Amazon secures top Champions League rights for Germany | Amazon.com has secured the rights to broadcast top European soccer Champions League matches for the 2021/22 season in Germany, the U.S. company said o

Amazon secures top Champions League rights for Germany

Amazon secures top Champions League rights for Germany

Amazon secures top Champions League rights for Germany

Amazon secures top Champions League rights for Germany

Amazon secures top Champions League rights for Germany

Amazon secures top Champions League rights for Germany
Amazon secures top Champions League rights for Germany
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BERLIN: Amazon.com has secured the rights to broadcast top European soccer Champions League matches for the 2021/22 season in Germany, the US company said on Tuesday (Dec 10).

Amazon said it would be broadcasting Champions League matches on Tuesday evenings from 2021.

"We’re excited to bring UEFA Champions League football to our customers in Germany," Alex Green, managing director at Amazon's Prime Video Sport Europe division, said in a statement.

Amazon's move into broadcasting top sports events is seen as a way to boost its Prime subscription service rather than a bid to become a pay-TV operator, although its entry into the market is shaking up the multi-billion dollar battle for sports rights.

The company has had the audio rights for the German Bundesliga since 2017 and has just started showing the English Premier League after it won the rights to 20 matches a season including early December midweek games and Christmas games.

Amazon Prime membership costs 69 euros a year in Germany, its second largest market outside the United States.

Champions League rights in Germany are currently held by Comcast's Sky, which charges 39.99 euros a month for its sport package.

Amazon has also bought rights for tennis and the U.S. National Football League (NFL) to bolster its offering, along with entertainment content such as motoring show “The Grand Tour” and drama “The Man In The High Castle”.

Woman arrested, suspected of spending more than S$5,700 using missing credit card

Woman arrested, suspected of spending more than S$5,700 using missing credit card

SINGAPORE: A woman who is believed to have used another person's credit card to buy more than S$5,700 worth of items was arrested on Tuesday (Dec 10).

Preliminary investigations show the 32-year-old woman is believed to have found the credit card and used it to buy an assortment of apparel, handbags and footwear, the police said in a news release.

The victim reported on Sunday that several unauthorised transactions had been made on his missing credit card. 

Officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established the identity of the woman and arrested her two days later, the police said.

She will be charged on Wednesday.

If found guilty of cheating, she faces up to 10 years in jail and a fine.

Anyone who is convicted of dishonest misappropriation of property faces up to two years' jail, a fine, or both.

In pictures: 6 months of Hong Kong protests

In pictures: 6 months of Hong Kong protests

HONG KONG: Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday (Dec 8) to mark the six-month anniversary of a movement that was triggered by a controversial extradition Bill.

The city has seen peaceful and violent rallies since the Bill was introduced, with more than 1,000 people arrested, university campuses occupied, MTR stations smashed up and police responding with tear gas and bullets.

The Bill, which would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, was introduced after a murder in Taiwan. But even after the Bill was formally withdrawn – months after it was first introduced – the rallies and demonstrations continued.

READ: A city divided - Hong Kong’s 6 months of tumultuous protests

How did it get to this?

APRIL

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam introduces amendments to the city’s extradition laws that would allow criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China.

Tens of thousands of people march on the Legislative Council building to demand the amendments are scrapped.

MAY

Small scuffles break out, as further concessions are considered to the Bill.


EXPLORE: Voices of Hong Kong, an interactive special

JUNE

Large-scale protests begin in Hong Kong. More than 500,000 people, including lawyers, take to the streets. 

Jun 12: Police fire tear gas into huge crowds of people, as the government shuts its offices. It is the first time tear gas has been used in the city since the Occupy movement.





Jun 15: Carrie Lam agrees to delay the proposed Bill, but stops short of withdrawing it.


JULY

Jul 1: Protesters storm the Legislative Council, using trolleys and poles to break into the building. It was also the 22nd anniversary of the handover to Chinese rule. Police leave the building before returning to force out the protesters hours after the break in.







Jul 9: Carrie Lam says the Bill is “dead” and that the government’s work on it was a “total failure”, but again stopped short of withdrawing it.



Jul 21: Men in white shirts storm a train in Yuen Long MTR station, attacking passengers and protesters. Questions are raised over the amount of time it took for police to reach the station.



End of Jul: The first protesters are charged in connection with the rallies.


AUGUST

Clashes in Hong Kong International Airport force flights to be cancelled or delayed. There are clashes nearly every weekend.












SEPTEMBER

In a leaked recording of a meeting with business people, Carrie Lam said she would quit if she had a choice, but later said she never asked the Chinese government to let her resign.

Sep 4: Carrie Lam announces the Bill with be formally withdrawn next month and promises to hold talks to east tensions.






OCTOBER

The violence escalates, as China’s Communist Party celebrates the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic.







Oct 4: Carrie Lam enacts colonial-era emergency law to ban face masks, and thousands take to the streets to defy the ban.



Oct 23: The extradition Bill is formally withdrawn, but it is just one of the five demands from the protesters.


End of October: Hong Kong slips into recession.

NOVEMBER

Clashes break out across Hong Kong as the protests continues. The formal withdrawal of the Bill has failed to appease the protesters.




Protesters take over popular shopping malls across Hong Kong, leaving some closed for months.




HKU and PolyU: University campuses are taken over by protesters, where they stay for days.




There are running battles across the city, as protesters put up barricades across main roads and police fire tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon at demonstrators.


End of November: US passes two Bills supporting the protesters, warning sanctions on Hong Kong if certain criteria are not met.


DECEMBER

Small rallies are called, with thousands of people marching in support of the US Bills. 

On Dec 8, thousands took to the streets to mark the six- month anniversary of the rallies. Organisers say about 800,000 turn up, but police put estimates at 183,000. 


Qatar emir to skip Riyadh summit dampening thaw hopes

Qatar emir to skip Riyadh summit dampening thaw hopes

DOHA: Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, will not attend the Gulf summit in Riyadh, state media reported on Tuesday (Dec 10), dampening hopes of reconciliation between Doha and a Saudi-led bloc.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut all diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar in June 2017 over allegations it backs radical Islamists and seeks closer ties with Saudi arch rival Tehran.

Qatar vehemently denies the allegations.

The emir named Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani to lead the Qatari delegation to Tuesday's summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the official QNA news agency said.

SIGNS OF A THAW

Hopes of reconciliation were high after signs emerged of a thaw between Qatar and its former allies despite Doha's refusal to heed demands put forward by the boycotting countries.

Following Saudi King Salman's invitation to the emir, Qatar's foreign minister said there had been "some progress" in talks with Riyadh.

In a last-minute move last month, the three countries sent teams to a regional football tournament hosted by Qatar, leading to speculation of an imminent diplomatic breakthrough.

Some observers had said that the summit could pave the way for a "reconciliation conference".

Others remained sceptical, saying the king was only following protocol and had invited the Qatari leader to last year's summit as well.

The Qatari emir last year spurned that invitation and sent a representative instead, as he had to other summit since the crisis erupted in 2017.

Even though the emir will not attend the summit, negotiations to end the impasse are expected to continue, analysts say.

"Ending the Gulf rift is an incremental process of engagement and dialogue rather than something resolvable at a single summit meeting alone," said Kristian Ulrichsen, a fellow at Rice University's Baker Institute in the United States.

FAMILIES DIVIDED

The Riyadh-led bloc has repeatedly said the crisis will not end until Qatar accepts its list of 13 demands, including that it shut down Al Jazeera, downgrade ties with Iran and close a Turkish military base in its territory. Doha has so far refused.

Qatar's prime minister attended a series of talks in Saudi Arabia in May, one of the first high-level contacts of the two-year boycott.

But even before the Saudi-led blockade, relations had been rocky, in part because of Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera's critical coverage of the region's affairs and Doha's support for the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011.

The rift has seen the two sides trade barbs on everything from access to the Muslim holy city of Mecca to alleged Twitter hacking.

It has also seen families divided and Qatari businesses face increased costs as well as complicated regional travel and diplomacy.

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