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this is bbc news. the headlines at six... the man who took four people hostage at a synagogue in texas has been identified by the fbi as a british citizen. novak djokovic has been deported from australia, afterjudges rejected the unvaccinated tennis star's appeal to stay in the country on public health grounds. there's dismay from supporters — mr djokovic�*s family say they are �*very disappointed' with the decision and what they have called �*scandalous behaviour�* from authorities. labour leader sir keir starmer says borisjohnson broke the law and should resign, over a series of parties at downing street during coronavirus restrictions. i think the facts speak for themselves. i think the prime minister broke the law, i think he then lied about what had happened. the culture secretary nadine dorries
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has suggested the days of the bbc licence fee are numbered. and in sportsday at 6.30, how england lost yet again in the ashes series, and the rest of the day�*s sport. that�*s in half an hour here on bbc news. in the last few minutes, the fbi has named the man who took four people hostage at a synagogue in texas as a british citizen, malik faisal akram. the four were freed by police after being held hostage for ten hours. the hostage—taker died at the scene. this evening, the us president joe biden has called the siege "an act of terror". sophie long reports. more than ten hours after their ordeal began,
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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. you may be able to hear his british accent. i am going to die. initially, four people were taken hostage, including the rabbi. six hours later, one was released unharmed. for the others, the ordeal would continue until the swat team stormed the building. they rescued the three hostages and the subject is deceased. people came here, a place of worship to pray. once again in america, a moment of peace became
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a moment of profound pain. as the people who were trapped, terrified, try to come to terms with what happened. the now deceased hostage taker was heard ranting about religion and demanding the release of a pakistani neuroscientist with suspected links to al-qaeda in prison in texas, for trying to kill american personnel in afghanistan. sophie long, dallas. as we heard, in the last hour, the us presidentjoe biden has spoken about the hostage incident. let�*s hear what he had to say. i spoke this morning with the attorney general to get a rundown and he said there was overwhelming cooperation with local authorities and fbi, and they did one helluva job. this was an act of terror. it was an act of terror. not only was it related to someone who had been arrested, i might add 15 years ago and been injailforten years,
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the ideas of something new. they did just a great job. i also to told them we wanted to make sure we got the word out to synagogues and places of worship that we are not going to tolerate this. we have this capacity to deal with assaults on particularly the anti—semitism that has grown up and so i put a call into the rabbi. we missed one another on the way up here. but they should rest assured that we are focused, and the attorney general is focused on making sure that we deal with these kinds of acts. we have had a meant from the man of that incident because my family and we will be very shortly. novak djokovic has been deported from australia after losing his legal challenge to the cancellation of his visa. a panel ofjudges upheld the australian government�*s decision — they held that his refusal to be
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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... three judges upheld the government 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... outside the court, many of his fans were still in shock, and emotions were high.
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it�*s disgraceful. how was his first visa. . . 7 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. 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
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a plane to dubai, ending a saga that has bruised the country the player and the australian open. shaimaa khalil, bbc news, melbourne. earlier i spoke with aleksandar miladinovic, from bbc serbian in belgrade. he told me about the reaction from djokovic�*s family. the family stated its disappointment with the fact that djokovic has to return from melbourne and was extradited, basically, without his visa. the family also said it is all about politics and other interests, as they said in their written statement. "it is a different approach than what we have seen the past days." when the family was out and about speaking at the press conference, in downtown belgrade today, they spoke to the public through a written statement. and we have heard a little bit of the political reaction from president aleksandar vucic
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in shaimaa�*s report a moment ago. what other political reaction has there been? it is pretty much unanimous here in belgrade that what happened to novak djokovic in australia is purely a political matter, not a matter of health or vaccination. what i have also heard is that serbia was unjustifiably labelled as the anti—vax country. the president said the australian lawyers used wrong data to present serbia as an anti—vax country. while there are lower rates of vaccinated population even in some eu countries. he named romania and bulgaria as examples. many politicians from serbia claim that it is just an issue of political interest. 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
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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 10 should be addressed. here�*s our political correspondent nick eardley. a prime minister under pressure over what went on in here. were covid rules broken in downing street? how often did staff drink late into the night while the country was locked down, and can boris johnson survive? labour�*s leader has made his mind up. i think it�*s pretty obvious what�*s happened. there�*s industrial—scale partying 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.
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this woman, sue gray, is looking into allegations spanning almost a year. her report is expected soon, but ministers are already suggesting it�*s 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 that 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 say the prime minister should go, tweeting... others are angry in private. grimsby voted conservative
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for the first time in decades in the last election, so has this change minds about boris johnson? i think the way theyjust think it�*s ok to do what they like. i think the whole thing has made me feel like it�*s time to go, it�*s time for a change. what he did was wrong, but i think he has done a lot of good things as well. i think it's disgusting. especially when you come to a town like j grimsby. it's been tough. it's been really tough. everybody makes 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. kelly beaver is the chief executive of ipsos mori and has been assessing how borisjohnson is holding up in the polls.
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if we go back to the height of august this year or last year, 2021, the conservative party were sitting on a lofty 41, in comparison to labour's 30% of the british public who would vote for them. that has completely flipped over the last few months. we have seen the conservative party and borisjohnson's ratings in a slow but steady decline since that point in august. so now there is a minimum of a five—point lead for labour, and some of the most recent polls that have been out in the last few days have shown as much as a ten—point lead for labour. keir starmer currently has a higher score himself by way of public satisfaction, with him in his role, in comparison to borisjohnson and how the public view him and his role. what is driving that change, then? in terms of the government and borisjohnson in particular not doing so well? it's notjust the story of lockdown parties. obviously this has been coming
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to light over the last month or so. but even before that, you could see the government's ratings were starting to decline. when you look deeper and you understand the public mood about what the proportion of people is that think the country is going in the wrong direction, how they feel the conservative party are performing on very important policy areas like the economy, where for the first time in december more people said they were doing a bad job than a good job on the economy. but on some other really important parts of their manifesto pledges, where the public are not perceiving the government to be doing a good job, like immigration policies and the nhs, and also the levelling up of inequalities, too. it is not one specific issue, and it is a broad picture that should be of concern. and that vaccine bounce we saw in the conservative party and borisjohnson's ratings in march 2021 is now a distant memory.
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if you look in particular at borisjohnson�*s polling figures. how does where he stands now compared with when other prime ministers have been feeling the heat? so, he is definitely feeling the heat. he is sitting in our net satisfaction ratings on —37 and we have seen three other pm is sitting at that kind of level of negative public satisfaction. we have had cameron and may, who both resigned a number of weeks after receiving that level. but we have seen one british prime minister since 1977 who has bucked that trend, and that was margaret thatcher herself with the falklands war bounce. she managed to come back from a —37 rating to actually be re—elected. so it is not unforeseen that people can buck that trend. who else is doing well, though?
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you might want a different leader, but who? interestingly, the majority of the conservative party ministers that the public would recognise, some of the big names like truss and rishi, they are also seeing declines in their own ratings as well. there is not necessarily a standout candidate that could be taken forward in place of borisjohnson. so even rishi sunak, who was the darling of the british public for quite some time throughout this pandemic because of the fantastic work he did to support people who were struggling throughout the lockdown periods, but now even he is seeing his ratings drop down, too. now to the latest coronavirus data, which today does not include figures from scotland, due to a technical issue. elsewhere, there were
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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. the headlines on bbc news... the man who took four people hostage at a synagogue in texas has been identified by the fbi as a british citizen novak djokovic has been deported from australia, afterjudges rejected the unvaccinated tennis star�*s appeal to stay in the country on public health grounds.
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the culture secretary nadine dorries has suggested the days of the bbc licence fee are numbered. let�*s get the latest now on the hostage taking at a synagogue in texas from our correspondent in the us, peter bowes. police say the man has now died. we have a police say the man has now died. have a statement from the family full of the man concerned. they say, we would like to say that we as a family do not condone any of his actions. we would like to sincerely apologise wholeheartedly to all of the victims involved in this unfortunate incident. it goes on to say we would also like to add that any attack on any human being should all is ways be condemned. let�*s get more background information on this incident from our north america correspondent peter bos. talk is through, if you would, what happened
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in texas. it through, if you would, what happened in texas. . , ., , through, if you would, what happened in texas. ., , ., , , in texas. it was an extremely tense 11 hours as — in texas. it was an extremely tense 11 hours as negotiators _ in texas. it was an extremely tense 11 hours as negotiators from - in texas. it was an extremely tense 11 hours as negotiators from the - in texas. it was an extremely tense 11 hours as negotiators from the fbi were trying to secure the release of those four hostages. that�*s ultimately what they successfully managed to do. it all started during a saturday morning service which was being screened online. these days, thatis being screened online. these days, that is not unusual. it is happening in many churches around the world, so many of that congregation not in person at the synagogue, and they saw, in realtime, as person at the synagogue, and they saw, in real time, as this unfolded, and they could hear the man. there is no video of him but they could hear the man acting erratically, sometimes sounding apologetic and saying sorry for what he was doing. and making certain claims and demands and seemingly focusing on a
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jailed terrorist, a neuroscientist, doctor thierry tiki who was sentenced to 86 years in prison. she is serving that sentence in texas for the attempted murder of us agents in afghanistan. her case has become something of a cause celebre. herfamily has long claimed become something of a cause celebre. her family has long claimed that she was wrongly convicted, and it appears that the suspect in this hostage incident was focusing on her case. clearly, an fbi investigation is still in its relatively earlier stages, but that seems to be the focus. they are looking much more clearly and deeply into this man�*s background in the uk. he clearly and deeply into this man's background in the uk.— clearly and deeply into this man's background in the uk. he has been named as manic _ background in the uk. he has been named as manic faisal _ background in the uk. he has been named as manic faisal akram - background in the uk. he has been named as manic faisal akram as i background in the uk. he has been. named as manic faisal akram as you say a british citizen. essentially, the fbi acted on the people being freed. there must be shocking
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concern amongstjewish communities concern amongst jewish communities across concern amongstjewish communities across country. concern amongst jewish communities across country-— across country. there was a very cuick across country. there was a very quick response _ across country. there was a very quick response of _ across country. there was a very quick response of authorities - across country. there was a very - quick response of authorities around the country, certainly here in los angeles the lapd said they were stepping up security outside synagogues in this city, but other cities —— but other synagogues around the country. in recent years around the country. in recent years a rising anti—semitism has posed a major problem at synagogues and other places. that is why it was an extremely tense few hours with obviously authorities in other areas not knowing the particular details, but there is also speculation in cases like this that this may not be an isolated incident. again, the early stages of this investigation, it appears that he may well have been acting alone, but clearly that is part of an ongoing investigation. thank you very much peter bowes in los angeles.
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the culture secretary nadine dorries has suggested that the days of the bbc licence fee are numbered in a tweet suggesting the present charter — which runs until 2027 — could be the last. our media correspondent david sillito explained what happened this morning on social media. a tweet this morning, the words, this licence fee announcement will be the last. the days of the elderly being threatened with prison sentences and bailiffs knocking on doors are over. essentially, two bits of information in this. the first one, this licence fee announcement, essentially endorsing a story in today the mail on sunday suggesting the bbc licence fees are going to be frozen for the next two years and then small increases after that, which will mean further hefty cuts to their bbc�*s funding. but of course, the wider issue about the licence fee itself. there have been many questions about how long it will last. the current charter goes to the end of 2027. could the bbc, for instance, be run like netflix on a subscription? the question there is, well, what about all of the millions who watch on free—to—air tv and free—to—air radio.
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you would have to have big changes. subscription bbc would be very different. and of course, borisjohnson, the prime minister was asked about this in question time only last week. he certainly did not suggest that he was in favour at the moment of getting rid of the licence fee and described the bbc as a great national institution at the time. a five—year—old british girl has died following a skiing accident in the french alps. the girl was taking part in a group lesson yesterday morning in the haute savoie region when she was hit by a man skiing at high speed. she received first aid from the man, but the girl died in the helicopter taking her to hospital. the prosecutor is expected to open a criminal enquiry tomorrow, and the man, who�*s in custody, faces probable charges for involuntary homicide. australia and new zealand are preparing to send surveillance flights to the pacific island nation of tonga, to assess the damage caused by a volcanic eruption and tsunami. communications with tonga remain limited in the wake
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of an underwater volcano erupting in the south pacific — which appears to have covered much of the island nation in a layer of ash. the tsunami triggered by the eruption caused flooding on parts of the us west coast and japan. rupert wingfield—hayes reports. from high up in space, weather 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 is 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 the tsunami, smashing into sea walls and flooding what here appears to be a church. next, day turns to night as the ash began to form. these pictures are from saturday afternoon as people were trying to flee from the coast.
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the new zealand prime minister jacinda ardern said communication with tonga remains difficult. shops along the coast have been damaged and significant clean—up will be needed. one of the islands is covered in the thick film of volcanic dust, but otherwise conditions are calm and stable. the volcano has been active since mid—december. but saturday�*s huge eruption took experts by surprise. 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,
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it remains very unclear how bad the situation on the island really is. we have had a statement from the family of a woman who lives in tonga. she is a british woman. her womanjennifer eleni in hove in the uk has been posting some information on social media about what has happened. family and friends of uk woman missing in tonga after was washed away after a tsunami wave hit the capital are waiting to hear news. communication has been very limited and frustrating. they and their happy sailor tattooing nuku�*alofa. they went to get their dogs when the tsunami hit. james
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went to get held onto a tree but the wife was washed away with the dogs. several social media post from the family and friends say that angela has not been found and her mother in hove near brighton received the devastating call from her husband james. they understand that technicians have been working frantically to try and get phone and internet services back up and running again and it is believed that her communication between tonga and fiji are still intact. this morning and new zealand air force plane will do a reconnaissance flight over tonga�*s low lying islands to help assess the damage. i imagine they will also try to look to see if there�*s any sign of life out there after that extraordinary volcanic eruption that has hit tonga. news awaited of angela glover by her family here tonga. news awaited of angela glover by herfamily here in the uk.
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prince harry has begun a legal challenge against the home office over having police protection while he is in the uk — which he says he would pay for himself. the duke and duchess of sussex lost their taxpayer funded security when they quit as senior royals. their lawyers argue that their private security team cannot provide adequate protection on british soil because of a lack of access to intelligence and jurisdiction our royal correspondent nicholas witchell has been explaining why the prince feels he has to under take this legal move. well, because he feels vulnerable without official police protection when he or his family and he are in the united kingdom, and that of course has been withdrawn. the royalty protection department of the metropolitan police, but that was withdrawn after they stepped back from official royal duties and moved themselves to north america. in north america, the sussexes pay for private protection from security guards and that sort of thing. but harry is saying that he does not feel safe coming to the united kingdom
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without scotland yard police protection. he says that the american security that he pays for would not be sufficient in the united kingdom — for very obvious reasons. it would have nojurisdiction, no status in the united kingdom. it would have no access to the intelligence that scotland yard amasses about possible threats. and, of course, american security guards would not be permitted to carry firearms in the united kingdom. so harry says that he has offered to pay for protection, for security in the united kingdom, but that that offer has been rejected. and it is that decision that he�*s now seeking a legal review of in the form of a judicial review. normally that would be on the basis of law or process, so it�*s unclear where that�*s likely to get to. but certainly, harry is saying that this dispute is preventing him from planning any trips to the united kingdom.
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he said that when he came over last july for the unveiling of the statue of his mother, diana, princess of wales, that he had no official british police protection then. and clearly he felt concerned at the absence of that official protection. needless to say, buckingham palace says nothing about this, it�*s a security matter so they won�*t commit on it. but i think harry�*s position is likely to be exacerbated even further if it emerges that his uncle, the duke of york, is to continue to receive official police protection, given all his difficulties and the fact that he�*s stepped right back, right back, from official duties. but it�*s unclearjust what is going to be the latest of his security. now it�*s time for a look at the weather with louise good evening. it�*s a quiet weather story at the moment. we�*ll have clear skies over the next few hours across england, wales, and eastern scotland — that will allow those temperatures to fall away. but a bit more of a westerly
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feed driving in some cloud off the atlantic, bringing more moisture to the northwest of the great glen, maybe a spot or two of drizzle. that will hold temperatures up to around 4—6 celsius. further south, we�*ve got clear skies, and so minus 2—3 not out of the question in rural parts as high pressure tends to build once again. so there will be some frost around, eventually as we go through the week, there�*ll be some patchy fog, as well. but generally, that quiet weather story with a good deal of dry weather is the one to cling onto. lots of sunshine across the bulk of the country for monday — we keep that cloud into the far north and west. temperatures, though, under light winds, dry and sunny after that chilly start, are likely to sit between 8—9 celsius. that�*s how it�*s looking, enjoy your week ahead. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... the family of the british man who took four people hostage at a synagogue in texas have confirmed his identity
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and say they do not condone any of his actions.


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