Melbourne [Australia], January 18 (ANI): Nine people associated with the upcoming Australian Open have so far tested positive for coronavirus, according to Victoria State Premier Daniel Andrews on Monday.
Should I book a holiday for spring? Will vaccine passports open up our holidays? How travel to Europe will change after Brexit New UK testing entry rules: everything you need to know Sign up to the Telegraph Travel newsletter The UK's tough new testing rules came into effect this morning, with all international arrivals now required to show a negative Covid test or face a potential £500 fine. The legislation is intended to protect against the spread of coronavirus variants, after two new forms of the virus were recently discovered in Brazil. A quarantine is also still in place for all UK arrivals, consisting of 10 days – but shortened to five if a second negative test result is obtained. Currently, no one is able to bypass this quarantine due to the removal last week of all the UK’s travel corridors. More spot-checks have also been ordered to check that people are quarantining, and all exemptions to the policy – including the controversial separate rules for business travel – have also been removed. While the travel industry has spent the past year calling for an effective testing regime, many business leaders are still despairing over the continued use of a quarantine. Speaking on Radio 4 this morning, CEO of the Airport Operators Association Karen Dee warned that the new measures will make little difference to the industry currently – because quarantine is the “biggest deterrent” against booking trips, rather than testing. Scroll down for the latest updates.
A South Korean court sentenced the de-facto head of Samsung Electronics to two and a half years in jail on Monday. Jay Y. Lee was found guilty of bribery, embezzlement and concealment of criminal proceeds worth about $7.8 million dollars. This won't be his first stretch of time in jail. Lee was first convicted of bribing an associate of former President Park Geun-hye in 2017. He only ended up serving a year of a 5 year sentence after he was granted an early release on appeal. The Supreme Court later sent the case back to the Seoul High Court, which handed down this latest ruling on Monday. Lee's lawyer spoke to reporters outside the court: "The nature of this case is the former president's abuse of power violating corporate freedom and property rights. Given that nature, the court's decision is regrettable." Lee has led Samsung - the world's largest smartphone and memory chip maker - since his father was hospitalised after a heart attack in 2014. The elder Lee died in October, but the chairmanship he held has yet to be filled. With this sentencing, Lee will be sidelined from major decision making at Samsung as it strives to overtake competitors in areas such as AI. He'll also be out of overseeing the process of inheritance from his father. Monday's case had been seen as a test for how South Korea's judiciary treats it's 'chaebol' - its big, family-owned conglomerates. Samsung and companies like it have been long credited with building Asia's fourth-largest economy but criticized for wielding too much power and influence. Lee can appeal the sentence at the Supreme Court, but legal experts say that because the court has already ruled on it once, chances are lower that its interpretation will change.
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Germany's health minister on Monday said that although measures to contain the spread of coronavirus had started showing an effect, further efforts were needed to bring the virus permanently under control. "The (infection) numbers seem to be decreasing, which is good, but we are still a long way from where we want to be," Jens Spahn told broadcaster ARD. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the 16 state premiers will discuss next steps on Tuesday.
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Western nations told Russia to immediately free detained Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Monday, a day after he was detained at a Moscow airport after flying home for the first time since he was poisoned last summer. Russia quickly rejected calls to release him, telling the West to mind its own business as police continued to hold Navalny in a Moscow police station. "Respect international law, do not encroach on national legislation of sovereign states and address problems in your own country," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden should hold talks with North Korea to build on progress that President Donald Trump had made with leader Kim Jong Un. Biden takes office on Wednesday amid a prolonged stalemate in negotiations aimed at dismantling North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes in exchange for U.S. sanctions relief. Moon, who had offered to be a mediator between Pyongyang and Washington, said he will seek an early chance to promote North Korea as Biden's foreign policy priority so that he will follow through on an agreement reached by Trump and Kim at their first summit in Singapore.
Five people who committed crimes in Saudi Arabia as minors have yet to have their death sentences revoked, according to two rights groups, nine months after the kingdom's Human Rights Commission (HRC) announced an end to capital punishment for juvenile offenders. The state-backed HRC in April cited a March royal decree by King Salman stipulating that individuals sentenced to death for crimes committed while minors will no longer face execution and would instead serve prison terms of up to 10 years in juvenile detention centers.
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Social media platform Parler is back online... sort of. A placeholder website is up - but it's still not usable, and remains gone from app stores. Chief executive John Matze posted a brief message over the weekend, where he asks “hello world, is this thing on?” That was above a statement promising to restore service after technical challenges are overcome. Parler all but disappeared following the storming of Capitol Hill. Critics said it was used to incite the unrest, and wasn’t doing enough to police violent content. Apple and Google banned it from their app stores in response. Amazon then suspended it from its web hosting service, effectively taking it offline. Conservative social media users have flocked to Parler in recent months, citing what they see as censorship on mainstream platforms like Twitter and Facebook. The company has rejected all allegations against it, saying there’s no evidence it was used to organise unrest. Last week it began a legal bid to force Amazon to restore its account.