welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore. i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines: a court in melbourne begins hearing the appeal lodged by tennis number one novak djokovic into the cancellation of his visa by australian authorities. at least 19 people have died, including nine children, after a fire in an apartment in new york city. the smoke spread throughout the building, thus, the tremendous loss of life and other people fighting for their lives right now in hospitals all over the bronx. 1a million people in the chinese city of tianjin are being tested for coronavirus after a new outbreak, less than a month
away from the beijing games. and lost in the chaos of the afghan evacuation and no word on his fate, a family's worst fears are over as they're reunited with their missing baby. live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news — it's newsday. it's 9:00 in the morning in singapore and 12:00pm in melbourne, where a court hearing has got underway to decide on novak djokovic�*s appeal against deportation from australia. there was a delay to the proceedings because of problems with the live online link. the men's tennis number one has been holed up in a government detention hotel in melbourne since he arrived in the country on wednesday. the australian government says he is not exempt from the requirement for visiting foreigners to be vaccinated.
from melbourne, shaimaa khalil reports. 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. 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. 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's being kept.
translation: they locked him up, because it is 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—19 on 16 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 01 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. but 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—19 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. well, earlier, shaimaa gave me this update from outside the court house, where supporters of novak djokovic have gathered. i can show you the mood, karishma. if i move out of the shotjust for a second, novak�*s supporters have been out here all morning. as you can probably hear, they are chanting the world number one's name.
some people holding pictures and also saying "let him play". they have been protesting for days now calling on the government to allow novak to take part in the australian open and defend his title. the judge will imminently be hearing arguments on both sides. djokovic's lawyers argued that he had every reason to believe that he was allowed into the country and was allowed to compete because he'd received an exemption from tennis australia and the victorian government, and also a document from the home affairs department that his travel declaration answers meant that he met the requirements for entry into australia. the government in submitting their presentation to the court, they did that, actually, hours before the hearing, and said he given no guarantees about his exemption and that an e—mailfrom the home affairs department doesn't mean that it was going to be accepted. this is what the judge
will hear in detail today, and this is what he has to weigh. novak djokovic will not be at the court. he will probably be following this from the immigration detention hotel where he's been held since he arrived here in melbourne. indeed, and just to say that that strength of feeling very evident with the people behind you, and how they are trying to make their voices heard, shall we say. just talk us through that, about the controversy that this case has had in australian with people there. there are so many strands to this story. it started off, if you will, as straightforward. the initial anger happened when novak djokovic announced on social media that he was being given an exemption and that he was flying down under. australians, of course, who have been under the most
stringent covid—19 rules, who have been urged by their politicians for months now to get the vaccine were angry that he was public about his reluctance to get the vaccine, but when he arrived and it was revealed that his visa was going to get revoked and that he faced deportation, his supporters came out in anger asking why he was told that he could come all the way to australia to then be turned back. i've been speaking to sports journalist scott spits from the age newspaper in melbourne. he explains what could happen next. there are a range of outcomes that could happen. my best bet right now is that the deportation order will probably stand. what was most interesting in the released documents from both sides on sunday was that home affairs
of federal government have flagged the prospect of detaining him again should the appeal be successful. my best feeling now is the deportation order will stand and he will end up leaving the country. the court hearing that's under way, it is likely to have a huge impact on his career going forward. what is at stake for him as a tennis player? it's enormous. the timing of where he stands in his career is fascinating. he's a 9—time winner in australia, going for number 10 remarkably. the prospect of him being forced out of the first grand slam of 2022 is significant. he went so close last year to winning the grand slam but stopped at the us open. should he miss the australian open, this is his first chance to win another major. what happens beyond that in tennis remains to be seen, but a lot to play out still.
19 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 19—floor apartment building in the bronx. it's thought to have been caused by a portable electric heater. 0ur correspondent nada tawfik has more. it is the worst fire 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 to 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. dozens are in hospital with life—threatening injuries. tragically, among
the dead are children. 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 ofjust pain and despair. the true extent of the devastation is still unknown. nada tawfik, bbc news, new york. well, a short time ago the commissioner of the city's fire department has been giving more details about what led to the fire. this fire began in an apartment that spans this fire began in an apartment that spans two this fire began in an apartment that spans two floors this fire began in an apartment that spans two floors on this fire began in an apartment that spans two floors on the second and third floors of the building. it started in a malfunctioning electric space heater. that was the cause of the fire. the fire consumed the apartment that is on two floors and part of the hallway. the door to that apartment,
unfortunately when the residents left, was left open and did not close by itself and the smoke spread throughout the building and thus, the tremendous loss of life on other people fighting for their lives right now in hospitals all over the bronx. for the latest on the fire, i've been speaking to our north america correspondent nomia iqbal. this is one of those situations which is just a nightmare situation. we are hearing so many awful stories, already people have been on social media talking about how they tried to escape with their children, with their pet animals. one american media outlet spoke to a women who said she saw people from her childhood dying. she saw women crying, losing their children, really horrific stories. as we heard there from the commissioner, they think they've discovered what the source of this is. authorities had always said from the beginning that they didn't think this was suspicious.
this fire had broken out on a particularfloor, in a particular apartment. it engulfed two floors. the smoke had just extended through the entire building, this high—rise block. as we have been hearing there, this is the worst fire in decades. the last fire of this nature, you could say, was in the bronx was back in 1990, march 25, that social club called the happy land social club in the bronx, and that fire was started intentionally, unlike this one, 87 people died. we heard that from eric adams, the mayor, on the job for nine days saying that this is a really painful moment moment for the city. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme, it should be one of the biggest nights in hollywood but this year there will be no celebrities to collect the awards and the ceremony won't even be shown on tv. we'll explain why in a moment.
day one of operation desert storm to force the iraqis out of kuwait has seen the most intense air attacks since the second world war. tobacco is america's oldest industry, and it's one of its biggest, but the industry is nervous of this report. this may tend to make people want to stop smoking cigarettes. there is not a street that is unaffected. huge parts of kobe were simply demolished as buildings crashed into one another. this woman said she'd been given no help and no advice by the authorities. she stood outside the ruins of her business. tens of thousands of black. children in south africa have taken advantage of laws, passed by the country's i new multiracial government, i and enrolled at formerly white schools. tonight sees the 9,610th performance of her long—running play the mousetrap. when they heard of her death today, the management
considered whether to cancel tonight's performance, but agatha christie would have been the last person to want such a thing. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. our top headlines: a court in melbourne begins hearing the appeal lodged by tennis number one novak djokovic into the cancellation of his visa by australian authorities. a stay at home order has been issued to the entire population of the chinese port city of tianjin — 1a million people. it comes 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 is the situation chinese
leaders had hoped to avoid. people living in the centre of one of china's busiest port cities lining up for covid testing following the discovery of the 0micron 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 0micron outbreak in tianjin will raise alarm bells in beijing. tianjin isjust150 kilometres from china's capital, whether winter olympics will begin 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. 0fficials there say they've stopped the spread, but there's no talk of lockdown lifting yet. some are still struggling with their illness. translation: these patients 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 than one 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, many say it feels like there's little to celebrate. celia hatton, bbc news. a popular hill resortjust outside the pakistani capital islamabad has become a disaster zone after a blizzard and heavy snowfall trapped 100,000 people in their cars. day trippers had headed towards murree to see the snow on friday. at least 22 died after trees came down on the road orfroze to death in their vehicles. 0ur 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. let's get some of the day's other news. aid organisations have suspended their operations in an area of northwest tigray in ethiopia where 56 civilians were killed by an air strike over the weekend. the un office for humanitarian affairs said relief work had been paused because of what it
called �*the ongoing threats of drone strikes'. more than 160 people are reported to have died in several days of unrest in kazakhstan and almost 6,000 have been arrested after riots there. the new figures, which have not been independently verified would mark a drastic increase in the death toll. fuel price rises sparked the unrest that broke out a week ago in the country's west, spreading quickly to large cities. a special report for you. in the chaos at kabul airport last august, as thousands of families tried to escape the taliban, a six—week—old baby boy 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. 0ur correspondent there, 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 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. it's usually one of the biggest nights in hollywood, but sunday's golden globes ceremony in la will take place with none 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 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 all of its stars and its director, steven spielberg, will not 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 better than you. colin patterson, bbc news. that's all for now.
from me and the team thanks so much forjoining us. stay with bbc world news. hello again. sunday brought us a mixed picture of weather. there was a bit of rain across northern areas. we had some lovely winter sunshine across parts of the midlands, east anglia, southern england, parts of wales for a time as well. but towards the end of the day, we did rather lose the bright skies in wales, replaced it with some thicker cloud and started to lose the visibility as well. now, right now, we're seeing cloud increase from the west. there's a warm front that begins to push its way in. that is starting to push a bit of patchy light rain and drizzle in across these western areas, but temperatures are rising hour by hour, so it is increasingly turning mild. heading into the first part of monday morning, ten degrees there in plymouth, but cold in rural
aberdeenshire. in some of the deeper valleys, about —5 degrees or so. through monday, this area of milder air is going to slowly creep its way a little bit further eastwards. with that, there could be an odd spit of drizzle just about anywhere through the day, but it will be mainly focused across the west. some heavier rain, though, for western scotland, with strengthening winds here during the course of the afternoon. it is for these western areas that the temperatures will be at their highest — 13 degrees in belfast. further east, not quite so high temperatures, but they're still above average. highs of seven to nine degrees. through monday night and into tuesday, our warm front gets chased down by this cold front. behind the cold front, we get the colder air moving back in. so for tuesday, the murky weather will be across the south — mist and hill fog patches, a bit of light rain or drizzle from that system. further north, a fair bit of sunshine, northern ireland, northern england, wales, the midlands too. a few showers, though, for the northwest of scotland. the temperatures just dropping away again across most parts of the uk, but mild in the south this time. from wednesday onwards, high pressure builds to the south of the uk. and with this high pressure,
winds are going to be coming around that from quite a long way south. the mildest air will be heading in across these northern areas. but there will be quite a lot of cloud around, thick enough to give some spots of drizzle. no great amounts, but it could be quite damp at times for the highlands and the western isles, perhaps the northern isles as well. but it's here where we'll see temperatures in double figures. after a frosty start elsewhere, should be some sunny spells. but as the week goes by, a lot of quiet weather. there will probably be some dense patches of fog around as well across parts of england and wales later in the week. that's your latest weather.
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