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welcome to bbc news — i'm david eades. our top stories: no turning back. novak djokovic has touched down in dubai after being deported from australia over the country's vaccine policy. we'll be live with our correspondent near dubai airport — and get the mood in melbourne as the australian open begins without the men's number one. the man who took four people hostage at a synagogue in texas is confirmed as a 44—year—old british citizen. now, uk police make two arrests in manchester. surveillance flights head to the pacific island nation of tonga to assess the damage caused by a volcanic eruption and tsunami.
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the australian open tennis tournament is under way in melbourne, but without the men's world number one, novak djokovic. is the tournament in melbourne finally gets under way he has landed in dubai and left behind a frantic and messy legal wrangle which he ultimately lost. the federal court agreed with the view of the government thatis with the view of the government that is status as a role model coupled with his perceived opposition to being vaccinated against covid could have had a impact on public health orders in australia. our middle east correspondent is near the dubai international airport and phil mercer is in melbourne. we have
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seen pictures of novak djokovic arriving in dubai. what next? it is still not clear what is next. he arrived a little over one hour ago and the picture you have shows and getting off the aircraft. there are two or three options in front of him. number one, whether he heads to serbia when notjust his family but the whole country has been rallying behind him. the president has also appealed to him to come to serbia and he will surely get a grand welcome. the second option is to head to spain because it when he travelled to australia via dubai ten years ago he travelled from spain. the third option could be more larko where he has a lot of residence. he spent a lot of time when he is not playing tennis there. the unlikely option could be dubai. there is a tennis tournament starting next month in february 14 and djokovic did play that tournament two years ago and
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won. that could be the other option. just note, david, as far as dubai goes you do not need to be vaccinated to enter the city as long as you have a pcr test. so there will be no hassles as far as vaccination goes. but the tournament is one month away so we still don't know whether he will decide to stay. so far reports indicate that serbia could be his next stop but we still do not know. we wait to see where he may move to next. clearly a lot of interest from those in the airport at that particular time of day when they see djokovic come along. no surprises there. phil mercer in melbourne. no djokovic, a real shock to the system if you just step back for a moment and take that on board. this is the man who virtually owns melbourne and he is not there. he virtually owns melbourne and he is not there-— is not there. he has been the kin: of is not there. he has been the king of melbourne _ is not there. he has been the king of melbourne park - is not there. he has been the king of melbourne park and l is not there. he has been the i king of melbourne park and has won the title here nine times. he was the defending champion but the defence of the title
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obviously ended before it even began with the long legal battle which ultimately ended in deportation. mistakes and missteps by both sides in this very long saga. player himself and of course australian authorities. fans here at the australian open digesting the news that the man who has won so many titles and was on the verge, potentially, have a history making 21st grand slam will not be here but the fans we have been speaking to, david, there is an overwhelming feeling that novak had to go. to be honest most of the tennis players — to be honest most of the tennis players are vaccinated so obviously that was a requirement to get into the feels — requirement to get into the feels like if everyone else did it he — feels like if everyone else did it he should have but i do feel the government should have taken — the government should have taken some responsibility in giving — taken some responsibility in giving him an exemption initially— giving him an exemption initially and itjust giving him an exemption initially and it just went out of control and it should not have — of control and it should not have gotten to this point, basically. i have gotten to this point, basically-—
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have gotten to this point, basicall . . ., ., , ., basically. i have a theory that an one basically. i have a theory that anyone australia _ basically. i have a theory that anyone australia was - basically. i have a theory that anyone australia was not - anyone australia was not vaccinated. _ anyone australia was not vaccinated, go _ anyone australia was not vaccinated, go to - anyone australia was not vaccinated, go to work, i anyone australia was not - vaccinated, go to work, cargo to a _ vaccinated, go to work, cargo to a restaurant _ vaccinated, go to work, cargo to a restaurant and _ to a restaurant and probably can't — to a restaurant and probably can't walk_ to a restaurant and probably can't walk in _ to a restaurant and probably can't walk in the gate - to a restaurant and probably can't walk in the gate here l can't walk in the gate here today— today so why should anybody be able to — today so why should anybody be able to work _ today so why should anybody be able to work with _ today so why should anybody be able to work with the _ today so why should anybody be able to work with the —— - today so why should anybody be able to work with the —— being l able to work with the —— being unvaccinated _ able to work with the —— being unvaccinated here _ able to work with the —— being unvaccinated here in - able to work with the —— being| unvaccinated here in australia. yes, _ unvaccinated here in australia. yes. he — unvaccinated here in australia. yes. he is _ unvaccinated here in australia. yes. he is a _ unvaccinated here in australia. yes, he is a great _ unvaccinated here in australia. yes, he is a great athlete - unvaccinated here in australia. yes, he is a great athlete but. yes, he is a great athlete but ithihk— yes, he is a great athlete but ithihk they— yes, he is a great athlete but i think they have _ yes, he is a great athlete but i think they have made - yes, he is a great athlete but i think they have made the i i think they have made the right— i think they have made the right decision, _ i think they have made the i right decision, unfortunately for him _ right decision, unfortunately for him i— right decision, unfortunately for him. ~ , for him. i think he deserved it. although — for him. i think he deserved it. although he _ for him. i think he deserved it. although he is _ for him. i think he deserved it. although he is an - for him. i think he deserved i it. although he is an excellent player but no player is above the game and he set himself up for this. the game and he set himself up forthis. so the game and he set himself up for this. so all he had to do was get vaccinated or do the right thing and he could have stayed. but hejust right thing and he could have stayed. but he just made it awful for himself.— stayed. but he just made it awful for himself. 9096 of the eo - le awful for himself. 9096 of the peeple are — awful for himself. 9096 of the people are vaccinated - awful for himself. 9096 of the people are vaccinated and - awful for himself. 9096 of the people are vaccinated and if. people are vaccinated and if you don't want to go by that you — you don't want to go by that you are _ you don't want to go by that you are letting the whole setup down — you are letting the whole setup down so — you are letting the whole setup down. so i think it is a difficult _ down. so i think it is a difficult situation for all and it could _ difficult situation for all and it could have been easier, like the prime _ it could have been easier, like the prime minister said, to just— the prime minister said, to just get— the prime minister said, to just get vaccinated. | the prime minister said, to just get vaccinated.- just get vaccinated. i can't think of any _ just get vaccinated. i can't think of any other - just get vaccinated. i can't - think of any other high-profile think of any other high—profile
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athlete or anyone else have outstanding who has been deported from australia so what awaits novak djokovic in the months and years to come. willoughby infamy, will he be embarrassed or humiliated? no doubt when he returns home to serbia there will be a hero's welcome for him and you have to put this storm into context, david. we are hearing reports of every single day tens of thousands of new coronavirus infections. australia has never experienced a ring deal with these sorts of numbers right through the pandemic. this is a highly vaccinated country and as we heard from those fans here in melbourne park, there was a frustration that in many people's opinion he was a highly celebrated and titled athlete who was trying to exploit a loophole and there will be big questions about how he was granted a medical waiver from a coronavirus vaccination perspective in the first place but now the tennis goes on and
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life goes on and so does the australian open.— life goes on and so does the australian open. indeed. they are now under _ australian open. indeed. they are now under way _ australian open. indeed. they are now under way and - australian open. indeed. they are now under way and i - australian open. indeed. they are now under way and i am i australian open. indeed. they i are now under way and i am sure are now under way and i am sure a huge amount of stress on novak djokovic after those ten days of wrangling. phil, thank you, thank you to you both and we will keep tabs on mr djokovic and his next destination. police in the english city of manchester say two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the hostage stand off in texas on saturday. president biden has called it an act of terror. four people escaped unharmed after being held for several hours in a synagogue near dallas. the hostage—taker was a british citizen named malik faisal akram. he died during the siege. sophie long reports. this is the moment the three final 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. the man, now identified
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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 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
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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 in to 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. sophie long, bbc news, dallas. javed ali is a former senior intelligence analyst at the fbi, and an associate professor of practice at the gerald r ford school of public policy at the university of michigan. hejoins us now. let's
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he joins us now. let's start, if i can call it a positive note, obviously akram has died in the course of this incident but all those taken hostage have gotten out notjust alive but unhurt and i suppose that's as some thing about the capability of the response of the hostage rescue team. great to be with _ the hostage rescue team. great to be with you _ the hostage rescue team. great to be with you this _ the hostage rescue team. great to be with you this morning. - to be with you this morning. from the previous clip you heard the senior fbi agent on the ground in dallas, the special agent in charge say specifically that operators from the hostage rescue team made the entry and fired upon a crime and killed him in the hostage rescue team of the fbi is the most specialised operational unit the fbi has. these agents trained specifically for these types of missions and operations. they do not really have a traditional investigated duties of other fbi agents that it
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they were on the ground. they must have been mobilised quickly and it must have also taken them a few hours to get on the scene but once the order was made to reach the synagogue then they managed to get hostages out and also take down the hostage take—up. it hostages out and also take down the hostage take-up.— the hostage take-up. it was an effective response _ the hostage take-up. it was an effective response and - the hostage take-up. it was an effective response and with - effective response and with your experience, the questions we are asking is what was the understanding all the knowledge of this man beforehand? ah, understanding all the knowledge of this man beforehand?- of this man beforehand? a great cuestion. of this man beforehand? a great question. obviously _ of this man beforehand? a great question. obviously he - of this man beforehand? a great question. obviously he is - of this man beforehand? a great question. obviously he is dead i question. obviously he is dead so we will not be able, the fbi will not be able to interview him or get to do that. so i would think that through the course of the investigation going on now that they will be talking to people who knew him, his family obviously and it sounds like the british authorities are assisting with that. how much evidence did he leave from a digital perspective either on his devices, his phones, social media, clearly he was making statements during the stand—off so there is a lot to unpack in
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terms of his radicalisation and mobilisation of why he acted this way but right now it is still too early to tell specifically. if still too early to tell specifically.- still too early to tell specifically. still too early to tell secificall . ., , ., still too early to tell secificall . ., ., specifically. if he was on a british watchlist _ specifically. if he was on a british watchlist would - specifically. if he was on a| british watchlist would you have expected and assumed that intelligence in the us would know of him and about him? that is one of the _ know of him and about him? trust is one of the interesting aspects. if he was known to british intelligence or british law enforcement, how was he able to get on a plane and leave britain for the united states? and if the reporting is true that he did fly intojfk two weeks ago, how was he not stopped if he was a watchlist and either turned around or interviewed? it does not look like that is happened based on current reporting. so a lot of questions about what british authorities new and then a few was unknown, what was he doing here for the last two weeks and how did he also purchase a
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firearm?— how did he also purchase a firearm? ., ~ , ., , . firearm? thank you very much indeed. north korea has fired a missile into the sea of japan — its fourth launch this month. south korean and japanese military units detected the missile which was fired from north korea's east coast. it's not known what type of weapon was being tested. earlier this month, north korea claimed to have successfully launched two hypersonic missiles and a pair of short range ballistic missiles. stay with us on bbc news. still to come on the programme: surveillance flights head to the pacific island nation of tonga to assess the damage caused by a volcanic eruption and tsunami. donald trump is now the 45th president of the united states. he was sworn in before several hundred thousand people on the steps of capitol hill in washington.
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it's going to be only america first. demonstrators waiting for mike gatting and his rebel cricket team were attacked with tear gas and set upon by police dogs. anti—apartheid campaigners say they would carry on the protests throughout the tour. they called him the 'butcher of lyon'. klaus altmann is being held on a fraud charge in bolivia. the west germans wanted to extradite him for crimes committed in wartime france. there, he was the gestapo chief klaus barbie. millions came to bathe as close as possible to this spot. - a tide of humanity- that's believed by officials to have broken all records. this is bbc news. the latest headlines:
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novak djokovic arrives in dubai after being deported from australia, where the tennis open he was hoping to compete in gets under way. british police make two arrests in manchester over the siege at a synagogue in texas, just hours after the hostage taker was confirmed as a british citizen. the capital of tonga is reported 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 20km high and at least 500km wide — that's an ash cloud that could stretch from london to edinburgh. somewhere beneath it is the
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tiny island kingdom of tonga. the first thing to hit the island was the shock wave. bang. 0h, bleep! then came the rushing waters of a tsunami, smashing into seawalls and flooding what here appears to be a church. sirens wail. next, day turned to night as the ash began to fall. these pictures are reportedly from saturday afternoon as people were trying to flee from the coast. in new zealand, prime ministerjacinda ardern said communication with tonga remains difficult. shops along the coast have been damaged and a significant clean—up will be needed. nuku'alofa is covered in a thick film of volcanic dust but otherwise, conditions are calm and stable. the hunga tonga—hunga—ha'apai volcano has been active since mid—december. the eruption sent a tsunami wave right across the pacific ocean. i'm sure we'll find out but at the moment, it's not clear whether the tsunami was caused by a big collapse
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of material underwater or even the shock wave itself, perhaps kind of acting as a fist and slapping down on the sea and producing a displacement which then propagates as a wave. 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. let's get some of the day's other news. a massive winter storm is creating hazardous conditions for millions in the us and is expected to travel north as far as canada by the weekend. north carolina is urging people to stay off the roads and travel only when it's absolutely necessary. an estimated 100 million people are expected to be affected
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by snow and wind. france's parliament has approved the government's implementation 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. somalia's government spokesman has been injured in a suicide attack on his car in the capital mogadishu. eyewitnesses said mohamed ibrahim moalimuu was targeted directly because the suicide bomber detonated the explosives close to where he was sitting. the islamist group al—shabaab said it carried out the attack. 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, but hasn't said how
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it will be replaced. one of the most decorated african—american military pilots, charles mcgee, has died aged 102. an original member of the tuskegee airmen, an all—black aviation unit formed during the second world war, charles mcgee flew 409 combat missions during that war and the korean and vietnam conflicts. mcgee also fought against segregation in the us military, saying the tuskegee airmen had tried to ignore the laws then in place and instead took the chance to prove that they could fly planes. he proved that much, clearly, didn't he? we're joined from springfield in virginia by stephen losey, who is air warfare reporter for defense news. stephen, thank you forjoining us. it sounds like quite a character.— character. he was a very fascinating _ character. he was a very fascinating man. - character. he was a very
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fascinating man. he - character. he was a very - fascinating man. he became a tuskegee airmen when he started training in 1942, he went to europe and became part of the 332nd fighter group and flew p 51 mustang fighters with brightly coloured lead tales, he and the other tuskegee airmen flu brightly coloured lead tales which gave them their —— red tails which gave them a nickname on many bass court missions over europe. —— bomber escort. they quickly became known as some of the best, as courts they could be found in europe ——as some of the best bomber escorts. their track record spoke for itself. crosstalk. presumably it was that, their performance levels that, their performance levels that then led, gradually, as it was, to the sort of desegregation across the forces. , ., , ., , ., , forces. yes, a few short years after world — forces. yes, a few short years after world war _ forces. yes, a few short years
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after world war ii _ forces. yes, a few short years after world war ii in - forces. yes, a few short years after world war ii in 1949, - forces. yes, a few short years | after world war ii in 1949, the airforce began to after world war ii in 1949, the air force began to desegregate and the rest of the us military followed and part of the reason is because the track record of charles mcgee and the other tuskegee airmen was so good but nobody could deny it any more that they were worthy servicemembers. remember, about a century ago, it was official us military policy that black people weren't intelligent or disciplined enough to fly aircraft. the tuskegee airmen shattered all of those stereotypes. shattered all of those stereo es. ,, ,, . stereotypes. crosstalk. he takes an amazing _ stereotypes. crosstalk. he takes an amazing legacy - stereotypes. crosstalk. hej takes an amazing legacy with him in that case. you met him, didn't you? what was he like? i did, i interviewed him about five years ago and found them to be a fascinating man. very open and willing to share his stories and opinions. what i was struck most by was his thoughtfulness. he was very willing to share his war
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stories but very concerned also about what he saw as rising discord, disunity and inequality in the country and, you know, he had concerns about whether women and minorities in the military would continue to have the opportunities that he and others had fought for. but what i thought, what i most recall was he was a man who was very aware of the role that he and his wingmen played in not only winning the war but also making their country better, and he feltjustifiably proud of that. and he felt 'ustifiably proud of that. ,, ,, . and he felt 'ustifiably proud of that. ,, ,, ~ of that. crosstalk. i can imagine — of that. crosstalk. i can imagine why. _ of that. crosstalk. i can imagine why, it's - of that. crosstalk. i can imagine why, it's clear. i of that. crosstalk. | can i imagine why, it's clear. what an extraordinary force of nature. stephen, thank you very much indeed for that. 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
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there was no need to wait for the senior civil servant inquiry into a series of alleged rule—breaking parties. the conservative party chairman oliver dowden admitted there were failings in number 10 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. labour for decades, until borisjohnson wooed this town to turn tory. he don't get my vote again, definitely not. going conservative, as a working family thought it would be in ourfavour, but i think now, the way they've behaved, it's obvious, you know? we need a change to the other side so i will definitely change my vote. everybody makes mistakes. it's not a big deal. ijust think it's cruel to hear about it, i really do. -
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i think it's disgusting, it's — especially when you come i to a town like grimsby. you know, it's been tough, it's been really tough. - 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's happened. there's industrial—scale partying that's 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 speak for themselves. i think the prime minister broke the law. i think he then lied about what had happened. mr speaker, iwant to apologise... the prime minister's admitted turning up at one drinks do and said sorry, but there was a catalogue of whitehall partying when parties were banned — and this isjust some of the get—togethers we currently know about. it's the job of this woman, a senior civil servant, sue gray, to assemble the definitive compilation of events. her report is expected in the next week or so.
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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's absolutely essential that when the prime minister responds to the sue gray report — and he's committed to doing that in parliament — that he addresses that culture. i know from many conversations i've had with the prime minister, he's 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 the horror stories of fury over what has happened and mull over what to do next. chris mason with that report. a reminder of our top story: novak djokovic has arrived in dubai after being deported from australia, where the tennis open he was hoping to compete in gets under way. we do not know where he will be
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going to from dubai but the tennis itself, that is under way. you're watching bbc news. hello there. a bit like it was last week, this week is going to 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. it is going to be quite cold, not so much during the day but i think overnight, we are going to find some frost. 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 or 9 degrees, which isn't bad, really, for this time of the year. now, i mentioned high pressure.
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there it is on monday. as we head into tuesday, these weather fronts are poking in from the north—west but underneath the centre of the high, with those clearer skies and light winds, we are going to start with more fog on tuesday, particularly across parts of the midlands, east anglia and the south—east 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 north—west with a stronger wind, as well, but those weather fronts are weakening all the while, so there's not much rain away from north—western 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 north—westerly 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 south—west of england. now, i mentioned high pressure is going to dominate over
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the week ahead, 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 north—westerly 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 one or two 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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this is bbc news,
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the headlines: novak djokovic has arrived in dubai after being deported from australia. it comes after a ten—day legal tussle over whether he could be granted a visa despite being unvaccinated. the australian open, in which he was hoping to defend his title, is now under way. it's not clear where he'll go next. here in the uk, police have arrested two teenagers in manchester over the siege at a synagogue in the us. four people escaped unharmed after being held for several hours near dallas. the hostagetaker was a british citizen named malik faisal akram. north korea has fired a missile into the sea of japan — its fourth launch this month. south korean and japanese military units detected the missile which was fired from north korea's east coast. it's not known what type of weapon was being tested.
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