Asian shares skid despite US economic stimulus deal
Asian shares skid despite US economic stimulus deal
All federal prisons in the United States have been placed on lockdown, with officials aiming to quell any potential violence that could arise behind bars as law enforcement prepares for potentially violent protests across the country in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday. The lockdown at more than 120 federal Bureau of Prisons facilities took effect at 12 a.m. Saturday, according to an email to employees from the president of the union representing federal correctional officers. “In light of current events occurring around the country, and out of an abundance of caution, the decision has been made to secure all institutions,” the Bureau of Prisons said in a statement.
Former Inter Milan striker Ronaldo said Sunday's Serie A game against Juventus was not a title decider, while the two-time World Cup winning Brazilian also revealed his admiration for AC Milan's talismanic forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Second-placed Inter host champions Juve in the “Derby of Italy” at San Siro, and a win would take them seven points clear of the Turin club in fourth. Antonio Conte’s side have emerged as a serious threat to Juve’s nine-year stranglehold on the Italian title this season, along with league leaders Milan.
A hearse bound for a crematorium found itself stuck on a snowy hill in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, on January 14, prompting members of the community to jump into action.Annette Rollinson captured footage of the incident, writing on Facebook that several members of the community went out to push vehicles by hand, spread salt, and even walk family members up the snowy hill on foot.A passing tow truck driver offered to tow the hearse to the crematorium, according to the BBC.Carole Vernon, whose father’s casket was inside the hearse, told the BBC, “There was a chance Dad’s funeral wouldn’t have taken place if it weren’t for their help.”Funeral directors thanked the Rotherham residents for their “community spirit”. Credit: Annette Rollinson via Storyful
Democratic President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday nominated U.S. foreign policy veteran Wendy Sherman, a key negotiator of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, to be the No. 2 official at the State Department. Biden also nominated Victoria Nuland, a retired career foreign service officer who was the top U.S. diplomat for Europe, NATO ambassador and State Department spokeswoman, to be Under Secretary for Political Affairs, effectively the third-ranking U.S. diplomat. Sherman, who has a masters degree in social work, was the State Department counselor from 1997 to 2001, a period when she was also policy coordinator on North Korea.
Italy is suspending flights from Brazil, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said on Saturday, in response to a new coronavirus strain. Anyone who has transited Brazil in the last 14 days is also prohibited from entering Italy, he said on Facebook, while people arriving in Italy from Brazil will be required to take a test for the virus.
France centre Jean-Pascal Barraque kicked his first penalty goal in more than four years to take Clermont up to fourth in the Top 14 after Saturday's 16-16 draw at Bordeaux-Begles.
British airports called for urgent government support and an airline industry representative said the sector was heading for a "very difficult" place after Britain tightened its COVID-19 rules for international travellers on Friday. From 0400 GMT on Monday, all travellers to Britain must have a recent negative COVID-19 test and quarantine at home for 10 days on arrival, unless they test negative a second time five days after arrival. Tim Alderslade, chief executive of industry body Airlines UK, said the first three months of the year were typically a slow period for the sector, but called for plans to relax rules during the peak spring and summer period.
West Bromwich Albion recorded their first win under Sam Allardyce as they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 in a see-saw Black Country derby in the Premier League on Saturday, with Matheus Pereira scoring twice from the spot. The result gave West Brom a big boost in their bid to avoid relegation, as they moved to within three points of 17th place, albeit remaining stuck in 19th spot for now.
A team of climbers from Nepal on Saturday become the first mountaineers to successfully complete a winter attempt on the summit of K2, the world's second tallest peak. Located on the Pakistan China border, K2 is the only mountain over 8,000 metres that had not been summitted in the winter. The group were named as Nirmal Purja, Gelje Sherpa, Mingma David Sherpa, Mingma G, Sona Sherpa, Mingma Tenzi Sherpa, Pem Chhiri Sherpa, Dawa Temba Sherpa, Kili Pemba Sherpa, and Dawa Tenjing Sherpa.
People across France started heading home late on Saturday afternoon to meet a new, 6 p.m. curfew intended to help stem the spread of coronavirus infections, especially a more infectious variant. The virus has killed 70,000 people in France, the seventh highest toll in the world, and the government is particularly worried by the more transmissible variant first detected in Britain, which now accounts for about 1% of new cases. The curfew was brought forward two hours to 6 p.m. and runs until 6 a.m. In addition, from Monday, anyone travelling to France from outside the European Union will have to show a negative COVID-19 test and self-isolate for a week upon arrival.
The 29-year-old, who won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics and was world champion in 2013, was charged with "tampering within the results management process" and provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) earlier this week. "ICM Stellar Athletics would like to clarify that Brianna has not tested positive for any substance banned in the sport of track and field," her agency said.
Germany has given transcripts of interviews with Alexei Navalny to Russia as part of Moscow's probe into the poisoning of the Kremlin critic, a Justice Ministry spokesman said, demanding a thorough investigation into the crime. The ministry said Russia now had all the information needed to carry out a criminal investigation into Navalny's poisoning in August last year, including blood and tissue samples. "The German government assumes that the Russian government will now immediately take all necessary steps to clarify the crime against Mr. Navalny," the spokesman said.
RB Leipzig again squandered the chance to usurp Bayern Munich as Bundesliga leaders after being held to a 2-2 draw at Wolfsburg on Saturday.
Iran has sent a warning to the United States that it may take action at the World Court over alleged "illegal actions" against Iranian diplomats at the United Nations, Iran's state media reported on Saturday. Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said a note was sent to the United States through the Swiss embassy, which represents U.S. interests in Iran, warning that Tehran may take Washington to the World Court over what it said were "illegal actions", according to media reports.
With coronavirus restrictions forcing bars and restaurants to seat customers outside in the dead of winter, many are scrambling to nab erratic supplies of propane that fuel space heaters they’re relying on more than ever to keep people comfortable in the cold. “You’re in the middle of service and having staff run up and say, ‘We’re out of propane!’" said Melinda Maddox, manager of a whiskey tasting room in Colorado. This winter, 5-gallon (18-liter) propane tanks have proven a new necessity for urban businesses, too, especially in places like the Rocky Mountains, where the sun often takes the edge off the chill and people still enjoy gathering on patios when the heaters are roaring.
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Zango, who won bronze at the World Championships in 2019, added 15 centimetres to the previous record, set by his own coach, Frenchman Teddy Tamgho, in 2011. The 27-year-old Zango started with a foul but warmed up with a leap of 17.33 metres before steadily increasing his best to 17.61m and then 17.70m.
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A blizzard brought several inches of snow to Iowa from January 14 into 15, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported.NWS Des Moines shared this 24-hour timelapse footage from its office in Johnston showing snow accumulating from 4 pm Thursday to 4 pm Friday.The blizzard conditions complicated travel and decreased visibility on roads in the Des Moines metropolitan area on Friday. Credit: NWS Des Moines via Storyful
Light snow fell over the Dutch capital city of Amsterdam on Saturday, January 16, with up to three centimeters (1.1 inches) forecast in parts of North Holland.This footage shows snow falling near the Magere Brug, a narrow pedestrian bridge over the river Amstel.A yellow warning was in effect for North Holland until 4 am on Sunday. Credit: Hava Pasha via Storyful