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this is bbc news. i'm lewis vaughanjones. our top stories: australia tells novak djokovic that no—one is above the rules as the tennis star has his visa cancelled over a covid vaccine exemption. on the issue of mr djokovic, rules are rules, and there are no special cases. the president of kazakhstan appeals for help from russia and neighbouring countries as protesters fight running battles with police and seize the international airports. investigating the capitol riots one year on: the us attorney general promises to hold to account everyone involved in the fatal attack in washington.
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and the show won't go on: music's biggest night, the us grammy awards, is postponed indefinitely over covid fears. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. the reigning australian open champion novak djokovic faces deportation from australia after flying in to melbourne to defend his australian open tennis title. the world number one, who has never declared his vaccination status, was granted a medical exemption to play. but he's now in a government detention hotel, considering a challenge to his visa being revoked. mark lobel has the latest. shepherded to a government detention hotel.
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the tennis world number one hours after arriving in melbourne, expecting to defend his australian open title after stating he was exempted from vaccination rules. but at the airport, federal authorities noticed a mistake with his application and he was quizzed there for over seven hours. the result for the tennis star, this time, was not what he wanted. on the issue of mr djokovic, rules are rules and there are no special cases. entry with a visa requires double vaccination or a medical exemption. i'm advised that such an exemption was not in place and, as a result, he is subject to the same rule as anyone else. i also want to stress that, ultimately, this is the responsibility of the traveller. it is for the traveller to be able to assert and back up their ability
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to come into the country consistent with our laws. there's still mystery about what had originally had been agreed after the tennis star said he'd been granted exemption permission despite not being fully vaccinated. his team had not requested a visa that permits medical exemptions for being unvaccinated. djokovic has previously said he was opposed to vaccination. we expected this to be a bit of a saga, frankly, with novak djokovic. his vaccination status has been in question for a long time, ever since the australian open announced that they would have a mandatory vaccination policy, there's been a bit of a circus around the world number one. but saga seems to have developed into drama and very quickly into farce, quite frankly. it's extraordinary. australia is seeing tens of thousands of covid—19 cases for the first time after enduring some of the world's strictest restrictions. there was outrage across the country at the original decision
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to allow novak djokovic in. it's his choice not to be vaccinated, which is fine, and i think the government here has made the choice that you should be vaccinated. but his treatment has struck the wrong note in his native serbia. his father said this is notjust a fight for novak, but a fight for the whole world. the serbian president said his country was doing everything to see that the harassment of the world's best tennis player is brought to an end immediately, and that the whole of serbia supported him. it's understood the reigning australian open champion may appeal the decision in court. the australian open begins in melbourne in under two weeks. mark lobel, bbc news. earlier, i spoke to the australian sports journalist jack snape to find out what is next in store for djokovic. we know that he has had his fees are cancelled, —— visa cancelled,
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or he was no longer able to enter the country, and the prime minister has given this press conference recently confirming that the government will be seeking to deport djokovic as soon as possible. so that's where djokovic is at right now, but there are some reports, as your tv package earlier mentioned, that his lawyers may appeal the rejection of his visa and, indeed, there may be some efforts from serbia through diplomatic channels to have this decision reviewed. interesting. we will keep an eye on that then. just to clarify here — a medical exemption, he said on social media, that he had received, but then there was a problem with the paperwork of the visa? are these two slightly separate things or are they interconnected? it is a complicated situation, and a lot of the last 2a hours or so has been reporters like myself trying to make sense of it. in australia, we have a federal system of government where the federal government
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is responsible for immigration matters, and things like health and education are looked after by the states, and in the case of the australian open, the victorian state, the victorian government has been working with tennis australia, who have been organising the australian open tournament to work out how they can help support players come to australia to play in the tournament where they may have issues with vaccinations. right now, australia doesn't allow people to come to australia unless they are double vaccinated or they have an exemption. and so the tennis officials set up an independent panel, which appeared to approve some sort of exemption for djokovic, which gave him the confidence to come to australia in the first place. now, what's happened since then, he's arrived at the border and the federal government, which has carriage of immigration issues, they're ones that will allow
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him into the country, they've looked more closely at his paperwork and have decided that he doesn't qualify for an exemption. now, these are private matters, we don't know exactly what novak djokovic has applied for with regard to this exemption, so at the moment, it's speculation. but there has been a degree of discussion around the potential that he may have applied for some sort of exemption in regards to having covid in the past. and perhaps the federal government's border officials have read more strictly into the exemptions and not allowed djokovic the same kind of permission the state government officials had provided him. let's get some of the day's other news. lawyers for convicted sex offender ghislaine maxwell claim that comments made by one of the 12 jurors to the media are grounds for a fresh trial. in several interviews, the juror revealed he was a victim of child sexual abuse. maxwell was convicted of grooming and trafficking
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underage girls for her partner, the convicted sex offender jeffrey epstein. 12 people, including eight children, have died in a fire in a house in philadelphia. two others were taken to hospital. the fire was in a building owned by the city's public housing authority. the city's fire chief said it was the worst blaze in more than 35 years. an investigation is now under way. japan and south korea have reacted angrily to what north korea has claimed to be the test firing of a hypersonic missile. the launch is the first of the new year for pyongyang. at a meeting of the ruling party last week, north korea's leader, kim jong—un, vowed to continue building up the country's military capabilities. a russian—led regional military alliance has agreed to send peacekeeping troops to kazakhstan after a plea from the country's president. this follows the governments decision to declare a state
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of emergency amid widespread unrest. the collective security treaty organization consists of six post—soviet states and says it has agreed to send troops for a limited time to help stabilise kazakhstan. the country's president has denounced those behind the unrest as foreign trained terrorists. our diplomatic correspondent paul adams has the story. explosions across this vast country, scenes of tension and turmoil. shouting in almaty, running battles lasted on into the night. the police struggling to maintain control in this, kazakhstan�*s biggest city. this is the fourth day of protests. what began as demonstrations over energy prices now morphing into something more serious. "they said kazakhs wouldn't take to the streets,"
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says rafik, "but we've grown tired and we've had enough." earlier, protesters stormed city hall, security forces responding with tear gas and stun grenades. president tokayev said terrorist gangs were trying to take over parts of the country. in an address to the nation, he threatened tough action and declared a state of emergency. he's called on neighbours including russia for help. far to the west, in the port city of aktau, more crowds on the streets where it all began at the weekend. a sudden jump in the price of liquefied natural gas, used to power cars, caused fury. but the protests have now tapped into other long—standing grievances, corruption and economic hardship. some vent their anger on the country's former leader, nursultan nazarbayev, who remains powerful. chanting "old man, leave," they chant.
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in another city, a crowd tries to pull his statue down. the us has urged the authorities to show restraint, but back in almaty, some policemen were simply giving up. the government says eight officers and national guardsmen have been killed. chaos is spreading. paul adams, bbc news. nargis kassanova is a senior fellow at the davis center for russian and eurasian studies, harvard university. i asked her to break down the origins of the unrest. yes, yes, indeed. the spike in gas prices was the spark that ignited the fire, and the government responded with its usual combination of measures, making promises, sacking some officials, but when the protest became political, increasingly political with some demands
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for fair elections and when protests spread across the country, i think the government lost its cool. what do you make of this decision to bring in this russian—led alliance of security forces effectively to try and maintain control? how do you think that will go down? well, like many of my compatriots, i am in dismay and ifeel a deep disappointment with this move. because, well, we do face — the country faces a big political crisis, but it is not a terrorist act definitely. we have protesters with political demands, we also have marauding mobs who make use of this situation, but kazakhstan
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shows that it cannot take care of the situation itself, which sort of signals that it is not fully sovereign. there is this alliance of security forces ctso, there is this alliance of security forces coming in from outside the country. so given that, given there is a bubbling up of discontent, there is a negative reaction to these forces coming into kazakhstan, where do you think we go from here? what happens next? our situation is very fluid and i think 2a hours ago, 48 hours ago we could have expected this development, these developments to take place. it's super high pace, and the political scene, it's not very clear in the country. we don't have
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established opposition forces or political parties, some kind of nationwide opinion leaders who can sort of help to organise something. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: we'll tell you why music's biggest night, the grammy awards, has been postponed indefinitely. the japanese people are in mourning following the death of emperor hirohito. thousands converged on the imperial palace to pay their respects when it was announced he was dead. good grief. after half a century of delighting fans around the world, charlie brown and the rest of the gang are calling it quits. the singer paul simon starts his tour of- south africa tomorrow in spite of protests and violence - from some black activist groups. i
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they say international artists should continue to boycott south africa _ until majority rule is established. . around the world, people have been paying tribute to the iconic rock star david bowie, who sold 140 million albums in a career that spanned half a century. his family announced overnight that he died of cancer at the age of 69. the world's tallest skyscraper opens later today. the burj dubai has easily overtaken its nearest rivals. this is bbc world news, the latest headlines. australia tells novak djokovic " rules are rules," as the tennis star has his visa cancelled over a covid vaccine exemption. the president of kazakhstan appeals for help from russia and neighbouring countries as protesters fight running battles with police and seize
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the international airports. it's one year since a violent mob in washington nearly brought the us congress to its knees. on thursday, president biden is expected to point the finger specifically at donald trump for what he will call the former president's singular responsibility for those events. thejustice department has faced criticism for not, so far, pursuing alleged organisers of the attempted insurrection. the us attorney general said no—one involved in the attack is beyond the reach ofjustice. in the aftermath of the attack, the justice department began its work on what has become one of the largest, most complex and most resource intensive investigations in our history. only a small number of perpetrators were arrested in the tumult of january 6 itself.
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every day since, we have worked to identify, investigate and apprehend offenders from across the country. the people who broke into capitol hill onjanuary 6th of last year were made up of a coalition of extremist groups, but the qanon conspiracy played a vital role in spreading the election lie that rallied them. bbc reporter stephanie hegarty, first reported on the rise of qanon during the pandemic, and now she's been back to the us to see what's changed for some of those caught up in the conspiracy theory. it's a powerful conspiracy theory that spread paranoia and distrust and contributed so much to this infamous day. but are people still held in oanon�*s grip? the pandemic wasn't real and the race war isn't real. reporting on qanon back in 2020, i first met nick nittoli on the internet. this time, i had a chance to meet him face—to—face. when everything unfolded on january 6, what were you thinking? get us off national television.
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what are we doing? is that the capitol? is that a shaman? things have changed, foryou, ithink, a bit. yeah, they definitely have. i don't want to believe in some of these nefarious, terrible things. the information that i've researched has led me there. so, when the information that i research has not let me so, when the information that i research has not led me to there, and president trump is not the president and joe biden�*s our president, then, yeah, like, i'm going to be a realist and say this isn't what i thought would happen. a lot of people were supposed to get arrested — that didn't happen. believers claim that a cabal of satan—worshiping elites who run a child sex ring are trying to control politics and the media. donald trump, they say, is fighting the cabal. a poll by ipsos mori, seen exclusively by the bbc, found that 7% of americans believe that this is true — that's down from i7% a year ago. but one in three americans still say they don't know if it's true or false. nick says he's having doubts,
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but i spoke to many others who still believe. sacrifices, children and babies being sacrificed. the dark entities that were with our governments. a grandmother of 13, a copywriter and a dog groomer. rachel bernstein has been treating families torn apart by the conspiracy. while i'm noticing that there are fewer new members, which is a really good thing, still, the cases that i get — they're very difficult. there's still so much hostility and so much aggression. it is just as toxic for certain people that it exists in their system like a poison. as we spend time together, nick and i sat down to watch some videos from a qanon conference in las vegas. oh, my god, jim caviezel was there?! watching a hollywood actor speak about the conspiracy theory energised nick. the fact that he's talking about this stuff is just actually amazing, because of who he is, he's a huge hollywood actor.
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i'm with my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny. "defiance of tyranny. " that's what this is about. here was a glimpse intojust how easily he and millions of others could potentially get pulled back in to all this. dammit, i wish i was there for that! and i'll be honest with you right now, in this moment, stephanie, i do believe wholeheartedly. stephanie hegarty, bbc news. organisers of the prestigious grammy music awards have postponed this year's annual show in los angeles, because of the renewed spread of the coronavirus in the us. the organisers said holding the show on the scheduled date of january 31 would pose too many risks. they said the health and safety of the music community, the live audience and hundreds of employees remained their top priority. our correspondent, peter bowes has more from los angeles.
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we are going to have to wait a bit longer to see whether one of abba's new songs can be named record of the year in 2022. lots of categories hanging in the balance but a difficult decision for the organisers and the conclusion that the omicron viruses just spreading quickly, too quickly, too dangerous, too risky, as they put it, to put on the kind of show that we are familiar with. so that has been postponed. we do not have a new date yet. it was postponed last year as well, just by a few weeks. it went ahead in march last year, a mixture of in—person performances by the bands but some remote as well. it turned out to be quite a good show. it really is at this stage unclear as to how they are going to resolve this this year. are going to resolve this this ear. , ,, ., are going to resolve this this ear. , y year. interesting. so they could have _ year. interesting. so they could have an _ year. interesting. so they could have an option - year. interesting. so they could have an option of i could have an option of postponing it, doing it like they did last year, that kind of hybrid approach? i suppose the other option isjust the other option is just cancelling it altogether? that seems quite drastic. that would
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be very drastic, _ seems quite drastic. that would be very drastic, and _ seems quite drastic. that would be very drastic, and i _ seems quite drastic. that would be very drastic, and i don't - be very drastic, and i don't think anyone is expecting that to happen, although it has to be set in the last few days we have heard about all sorts of cancellations and postponements, the situation is definitely in flux, as we know. certainly the music industry doesn't want to cancel it. it wants some sort of show, and if that can be hybrid, a mixture of in—person performances, some remote, maybe some online, and that's better than not having a show at all. these shows comedy spectaculars, a hugely important of course for the entertainment industry and the organisations that put them on, not least financially. find organisations that put them on, not least financially.— not least financially. and for those of us _ not least financially. and for those of us who _ not least financially. and for those of us who cannot - not least financially. and forj those of us who cannot keep not least financially. and for i those of us who cannot keep up with all the restrictions across different countries in the world at all times, what is the world at all times, what is the state of play with other big events at the moment in the us? that well, it is fascinating. i will tell you about one of them that is going ahead this weekend, the golden globe awards, generally the big opening awards show of the year, but it is mired in controversy at the moment for very different reasons, nothing
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to do with omicron, it is to do with a lack of racial diversity in the voting panel. it is going ahead, they will be no audience, no television coverage, no red carpet. it will be a very lonely affair. other shows have been cancelled, interestingly here in los angeles, not a show, the legal system, the court system here, has decided to postpone all criminal trials for the next two weeks. the three kings have arrived in spain to commemorate the feast of the epiphany, an important part of the country's christmas celebrations. 12 months ago, the colourful parades were cancelled due to the pandemic, but this year the three kings visit was highly anticipated. children had been waiting for them for a whole year, and they came back. the three kings returned to spain to deliver presents to well—behaved youngsters across the country. they got to almost every town
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and city, arriving by helicopter, in fancy cars or by train. but not all arrivals were successful. 33 kings might be magic, but when reaching a coastal near valencia they ended up getting a bit wet. in barcelona they also arrived by sea. the mare gave them a symbolic key so they could get access only for one night to all the houses in the city. meantime, hundreds of performers were getting ready tojoin the kings in colourful street, cades. last yearthe parade to welcome the kings was cancelled due to the credit pandemic. i2 cancelled due to the credit pandemic. 12 months on, weeks of rehearsal paid off as parades were back in action despite a number of restrictions. everyone over six years of attending the festivities had to wear a face covering, as they are mandatory for almost all outdoor activities in spain. in many
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cities, usual parade roots are extended to avoid big crowds, and the tradition of throwing suites to children did not go ahead this time. but despite the restrictions, kids found it hard to contain their excitement. translation: i hope the kins excitement. translation: i hope the kings will _ excitement. translation: i hope the kings will bring _ excitement. translation: i hope the kings will bring me _ excitement. translation: i hope the kings will bring me lots - excitement. translation: i hope the kings will bring me lots of- the kings will bring me lots of presents. in the kings will bring me lots of resents. ., , presents. in some parades, there were _ presents. in some parades, there were floats _ presents. in some parades, there were floats with - presents. in some parades, l there were floats with coulter badly behaved children. kids in spain have to wait until they woke up to know if they were given a lump of coal or the presents they had asked for. sergio forcada, bbc news, barcelona. and just before i go, a dog called north has saved the life of the mountain air after he fell 150 metres while climbing in croatia on new year's day. the eight—month—old alaskan malamute, who fell without any injuries, curled up and kept them out that the mountaineer�*s body one while he lay in the ravine for 13 hours. the
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croatian mountain rescue service as the dog's loyalty saved the mountaineer. that's it from me. i'm lewis vaughan—jones. goodbye. hello. hard to believe that only a few mornings ago, we were starting the day with temperatures in the mid—teens. out there at the moment, a widespread and quite sharp frost as we start thursday morning's commute, temperatures even in the city centres below freezing. but it's into the countryside we're seeing temperatures in minus double digits. temperatures have risen, though, to start the day across in northern ireland, and that's because we've got cloud spilling in here ahead of what will be a wet and windy day for a fairfew. the sunshine giving way to the cloud, the rain, and also some hill snow. the hill snow is happening because our weather system, these weather fronts pushing their way eastwards, will be pushing into that cold air, which is sitting in place at the moment. plenty of sunshine across central and eastern areas to start the day. but through the morning commute, outbreaks of rain,
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a little bit of hill sleet in northern ireland spreads its way into western parts of northern england and wales, turning readily to snow in the scottish hills, also in the lake district and the pennines, giving a covering of snow in places, and all being blown around by strong—to—gale force winds touching 60—70mph across some western areas. some parts of east anglia, the south—east will stay dry until late in the afternoon and evening, even if it does cloud over. but here across many eastern areas, it'll still be a cold day, even though there's a slice of mild air pushing in, just 3 celsius, maybe up to around 8 or 9 for a time in the west, finishing the day with sunshine and showers. then it's showers into the evening and overnight to take us through into friday, those showers turning wintry once again as temperatures drop. there could be some frost and ice around as well as we start friday morning, even though temperatures nowhere near as low as they will be to start thursday. so, another cold day on friday. we're almost between that one system clearing and another one pushing in, and we've got
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winds coming in from a north—north—westerly direction. that will bring frequent showers across western scotland, northern ireland, north—west england and north wales, given a covering of snow for one or two spots mainly over the hills, but even some lower—level sites. forsome, it'sjust rain, sleet and hail. we'll have to watch the system as well spreading across southern counties, which could bring a few longer spells of rain, even a bit of sleet and snow to the south. a cold day in the wind. then we flip things around to something milder as we go through into saturday. this next weather system pushes its way in. slightly wider, more extensive than the one we are seeing on thursday, so more in the way of rainfall around. gustiest winds in the south, we'll all see rain at some point, and then colder to end the day and into sunday morning with a touch of frost before more rain arrives in the west later on. take care.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: australia has told tennis champion novak djokovic that rules are rules, as the star has his visa cancelled, over a covid vaccine exemption. djokovic flew in to melbourne to defend his australian open tennis title. he's now in a government detention hotel, considering a legal challenge. a russian—led regional military alliance has agreed to send peacekeeping troops to kazakhstan after a plea from the country's president. the governments declared a state of emergency amid widespread unrest, protesters have fought running battles with police and seized the international airports. investigating the capitol riots, one year on, the us attorney—general is promising to hold to account everyone involved in the fatal attack in washington. thejustice department has faced criticism for not, so far, pursuing alleged organisers of the attempted insurrection.

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