France is considering requiring rapid COVID-19 tests from Irish truck drivers operating on a logistics route that has become key since Britain's exit from the European Union, Ireland's transport minister said on Sunday. Large numbers of Irish trucks have begun transporting goods via ferries to France in recent weeks to avoid delays in the more traditional route to continental Europe via Britain, which withdrew from EU trading rules on Jan. 1. The new measures would be targeted at a more infectious variant of the coronavirus first discovered in England but that has become widespread in Ireland.
Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil was due in Istanbul Sunday to finalise his move to Fenerbahce and end his troubled stay in the English Premier League, Turkish media reported.
Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte faces two key confidence votes in parliament this week as his political survival hangs by a few ballots. After former premier Matteo Renzi withdrew his centrist Italia Viva party from the ruling coalition, in protest against Mr Conte’s economic policies and “centralizing” methods, the Italian government was deprived of its fragile parliamentary majority. The political crisis rocked Italy just as the country is struggling to contain a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and facing its worst recession since World War II. Mr Conte resisted calls for his resignation from the center-right opposition, as his two main ruling partners, the center-left Democratic Party (PD) and the populist Five Star Movement, stood by his side, blasting Renzi’s move as “irresponsible.” The premier is now betting on building up a new majority in parliament, counting on the support of the so-called “responsibles". They are members of smaller centrist or independent groups that would support Mr Conte in exchange for senior roles in a reshuffled cabinet. However, after the last-minute defections of a few potential allies, including the centrist group Udc, Mr Conte’s task looks increasingly daunting. “Some of the MPs who were supposed to be Conte's staunchest allies have already publicly announced that they are not willing to back Conte. This is no domino effect, rather, it is a reverse domino,” said Francesco Galietti, founder of consultancy firm Policy Sonar. The premier will address the chamber of deputies on Monday, where he should easily win the confidence vote as he enjoys a wider majority there. The key battle will be fought in the Senate the following day, where Mr Conte needs the backing of at least 10 senators to reach the absolute majority, a target that now seems too ambitious for the weakened leader. Mr Conte will likely obtain only a simple majority in the upper house, surviving the confidence vote. But he would end up commanding an extremely shaky majority that would risk to collapse at any divisive vote in the coming months. A defeat in parliament would leave him with no other choice than stepping down.
Brazilian health regulator Anvisa on Sunday opened an extraordinary meeting of its board of directors to decide whether to approve emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines from China's Sinovac Biotech and Britain's AstraZeneca to begin immunizations as the pandemic enters a deadly second wave. Anvisa's decision will be a simple majority vote of the board's five directors. President Jair Bolsonaro, a coronavirus skeptic who has refused to take a vaccine himself, is under growing pressure to start inoculations in Brazil, which has lost more than 200,000 to COVID-19 – the worst death toll outside the United States.
Police in Amsterdam turned a water cannon on hundreds of demonstrators who were taking part in a banned protest Sunday against the Dutch government and its tough coronavirus lockdown. Police on horseback also moved in to break up the demonstration on a large square ringed by museums, including the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam municipality said riot police took action to disperse the crowd because people weren't adhering to social distancing measures.
Palestinians will hold their first national elections in 15 years, and while many welcomed the announcement on Friday (January 15) many are also sceptical, they will bring any change – or even happen at all. President Mahmoud Abbas said the parliamentary and presidential elections would be held later this year in a bid to heal long-standing divisions. His main rival, the militant Islamist group Hamas that runs the Gaza strip, welcomed the move. The Palestinians Reuters spoke to were cautiously optimistic. "We are in need of a democratic framework that can bring radical change whether in the government or the national council that has been in place for years, which needs renewal and young blood, to build a free democratic nation that is built on all the Palestinian territories." ''This is a 100% good decision, merited for over 15 years, if not more, we are supposed to be initiating a state and thus should have democracy, and democracy is elections." The split territory is plagued by political infighting and distrusts of institutions. The announcement is widely seen as a gesture aimed at pleasing U.S. President-elect Joe Biden. Palestinians are keen to reset relations after they reached a low under Donald Trump. It’s not clear whether 85-year-old Abbas who is in poor health is going to run. A December poll by the Palestinian for Policy and Survey Research found 52% of Palestinians think elections held under present conditions would not be fair and free. If Hamas won, 76% thought Fatah - the party led by Abbas - would not accept the result. 58% believed Hamas would reject a Fatah victory. Gaza is a Hamas stronghold, while Abbas's power base is in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The two groups have failed to achieve lasting reconciliation, and previous election pledges went unfulfilled.
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Several thousand people held an unauthorised protest in Amsterdam on Sunday against a national lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, before being dispersed by riot police. Riot police then used water cannon to try to disperse the gathering.
Five Hong Kong protesters who reportedly fled to Taiwan by boat six months ago have arrived in the United States and intend to seek asylum, according to an activist group. The activists, all under the age of 30, faced protest-related arrests or charges in Hong Kong, and escaped the city by boat in July last year, the Washington, DC-based Hong Kong Democracy Council (HKDC) said. They are the latest protesters to seek sanctuary in the West after Beijing imposed a national security law on Hong Kong in June that makes it easier to crack down on dissent in the Chinese city. In recent weeks, police have arrested dozens of pro-democracy activists and former lawmakers in Hong Kong. The HKDC statement didn't confirm that the five that are now in the US had been in Taiwan - a popular destination for protesters, but which closed its borders last year because of the pandemic. Simon Chu, managing director of the nonprofit HKDC, said he had welcomed the five to the US last week after a "perilous journey to freedom". "The dangerous trip made by these activists illustrates how it remains difficult for Hong Kongers to seek safe harbour in the US and that options for safe passage are limited," he said. "Their desperate effort exemplifies the rapidly deteriorating human rights condition and growing humanitarian crisis Hong Kong is in right now," he said. Media in Taiwan had reported last year that the five had been intercepted by the Taiwanese coast guard as they tried to flee to the self-ruled island in late July. Officials in Taiwan have repeatedly declined to comment on the case. Activists say the five were held incommunicado in Taiwan as negotiations were carried out to help them leave for the US. In August, another group of Hongkongers attempted to flee to Taiwan in a speedboat, but were caught by the Chinese coastguard. Ten of the 12 Hongkongers were sentenced to up to three years in prison for organising and participating in an illegal border crossing last month after a "secret" trial that was condemned by Britain and others.
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Meditation apps, like Calm and Headspace, were growing at a rapid clip before Covid-19. But the pandemic prompted many people to prioritize mental health out of necessity.
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Dennis Nilsen's final wish will not be carried out, his 'next of kin' has insisted as he seeks to finally publish the serial killer's autobiography. The Scottish serial killer, who died in 2018, tried multiple times to get his memoirs published from prison, but was thwarted by rules brought in by the Labour government in the late 1990s, which prohibited prisoners from profiting from crimes. Fighting to get his words published, the killer spent over ten years trying to get the ban removed, and even tried to pursue his case with the European Court of Human Rights. His autobiography, History of a Drowning Boy, is now due to be released this week by Mark Austin, the man he named as his next of kin after becoming a "prison pen pal" of his. Mr Austin, 54, graphic designer and married father of two, edited the words and found an independent publisher to release them. However, Mr Austin argued that publishing the autobiography is not the 'last wish' of the killer. He said he has refused to scatter the ashes of his friend in the garden where many of the victims' remains were burned. The graphic designer told the Sunday Times: "I thought it was an insult. When the time comes, I'm probably going to scatter his ashes in the sea in Fraserburgh." Nilsen, who murdered at least 12 young men and boys between 1978 and 1983, confesses to new crimes in the thousands of pages he typed up in his cell. In it, he details the strangulation and sexual abuse of two previously unknown male victims. The families of the victims have said that they are frustrated with the decision to publish the thoughts of a serial killer. The sister of Carl Stottor, who survived a murder attempt by Nilsen but later died in 2013 after battling depression and alcoholism, described the new book as "morally wrong". "Carl fought all his life to have those memoirs stopped," Julie Bentley told the Sunday Times. "When that evil man died, I thought it was over. Why should he have his say when the victims can't have their word?" A friend of another bereaved relative told the paper: "It's as if he's still laughing at us from beyond the grave." Ann Widdecombe, a former Tory prisons minister, said: "Providing nobody is making any money out of it, there seems no good reason [to block publication] after this length of time." Mr Austin has said that any royalties from the book will be given to charity. He befriended the serial killer in 1991 "out of curiosity", and the murderer signed all his possessions to his pen pal after he died, because his family had disowned him. The two exchanged over 800 letters, and had 70 in-prison visits together.
Oman has introduced a new law for parliament stipulating that state budget talks and the questioning of ministers should be carried out in secret, reducing transparency as the indebted state tries to tackle its creaking finances and shore up the economy. Since assuming power a year ago, Sultan Haitham bin Tariq al-Said has overhauled government and state entities and begun pushing through sensitive fiscal reforms such as reductions in subsidies and the introduction of a value-added tax, which had dragged down his predecessor the late Sultan Qaboos. Last week, the sultanate's ruler announced a constitutional shakeup that included the appointment of a crown prince for the first time and new rules on how the bicameral parliament, the Council of Oman, would work.
Local police and National Guard donned riot gear and surrounded the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing on January 17, in preparation for possible armed protests, local media reported.Lansing Mayor Andy Schor called on residents to avoid the downtown area. “In light of expected demonstrations at the Capitol Building this Sunday, I urge everyone to avoid coming to the Capitol and surrounding area,” he said.This footage was filmed by Brendan Gutenschwager. Credit: Brendan Gutenschwager via Storyful
Rangers extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to 21 points, but saw their 15-match winning streak come to an end as Motherwell moved off the bottom thanks to a 1-1 draw at Fir Park.
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