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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the federal court of australia meets to decide whether novak djokovic can stay in the country to play at the australian open. police in texas are negotiating with a man who appears to have taken hostages at a synagogue. an explosive underwater volcanic eruption in the pacific triggers tsunami warnings across a vast area — including japan and the entire us west coast. and as celebrations begin to mark the playwright moliere�*s life — we speak to a bafta winning writer who reimagined one of his masterpieces for modern times. i was pleasantly surprised how funny
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i was pleasantly surprised how funny i found i was pleasantly surprised how funny ifound it, actually, in the real i°y ifound it, actually, in the real joy of it and the real genius of the artist, really, is the comic structure. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. if you're watching in the uk a court in australia is meeting to decide whether the serbian tennis star, novak djokovic, can stay in the country and attempt to win a record twenty—one grand slams. three judges at the federal court will decide whether the australian immigration minister, alex hawke, was right to revoke djokovic�*s visa for the second time this month, on the grounds that the unvaccinated player's presence could risk fuelling opposition to covid vaccinations. i'm joined now by the bbc�*s
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phil mercer in melbourne. hello to you. a lot at stake here. take us through what we can expect to happen at this hearing and when might we find out the results? it’s might we find out the results? it's a might we find out the results? it�*s a momentous day, not only for novak jack of edge, but also for the australian government as well. this appeal began about half an hour ago. this is the federal courts building in the city of melbourne. —— djokovic. thejudges are here. they are hearing this case remotely and they have to weigh out the competing arguments from the australian government who believes that it was right to cancel novak djokovic�*s visa on public health and good order grounds. novak djokovic�*s lawyers will be contesting that that decision was irrational and illogical. a part of this case is whether novak djokovic is stirring
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anti—vaccination sentiments in australia. that's the government's contention. but lawyers for the serbian tennis star believed that that argument should be thrown out, so today, a momentous day for both sides in what has become a long—running saga. just sides in what has become a long-running saga.- sides in what has become a long-running saga. just on that laintive long-running saga. just on that plaintive when _ long-running saga. just on that plaintive when we _ long-running saga. just on that plaintive when we make - long-running saga. just on that plaintive when we make here . long-running saga. just on that i plaintive when we make here the decision and, obviously it's got to be pretty soon, hasn't it, because if novak djokovic is going to take part in the tournament committee authorities in the australian open need to know that several days ago, didn't they? just need to know that several days ago, didn't they?— didn't they? just after ten o'clock in the morning _ didn't they? just after ten o'clock in the morning here _ didn't they? just after ten o'clock in the morning here in _ didn't they? just after ten o'clock i in the morning here in southeastern australia, so in a day's time, the australian open, the first grand slam of the year will get under way. novak djokovic is still the top seed and is scheduled to play his opening round match against a fellow servant on monday as well. so time is of the
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essence. we know that novak djokovic left to a detention hotel not too far from left to a detention hotel not too farfrom here earlier this morning. he was placed back into immigration detention about 2k hours ago because of this cancellation of his visa. we understand that novak djokovic is following proceedings at his lawyers office, so he should know sometime today whether he is free to compete in the australian open or will be forced to be deported from australia.— forced to be deported from australia. , ., _ ., . australia. obviously novak d'okovic has had his supporters h australia. obviously novak djokovic has had his supporters throughout i has had his supporters throughout all of this there in australia, but how would you sum up the majority of the public mood right now? there how would you sum up the ma'ority of the public mood right nomh the public mood right now? there are a handful of— the public mood right now? there are a handful of novak _ the public mood right now? there are a handful of novak djokovic's - a handful of novak djokovic's supporters. many serbian australians have rallied to the cause, some of them are here today following proceedings online on their phones
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and having spoken to a couple of them a few minutes ago, they say they are confident that their hero will be exonerated, that his visa will be exonerated, that his visa will be exonerated, that his visa will be reinstated and that he will be allowed to play. as for the broader australian population, a country of 25 million people, various online polls have shown that the majority of people want to see novak djokovic expelled from this country, australia has high rates of vaccination, but also very high rates of covid—i9 infection, we are seeing tens of thousands of new infections being reported every day infections being reported every day in this country. this is unchartered territory throughout the pandemic for australia. this is a nervous and certain time and many australians believe that here we have an unvaccinated tennis player who has come into the country, and their opinion, flouting the rules, and they want to see him gone. not everyone agrees with that, of course, some believe that novak
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djokovic has been treated unfairly. at the real decision that matters of crisper today and the australian open is the decision by the full courts of the federal court here in australia deciding whether his visa should be reinstated, or he will be on his way back home. qm. should be reinstated, or he will be on his way back home.— on his way back home. ok, for the moment, thank— on his way back home. ok, for the moment, thank you _ on his way back home. ok, for the moment, thank you very _ on his way back home. ok, for the moment, thank you very much. i police in texas are reportedly negotiating with a man who has taken people hostage at a synagogue. homes nearby in the city of colleyville are being evacuated. it's not thought anyone has been injured. our correspondent nomia iqbal is following latest developments from washington. what more can you tell us about the situation that? what we do know so far is that this started around about three hours ago. so the congregation shabbat service was under way, it was being live streamed, there were no images, though — but people that were listening to it could hear a man.
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and he, before the live feed was cut off, could be heard speaking, cursing at times, he was sounding angry, talking about his sister, demanding she be released from prison. there's been also speculation about who this man is, but we don't have any confirmation yet from police so far. the police say that they've made contact with him and that they conducted operations on the block where the congregation is located, which is close to dallas. they say the situation is ongoing and they have, as you mentioned, told residents to avoid the area. a white house official has also said that the white house is monitoring things. 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. the violence of this underwater
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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. at the shock waves swept across the globe, with but the shock waves 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
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water out of the way and create this shoke 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 john donnison, bbc news. david tappin is a marine geologist at the british geological survey. he said this was not the first time that the volcano had erupted. at this location, there have been about six volcanoes along the tonga margin. they are intermittently active. 0ne margin. they are intermittently active. one in particular is one of the most active and was erupting in 2019, 2014, and 1912. at the eruption has not been so vigorous or dynamic, and there have been various phases of that, but this particular
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vigorous bit and generating this tsunami is, as i've said, surprised. the senior conservative mp and former minister, tobias ellwood, says borisjohnson must "lead or step aside," following the controversy over gatherings at downing st, while covid restrictions were in place. a number of tory backbenchers, say they've been inundated with messages from angry constituents, about the growing list of parties, dating back to the spring of 2020. the labour leader, sir keir starmer, says it's now in the national interest, for mrjohnson to be removed from office. 0ur political correspondent, iain watson has the latest. borisjohnson has come under renewed pressure following number 10's apology to buckingham palace over a leaving do held last year on the eve of the duke 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,
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but actually it's now in the national interest that he goes, so it's very 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 today the conservative chairman tweeted.. the chairmen of the commons defence committee, told the bbc borisjohnson should lead, or step aside. 0utside 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. 0ne mp, elected in 2019, told me he owed his seat to borisjohnson but now,
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he says, this feels terminal, and he should go quickly. and another mp i spoke 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 10. no cabinet minister, though, has broken ranks and there is hope inside downing street 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. this weekend, conservative mps will be listening closely conservative voters here are in market for a different reader. find market for a different reader. and 50-50 as to _ market for a different reader. fific 50—50 as to whether i market for a different reader. fific 50—50 as to whether i think we should go or not. 50-50 as to whether i think we should go or not.— 50-50 as to whether i think we should go or not. there are some of the peeple — should go or not. there are some of the peeple who _ should go or not. there are some of the people who have _ should go or not. there are some of the people who have lost _ should go or not. there are some of the people who have lost people, i should go or not. there are some of i the people who have lost people, and they have _ the people who have lost people, and they have stood there telling us to do one _ they have stood there telling us to do one thing and doing another. i 'ust do one thing and doing another. i just think— do one thing and doing another. i just think it's disgraceful.-
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just think it's disgraceful. some conservative _ just think it's disgraceful. some conservative mps _ just think it's disgraceful. some conservative mps are _ just think it's disgraceful. some conservative mps are saying i just think it's disgraceful. some j conservative mps are saying it's just think it's disgraceful. some i conservative mps are saying it's the doorstep that could determine whether boris johnson doorstep that could determine whether borisjohnson is shown the door. iain watson, bbc news. beijing has confirmed its first locally transmitted case of the 0micron variant of covid—i9, three weeks before the chinese capital hosts the winter olympic games. it was detected in the haidian district, where many technology companies are located. users of the office and apartment block linked to the patient are being tested.. 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. the actor, alec baldwin, has turned over his mobile phone to police investigating a fatal shooting on the set of a film
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in the united states last year. the cinematographer, halyna hutchins, was killed when the hollywood star rehearsed drawing a prop gun while making the movie, "rust", in new mexico. mr baldwin denies pulling the trigger. large crowds of hindu worshippers have gathered on the banks of india's ganges river for a holy bath in spite of a 30—fold increase in coronavirus cases in the past one month. similar festivals are taking place across the country. doctors in west bengal applied to stop its festival this year, worrying it would become a super spreader event. india reported over 260 thousand new coronavirus cases on friday. aru na iyengar reports. varanasi in the northern state of uttar pradesh. thousands of pilgrims throng the ganges river banks to take part in the magh mela festival. they believe bathing in these sacred waters will wash away their sins.
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translation: nobody - is following the guidelines. announcements are being made to urge people to wear masks. what can the government do? the mistake is on our part that we should be following the rules, but nobody is following the rules, nobody is ready to listen to the rules. at the gangasagar festival in west bengal, officials try to enforce covid restrictions. pilgrims have to show their vaccine certificates along with an rt—pcr test report ta ken two days before arrival. but most here believe god will save them from covid. three million people are expected here. doctors asked the state high court to stop the festival, fearing it would become a super spreader event, but that was rejected. they are worried because last april there was a record rise in coronavirus cases after the government of uttarakhand state in the north allowed the massive kumbh mela festival to go ahead.
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the indian prime minister, narendra modi, says the festivals show india's vibrant cultural diversity. meanwhile, coronavirus cases are predicted to peak next week in new delhi and mumbai as the country battles with the highest number of cases since may last year. aruna iyengar, bbc news. thieves are leaving thousands of opened and damaged packages strewn across the railway tracks in east los angeles after looting goods trains passing through. products that are difficult to move or re—sell, or are too cheap, like covid—i9 test kits, furniture and televisions, are just dumped on the tracks. james reynolds reports. if you live in los angeles and your package hasn't been delivered, you might want to check the rail line in the east of the city. freight trains passing through this area have become an easy target for thieves, who leave evidence of their raids all over the tracks.
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as trains head into a busyjunction, they often slow down or stop, and looters are ready. theyjump on these trains, these locks that these containers have are really sometimes plastic seals, the locks aren't really sturdy or strong, you know. they don't care if the train is moving or not. theyjump on the train, pop the lock and just start grabbing whatever they see. all of this has accumulated over the last month alone. looters aim for the most valuable items they can find, ripping through packages and avoiding cheaper bulk cargo items like toilet roll. towards the end of last year, more than 90 containers were vandalised every day. thefts peaked around christmas. according to the rail operator union pacific, over the last year looting along the train line in los angeles county has risen by i60%,
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costing millions of dollars. the thefts have hit major companies, including amazon, ups and fedex. the rail operator says it has now increased security along the line. today marks 25 years since princess diana walked through a minefield in angola to raise awareness of the lasting impact of conflict. diana captured global attention when she walked through the live minefield in 1997, escorted by the british landmine clearance charity the halo trust. she never lived to see the full impact of her visit — such as the signing of an international treaty to outlaw the weapons — as she died later that year. we've been speaking to louise vaughan from the halo trust who explained how that walk was organised. she was already very much involved with the international red cross
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and she was planning a trip to angola to highlight the terrible impact that these weapons were having on normal people who had absolutely nothing to do with the war, and particularly children. so when we heard she wanted to visit a minefield to showcase what was happening, we agreed that we would accompany her. the minefield had very recently been cleared by my colleagues there. essentially, it was amazingly brave of her. it is important to realise that when she visited the civil war was still raging, things were very dangerous there. she was clearly quite nervous about walking through the minefield but she was very shrewd — she knew that those images of her would absolutely become global front—page news everywhere and that would make it impossible to ignore that there had to be a universal ban on these totally indiscriminate weapons. the instant impact was tremendous — it stopped global headlines. everybody is now familiar with those images, one of the most iconic of her life. within months, there had been a grassroots campaign to ban landmines throughout
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the world for a number of years, but by making it front—page news she made it impossible for governments to ignore. and so, as you say, the anti—landmine ban treaty, the ottawa treaty, came into being by the end of the year. tragically she didn't live to see that, but that treaty is still one of the most successful of all time — 164 signatories, landmines are virtually obsolete now from production and from use, and we've seen over 30 countries cleared of landmines, including mozambique which was one of the most heavily land—mined countries on earth. so it's been an extremely powerful treaty and has saved literally millions and millions of lives. scientists at the university of hull have developed a new way of cooling—down computers and reducing their impact on the planet. the system can be used in computer data centres that generate huge amounts of heat from internet activity. the new technology is saving money and co2 —
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as our environment correspondent paul murphy reports. in a laboratory on the outskirts of hull, a high—tech system that has taken 15 years to develop. essentially, it is a way of cooling computers down without the expense and carbon emissions associated with conventional air conditioning. it's driven by water evaporation, not by a refrigerant. it's the stability of the nature. if it evaporates the water, you have loads of energy being taken away by changing the water from liquid to the moisture in the air. data centres are a few of us will ever visit, but they are the backbone of our internet use. processing everything from simple e—mail to online shopping. and all of this generates heat. hull city council has its own data centre, and by using this new technology the authority's been able to save thousands of its cooling bills and reduce emissions. everything we have nowadays, we just store electronically.
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so it is a growing carbon impact for the council, but also globally as well. it is a big global challenge. so the opportunity to work with the university is really important, to actually take advantage of the innovation at the university and the research that is done there. and this new cooling technology is generating interest from outside the world of computers. what is very exciting. it is not only for data centres, it can be used for other areas of cooling, including agriculture and including other industrial process cooling. and also office cooling. this is still a pilot project, but the technology is ground—breaking and is already attracting attention from around the world. paul murphy, bbc look north, at the university of hull's aura innovation centre. a year of events to celebrate france's most famous playwright, moliere, are getting underway. it's the four hundredth anniversary of moliere's baptism; his birthdate isn't known. although he is considered
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the father of french theatre, his influence has been felt across the world. including here in the uk. earlier the bbc spoke to bafta—winning aneel gupta, the man behind famous comedies including the office and citizan khan. he told us about his experience adapting moliere's play tartuffe into a story about a british—pakistani family in modern—day birmingham. i was expecting, i was thinking a 400—year—old french comedy, those aren't things that go together, in my mind. so, i was very pleasantly surprised at how funny i found it, actually, and a realjoy of it and the real genius of moliere is the comic structure. you know, when you are constructing a farce, which this is, essentially, the comic structure. you know, when you are constructing a farce, which this is, essentially, it is an incredibly intricate and very difficult and precise thing to do, and what we realised when we read the original plate
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—— to do, and what we realised when we read the original play was that structure is absolutely watertight. it is a gold—plated structure and we really didn't change. we were given licence to change whatever we wanted but we realised that this is a gift, we will keep all of this because it all still works, all the comic beats are there and that was the real revelation for us. wildlife experts in scotland are hopeful that progress is being made, in efforts to save the native red squirrel from extinction. alexandra mackenzie has that story. 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.
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so what makes this the ideal habitat for the red squirrel? principally it's the age of the treesm 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 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.
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alexandra mckenzie, bbc news, kirkcudbright. you are watching bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with stav. 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
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half of the country. a breezy day, like i mentioned, windy in the north with gales for the northern isles. 0ur air source will be coming in off the atlantic and, with quite a bit of sunshine around, it should feel a touch 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. 0ur 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,
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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 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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hello, this is bbc news. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment. first, the headlines. the prime minister is told to "lead or step aside", as details of lockdown parties
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continue to emerge. the leader of the opposition says it's now in the national interest for borisjohnson to go. prince andrew's lawyers say virginia giuffre, who has accused him of sexual assault, "may suffer from false memories" as both sides in the civil case seek more evidence. the prince has repeatedly denied the allegations. a court hearing is now taking place in melbourne which will decide whether novak djokovic will be deported from australia, after the government removed his visa for a second time. the eruption of a giant underwater volcano near the island nation of tonga has triggered tsunami waves across the southwestern pacific. hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be
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bringing us tomorrow. with me are the journalist and broadcaster, mihir bose,


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