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announcer: and now, "bbc world news". ♪ >> this is bbc news. i'm lucrezia. know vok djokovic's visa denied a second tiemed. andy murray said it's bad for the sport. >> it's dragged on for a listening time. not great for tennis, not great for the australian open, not great for novak. >> number 10 apologizes to the queen over fresh revelations of parties held at downing street. and a civil case against prince andrew for sexual assault said she wants to show the rich and power. aren't above the law.
after the worst unrest since the fall of communism the people of kazakhstan ask, who is behind the violence? ♪ >> hello and welcome. if you're watching in the u.k. on pbs in the -- in the u.k., on pbs in the united states or around the world. the australian government has agreed to delay the deportation of novak djokovic after canceling his visa for the second time in the dispute over covid rules. the world number one tennis player who hasn't been vaccinated, is likely to be detained on saturday. the immigration minister said the latest visa cancellation was made on the grounds of health and good order. our correspondent has the latest
from melbourne. >> live from sydney. >> moments ago the immigration minister has canceled novak djokovic's visa. >> it's a story that made headline here's in australia and around the world. for days, novak djokovic has been on the court train, and now the government announced its decision. the tennis star's vee has been canceled again and for the second time he vases -- faces deportation from australia. alex hawk said, today i exercise my power to cancel the visa held by novak djokovic on health and good order grounds on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so. prime minister scott morrison said sacrifices australians made throughout the pandemic should be protected. mr. morrison's government has been criticized for allowing the unvaccinated play entire the
country in the first place. while the country strug wld a spike in covid-19 case numbers. >> i think it was a mess up. nowic they corrected it. it's unfortunately that novak won't be playing in the tournament. >> i think if everyone else has to follow the rules, why can't he? he thought he was above it all. >> the australian open is a couple of days away and there are huge doubts over whether novak djokovic will be able to compete. even if he did secure his freedom, the chaos will only get worse. andy murray said the controversy has been bad for the sport. disblit seems like it's dragged on for quite a long time now. not great for the tennis. not great for the australian open, not great for novak. >> his former coach, the multiple grand slam winner boris becker, said this story has become abo more than just sport. >> only a tennis player.
we're not politicians. if we're used in a political way we don't have a chance. >> the world number one is still fighting to defend his title here. whether or not he'll be able to play, the australian open will take place under the shadow of a controversy that has gone way beyond tennis. bbc newselbourne. >> let's speak to the barrister and senior counselor greg barnes, spokesman for the australian lawyers alliance and experienced in visa cases for australia. thank you for joining us here on "bbc world news." first off, your assessment of the decision made by the immigration minister, please. >> this decision is made using what many immigration lawyers call god-like powers. in other words the minister has the capacity to visa -- the capacity to cancel the visaed on
relatively vague grounds like health, risk to public health. in this partilar case and many of these cases this seems to be a political thing. you n get away with it because of the broad thoafns description that's being used by the government. >> we've just heard boris becker also talking about political overtones. how co-you read those? >> i think mr. becker is right in the sense that the broadness of the discretion used by the minister here and the political overlay of this particular case mean it's inevitable that the minister has taken into account political considerations no matter how they say it's matters of public policy. >> it sounds like what you're talking about here is not particularly mr. djokovic's case but more wider visa issues. in his case though, has he met the conditions to have a visa issued to him to enter the
country as the law stands right now? >> well, because it's a mter of discretion, even if you make mistakes in the way in which you apply for the visa, for example, in relation to the question of whether or not he had covid and those matters, they have relevance. but because of the broadness of the discretion, even if you made errors or some of the factors that are taken into account have not been met, the minister can still refuse to or can give you a vee savment the judge on the federal circuit hearing the matter on monday said what more can this man do? but that issue of whether or not mr. djokovic, for example, is a risk to public health, that's something that will be entertained in the court over the next 24 hours as to whether or not it was reasonae for the minister to say that mr. djokovic in this particular
case represents a risk to public health. >> what are you giving his chances for having tt decision overturned on saturday? >> well, these difficult cases, because of the broadness of the discretion, the courts can either intervene if they think, for example, the decision is irrational or it's so unreasonable new york reasonable decision could b made whether he took into account relevant considerations, political considerations, so there are some arguments but these cases are difficult because, you know, even if you did the court will say look, we come to a different decision. that's not the test, the test is whether or not the discretion is miscarried. it's a difficult case but not unwinnable. >> very quickly, do you think we're likely to have a decision made before the australian open kicks off on monday? can it be that quick? >> it can be. certainly that's what they have duty judges in the courts over
the weekend. if there's a pressing need for a decision. it can be met. th case is going to the federal court, a court higher than it was in lastonday. you couldn't guarantee an outcome before monday but there's no reason you can't have one. >> greg barnes, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> now to the u.k. and downing street. has apologid to buckingham palace after it emerged that two parties were held at number 10 the night before the duke of edenburg's funeral last april. a spokesman for boris johnson said it was deeply regrettable that the events took place at a time of national mourning. covid rules meant indoor mixing was banned but reports suggest there was drinking and dancing at the parties into the early hours. the prime minister didn't attend either party but the latest disclosures have amplified calls for him to resign. with the latest, here's our
political correspondent, ben wright. >> it was a moment of national mourning. flags flying at half-mast in honor of prince phillip, the duke of edinburg. but inside number 10 on the evening of the 16th of april last year two parties took place. there was drink and music at a time when covid restrictions on indoor mixing in england were in place. restrictions the queen followed at the funeral of her husband, the following day. >> when i heard about this i was, of course, very, very concerned and i understand that people across the country are angry about what has happened. early this week, the prime minister did apologize for mistakes that have been made. >> according to the "daily telegraph," downing street staff was sent to a nearby shop with a
suitcase to buy more booze. downing street has not denied any of. this boris johnson himself was not there it joins the list of allegations by sue grave, a senior political servant. as well as the two parties last year, back in september of 2020, we know of seval gatherings in downing street and government department, including one on the 18th of december, about which the prime minister said this -- >> i have been repeatedly assured since these allegations emerged that there was no party and that -- and that no covid rules were broken. >> the list goes on wefnts in november, 2020, being looked at. there was a gathering in the number 10 guard on the 15th of may, 2020, and a bring your own bottle event on the 20th which boris johnson has apologized for attending. today's chastened apology to the queen is the latest twist in a saga that has engulfed number
10. as new allegations have come out, downing street has called for patience, saying everything will be known when sue gray publishes her report. but many are livid about the handling of this and the culture inside downs street. a handful of conservatives have written to the party asking for a confidence vote in boris johnson. >> we delivered brexit, we got through the pandemic but his leadership is in question and he needs to step aside. >> a true blue seat in west midlands voted unanimoly to withdraw support from boris johnson. the constituency's m. spmplet a former cabinet ministe >> i'm not normally a letter writer but i'm waiting to see what sue gray reports. i'm conscious of the local community, people are aghast at what's been going on.
>> here and across the country, tory m.p.'s will be sounding out voters. >> it's disgusting. >> i think it's a vendetta that they made up. >> opposition parties are calling on the prime minister to quit. >> the prime minister allowed this to happen not once, not twice, but multiple occasions. so it's one rule for everybody else and one rule for us. >> for a prime minister under intense pressure, much hangsn the inquiry that could laid bare whether those responsible for setting down rules have broken them. >> russia and kiev accused of preparing to carry out false operations to create a pretext for invading ukraine. it's alleged russia is sending operatives into ukraine to carry
out operations against their own troops. the kremlin has denied the reports. but speaking at a news conference earlier the pentagon press secretary, john kirby, said that u.s. intelligence indicated that the plans were well under way. >> we do have information that indicates that russia is already working actively to create a pretext for a potential invasion for, you know, a move on ukraine. in fact, we have information that they pre-positioned a group of operatives to conduct what we call a false flag operation, an operation signed to look like an attack on them or their people -- or russia-speaking -- russian-speaking people in the ukraine, again as an excuse to go in. >> that was the pentagon press
secretary. now our washington correspondent has been following today's events and can explain more. >> the statement is that the americans have said they have intelligence that the russians are preparing a pretext for invasion and this involves, as you said, that they have prepositioned operatives -- the russians have stepped up a disinformation campaign at state and socialedia again framing ukraine as a potential aggressor. they have not put a timeline on this. but the white house has said they believe that if the president of russia decides to go ahead with an invasion, and they still believe he has not made the final decision if he does, that this would happen between mid january and mid february. so quite specific information which is rather unusual for this
kind of intelligence to go public in such a specific way. it seems they are very much trying to show a deterrence to action. the russians have said they n't plan to invade but the americans aren't taking them at face value. the pentagon spokesman, john kirby, said whathey wanted to do was get the information out there so the world would have some idea of how this could play out and if it did happen this way they would know what was going on. so basically preempt any russian claims of ukrnian aggression and the administration has said many times that this is a familiar playbook, these are the type of tactics russians used when they invaded crimea in 2014. >> ukraine has also accused russia of being behind a large-scale cyber attack that hit numerous government websites. nato secretary general ian sultenberg has condemned the attack. the said they have been in touch with ukrainian counterparts on the issue and added that nato
and ukraine would soon tine and agreement on enhanced cyber cooperation. stay with us here, still to come a hero's welcome for porvetion la prit, challenging stereotypes after her solo expedition across antarctica. >> 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. >> tobco is america's oldest industry and this is one of its biggest. but the industry is nervous of this report. this may tend to make people want to stop smoking greats. >> there's not a street that's unaffected. huge parts of kovay were demolished as buildings crashed into one another. this woman said she was given no help and no advice by authorities.
she shood outside the ruins of her business. >> tens of thousands of black children in south africa taking advantage of laws passed by the government and enrolled at formerly white schools. >> tonight -- when they heard of her death, they considered whether to cancel the performance but agatha cristie would be the last to want such thing. >> welcome back. you're watching "bbc world news." lawyers for novak djokovi are trying to stop the tennis player being deported from australia after the government revokes his visa again for breaching covid rules. number 10 apologizes to the queen over fresh revelations of parties held at downing street. this time on the night before prince phillip's funeral. now the russian security
service, the f.s.b., said it has dismantled a hacker group at the request of the uted states. the f.s.b. said it had detained and charged members of the reveal group which is believed to have been behind a number of high-profile hacks targeting u.s. companies. our cyber reporter explains more about the crime group. >> they are one of the big badz of cyber crime. for years now they have been pretty much the number one ransomware crew. that means they're one of these hacking groups that decide to go after big organization they will find a way into the computer networks of that organization and at that point they'll press a few buttons and encrypt all the data on the servers of that company or whatever it is and often bring them to their knees in exchae if a ransom in which case they'll unencrypt the data and allow the company or ganization to car on. they've had big victims in the
past. travel-x, the foreign exchae company. but they've been in the sight os authorities with some other big attacks. >> authorities in kazakhstan say recent violence in their country has been an organize aid tack on kazakhstan's statehood. they blame clashes on armed extremists. it's thought dozens of people were killed, many in the country's largest city. our correspondent steve rosenberg has more. >> in a country theize of western europe, there is one question people are struggling to answer. why? why was kazakhstan rocked by violence? the worst unrest here sincehe fall of communism. outside the morgue, they're queueing to collect bodies. dozens of people are thought to have been killed in the clashes.
her brother was missing for a week. she now knows he's dead. so many innocent people suffered because of someone, she says. those who 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 authorities claim that protests were hijacked by terrorists, including foreign-trained militants, but they presented little evidence of that. the president of kazakhstan said constitutional order has now been restored. the threat to his country's security averted. but the memory of what happened here, that won't be erased quickly. questions remain about who was
behind the violence. galliam said he saw a suspicious group joining the protesters. some. >> some aggressive guys turned up with sticks and cbs. they were on every street corner and directing everyone to the main square. it was building up to something. >> there are indications that fueling the violence on the streets was a power struggle between president -- between the president on the right and groups loyal to his predecessor. >> these gangs were mostly linked to the nazabaeth clan including people in the security service, which, he said, committed state treason by sending bandits out on a rampage. >> there are victim on all sides here. in kazakhstan, they're calling these the black days. perhaps until that question why
is fully answered, these will remain uncertain times. steve rosenberg, bbc news. >> a woman has accused the duke of york of sexuallybusing her has welcomed a u.s. judge's decision to allow her case to continue. she said her goal is to show the rich and power. aren't above the law. prince andrew denies the allegations against him. buckingham palace announced thursday that hejduk's military and royal patronages have been handed back to the queen. >> prince andrew's team says this is a marathon, not a sprint. while that may be the case at this stage of the race, virginia dufray's lawyers have the duke of york exactly where they want him. he's basically run out of legal maneuvers and he will have to fight this case as private citizen, having been stripped of his royal titles.
he will defend himself against these allegations which he has consisntly denied. he's determined to do so. for her part, virginia dufray said she's excited and happy about the chance to expose the truth. her team is preparing for a trial and they are not ruling out the possibility of settlement talks but they say it has to be one that is not purely financial. we do expect that her team may soon ask the new york judge to send a letter on her behalf to the british courts requesting their assistance in gathering evidence including names of people she may want to depose overseas. >> a 32-year-old british army officer who said she's challenging the stereotype of polar explorers has returned to her home in the u.k. after walking across antarctica. she trekked 700 miles in 40
days. >> arriving into heathrow, captain prit chandy reunited with her bridesmaid to be and her fiance who proposed a week before she left. >> it's great to be pack in the u.k. i have my friends here and partner here. >> polar prit, as she's become known, finished her 700-mile trek to the south pole in 40 day, seven hours and three minutes, almost a week ahead of schedule. enduring temperatures as low as -50 degree and wind speeds up to 60 miles per hour. while pulling a 90-kilogram sled containing her kit. >> i know you just landed but you already have plans in the pipeline for other things. >> pretty much on month i'll be in the gym again training.
it'll be a little bit longer, little tougher. >> the 32-year-old will also begin a tour of the u.k. to share her experience as she plans her wedding. her story o grit and determination has traveled across the world, getting international coverage. her goal is to try to inspire as many people as possible from all different backgrounds to take on challenges they never knew they were capable of. prit said she will continue to smash glass ceilings and change the image of the arctic exp explorer. >> finally before we go, newborn twin sisters have been making people smile in southwestern china. here they are. fluffy siberian tiger cubs. making their first public appearance ahead of the lunar new year. they were the youngest amongst seven tigers born at the zoo
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