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‘Extremely high risk’ – Brits banned

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Hong Kong has announced that it will ban all incoming flights from the UK over Covid-19 concerns… with authorities labelling the country as “extremely high risk”.

The move follows the British government losing entry requirements for people arriving into the UK from almost every part of the world.

Hong Kong authorities say the decision comes “in view of the recent rebound of the epidemic situation in the UK and the widespread Delta variant virus strain there”.

The only other countries on Hong Kong’s “extremely high risk” category include Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and South Africa.

Although there are rising case numbers in the U-K, the restrictions follow rising political tensions between Beijing and London.

The British government has repeatedly said that China is breaching the Sino-British Joint Declaration that preceded Hong Kong’s handover in 1997.

Hong Kong stocks will resume following a cancellation of the Monday morning session

A lowered rainstorm warning from the city’s weather observatory gave the all-clear for the exchange to reopen.

The Hong Kong Observatory lowered the rainstorm warning to amber from black after 11 a.m. local time, meaning stock trading will begin at 1:30 p.m. in accordance with Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd.’s rules. The bourse operator had earlier canceled morning trading of both securities and derivatives markets, including Stock Connect due to the black rain warning.

Earlier the city’s education bureau suspended classes across Hong Kong due to the severe weather conditions. The government will resume vaccination after lowering the rainstorm warning.

Morning trading in the city was last suspended in October 2020 following a tropical storm Nangka prompted authorities to shutter businesses and close schools.

Average daily turnover in Hong Kong this year stands at around HK$188 billion.

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Indonesia’s inflation soars to a 5-year high

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Indonesia’s inflation rate has hit a five-year high, as businesses continue to pass rising costs onto consumers

As countries around the world deal with the rising cost of living, Indonesia’s inflation rate has exceeded predictions.

The country’s consumer price index rose just above 4 percent in June, which is the biggest year-on-year climb since 2017.

This blew the Bank of Indonesia’s estimates out of the water, with the Bank expecting a rise of between 2 and 4 percent.

Experts say June’s inflation was largely triggered by red chilies, cayenne pepper, cooking oil, and shallots.

Prices of food, beverages, and tobacco all rose above 8 percent, and transportation is also helping drive inflation, especially in airline passenger fees due to high fuel costs.

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Several dead after horror shooting at Copenhagen shopping centre

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Several people are dead after a gunman opened fire at a shopping centre in Copenhagen

A mass shooting incident in one of Denmark’s largest shopping centres has left several people dead and others injured.

A 22-year-old Danish man has been arrested, with police refusing to rule out the attack being an act of terrorism.

Authorities arrived at Field’s mall in the Danish capital late on Sunday afternoon local time, as people were told to stay put and wait for assistance.

Local media has published images of terrified shoppers running for safety, with eyewitnesses describing panic as gunfire echoed through the shopping centre.

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Singer Harry Styles was due to perform in the city, but the concert has been cancelled. Attendees have asked to leave Copenhagen’s Royal Arena.

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The multi-storey shopping mall where the attack occurred is around 5 kilometres south of downtown Copenhagen.

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U.S. watching China ‘very closely’ over Taiwan

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The United States is watching China ‘very closely’, but a top official says an attack on Taiwan is ‘not imminent’

China views Taiwan as a breakaway province that must be reunified with the mainland, and by force, if necessary.

United States Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley told the BBC that China is developing a capability to attack Taiwan at some point in time.

Milley says whether or not the nation does this is a political and policy choice, based on how the Chinese view the cost and risk-benefit at the time.

Beijing has accused Washington of supporting Taiwan’s independence vowing to ‘crush’ any such attempt.

Back in May, U.S. President Joe Biden said China was “flirting with danger” by flying warplanes close to Taiwan. The President has vowed to protect the island militarily if required.

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