Biden urges Americans to get vaccinated as Europe braces for ‘storm’ of Omicron cases – National

Countries across Europe considered new curbs on movement on Tuesday while U.S. President Joe Biden appealed to all Americans to get vaccinated to fight the Omicron variant of COVID-19 sweeping the world days before the second Christmas of the pandemic. Omicron infections are multiplying across Europe, the United States and Asia, including in Japan, … Read more

Dozens Feared Dead After Landslide at Jade Mine in Myanmar

A landslide on Wednesday at a jade mine in northern Myanmar killed one person and left more than 70 others missing, according to a civil society group and local media reports. The disaster, in the Hpakant area of Kachin State, occurred around 4 a.m. local time, when dozens of people were swept into a lake … Read more

New Russian stealth warship suffers £225million of damage after catching fire during construction

New Russian stealth warship suffers £225million of damage after catching fire during construction The blaze started on Friday in St Petersburg at the Severnaya Verf shipyardFootage showed devastating fire damage to the £307 million stealth ship, intended to carry Vladimir Putin’s lethal Mach-9 hypersonic missiles It has caused a major setback to the Kremlin’s naval modernisation project By Will … Read more

Here’s what we know about Biden’s speech on the U.S. Omicron response.

President Biden will announce new steps on Tuesday to confront an alarming surge in coronavirus cases fueled by the infectious new Omicron variant. They include readying 1,000 military medical professionals to help at overburdened hospitals, setting up new federal testing and vaccination sites, deploying hundreds of federal vaccinators and buying 500 million rapid tests to … Read more

These Carol Singers Are Carrying on, Despite Omicron Variant

LONDON — Last Thursday night, many people in Britain were worrying about the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, and whether the pandemic was about to disrupt Christmas plans for the second year in a row. The country had just broken a record for new daily cases of the virus and Prime Minister Boris Johnson had … Read more

Qatar seizes ‘un-Islamic’ children’s toys with rainbow patterns similar to LGBT flags 

Authorities in Qatar have seized a line of what they called ‘un-Islamic’ children’s toys that feature rainbow patterns similar to LGBT flags. The small oil-rich peninsular will host next year’s football World Cup, and despite repeated assertions by authorities that anyone will be welcome to visit for the tournament, homosexuality remains illegal in the conservative Muslim … Read more