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announcer: and now, "bbc world news". >> in washington, this is bbc world news america. the lawyers for novak dkovic try to stop his deportation from australia after his visa is canceled again. the u.s. accuses russia of sending saboteurs to justify an invasion. we have the latest. and the intermission is over. cirque du soleil are back in the u.k. after a covid-imposed hiatus. ♪ welcome to world news america in pbs and around the globe. a story with his many twists and
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turns as a rally on the tennis court. the australian government has agreed to delay the deportation of novak djokovic after his visa was canceled a second time after a dispute over covid rules. the world number one has not been vaccinated and is likely to be detained on turday. the immigration minister says the latest visa cancellation was made on the grounds of health and good order. we have the latest from melbourne. >> live from sydney. >> just moments ago, the immigration minister has canceled novak djokovic's fisa. >> a story that made headlines in australia and around the globe. novak djokovic has been on the court training and the government has finally announced a decision. the visa has been canceled again. and for the second time, he faces deportation from australia. the immigration minister said, today, i exercise my power to
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cancel the visa held by mr. novak djokovic on health and good order grounds area on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so. the prime minister said the sacrifices australians made throughout the pandemic should be protected. esther morrison's government has faced heavy criticism for allowing the player in the first place. while the country struggledith a spike in covid-19 case numbers. >> i think they messed up but they corrected. it's unfortunate he won't be playing in the tournament. >> if everyone else has to follow the rules, why can't he? he thought he was above it all. >> the australian open is only a couple days away and there are huge doubts over if he will be able to compete. but even if he did secure his freedom, preparation will only get worse. andy murray says the controversy has been bad for the sport.
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>> it seems like it has dragged on for quite a long time now. it's not great for tennis or the australian open. it's not great for novak. >> his former head coach boris becker says the story has just become about more than just sport. >> we are tennis players, not politicians. if we are used in a political way, we don't have a chance. >> the world number one is fighting to defend his title. whether or not he will be able to play, the s trillion open will take place under the shadow of a controversy that has gone way beyond -- the australian open will take place under the shadow of a country that has -- controversy that has gone way beyond tennis. >> russia is accused of creating acts of sabotage against its own side so that they can invade
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ukraine. what is known as a false flag operation. the allegation denied by the krlin came just hours after ukraine blamed russia for a cyber attack on government websites. here is what the u.s. defense department spokesman said about escalating tensions. >> we do have information that indicates that russia is already working actively to create a pretext for a potential invasion. we have seen this kind of thing before out of russia. when there isn't an actual crisis to suit their needs, they will make one up. so we are watching for them. >> let's discuss this with someone who is intimately familiar with the way that russia operates, it former u.s. ambassador to ukraine. thank you s much for being with us tonight. this is an extraordinary statement from the administration.
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are you surprised at all by their assessment? >> i'm not. as the spokesman indicated, the russians have done this before. this is part of their playbook. they are looking for an excuse to invade. they probably haven't decided exactly how they will do it. but they are putting in place all of the forces around the three borders of the raine. they are putting the possibility of this provocation of the false flag operation that would give them the opportunity and the rationale and the justification for some kind of invasion against its neighbor. [speaking foreign language] -- >> and before this, we had days of diplomacy that russia said was a dead end. what is the real risk of a conflict? >> there is a real risk of conflict when you have all of
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these military forces amassed around ukraine. and you have president putin who has made it clear that he does not think ukraine is a real country. has published this. he put a long historical document in the public record last summer saying that ukraine is not a real country, it's really just part of russia. and with that kind of threat, together with these amassed forces, you have to take it seriously that the possibility of a war in europe is real. >> given that in the next coming days and weeks, what are some of the red lines between the u.s. and russia that we have to look out for? >> we will of course be looking for an invasion.
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the moving of the tanks and artillery across the border of the ukraine towards populated areas a maybe even as far as the capital. there are other scenarios, other ways the russians can attack the ukraine. they can attack ukraine using long-range artillery or short range missiles. they have already hacked into ukrainian infrastructure. we saw this this morning. they can do these kind of things . they can cause problems by planting bed information. information warfare the russians do well. we are watching all of these actions. the.s. government is making plans about how to respond to each one of them. there have been very clear responses outlined for the big invasion that we hope doesn't
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come, but we are prepared for. and the ukrainians are prepared for it. >> ambassador, briefly, given how big of a risk of a risk this would be for president putin, what would you advise the u.s. government on how to bring him back to the table? >> i would advise not blinking. i would advise the u.s. government to maintain the firm position that ukraine is a sovereign nation and it has all the rights of a sovereign nation. the u.s. government has been very clear all week and it's diplomacy and the three different areas, that diplomacy that has been going on. the deputy secretary of state wendy sherman has been very clear that we will not close the door on ukraine's membership in
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nato. >> ambassador taylor, we will have to leave it there. but thank you so much. now to another part of the former soviet empire. kazakhstan where the authorities allege recent violence that claimed dozens of lives was an organized attack on the state. they blamed the unrest on armed extremists that they say were trained abroad. there is growing evidence a power struggle within kazakhstan's ruling elite may have fueled the violence. >> in a country the size of western europe, there is one question that people are struggling to answer. why? why was kazakhstan rocked by violence? the worst unrest since the fourth communism? outside the morgue, they are
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collecting bodies. dozens of people are thought to have been killed in the clashes. her brother was missing for a week and she now knows he is dead. so many innocent people suffered because of someone, she says. those that made us cry should be punished. why did they do it? in other words, why did peaceful protests over fuel prices suddenly turn violent? the ahorities claim the protests were hijacked by terrorists, including foreign trained militants. but they presented little evidence of that. the president of kazakhstan says constitutional order has been restored. threat to his country's security averted.
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but the memory of what happened here want to be erased quickly and questions remain about who is behind the violence. he says he saw a suspicious group joining the protesters. >> some aggressive guys turned up with sticks and clubs. they were on every street corner and they were directing everyone to the main square. it was building up to something. >> early indications that fueling the violence in the streets was a power struggle between the president on the right and groups loyal to his predecessor. >> these gangs wermostly linked to the people in the security service which is said committed state treason by sending these bandits out of the rampage. >> there are victims on all
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sides. in kazakhstan, they call these the black days. perhaps until the question why is fully answered, these will remain uncertain times. steve rosenberg, bbc news. >> let's take a look at other news lawyers for virginia giuffre who has accused prince arew of sexually abusing her has requested evidence from two witnesses based the u.k.. one is the prince former assistant who is a senior member of his staff. the other is a woman that claims to have seen the prince at a nightclub in london with a young girl. prince andrew denies the allegations against him. the british prime minister's office has apologized to queen elizabeth over tool -- over to rule breaking parties the night before her husband's funeral. they were in national mourning and under covid restrictions,
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meaning the queen had to sit alone throughout the ceremony. boris johnson said the parties were deeply regrettable. an indian court has acquitted a catholic bishop accused of repeatedly raping a nun in the southern state of kerala. he was accused of attacking the woman 13 times between 2014 and 2016. he denied the allegations. he stepped down from his duties following protests which led to his arrest. you are watching bbc world news america. still to come on tonight's program, bbc arabic reveals secret recordings believed to be of the former tunisian president ben ali during his frantic last hours in power. that is still to come. thousands are rallying behind their president and demonstrating against sanctions imposed by the eu. here is beverly o chang.
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>> dressed in the colors of the flag, they are waving banners with messages of condemnation to france and the european union. and some messages toward russia. these were called for by those that have expressed support for the public saying that they cannot undertake these sanctions. in the coming days, there is likely to be some song called -- some consultation between the two countries. there are calls for dialogue. because of the crisis, they want to reduce the tensions growing between the west african block. and there are still messages of defiance as a result of the sanctions but there are some expressions of support towards dialogue between the two parties.
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>> returning to our top story, the ongoing saga of novak djokovic and whether he will be allowed to play at the australian open given the country's covid policies. we have two hearings coming up over the weekend. what are we expecting to happen? and when will we get a final decision? >> i am outside novak's lawyers offices. he is expected for a hearing today that will happen in the next hour or so. earlier, he was interviewed by immigration officers and will be accompanied by border force officers here. this is officially him being detained. he will be allowed here for hours during the hearing. this is now a higher court, a federal with a different judge. the legal team has asked for it.
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he will be taken to an immigration detention hotel, possibly the one that he stayed in when he arrived. as it stands, novak djokovic is in detention, allowed only time in his lawyers office, and waiting for a judge to decide if he stays in australia to defend his title at the australian open or if he will be deported. >> australians have a strong feeling on whether or not he should play. what have you been hearing from them? >> australians in general, but especially in melbourne where the open is taking place, this is the most locked down city in the world if you cap the number of days. many have told me they have endured so much. they have been separated from their families, loved ones, unable to travel. unable to go out of their homes. they have done the right thing, they've been vaccinated. they are urged to get their
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boosters and they are seeing omicron cases skyrocket in australia where one case was enough to send a whole city anti-lockdown. and here is a world famous athlete that has been overly public about not wanting to get vaccinated, admitted to breaking covid rules when he was positive, admitted to providing false information on his travel declaration form being allowed in the country and challenging the government decision. it angers -- it's anger not just at novak djokovic but also at the government and what was a huge mishandling of the power here. >> we turn next to tunisia, the birthplace of the arab spring. demonstrators clashed with security forces on the 11th anniversary of the country's revolution. protesters are critical of the president's plan to rewrite the constitution.
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police used water cannons and several people are reported to have been arrested. it was back in 2011 when tunisia's longtime president was ousted, sparking similar uprisings across the region. the bbc has obtained recordings of the anxious phone calls he made as he fled the country. >> for two decades, he brutally suppressed his opposition. in 2011, antigovernment protests swept the country, forcing the president to address the nation. >> the bbc has obtained secret recordings of phone calls we believed to have been made by the president to his closest advisors. they have been forensically analyzed and played to people who know the individuals heard and they believe the voices to be genne. the first call is believed to be
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an influential tycoon just after the president's address to the nation. >> [speaking foreign language] >> they say the call did not take place and he did not try to reassure him about his rule. his big speech did little to satisfy protesters from overrunning the country. the president decides to escort his family to safety. his plan is to return. uncertain of where the president's, the prime minister makes an emergency decision. unaware of the announcement, he
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calls what he believes is his defense minister. >> [speaking foreign language] >> as night falls, one man defies the strict curfew in place. on the plane, he calls who we believe is head of the army. >> [speaking foreign language]
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>> it is a new dawn for tunisia. in his last quarter as defense minister, he learns there is no way back. >> [speaking foreign language >> he never returns to tunisia. the calshed light on how one of the world's most feared dictatorships collapsed in less than 24 hours. >> extraordinary to get that insight. with highflying acrobats and circus contortionists, cirque du soleil leaves audiences around
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the world in awe. they were nearly forced into bankruptcy but they held on. the bbc has been taking a look at their return to the stage. >> the future was up in the air, but now, a come back. and final rehearsals f the premier, promising a visual extravaganza set in mexico. big limbs behind the scenes, we are part of this troop. >> i sought when i was five years old. that adds up to now. to maintain the show and getting everyone back together, we are working all day. >> it takes water and light.
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contortionists twisting himself into unimaginable positions. as was plenty of other acrobatic stunts and surprises. >> every time we come back with more spectacular original acrobatics, a whole different concept. a whole different story. and they can expect to be moved off of their seats. >> cirque du soleil celebrates 25 years of performing and it coincides with the venues 150th anniversary celebrations. >> it is special to me. for many of us, the highlight of our career. i think something we will look back on and it will be a really special moment and one of the fe that we will really remember as the biggest. >> the company opened to a royal la. within coronavirus hit which led to shows around the world being
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canceled. 95% of staff being laid off, and near bankruptcy for the company. we did a run through for the first time yesterday and we wept a little bit. i don't think you would expect how much it hurt. you come back to work and it's another day on the job. to see the show come back to life, all of us come back to life after two years was quite an emotional experience. >> they hope their return to the capital is a bright light during a challenging time for theaters. bbc, london. >> and before we go, take a look at this out of india. a twist on the tradition of bathing in the ganges river, drones were used at a festival to spring water on worshipers, hoping to prevent crowds. they brought the water to th people.
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight: confronting covid. health systems buckle under the latest surge of hospitalizations from covid-19, as schools struggle to keep the virus at bay. then, a deadly drought. millions of kenyans face hunger and ethnic conflict exacerbated by the global climate crisis. >> ( translated ): this village was a village full of people and livestock, which depended basically on livestock for livelihood. but for a period of nine months, we have not received any rain. >> woodruff: and, it's friday. david brooks and jonathan capehart consider the push for voting rights in congress, and the supreme court's decisions on vaccinma


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