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World

Singapore Airlines calls for travel bubble talks

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Singapore’s national carrier is pushing for talks with Australian officials, so it can learn how a travel bubble will work.

The leaders of Singapore and Australia held face to face talks earlier this month, promising to work towards establishing two-way quarantine free travel.

Following the meeting, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong revealed the leaders “discussed how two-way travel between Singapore and Australia can eventually resume in a safe and calibrated manner when both sides are ready.”

His Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, added that “there is nothing impeding us getting on with the job of putting systems in place that will enable such a bubble to emerge between Singapore and Australia.”

Singapore Airlines has signalled that there hasn’t been enough urgency in putting those systems in place.

The carrier want to know more about the likely framework for quarantine-free travel, including the requirements for travellers.

Louis Arul, Singapore Airlines’ regional vice-president for Australia and the south-west Pacific, says the airline wants to start a discussion about the operational measures that will be necessary for a travel bubble.

The airline is pushing for talks with Australian officials, so it’s able to figure out how it will make two-way quarantine-free travel work.

He admits that the airline is no longer working towards a timeline on when the bubble will open, instead emphasising that how the bubble will work, will determine the start-date.

“It’s not just the airline, it’s the ground-handling agents, the airports, border force and so on,” he told The Australian.

“Everybody needs to sit down and discuss how we want to manage operations in such a situation.”

One-way quarantine free travel is already in place, for Australians travelling to Singapore.

The city-state allows travellers from Australia to bypass quarantine and simply take a COVID-19 test on arrival, and self-isolate in a hotel room until they receive a negative result.

Singapore Airlines continues to operate commercial flights in and out of Australia, but very few passengers are onboard. The flight are only financially viable due to the amount of cargo being carried.

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Over 20 young people mysteriously die at nightclub

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Authorities in South Africa are investigating the deaths of 22 people, who were mysteriously found in a nightclub

Victims were found spread across the tables and floors in a coastal town.

They have been taken for testing, as authorities scramble to find a cause of death.

South Africa’s President is sending his “deepest condolences” to families of the victims, most of whom are teenagers.

The tragedy has taken place during Youth Month, where South Africa pushes for more opportunities to help young people from poor socio-economic backgrounds.

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Deadly stadium collapse at bullfighting event in Columbia

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At least four people have died, and 500 injured at a bullfighting stadium in Columbia

Videos show a stand collapsing during the event, as emergency workers race to help.

Local media reports that hospitals have begun helping those who were injured.

The nation’s newly-elected President is calling for an end to bullfighting, tweeting that tragedies like this have already happened in the past.

He is urging local authorities to not allow more shows that involve the death of people or animals.

Investigations continue into the cause of the collapse.

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Major disruption in Sydney as climate protesters take to the streets

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There’s been major disruption across Sydney, as climate protesters take to the streets and block CBD roads

NSW Police officers chased dozens of climate protesters who were seen throwing milk crates, and barricades.

One demonstrator blocked the entry to one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city.

Members from Blockade Australia kicked off the rally by attempting to stop flowing traffic by dragging rubbish bins, construction barriers and building material into the middle of the road.

The Sydney Harbour Tunnel has now reopened but the organisation says it will hold more protests this week.

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