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welcome to bbc news. i'm david eades. our top stories: novak djokovic�*s court case against his deportation from australia is underway after the world's best tennis player had his visa cancelled by the authorities there. i'm shaimaa khalil, reporting live from outside the courthouse where supporters of the tennis star are gathered. at least 19 people have died, including nine children, after a fire in an apartment block 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. a little boy lost and found again. the baby who went missing
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in the chaos of the afghan evacuation is reunited with his relatives. no glitz and glamour as the golden globes get under way, without celebrities or a ceremony, after a fallout over a lack of diversity among thejudges. well, it's not the court novak djokovic had in mind when he headed to melbourne for the australian open but a judge in the city is now sitting to determine if the 9—time winner of the event gets any chance at all to defend his title. or if he decides the world's number one tennis player should be deported in keeping with the decision of australia's border force. djokovic arrived last week with a medical exemption from entry rules over covid vaccination, but his visa was cancelled at the airport. from melbourne,
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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.
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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 1, 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
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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. and shaimaa joins me now live from melbourne. you have a fair crowd behind you and a lot of serbian flags and is an indicative of whether support lies, at least where you are?— you are? that is right. the fans and — you are? that is right. the fans and supporters - you are? that is right. the fans and supporters have i you are? that is right. the - fans and supporters have been gathering for many days now outside novak djokovic's
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immigration hotel where he has been staying and this morning they have gathered outside the courthouse. just in the last half hour, we have heard that novak djokovic may be allowed out of his detention hotel to watch the proceedings elsewhere in melbourne. this was an order by thejudge released, by the judge released, instructing the government to take all steps necessary to bring novak djokovic to a premise specified by his solicitors. this is not what they requested him to be moved to another facility, and they requested him to be moved to anotherfacility, and other place, and another tennis facility where he can train but at least we now know he could be elsewhere when he could follow the proceedings and then potentially back into the detention hotel. all morning in the past few hours, the judge has been hearing the arguments from novak djokovic's lawyer, essentially making the point that the tennis player had provided all the evidence, he had done everything asked of him, by the authorities, as he understood it. they said he had
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been given a vaccination exemption from tennis australia and the victorian government any filled in that declaration form, in which that exemption was then uploaded and received an exemption and received on january one, a document from the home affairs department secretary had been assessed and that all of this indicated he was allowed quarantine free entry into australia. the lawyer made the point that what was he then supposed to understand, referring to novak djokovic, anyone would have understood that he was allowed to come in. interestingly, the judge also said he was agitated by this point, again making the point that this exemption was provided by two medical panels, again saying what more could this man have done? in providing that evidence? another point was made about novak djokovic's conditions, the fact he was held at the airport for hours, with limited access to his legal team and
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then an exchange between novak djokovic and the border officers, him saying, when he realised his visa was being revoked, he said if there is an error, i do not understand it. "i have done everything that has been understood of me and i need time to speak to my lawyers". again, his lawyers making a point about procedural areas and he did not have enough time to respond to his bees being revoked. figs enough time to respond to his bees being revoked.— enough time to respond to his bees being revoked. as we know this is a case _ bees being revoked. as we know this is a case of— bees being revoked. as we know this is a case of the _ bees being revoked. as we know this is a case of the justice - this is a case of the justice in action, but the prime minister, my goodness sake, a lot of people have spoken out in public opinion has been pretty clear. it will be a challenge if he is allowed to stay? i challenge if he is allowed to sta ? ~ , challenge if he is allowed to sta ? ~' , ., stay? i think it will be a challenge _ stay? i think it will be a challenge either- stay? i think it will be a challenge either way. i stay? i think it will be a - challenge either way. there are so many strands to this story, david. there is the anger on both sides. there is the politics, federal politics, state government politics, there is of course tennis australia saying they have been caught in the middle between
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the state of victoria and the federal government. there are the visa requirements that seem to have confused everyone in the past two days and then of course a small detail of the tennis tournament only a few days away! member, novak djokovic is here because they want to take part in the australian open to defend his title — — remember. this is a title — — remember. this is a title he has dominated, winning nine times and he wanted to go for a 10th. this is still looking very much in doubt. we know that later this afternoon we will hear from the government and its argument, why they revoked his visa, why did they say that a prior covid—19 infection is not a condition for exemption? that is really at the heart of this story. was novak djokovic right to be granted an exemption and who does that? who has the right to give you? with all of that happening, the tennis star waits that decision, a judge now has to decide whether or not he can defend his title. in
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wait to see what he has to say about it. i'll be speaking to a former deputy secretary of australia's immigration department later in this bulletin, so do stay with us for that. 19 people, including nine children, have been killed in a fire that's being called the worst for 30 years in new york. it began in an apartment on the 19th floor of a residential building in the bronx. it's thought to have been caused by a portable electric heater. our 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
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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. the commissioner of the city's fire department gave more details about what led to the fire. 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
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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. a popular hill resortjust outside the pakistani capital islamabad has become a disaster zone after a blizzard and heavy snowfall trapped thousands of people in their cars. day trippers were visiting murree to see the snow on friday when at least 22 people died as trees fell on the road. some froze to death in their vehicles. our correspondent farhat javed reports. they thought it would be a family outing in the snow but, for many, it turned into a tragedy.
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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 the federal government has also been criticised and held responsible, especially for the loss of life, and many say that these lives
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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 staff and 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. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: 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.
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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. l huge parts of kobe were simplyl 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. j tens of thousands of black children in south africa have taken advantage of laws, passed by the country's new multiracial government, 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.
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this is bbc news. our top story this hour: novak djokovic's court case against his deportation from australia is underway after the world's best tennis player had his visa cancelled by the authorities there. let's stay with that story now. abul rizvi is former deputy secretary of australia's immigration department. he's in canberra. abul abul, thank you for your time. this is a right old mess. can we point to whose fault it is? it looks like the left—hand in australia does not know what the right hand is doing? i suspect we can pinpoint the problem really occurring between the fifth of january, when the government's fault before policy was whatever medical exemption is provided by the victorian government to
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someone seeking to enter australia was accepted at face value. we know that was the policy because the prime minister explained the policy on the fifth of january and we know prior to that a number of tennis players had entered australia on that basis. but on the sixth of january, only slightly before mr djokovic would have been getting on his aeroplane to come to australia, the minister for aeroplane to come to australia, the ministerfor home aeroplane to come to australia, the minister for home affairs announced a different policy, and essentially she said if we are not satisfied, we will cancel the visa. the prime minister then stood up and said rules are rules and he said that's the way it would work. effectively, the policy changed while mr djokovic was in the air. while mr d'okovic was in the air. �* . , ., air. and tied directly into the fact that it — air. and tied directly into the fact that it was _ air. and tied directly into the fact that it was mr _ air. and tied directly into the fact that it was mr djokovic l air. and tied directly into the l fact that it was mr djokovic on his way? fact that it was mr d'okovic on his wa ? ~ his way? oh, i think the reaction _ his way? oh, i think the reaction to _ his way? oh, i think the reaction to when - his way? oh, i think the reaction to when mr - his way? oh, i think the - reaction to when mr djokovic posted on social media that he
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had received an exemption was white hot in the australian public and i think the prime minister and the minister for home affairs would have been very conscious of that reaction.— very conscious of that reaction. .,, reaction. so given those remarks _ reaction. so given those remarks and _ reaction. so given those remarks and your- reaction. so given those - remarks and your interpretation of them, where does that leave the judge? of them, where does that leave thejudge? he's got a legal decision to make here and a proper appeal and djokovic's lawyers feel they've got a very good case. lawyers feel they've got a very good case-— good case. yes, i've read through _ good case. yes, i've read through the _ good case. yes, i've read through the case - good case. yes, i've read through the case that. through the case that djokovic's lawyers put and i would have to say it's very powerful indeed. i've read through the commonwealth case and it's not very powerful actually. it essentially says we have the power and we used it. which is true, they do have the power and they did use it, but there is more to it than that and thejudge but there is more to it than that and the judge has but there is more to it than that and thejudge has rightly made the comment what more could djokovic have done? in terms of satisfying the authorities? and that question is left hanging. i authorities? and that question is left hanging.— is left hanging. i sort of get the sense though _ is left hanging. i sort of get the sense though that - is left hanging. i sort of getl the sense though that where is left hanging. i sort of get - the sense though that where you sitting in the judge's seat you
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would be feeling quite sympathetic towards the documents case?- sympathetic towards the documents case? , ., documents case? yes, i mean, i'm not sympathetic— documents case? yes, i mean, i'm not sympathetic at - documents case? yes, i mean, i'm not sympathetic at all- documents case? yes, i mean, i'm not sympathetic at all to i i'm not sympathetic at all to mr djokovic's stance on vaccine, i think it is absurd and misleading. but looking n isolation, i can see why the judge is sympathetic. {line isolation, i can see why the judge is sympathetic. one thing that seems _ judge is sympathetic. one thing that seems true, _ judge is sympathetic. one thing that seems true, this _ judge is sympathetic. one thing that seems true, this will - judge is sympathetic. one thing that seems true, this will not i that seems true, this will not go away either way and i think from a political point of view and where the country is at the moment, there is an awful lot riding on this.— riding on this. yes, yes, this will probably _ riding on this. yes, yes, this will probably drag _ riding on this. yes, yes, this will probably drag on. - riding on this. yes, yes, this will probably drag on. you . will probably drag on. you know, fingers fully pointed and blame will be allocated. what i really do hope, as a former public servant, is the relatively junior officer who was forced into making the decision is not the one targeted. it was not her fault. abul rizvi, thank you indeed for that. thank you forjoining us from canberra. we'll have more in the coming hours on this story, but you can get more by going to the bbc�*s website for all the background to this
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story, and some context too. it isa it is a live page that we are running bare. oryou can it is a live page that we are running bare. or you can pick up running bare. or you can pick up the bbc news app. —— running there. in the chaos at kabul airport last august as thousands of families tried to escape the taliban, a 6—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. our correspondent there, quentin somerville, has the story. salaam! 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 unfamiliarfor him. "but 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.
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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
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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. some newsjust in — the us actor and comedian bob saget has been found dead in a hotel room in orlando, florida. he was best known as the jovial dad in the us television sitcom full house. the 65—year—old had just begun a new stand—up tour and had earlier tweeted about his show in jacksonville, expressing his delight at being back performing. he had earlier made his mark as
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a stand—up comedian in the first place. the orange county sheriff's office said there were no signs of foul play or drug use in his death. it's usually one of the biggest nights in hollywood, but sunday's golden globes ceremony in los angeles is taking place behind closed doors and with none of the nominees present — 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 programme from its schedule. it follows continuing criticism of the organisers, the hollywood foreign press association, both for a lack of diversity among its members, and tokenism in trying to address that problem. we can now speak to the entertainmentjournalist piya sinha—roy. piya, thank you forjoining us. my piya, thank you forjoining us. my goodness, what a mess the golden globes has got itself into! , , . , golden globes has got itself into! , i, ., into! this is a very strange thing to — into! this is a very strange thing to happen _ into! this is a very strange thing to happen and - into! this is a very strange thing to happen and i - into! this is a very strange | thing to happen and i don't think it has happened with any other organisation, before this
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far out of grace. the golden globes is usually, like you said, one of hollywood's biggest nights, i could become a good event, pre— covid, and even last year they were able to pull off a fairly star—studded event even with covid or a glitzy star—studded event. so this year it has been shunned and they are tweeting out their winners.— out their winners. yes! let's look at their _ out their winners. yes! let's look at their background - look at their background briefly. they had 87 members and not a single black member among them. they change that dramatically, actually, in terms of a push towards diversity and yet, being accused of tokenism. so they sort of cannot win at the moment, can they? i sort of cannot win at the moment, can they? i think that the 've moment, can they? i think that they've sort _ moment, can they? i think that they've sort of _ moment, can they? i think that they've sort of moved - moment, can they? i think that they've sort of moved very - they've sort of moved very quickly to try and address the problems. i have not really worked at repairing these relationships that have crumbled with all of the major studios and publications and, you know, publicists in hollywood. they sort of need to show that they made those
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changes it's very easy to put band—aids on the effort they need to demonstrate that they have actually done it and i don't think they have repaired those relationships yet. you think the — those relationships yet. you think the golden _ those relationships yet. you think the golden globe suddenly feels old hat and perhaps it is has its day? i’m feels old hat and perhaps it is has its day?— has its day? i'm sure about that but — has its day? i'm sure about that but i — has its day? i'm sure about that but | think _ has its day? i'm sure about that but | think what - has its day? i'm sure about that but i think what it - has its day? i'm sure about i that but i think what it needs is it really needs to revamp entirely, from the ground up, in order to feel relevant to today's conversations in hollywood and to be more progressive in the way that they are looking at the film industry and the film landscape when they awarding these awards. . . when they awarding these awards. ., ., , , awards. yeah, and i suppose if the actors _ awards. yeah, and i suppose if the actors don't _ awards. yeah, and i suppose if the actors don't want - awards. yeah, and i suppose if the actors don't want to - awards. yeah, and i suppose if the actors don't want to go, i awards. yeah, and i suppose if the actors don't want to go, it | the actors don't want to go, it is a real problem on its hands. i do need to ask you also about bob saget, who has died at the age of 65, just getting back on the stand—up trail which is i think where he made his name. how big a character orfigure is he in american life? how big a character or figure is he in american life?- how big a character or figure is he in american life? he's a household — is he in american life? he's a household name, _ is he in american life? he's a household name, you - is he in american life? he's a household name, you know? | is he in american life? he's a - household name, you know? he's a tv dad that so many people
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have grown up with. i have friends that have been watching him since childhood and so, they felt a lot of love for him. he was also outside of that a comedian's comedian. his stand—up comedy is really beloved by real comedy fans and itjust beloved by real comedy fans and it just seems such beloved by real comedy fans and itjust seems such a shame, you know, he is only 65 so i think people are really feeling the loss and it has already been a tough week in hollywood with some really severe losses, betty white, sidney poitier and now bob saget, itjust feels like we're losing some really great people. by, like we're losing some really great people-— like we're losing some really great people. a big hit. thank ou so great people. a big hit. thank you so much _ great people. a big hit. thank you so much for— great people. a big hit. thank you so much for that - great people. a big hit. thank you so much for that and - great people. a big hit. thank you so much for that and as l great people. a big hit. thankl you so much for that and as far as you can, enjoy the golden globe awards! as you can, en'oy the golden globe awards!— thank you very much indeed. let me remind you of our main story because it happens as we speak, a melbourne court is hearing legal arguments to determine whether the world number one in men's tennis, novak djokovic, will be allowed to defend his australian open title. which's lawyers say his recent covid
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infection and recovery make him exempt from australia's strict coronavirus entry restrictions. we wait to hear on that. you're watching bbc 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 as a warm front 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 — some of the deeper valleys, about —5 degrees or so. through monday, this area of milder air is going
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to slowly creep its way a little bit further eastwards. with that, 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 7—9 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,
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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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this is bbc news, the headlines: a court in melbourne's hearing an appeal by tennis world number one novak djokovic against the cancellation of his australian visa. he's spent five days in immigration detention there. arguments centre on whether his recent recovery from covid—19 exempts him from the country's vaccine policy. at least 19 people have died, nine of them children, after a fire in an apartment in new york city. a malfunctioning electric heater is thought to have sparked it. 32 people are in hospital with life—threatening injuries. us actor and comedian bob saget has been found dead in a hotel room in orlando, florida. he was best known as the jovial dad in the tv sitcom full house. the 65—year—old had just begun a new stand—up tour and had expressed delight at being back performing.
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now on bbc news, it's time for some political

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