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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak, with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. in new york, at least 19 people are dead after a fire rips through an apartment building in the bronx area of the city. novak djokovic prepares for a court hearing, arguing that he has a vaccine exemption to enter australia, after having covid last month. the entire population of the chinese city of tianjin — 1a million people — are tested after the latest covid outbreak, weeks before the winter olympics. morrisons becomes the first supermarket to scrap �*use by�* dates on its milk — encouraging consumers to reduce waste by using the �*sniff test�* instead
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an afghan baby separated from his parents in kabul during the chaos of the us withdrawal — is reunited with relatives. and it's one of hollywood's biggest nights — but this year's golden globes ceremony will be held without a—list stars or tv coverage. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world.
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starting off with some news that has been developing in new york and we will hopefully be showing you some life for girls of something we have been seeing. life for girls of something we have been seeing-— been seeing. that is fire vehicles on location- _ been seeing. that is fire vehicles on location. we _ been seeing. that is fire vehicles on location. we understand - been seeing. that is fire vehicles on location. we understand that| been seeing. that is fire vehicles i on location. we understand that at least 19 people, including nine children, have died in a fire. that is the building you can see on the screen there. it isa it is a new bronx area of the city. —— in the bronx area of the city. the commissioner of the city's fire department, dan nigro, said firefighters had found victims in stairways, on every floor of the 19 story building — many in cardiac arrest. victims have been taken to five different hospitals. new york officials are calling it, the city's worst fire in over 30 years.
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that is the building you can see, a 19—storey building that was on fire during the early hours of sunday morning, local new york time. at least 200 firefighters, we understand, responded to that wise and we are hearing that it broke out on the second and third floors, it is located on east 181st st and it has a number of blocks west of the bronx zoo. because the fire has not been revealed and it is not immediately clear, so you can see some of the vehicles there, still at the site of that fire in new york, so let's hear what the mayor of new york had to say a short time ago.
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this is a horrific, horrific, painful moment for the city of new york. and the impact of this fire is going to really bring a level of just pain and despair in our city, the numbers are horrific. we have over 32 people who are life—threatening at this time. we have nine serious injuries, 22 injuries that are not life—threatening with over 63 people in total, with one member of service also moved to the hospital. this is also moved to the hospital. this is a painful moment for us.
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that was the mayor of new york, eric adams, speaking to the media about the incident. the mayor of new york says at least nineteen people have died in a fire in an apartment building in the bronx area of the city. mayor eric adams said nine of the dead were children. the commissioner of the city's fire department, dan nigro, said firefighters had found victims in stairways on every floor of the nineteen story building, many in cardiac arrest. he said at least 63 people were being treated for injures, and victims had been taken to five different hospitals. he said the injuries were predominantly smoke inhalation. new york officials are calling it the city's worst fire in over 30 years. more on this story as and when we get it here on bbc news. let's return to our other top story. novak djokovic's appeal against deportation from australia begins in a matter of hours with a court hearing. the men's tennis number one,
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has been holed up in a hotel room in melbourne since he arrived in the country. the australian government says he is not exempt from the requirement, for visiting foreigners to be vaccinated. the department for home affairs had requested a delay of the hearing but was rejected. from melbourne, shaimaa khalil reports. a day before challenging his deportation in court, novak djokovic is still held at the immigration detention hotel, and his supporters are still outside, calling on the government to let him out. 0h, mate, i haven't slept since he's come off the plane. we're all sick to the stomach. it's a very unfortunate situation for australia. it's becoming very embarrassing. chanting: novak, novak! the world number one is now in the middle of a political and diplomatic storm that has provoked anger in his home country of serbia. this was djokovic arriving on wednesday. his legal team say he was granted a vaccine exemption from tennis australia because he tested positive for covid—19 on the 16th of december. that was also the day when these pictures were taken,
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showing the tennis player maskless at a ceremony in serbia, where he was honoured with his own postage stamp. it's unclear at which point he took the pcr test, and when he knew he had covid—19. djokovic's lawyers has said that on january the 1st he received a document from home affairs telling him his travel declaration responses indicated he met the requirements for a quarantine—free arrival into australia. but in its court submission, released a few hours before the hearing, the government said it had not given the tennis star an assurance about his vaccine waiver, adding that an e—mail from the home affairs department was not a guarantee that his so—called medical exemption would be accepted. the court document also challenged djokovic's claim for a medical exemption on the basis that he contracted covid—19 in mid—december, saying there was no suggestion that he had acute major medical illness.
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just a week before the australian open begins, a judge will now decide whether the nine—time champion will be able to defend his title. shaimaa khalil, bbc news, melbourne. here in the uk, the education secretary has said shortening the isolation period in england, for people who test positive for coronavirus, would be helpful in dealing with staffing shortages. nadhim zahawi said, any decision would be made on the basis of advice from the uk's health security agency — and said absences among teachers would rise now that schools had returned. the us recently shortened isolation for those testing positive for covid—19 from seven days to five. the bbc�*s health correspondent, dominic hughes, has more.
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the good news is that booster jabs are holding fast against the omicron wave. even as new cases have surged, hospital admissions remain a long way off the peak seen this time last year. but hundreds of thousands of people are currently isolating for at least seven days, so now there's a suggestion that — in england, at least — that period could be cut to five days instead. i think if the experts, and i have to defer to the uk health and security agency, deem it appropriate that you can have two negative tests on consecutive days, as we do now with day six and seven, then it's a good thing to keep under review. some experts agree a five—day isolation period could be safely introduced. you're generally infectious for about two days before you develop symptoms to about three, maybe four days afterwards, so limiting the cut—off point to five days wouldn't really substantially increased risk. so you think the advantages outweigh any possible risks? that would have considerable benefits in terms of staffing without significantly increasing the risk of disease transmission,
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so i think we should do that. lateral flow tests have played a vital role in this current stage of the pandemic, so mr zahawi was quick to deny reports the government was planning to start charging for them, and labour's shadow chancellor says people need to be able to test regularly to stop passing on the virus. lateral flow tests are absolutely essential to keeping us protected and to keep our economy open. there is another potential threat to staffing levels on the horizon. all health care workers in england with direct contact with patients need to have had two covid jabs by the end of march or they risk losing theirjobs. one nhs boss acknowledges that could affect around 10% of his workforce. we have approximately 111,000 staff at king's... so you could lose more
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than 1,000 staff? it's an extreme position. but i am confident, and we're already seeing a number of staff choosing to be vaccinated. the push on vaccinations and boosters, notjust for nhs staff but all of us, continues. but even though the omicron wave is not yet over, ministers are clearly thinking about what comes next and how we live in covid in the months to come. dominic hughes, bbc news. a stay—at—home order has been issued, to the entire population of the chinese port city of tianjin as health officials conduct mass testing, following at least 20 cases of covid. tianjin is only 150 kilometres from beijing, where the winter olympics will be held next month. the bbc�*s asia pacific editor, celia hatton, reports. here's the situation the chinese leaders had hoped to avoid. people living in the centre of one of china's busiest port cities lining up for covid testing
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following the discovery of the omicron variant there. translation: after screening the focus groups, a total of 18| coronavirus infections were detected among the close contacts in tianjin, and all of them have been transferred to designated hospitals for treatment and quarantine. technically, the city of tianjin isn't under lockdown, but some districts have already been sealed off. the residents inside have been told they must get tested quickly if they want to leave. the prospect of a full omicron outbreak in tianjin will raise alarm bells in beijing. tianjin isjust150 kilometres from china's capital, in less than a month's time. and the lunar new year travel season is also due to start soon. it's usually the biggest holiday of the year. several chinese cities have already instituted strict lockdown is as they attempt to eliminate covid. the northern city of xi'an has been dealing with the biggest outbreak of the virus since it first emerged in the city of wuhan, marking the start of the global pandemic. officials there say they've stopped the spread, but there's no talk of lockdown lifting yet.
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some are still struggling with their illness. translation: these patientsl are still mainly with respiratory symptoms such as a cough, and some patients also have shortness of breath. the city of yuzhou is also under lockdown, with more than1 million confined indoors after three cases of the virus were found. like xi'an, some are reporting they have little food at home, leaving the authorities are scrambling to provide the necessities. translation: we usually get what we need after we tell- the head of the community. we understand that everybody in this city is very busy, and we understand if supplies can't be delivered. and still, the chinese government is sticking with its zero covid strategy. and that's forcing health officials to move quickly, especially in tianjin. the virus was only confirmed in the city on friday evening, but they aim to test all of tianjin's 1a million residents within 48 hours. some on chinese social media platforms are already predicting stricter measures ahead. just before chinese new year,
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many say it feels like there's little to celebrate. the headlines on bbc news... in new york at least 19 people are dead after a fire rips through an apartment building in the bronx area of the city. the australian government did not give assurances to novak djokovic that he could enter the country without a vaccination — according to documents filed before a court hearing. the education secretary in england says he supports reducing the coronavirus isolation period, from seven days to five. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here'sjohn.
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beginning with football in the african cup of nations is under way. cameroon came from behind to beat burkina faso 2—1 in an incredible opener. two well taken penalties from aboubakar turned it around and it finished 2—1. in the second game, cape verde beat ethiopian 1—0. there was a sending off after 12 minutes and tabb ariza scored the only goal of the gamejust and tabb ariza scored the only goal of the game just before half—time. —— tavares scored the only goal of the game. ac milan have moved to the top of serie a other inter milan will regain the lead if they win their match which they are currently reading. five matches in la liga on
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sunday with sevilla five points behind real madrid with third place atletico madrid 1—1 at villa royale right now. there's been a major shockin right now. there's been a major shock in the third round of the fa cup with a record 1a times when arsenal being knocked out —— track record 1a time winners arsenal being knocked out by nottingham forest which means they will face leicester city in the next round but worse crab on goal of the game anyone — zero win for the home side. —— lewis grabban with the only goal of the game. grabban with the only goal of the name. , grabban with the only goal of the came. , ., �* ~ game. they won, we didn't. we were not aood game. they won, we didn't. we were not good enough _ game. they won, we didn't. we were not good enough on _ game. they won, we didn't. we were not good enough on the _ game. they won, we didn't. we were not good enough on the day - game. they won, we didn't. we were not good enough on the day and - game. they won, we didn't. we were not good enough on the day and it's i not good enough on the day and it's another competition which means we are disappointed that we have to apologise for it. we don't want to use excuses. we expect you to play better and compete better and we have not done that. when you do not
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do that, you are out. find have not done that. when you do not do that, you are out.— do that, you are out. and england manaued do that, you are out. and england managed to _ do that, you are out. and england managed to get — do that, you are out. and england managed to get an _ do that, you are out. and england managed to get an unlikely - do that, you are out. and england managed to get an unlikely draw, | managed to get an unlikely draw, ending on 270—9. a rare moment of positivity in what has genuinely been an ashes tour to forget. this has not been a series that has had many positive moments but finally a good match. james anderson and stuart broad seeing out the final couple of overs in the gloom here at the sydney ticket ground —— at cricket ground to ensure it would not be a five series whitewash. watching on, steven finn, pretty nerve—racking stuffer. it watching on, steven finn, pretty nerve-racking stuffer._ nerve-racking stuffer. it was, certainly _ nerve-racking stuffer. it was, certainly got _ nerve-racking stuffer. it was, certainly got tense _ nerve-racking stuffer. it was, certainly got tense there - nerve-racking stuffer. it was, certainly got tense there at i nerve-racking stuffer. it was, l certainly got tense there at the end. it had grammar all the way through, thought england to salvage this one from being... was a
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fantastic effort than they can take heart from this going into the next test match where certainly they will be trying to win a test match and go out with at least one victory for the , ., ~' j the they will not feel like they've won the game — the they will not feel like they've won the game but _ the they will not feel like they've won the game but they - the they will not feel like they've won the game but they covered i the they will not feel like they've | won the game but they covered a the they will not feel like they've - won the game but they covered a few —— might conquer if you have the demons that have hunted them over the last five weeks or so, seeing off the australian bowling attack, zach crawley playing an innings which i thought was really impressive. johnny burstow in both, ben stokes as well, a lot more positive things to talk about from a performance perspective this week. don't forget, plenty more on the bbc sport website including all the latest scores of the final day of the regular season of the nfl. for now, that's all from me. back to you.
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one of the uk's biggest supermarket chains, says it will scrap �*use by�* dates on most of its milk — in a move it says — will stop millions of pints being wasted. instead retailer morrisons, will display �*best before' dates, on 90% of its own—brand milk products. it says the change is due to made later this month. richard swannell is from the charity wrap which supports people and businesses to reduce waste — and he explained the difference between the packaging terms "use by" and "best before". we do welcome this and what is interesting is there is about 490 million pints of wasted every single year and we know that one of the causes of that is actually a misunderstanding around use by dates and throwing away milk too early so one of the causes of throwing away milk, and milk is actually the third item we throw away, the third most
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significant item we throw every single year, so tackling milk is a real priority. the use by date is strictly for food safety measures so you can use food right up until midnight on the use by date and then either discard after that but what you can do is freeze up to the use by date for most products, in other words it's not safe after that date but the best beforeis a guide of quality and means it is perfectly fine to consume it after the best before date. a baby who was separated from his parents at kabul airport last august — as thousands of people tried to flee afghanistan — has been reunited with his family. the little boy was only 6 weeks
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old when he disappeared in the mayhem, at the airport. his parents were among the thousands flown out of the country — and are now in the us. the bbc�*s quentin sommerville has the story. amid afghanistan's thousand tragedies, a small beam of sunshine. sohail was only a0 days old when he was lost as his family escaped kabul. he is now back in his auntie's arms. "sohail is in good health," his aunt says. "we're a bit unfamiliar for him, but he's been very good and he hasn't cried. "he's been sleeping well. "he's onlyjust woken up." in the chaos that followed the taliban's takeover here in august, an exodus as families fled the country. sohail�*s dad was a security guard at the us embassy. they joined the flood of people rushing to leave. like others shown here, he was handed to us marines guarding the airport fence. once inside, the family couldn't find him. they left for the united states. taxi driver hamid safi says he found the boy all alone by the roadside inside the airport. unable to find the family, he says, he took him home. "as a father i know how it feels to have children," mr safi tells me. "i couldn't leave him alone, so i saved him and took care of him
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and my wife fed him." but mr safi was reluctant to let the boy go. it took weeks of negotiations and some time in taliban detention before he handed him back. he, his wife and daughters are distraught without the boy. the last five months have been enormously difficult for many afghan families, but none more so than this family. having sohail back is an enormous relief, and the hope is now that he willjoin his brothers and sisters and his mum and dad in the united states. after so long apart, the baby only responds to mohammad, the name of mr safi gave him. but now he's back with them, his family says sohail will soon rediscover who he is. quentin sommerville, bbc news, kabul. it's usually one of the biggest nights in hollywood but sunday's golden globes ceremony in la, will take place with none
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of the nominees present and behind closed doors. that's because much of the film industry has decided to boycott the event — and the broadcaster, nbc, that usually shows the ceremony has dropped the event from its schedule. colin paterson explains why. # 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 or its director, steven spielberg, will be there. 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.
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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 past year. an los angeles 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, with winners simply being announced on social media. this prompted us talk show host conan o'brien to ask:
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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 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 betterthan you. now — some spectacular pictures of the northern lights — they put on a stunning display in the skies above the north of scotland last night. the ethereal light display —
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also known as aurora borealis — was spotted by people in aberdeenshire, moray and caithness on saturday night. the best time of year to see the northern lights in scotland is the autumn and winter months when the nights are longer and darker. we'll take a look at tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are aletha adu, political correspondent at the daily mirror and the former conservative adviser mo hussein. now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. hello there. last night we had a visit from the aurora borealis with some separate spectacular photos sent in. the greens and reds you can see because i charged particles flying from the sun getting captured in the earth's magnetic field
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gives off these colours. they are often best picked up by cameras. there is a small chance of seeing that tonight with clear skies initially across scotland but ultimately it is going to be inaccurate actor is much cloudier from the rest and we will see rain and drizzle heading in but before that, in aberdeenshire, temperatures will get down to —5 minus six celsius for later in the night there was temperatures rising and by dawn, you're looking at averages of 10 celsius in plymouth, eight celsius in belfast. the milder air will be pushing its way across the uk through monday and it will be milder thanit through monday and it will be milder than it has been through the whole of the weekend but with that it comes at a cost, a lot of cloud around, perhaps a bright start across eastern areas with the crowd think is the newest initially with occasional spots of light rain and drizzle but you could see an odd spotjust drizzle but you could see an odd spot just about anywhere later on with heavier rain forest of scotland with heavier rain forest of scotland with some brisk winds and it's across the west that will see the highest temperature is reaching highs of 13 celsius, even in these these temperatures are above average for the time of year. — nine celsius. heading into tuesday, we
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get the warm front extending into the south, soon chased in by the cold front, so it is across the south that will have his own of clicker cloud again, a bit of light rain and drizzle, mist and fog patches around coasts and hills with further north, a slice of sunshine for northern ireland, england, the midlands, parts of wales as well in the north—west of scotland, a mixture of sunshine and showers, because they are spreading and across much of the uk but mildest in the south and from wednesday onwards, we will see a big area of high pressure building in with wins coming from quite a long way south, staring into the north of the uk and thatis staring into the north of the uk and that is where the mildest there will be but there will be a lot of cloud across western scotland with outbreaks of drizzle for highlands, western isles, probably not the northern isles, to come otherwise some mist and fog patches, and only frost but there should be some bright sunny spells coming through as well. the rest of the week stays very quiet, again i could be some lingering, loitering mist and fog patches and the highest temperature is always across parts of scotland. that's your weather. i.
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this is bbc news, with lukwesa burak. the headlines... new york's mayor says at least 19 people — including nine children — have died in a fire in an apartment building in the bronx area of the city. the australian government did not give assurances to novak djokovic that he could enter the country without a vaccination, according to documents filed before tomorrow's court hearing. in england, the education secretary has insisted any cut to the coronavirus isolation period — from seven days to five — would not take place without the support of the uk health security agency. a stay—at—home order has been issued to every one of the 1a million people living in the chinese port city of tianjin, so authorities can conduct mass testing. now on bbc news — "cold case:
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