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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore. i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines: more countries introduce travel restrictions as the new coronavirus variant spreads. the south african president criticises governments who've cut off his country. the prohibition of travel is not informed by science, nor will it be effective in preventing the spread of this variant. health ministers from the world's seven leading economies will take part in an emergency meeting on monday to discuss how to deal with the omicron variant. how a kurdish father of three in northern iraq fears his whole family were among those who drowned
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in the english channel. and snow from storm arwen cuts off a pub in northern england. we'll be there as customers spend their third night at the bar. live from our studio in singapore— this is bbc news. it's newsday. hello and welcome to the programme. we begin in south africa, where president cyril ramaphosa has condemned the decision by countries including the us, europe, and parts of asia to ban flights from southern africa after the confirmation of the presence of the new omicron variant of covid—19. the variant was first identified by south african scientists, although it isn't known where it originated. mr ramaphosa has called the moves unjustified. he said increased vaccination was the best way to
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tackle the new variant. these restrictions are completely unjustified and unfairly discriminate against our country and our southern african sister countries. the prohibition of travel is not informed by science, nor will it be effective in preventing the spread of this variant. the only thing the prohibition on travel will do is to further damage the economies of the affected countries and undermined their ability to respond to and also to recover from the pandemic. the emergence of the omicron variant should be a wake—up call to the world that vaccine inequality cannot be allowed to continue. meanwhile, britain is to convene an urgent meeting of g7 health ministers on monday to discuss developments relating to the new variant. it comes as canada, france,
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and australia are the latest countries to confirm cases of the new strain and as new travel restrictions are brought in worldwide to limit its spread. the dutch authorities have said that at least 13 people tested positive for the new variant after arriving recently from south africa, where the highly—mutated variant was first identified. caroline davies reports. schiphol airport on friday night. 600 passengers from two planes from south africa were disembarked and tested. now the dutch authorities have confirmed 13 people in this crowd did test positive for the omicron variant. those who tested negative were sent home. they include cathy hogarth, now back in the uk. she's self—isolating but feels she was put at risk. i'm shocked. i feel quite vulnerable. on the planes where social distancing is difficult, however, you are wearing a face mask, you are not allowed to walk up and down the plane, we were sanitising all the time. once we got to the airport, all
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of that went out the window. even the buses, the transport they put us on, was crammed full of people. why has that happened? schiphol airport said it was a unique situation and they had done their best to make sure people were comfortable. others have also been affected by the variant. the cardiff rugby team and their support staff have been unable to leave south africa because of two positive covid cases. one is thought to be the omicron variant. they are now isolating at a hotel. around the world, travel restrictions are tightening. from this morning, quarantine hotels in the uk took guests again. switzerland has announced that uk arrivals will need to isolate for ten days, be double vaccinated, and take a covid test. spain has said british travellers must be vaccinated to be allowed in. and morocco has suspended all incoming flights from late tomorrow for two weeks. getting home has become increasingly complicated middle east have cancelled most of the flights in and out of south africa, so you can't
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get back that way. there are some through europe, european nations are trying to get back to their nations, too. so to try and get out of south africa now is really difficult. meanwhile, in the uk, although the restrictions are still limited, they're already having an impact. while christmas shoppers fill the streets, some are already changing their plans. one body for the hospitality industry said that they're already seeing cancelled reservations as fragile consumer confidence is knocked again. the travel industry is also concerned that people won't make holiday bookings as long as the travel rules keep changing. the uncertainty about the variant and where it's spread is already making business uncertain, too. caroline davies, bbc news. dr meru sheel, infectious diseases epidemiologist and senior research fellow at the australian national university. she explained the different strategies that could be used to tackle omicron. i think when the science tells
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us that vaccination is probably the best way to limit the spread of any variant. we don't know what the effectiveness or vaccines against omicron will be, but there would be some beneficial, there would be some level of protection, nonetheless, because it is a sars-cov-2 nonetheless, because it is a sars—cov—2 virus, so absolutely vaccination is probably the best way. we know quarantine measures work, the virus has spread really quickly, the world is connected, and we can already see that cases of omicron are being detected in many other parts of the world, not just many other parts of the world, notjust in parts of south africa. so i think vaccination is probably one of the best tools, along with other public health prevention measures. fire health prevention measures. are the ublic health prevention measures. are the public health protection measures like border closures, for instance, because frankly thatis for instance, because frankly that is where we are in terms of the well�*s response to this, more border closures, more souls shall distancing from feels like we're going backwards. i
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feels like we're going backwards.— feels like we're going backwards. i think not necessarily, _ backwards. i think not necessarily, we - backwards. i think not. necessarily, we definitely backwards. i think not - necessarily, we definitely had to be moving forward, i think physical distancing does work as a public health measure —— health measure, masks, hand hygiene, staying in well when you are —— staying at home when you are —— staying at home when you are —— staying at home when you are unwell and getting tested, those are the measures we know definitely work. quarantine of infected cases works, selected border control probably won't work for very long, even if it works in the short term, so i think the focus needs to be around masks use, hand hygiene, physical distancing, all of those interventions we know that work for the sars—cov—2 virus, and vaccination, especially for those who have not received vaccines at all. dr those who have not received vaccines at all.— those who have not received vaccines at all. dr meru sheel there, infectious _ vaccines at all. dr meru sheel there, infectious diseases - there, infectious diseases epidemiologist at the aa new couege epidemiologist at the aa new college of health and medicine talking about the omicron variant. much more on the latest developments with the omicron variant on our website, including this analysis from james gallagher, our health and science correspondent, about what we know so far. just log on to bbc.com/news.
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let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. polls have now closed in presidential and parliamentary elections in honduras. officials in the central american nation had to appeal for calm before people headed out to vote. the election had been dominated by concerns about security and the political influence of drug cartels after the incumbent president, juan orlando hernandez, was named as part of a drug trafficking ring by the us justice department. around 62% of voters in switzerland have backed their government's covid strategy, including a covid certificate showing proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test. switzerland is currently battling a surge in infections and the certificates are currently needed to access bars, restaurants, and football matches. israel's president isaac herzog has lit a candle for the jewish festival of hanukkah, amid heavy security
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in the flashpoint city of hebron in the occupied west bank. palestinian officials have condemned his participation in the ceremony at the contested religious shrine, known as the tomb of the patriarchs to jews and the ibrahimi mosque to muslims. doctors treating the bangladeshi opposition leader, khaleda zia, say they fear for her life if she's not allowed to fly abroad for medical care. ms zia, who's leader of the bangladesh nationalist party, has been diagnosed with liver cirrhosis and is in critical care. but she's has been barred from travelling abroad after being convicted on corruption charges in 2018. in other headlines, four days after the bodies of people who drowned in the channel while trying to reach the uk were discovered, the identities of all 27 are yet to be confirmed. many are thought to be kurds from northern iraq and, as the days go on without news, families there fear the worst. the bbc�*s murad shishani has
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the story of one man whose wife and three children are believed to have been on the boat. for those waiting for news, the uncertainty is almost as difficult as the grief. this man's wife and three children wanted to come to the uk to start a new life. away from their village, in iraqi kurdistan. his oldest daughter had wanted to study to become a doctor. translation: fathers and mothers _ try to make their children better. i am a father, i love my kids. i want my children to have a good life. but the last time he heard from them was on tuesday, as they were boarding a boat. he says he called hundreds of times, with no answer. the next day, french authorities pulled 27 people from the water.
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and because of delays identifying the dead, rizgal does not know if his wife and children are among them. translation: i don't know if they are dead or alive, . i won't believe anything until i see my children here or i find them in hospital. he had even sold the family house to pay people smugglers for the journey. it is an expensive and illegal way to get to europe. an estimated 40,000 people have left the region in the past year using the smugglers network. i am on my way to meet one such smuggler. he was not involved with rizgal�*s family. they called them the middleman here in this region. he agreed to talk to me on condition of anonymity.
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he is directing me to a place of his choice, insisting that my time with him should be quick and short. do you regret being in this business after seeing what happened at the english channel? translation: how can i not regret? _ they are iraqi, they are muslim, even if they were palestinian, iraqi, jordanian, syrian, they are still human beings. whoever it is, it is as though it is my son, or even one of my relatives. it's a crime against humanity. rizgal looks at family photos of happier times as he waits for news. but after five days, he is beginning to lose hope. murad shishani, bbc news. a very powerful report from our correspondence. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: when one drink down the pub turns into a three—night
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lock—in — we meet the customers snowed in for the weekend at their local in northern england. it's quite clear that the worst victims of this disaster are the poor people living in the slums which have sprung up around the factory. i am feeling so helpless, that the childrens are dying in front of me and i can't do anything. charles manson is the mystical leader of the hippie cult suspected of killing sharon tate and at least six other people in los angeles. at 11am this morning, i just half a metre of rock separated britain from continental europe. i it took the drills just i a few moments to cut through the final obstacle.
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then philippe cozette, a miner from calais, . was shaking hands. and exchanging flags with robert fagg, his - opposite number from dover. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. our headlines: health ministers from the world's seven leading economies will take part in an emergency meeting on monday to discuss how to deal with the omicron variant. south africa's president criticises governments that have imposed travel bans on his country since scientists there discovered the mutated virus. a 7.5—magnitude earthquake has struck northern peru, sending shock waves across the region. the tremors were felt more than a thousand kilometres away.
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hundreds of homes and buildings were damaged near the epicentre, but there have been no reported deaths. courtney bembridge reports. like this is the moment the 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit. it was just before six o'clock in the morning and people woken by the morning and people woken by the tremors rushed out into the streets. �* ,, �* the tremors rushed out into the streets. �* ,, ~ ., , streets. translation: iwas able to wake _ streets. translation: iwas able to wake up _ streets. translation: iwas able to wake up my - streets. translation: iwas able to wake up my wife - streets. translation: iwas able to wake up my wife and | able to wake up my wife and pick up the child. we weren't able to reach the door, we didn't reach it.— able to reach the door, we didn't reach it. some became tra ed didn't reach it. some became trapped under _ didn't reach it. some became trapped under the _ didn't reach it. some became trapped under the rubble - didn't reach it. some became trapped under the rubble and had to be pulled free by rescue teams. hundreds of homes, businesses and churches were destroyed and the extent of the damages are still being assessed. the peruvian president pedro castillo visited the areas and promised government aid to help rebuild homes. �* ,, �* �* government aid to help rebuild homes. �* ,, ~ �* . ., homes. translation: be certain that starting _ homes. translation: be certain that starting today _ homes. translation: be certain that starting today we _ homes. translation: be certain that starting today we are - homes. translation: be certain that starting today we are with . that starting today we are with you. that starting today we are with ou. , . ., , .,
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you. the epicentre was a sparsely _ you. the epicentre was a sparsely populated - you. the epicentre was a | sparsely populated region you. the epicentre was a - sparsely populated region of the amazon rainforest that the deed quake was felt across half the country and in colombia more than 1000 kilometres away. it also caused damage in neighbouring ecuador. courtney bembridge, abc news. —— bbc news. the war in ethiopia has reached a critical point, with tigrayan rebels from the north claiming they're advancing ever closer to addis ababa, as they prepare to clash with government forces near the capital. the conflict, which began just over a year ago, has pitted combined groups from around the country against prime minister abiy ahmed, who last week announced he would lead his army in battle. it has created a humanitarian disaster, and torn the country apart, with little sign of any resolution. our africa correspondent andrew harding sent this report. a late night road block in ethiopia's capital and a hunt for rebels from the northern region of tigray. these patrols are manned
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by civilians, volunteers eager to support the ethiopian government at a time of civil war. they've already detained thousands of people, under a sweeping state of emergency that's been heavily criticised as arbitrary by human rights groups. "we found a lot of suspicious items, including guns and explosive devices," says this neighbourhood organiser. access to the conflict itself is heavily restricted, but the ethiopian government has released this footage, reportedly from the front lines, far north of the capital. it shows the prime minister himself surrounded by his soldiers, and visible holding a satellite phone. translation: our role | is to lead from the front. we had one victory here today, and we will continue with many greater victories. but who is really winning here?
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tigrayan rebels are parading captured ethiopian soldiers, thousands of prisoners of war. the tigrayans insist theirforces have the momentum, but they're fighting on many fronts and the tide could yet turn. the conflict is certainly spreading, and with it a humanitarian crisis that began in tigray, turned into a famine and is now affecting other regions of ethiopia. again, access is a problem. as the volatile conflict spreads across north ethiopia, we are seeing more and more populations fall into a dire situation. now there are more than 9.4 million people who are in need of food assistance, because of — as a direct impact of the conflict. back in the ethiopian capital donations of food are gathered to send to government troops. and here, a ceremony for new army volunteers,
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young and old. an official from the governing party salutes this mother's courage. translation: i'm ready to give my . life for my country at any time. more recruits for the night—time patrols too. but as ethiopians rally to the cause, the concern is that neighbours are turning on neighbours, in a conflict that may be spinning further out of control. andrew harding, bbc news, south africa. meanwhile, the fashion designer virgil abloh — the artistic director of louis vuitton�*s menswear collection — has died at the age of a1, in the united states. a statement from his family described him as a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend. it added that he chose to endure his battle with cancer privately, since his diagnosis two years ago.
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weather forecasters in the uk are warning it could be the coldest night of the season so far — with temperatures dropping to as low as minus ten degrees in some areas. in eastern scotland and the east of england weather warnings remain in place following storm arwen — and tens of thousands of homes are still without power. alexandra mackenzie reports. storm arwen brought winds of over 90 mph. the damage caused was extensive. scottish power said it was the worst in many years — like here in lockerbie. trees were blown onto power lines. in the town of kintore in aberdeenshire, people are doing what they can to stay warm and fed. but they don't know when their electricity will be restored. we've had no power since friday night, when some big trees took down the cables beside our house. so we've got my 97—year—old dad
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in the village, so he's got power now, thankfully. but it doesn't look as though we'll be getting power any time soon. thousands of people in wales are also without power. carmarthenshire is one of the worst—affected areas, and attempts to resolve the problem resumed early this morning. we rely heavily on electric for everything in the household now. we can't even make a cup of tea. the simple things in life have been taken away from us. it's also been a struggle across parts of the north of england. you can't eat, you can't cook. you can't have a drink, you can't have a shower or anything. so we've just been surviving off the last bits of the hot water. and then we've had to sleep with all our clothes on because it's been so cold in the bedrooms. i can't even tell you how cold it is. here in east lothian, some are making the most of the winter weather and freezing temperatures. alexandra mackenzie, bbc news.
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and storm arwen has forced customers at one pub in northern england to spend a little more time at the bar than they had planned. visitors who went for a pint on friday are settling in for their third night there, after getting cut off by heavy snow. the tan hill inn in the yorkshire dales national park is britain's highest pub. the pub's manager, nicola townsend joined me live a short time ago to tell us how they've been spending the time. we started off on the friday night, we were supposed to have are, well, we had a gang by a tribute and tribute band to a —— oasis. 61 people made it and a lot of them respecting to go home at night and are still here now. —— were expecting. i can see it is continuing in full swing with some of the
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patrons there enjoying themselves a fair amount. how have you been keeping busy? what have you been doing besides what appears to be the obvious. , ., ., , obvious. everyone has gelled toaether obvious. everyone has gelled together really _ obvious. everyone has gelled together really well. - obvious. everyone has gelled together really well. new - together really well. new friendships being formed stop we have been having quizzes, karaoke, our chef has been looking at everybody, cooking loads of really good food. and people have been playing games. yeah, just having a really good time. it feels really hard to say that after the news i just listened to but we are having a bit of a party, aren't we? cheering and applause. laughter. cheering and applause. laughter-_ cheering and applause. laughter. ., , ~ laughter. that sounds like . uite laughter. that sounds like uuite the laughter. that sounds like quite the party. _ laughter. that sounds like quite the party, nicola. - laughter. that sounds like quite the party, nicola. a i laughter. that sounds like| quite the party, nicola. a bit of a hard life you are facing out there. we were just looking at some of the pictures of the thick snow outside of the pub or certainly in that area. what other prospects for people to go home? has anyone been able to go home?—
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to go home? some people have one to go home? some people have gone home- _ to go home? some people have gone home- a _ to go home? some people have gone home. a group _ to go home? some people have gone home. a group of- to go home? some people have gone home. a group of guys - to go home? some people havel gone home. a group of guys who drive a—wheel drives by hobbies. they came up yesterday and managed to get a few people out who needed to get home because they had very young children but the advice have been by professionals and these guys who drive these roads all the time in the snow not to drive because the roads are so, in such bad condition. one of our main roads to us was cut off with a powerline as well so the plough hasn't been able to get to us. the plough hasn't been able to net to us. �* the plough hasn't been able to netto us. �* , the plough hasn't been able to get to va— get to us. i'm sorry to hear that, nicola. _ get to us. i'm sorry to hear that, nicola. |_ get to us. i'm sorry to hear that, nicola. i understandl that, nicola. iunderstand though, as you said at the beginning, there was a oasis tribute band playing and sadly we couldn't hear them because of technical difficulties. are they still with you in good spirits? they still with you in good sirits? �* ., . ., spirits? i'll introduce you to them.
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# you're my wonderwall. still one of my favourite songs. a valiant efforts there. nicola townsend and the oasis tribute and begin to be a little earlier. before we go, i wanted to tell you about this story. cycling is probably not the mode of transport most pregnant women would think of when it's time to go to the hospital to give birth. but new zealand mp, julie annejenter, is clearly not "most women". she's shared her impressive birth story on social media, with photos showing her 10—minute bike ride to the hospital at 2 o'clock in the morning — arriving at the car park, then producing a healthy baby girl. she admitted it wasn't something she had been planning in pregnancy, but that it just ended up happening. that's all for now —
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stay with bbc world news. hello. for many parts of the uk, it's a cold and icy start to the new week. there are changes afoot — it briefly turns milder on tuesday. it doesn't last for long. the colder air moves back in from midweek onwards. and throughout the week, some spells of wet and windy weather at times. this is how monday shapes up, we have a warm front draped across scotland and northern ireland. ahead of it, we're in the colder air, behind it, something milder. on the front, we'll see outbreaks of rain preceded by some hill sleet and snow through the morning across scotland. ahead of it through the morning, a widespread ice risk for much of scotland and england. some patchy rain into northern ireland, maybe into the far north of england, further south, it stays mostly dry for daylight hours. the best of the sunshine from east anglia down to dorset, but a cold
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feeling day here. further north, not as cold, 10 celsius the high in belfast and glasgow. overnight, the cloud increases, that mild air pushes its way southwards, bringing with it some outbreaks of rain and drizzle, but it won't be nearly so cold, a much milder night as we head into tuesday with lows across the northern half of the uk around 6—7 celsius. so, this is tuesday, we are in between fronts. notice how the isobars are closer together. so, the winds will be strengthening, but we are in this warm air, so a much milder day, a lot of cloud. there'll be some outbreaks of rain, the heaviest initially scotland through the morning, and that rain piles in to northern ireland, northern and western scotland, parts of northern england, a few showers further south, but by and large, the further south you are, the drier you will be. but look at the temperatures, 11— 12 celsius on tuesday. it will be increasingly windy day. these are the average wind strengths, but would
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be likely to see some stronger gusts particularly through western coasts. now, this frontal system will be moving its way pretty swiftly across the uk through tuesday night and into wednesday, bringing all ofus a spell of more persistent rain, but also as it clears its way from south—east england, behind it, we see those blue colours, that colder air starting to flood across, and it's quite a messy picture on wednesday, quite a few showers around, particularly for western and eastern coasts. those showers are likely to be wintry across northern and eastern scotland, and it's starting to feel colder again particularly across the northern half of the uk. we may still get 10 or 11 celsius further south. thursday should be mainly dry, but feeling cold, and then more rain arrives on wednesday.
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