Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's arrest as he arrived in Moscow after recovering from his poisoning with a nerve agent drew criticism from Western nations and calls for his release, with Germany's foreign minister on Monday calling it “incomprehensible.” Navalny was detained at passport control at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport after flying in Sunday evening from Berlin, where he was treated following the poisoning in August that he blames on the Kremlin.
Australian Open tennis players arrived in Melbourne on the weekend, but it's been a rocky start. A handful of participants have tested positive with COVID-19 and frustration soared as they began the first days of strict quarantine. Hitting a ball against the hotel wall or bouncing it off the window. While players posted videos of improvised training inside their rooms, health authorities in Victoria reported nine with COVID-19 infections among passengers on Australian Open charter flights. Some players have lashed out online as 70 players on three of the charter flights have been sent to hard quarantine for 12 days and unable to hit the courts to train because of people testing positive with the virus on their flights. On Monday, Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews stood firm, and said there would be no changes in the rules, despite demands, including from world number one, Novak Djokovic, who asked to be moved to private housing: "I know there's been a bit of, bit of chatter from a number of players about the rules. Well, the rules apply to them as they apply to everybody else and they were all briefed on that before they came and that was the condition on which they came. So there's no special treatment here, people are being treated, because the virus doesn't treat you specially, so neither do we." Meanwhile, Australians criticised the government on social media, questioning how it could make room for 1,200 tennis players and their entourages for next month's Grand Slam that begins on February 8, but not its own citizens. Adding to the frustration for stranded Australians overseas, the head of the health department on Monday warned Australia may not fully reopen its international borders this year.
Seville [Spain], January 18 (ANI): Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman defended Lionel Messi, who received a red card during the Supercopa de Espana final against Athletic Club, saying that it was a "normal" reaction from the Argentine as the opponents fouled him many times.
The Hong Kong government will provide another $361 million (HK$2.8 billion) to rescue city’s troubled Ocean Park, which has seen losses increased by the effect of COVID-19. The venture is to be transformed from a traditional theme park into a travel destination and marine conservation hub that can be financially self-sufficient. The park will receive […]
Former Hong Kong lawmaker Ted Hui has renewed his criticism of HSBC for freezing his local bank accounts even after the global bank's chief executive, Noel Quinn, wrote to him to explain the circumstances of the change. Hui, who fled Hong Kong late last year after facing criminal charges over pro-democracy protests in the Asian financial hub, disclosed some of the contents of Quinn's message in a Facebook post on Sunday.
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Tonnes of Malaysia-made gloves go to Canada. This article, Canadian news outlet exposes poor working, living conditions at Malaysia’s Top Glove, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.
KUCHING, Jan 18 — Sarawak Patriots Association (SPA) chairman Datuk John Lau Pang Heng today urged the state Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) not to designate longhouses as quarantine centres...
The United Kingdom is vaccinating 140 people per minute against COVID-19 on average, Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Monday. The United Kingdom, which has the world's fifth worst official COVID-19 death toll, is racing to be among the first major countries to vaccinate its population - seen as the best way to exit the pandemic and get the economy going again. Latest figures show the United Kingdom has vaccinated 3,857,266 people with a first dose and 449,736 with a second dose.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has condemned the arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as "appalling", calling for the Kremlin critic's release. "It is appalling that Alexey Navalny, the victim of a despicable crime, has been detained by Russian authorities," Raab wrote on Twitter. "He must be immediately released. Rather than persecuting Mr Navalny Russia should explain how a chemical weapon came to be used on Russian soil," he added. Mr Raab has joined the growing calls of condemnation from across the Western world, adding his voice to his German and American counterparts. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Russia should "immediately" release Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny after his detention at a Moscow airport. Mr Navalny "took the conscious decision to return to Russia because he sees it as his personal and political home", Mr Mass said, adding it was "totally incomprehensible" that the Russian authorities arrested him on his arrival Sunday.
Kevin Na overcame a three-stroke deficit with six holes to play with three straight birdies and another on the 18th hole to win the Sony Open in Honolulu on Sunday. Na carded a 5-under-par 65 on Sunday to finish at 21-under 259 at Waialae Country Club. The 37-year-old Na recorded his fifth PGA Tour victory by edging Chris Kirk and Chile's Joaquin Niemann, who tied for second one shot back.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 18 — An additional stimulus package worth in excess of RM15 billion was announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today. The Malaysian Economic and Rakyat Protection...
New Yorkers flocked to the Brooklyn Army Terminal on January 14 after a WhatsApp message claiming the facility had extra COVID-19 vaccines went viral.This footage, shot by Stephen Lurie, shows people lined up for blocks. Others waited in cars.The WhatsApp message said over 410 doses of the vaccine needed to be given out within four hours and promised the terminal would take any “walk ins” aged 18 and over.New York City mayoral press secretary Bill Neidhardt swiftly took to Twitter to debunk the message, writing there was “NOT available vaccine for people without appointments.”“This was misinformation and the notification did not come from the NYC gov,” Neidhardt wrote. “We are sending people to Brooklyn Army Terminal to ask people in line to return home if they don’t have appointments.” Credit: Stephen Lurie via Storyful
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BHG Singapore will be launching a new concept store, One Assembly, at Raffles City Singapore, taking over Robinsons’ vacant space. The new concept store will be located at levels 1 and 2 of the shopping mall. One Assembly is set to be a one-stop shopping destination offering the ultimate selection of beauty, fashion, home and living, and experiential offerings.
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Stienette Bosklopper of the Netherlands’ Circe Films and Meike Martens of Germany’s Blinker Filmproduktion have boarded “Do Fish Sleep With Their Eyes Open?,” the latest film from director Nele Wohlatz, whose 2016 documentary hybrid “The Future Perfect” won best feature in Locarno. The co-production partnerships add European support and financing muscle to an Argentine project produced […]
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U.S. officials who have engaged in "nasty" behaviour over Chinese-claimed Taiwan will face sanctions, China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday, after Washington lifted curbs on exchanges between U.S. and Taiwanese officials. Ties have worsened as China has already condemned this month's easing, announced by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the waning days of President Donald Trump's presidency.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 18 — Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan today filed a lawsuit against Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the Malaysian government, in his bid to have the courts decide whether a prime...