this is bbc news with the latest headlines. rafael nadal wins the australian open to claim an historic 21st grand slam title. hundreds more british troops could be sent to eastern europe amid fears that russia is preparing to invade ukraine. we think it's highly likely that he is looking to invade ukraine, that is why we are doing all we can through deterrence and diplomacy to urge him to desist. both the uk prime minister boris johnson and the chancellor say a widely—opposed rise in national insurance will go ahead to fund health and social care. families of those killed 50 years
ago on "bloody sunday" have taken part in a walk of remembrance in londonderry to mark the aniversary. winds of up to 90 miles per hour are forecast to hit northern parts of the uk as storm corrie moves in this evening. rafael nadal has completed a stunning comeback to win the australian open and become the most successful male tennis player of all time. he came from two sets down against the top—seeded player daniil medvedev. it means the spanish player has now won 21 grand slams — more than any man in history and one more than his great rival novak djokavic who was denied entry to australia because he is unvaccinated against covid.
our sports reporter, austin halewood has our top story. as the sun sets on another australian open, the crowd in melbourne were looking for a final piece of magic. rafa nadal could leave the rod laver arena as the most successful men's singles player in history. right now daniil medvedev is at the top of his game and it didn't take the russian long to seal the first set and the second team followed. so many times in his career, nadal has seemingly done the impossible. into the third an unlikely comeback looked on, nadal pulling one back. at 35, after six months out injured, just reaching the final is up there with the best of nadal�*s achievements but that's not enough. the decider.
with the clock ticking past one o'clock in the morning in melbourne, deep into the fifth, after five hours of brilliant tennis, he did it. a 21st grand slam title for nadal and after everything he's faced in the build—up it will certainly go down as one of his best. austin halewood, bbc news. let's talk to our sports correspondent holly hamilton. really fitting should be the 21st title in his career. an title in his career. an extraordinary - title in his career. in extraordinary achievement. what a moment! the thing about rafa nadal, you can never write him off. that match made history. it really felt it. if we are completely honest very few that he could do it. he now surpasses rivals roger federer and novak djokovic with 2! grand slam titles. just to put that into
context, you mentioned, this victory has happened months after rafa nadal retired with a 30 injury. he has been struggling with that. the from fading away into retirement, there he is in melbourne for more than five hours against the tournament favourite. it was the way he won it, coming back from two sets down. at 35 years old producing some magnificent tennis for what is his second australian open title. only the second man in the open era to win each grand slam tournament twice. ., ., , ., ., ~ twice. the other one is novak djokovic- _ twice. the other one is novak djokovic. lets _ twice. the other one is novak djokovic. lets talk _ twice. the other one is novak djokovic. lets talk more - twice. the other one is novakl djokovic. lets talk more about twice. the other one is novak - djokovic. lets talk more about him. he must be watching thinking, that it had been me. he couldn't get into a thriller or was deported from australia because he was unvaccinated and there are doubts now about whether he will be able to compete in the other grand slam tournaments this year. his picture is everywhere. — tournaments this year. his picture is everywhere, the _ tournaments this year. his picture is everywhere, the image - tournaments this year. his picture is everywhere, the image of- tournaments this year. his picture is everywhere, the image of him l is everywhere, the image of him grinning with the trophy in his arms
last year. we know why he is not in melbourne with the controversy around him and the visa application. it seems a long time ago at the moment. if we're honest, in reality, in another world, the world number one should have been defending his title and perhaps he would have one, that would have been his 21st grand slam title and he would have taken record over rafa nadal and roger federer. a lot of people would have wanted to see them. he did not have the correct paperwork or vaccination status to compete in the tournament. i am sure australian organisers would have wanted to see him play. in terms of how the tournament played out, it could not have been better. we are looking ahead to the rest of the grand slams and what happens. a lot of them have learned lessons from the australian open. with the french open, they have already said vaccination status won't affect him competing. as for the australian open organisers, this
couldn't have gone any better. the controversy at the start, all eyes were on melbourne at that point. then we had ash barty becoming the first australian to win in their women's singles and now this, record has been broken by the individual who may be we thought it would have been, novak djokovic. what a moment it has been for novak djokovic and an australian open to remember! thank you. the foreign secretary, liz truss, has said it's highly unlikely british troops would be fighting on the ground if russia were to invade ukraine but said coordinated sanctions targeting russian companies and oligarchs could be a deterrent to president putin. nato's secretary general, jens stoltenberg, has told the bbc it's up to russia to decide whether to pursue a diplomatic path. moscow, which objects to nato's eastward expansion in europe, has denied it plans to invade. here's our diplomatic correspondent, caroline hawley.
nato is beefing up its deterrents in eastern europe with every passing day. this is the west's continuing counter build—up in the face of what downing street is calling rising russian aggression. the aim is to show moscow the price it could pay if it does invade ukraine. to send a message to russia that there will be severe consequences but, of course, the most important thing is to try to prevent military action by russia against ukraine. and so we need to work hard for the best but be prepared for the worst. and this is why there are fears for the worst. over the past few days, there have been russian military exercises by land, air and sea. moscow still insists it has no plans to invade ukraine, accusing the west of fuelling tensions. but this level of military build—up has caused international alarm. there's no talk from any western country of sending troops to fight
to defend ukraine itself, but a small contingent of british troops is in the country, here helping train ukrainian forces to repel any attack. we've supplied anti—tank missiles, defensive weapons. we're giving support to the ukrainian navy, we're giving support to the ukrainian energy sector to help them become more energy independent, so we really are giving every possible support we can to ukraine and we are one of the leading donors of lethal aid to ukraine to make sure that they are in the best possible position to defend themselves. these are ukrainian troops on the border of russia, preparing for the worst. they will be the ones on the frontline if russia does invade. but alongside the deterrents and defence this week, expect a flurry of diplomatic activity, too, to try to prevent a war that no—one says they want. a war that would have consequences far beyond ukraine's borders. caroline hawley, bbc news.
for more on the situation in ukraine, here's our chief international correspondent lyse doucet in kyiv. they are very much resigned to the fact they have been living with this war for eight years. fact they have been living with this warfor eight years. it fact they have been living with this war for eight years. it has fact they have been living with this warfor eight years. it has been awarded a end day out. they are very mindful of the escalating tensions in the presence of evermore russian troops and heavy weaponry along the presence of evermore russian troops and heavy weaponry along their borders. wejust had and heavy weaponry along their borders. we just had about preparing for the worst. what the worst look like and is it likely to happen? we arejoined from florida by like and is it likely to happen? we are joined from florida by an admiral, whose last command was as a supreme allied commander in europe. welcome to the programme. goad
supreme allied commander in europe. welcome to the programme.— supreme allied commander in europe. welcome to the programme. good to be with ou. it welcome to the programme. good to be with yom it is — welcome to the programme. good to be with yom it is not _ welcome to the programme. good to be with you. it is not the _ welcome to the programme. good to be with you. it is not the first _ welcome to the programme. good to be with you. it is not the first time - with you. it is not the first time ou with you. it is not the first time you have _ with you. it is not the first time you have watched _ with you. it is not the first time you have watched these - with you. it is not the first time | you have watched these tensions with you. it is not the first time - you have watched these tensions up close involving russia. hose you have watched these tensions up close involving russia.— close involving russia. how serious does it look — close involving russia. how serious does it look this _ close involving russia. how serious does it look this time? _ close involving russia. how serious does it look this time? it _ close involving russia. how serious does it look this time? it looks - close involving russia. how serious does it look this time? it looks the | does it look this time? it looks the most _ does it look this time? it looks the most serious i have seen it since the last— most serious i have seen it since the last time russia invaded ukraine _ the last time russia invaded ukraine. 2014. just after i had left as supreme — ukraine. 2014. just after i had left as supreme allied commander. we watched _ as supreme allied commander. we watched it— as supreme allied commander. we watched it all very closely. it was based _ watched it all very closely. it was based on — watched it all very closely. it was based on the first invasion by vladimir— based on the first invasion by vladimir putin other neighbour, and that was— vladimir putin other neighbour, and that was the invasion of georgia in 2008~ _ that was the invasion of georgia in 2008~ we — that was the invasion of georgia in 2008. we have seen this play book before _ 2008. we have seen this play book before we — 2008. we have seen this play book before. we are working right down the checklist. unfortunately i think it is a _ the checklist. unfortunately i think it is a better than even chance that vladimir— it is a better than even chance that vladimir putin's tanks will roll in the next — vladimir putin's tanks will roll in the next few weeks. do vladimir putin's tanks will roll in the next few weeks.— vladimir putin's tanks will roll in the next few weeks. do you accept that president _ the next few weeks. do you accept that president putin _ the next few weeks. do you accept that president putin believes - the next few weeks. do you accept that president putin believes he i the next few weeks. do you accept. that president putin believes he can use this play book again? for all of
their words and condemnation, president putin got away with it the first time. the russian backed separatists are still in eastern ukraine, crimea is still under russian control. i ukraine, crimea is still under russian control.— ukraine, crimea is still under russian control. ., ., , russian control. i would say he does not intend to — russian control. i would say he does not intend to subjugate _ russian control. i would say he does not intend to subjugate the - russian control. i would say he does not intend to subjugate the entire i not intend to subjugate the entire country~ _ not intend to subjugate the entire country. that would be an enormous bite of— country. that would be an enormous bite of the _ country. that would be an enormous bite of the apple for the russians to try— bite of the apple for the russians to try and — bite of the apple for the russians to try and take. the ukrainians will fight, _ to try and take. the ukrainians will fight, they— to try and take. the ukrainians will fight, they will fight initially when — fight, they will fight initially when the tanks coming and they will fi-ht when the tanks coming and they will fight as— when the tanks coming and they will fight as an _ when the tanks coming and they will fight as an insurgency if they had to. vladimir putin doesn't have enough — to. vladimir putin doesn't have enough resources, troops, tanks to really— enough resources, troops, tanks to really control this country a 45 million — really control this country a 45 million people. i think his playbook is going _ million people. i think his playbook is going to — million people. i think his playbook is going to be can i come in, take a bite out— is going to be can i come in, take a bite out of— is going to be can i come in, take a bite out of ukraine that would establish a land bridge from russia itself down to the crimea, which he already— itself down to the crimea, which he already has— itself down to the crimea, which he already has annexed, in his view, and then— already has annexed, in his view, and then park the situation may claim _ and then park the situation may
claim futi— and then park the situation may claim full autonomy for the insurgents and then defy the international community to do anything — international community to do anything about it. that is what i think— anything about it. that is what i think the — anything about it. that is what i think the playbook is. relatives of those who were killed in londonderry, on what became known as "bloody sunday", have held a walk of remembrance in the city to mark the 50th anniversary of the shootings. members of the army's parachute regiment opened fire on a civil rights march in 1972, killing 13 people. an inquiry found the marchers had posed no threat. chris page reports. and a warning that you may find some of the images in his report upsetting. bernard mcguigan... this is a day of remembrance and reflection. in a city which was the crucible of the conflict in northern ireland. bloody sunday was one of the most horrific and consequential acts of violence during the troubles. the parachute regiment killed 13 people within half an hour in the bogside area.
the victims had been demonstrating against a law that allowed the security forces to imprison suspects without a trial. 50 years on, bereaved families are leading this march retracing the steps of their relatives who were shot dead on these streets. although half a century has passed, the mood is still sorrowful, a sense of grief remains very real. the children, brothers and sisters of those who died, say history will always hurt. i feel strange today. i feel apprehensive, my stomach's in butterflies. i don't know if it's the 50th, or what it is, or, you know, that it's been so long, it's been half a century now. it's just amazing to think we've survived this long afterwards. after the shootings, soldiers claimed they'd been fired at first, but families were determined to have the victims declared innocent. they succeeded 12 years ago, when a public inquiry found the killings were unjustified.
today, the civilians who lost their lives were honoured with music, silence and applause. the irish prime minister, the taoiseach micheal martin, was among the political leaders who laid tributes. the legacy of the past in northern ireland is complex and contentious. but, as thousands contemplate the memory of bloody sunday, the desire to strengthen the peace is ever—growing. chris page, bbc news, derry. tony doherty chairs the bloody sunday trust. he was nine years old when his father, patrick, a 32—year—old father of six, was killed on bloody sunday. his experience that day led him tojoin the ira, as part of what he calls the "tsunami of resentment" that spread through the community. he says he is still campaigning
for justice for his family. i still miss my father, even though it is 50 years onwards. i would have loved to have had a father growing up and all that goes along with that. but it wasn't to be. he was taken from us 50 years ago and justly without any justification whatsoever. —— unjustly. what made it worse, actually, it is not just the fact he was killed and the other men and boys were killed, but the british government and the british army threw accusations at them and insults at them, that they were bombers, that they were this, that, when they knew at the time that none of this was true.
it compelled the families actually to fight a very long and difficult campaign to establish the truth about the sunday and have some modicum of fairness to it which we have never had. we have come a long way. the families are very proud of who they are and what they have achieved. there may still be part of the way to go because even though it is 50 years since bloody sunday, none of the families believe that justice has not been done. —— many of the families. police in manchester say they are working to "establish the full circumstances" after a woman accused the manchester united footballer mason greenwood of assaulting her. this morning, the woman uploaded a video, photos, and an audio recording to her social media account, alleging the assault. the posts were made public on the platform for a few hours before being deleted. in a statement, greater manchester police said they were "aware of images and videos circulating on social media" and "enquiries
are ongoing to establish the full circumstances." manchester united said they "do not condone violence of any kind". they said they had been made aware of the allegations on social media but would make no further comment until the "facts have been established." mason greenwood has not responded to the allegations. borisjohnson and the chancellor, rishi sunak, have confirmed that the rise in national insurance will go ahead in april. in a joint article in the sunday times, the two men said the increase was the right thing to do to help tackle the nhs backlog and fund social care. but labour says the plan needs to be rethought, as people struggle with the cost of living. our political correspondent ione wells has more on this. only this morning robert halfon said he is urging the government to look at other ways they can find the need to tackle nhs backlogs and fix
social care as well. he has suggested looking at a windfall tax on big businesses and oil companies. meanwhile, labour has also kind of hit back at this commitment in the papers today with the shadow levelling up secretary saying this is not the right time to be squeezing purses more, saying it was ironic that today we had michael gove talking about levelling up the country at a time when they were increasing taxes. just a word on the sue gray report which we seem to have been waiting forfor weeks. as we have learned from the last week, any certainty around timing is not something i would want to commit to, not something anyone in government can promise. the latest update on friday was that sue gray would not be waiting for the police to publish its report and we can expect that probably end the next couple of days. sport now, and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre,
here's holly. a busy day. a semifinal against cameroon. the early game sees egypt, including most sala upagainst african rivals morocco. it is 1—0 two morocco with 20 minutes played. you can follow live text commentary on the game on the bbc sport website. liverpool have confirmed the signing of a colombian from porto. the initialfee is believed to be around £37.5 million. he does require a work permit to enter the uk and it is unlikely he will arrive
in liverpool until the end of next week at the earliest. wsl leaders arsenal struggled past championship side london city lionesses to reach the fifth round of the women's fa cup. arsenal were never seriously troubled by london city, who failed to register a shot on target but vivianne miedma's solitary goal on the stroke of half—time proved just about enough for the 14—time winners to progress. viktor hovland has won the dubai desert classic after a play—off with england's richard bland(. bland missed his birdie putt on the first play—off hole, leaving norwegian hovland to tap in to win the tournament. rory mcilroy was tied for the lead heading into the final hole but ended up bogeying the last after his approach shot found the water. london lions comfortably beat newcastle eagles to lift the women's basketball league cup. the lions led throughout the final at birmingham's national indoor arena. they were never really threatened by an eagles team which has had to rebuild in recent weeks under
a new coach and additional urgent recruits. the one—off women's ashes test produced one of the most thrilling finishes you'll see in cricket. australia declared just before tea on the last day in canberra, setting england a victory target of 257. and they were on course for a victory — 45 runs required from 60 balls with seven wickets left — sophia dunkley with a valuable contribution of 45. nat sciver looked strong and a remarkable win was within sight when she went for 58 — a great catch by australia captain meg lanning. and the wickets started to fall — six forjust 26 runs. that left kate cross to bat out for the draw, to keep england in the series — but they'll have to win the three remaining one—day matches to regain the ashes, and australia are dominant in that format of the game. team gb freestyle skier
izzy atkin has withdrawn from the big air competition at the winter olympics, which start on friday. she's still recovering after breaking her pelvis in a competition six weeks ago. atkin won slopestyle bronze at the pyeonchang games four years ago and she still aims to compete in that event in beijing, although she needs clearance from her doctor. she said she'd been giving rehab everything she's got and pulling out of the big air would give her more time at home to strengthen and prepare for the slopestyle. that's all the sport for now. back to you. let's get more now on rafael nadal�*s historic victory at the australian open. and joining me now from the telegraph's west london offices is sports journalist uche amako. thank you for being with us. i was
reading your story in the telegraph saying it is the most astonishing victory of his glittering career. 21 grand slams, do you think it was the best victory? i grand slams, do you think it was the best victory?— best victory? i would had to say so. he came into _ best victory? i would had to say so. he came into the _ best victory? i would had to say so. he came into the event _ best victory? i would had to say so. he came into the event and - best victory? i would had to say so. he came into the event and had - he came into the event and had coronavirus pre—tournament. he had not played for six months because of a foot injury. there were doubts that he would ever play again. to come through all of that and come through six difficult matches and then the final today, two sets down, before the match the feeling was it would be a struggle for rafa nadal. as he has always down, you can never write him off and he won in fantastic style.— write him off and he won in fantastic style. write him off and he won in fantastic s le. ~ , fantastic style. daniil medvedev is much younger— fantastic style. daniil medvedev is much younger than _ fantastic style. daniil medvedev is much younger than him. - fantastic style. daniil medvedev is much younger than him. a - fantastic style. daniil medvedev is much younger than him. a test i fantastic style. daniil medvedev is much younger than him. a test of| much younger than him. a test of stamina for a 35—year—old. than stamina for a 35-year-old. an incredible _ stamina for a 35—year—old. sift incredible achievement. he stamina for a 35—year—old. fifi incredible achievement. he is a
decade older than medvedev. at the end you could probably argue that rafa nadal looked the fresher. natal was much fresher, it looked like he could have played for another hour perhaps whereas medvedev, his legs had gone i did not have the thinnest to keep up with the elder boy this takes him to 21 grand slam titles, won more than novak djokovic. i wonder what is going through his mind. he was deported from australia and could not play in this because he was not vaccinated and doubts about whether he will be playing in other grand slam tournaments this year. other grand slam tournaments this ear. ~ . other grand slam tournaments this ear. . ., ., ,, other grand slam tournaments this ear. . ., ., y., ., , year. what do you think? it remains to be seen — year. what do you think? it remains to be seen whether _ year. what do you think? it remains to be seen whether the _ year. what do you think? it remains to be seen whether the french i to be seen whether the french government will allow unvaccinated players to come through the filter if they do he has a good chance because he is a tremendous player on clay. we have always called rafa nadal the king of clay and has 13
titles on the surface. it is up to him to try to deny djokovic and extend that need. we do not know when roger federer will come back. at the age of 41 now it remains to be seen whether he can win another grand slam. vaughan rafa nadal, every opportunity matters and novak djokovic needs to sort out his vaccination status so he can keep playing. vaccination status so he can keep -la inc. vaccination status so he can keep .la in _ ., , vaccination status so he can keep -la inc. , playing. there has never been an hint playing. there has never been anything like _ playing. there has never been anything like this, _ playing. there has never been anything like this, the - playing. there has never been anything like this, the three i playing. there has never been i anything like this, the three titans of the game. the competition, their rivalry to be the greatest player in men's tennis of all time. yes. rivalry to be the greatest player in men's tennis of all time.— men's tennis of all time. yes, the other day we _ men's tennis of all time. yes, the other day we had _ men's tennis of all time. yes, the other day we had about _ men's tennis of all time. yes, the other day we had about tom i men's tennis of all time. yes, the | other day we had about tom brady perhaps retiring and there is a lot of talk about whether he is the greatest athlete of all time. what rafa nadal did today shows why he should be in conversation. it was phenomenal. what he has done with
djokovic and rafa nadal over the years has taken tennis to another level and they deserve far more respect than they get right now in terms of global status because they are genuine icons of the sport. goad are genuine icons of the sport. good to talk to you- _ are genuine icons of the sport. good to talk to you. thank _ are genuine icons of the sport. good to talk to you. thank you _ are genuine icons of the sport. good to talk to you. thank you for your time. 18,000 homes are without power in scotland after the damage and destruction of storm malik yesterday, a storm in which two people died. today weather warnings are in place across the whole of scotland and parts of england, wales and northern ireland as another storm moves in. phil bodmer reports from bishop auckland. the calm between the storms, after malik and before corrie. in south church, county durham, power has been off for a number of homes in this village since midnight. for racheljohnson, who farms at pigdon, near morpeth, it's the second time without electricity. she was last without power for 11 days following storm arwen in november.
last time, we were off power for 11 days. we still haven't had all of the full compensation and expenses fulfilled and paid out by northern power grid, so i think we're in for situation normal — a repeat of last time. engineers from northern power grid have been working through the night to try to restore supplies. the damage caused by the storm has really been to overhead power lines and infrastructure by the wind, so it has either dislodged some of our wires which are on top of wood poles where it's caused trees to fall into lines or windblown debris to come through as well, so that has really been the points of damage that we see on our network affecting our customers. much of northern scotland bore the brunt of storm malik. a 60—year—old woman from aberdeen died after being hit by falling trees. an amber warning remains in place for much of the north of the country as storm corrie is due to sweep in overnight.
britain is bracing itself for further disruption. phil bodmer, bbc news. voting is under way in portugal's snap general election to choose a new parliament. the election was called in december after the minority socialist government's budget was rejected, ending six years of relative political stability. the cost of living and healthcare have been key issues for voters. now it's time for a look at the weather with susan powell. hello. barely 24 hours after storm malik, we're now staring down the barrel of another deepening weather system, storm corrie, set to bring damaging winds across a large swathe of northern britain overnight sunday into monday. these are the areas highlighted by the met office for the greatest risk of damage and disruption. northern scotland sitting underan amberwarning, winds could gust in excess of 80
miles per hour here as this deep, low pressure rolls its way initially eastwards across scotland overnight and then dives down into the north sea. skies will tend to clear behind corrie. cold air rushes in — a frost with a risk of some ice for northern england and scotland early on on monday. and then, even with corrie pulling away that northerly or north westerly winds down the north sea will remain very strong for much of the day. and with high tides, we could see some coastal flooding. many areas will see some sunshine, some showers into the northwest, but that wind is going to feel cold. temperatures five to nine degrees. hello, this is bbc news, the headlines. hundreds more british troops could be sent to eastern europe amid fears that russia is preparing to invade ukraine.
we think it's highly likely that he is looking to invade ukraine, that is why we are doing all we can through deterrence and diplomacy to urge him to desist. both the uk prime minister boris johnson and the chancellor say a widely—opposed rise in national insurance will go ahead to fund health and social care. families of those killed fifty years ago on "bloody sunday" have taken part in a walk of remembrance in londonderry to mark the aniversary winds of up to 90 miles per hour are forecast to hit northern parts of the uk as storm corrie moves in this evening. at the australian open,rafa nadal has beaten daniil mededev to take a record—breaking twenty—first grand slam title.