djokovic versus australia — the tennis number one asks a judge to stop him being deported. as the australian government says he's in breach of the vaccination rules for visitors, his hearing in melbourne begins within the hour. novak in melbourne begins within the hour. djokovic�*s sui been novak djokovic�*s supporters have been protesting for days and calling on authorities to allow the world number one to play and defend his title. we'll be looking at the reaction within tennis and beyond. also tonight... 19 people have been killed in a new york apartment building in a fire being called the city's worst for 30 years. shortening covid isolation in england — a minister says, if approved, it would ease staff shortages. the baby boy lost in the chaos of kabul airport, and now reunited with relatives.
and in the dramatic final moments of the fourth test, england deny australia a clean sweep in the ashes. good evening. a tennis champion with a title to defend, a government insisting he is not exempt from rules that foreign visitors have to be vaccinated. a judge in melbourne will begin hearing the case of novak djokovic versus the australian government in an hour's time. he is trying to avoid being deported having been held in a hotel since he arrived in australia four days ago. live now to shaimaa khalil at the court in melbourne. in less than an hour, a judge will
hear arguments on both sides, novak djokovic's lawyers saying he had every reason to believe that he was entitled to enter australia and take part in the tournament to defend his title. the government says he had been given no guarantee that his exemption would be accepted. the anger and confusion this has caused continues. for days, they've been showing their solidarity on the streets of melbourne. no court appearance for novak djokovic, who is still in an immigration detention hotel six days after flying in. oh, man, i haven't slept since he's come off the plane. we are all sick to the stomach. it's a very unfortunate situation for australia, very embarrassing. the prospect of djokovic's deportation has sparked a sporting and diplomatic storm, and today, former wimbledon champion andy murray weighed in, saying the row is really not good for tennis at all.
the anger continues in his home country of serbia, with another day of protests in the capital, belgrade, and fury from his family. his mother, dijana, criticised the living conditions where he is being kept. translation: they locked him up, because it's a prison, _ the place he is in right now. it's not a detention facility. it is a prison. they are not giving him breakfast. he only gets lunch and dinner. for breakfast, nothing. 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—i9 on the 16th of december. that was also the day when these pictures were taken, showing the tennis player maskless at a ceremony in serbia where he was honoured with his own postage stamps. it's unclear at which point he took the pcr test and when he knew he had covid. djokovic's lawyers have said that
onjanuary ist he received a document from the government's home affairs department telling him his travel declaration responses indicated he met the requirements for a quarantine—free arrival into australia. in its court submission, released 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 legal document also challenged djokovic's claim for a medical exemption on the basis he contracted covid—i9 in mid—december, saying there was no suggestion he had acute major medical illness. 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. we understand that tennis australia
have asked the court if he can know by tuesday if djokovic will take part in the tournament for scheduling reasons but thejudge said the court will not be rushed. yes, arguments will be presented in the next few hours but it is unclear if we will get a decision today. thank you very much, shaimaa khalil in melbourne. nineteen people, including nine children, have been killed in a fire that's being called the worst for 30 years in new york. it happened in a i9—floor apartment building in the bronx. dozens of people are being treated for injuries. our correspondent nada tawfik has more. it is the worst fire at the city has seenin it is the worst fire at the city has seen in decades, as this high rise building in the bronx went up in flames, and no part was spared. firefighters arrived within three minutes after a blaze broke out in a duplex apartment. the crews found victims on each floor, some in cardiac and respiratory arrest. in those terrifying moments residents were rescued from their windows and in smoke—filled hallways. i had
were rescued from their windows and in smoke-filled hallways.— in smoke-filled hallways. i had to crab m in smoke-filled hallways. i had to grab my dogs _ in smoke-filled hallways. i had to grab my dogs and _ in smoke-filled hallways. i had to grab my dogs and one _ in smoke-filled hallways. i had to grab my dogs and one got - in smoke-filled hallways. i had to grab my dogs and one got stuck l in smoke-filled hallways. i had to l grab my dogs and one got stuck on the steps and i had to let the firemen come past because he had a kid with no shoes on.— kid with no shoes on. dozens are in hosital kid with no shoes on. dozens are in hospital with _ kid with no shoes on. dozens are in hospital with life-threatening - hospital with life—threatening injuries. tragically, among the dead are children. this injuries. tragically, among the dead are children-— are children. this is horrific, horrific. _ are children. this is horrific, horrific, painful— are children. this is horrific, horrific, painful moment - are children. this is horrific, horrific, painful moment for| are children. this is horrific, - horrific, painful moment for the city of— horrific, painful moment for the city of new york. and the impact of this fire _ city of new york. and the impact of this fire is _ city of new york. and the impact of this fire is going to really bring a level_ this fire is going to really bring a level of— this fire is going to really bring a level ofjust pain and despair. because — level ofjust pain and despair. because of the is still unknown, as is the true extent of the devastation. the education secretary says shortening the covid isolation period in england would be helpful in dealing with staffing shortages. nadhim zahawi said any decision would be based on advice from the uk health security agency, and that teacher absences would rise now that schools are back. here's our health
correspondent dominic hughes. 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 increase 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, 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 keep us protected l 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 14,000 staff at king's... so you could lose more
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. and the latest official figures on the virus show 141,472 new infections in the latest 24—hour period. on average there were nearly 174,000 new cases per day in the last week. there've been another 97 deaths — of people who died within 28 days of a positive test result. on average in the past week, there were 185 deaths per day. the total number of people who've died with covid is now 150,154.
on vaccinations, 35.5 million people have had a booster jab. which means more than 61% of those aged 12 and over have now had three vaccine doses. pakistan's prime minister, imran khan, has ordered an inquiry after 100,000 people became trapped in their vehicles in a blizzard which caused at least 20 deaths. sudden heavy snow caught day trippers heading to the popular hill resort of murree on friday, with trees coming down on the road and some people freezing to death in their cars. our correspondent farhat javed reports. they thought it would be a family outing in the snow. but for many, it turned into a tragedy. most of the dead are members of the same families. officials say, despite the warnings of dangerous weather, thousands of tourists descended on the small hill station of murree. many ended up with their cars
trapped in a metre of snow. samina's terrified family was stuck in their car all night. translation: it was very difficult. i could sense death everywhere. there was a mountain of snow all around us and we were just praying for god to help us. pakistan army's units are now clearing the roads, clogged with snow and stranded cars. at least 500 families are in shelters but there is anger at the authorities. many roads like this are still blocked and while the road clearance operation is being carried out, there is massive criticism against local and provincial authorities. even federal government has also been criticised and held responsible, especially for the loss of life, and many say that these lives could have been saved had the government taken action well in time. electricity was lost and the communication was not proper. traffic was so jammed and people were not able to get here,
along with the stuff they need. the prime minister, imran khan, has ordered an enquiry into what went wrong. more snow is expected next week. and many want more than just a weather warning to prevent a similar tragedy again. farhatjaved, bbc news, murree. unhealthy, unsafe homes — a bbc investigation has revealed the conditions in which some asylum seekers are being housed, with defects from mould and leaks to collapsing ceilings. charities say even getting through to a national helpline to register issues can be difficult, and some get reports of sub—standard accomodation every week. here's what our correspondent dominic casciani has discovered. crying look, this one. and this one. the same, broken. a domestic crisis — the family living here are seeking asylum and safety. the father is recording video
for the government's national support line. and look, the electricity. a bbc investigation has discovered evidence of some homes provided to asylum seekers with serious safety concerns. homes like this one. when a family housed in west yorkshire warned of a crumbling ceiling, it was temporarily repaired, and then it collapsed. the mother suffered concussion as she protected her baby. i was in the room upstairs, me, and all of a sudden i heard a noise, and she shout like, "ow!" and then i ran down, mrs was on the floor, all the plaster — all wood — was on her head. my baby was shouting, screaming, in the other corner. it could have hit your baby? it could have hit my baby. i could lose my baby today. how many times did you complain about the state of the house? i have complained before several times about my ceiling in the living room. adam's child was lucky.
but this baby from anotherfamily, less so. pictures following a different ceiling collapse last year. the provider of these homes said it responded when it was made aware of the dangers. three companies share a £4 billion ten—year long contract to house asylum seekers. a fourth contract goes to a charity running a national helpline to handle complaints. more than 30 organisations working with thousands of asylum seekers have told the bbc they think some of the housing is unacceptable. eight out of ten said they have heard concerns about accommodation most weeks. the vast majority said it took too long to get action when they contacted the national helpline. i've worked in this area of work for nearly 20 years, and i've never seen it as bad in terms of the housing and the accommodation that people are experiencing. our partners across the sector are also reporting similar things. we are very, very worried that there is going to be some catastrophic incident. at this house in manchester, the residents say they've repeatedly tried to complain about a blockage
before it became this sewage flood. the company managing this home won't comment, but the bbc understands it's sure it did everything it could once it was aware what happened. the companies that have responded to the bbc say they're fulfilling all of their contractual obligations. and while the home office says they're providing a good standard of accommodation, it won't release data on their performance. as for the national phone line, officials say it's faced unprecedented demand in the past year, but insists it's now meeting all of its targets. adam says he wants the government to reveal how well it's monitoring the contracts and the state of some of the homes. i don't want any compensation. i want my daughter, i want my family. i don't want someone to be a victim like me in the future. dominic casciani, bbc news, in leeds. morrisons is scrapping �*use by�* dates on most of its milk and is asking customers to use a sniff test to see if its still usable. our correspondent dan johnson is with me now.
what's their thinking, dan? this is all about trying to reduce food waste because 490 million pints of milk are tipped away every year and morrisons thinks it can improve that by changing the use by date on the cartons of effectively throw it away now, for a best before date which is more like guidance as to when it is at its best quality. they want to combine that with trusting us to use our own sense of smell and judgment to determine whether the milk is still fit to drink and they think it is safe that milk, if stored properly and of good quality, still safe for a good few days after that initial expiry date. they are the first supermarket to try this but because the dairy farming industry contributes quite a lot to carbon emissions and climate change, this would be widely welcomed by environmental organisations with the hope others might follow but what nobody can explain is what you should do if covid has taken your sense of smell away!—
should do if covid has taken your sense of smell away! slightly more tric in sense of smell away! slightly more tricky in that _ sense of smell away! slightly more tricky in that scenario! _ sense of smell away! slightly more tricky in that scenario! thank- sense of smell away! slightly more tricky in that scenario! thank you. | in the chaos at kabul airport last august, as thousands tried to escape the taliban, a six—week—old baby became separated from his parents. they ended up in the us, knowing nothing of his fate. now he has been found, in the care of a taxi driver in kabul. our correspondent quentin somerville has the story. amid afghanistan's thousand tragedies, a small beam of sunshine. sohail was only 40 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 are a bit unfamiliar for him he has 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 and my wife fed him." with no son of his own, mr safi was reluctant to let the boy go. it took weeks of negotiation and some time in taliban detention before he handed sohail back. he, his wife and his 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 he willjoin his brothers and sisters and his mum and dad in the united states. now in michigan, sohail�*s parents have asked the us government to fly him to them. after so long apart, the baby only responds to mohammed, the name mr safi gave him. but now he's back with them, his family say sohail will soon rediscover who he is. quentin sommerville, bbc news, kabul. now to the sport, where the day began with dramatic scenes in the fourth ashes test. john watson has the details. many thanks, that is where we begin the fourth test match where england secured a draw in sydney to avoid a possible 5—o series whitewash. australia have already won the ashes, but couldn't take the ten wickets they needed on the final day for victory. patrick gearey reports. five days of cricket decided in one
ball, the ashes might be gone but this still matters. england's job with simple but not easy, survive. as he parried could not do it and his place is in doubt, as previously was zak crawley�*s —— haseeb hameed. he was in trouble, making 77 before it popped. the rain was coming, the cloud had helped england but could their stars question the injured ben stokes fought hard in such pain that every run stunned. joe root went but ben stokes batted on with a wounded side but willing heart. 13 balls left, tee wickets left when jack leach became one of them. now the australians could do it in one delivery, may be the very final delivery, may be the very final delivery tojimmy anderson. delivery, may be the very final delivery to jimmy anderson. he’s delivery to jimmy anderson. he's done it, he _ delivery to jimmy anderson. he's done it. he is— delivery to jimmy anderson. he's done it, he is survived, _ delivery to jimmy anderson. he�*s done it, he is survived, england have survived. the done it, he is survived, england have survived.— have survived. the rescue was complete- _ have survived. the rescue was complete. coming _ have survived. the rescue was complete. coming into - have survived. the rescue was complete. coming into the - have survived. the rescue was - complete. coming into the game, i soke complete. coming into the game, i spoke about— complete. coming into the game, i spoke about putting _ complete. coming into the game, i spoke about putting some - complete. coming into the game, i spoke about putting some pride - complete. coming into the game, i i spoke about putting some pride back into english cricket and the test
match _ into english cricket and the test match performances and i think the fi-ht match performances and i think the fight and _ match performances and i think the fight and desire and the character shown— fight and desire and the character shown today and throughout the five days has _ shown today and throughout the five days has done that in a small way. this was— days has done that in a small way. this wasjust a days has done that in a small way. this was just a draw but england waved no white flag so there will be no whitewash. all the day's fa cup action follows the news. if you don't want to know the scores, look away briefly. nottingham forest knocked out arsenal, ending their hopes of adding to their record number of cup wins. it was a memorable day for forest — lewis grabban with the only goal against the 14—time winners, who wore an all white strip, to raise awareness of knife crime. a pick of the eight other ties today, premier league sides liverpool and tottenham avoided an upset — both trailled teams from the third tier before scoring seven goals between them. west ham came out on top in an all premier league tie. they face a trip to sixth—tier kidderminster in the fourth round. there was another shock in the women's super league, where the leaders arsenal,
unbeaten all season, lost to bottom side birmingham city. they won 2—0, libby smith here with theirfirst, as they climb off the foot of the table. manchester city are up to fifth — they beat brighton 6—0, as england captain steph houghton returned from injury. there's more on the bbc sport, website including the full draw for the fourth round of the fa cup. that, though, is all from me. mishal. thank you very much. before we go, if you're in the north of scotland, you may get a glimpse of the northern lights tonight. that's one of the regions where the spectacular natural phenomenon was seen last night, from caithness, moray and aberdeenshire, as well as northumberland, south tyneside and teesside. cloud over north—east england is making a repeat sighting unlikely but if you're in northern scotland, our weather colleagues say the skies are looking clear, so good luck.
hello. this is bbc news. a government agency in kazakhstan has revised the official assessment of the number of people killed in the violence of the last week — increasing it to 164. most of the fatalities were in the biggest city, almaty. more than 5,000 people have been arrested. the unrest began as a protest against the rise in fuel prices, but may have morphed into a power struggle between factions of the ruling elite. russian troops continue to guard strategic facilities. our moscow correspondent steve rosenberg has travelled to kazakhstan�*s capital. well, the capital of kazakhstan feels pretty calm, really, but after the protests and violence that erupted across much of the country last week, a state of emergency and a curfew remain in place here and nationwide. there is very little connectivity — they switch the internet on for maybe three or four hours a day, which makes it very difficult for people to actually work out what's going on here. and although things were much,
much quieter here than they were in almaty, you can see security has been tightened. for example, that is the entrance to the presidential palace, which has been blocked off. president tokayev blames the terrorists and bandits for the violence, but there is a growing suggestion that violence is somehow linked to a power struggle going on within the ruling elite in kazakhstan. it's usually one of the biggest nights in film, but this evening's golden globes ceremony will be held without a—list stars — and it's not being shown on tv. the event is being boycotted after it emerged that the organisers, the hollywood foreign press association, hadn't had a single black member for nearly 20 years. the awards will be announced via social media. 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 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. 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: 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. time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. people in scotland might get a glimpse of the northern lights, the aurora borealis, with these photos from aberdeenshire. you might get a glimpse of it tonight as well with initially skies clearing. a frost across aberdeenshire before cloud, drizzle, mist and merck spreads in from the west and with that comes higher temperatures so tonight temperatures will rise through the night for many of us. heading into monday, mild air slowly slipping its
way eastwards but with that will come a lot of cloud, drizzle patches in the west, starting in the east with the odd bit of rain just about anywhere else for the afternoon. the rain heavierfor anywhere else for the afternoon. the rain heavier for western scotland where it will also be quite windy of the afternoon but it's across the west that will see the highest temperatures reaching highs of 13 celsius in belfast and further east above normal at 7—9 c. hello, this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment. first, the headlines. in new york, at least 19 people are dead after a fire ripped through an apartment building in the bronx area of the city. the education secretary for england backs reducing the covid isolation period, from seven days to five. 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.