World number 1 tennis star Novak Djokovic is immediately released from immigration detention in Australia after a federal court overturned a decision to revoke his visa.
Alex Hawke, Australia’s immigration minister, has said he is considering using his power to revoke Djokovic’s visa.
The decision now under consideration would see Djokovic banned from Australia for three years – significantly raising the stakes in a bizarre border row that threatens his quest to win the most grand slam titles of all time.
Can the Australian immigration minister really cancel his visa? Immigration law professor Mary Crock told Guardian Australia that the Migration Act gave the minister “divine powers” to cancel visas and if “they really decide to … the power is there”.
But what about the judge’s decision? It doesn’t matter, as Crock explains: “Anything that’s been before can be ignored — it’s set up exactly for this situation, to come in anyway and cancel a visa.”
Bronx building fire kills 19, including nine children
Nineteen people, including nine children, were killed yesterday in an apartment fire in New York’s Bronx, one of the city’s worst fire disasters in 30 years.
Thirteen people were still in critical condition in hospital, authorities said late Sunday afternoon. In all, more than five dozen were injured.
Eric Adams, the mayor serving his first few days on the job, said: “The numbers are horrific. This is a horrifying, painful moment for the city of New York. The impact of this fire will truly set a level of pain and despair in our bring city.
“This is going to be one of the worst fires we’ve seen in modern times.”
More than 200 firefighters fought the blaze at a 120-unit, 19-story building on East 181st Street known as Twin Parks.
What caused the fire? Authorities say the fire was caused by a stove in a duplex apartment. Fire Commissioner Dan Nigro said the fire started shortly before 11 a.m. in a duplex on the second and third floors and spewed smoke through the building because a door was open.
Trump not immune from criminal referral for Capitol attack, lawmakers insist
Donald Trump cannot hide behind immunity from criminal charges and faces the possibility of being barred from serving in public office for his role in the Capitol attack, several members of Congress said yesterday.
Days after the anniversary of the January 6 uprising that killed five and injured dozens after Trump supporters attempted to undermine the certification of Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory, the threat of potential criminal proceedings looms large for the former president.
Lawmakers from both main parties, including moderate Republicans, said yesterday that Trump would not be spared criminal responsibility if evidence emerged that he had actively coordinated the attack.
Republican Senator Mike Rounds from South Dakota spoke on the subject. What did he say? He told ABC’s This Week that any immunity from prosecution Trump enjoyed while in the White House evaporated on Jan. 20, 2021, when he left office, saying the “shield of the presidency doesn’t exist for someone who was a former president.” “.
Golden Globes: The Power of the Dog and Succession Triumph
The Power of the Dog and Succession were the big winners of an unusual, stripped-down Golden Globes.
Traditionally, the ceremony has been a glitzy broadcast with A-listers in attendance, but after a year of controversy surrounding diversity and amoral practices, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association lost its foothold in the industry, with publicity agencies, studios and celebrities choosing to distance themselves.
Nevertheless, the prizes were still awarded. The critically acclaimed Netflix drama The Power of the Dog was named Best Picture Drama, while Jane Campion became the third woman to win the Best Director award. Kodi Smit-McPhee won Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film.
On the television side, HBO’s hit drama Succession won awards for Best Drama, Best Actor for Jeremy Strong, and Best Supporting Actress for Sarah Snook.
Who attended the ceremony? Sunday night’s event took place at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, with no stars or audience, and only selected members and beneficiaries. The results were announced via social media.
In other news…
Bob Saget, the actor and comedian best known for his role on the beloved 1980s sitcom Full House, has died at age 65.. He was found unconscious yesterday in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Florida.
Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to four years in prison by a Myanmar military court for various offences, including illegal possession of walkie-talkies, the latest ruling in a series of cases that could lead to her having to spend the rest of her life in custody.
Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has tested positive for Covid-19. In a statement Sunday night, the New York progressives’ office said she was “experienced symptoms and recovering at home.”
Lithuania has paid more than $110,000 to Abu Zubaydah, the Guantánamo detainee known as the “forever prisoner”, in compensation for allowing the CIA to detain him in a secret place outside Vilnius, where he was subjected to forms of torture.
Don’t Miss This: Bernie Sanders Says Democrats Fail
Senator Bernie Sanders has called on Democrats to make “a major course correction” aimed at fighting for the American working class and standing up to powerful corporate interests as Democrats’ legislative agenda stalls and their party faces difficult election prospects from Nov. In an exclusive interview, the senator says it’s time to “stand up and tackle the greed of the ruling class in America.”
Climate control: US emissions rose last year after pandemic slump
Planetary heating emissions roared back into the United States in 2021, and hopes that the pandemic would prove to be a turning point in the greening of American society to tackle the climate crisis, new figures have shown. The onset of the pandemic in 2020 led to a sharp drop in greenhouse gas emissions, sparking predictions that a newly formed U.S. economy would emerge to help eradicate the fossil fuel era. These predictions may have been unfounded, as the new research shows that U.S. emissions increased 6.2% last year compared to 2020.
Last Thing: Joy When Baby Given To US Soldier During Afghan Withdrawal Is Reunited With Relatives
A young boy who was handed to a US soldier in despair over an airport wall in the chaos of the US evacuation from Afghanistan has been found and reunited with his relatives. The baby, Sohail Ahmadi, was just two months old when he went missing on August 19 as thousands of people rushed to leave Afghanistan when it fell into the hands of the Taliban. After a Reuters story with his photos was published in November, the baby was in Kabul, where a 29-year-old taxi driver named Hamid Safi had found him at the airport and brought him home to raise as his own child.
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