welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines: australia tells novak djokovic that no—one is above the rules, as the tennis star has his visa cancelled, over a covid vaccine exemption. on the issue of mr djokovic, rules are rules. and there are no special cases. the french president is criticised for his controversial choice of language, as he vows to make life difficult for the unvaccinated — with omicron infections surging. the president of kazakhstan appeals for help from russia and neighbouring countries as protesters fight running battles with police and seize the international airports.
investigating the capitol riots — one year on — the us attorney general promises to hold to account everyone involved in the fatal attack in washington. and the show seen as music's biggest night, the us grammy awards, has been postponed indefinitely, over covid fears. live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc world news. it's newsday. hello and thanks for joining us: the reigning australian open champion novak djokovic faces deportation from australia after flying in to melbourne to defend his australian open tennis title. the world number one — who has never declared his vaccination status — was granted a medical
exemption to play. he's now in a government detention hotel — considering a challenge to his visa being revoked. within the past hour the australian prime minister, scott morrison, told a news conference that novak djokovic had not been singled out for scrutiny. mark lobel has the latest. the tennis world number one hours after arriving in melbourne, expecting to defend his australian open title after stating he was exempted from vaccination rules. but at the airport, federal authorities noticed a mistake with his application and he was quizzed there for over seven hours. the result for the tennis star, this time, was not what he wanted. , , ., ~ wanted. on the issue of mr djokovic. — wanted. on the issue of mr djokovic, rules _ wanted. on the issue of mr djokovic, rules are - wanted. on the issue of mr djokovic, rules are rules i wanted. on the issue of mr. djokovic, rules are rules and there are no special cases for entry with a visa requires double vaccination or a medical
exemption. i am advised that such an exemption was not in place and as a result he is subject to the same law as anyone else. i also want to stress that, ultimately, this is the responsibility of the traveller. it is for the traveller. it is for the traveller to be able to assert and back up their ability to come to the country consistent with our laws.— with our laws. there is still mystery — with our laws. there is still mystery about _ with our laws. there is still mystery about what - with our laws. there is still. mystery about what originally had been agreed after the tennis star said he had been granted exemption permission despite not being fully vaccinated. his team had not requested a visa the permits medical exemptions for being unvaccinated. djokovic has previously said he was opposed to vaccination. we previously said he was opposed to vaccination.— to vaccination. we expected this to be — to vaccination. we expected this to be a _ to vaccination. we expected this to be a bit _ to vaccination. we expected this to be a bit of _ to vaccination. we expected this to be a bit of a - to vaccination. we expected this to be a bit of a saga - to vaccination. we expected | this to be a bit of a saga with novak djokovic. his vaccination status has been in question for a long time, ever since the australian open announced that
they would have a mandatory vaccination policy he has been a bit of a circus around the world number one but the saga seems to have developed into drama and very quickly into farce, quite frankly. it is extraordinary.— farce, quite frankly. it is extraordinary. australia is seeinu extraordinary. australia is seeing tens _ extraordinary. australia is seeing tens of— extraordinary. australia is seeing tens of thousands | extraordinary. australia is. seeing tens of thousands of covid—19 cases for the first time after enduring some of the world strip restrictions. there was outrage across the country at the original decision to allow novak djokovic in. it is allow novak d'okovic in. it is his choice — allow novak d'okovic in. it is his choice not— allow novak djokovic in. it is his choice not to _ allow novak djokovic in. it is his choice not to be - allow novak djokovic in. it 3 his choice not to be vaccinated which is fine and i think the government here has made a choice that they should be vaccinated.— choice that they should be vaccinated. �* , ., vaccinated. but his treatment has struck — vaccinated. but his treatment has struck the _ vaccinated. but his treatment has struck the wrong - vaccinated. but his treatment has struck the wrong note - vaccinated. but his treatment has struck the wrong note in l has struck the wrong note in his native serbia. his father said that this is notjust a fight for novak to fight for the whole world. the serbian president said he'd country was doing everything to make sure that the harassment of the world's best tennis player is brought to an end immediately. and that the whole of serbia supported him. it is understood that the reigning australia and open champion may appeal the
decision in court. australian open begins in melbourne in under two weeks. our correspondent phil mercer joins me now from sydney. have you in the programme. as mark explained in that report, scott morrison said in the last hour or so that nobody is above the rules and, also, that evidence medical exemption that was provided apparently by novak djokovic was deemed to be insufficient. do we know what his status is right now and what he does from here? we understand _ what he does from here? - understand that novak djokovic is in a quarantine facility in melbourne and is considering his legal options. he could well apply for a legal challenge for this deportation order but as we have been hearing from the australian prime minister, scott morrison,
he is firmly of the view that the world number one men's tennis player is not welcome in this country and will be deported. he could be sent on his way in the next few hours. but there could be a legal challenge to this so as we have been hearing, the australian open tennis tournament does not start untiljanuary i7 open tennis tournament does not start untiljanuary 17 but the drama has already begun. will the world's best men's tennis player be competing? we should know the answer to that in the next few hours.— know the answer to that in the next few hours. indeed, as you sa , a next few hours. indeed, as you say. a lot _ next few hours. indeed, as you say. a lot of — next few hours. indeed, as you say, a lot of drama _ next few hours. indeed, as you say, a lot of drama around - next few hours. indeed, as you say, a lot of drama around the | say, a lot of drama around the decision but there was a lot of controversy as well in the leader to what scott morrison had said today. many australians, as you have been telling us in the last few days are very upset about the decision to let novak dock virginian. what is the reaction likely to be to this decision? i think a bit of context is necessary here. in the last few days and today included we have
seen record numbers of coronavirus cases being reported in australia and this pandemic. we have had tens of thousands of new infections being reported, notjust here in new south wales but also in this state of victoria, the host to the australian open. so these are very nervous and uncertain times for many australians and australia's political leaders have said that vaccination rates are the key defence in this virus a surge in australia. more than 90% of eligible people aged over16 90% of eligible people aged over 16 are fully vaccinated and the majority of australians leave that vaccinations are the key and that they have done their bit. they would argue that novak djokovic has been receiving special attention, tennis australia, the governing body, denies that but as we see in the next few hours, this drama in melbourne will be played out. will novak djokovic be heading on a plane back to europe or will he succeed and be allowed in? this is drama
that you would rarely ever see on a tennis court.— on a tennis court. indeed. and i am on a tennis court. indeed. and i am sure _ on a tennis court. indeed. and i am sure you _ on a tennis court. indeed. and i am sure you will _ on a tennis court. indeed. and i am sure you will keep - on a tennis court. indeed. and i am sure you will keep us - i am sure you will keep us up—to—date with all the latest developments on the drama. a fascinating insight and analysis there. thank you for joining us. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. lawyers for convicted sex offender ghislaine maxwell claim that comments made by one of the twelve jurors to the media are grounds for a fresh trial. in several interviews, the juror revealed he was a victim of child sexual abuse. maxwell was convicted of grooming and trafficking underage girls for her partner, the convicted sex offender jeffrey epstein. japan and south korea have reacted angrily to what north korea has claimed to be the test firing of a hypersonic missile. the launch is the first of the new year for pyongyang. at a meeting of the ruling party last week, north korea's leader kim jong—un vowed to continue building up the country's military capabilities.
four people who helped topple a statue of the slave trader edward colston during protests in bristol have been found not guilty of criminal damage. they were the only people to face trial, after a crowd pulled down the monument and threw it into the harbour in 2020. the uk prime minister, borisjohnson, has confirmed in parliament that he plans to stick to plan b coronavirus measures in england for at least another three weeks. he said people should carry on working from home, wearing face coverings on public transport and in indoor public spaces and taking a test before going to high—risk venues. thanks to the sheer size of the omicron wave we still need to take steps to ensure our testing capacity reaches those who need it most. we will be spending the need to do a pcr to confirm the result of a positive lateral flow test. from next tuesday in england if you test positive on a lateral
flow device you should just record that result and begin self isolating. it's been another day of record covid cases across europe. france has registered more than 335,000 cases in a single day, a new european record. italy has been meeting to discuss whether to make vaccines mandatory for all workers and people over the age of 50. in a newspaper article, french president emmanuel macron used controversial and strong language threating to ban all those who refuse a jab from most public life. mark lowen has more. bravissimo! the youngest to be armed in the endless battle against covid. five—year—old eduardo gets his first jab as italy steps up vaccinations for children. maybe too small to grasp at the pandemic has changed their world. but, say parents, they, too, must fight it. why did you want to vaccinate your son? because i love him.
his father and i really love him and want him and all his little friends to go back to a normal life. so, this is the least we can do. respect science and respect our children. "it was ok," says eduardo. "did it hurt," i asked. "just a little bit." they do their best here to soften the experience, with certificates of bravery, a rite of passage for the pandemic generation. you can see the smile on theirface when they ask to you, "now i can see my friend?" you can say yes, you can play with them and everything, because now the vaccine the covid—19 is so important for everything. when italy became the first country in the west to fall to the virus in 2020, it was the first in the world to impose a nationwide lockdown. but today, despite record cases, its streets are once again busy
as it, like much of europe, tightens vaccine rules instead to some resistance. in france, heated debate in parliament over mandatory vaccination for restaurants and trains were suspended amid opposition protests over an interview with president macron. he told a newspaper he aims to bar the unvaccinated from social activities, using the slang word on the streets of paris, mixed views on the colourful language. translation: i think that's a bit out of place for a president to say. translation: the message is that he wants to improve things, but his form of words wasn't great. at the vaccine centre, they're ramping up shots before schools resume next week, hoping to stem the omicron surge. among the messages, "my biggest dream is that covid ends." sometimes children just put it best. mark lowen, bbc news, rome.
a state of emergency has been declared in kazakhstan where protests sparked by surging fuel prices have broadened into unrest over corruption and authoritarian rule. in the country's largest city, almaty, demonstrators seized the airport and stormed government buildings. the kazakh president says there will be a tough response to the protests. our diplomatic correspondent paul adams has the story. explosions. across this vast country, scenes of tension and turmoil. people shout. in almaty, running battles lasted on into the night. the police struggling to maintain control in this, kazakhstan's biggest city. this is the fourth day of protests. what began as demonstrations over energy prices, now morphing into something more serious.
"they said kazakhstan wouldn't take to the streets," says rafik, "but we've grown tired and we've had enough." earlier, protesters stormed city hall, security forces responding with tear gas and stun grenades. president tokayev said terrorist gangs were trying to take over parts of the country. in an address to the nation, he threatened tough action and declared a state of emergency. he's called on neighbours including russia for help. far to the west, in the port city of aktau, more crowds on the streets where it all began at the weekend. a sudden jump in the price of liquefied natural gas, used to power cars, caused fury. but the protests have now tapped into other long—standing grievances, corruption and economic hardship. some vent their anger on the country's former leader nursultan nazarbayev, who remains powerful.
"old man, leave," they chant. in another city, a crowd tries to pull his statue down. the us has urged the authorities to show restraint, but back in almaty, some policemen were simply giving up. the government says eight officers and national guardsmen have been killed. chaos is spreading. paul adams, bbc news. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: we'll tell you why music's biggest night, the grammy awards, has been postponed indefinitely. the japanese people are in mourning following the death of emperor hirohito. thousands converged on the imperial palace to pay their respects when it was announced he was dead. good grief. after half a century
of delighting fans around the world, charlie brown and the rest of the gang are calling it quits. the singer paul simon starts his tour of- south africa tomorrow in spite of protests and violence - from some black activist groups. i they say international artists should continue to boycott south africa _ until majority rule is established. . around the world, people have been paying tribute to the iconic rock star david bowie, who sold 140 million albums in a career that spanned half a century. his family announced overnight that he died of cancer at the age of 69. the world's tallest skyscraper opens later today. the burj dubai has easily overtaken its nearest rivals. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. our headlines: australia tells novak djokovic that no—one is above the rules
as the tennis star has his visa cancelled over a covid vaccine exemption. the french president is criticised for his controversial choice of language as he vows to make life difficult for the unvaccinated with omicron infections surging. it's one year since a violent mob in washington nearly brought the us congress to its knees. on thursday, president biden is expected to point the finger specifically at donald trump for what he will call the former president's singular responsibility for those events. the justice department has faced criticism for not, so far, pursuing alleged organisers of the attempted insurrection. a short while ago, the us attorney general said no—one involved in the attack is beyond the reach ofjustice. in is beyond the reach ofjustice. the aftermath of the the in the aftermath of the attack, the justice department in the aftermath of the attack, thejustice department began its work on what has become one of the largest, most complex and most resource intensive
investigations in our history. only a small number of perpetrators were arrested in the tumult of january perpetrators were arrested in the tumult ofjanuary six itself. every day since we have worked to identify and investigate and apprehend offenders from across the country. the people who broke into capitol hill onjanuary 6 of last year were made up of a coalition of extremist groups, but the qanon conspiracy played a vital role in spreading the election lie that rallied them. bbc reporter stephanie hegarty first reported on the rise of qanon during the pandemic, and now she's been back to the us to see what's changed for some of those caught up in the conspiracy theory. it's a powerful conspiracy theory that spread paranoia and distrust and contributed so much to this infamous day. but are people still held in oanon's grip? the pandemic wasn't real and the race war isn't real. reporting on qanon
back in 2020, i first met nick nittoli on the internet. this time, i had a chance to meet him face—to—face. when everything unfolded on january 6, what were you thinking? get us off national television. what are we doing? is that the capitol? is that a shaman? things have changed, foryou, ithink, a bit. yeah, they definitely have. i don't want to believe in some of these nefarious, terrible things. the information that i've researched has led me there. so, when the information that i research has not let me to there, and president trump is not the president and joe biden's our president, then, yeah, like, i'm going to be a realist and say this isn't what i thought would happen. a lot of people were supposed to get arrested — that didn't happen. believers claim that a cabal of satan—worshiping elites who run a child sex ring are trying to control politics and the media. donald trump, they say, is fighting the cabal. a poll by ipsos mori, seen exclusively by the bbc, found that 7% of americans believe that this is true — that's down from 17%
a year ago. but one in three americans still say they don't know if it's true or false. nick says he's having doubts, but i spoke to many others who still believe. sacrifices, children and babies being sacrificed. the dark entities that were with our governments. a grandmother of 13, a copywriter, and a dog groomer. rachel bernstein has been treating families torn apart by the conspiracy. while i'm noticing that there are fewer new members, which is a really good thing, still, the cases i get — they're very difficult. there's still so much hostility and aggression. it is just as toxic for certain people that it exists in their system like a poison. as we spend time together, nick and i sat down to watch some videos from a qanon conference in las vegas. oh, my god,
jim caviezel was there?! watching a hollywood actor speak about the conspiracy theory energised nick. the fact that he's talking about this stuff is just actually amazing, because ofjust who he is, he's a huge hollywood actor. i'm with my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny. "defiance of tyranny. " that's what this is about. here was a glimpse intojust how easily he and millions of others could potentially get pulled back in to all this. dammit, i wish i was there for that! and i'll be honest with you right now, in this moment, stephanie, i do believe wholeheartedly. stephanie hegarty, bbc news. we will have special coverage at 2100gmt on thursday across bbc news about the us capitol attack. my colleague, christian fraser, will be speaking to some of the people who organised rallies that day, and he'll look at the profound divisions left across the united states.
do tune in for our special coverage on that story. organisers of the prestigious grammy music awards have postponed this year's annual show in los angeles because of the renewed spread of the coronavirus in the united states. in a joint statement, the recording academy and cbs television said holding the show on the scheduled date of january 31 would pose too many risks. they said the health and safety of the music community, the live audience and hundreds of employees remained their top priority. our correspondent peter bowes joins us live from los angeles. peter, great to have you on the programme. if i am not wrong, you did cover the grammys for us last year when they were finally, eventually held in a hybrid form, but they were also postponed because of covid? yes, they were postponed by a
few weeks last year. normally they take place in february, they take place in february, they happened in march and it wasn't a hybrid event, some of the artists were there in person, some at remote locations and actually turned out to be a very good show, and you could hear around hollywood people thinking, here we go again, because the show has been postponed. we don't have a new date yet, no—one really knows about omicron and the speed at which it will continue to spread around the city of los angeles and elsewhere, but they have been talking to the health authorities and taking the best advice and just decided it is simply too risky to put a show on with many people there in person on january 31. we are hearing the same from the sundance film festival in the state of utah. people will not be there in person. film festival will go ahead, it will be online. indeed, and this trend of going online, notjust forfilm
online, notjust for film festivals, online, notjust forfilm festivals, but online, notjust for film festivals, but for so many things we have seen during the pandemic, even concerts for instance, do you see that as something that the film industry all the music industry out of sight in the case of the grammys, will take as an option because of the rising cases of omicron that we have seen in the united states recently? yeah, i think in the short term, looking ahead to whenever the show eventually manages to go ahead, there will be a certain aspect that might be online or at least at remote locations. but i can tell you no—onein locations. but i can tell you no—one in the business wants to do that, i don't like doing it. music especially is a form of entertainment where they want the live audience to be there in person in the auditorium or at least the audience at home to be able to watch the reaction of a live audience by music event. it is not the preferred option but it may be necessary this time. we are going through this extraordinarily difficult times and these events of course i hugely important for hollywood. these are the awards, the award
season. the gondolas will go ahead this coming weekend, mired in controversy for different reasons, lack of adversity amongst the voting panel. it will go ahead, there will not be a red carpet or an audience, there will be no television coverage either because it has been boycotted by hollywood. because it has been boycotted by hollywood-— by hollywood. indeed. just briefl , by hollywood. indeed. just briefly, peter, _ by hollywood. indeed. just briefly, peter, when - by hollywood. indeed. just briefly, peter, when you i by hollywood. indeed. just i briefly, peter, when you look back at some of the events that have taken place online over the last year, the grammys for instance, have there been big viewing numbers watching? well, if ou look viewing numbers watching? well, if you look at _ viewing numbers watching? well, if you look at all _ viewing numbers watching? well, if you look at all these _ viewing numbers watching? well, if you look at all these awards - if you look at all these awards shows, year on year, this seems to apply whether there is an audience there or not, the numbers actually seen to have been falling. it is not as popular as a kind of variety show as it once was. if it goes online, people tend to lose even more interest. always fantastic — even more interest. always fantastic to _ even more interest. always fantastic to get _ even more interest. always fantastic to get you - even more interest. always fantastic to get you here. i fantastic to get you here. thank you forjoining us. that brings us to the end of newsday
at this hour. stay with bbc world news. hello. hard to believe that only a few mornings ago, we were starting the day with temperatures in the mid—teens. out there at the moment, a widespread and quite sharp frost as we start thursday morning's commute, temperatures even in the city centres below freezing. but it's into the countryside we're seeing temperatures in minus double digits. temperatures have risen, though, to start the day across in northern ireland, and that's because we've got cloud spilling in here ahead of what will be a wet and windy day for a fairfew. the sunshine giving way to the cloud, the rain, and also some hill snow. the hill snow is happening because our weather system, these weather fronts pushing their way eastwards, will be pushing into that cold air, which is sitting in place at the moment. plenty of sunshine across central and eastern areas to start the day. but through the morning commute, outbreaks of rain, a little bit of hill
sleet in northern ireland spreads its way into western parts of northern england and wales, turning readily to snow in the scottish hills, also in the lake district and the pennines, giving a covering of snow in places, and all being blown around by strong—to—gale force winds touching 60—70mph across some western areas. some parts of east anglia, the south—east will stay dry until late in the afternoon and evening, even if it does cloud over. but here across many eastern areas, it'll still be a cold day, even though there's a slice of mild air pushing in, just 3 celsius, maybe up to around 8 or 9 for a time in the west, finishing the day with sunshine and showers. then it's showers into the evening and overnight to take us through into friday, those showers turning wintry once again as temperatures drop. there could be some frost and ice around as well as we start friday morning, even though temperatures nowhere near as low as they will be to start thursday. so, another cold day on friday. we're almost between that one system clearing and another one pushing in, and we've got winds coming in from a north—north—westerly direction. that will bring frequent showers across western scotland, northern ireland, north—west england and north wales, given a covering of snow for one to two spots mainly
over the hills, but even some lower—level sites. forsome, it'sjust rain, sleet and hail. we'll have to watch the system as well spreading across southern counties, which could bring a few longer spells of rain, even a bit of sleet and snow to the south. a cold day in the wind. then we flip things around to something milder as we go through into saturday. this next weather system pushes its way in. slightly wider, more extensive than the one we are seeing on thursday, so more in the way of rainfall around. gustiest winds in the south, we'll all see rain at some point, and then colder to end the day and into sunday morning with a touch of frost before more rain arrives in the west later on. take care.
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