Belarus accused of ‘hijacking’ Ryanair flight diverted to arrest blogger

Roman Protasevich is wanted for organising last year’s protests against Alexander Lukashenko Belarus has been accused of hijacking a European jetliner and engaging in an act of state terrorism when it forced a Ryanair flight to perform an emergency landing in Minsk after a bomb threat and arrested an opposition blogger critical of authoritarian presidentContinue reading “Belarus accused of ‘hijacking’ Ryanair flight diverted to arrest blogger”

Germany says UK is ‘area of variant concern,’ bans all non-essential travel

Germany on Friday classified the UK as an “area of variant concern”, banning all but essential travel to the country. The measure will come into force on Sunday. The German Embassy in the UK said the new classification is due to “local outbreaks occurring again, including cases of more infectious variants such as the IndianContinue reading “Germany says UK is ‘area of variant concern,’ bans all non-essential travel”

Covid variant from India could become dominant in the UK ‘in a matter of days,’ posing unknown dangers

The coronavirus variant that first emerged in India could become the dominant strain of the virus in the U.K. in a matter of days and could pose unknown dangers, scientists have warned. The U.K. is detecting a rapid spread of the Covid variant “B.1.617” that first emerged in India last October. The coronavirus variant thatContinue reading “Covid variant from India could become dominant in the UK ‘in a matter of days,’ posing unknown dangers”

Boris Johnson being investigated over luxury £15,000 Caribbean holiday

Parliamentary commissioner for standards reveals probe – with powers that can lead to suspensions of MPs for serious breaches Boris Johnson is being investigated for a possible breach of Commons rules over a luxury £15,000 Christmas holiday in the Caribbean. The parliamentary commissioner for standards has powers that can trigger suspensions of MPs – or even byelectionsContinue reading “Boris Johnson being investigated over luxury £15,000 Caribbean holiday”

Thousands march in France demanding real action on climate change

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Paris and other French cities on Sunday to call for more ambitious measures in the fight against climate change. The nationwide protests come after the lower house of parliament this week approved a climate bill aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions that environment activists say doesn’t go far or fast enough.Continue reading “Thousands march in France demanding real action on climate change”

Nepal facing ‘human catastrophe’ similar to India’s amid Covid surge

Country appeals for international help, with vaccines in short supply and a reported 47% positivity rate Nepal is struggling to contain an explosion in Covid-19 cases, as fears grow that the situation in the Himalayan country may be as bad, if not worse, than in neighbouring India, with which it shares a long and porous border.Continue reading “Nepal facing ‘human catastrophe’ similar to India’s amid Covid surge”

Mexico City rail overpass collapses onto road, killing at least 23

At least 23 people were killed and 65 were hospitalized when a railway overpass and train collapsed onto a busy road in Mexico City on Monday night, crushing cars under fallen carriages and rubble. The authorities halted rescue efforts shortly after they began, saying there was a risk that more train parts and debris could slamContinue reading “Mexico City rail overpass collapses onto road, killing at least 23”

Malaysia reports first case of Indian COVID-19 variant

Malaysia has detected its first case of a highly infectious coronavirus variant first identified in India, Health Minister Adham Baba said on Sunday, days after imposing a ban on flights from India. The variant, named B.1.617, was detected in an Indian national screened at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, he said. The World Health OrganisationContinue reading “Malaysia reports first case of Indian COVID-19 variant”

US to restrict travel from India over COVID starting Tuesday

The U.S. will restrict travel from India starting Tuesday, the White House said Friday, citing a devastating rise in COVID-19 cases in the country and the emergence of potentially dangerous variants of the coronavirus. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden’s administration made the determination on the advice of the Centers forContinue reading “US to restrict travel from India over COVID starting Tuesday”

REAL ID deadline pushed back to 2023 due to pandemic

The deadline for Americans to obtain a REAL ID card has been pushed back once again due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline for Americans to obtain a REAL ID card has been pushed back once again due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Tuesday. The new enforcement date isContinue reading “REAL ID deadline pushed back to 2023 due to pandemic”

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