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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines... the man who took four people hostage at a synagogue in texas is confirmed to be a 44—year—old british citizen. novak djokovic has been deported from australia, afterjudges rejected the unvaccinated tennis star's appeal to stay in the country. surveillance flights prepare to head to the pacific island nation of tonga —— to assess the damage caused by a volcanic eruption and tsunami. the uk's opposition labour leader sir keir starmer says borisjohnson broke the law and should resign, over a series of parties at downing street during coronavirus restrictions.
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live from our studio in singapore — this is bbc news. it's newsday. it's 7am in singapore, and 5pm in dallas, where a man who took four people hostage at a synagogue — and held them for ten hours — has been identified by the fbi as ali—year old british citizen malik faisal akram. the four hostages were freed by police — the hostage taker died at the scene. us presidentjoe biden has called the siege "an act of terror". the family of the hostage taker in the uk have released a statement saying they do not condone any of his actions and they apologise to all the victims involved. sophie long has this report from texas. this is the moment the three final
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hostages ran for their lives, more than ten hours after their ordeal began. a successful but nonetheless terrifying end to the delicate day—long operation involving negotiators and heavily armed police. negotiators and heavily the man, now identified as malik faisal akram, a 44—year—old british citizen originally from lancashire, was shot and killed. he'd claimed to have a gun and a bomb when he interrupted a peaceful morning service being streamed from the congregation beth israel in dallas. initially, four people were taken hostage, including the rabbi. six hours later, one was released unharmed. for the others, the ordeal was to continue until the fbi swat team stormed the building. sometime around 9pm today, this evening, the hrt, the hostage rescue team, breached the synagogue, they rescued the three hostages and the subject is deceased. people came here, a place
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of worship, to pray, but once again in america, a moment of peace became a moment of profound pain. as the people who were trapped, terrified, try to come to terms with what happened, synagogues across the country have increased security in fear of copycat attacks. this was an act of terror, this was an out of terror, we're not going to tolerate this. we have this capacity to deal with assaults on particularly the anti—semitism that has grown up, i'll be putting a call into the rabbi, we missed one another on the way up here, but they should rest assured that we are focused. akram, who arrived in the united states two weeks ago, was heard ranting about religion and demanding the release of a pakistani neuroscientist with suspected links to al-qaeda currently serving a prison sentence in texas. british police are now assisting the us authorities with their investigation.
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i'm joined now by our correspondent sophie long in texas thanks so much forjoining us on the programme. just to pick up where you are report left off on that investigation, where are we act and what possible leads do officials have? ~ , ., u, what possible leads do officials have? well, you can probably see behind me _ have? well, you can probably see behind me that _ have? well, you can probably see behind me that the _ have? well, you can probably see behind me that the road - have? well, you can probably see behind me that the road remains| behind me that the road remains closed by the synagogue just stare, a visible indication that the investigation is ongoing. it still at its early stages. we now know that counterterrorist police forces in the north of england are working with the us forces here. this is now an investigation of global reach. in terms of what exactly happened inside that synagogue, we are getting more detail coming from various sources in the last couple of hours, there was a statement from the rabbi who was one of the hostages taken and he said as well
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as giving thanks for being alive and being gratefulfor as giving thanks for being alive and being grateful for the support from the law enforcement officers and first responders, he also said, interestingly, in the last hour of our hostage crisis, the gunman became increasingly belligerent and threatening and he said without the instruction we received, we would not have been prepared to act and fleet when we sought the situation arise, when the opportunity arose. he was referring —— referring to active shooter training they had received and urging other worshipers and other men in —— members of synagogues to do the same to member that would indicate that they took the opportunity to flee themselves. we have not yet had that confirmed by police, but in a statement, you mentioned in your introduction from the family of the man, they had confirmed that he passed away in texas and confirmed that he had been suffering from mental health issues. the family, they said that they were devastated and that they wanted to stress that he actually released the hostages. so waiting to find out
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what happened in that final hour of the hostage crisis, but, of course, the hostage crisis, but, of course, the investigation is very much ongoing. the investigation is very much on . oin . . ., the investigation is very much onauoin. . ., . ., the investigation is very much onauoin. ., ., ., ., ongoing. indeed, and information, as ou sa , ongoing. indeed, and information, as you say. coming _ ongoing. indeed, and information, as you say, coming through _ ongoing. indeed, and information, as you say, coming through every - ongoing. indeed, and information, as you say, coming through every singlej you say, coming through every single moment it sounds like. one of the other things that we have heard from law enforcement officials is that the hostage taker was heard demanding the release of a woman. i understand pakistani neuroscientist currently serving a prison sentence in the us. what more do we know about how this may or may not be connected to what happened? weill. connected to what happened? well, ou are connected to what happened? well, you are right- _ connected to what happened? well, you are right. you _ connected to what happened? well, you are right. you may— connected to what happened? well, you are right. you may be _ connected to what happened? -ii you are right. you may be aware that much of what happened in the early part of this hostage crisis was actually recorded. the service that he interrupted was being broadcast on a live streaming event for people who could not come to the synagogue due to co—bed. some of that has been recorded, and he was heard demanding the release of the scientist, a woman he was arrested some years
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ago, currently serving an 86 year sentence for attempting to kill us military personnel in afghanistan. now, initially he claimed to be her brother and said that he was demanding to speak to his sister and that his sister be released. we have had it confirmed from the family's lawyer that there is no relationship between the two. so we don't yet know exactly what the connection is. president biden spoke earlier from philadelphia and said that this is an act of terror and said that he was hoping to speak to the rabbi. i tried to make contact and wanted to offer the is that this act of terror would not be tolerated and talked about the rise in anti—semitism and that they would be focusing on that and it wouldn't be tolerated. fascinating stuff from sobhy long. thank you for keeping us up to date on every twist and turn on that story. another story we have been following very closely here i newsday—
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we're less than an hour away from the start of the first round of the australian open, but the world's top male player, novak djokovic, will not be there to defend his title. the tennis champion has been deported from australia after losing his legal challenge to the cancellation of his visa. a panel ofjudges upheld the australian government's decision — they said that his refusal to be vaccinated against covid—i9 made him a threat to public health. the serbian prime minster has accused australia of a witch hunt. from melbourne — shaimaa khalil has been following this story. he's used to winning on court, but today, he was defeated in it. the world number one men's tennis player lost his last—ditch battle to stay in the country and was forced out of australia. ..the amended application be dismissed, with costs... three judges upheld the government's decision to cancel his visa. the immigration minister had argued that the unvaccinated tennis star's presence here could bolster anti—vaccination sentiment.
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in his statement, the world number one said... outside the court, many of his fans were still in shock. and emotions were high. it's disgraceful, how has his first visa been...? how did the first court ruling rule in his favour but now it's ruled against him, why? he had an exemption to come here and play tennis, he was allowed to come here, and that's what he should be doing. it's a political stunt. and serbia's president was even more indignant. he came there with medical exemption proposal, and then you were mistreating him for ten days, why did you do it? and then doing that witches hunt campaign against him, and that is something that no—one can understand. this was a high—stakes court
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battle for both sides. the government has been publicly embarrassed by its mishandling of the controversy, while the player was desperate to avoid forfeiting the chance to compete for his record—breaking 21st grand slam title. make after being a company to the airport by federal police officers, he boarded a plane to dubai, ending a socket that has breezed the country, the player and the australian open. phil mercerjoins us now from the rod laa—vuh arena in melbourne where the australian open is taking place. he's been following the story very closely. the australian open is taking place imminently. great to have you i newsday again. just to start by asking we have heard some of the reaction from fans in that last report that, but what is the sense with the wider public about
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this? ., , sense with the wider public about this? . , ., , sense with the wider public about this? . , ., _ ., �*, this? the gates to this year's australian — this? the gates to this year's australian open _ this? the gates to this year's australian open flew - this? the gates to this year's australian open flew open i this? the gates to this year'sl australian open flew open and this? the gates to this year's - australian open flew open and they would 15 minutes ago, and the supporters we have been speaking to here have no sympathy for novak djokovic. melbourne has been one of, if not the most locked down cities in the world during the pandemic, so that people here have felt the restrictions extremely keenly, and i think across australia, there is frustration at what is seen as a privileged athlete trying to exploit a loophole in the regulation. so there is frustration that all of this has unfolded. disappointment that the world's best men's tennis player isn't here to try to defend his title, but certainly very little sympathy for him as far as novak djokovic is concerned. he boarded a flight to dubai about 1030 last night, localtime, he is flight to dubai about 1030 last
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night, local time, he is due in the middle east in about three hours' time, where he goes from there, we are not sure, but one thing is certain, his deportation from australia will raise huge questions about how the authorities and the government have handled the situation. , ., situation. yes, indeed. on that, the government— situation. yes, indeed. on that, the government responds, _ situation. yes, indeed. on that, the government responds, what - situation. yes, indeed. on that, the government responds, what is - situation. yes, indeed. on that, the| government responds, what is being said about that? i know opinions are divided on how they have handled this as well. divided on how they have handled this as well-— divided on how they have handled this as well. ., ., ~ , . ., this as well. novak d'okovic flew to australia believing _ this as well. novak djokovic flew to australia believing he _ this as well. novak djokovic flew to australia believing he had - this as well. novak djokovic flew to australia believing he had a - this as well. novak djokovic flew to | australia believing he had a medical waiverfrom australia believing he had a medical waiver from covid—19 vaccination. australian's immigration rules during the pandemic state that all foreign nationals coming into the country must either be fully vaccinated or have a genuine a medical reason not to be so to have that exemption. now novak djokovic had a waiverfrom that exemption. now novak djokovic had a waiver from tennis australia, the governing body that organises the governing body that organises the australian open and also the victorious state government. however, when he arrived at
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melbourne's international airport 11 days ago, federal authorities challenged about waiver and so began this saga that included his detention two challenges inquired, and ultimately his deportation from australia, what it means for novak djokovic well, time will tell. will it be into any? embarrassment? humiliation? orwill it be into any? embarrassment? humiliation? or will be hit allowed to come back in the future and have another go? the prime minister is in drilling out novak djokovic being allowed to return next year, but one thing is for certain, has the event gets under way here at melbourne park in the next hour or so, there will be no djokovic. he has been the king of melbourne park, but this year, the crown will go to someone else. sale, keeping us up—to—date on that story i newsday. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme... we'll get the latest from tonga as a new zealand airforce plane flys
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to the island to assess the damage caused by saturday's volcanic eruption and tsunami. 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. i tens of thousands of black childrenl in south africa have taken advantage of laws passed by the country'sl new multiracial government and enrolled at formerly—white schools.
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tonight sees the 9610th performance of the 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've been the last person to want such a thing. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. our headlines... president biden has called saturday's hostage stand—off in texas an "act of terror". four people escaped unharmed after being held for several hours in a synagogue. the hostage— taker, who died during the siege, was a british citizen named malik faisal akram. the family of novak djokovic have described as scandalous australia's decision to deport the serbian tennis star as he was preparing to defend his open title in melbourne. the australian government said it was protecting the many sacrifices made for public health. the capital of tonga is reported
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to have suffered significant damage after an underwater volcanic eruption in the south pacific. much of the island nation was covered with a layer of ash. the tsunami triggered by the eruption caused flooding on parts of the us west coast and japan. rupert wingfield—hayes reports from tokyo. from high up in space, weather satellites caught the moment the huge underwater volcano let loose, sending a cloud of ash and rock 20 kilometres high and at least 500 kilometres wide. that's an ash cloud that could stretch from london to edinburgh, and somewhere beneath it is the tiny island kingdom of tonga. the first thing to hit the island was the shockwave. then came the rushing waters of a tsunami, smashing into seawalls and flooding what here appears to be a church. next, day turned tonight as the ash to fall. in new zealand, prime minister jacinda ardern said communication
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with tonga remains difficult. shops along the coast have been damaged and a significantly clean—up will be needed. nuku'alofa is covered in a thick film of volcanic dust, but otherwise, conditions are calm and stable. in new zealand, the tsunami caused serious damage, smashing boats against each other and causing some to sink. but tonight, the main concern remains tonga. until the ash cloud clears and new zealand and australia can begin sending military flights, it remains very unclear how bad the situation on the island really is. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in tokyo. i'm joined now by anna jane lagi, a tongan university student studying in neighbouring fiji. thank you so much forjoining us on the programme. in the first instance can ijust want the programme. in the first instance can i just want to ask the programme. in the first instance can ijust want to ask if the programme. in the first instance can i just want to ask if your family, friends, have you heard from them? are they well?—
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them? are they well? thank you. i did hearjust _ them? are they well? thank you. i did hearjust an _ them? are they well? thank you. i did hearjust an hour _ them? are they well? thank you. i did hearjust an hour before - them? are they well? thank you. i did hearjust an hour before this i did hearjust an hour before this interview that my mum and my siblings are good at it, and hopefully my dad and my auntie as well. we were able to contact them by asking someone who was working at a place where they have a satellite phone. they were able to contact a few family members and get back to us that they are safe. that few family members and get back to us that they are safe.— us that they are safe. that is excellent _ us that they are safe. that is excellent news, _ us that they are safe. that is excellent news, and - us that they are safe. that is excellent news, and i - us that they are safe. that is excellent news, and i am - us that they are safe. that is excellent news, and i am so | us that they are safe. that is - excellent news, and i am so happy to hear that. excellent news, and i am so happy to hearthat. it excellent news, and i am so happy to hear that. it must be such a worrying time for the community, obviously notjust on the island nation, but in fiji, which i understand has quite a sizeable community. understand has quite a sizeable community-— understand has quite a sizeable communi . , ., , ., , community. yes, quite a number of us are here. community. yes, quite a number of us are here- as — community. yes, quite a number of us are here. as well— community. yes, quite a number of us are here. as well as _ community. yes, quite a number of us are here. as well as in _ community. yes, quite a number of us are here. as well as in other— are here. as well as in other countries, and we have already been pulled together by this event. it is really unifying a lot of us around the globe, so there were numerous programmes where everyone had come together to pray and encourage each other as we wait together for any
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updates. in other as we wait together for any u dates. . , other as we wait together for any u dates. ., , ., , ., , updates. in the early hours of this unfoldin: , updates. in the early hours of this unfolding. i _ updates. in the early hours of this unfolding, i imagine _ updates. in the early hours of this unfolding, i imagine it _ updates. in the early hours of this unfolding, i imagine it was - updates. in the early hours of this unfolding, i imagine it was very i unfolding, i imagine it was very difficult to get any sort of communication from loved ones from the area. talk us through how you and your friends in the area. talk us through how you and yourfriends in fiji tried and your friends in fiji tried to get in touch with family members? not a lot of us were actually aware of what was going on. we understood that there was a tsunami warning, but it had been so long since one had actually happened that i guess we were alljust so comfortable and didn't expect it to carry through until the eruptions happen sometime earlier in the afternoon. itjust derailed after that, the whole situation, and family members were calling us, my sister called me, we were on call coming in within the span of 30 minutes, we watched as it went from shady too dark to pitch
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black, the road was only lit by the lights of the cars as they were queuing up to get to evacuation places. just around 6pm to 7pm that night, the call switched off, and i assume that they turned it off so that they could settle themselves and or something, but then a lot of the students here where messaging each other because they could not get a hold of their family members either, and we realised that there must have been a blackout. it was really hard. there was nothing we could do, we couldn't talk to them, we can ask them how they were doing orfind out we can ask them how they were doing or find out whether they had reached the evacuation centre, but we sat and hoped together for the the evacuation centre, but we sat and hoped togetherfor the best, so far, the updates are good. weill. and hoped together for the best, so far, the updates are good.— far, the updates are good. well, i am very grateful— far, the updates are good. well, i am very grateful and _ far, the updates are good. well, i am very grateful and happy - far, the updates are good. well, i am very grateful and happy to - far, the updates are good. well, i l am very grateful and happy to hear that, thank you so much for taking
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the time tojoin that, thank you so much for taking the time to join us on the programme as well. meanwhile, in other headlines today... the uk labour leader says borisjohnson has presided over "industrial scale partying" in downing street and renewed his call for the prime minister to resign. sir keir starmer said there was no need to wait for the senior civil servant inquiry into a series of alleged rule—breaking parties. the tory party chairman oliver dowden admitted there were failings in number ten but denied it was a resigning matter for the prime minister. here's our political correspondent chris mason this remains a moment of danger for the prime minister. conservative mps have spent the weekend back in the patches that sent them to westminster, eyes and ears alert to the outrage, or otherwise, of their electorate. places like grimsby, in lincolnshire, labourfor decades, until borisjohnson wooed this town to turn it tory.
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he doesn't get my vote again, definitely not. going conservative as a working family thought it would be in our favour, but the way they've behaved, we need a change to the other side so i will definitely change my vote. he made a mistake, it's not a big deal. ijust think it's cruel to hear about it, i really do. - i think it's disgusting, - especially when you come to a town like grimsby. it's been tough, it's been really tough. i the labour leader, a former director of public prosecutions, has definitely made his mind up. he reckons the prime minister is a lawbreaker and a liar. i think it's pretty obvious what has happened, that industrial scale partying has been going on at downing street, not much of it is really denied, and i think the public have made up their mind, i think the facts speakfor themselves, i think the prime minister broke the law, i think he then lied about what had happened. mr speaker, i want to apologise... the prime minister has
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admitted turning up at one drinks do and said sorry. but there was a catalogue of whitehall partying when parties were banned, and this is just some of the get togethers we currently know about. it is the job of this woman, a senior civil servant, sue gray, to assemble the definitive compilation of events. report is expected in the next week or so. the chair of the conservative party... in the meantime those loyal to borisjohnson are saying... the culture in downing street does need to be addressed and i think it is absolutely essential that when the prime minister responds to the report by sue gray and he is committed to doing that in parliament, that he addresses that culture. i know from many conversations i have had with the prime minister that he is in absolutely no doubt that he should and will take responsibility. conservative mps will head back here in the morning to share with each other horror stories of fury over what has happened and to mull over what to do next.
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the uk culture secretary has said that the bbc licence fee will be abolished in 2027. in a tweet nadine dorries said a forthcoming announcement on the price of the licence fee for the next few years would be the last. one of her conservative predecessors — john whittingdale — says that currently — there is no feasible alternative to the licence fee. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. france's parliament has approved the government's implentation of a vaccine pass. it paves the way for the regulation to come into effect in the coming days. the pass will require people to have a certificate of vaccination to enter public places like restaurants, cafes, cinemas and long—distance trains. more than 70 million americans are in the grip of a winter storm sweeping up the eastern united states towards canada. weather forecasters are warning of strong winds, hail, and snow, with coastal flooding possible.
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the states of georgia, virginia, north carolina and south carolina have already declared a state of emergency. several hundred thousand people are without power. if you're a fan of flowers, here's something to make you smile. the markets in southern china are in full bloom , ahead of the lunar new year. throngs of shoppers in guangxi have been enjoying the bright colours as they shope for for floral designs to decorate their homes for the holiday. roses are usually very popular as red is seen as a festive colour. wintersweets are also a favourite, because they bloom for a long time. baskets of artificial flowers, which are called fortune baskets, are also popular. the store owners said they expect flower sales to peak in the next week when many people will begin their holiday.
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that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. hello there. a bit like it was last week — this week will be a quiet one, high pressure never too far away. and that means a lot of dry weather. indeed, some parts of the midlands, eastern england could be completely dry this week. there's going to be quite cold, not so much during the day, but i think overnight, we will find some frost. and, with clearer skies developing at the moment, we start monday with a frost, particularly across england, wales, and also northern ireland. some patches of mist and fog around by the morning, mainly across parts of wales and the west country. those should fairly quickly lift, and there's going to be a lot of sunshine around for most of us and light winds, too. the winds won't be as strong as they were on sunday in northern scotland — should be dry here, but there will be a lot of cloud. and we're sitting at temperatures of 8—9 celsius, which isn't bad,
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really, for this time of the year. now i mentioned high pressure, there it is on monday — as we head into tuesday with these weather fronts are poking in from the northwest. but underneath the centre of the high, with those clearer skies and light winds, we'll start with more fog on tuesday, particularly across parts of the midlands, east anglia, and the southeast and, whilst it lifts, it could stay a bit grey all day. some sunshine around, but more cloud coming in on tuesday, and those weak weather fronts bring in some rain across northern ireland, eventually into western parts of scotland, but lifting temperatures perhaps into double figures. likely to be a colder day, though, for england and wales, especially where it stays grey and misty. those weather fronts continue to move down from the northwest with a stronger wind, as well, but those weather fronts are weakening all the while. so there's not much rain away from northwestern parts of the uk. more cloud, a bit of patchy light rain or drizzle to clear from england and wales. then sunshine follows from the north, strengthening those northwesterly winds — and it's getting colder, as well, hence those wintry showers in the far north of scotland. could make double figures still in the far southwest of england. now i mentioned high pressure will dominate over the week ahead,
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and another one is coming in later in the week. but, for a while, it's going to be centred to the west of the uk — hence those colder northwesterly winds coming our way and dropping the temperatures overnight. so thursday, a more widespread frost. those are the temperatures in towns and cities. maybe a bit more cloud keeping temperatures up in northern ireland, and there'll be more cloud across northern scotland, a stronger wind here, maybe pushing 1—2 showers down some of those north sea coasts. but generally, thursday will be dry, and again, there'll be a lot of sunshine. a chilly wind, yes, and temperatures will be typically around 6—8 celsius.
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hello, this is bbc news. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment. first, the headlines... the man who took four people hostage at a synagogue in texas is confirmed to be a british man named malik faisal akram. his family say they are devastated and do not condone his actions. police here confirm malik faisal akram was originally from blackburn, and say they're helping with the investigation led by us authorities. labour leader sir keir starmer says borisjohnson broke the law and should resign, over a series of parties at downing street during coronavirus restrictions. i think the facts speak for themselves, i think the prime minister broke the law. i think he then lied about what had happened. novak djokovic has been deported from australia, afterjudges rejected on public health grounds the unvaccinated
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tennis star's appeal to stay in the country a british woman is missing in tonga after being washed away in the tsunami which hit the island. the amount of damage it's caused is still unclear. hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are author and journalist yasmin alibhai—brown, and martin lipton. good to talk with you, we'll be back with you in a second, let's take a look at those front pages. the daily telegraph says borisjohnson has been questioned by sue gray over partying allegations, as new signs of a tory grassroots backlash emerged. meanwhile, the guardian reports that
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borisjohnson has been accused of targeting the bbc in an attempt to save his own premiership,

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