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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines: tonga's volcanic eruption, an anxious wait for news from the pacific islands where communication is cut—off. borisjohnson�*s former top adviser says the prime minister was warned about staff drinks parties during lockdown, downing street deny the allegations. after novak djokovic is deported from australia, now the world tennis number one could also be barred from playing in the french open. and — one of the great wartime mysteries — who betrayed the family
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of anne frank to the nazis? it's nine in the morning in singapore, and 2pm in tonga, which remains virtually cut off from the rest of the world after an underwater volcano erupted on saturday, damaging an underwater communications cable. surveillance flights from australia and new zealand reported significant damage in the capital, nuku'alofa. tonga has a population of around 100,000, the red cross estimates that about 80% of them may have been affected. 0ur correspondent rupert wingfield hayes has the latest. these pictures of the hunga tonga—hunga ha'apai volcano erupting are from last friday. this is just a foretaste of what was to come a day later — an eruption many,
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many times larger. this is the volcano poking above the ocean's surface last week. and today, it's completely gone. it has now been confirmed the huge eruption severed the main cable linking tonga to the outside world. this morning, new zealand dispatched aircraft to try and find out what is going on. some of those islands are reporting that they haven't had loss of life but i would reiterate that is second—hand and it's early days. this evening we learned this british woman, angela glover, was killed by the tsunami that hit the island on saturday. she had moved to tonga in 2015 to open an animal shelter. she died trying to rescue her dogs. the strange thing was, the uglier the dog, the more she loved it. her initial call to go to tonga was to swim with whales, which she did, and yeah.
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beautiful girl, she is irreplaceable. offers from new zealand and australia to help tonga are being complicated by the covid pandemic. the island nation is currently covid—free and it wants to stay that way. they have had disasters during the pandemic previously, from cyclones and hurricanes, and what they did then was just air drop supplies in and there was no physical contact or interaction between, say, troops and the local forces. a century ago, nearly one in ten tongans died in the 1918 flu pandemic. any reluctance now to ask for help would not be without reason. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, tokyo. katie greenwood heads the international red cross�*s pacific delegation. i spok to her from suva in fiji. we have not been able to have contact with our red cross teams on the ground
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since saturday afternoon, just after the initial blast. and right as the tsunami warning was happening with authorities moving people to higher ground and since then, we have been cut off. and with support of the british high commission, we were able to relay a series of message to our office and we will plan a sattelite phone call for a couple of hours from now to get more updates. we are fortunate that the surveillance flights have been able to give more satellite imagery of her getting more news coming in on some satellite calls and from inter agencies that are sharing information. from that, we know thank goodness that the damage doesn't seem to have been as catastrophic as we had first thought it might be. but there is still widespread damage, particularly to the western part of the main island and we're looking forward to hearing from those outer islands closer to the blast site. and i suppose that is
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very encouraging news but in the midst of all of this, what have been some of the most urgent priorities and concerns for aid organisations trying to get relief out to these areas? we know that water and food will be the essential issues in the coming days. the ash fall from the volcano has been significant and is leaving a lot of areas looking like a lunar landscape. this means that ash will of gotten into the drinking water and the majority of people in tonga rely on rainwater for their household needs and for clean drinking water. so that is a big concern. aid agencies and the government will be focusing on the priority in terms of water for purification kits and modules that will pump out enough water for communities and are also looking at food needs because the ash will have fallen
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into gardens and cash crops and things like that. so, there may be some market interruption. we will be focusing on those issues and also shelter. in a number of areas, homes have been significantly damaged or completely washed away, so we will be looking to provide immediate shelter needs and tools to shore up temporary shelters as well. borisjohnson�*s former chief adviser dominic cummings, now one of his leading critics — has said he warned the uk prime minister in person about a downing street drinks party, in may 2020, during the first lockdown. last week mrjohnson said he believed he was attending a �*work event', and downing street said it was untrue that the prime minister had been given a warning about the event in advance. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg has more details. the prime minister needs friends. an earlyjog with the dog at the start of a week that could decide his future. waiting for an official
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verdict over what gatherings were going on under his own roof during lockdown. last week there was an apology and an admission about one event. i believed implicitly that this was a work event. but, mr speaker, with hindsight i should have sent everyone back inside. the evening in the number 10 garden had been organised by one of his right—hand men, his private secretary martin reynolds here, who had invited around 100 people. but a man who used to be beside boris johnson's side has challenged the version of events. writing online, dominic cummings says on the day of the event itself, amid many arguments:
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number 10, though, says: remember, mr cummings doesn't hide his desire to see borisjohnson gone. chief adviser back then, perhaps now enemy number one. yet two other former officials say they remember mr cummings telling them that day he'd warned the prime minister not to go ahead before the drinks gathering took place in the garden in any case. number 10 firmly disputes this account yet tonight's spat will dim government hopes that the febrile atmosphere may have started to calm. do you have confidence in the prime minister? there is widespread fear and sometimes loathing about the mess and the public�*s reaction. yet there is a pause before the official report from civil servant sue gray emerges. it is only right that we don't condemn the prime minister, someone who has apologised to parliament and said that he will come back when the sue gray investigation is finished.
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that is the fairest way of dealing with this. it's impossible to know right now how many mps really want borisjohnson out. but many have heard anger from constituents. when, not if, is a common refrain. my constituents at the moment are about 60—1 against the prime minister and i've listened very carefully to members of my association too. there are some very strident voices in my constituency demanding that i support the prime minister. for many conservatives it's the style and character of this government that concerns, not the specifics of any parties. but acting to take out a leader is a drastic move, and it's not clear yet how many punches the prime minister can really withstand. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. novak djokovic has arrived in serbia after being deported from australia. he'd been hoping to defend his australian open title — but was denied a visa
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because he's not had a covid vaccine. from belgrade, our sports editor dan roan sent this report. he'd hoped to return to his hometown as the first man to win 21 grand slams. is it good to be home? instead, a chastened novak djokovic landed at belgrade airport earlier, having been thrown out of australia following a bruising legal defeat that ended 12 days of drama over his unvaccinated status. will rise from this like a phoenix. i mean, to treat, not even novak, after a build—up that threatened today without the
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reigning champion. round but the man he is level with on 20 grand slam titles still the big talking point. honestly, i wish him all the best. i think the situation has been a mess. on a personal level, yes, i would like to see him playing here. if it's fair or not that he is playing here is another discussion that i don't want to talk any more about that. 0ne ofjust three men in the top 100 still unvaccinated, djokovic risks being frozen out of grand slam tennis, likely to be barred from may's french open after the government there tightened the rules over a covid pass at sporting events. something for him to ponder as he arrived home at his luxury apartment in belgrade earlier. after a damaging saga that sparked a global debate about vaccination policy, novak djokovic is tonight trying to put this episode behind him here in a city where he enjoys unwavering support.
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but his stance means that his hope of becoming the most successful player in the history of the men's game remains uncertain. dan roan, bbc news, belgrade. well as you heard there in dan roan�*s report, novak djokovic might also struggle to play in future tennis tournaments unless he is vaccinated. 0nly last week the french sports minister, roxana maracineanu was saying that unvaccinated athletes may be accommodated by being in bubbles. but now a new law has forced her to reverse that position. as soon as the law is enacted, the law that has just been voted on, to practise 1's profession, orto voted on, to practise 1's profession, or to come for pleasure to a sports facility one will have to present a vaccination certificate. this will apply to people who live and do this on a daily basis in front but also to foreigners who come to our territory on holiday or for who come to our territory on holiday orfor a major who come to our territory on holiday or for a major sports competition.
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north korea tested tactical guided missiles on monday according to the country's state media. neighbouring countries detected two short—range ballistic missiles coming from an airport in pyongyang. north korea said the system, "precisely hit an island target" off the east coast. it was the fourth time this year that the country carried out test launches. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: the bbc licence fee is frozen for 2 years — the uk government insists its to help household budgets and is not a political attack on the corporation. donald trump is now the 45th president of the united states. he was sworn in before several hundred thousand people on the steps of capitol hill in washington. it's going to be only america first. america first.
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demonstrators waiting for mike gatting and his rebel cricket team were attacked with tear gas and set upon by police dogs. anti—apartheid campaigners say they would carry on the protests throughout the tour. they called him the 'butcher of lyon'. klaus altmann is being held on a fraud charge in bolivia. the west germans want to extradite him for crimes committed in wartime france. there, he was the gestapo chief klaus barbie. millions came to bathe as close as possible to this spot. - a tide of humanity that's i believed by officials to have broken all records. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. 0ur headlines: aid efforts for tonga have been gathering pace following saturday's massive
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volcanic eruption and tsunami. boris johnson's former adviser dominic cummings says he was warned about a downing street party at the height of lockdown. number ten denies the allegations. the muslim council of britain has condemned an attack on a synagogue in texas in the strongest possible terms. malik faisal akram, from blackburn, was shot dead by police after taking four people hostage. two teenagers have been arrested in manchester as part of the investigation. the bbc�*s sophie long sent this update from dallas. the authorities here at the united states have made it very clear that this is now an investigation with several strands and one that is global in reach. certainly counterterror offices here in texas and in the north of england are both now working on this investigation as evidenced by the arrests
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of two teenagers in manchester overnight. they're still being questioned. what we have learned here today is many more details we also learned about what happened in the final minutes of this hostage situation on saturday night here and he said, the rabbi said the saw an opportunity, they had
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training, him and his congregation had active shooter training that was invaluable in he said they owe their lives to that. he said that they saw an opportunity and he checked with the two men that were still with them and ready and he threw a chair at the hostage taker and it was then that they made their dramatic and very brave escape. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines: an extreme right—wing candidate for the french presidential election, eric zemmour, has been fined more than $11,000, after a court in paris found him guilty of hate speech. the case relates to remarks mr zemmour made in 2020, when he called unaccompanied child migrants to france thieves, killers and rapists. mr zemmour�*s lawyer said he'd encouraged his client to appeal. britain is to provide ukraine with further military assistance, including supplying short range anti—tank missiles, as tensions continue
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with russia. around a 100,000 russian troops have been deployed to the border alongside ukraine. uk defence secretary ben wallace insisted the weapons were purely for ukraine's self—defence. members of martin luther king jr's family have led hundreds of demonstrators through washington, demanding voter reform, on the annual holiday to honour the civil rights activist. president biden and vice president harris have also urged the senate to make progress on a bill that would expand postal voting and strengthen oversight in states with a history of racial discrimination. the bbc�*s director general, tim davie, has said the decision to freeze the uk tv licence fee is "disappointing". he warned the move would lead to "tough choices" that would affect viewers and listeners. the british culture secretary,
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nadine dorries, has also announced that a review will examine whether a mandatory fee is still the best way of funding the corporation katie razzall has more details. the bbc is 100 this year and so much has changed across radio, tv and more recently, online. in a digitalage, the corporation is under increasing pressure. and today came the opposite of a birthday present — the £159 licence fee that funds nearly three quarters of the bbc�*s budget will be frozen for two years. the bbc wanted the fee to rise to over £180 by the end of this settlement. instead, it will remain fixed at £159 until april 202a. that's more money in the pockets of pensioners, in the pockets of families, who are struggling to make ends meet. labour says this
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government wants to destroy the bbc because it doesn't like its journalism. is the licence fee really at the heart of the cost of living crisis? or is this really about their long—standing vendetta against the bbc? now it's part of operation red meat, to save the prime minister from becoming dead meat. the culture secretary had claimed yesterday in a headline—making tweet that this license fee announcement would be the last. today, she appeared to row back, simply saying discussions on future funding must begin. suggested replacements include a subscription service, perhaps with a government grant to fund less commercial programming, or even allowing the bbc to run adverts. the biggest living thing... quality broadcasting doesn't come cheap. freezing the licence fee for two years is a real terms annual cut of nearly half a billion pounds by 2027 according to one media analyst, enders — that is around the same as the bbc spent
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on all its radio output last year. we're going to have to address how we do what we do differently and there will have to be changes and consequences. if you diminish capital resources, there are going to be effects. the bbc has already had ten years of real reduction by about 30%. whatever the funding after 2027, cuts are inevitably coming as a result of this latest settlement. if you don't watch it, why would you pay the licence fee? you should be able to have a tv in your house without paying it. i'm happy to pay it. the bbc produces some great programmes. things have changed with streaming - services but i think the bbc is one of the things out - there that is still the same, still part of british culture. i frozen for next year, it's good really, isn't it? that's what we want. it would help our pensions. the culture secretary has effectively kick—started a public debate on the future of the bbc, putting those who say she wants
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to destroy a national treasure against those who argue that the licence fee model is outdated in a world of netflix and disney+. today though, she wouldn't commit to offering up any alternatives. and in the short term alone, hyperinflation in the likes of drama and sports programming means whatever the bbc decides to axe, difficult decisions lie ahead. katie razzall, bbc news. it's a question that has plagued historians ever since the end of the second world war — who betrayed the family of anne frank to the nazis? anne frank died in a concentration camp in 1945, at the age of 15, after two years in hiding. her diary, published after her death, is probably the most famous first—hand account ofjewish life during the war. anna holligan reports from amsterdam. the final entry in anne frank's diary. tuesday 1st august 19114.
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three days later, thejewish teenager was arrested. this was the frank family's hiding place during the nazi occupation of the netherlands. and this question of who betrayed the frank family, who had lived in this building undetected for more than two years, untiljust months before the end of the war, has remained one of the great mysteries of dutch history. and now this team of investigators have identified a man who they believe is the key suspect, a jewish lawyer who had been based here in amsterdam helping jewish refugees fleeing nazi germany. no dna clues or video images existed, so the detectives relied on circumstantial evidence, and a note. the final suspect became the person who was named in an anonymous note
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sent to 0tto frank shortly after he got back from the camp, auschwitz, in which a man called van den bergh was identified as the betrayer. 0tto frank was anne's father and the only member of the family to survive the war. the suggestion that the betrayer appears to be someone from within thejewish community is hard for many to bear. the historic context is critical here. it's a story of a man who was cornered and in order to save himself, his wife, his children from the gas chambers he gave a list of addresses to the sd which had no names. so the story is tragic. while there is still a degree of scepticism that we may never know the true identity of the betrayer, this tale serves as a warning, a lesson of what humanity may be capable of in its darkest time. yet another way anne frank's
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legacy remains alive. anna holligan, bbc news, amsterdam. another story before we go. with less and less fish in the sea, jellyfish is more popular than ever in many parts of asia. in some coastal waters devoid of fish, jellyfish can still provide an income for the fishermen, which in protein, they are known for being good for blood pressure. sales have doubled in recent years. a reminder of our top story: international effort to deliver aid to tonga have been gathering pace but contact with the island is still very limited after another says communication cable was stuck.
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new zealand has confirmed to navy ships will leave today to help. stay with us on bbc news. hello. clear skies across most parts of the uk at the moment. may mean we're getting to see a full glimpse of the first full moon of the season, the wolf moon, but it also has led to temperatures dropping quite widely. a widely frosty start to tuesday morning, maybe as low as —3 to —5 in some parts of central, southern england, and it's here where we've got some dense patches of fog to start the tuesday morning commute. some of that could start to build for a while during the morning rush—hour but then slowly start to shift during the morning. lots of sunshine elsewhere. a bit more breeze to the north and west, so not as cold here, but it's here in northern ireland and western scotland we'll see some outbreaks of rain develop from lunchtime into the afternoon. most parts, though, will stay dry. cloud amounts increase. predominantly sunny, though,
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for northern england. and with winds lightest towards the south and east of the country, here, we'll see temperatures actually the lowest after that foggy start — only three to five celsius for one or two. the milder breeze out in the west lifts temperatures between nine and 11 celsius. into this evening, some showers for a time in scotland and then another batch will push in on strengthening winds, all tied into this cold front. this is a bit more active than the one that precedes it, just bringing a few showers across england and wales during the night, meaning not as cold a start to wednesday morning. but cold air will be pushing southwards through the day behind this zone of cloud and showers which starts around the borders of scotland, northern england, north wales and then drifts its way southwards. in its wake, though, most will see good long sunny spells through the afternoon. one or two showers dotted around to the north and northwest, those showers turning wintry in northern scotland — just 2 degrees in lerwick, holding onto around 10 celsius in the south. but as we go through into wednesday night and thursday morning, a widespread frost will develop once again.
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perhaps for some of you, a colder night than we will start tuesday. and that frost will be greeted with some sunshine overhead too. but a cold breeze down eastern coasts could feed in one or two wintry showers for a time. a noticeable wind—chill here. maybe feeling subzero through the day across some eastern coastal counties of england. come further west, with the winds lighter, temperatures up to where we should be for this stage in january. another chilly night to come, then, through thursday night into friday, and as the high—pressure starts to drift its way southwards once again, we are back to the problems with mist and fog in the south, but allowing more of an atlantic breeze to push in through the north, bringing varying amounts of cloud and lifting the temperature a little bit. and, crucially, for much of the uk, end of the week and the weekend will be staying dry. see you soon.
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this is bbc news. we will have the headlines and all the main news stories at the top of the hour, straight after this programme. i'm ros atkins, welcome to this week's edition of the media show. and there's no doubting one of the big media stories of the week, the columnist of the new york times ben smith has announced he is leaving the paper and he'sjoining forces withjustin smith, no relation, who has been head of bloomberg media. together they're going to create a new news organisation. they say within the next 20 years it could take on the mighty cnn,
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