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The countries you can (feasibly) visit right now Your last-minute guide to the Canary Islands The new travel rules for Tiers 1, 2 and 3 Your final options for a quarantine-free half-term holiday Sign up to the Telegraph Travel newsletter Travel carnage looks to be on the cards for foreign holidays this half term, as hordes of Britons pour into the small handful of destinations that remain on the UK's 'green list'. Last night on the Greek island of Rhodes, frenzied crowds formed at the small airport as at least five flights back to the UK were scheduled to depart within a matter of hours, carrying passengers home from holidays taken before most schools had even broken up. One passenger Tweeted: "Absolute chaos at Rhodes airport. Fights and arguments breaking out. No one knows where they are going or what they are supposed to do. No staff, no control." A family who was travelling with Jet2 told Telegraph Travel: "It's the Government's fault for its quarantine policy; it's inevitable when there are so few places left to go on holiday, that companies will funnel everyone into these tiny regions that can't cope." Airlines and tour operators including Tui, Jet2, Ryanair and easyJet have been adding extra capacity to meet soaring demand for the Greek islands in recent weeks as new travel corridors have been granted. With the Spanish Canary Islands also added to the FCDO's quarantine-exempt list on Thursday, Britons were this weekend already descending upon Lanzarote's airport. Scroll down for more of the latest news.
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Government reduces minimum salary for migrants to settle in UK. Rules which come into force in December quietly published on Thursday by Home Office
Spanish authorities on October 23 announced the arrest of Irish criminal John Gilligan during a raid in Alicante, and said a gun seized in the search was the “same make and model” as that used in the 1996 murder of an Irish journalist.Gilligan, 68, is a well-known crime figure in Ireland, having been tried and acquitted in the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin, who had reported on his drug empire. Guerin had previously been threatened and shot in response to her reporting on criminals, and was awarded a Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) International Press Freedom Award for her reporting in 1995, a year before she was killed.A court in 2002 acquitted Gilligan in the killing of Guerin, but noted there remained “grave suspicions against him regarding the murder,” RTE News reported. Gilligan was convicted, however, of importing cannabis resin, a crime for which he was handed a 28-year prison sentence. He was released in 2013, after serving 17 years behind bars.According to Spain’s National Police, who carried out the October 23 raid on Gilligan, the Irishman had been leading a group “dedicated to the postal shipment” of illegal drugs to the United Kingdom and Ireland. He was among six people arrested during raids in Alicante, police said.Footage of the raid shows armed officers entering a residence and handcuffing Gilligan, and the discovery of a Colt Python revolver buried in a garden. Spanish authorities said it was the same model of gun used to kill Guerin, and that they were working with Irish police to investigate possible links to the murder.A biographical film about Guerin, directed by Joel Schumacher, was released in 2003. Cate Blanchett played the role of Guerin, a performance that earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture. Credit: Policía Nacional via Storyful
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Comment: It is a relief to see Lewis Hamilton dethrone Michael Schumacher as F1's most successful driver Lewis Hamilton has been crowned the most victorious driver in Formula One history following his crushing 92nd career win in Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix. A fortnight after he drew level with Michael Schumacher in Germany, Hamilton now stands alone in the record books after taking the chequered flag at Portimao 25.5 seconds clear of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton is poised to become the sport's most successful driver of all time as early as next month, with a seventh world championship certain to follow this season. The Englishman's victory here moved him 77 points clear of Bottas with just 130 points to play for. Red Bull's Max Verstappen finished third ahead of the Ferrari driver of Charles Leclerc. Hamilton said afterwards: "It is going to take some time to fully sink in. I cannot find the words at the moment. Lewis Hamilton vs Michael Schumacher: Weighing up the skills and achievements of two of F1's greats "My dad is here, which is amazing, and my step-mum Linda too and my dog Roscoe so it is a blessed day. "I could have only ever dreamed of being where I am today. didn't have a magic ball when I came to Mercedes but here I am and as a team we are trying to make the most of it." The Briton added: "I had cramp in my right calf so I was lifting down the straight because it felt like it was about to pull but I had to get through it."