit that harry and meghan made to south africa. very much so. and as you saw and we also, he was receiving them and he kisses the baby, which was rather cute, but that was desmond. it's a joy in his face. it's the love oozing out, as you can see them sitting together there. and it was absolutely amazing. but that was just desmond tutu. the other dimension i should say
about him, what i came to discover, when i became the secretary of our church of the province of central africa in botswana, he was very good friends with the archbishop. he would come to botswana and take time and stay with the archbishop. but he would always join us for the prayers, the mass in the morning, seven o'clock and evening prayer. and realise this is behind the scenes, here is a man who is deeply rooted in god, and that's where his strength and his humour and his energy came from. that's something about desmond tutu, he was a very spiritual man.— spiritual man. many of the ounr spiritual man. many of the young today. _ spiritual man. many of the young today, certainly - young today, certainly following this story, will not quite understand where archbishop desmond tutu fits in to their history. regionally across africa, he played a huge role as well. pm
across africa, he played a huge role as well.— role as well. an immense role, es, role as well. an immense role, yes. indeed- — role as well. an immense role, yes, indeed. he— role as well. an immense role, yes, indeed. he was, - role as well. an immense role, yes, indeed. he was, for- yes, indeed. he was, for example, the president of the all african council of churches. headquartered in kenya, nairobi. but he was a man for the youth, the young people. hejelled with him and he resonated and he understood their dreams, their aspirations, so he was a man who was loved right across africa. in fact, the headquarters of the african council of churches, desmond tutu house. and an unconventional man with a cracking sense of humour? tremendous, almost a wicked sense of humour. he was absolutely amazing. i recall one incident when he and the archbishop were meeting, and
archbishop were meeting, and archbishop to him," are you trying to sound sexy?" three of us just burst out laughing. absolutely amazing. that was bishop trevor. israel's government has approved a $300 million plan to consolidate its control of the golan heights. this area is regarded by most of the world as occupied territory. it was captured from syria during the six—day war more than half a century ago and later annexed. the israeli prime minister, naftali bennett, told a special cabinet meeting held in the golan that the aim was to double thejewish population there to nearly 50,000 within the next few years. translation: first, it| must be said, the golan heights are israel's. there is no doubt about it. israeli law has been applied here since 1981. it's beyond all debate. trump administration first recognised this, and now, biden administration has made
it clear that there is no change in this policy. the number of flights that have been cancelled worldwide over the christmas weekend because of the 0micron coronavirus variant has risen to more than 7000. flight operators said many pilots and crew were testing positive for the virus. here's our business reporter, jonathanjosephs. department boards full of holiday disappointment. coronavirus means a growing number of flights are not taking off as planned. in the us, many airlines are struggling to find enough proof to staff all the services, leading to frustration among those who want to spend the holiday season with loved ones. i'm only travelling because my father is sick and i don't know how much longer he has left, so i wanted to see him for christmas, but other than that, i would stay home. i booked this in february and we had no idea we would still be dealing with covid.
we don't normally. travel at christmas. it's our first time - and may be the last. as cases of 0micron have surged in the us, so to the number of pilots, cabin crew and other airline staff forced to isolate. the boss of the world second biggest airline, delta, saw this coming out last week wrote to the us centres for disease control, urging them to cut the isolation period from ten days to five some staff, as he warned of significant disruption. while the number of flights that have been grounded are a small percentage of the total, it's more than normal, and no less frustrating for passengers. as in parts of the us, the problem injapan has been the weather. scenes like this have stopped many flights taking off. in china, the city of xian is still under lockdown as the authorities try to stop coronavirus spreading. its airport, along with those
in beijing, shanghai and elsewhere, have seen some of the worst disruption. with the winter olympics just weeks away, travel restrictions are regarded as crucial to keeping his numbers down. in the wake of 0micron, governments across europe are also imposing new restrictions, so airlines there are also reassessing their schedules for the coming weeks. airlines around the world have lost billions through the pandemic, so we'll hope the number of passengers starts to rise again soon. jonathan josephs, bbc news. stay with us on bbc world news. still to come... we look at the life of the trailblazerjanice long after trailblazer janice long after her death trailblazerjanice long after her death at the age of 66. the world of music's been paying tribute the most ambitious change ever
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the latest headlines: tributes pour in for archbishop desmond tutu, nobel laureate and veteran of south africa's struggle against apartheid, who has died at the age of 90. israel approves plans for a huge expansion of settlements in the golan heights, which most of the world doesn't recognise as israeli territory. more on that story — ndileka mandela is the first granddaughter of former south african president nelson mandela, a social activist and chair of the mandela foundation. she told me about her first memories of archbishop tutu. well, the first memory is when granddad was released. is when granddad was released. it was not in cape town, but i saw in pictures.
he hosted granddad at his house. it wouldn't be years later until i met him years later. it wouldn't be years later until i met him. it was mainly between lunches, but hardly ever sat and had a real conversation with him. and what was he like? well, he was a person that was full of jokes. he loved laughing. a warm person, really. now, i know that you are a bit of a social activist. he must resonate with your feelings as well because he didn't hold back, did he? no, he didn't. i know recently, in the recent past, he was very vocal about the production happening within the amc. there's a video tape of him
saying that if we don't change our ways, he's warning us that people will change our ways, he was warning us that people will stop voting for us. he did not hold back at all. he was authentic to his voice. how did he reconcile religion, the church and politics? was he uncomfortable with that, were people around him? no! i think he found it very comfortable. he's one of those clergyman that found a balance he's one of those clergymen that found a balance between religion and politics. often times, religious people, especially bishops, will be conflicted when it comes to politics. you know, balancing that within church views. but the arch did find a balance between those two. a balance between those two,
his church views and his political views. i would say that in my view, he was forward thinking, he was ahead of his time. mr desmond tutu handed over the struggle. what was it like when he was first released and they got back together? can you just paint the picture for us? it was... i watched it on tv because i was... from the pictures, i could see that it was a meeting of kindred spirits. and the warm embrace, you could see him stretching and the warm embrace, you could
see granddad stretching his arms out to embrace desmond to do, because he was someone who kept his hope alive. he was a brave man. there are images of him rescuing a black policeman in a township as well. you know, sometimes... your fears, your quest for justice overcome your fears. and i believe that was desmond tutu. people in more than 100 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 60 are still missing. 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. the queen is currently in residence at windsor castle. 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 the city of ambala, is the latest in a series of such attacks in recent months. newspaper editorials have urged the leaders of the governing hindu—nationalist bjp party to condemn hate speech and attacks on religious minorities.
the bbc world service's south asia regional editor, anbarasan ethirajan, in delhi, has more. 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. it's not only about the christians. the way the hindu right—wing people have started using hate speech that has 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. the bbc radio presenter janice long, who was the first woman to have her own daily show on radio 1, has died at the age of 66.
in a broadcasting career that spanned five decades, she was also the first woman to present top of the pops. 0ur entertainment correspondent, lizo mzimba, looks back at her life. it's with a band who have been together for a year, they come from leighton buzzard. it's their first appearance on top of the pops, it's kajagoogoo with too shy. janice long making history. the first regular female host on top of the pops. it's u2 in at number 23 and new year's day. she ended nearly 20 years of men dominating the presenting line—up. i was absolutely thrilled to bits with the fact that i was introducing u2. and that doesn't get, you know, your first top of the pops! # all is quiet... show business ran in the family. herfirst tv appearance was alongside her younger brother, keith chegwin, on the children's show multi—coloured swap shop.
hello, and welcome to the show. a year later shejoined radio 1, the first woman to have a daily show on the pop music station. the stadium was filled with 72,000 people. as well as being a voice recognised by millions on the radio, she was one of the presenters at the live aid charity concert. of which state is edward kennedy a senator? and over the years appeared on a huge range of different tv shows. next week's hit parade with peterjames barnard powell and gary davies. she'll be remembered as a female trailblazer and as someone with an infectious passion for music. janice long, who has died at the age of 66 after a short illness. you can reach me on twitter — i'm @lukwesaburak.
plenty more on all her stories also on the website. just had to bbc .co. i'll see you shortly. cheerio. hello there. a few of us got to see a white christmas, but for many more, it was too mild for snow. we had a lot of mist and murk and we had some outbreaks of rain. this stripe of cloud on the satellite picture brought rain and some hill snow in the north during boxing day. there's more cloud and rain waiting in the wings down to the southwest, but the big story, i think, for this week will be this surge of very, very mild air wafting up from the south, affecting all parts of the uk as we move towards the end of 2021. it will be turning increasingly mild this week, but with some wind and rain at times. now, many of us will start off monday with some cloud, some mist and fog, some quite murky conditions again. rain into the southwest of england, which will push northwards towards parts of wales, the midlands and east anglia through the day, tending to weaken as it goes.
elsewhere, some of the mist and fog and cloud will tend to lift and break and we will see some spells of sunshine in the far north of england, northern ireland and scotland, albeit with some showers in the far north. temperatures ranging from 6 degrees in aberdeen to 12 in plymouth through the afternoon. and then through monday night, a bit more rain potentially down towards the south, another lump of wet weather starting to push into northern ireland, parts of northern england, southern scotland. the winds will start to pick up down towards the south and the west as well. very mild in the south, a little bit chilly up towards the north. and then as we go through tuesday, this area of wet weather will spread out of northern ireland, into southern scotland, northern england, parts of wales, perhaps into the midlands as well. we will see some sunny spells to the far north and to the far south, but it will be really quite windy across parts of england and wales. some of these western coasts could see gusts of a0 to maybe 50 mph. quite mild in the south, 12 degrees. further north, a little bit cooler, but those temperatures still quite respectable for the time of year. however, there is even
milder weather on the way. as we move out of tuesday into wednesday, we see this next frontal system pushing in from the southwest, a band of rain that will drive its way north eastwards. some snow for a time over high ground in scotland, but this will mostly be rain, because that mild air will be working its way in. temperatures down towards the south on wednesday afternoon up to 16, maybe 17 degrees. still a little bit chilly for some northern areas, but as we move towards the end of the week and the end of the year, that mild weather spreads to all parts. there will still be some rain at times.
the headlines: leaders from around the world have been paying tribute to desmond tutu — one of the heroes of the anti—apartheid movement — who's died at the age of 90. president biden praised his courage and the un secretary general, antonio guterres, called him an inspiration to generations. israel's government has approved a $300 million plan 0micron is causing chaos for travellers — with 7,000 flights cancelled around the world over the christmas weekend. also, israel's government has approved a $300 million plan to consolidate its control of the golan heights. this area is regarded by most of the world as occupied territory. the israeli prime minister, naftali bennett, told a special cabinet meeting that the aim was to double thejewish population there within the next few years. and those are the headlines here on bbc news. now on bbc news, it's time for hardtalk.