The highly contagious UK strain of coronavirus continues to stoke fears here in Australia after it was linked to six more cases in Brisbane hotel quarantine.
The other dominant news story of the day is once again Donald Trump. US politicians are trying to figure out how to get rid of him before his term ends, while some staunch allies are refusing to go along with such plans.
- In impeachment news, Vice President Mike Pence penned a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying he won't remove Trump via the 25th amendment. This means Pelosi will likely go through with an impeachment vote.
- If you have been wondering what the arguments US politicians are using both for and against impeaching Trump a second time, we have put together an explainer here.
- Aussie shares have finished higher for the first time this week, ending the day's trade up by a marginal 0.11 per cent or 7.5 points.
- The biggest gains were felt in energy, mining, retail, the big banks and telcos.
- The day's biggest winner was retail conglomerate Premier Investments, which grew by 12.72 per cent.
- The biggest loser was medical device manufacturer Polynovo which lost 9.15 per cent.
- The Aussie dollar is currently buying 77 US cents, having finished the day marginally higher thanks to renewed optimism in a peaceful transfer of power in the US.
- An Australian man accused of running the biggest illegal marketplace on the darknet has been arrested in Europe.
The site, known as DarkMarket, was shut down today, German prosecutors said. Drugs, forged money, stolen or forged credit cards, anonymous mobile phone SIM cards and malware were among the things offered for sale there, prosecutors allege.
The suspected operator, a 34-year-old Australian man, was arrested near the German-Danish border.
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