The Loop: Novak Djokovic held up by Border force, French president says he wants to ‘piss off’ unvaccinated people

Hi there. It's Thursday, January 6 and you're reading The Loop, a quick wrap-up of the news you need to know about. 

One thing you should know: Novak Djokovic's entry into Australia is in doubt Djokovic has been held in a room with police after landing in Melbourne.(AP: Andrej Isakovic)

Men's tennis world number one Novak Djokovic remains held at Melbourne Airport by Border Force hours after landing after issues were reportedly raised over his visa application.

It's emerged his team had applied for a visa that does not allow for medical exemptions.

Djokovic touched down at Melbourne's Tullamarine airport on Wednesday about 11:30pm AEDT after a 14-hour flight from Dubai.

Acting Victorian Sports Minister Jaala Pulford said the state government rejected a request from Border Force to support Djokovic's visa application to enter Australia and said visa approvals are a matter for the federal government.

There's been backlash to the tennis player being granted a COVID vaccination exemption to play in this year's Australian Open.

One thing you’ll be hearing about today: It's been one year since the US Capitol riots Jacob Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, was one of the most infamous participants in the riot.(Reuters: Stephanie Keith)

Few will forget the image of Jacob Chansley, shirtless, painted and wearing a horned headdress, yelling in the US Senate chamber on January 6, 2021.

The unprecedented breach of the US Capitol one year ago has been described as one of the most recorded, videoed and posted about criminal acts in history.

The FBI says more than 700 people have been charged over the assault on the Capitol, but its investigation remains ongoing and more charges are still possible as it combs through the vast amount of footage from the day. 

Here's what happened to the people in some of January 6's most confronting images.

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Emmanuel Macron — The French President said that he wanted to "piss off" unvaccinated people by making their lives so complicated they would end up getting jabbed. He was speaking in an interview with Le Parisien newspaper in which he also called unvaccinated people irresponsible and unworthy of being considered citizens

Mr Macron's remarks have prompted widespread criticism and was seen as a campaign ploy.(AP: Denis Balibouse/)

Kazakhstan — Protesters in Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, have stormed the presidential residence and mayor's office and set both buildings on fire, according to news reports, as demonstrations sparked by a rise in LPG prices in the Central Asian nation escalated sharply

Craig Ruddy — The Archibald Prize-winning artist died from complications due to COVID-19 in northern New South Wales

News while you snoozed

Grammys — The awards ceremony has been postponed due to what organisers called "too many risks" due to the Omicron variant. No new date has been announced. The ceremony had been scheduled for January 31 in Los Angeles with a live audience and performances

Ash Barty — The world number one was plagued by unforced errors but displayed plenty of fight on her return to the WTA Tour as she rallied from a set down to beat American Coco Gauff 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 at the Adelaide International on Wednesday night

Plessy pardon — Louisiana's governor on Wednesday posthumously pardoned Homer Plessy, the Black man whose arrest for refusing to leave a whites-only railroad car in 1892 led to the Supreme Court ruling that cemented "separate but equal" into US law for half a century

One more thing

Croatian rescuers are praising a dog who protected its injured owner from freezing to death, high on a snowy mountain, keeping him warm for 13 hours in the dark until he could get medical attention.


"Friendship and love between man and dog know no boundaries," the county's mountain rescue service wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, with a photo of the dog lying on top of his master on a stretcher.

"[North] curled beside him and warmed him with his body," the rescue service's post said.

"His loyalty didn't stop even when the rescuers came. He was one of us, guarding his man for 13 hours."

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