Countries around world see rise in Covid as Omicron spreads – BBC News

Countries across the world are starting to see a dramatic rise in the number of the daily recorded cases of Covid as Omicron spreads. First to experience the dramatic surge in cases was South Africa, but the early data suggests fewer people have died or are requiring hospital treatment compared with previous waves of infection.… Continue reading Countries around world see rise in Covid as Omicron spreads – BBC News

Afghanistan's booming drugs trade under Taliban rule – BBC News

With economic collapse in Afghanistan, the country’s drug trade appears to be booming. Afghanistan has long been linked with the production of opium and heroin and is also now a major producer of crystal meth. The Taliban say farmers cannot be banned from producing drugs for now because there are no alternative sources of income… Continue reading Afghanistan's booming drugs trade under Taliban rule – BBC News

Fire at World Trade Centre in Hong Kong leaves more than 100 trapped on roof – BBC News

More than 100 people have been trapped on the roof of Hong Kong’s World Trade Centre awaiting rescue after a fire broke out on Wednesday. Hong Kong police confirmed that at least eight people were injured and had been sent to hospital. Police said the fire broke out in the machine room and moved to… Continue reading Fire at World Trade Centre in Hong Kong leaves more than 100 trapped on roof – BBC News

Omicron spreading at unprecedented rate, WHO says – BBC News

The new coronavirus variant Omicron is spreading across the globe at an unprecedented rate, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Cases of the heavily mutated variant have been confirmed in 77 countries. But at a press conference, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was probably in many others that had yet to detect… Continue reading Omicron spreading at unprecedented rate, WHO says – BBC News

France to drastically restrict travel from UK – BBC News

France is tightening Covid restrictions for travellers arriving from the UK, as the government in Paris tries to slow the spread of the Omicron variant. From Saturday, most travellers who are not French residents or citizens must give a “compelling reason”. Some lorry drivers and students will be able to travel, but Britons visiting relatives… Continue reading France to drastically restrict travel from UK – BBC News

Deadly street protests over Iran water shortages – BBC News

Security forces in Iran’s southwest Khuzestan province have been firing bullets at people protesting due to severe water shortages. The shortages are happening in one of the country’s hottest regions, where temperatures can reach 50 degrees Celsius. But the protests have developed into dissent against the government, the country’s Supreme Leader and have spread to… Continue reading Deadly street protests over Iran water shortages – BBC News

Thousands evacuated as US wildfires burn across California and Nevada – BBC News

Fire crews are battling extreme temperatures as they try to control wildfires in California and Nevada. Hundreds of people have been evacuated. In Washington DC, the moon turned a bright orange colour due to the smoke from the fires. Please subscribe HERE #BBCNews

Why the world’s largest mangrove forest is sinking – BBC News

Their ancestors have lived in the Sundarban delta on the Bay of Bengal for centuries, but thousands of people are now leaving the region because of climate change. Violent annual storms which batter the delta, rising sea levels, and melting ice from the Himalaya mountains are gradually overwhelming the low-lying islands. These people have become… Continue reading Why the world’s largest mangrove forest is sinking – BBC News