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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 under way, after the world's top mens tennis player had his visa cancelled by the authorities there. 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. also, a little boy lost — and found again. the baby who went missing in the chaos of the afghan evacuation is reunited with his relatives. the golden globes without glitz or glamour — or celebrity
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guests — 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 nine—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, shaimaa khalil reports. for days, they've been showing their solidarity on the streets of melbourne. no court appearance
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for novak djokovic, who's 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 is not a detention facility, it is a prison. they are not giving him breakfast.
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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 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 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
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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. tennis australia is right at the heart of this as well and the heart of this as well and the chief executive spoke out about the confusion. we are not going to lay the blame on anyone. there is much contradictory information the whole time. every single week we were talking to home affairs committee talking to all parts of government, to ensure that, one, we were doing the right thing and doing the right process with these exemptions, but also, that everybody coming and had to be vaccinated. we
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were at that point. the contract doing information and the contradictory information he received is because of the changing environment. we are in a very challenging environment for anybody involved in this process. our correspondent in melbourne, shaimaa khalil, is ouside the court and earlier gave me more details. 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 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 visa being revoked. as we know this is a case
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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 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 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 of course, there is the small detail of the tennis tournament only a few days away! remember, novak djokovic is here because they want to take part in the australian open to defend his title. this is a title he has dominated, winning nine times and he wanted to go for a 10th. this is now still looking
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very much in doubt. but we know that later this afternoon we're going to hear from the government and its argument, why they revoked his visa? why did they say that a prior covid—i9 infection is not a condition for exemption? that's 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 that? of course, 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. as we all wait, it is worth pointing out that we'll be hearing from 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.
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it's the worst fire the city has seen in decades as this high—rise building in the bronx went up in flames, no part was spared. firefighters arrived within three minutes after a blaze broke out in a duplex apartment. 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 then 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.
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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 that 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. 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
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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. american and russian officials will hold talks in geneva later at the start of a week of diplomacy that could shape the future of ukraine and the security of europe. western allies want to deter russia from invading ukraine, but moscow is looking for concessions from nato — which will be holding separate talks with the russian government later this week. iraq's new parliament has
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held its first session since october's elections. the session was disrupted by altercations among mps and the ill health of the temporary speaker. mps did eventually vote to re—elect mohammed al—halbousi as speaker. 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. 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.
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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 is also being criticised and held responsible, especially for the loss
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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 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: there is not much that is golden about the golden globes this year. we will be discussing why one of the biggest nights in hollywood has rather fallen flat. 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
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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. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: novak djokovic's court case against his deportation
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from australia is under way after the world's best tennis player had his visa cancelled by the authorities there. at least 19 people have died, including nine children, after a fire in an apartment block in new york city. let's stay with that story now. let's get more on the djokovic court case, which hasjust adjournd for lunch. i've been speaking to abul rizvi, former deputy secretary of australia's immigration department. he explained why the djokovic case has turned into such a mess. i suspect we can pinpoint the problem really occurring between the fifth of january, when the government's policy was whatever medical exemption is provided by the victorian government to 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
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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 home affairs announced a different policy. essentially, she said that "no, we will look behind the exemption and if we are not satisfied, we will cancel the visa." the prime minister then stood up and said, "rules are rules" and he thundered that that's the way it would work. right. effectively, the policy changed while mr djokovic was in the air. right, and tied directly into the fact that it was mr djokovic on his way? oh, i think the reaction to when mr djokovic posted on social media that he 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. right, so given those remarks and your interpretation
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of them, where does that leave the judge? i mean, 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. yes, the — i've read through the case that djokovic's lawyers have put and i would have to say, it is 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 has rightly made the comment "what more could djokovic have done in terms of satisfying the authorities?" right, so... and that question is left hanging. yeah, i sort of get the sense, though, that were you sitting in the judge's seat, you would be feeling quite sympathetic towards the djokovic case? yes, i mean, i'm not sympathetic at all to mr djokovic's stance on vaccines — i think that's quite absurd and misleading — but looking at the case in isolation, i can see why
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the judge is sympathetic. one thing seems true, this will not go away either way, is it? 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. yes — yes, this will probably drag on. you know, fingers fully pointed and blame will be allocated. —— you know, fingers will be pointed and blame will be allocated. what i really do hope, as a former public servant, that the relativelyjunior officer who was forced into making this decision is not the one targeted. it was not her fault. abul rizvi. we'll have more in the coming hours on this story. the court session resumes in about one hour from the court session resumes in about one hourfrom now. there is a a live page for updates as they happen on the bbc news website, where you'll find the very latest lines and reaction from melbourne and beyond and also background and analysis. in the chaos at kabul airport last august as thousands
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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. 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.
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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 that he willjoin his brothers and sisters and his mum and dad in the united states.
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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 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 go live to los angeles and the golden globes ceremony, which isjust
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wrapping up, and speak to sam asi, who's producer and presenter of bbc cinematic at bbc arabic, as well as being a member of the hollywood foreign press association. sam, thanks for joining sam, thanks forjoining us. i mean, it seems like an odd question to say what is the atmosphere like there, but what is the atmosphere like there? it's very calm. it's actually very nice. i'm enjoying it. it's not bad. yes, we don't have all of the noise and the clamour, all of the stars and the glamour of the styles but it's nice to be around people like you and those are the real cinema audience who are awarding or honouring the talent they see in the cinema. crosstalk. talent they see in the cinema. crosstalk— talent they see in the cinema. crosstalk. it's an interesting experience- — crosstalk. it's an interesting experience. who _ crosstalk. it's an interesting experience. who knows? - crosstalk. it's an interesting | experience. who knows? maybe this will become a trend! it is a virtually — this will become a trend! it is a virtually exclusive - a virtually exclusive experience, it seems. ijust wonder how you feel about experience, it seems. i just wonder how you feel about the fact that it has broadly been
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sidelined by the people who we is meant to be celebrating tonight. —— who it is meant to be. tonight. -- who it is meant to be. . �* , tonight. -- who it is meant to be. ., �*, ., , ., tonight. -- who it is meant to be. , ., ., be. that's a question for them. but it doesn't _ be. that's a question for them. but it doesn't make _ be. that's a question for them. but it doesn't make sense - be. that's a question for them. but it doesn't make sense to i be. that's a question for them. l but it doesn't make sense to me because they benefit from than anybody else. the idea of awards shows is a marketing tool for these movies and movies that cinemas don't see —— people and see in cinemas or maybe they don't have, they don't get the attention in the cinemas in allah they are dominated by blockbuster movies and by the superheroes and those independent all these movies and these dramas really need something like awards shows.- it's _ need something like awards shows.- it's a - need something like awards l shows.- it's a marketing shows. right. it's a marketing tool. it's shows. right. it's a marketing tool- it's a _ shows. right. it's a marketing tool. it's a marketing - shows. right. it's a marketing tool. it's a marketing tool, - tool. it's a marketing tool, eah. i tool. it's a marketing tool, yeah. i want _ tool. it's a marketing tool, yeah. i want to _ tool. it's a marketing tool, yeah. i want to ask - tool. it's a marketing tool, yeah. i want to ask who i tool. it's a marketing tool, | yeah. i want to ask who the winners are injust yeah. i want to ask who the winners are in just a moment but first, you are a member of the organisation in any case. do you feel a token member?
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repeat that please. [30 do you feel a token member? repeat that please.— do you feel a token member? repeat that please. do you feel like ou repeat that please. do you feel like you are _ repeat that please. do you feel like you are a — repeat that please. do you feel like you are a token _ repeat that please. do you feel like you are a token member? i like you are a token member? that is the allegation being raised at the moment. what's wron: raised at the moment. what's wrong with — raised at the moment. what's wrong with the _ raised at the moment. what's wrong with the members? - raised at the moment. what's wrong with the members? do| raised at the moment. what's - wrong with the members? do you feel that it is — wrong with the members? do you feel that it is tokenism _ wrong with the members? do you feel that it is tokenism but - feel that it is tokenism but someone like yourself has been, has been given a membership of the awards organisation? of the golden globes? i... the awards organisation? of the golden globes?— golden globes? i... i 'ust... i applied. * golden globes? i... i 'ust... i applied. putt golden globes? i... i 'ust... i applied, but was _ golden globes? i... i 'ust... i applied, but was a h golden globes? i... ijust... i applied, but was a long - golden globes? i... ijust... i applied, but was a long time | applied, but was a long time ago, about ten or 12 years ago, i think, ago, about ten or 12 years ago, ithink, i ago, about ten or 12 years ago, i think, i arrived in la. i couldn't dream of getting access easily or at all to press junkets access easily or at all to pressjunkets or access easily or at all to press junkets or anything because you see, this is the issue here, the lack of diversity. if you come from the middle east or africa, nobody cares about you as a journalist. you can't get access anywhere. for me, the organisation was kind of the crack into the system, the
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hollywood system, that enabled me to get access and a career as a journalist because if you really go to these press junkets, even now, today, even with the boycott of things here, they are dominated by white journalists. that's reality. white journalists. that's reali . white journalists. that's reality.- so - white journalists. that's reality.- so to - white journalists. that's i reality.- so to blame white journalists. that's - reality.- so to blame it reality. right. so to blame it all on the — reality. right. so to blame it all on the foreign _ reality. right. so to blame it all on the foreign press - all on the foreign press organisation is unfair because i hope, you know, when this crisis began, i was excited for it. this is great. maybe now there will be attention on the lack of diversity in the media in hollywood.— lack of diversity in the media in holl ood. ,, ,, ~ �*, in hollywood. crosstalk. let's see if that _ in hollywood. crosstalk. let's see if that happens. _ in hollywood. crosstalk. let's see if that happens. sam, - in hollywood. crosstalk. let's see if that happens. sam, sorry| see if that happens. sam, sorry to cut you short, we literally have 20 seconds. can you point out the big winner from tonight? i out the big winner from tonight?— out the big winner from toniiht? ., �* ~' , tonight? i don't think they announced _ tonight? i don't think they announced it _ tonight? i don't think they announced it yet - tonight? i don't think they announced it yet the - tonight? i don't think they announced it yet the best| announced it yet the best picture but succession did well, they have i think they got two and the squid game got two. ,, ., , ., .,
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two. squid game, squid game had to come into _ two. squid game, squid game had to come into it _ two. squid game, squid game had to come into it again. _ two. squid game, squid game had to come into it again. got - two. squid game, squid game had to come into it again. got to - to come into it again. got to end it there, sam. hopefully we will get the chance to find out more about it in the hours ahead. you are watching bbc news. that's it for the moment. 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 to slowly creep its way a little bit further eastwards.
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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, high pressure builds to the south of the uk and with this high pressure,
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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 is 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 australia's vaccine policy. at least 19 people have died, nine of them children, after a fire in an apartment building in new york city. a malfunctioning electric heater is thought to have sparked the incident. 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 dateline london,

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