By Tom Burridge Published 20 October 2020 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Passengers flying from Heathrow to Hong Kong on Tuesday will be the first to have the option of paying for a rapid Covid test before checking in. The test will cost £80 and the result is guaranteed within an hour. The aim is to help people travelling to destinations where proof of a negative result is required on arrival. Collinson, the company behind the initiative had hoped the test could be used to enter Italy, but talks with the Italian government are continuing. A growing number of countries have classified the UK as being "at risk", meaning travellers from the UK face more restrictions. The authorities in Hong Kong now require people to show they have a negative test result, taken within 72 hours of a … [Read more...] about Covid-19: First UK airport coronavirus testing begins
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7 VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Lawyers for a senior Huawei executive argued in a Canadian court Wednesday that the United States “strategically crafted” a misleading record of the fraud case against her and acted “in bad faith” when presenting reasons she should be extradited. Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, who is the daughter of the company’s founder, was arrested at Vancouver’s airport in 2018 at the request of the U.S., which has charged her with fraud. Her arrest infuriated Beijing, which sees her case as a political move designed to prevent China’s rise. The U.S. accuses the Chinese communications giant of using a Hong Kong shell company called Skycom to sell equipment to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions. It says Meng committed fraud by misleading HSBC bank about the company’s business dealings in Iran. Defense lawyer Mona Duckett said the U.S. omitted facts, obscured the law and … [Read more...] about Lawyers for Huawei CFO argue US ‘strategically crafted’ case
Hong Kong — China is now facing its worst outbreak of COVID-19 since the early days of the global pandemic, reporting 71 new locally transmitted cases on Wednesday. While that's a relatively small number compared to the soaring number of cases in the United States, it's the country's highest tally since January, and the government is responding aggressively. The officially reported numbers are also small relative to China's population — nearly 500 among its population of 1.4 billion people since July 20th — but the reach of the resurgence is wide. Hotspots have flared up in more than 30 cities across at least 18 provinces. New daily infections have risen every day for nearly the past week. "We cannot relax," said China's leading respiratory disease expert, Zhong Nanshan, over the weekend. "We must pay attention to the control measures … and establish herd immunity." A tsunami of containment measures China's response has been a tidal wave of COVID testing, lockdowns, … [Read more...] about COVID has trickled back into China. Beijing is responding with a tsunami of containment measures.
The self-professed billionaire groom who fled, leaving his bride with a huge wedding party debt, has been arrested. He was apprehended at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport upon returning from Hong Kong on Thursday night. Pol Col Cherngron Rimphadee, deputy commander of Immigration Division 2, said Thananat Siripiyaporn, 49, was taken into custody about 9.30pm. Mr Thananat was wanted under an arrest warrant approved by the Bangkok North Municipal Court. He was charged with issuing a fraudulent cheque, the deputy commander said. He was apprehended after a biometric scan alerted immigration police to his arrival at the airport. Mr Thananat, left for Hong Kong on Oct 6, shortly after his marriage in May to a 30-year-old product presenter. Their lavish wedding, in the northeastern province of Buri Ram, made news headlines after his cheque went missing . The bride’s family complained that he had organized a wedding ceremony and party they said cost about 3.5 million baht. … [Read more...] about Self Professed Billionaire Groom Arrested Over Wedding Debt
The last leg of the extradition hearings began on Wednesday, with lawyers for the Attorney General of Canada (AGC) and the Huawei executive expected to spar, between now and August 20, over allegations that US prosecutors manipulated the case against Meng. “The requesting state’s conduct has been egregious for five reasons,” Duckett told British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Heather Holmes. “Number one, it is the court that has been misled; number two, on multiple occasions; number three, in relation to matters that are important or central.” Duckett emphasized the United States misinformed the court on issues that “favored committal” – a judge’s decision deeming the legal procedure serious enough to bring evidence before the court – despite prosecutors knowing the true facts of the case. The Canadian court was “tricked” by the United States to make the case against Meng seem stronger, Dockett added. © AFP 2021 / JEWEL SAMAD ‘Imagined Enemy’: Beijing Says US … [Read more...] about Huawei CFO Lawyer Says ‘Bad Faith’ US Repeatedly Mislead Canada Court on Extradition Bid