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hello, welcome to bbc news broadcasting in the uk and around the globe. i'm victoria derbyshire. here are your top stories... novak djokovic prepares for a court hearing — after saying he has a vaccine exemption to enter australia — because he had covid last month. the education secretary becomes the first uk cabinet minister to back reducing covid isolation down from seven days to five. the afghan baby separated from his parents in kabul during the chaos of the us withdrawal is reunited with relatives. russian troops arrive in kazakhstan as order is restored following six days of violence. the duchess of cambridge at a0 — three new portraits will go on display in english towns where kate has lived
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to celebrate her birthday. and england bat their way through a nervous final session in sydney to draw the fourth ashes test. lawyers for the tennis champion novak djokovic are preparing for the next round of their legal fight to overturn the cancellation of his australian visa. the tennis world number one is currently being held in a detention centre — as he waits to see whether he can play in the australian open amid a row about his covid vaccination status. his team released documents yesterday and say he doesn't need a jab because he had coronavirus last month. djokovic is stuck in an immigration detention centre ahead
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of the court case on monday. his case has caused a huge outcry in australia and made headlines around the world. simonjones reports. serbian music plays. supporters of novak djokovic gather outside the immigration detention centre in melbourne where he's staying. they want to see him on the tennis court. the countdown is now on to his court case. 0h, mate, i haven't slept since he came off the plane, we're all sick to the stomach. it's a very unfortunate situation for australia. it's becoming very embarrassing. this was djokovic arriving on wednesday. his legal team said he had received a vaccine exemption to enter the country from tennis australia, because he had tested positive for covid on december 16th. that was the day on which these pictures were taken, showing djokovic maskless at a ceremony in his home country of serbia, at which he was honoured with his own postage stamps in recognition of his achievements. it's unclear whether he had taken a test at this stage. the following day, serbian media says he was pictured handing out awards to young players. his motherjoined a protest belgrade where it is the orthodox christmas weekend. just
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where it is the orthodox christmas weekend. , , ., , ., where it is the orthodox christmas weekend. , ., ., ., weekend. just imagine if you have a son and he — weekend. just imagine if you have a son and he is _ weekend. just imagine if you have a son and he is spending _ weekend. just imagine if you have a son and he is spending christmas i weekend. just imagine if you have a son and he is spending christmas in| son and he is spending christmas in prison. this is person, this is not like immigration, this is present. —— this is present. — —prison. another player, renata voracova, from the czech republic, has now left the hotel and the country after her visa was cancelled. djokovic had been asked to move to somewhere he could train ahead of the open. it looks unlikely, but he has been given exercise equipment and gluten—free food. one former australian foreign minister is not sympathetic. there's no way you can give him an exemption when exemptions have not been given to people who wanted to go to australia to see dying parents, and, you know, injured relatives. there are all sorts of heart—rending stories about people not being able to see their relatives in australia, but those people are not famous, so they don't get an exemption. but it will now be up to a judge to decide,
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just a week before the australian open begins. simon jones, bbc news. these are live pictures in melbourne outside where novak djokovic is detained, and these are people supporting him. people in serbia's capital, belgrade, have been holding daily rallies in support of mr djokovic, our balkans correspondent, guy de launey is there. how much backing does he have there? he is enormously popular in serbia and in belgrade in particular. they are holding rallies every day in front of the national assembly and his family say they will keep on doing that until the sun is released from his corner teen hotel in melbourne. —— quarantine hotel and
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till they son is released. this isn't the kind of rally that is normally associated with the world's best male tennis player, but for supporters of novak djokovic, these are anything but normal times. this event outside serbia's national assembly reflects the widely felt outrage about their champion�*s plight. instead of setting up a warm welcome for the nine—times australian open winner, the host nation found fault with his papers. that has left novak djokovic cooling his heels in quarantine instead of warming up for the tournament. these people are showing their support for serbia's number one sporting star. they have come to express their disapproval for what is happening to him in australia and to listen to the family of novak djokovic explain how they feel about their son spending orthodox christmas weekend in a quarantine hotel in melbourne. just imagine. just imagine if you have a son and he's spending christmas, our christmas, in prison.
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this is for me a prison. this is not like an immigration hotel, this is prison, because they don't allow him to go out. belgrade's novak tennis centre is where you will find the next generation of serbian champions. klara vaja is targeting victory at wimbledon 2024, when she will be 18. she credits novak djokovic for supporting her development at his tennis centre, and she says she was happy to return the favour at the family rally. i think he deserves all of that, and he deserves our support. he is our man, he is playing for our country. so even if we can't help that much, we are there to support him at least. belgrade's main coronavirus vaccination centre could do with a similar level of support. serbia's overall vaccination rate is languishing below 50%, and novak djokovic�*s ambivalent stance towards inoculation hasn't helped, so not all serbians sympathise with his current situation. translation: i would say that there are some double standards, as on the one hand
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we are constantly being told that we should get vaccinated, and then when it comes to a person like novak djokovic, we see that there are exceptions. at least the church has given its blessing. patriarch porfirije said that millions of orthodox serbs would remember novak djokovic in their christmas prayers, and they will be hoping that monday's judgment in melbourne will bring deliverance for their sporting icon. as you can imagine serving media on sunday morning ifool of as you can imagine serving media on sunday morning i fool of supportive articles about novak djokovic talking about revelations and the court documents submitted and saying australia is on its knees ahead of the court ruling and his supporters will be out again in front of the national assembly so expect a strong
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turnout in support of novak djokovic. england's education secretary, nadhim zahawi, has backed the idea of reducing the covid isolation period in england from seven days to five. in an interview with a sunday newspaper, the former vaccines minister also speaks of the country entering a less acute phase of the pandemic — and the possibility of ending free lateral flow tests. our political correspondent jonathan blake is with me it has been up for discussion for a while but nadhim zahawi has suggested if we reduce the period from seven to five days in the uk that would be even more helpful. he is not saying it will happen now and up is not saying it will happen now and up until now in the pandemic into something ministers taken advice on rather than proceed unilaterally but i think it is pretty clear he is talking about when not if this will happen and it comes after the united states took the isolation period down to five and in the uk we have
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come down from ten to seven days not to recently providing a negative test towards the end. a huge impact on the uk and the economy with vast numbers of people having to isolate and a lot of people would like to see this happen as a way to alleviate some of that pressure. the front page of the sunday times today suggests the end of free lateral flow tests is on the horizon. is that true? it seems not, certainly from what the education secretary has said in interviews this morning and was speaking on sky news in the last hour saying that is absolutely not where we are out and he says he does not recognise the claim that will happen in the next few weeks and asked if lateral flow tests would stay free he said they were absolutely would. i think that is a pretty firm push back against the idea that soon we will be moving to a situation where lateral flow tests are not as they are now freely
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available, supply issues aside, for all of us to use regularly. he has said we should transition as he put it from a period of pandemic to endemic where coronavirus is something we would deal with cyclically on our yearly basis. let's speak to thorrun govind, chair of the royal pharmaceutical society in england. what would you think of the notion of lateral flow tests at sometime in the future not being free? i of lateral flow tests at sometime in the future not being free?- the future not being free? i think the future not being free? i think the important — the future not being free? i think the important part _ the future not being free? i think the important part of— the future not being free? i think the important part of this - the future not being free? i think the important part of this is - the future not being free? i think the important part of this is to i the important part of this is to realise covid is not going away anytime soon and we are still in the middle of the pandemic. when it comes to health it should not be a case of whether you can afford but whether you can protect your families and the community. as we have seen with vaccines during this pandemic it is just as important
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those abroad are able to access faxes just as we can hear. we would hate to see lateral flow tests to be in a position where you have to pay for them which means people who cannot afford them would not be able to access them. at the moment in pharmacies, today i will go into the pharmacy and i will have patients who will have to make a decision and they say which medication should i take, i can't afford both. i don't want is to be in a situation in future where people are unable to test and therefore go out and pass on the virus because of their ability to afford a test. mike as you reassured by whatjonathan was saying nadhim zahawi has said on television this morning? i will saying nadhim zahawi has said on television this morning?— television this morning? i will be reassured when _ television this morning? i will be reassured when we _ television this morning? i will be reassured when we see - television this morning? i will be reassured when we see more - television this morning? i will be - reassured when we see more supplies coming to the pharmacies. as you will have seen i have been doing a few media interviews over the last
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two weeks or so and we have had difficulties in pharmacies because we are getting abuse from the public because we're not getting supplies the pharmacies.— because we're not getting supplies the pharmacies. there was only one distributor through _ the pharmacies. there was only one distributor through christmas - the pharmacies. there was only one distributor through christmas and i distributor through christmas and new year and it is pleasing to see they are looking into another distributor so i think we need to see the action and for it to be recognised at the end of the day it is our health care teams in the front line bearing the brunt of the decisions made higher up. share front line bearing the brunt of the decisions made higher up. are you are not short _ decisions made higher up. are you are not short of _ decisions made higher up. are you are not short of lateral— decisions made higher up. are you are not short of lateral flow - decisions made higher up. are you are not short of lateral flow tests i are not short of lateral flow tests right now? we are not short of lateral flow tests right now?— are not short of lateral flow tests riaht now? ~ . , , right now? we are still struggling to net the right now? we are still struggling to get the men — right now? we are still struggling to get the men and _ right now? we are still struggling to get the men and are _ right now? we are still struggling to get the men and are only - right now? we are still struggling i to get the men and are only allowed to get the men and are only allowed to order one box into the pharmacy per day, around 56 tests. share to order one box into the pharmacy per day, around 56 tests.— per day, around 56 tests. are you sa in: per day, around 56 tests. are you saying that _ per day, around 56 tests. are you saying that is _ per day, around 56 tests. are you saying that is not _ per day, around 56 tests. are you saying that is not enough? - per day, around 56 tests. are you saying that is not enough? that i per day, around 56 tests. are you j saying that is not enough? that is not enough _ saying that is not enough? that is not enough to _ saying that is not enough? that is not enough to meet _ saying that is not enough? that is not enough to meet demand. - saying that is not enough? that is - not enough to meet demand. patients are coming and and have been told they can collect them and that is an
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issue because it does not mean they are waiting for you at the pharmacy like at the supermarket and we need more lateral flow tests at the pharmacies and the government to support front line health care professionals doing the most utmost to support the public. gige professionals doing the most utmost to support the public.— to support the public. give us an insiaht. to support the public. give us an insight. there _ to support the public. give us an insight. there have _ to support the public. give us an insight. there have been - to support the public. give us an insight. there have been varying levels of frustration _ insight. there have been varying levels of frustration we - insight. there have been varying levels of frustration we do - insight. there have been varying levels of frustration we do not i insight. there have been varying i levels of frustration we do not have the lateral flow tests there. we want them out of the door to the public to be able to test. what want them out of the door to the public to be able to test. what kind of thin . public to be able to test. what kind of thing are — public to be able to test. what kind of thing are members _ public to be able to test. what kind of thing are members of— public to be able to test. what kind of thing are members of the i public to be able to test. what kind of thing are members of the public| of thing are members of the public saying to your members? the? of thing are members of the public saying to your members?- saying to your members? they are swearin: saying to your members? they are swearing and _ saying to your members? they are swearing and that _ saying to your members? they are swearing and that a _ saying to your members? they are swearing and that a rather- saying to your members? they are swearing and that a rather louder. swearing and that a rather louder levels of —— there are other levels of behaviour and varying levels of frustration levelled at us. it is not us personally keeping lateral flow test from the public and are doing our best to get them out there
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as soon as we get them in. here in the ukthe opposition labour party is calling for a windfall tax on oil and gas producers, to help low and middle income families cope with rising energy bills. the party said the conservatives had presided over a decade of failed energy policies. this is bbc news, a reminder of the headlines this hour. novak djokovic prepares for a court hearing — after saying he has a vaccine exemption to enter australia — because he had covid last month. england's education secretary becomes the first uk cabinet minister, to back reducing covid isolation down from seven days to five.
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the afghan baby separated from his parents in kabul during the chaos of the us withdrawal — is reunited with relatives. a baby boy separated from his parents during the chaotic american evacuation of afghanistan in august last year, has been reunited with relatives. sohail ahmadi, only two months old at the time, was handed to a us soldier as his parents struggled to get into the airport. while most of the family managed to fly out of the country, the little boy was left behind in kabul. he was taken in by a 29—year—old taxi driver, hamid safi, who has now handed the boy over to his grandfather. our correspondent quentin somerville is in kabul and has more. this is the story of the ahmadi family who were part of that deluge of people who fled towards kabul airport after the taliban made it into the city in august.
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they were moments away from salvation, a flight to the united states, but they got caught in a crush at the gates of the airport and in the panic they handed their two—month—old baby, sohail, to a us soldier. he was handed over the fence. when the family then got inside they couldn't find the baby. they were then evacuated after searching the airport, they were evacuated from kabul, made it to the united states, still kept looking for the baby in the united states in the hope that he had been put on a flight, that he had made it there somehow, and they found nothing. after months of searching and a campaign by an afghan refugee group and a story by the reuters news
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agency, sohail was found and he was found here in kabul alive and well. he had been picked up by a 29—year—old taxi driver, mr safi, who took the baby to raise him as his own. it seems mr safi was reluctant to give the child back but after pleads from the family and negotiation with the family and a short span of time in taliban detention he has now handed over the baby to his grandfather and other relatives here in kabul. he is alive and well and the expectation is he willjoin the rest of the family, his four brothers and sisters, in texas where they will be resettled in the united states. dozens of people have been killed, thousands have been detained and public buildings have been torched in the worst violence kazakhstan has seen since the i990s.protests began a week ago in response to petrol prices being doubled — but have become a broader movement against the russian—backed government. kazakhstan's former intelligence chief has been arrested on suspicion of treason. gareth barlow reports. government. kazakhstan's former intelligence chief has been arrested on suspicion of treason. they are not gathering to protest but gathered outside the city
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mortuary. elsewhere in the countries biggest city people queued for bread and fuel as an uneasy calm terms to kazakhstan. contingents of peacekeeping troops requested by the president of kazakhstan continue to arrive from russia and belarus, heavy weapons in response to protest that began over a hike in fuel prices but now seems to have developed into an internal political power struggle within this former soviet state. on saturday the former head of domestic intelligence was arrested on suspicion of high treason feeling expectation of strife within the ruling party. despite the deaths and the devastation many citizens remain defiant. translation: ithink devastation many citizens remain defiant. translation: i think the
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people have awoken. that will not be another president winning for 30 years. there have been positive things about it but also negative things. i would like the authorities to listen to what we have been saying because this has all been going on for too long. what is next for kazakhstan remains unclear. the unrest has brought in troops from neighbouring areas and the presidents orders to order troops to kill may stalk simmering tensions. —— stalk. —— stoke. the biggest, most powerful telescope nasa has ever launched has successfully been assembled in space — two weeks after its christmas day take off. it's hoped the james webb telescope will teach astronomers about the history of the cosmos, as well as search
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for signs of life on other planets. alice key reports. mission control: we have reached the end of deployment and we are preloading into the launch pad. cheering and applause. celebrations from mission control in baltimore as the final piece of the telescope puzzle slots into place. there are no cameras on board so this live animation was the only way to see the final mirrored wing of the world's largest space telescope unfold. mission control: and we have a fully deployed jws webb observatory. all right. talking to staff afterwards, nasa's director of science praised them for making history. i want to tell you just how excited and emotional i am right now. we have a deployed telescope in orbit. a magnificent telescope the likes of which the world has never seen. so how does it feel to make history, everybody? you just did it! the new observatory will look deeper into space than ever before. infrared technology will allow it to see the first stars and galaxies formed a 13.5 billion years ago. it's also going to be able to look into the really dusty environments
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around where stars grow up and where new planets are forming. that's one of the places that will help slightly closer to home as well as at the beginning of the universe. and lift off! 20 years in the making, it was successfully launched on christmas day, but it was so big it had to be flat—packed inside a rocket to make it into orbit. over the past two weeks it's been slowly unfurling as it travels nearly one million miles away from earth to circle the sun. but for it to send back images, each segment now has to line up perfectly to act as a single huge mirror. so each one of those mirrors, which is very lightweight, have motors on the back which can move them up and down, tip them sideways, rotate them and even slightly bend them to make sure they have exactly the right focus. nothing this complex has ever been tried in space before, but if it works, by the summer, it should be sending back its first images and scientists say
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they could revolutionise the way we see our universe. alice key, bbc news. it's usually one of the biggest nights in hollywood, but this evening's golden globes ceremony will be held without a—list stars — or a red carpet. the event is being boycotted after it emerged that the organising committee had not had a single black member for more than 20 years. the awards will be announced via social media, as our entertainment correspondent colin paterson reports. # it all began tonight... tonight, west side story is one of the big favourites to win at the golden globes. but none of its stars and its director, steven spielberg, will be there.
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the same goes for belfast, which is tied for the most nominations — seven. we're looking to cleanse the community. you wouldn't want to be the odd one out in this street. touch my family and i'll kill you. it is based on the childhood of its director, sir kenneth branagh, who has never won a golden globe. if he does tonight, the way he will find out is on his computer. it is doubtful that he will even care. the golden globes are normally a star—studded event, but they have been beset with problems for the last year. an la times expose revealed that they have not had a single black voter for almost two decades, and there are accusations of unethical practices. this prompted tom cruise to send back the three golden globes he had won. the rights holders, nbc, said they would not broadcast the ceremony, and despite radical changes being introduced, hollywood en masse decided to boycott the event. this week, the golden globes announced that the ceremony at the beverly hilton hotel in los angeles will be a private event and will not be live—streamed,
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with winners simply being announced on social media. this prompted us talk show host conan o'brien to ask: and ricky gervais, who has hosted the golden globes five times, has even suggested there is a chance this could be the last time they are held. you're the number one trending topic ahead of tater tots, and the pope followed you... as to who could win, when it comes to the tv categories, there could be a procession for succession. the media family drama series has the most nominations, with five. is he going to watch? could we make a note in the minutes that he is watching us? but with no—one able to watch the globes and with things as they are, it is fully expected that tonight's winners will not even acknowledge that they have won. i'm a good guy. i'm better than you. new changes to covid travel testing
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rules have come into force in england. from today the day two test for international arrivals in england can now be a privately bought lateral flow test rather than a more expensive pcr one. the move applies to fully vaccinated people and those aged under 18. three new photographs of the duchess of cambridge have been released to mark her 40th birthday. the portraits, taken by fashion photographer paolo roversi, will go on display this year in three places which have a special meaning to her royal highness: berkshire, st andrews and anglesey. of the national portrait gallery. in cricket — england have managed to hang on for a draw in the fourth ashes test in sydney. australia have of course already won the series —
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with 3—nil lead after big wins in brisbane, adelaide and melbourne. but england have avoided a white wash with a final wicket stand. the fifth test will be a day—night match in hobart — tasmania — starting on friday. compared to yesterday drier and brighter day. sunshine over western and eastern areas at present and showers across areas have become more prevalent. they will push into northern england in the afternoon and showers mainly of rain but also hail and sleet and snow in places. southern scotland should brighten up a little bit and much of wales and east anglia and the south—east dry with sunny spells in any showers are very few and far between. the channel islands towards the very far south west of england and devon and cornwall will see some rain pushing
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and with it and wrestle. tonight showers in northern england push through the east midlands and east anglia. a cold middle night for eastern parts of the uk and maybe —6 in eastern scotland for a time. still a little bit of frost in two the morning. temperatures rise by the morning. temperatures rise by the second half of the night and by tomorrow morning 8 degrees to 10 degrees in the west. the first weather front bringing increasing amounts of cloud and patchy drizzle and the second one bringing patchy rain to northern scotland and strengthening winds will touch gale force later in the day. you could just see how the cloud thickens and there is light rain and drizzle pushing through lying somewhere from yorkshire and the midlands to the isle of wight in the afternoon. west of that extensive mist and low cloud around and i2 of that extensive mist and low cloud around and 12 or 13 degrees before that weather front arrives and eight or nine and the east. the weather front pushes south into tuesday and a milder start in the south but rain
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and occasional drizzle and much brighter conditions for the north with sunny spells and a few showers in scotland with strong to gale force winds. temperatures drop relative to monday but still a degree or two higher—than—expected the stage of the year. cloudy for the stage of the year. cloudy for the first sun as we go through the week. from wednesday high pressure builds in across the south and southern parts of england and wales could see some overnight frost and fog that could linger through the day so for one or two temperatures mid single figures at best for the second half of the week. for the north with more breeze some breaks in the cloud and temperatures of between ten and ii celsius.
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this is bbc news. the headlines:
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novak djokovic prepares for a court hearing — after saying he has a vaccine exemption to enter australia — because he had covid last month. england's education secretary becomes the first uk cabinet minister, to back reducing covid isolation down from seven days to five. the afghan baby separated from his parents in kabul during the chaos of the us withdrawal — is reunited with relatives. russian troops arrive in kazakhstan, as order is restored following six days of violence. and the duchess of cambridge at a0 — three new portraits will go on display in english towns where kate has lived to celebrate her birthday. time for the sport, now. hi, thank you. we will start with the ashes. it was tense and nervous.
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england clung on for a tense draw on the final day of the fourth test

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