Hundreds of Hondurans are walking and hitching rides in an attempt to form a migrant caravan like the one that reached the US border in 2018. But it will be difficult to reach the US. Many in the 2018 caravan applied for asylum but that is now extremely difficult thanks to Donald Trump’s crackdown. Meanwhile, under pressure from the US, Mexico and Guatemala have tightened their own controls.
Firefighters in Australia have completed a ’brave and secret mission’ to save the Wollemi Pines, an ancient tree species commonly referred to as living fossils. The ’dinosaur trees’ were saved by deploying air tankers to drop fire retardant in a protective ring around the trees while an irrigation system was set up to provide moisture for the grove.
In an unexpected announcement, Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday that his government was resigning to give President Putin room to carry out sweeping constitutional changes. Medvedev’s announcement came shortly after Putin proposed a nationwide vote on sweeping changes that would shift power from the presidency to parliament.
The attempts to keep the northern white rhino species alive got a major boost as researchers announced that they had successfully created another embryo of the species. Only two northern white rhinos remain alive, and both of them are females. Researchers have also revealed that their ultimate aim is to create a herd of five such animals, and post that, they will be released into the wild.
No casualties or damage was reported as four rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza strip according to the Israeli military. Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system shot down two of the projectiles while the other two projectiles struck uninhabited areas.
A video of a missile striking a Ukrainian airliner in Iran last week was posted by a person online. The person has been taken into custody by the elite Revolutionary Guards. Without giving out any additional details, the results of the investigation will be provided to the public according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
Five tourists arrested for damaging and defecating at Peru’s Machu Picchu site will be deported to Bolivia. A sixth was released from custody and ordered to remain in Machu Picchu pending trial. Police said that the tourists from Chile, Brazil, France and Argentina, snuck into a restricted area of the ruins illegally and caused damage. One of them also defecated inside the Incan city.
As per a new report, Saudi Arabia executed the highest number of prisoners in recent years in 2019. A total of 184 people were executed last year, including 90 foreign nationals, as per the report by Reprieve. Of those executed, 82 had been executed for smuggling narcotics and 57 for committing murder. Four individuals have been executed in 2020 so far.
A new study published in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences has claimed that the oceans of planet Earth are the hottest right now than at any other time in history. Professor Michael Mann from Penn State University said that since 90% of the planet’s heat ends up in oceans, they provide an accurate representation of the magnitude of climate change.
The top five risks most likely to face the world over the next ten years are all environment-related, according to a survey by the World Economic Forum. 1. Extreme weather events 2. Failure to adapt to climate change 3. Human-made environmental damage 4. Biodiversity and ecosystem loss, and 5. Natural disasters are the five major risks facing the world, the survey has found.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that European soldiers in the middle east ’could be in danger’ after being challenged for breaking the limits of its nuclear deal. Meanwhile, the foreign minister Javad Zarif, acknowledged that Iranians ’were lied to’ for days following the shooting down of a Ukrainian jetliner that killed 176 people. Zarif made the admission at a summit in New Delhi.
Samina Bibi, a young girl aged 12 years had a lucky escape as she lay trapped under the snow for 18 hours after an avalanche engulfed her house in Pakistan administered Kashmir. The region has been hit by avalanches and the death toll has risen to 74. Rescue teams are continuing to look for more survivors.
A Japanese minister has announced he would take paternity leave, as he aims to become a role model for the country’s working fathers. Environment minister Shinjiro Koizumi said he would take about two weeks of leave over three months following the birth of his first child this month. While Japan’s parental leave policies are among the world’s most generous, just 6% avail of child care leave.
At least 18 people were killed and 60 injured in airstrikes on Wednesday in the last rebel-held city of Idlib. A monitoring group said Syrian government planes carried out the attacks. The airstrikes happened despite a ceasefire brokered earlier this month by Russia and Turkey. The bombardments hit the busy al-Hal market and the industrial zone of the city.
Mikhail Mishustin, the little known head of the Russian tax service has been appointed as the Prime Minister of the country by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr. Mishustin’s appointment comes in the wake of the resignation of Dmitry Medvedev, who resigned in protest against Mr. Putin’s unveiling of a package of constitutional reforms.
The West Yorkshire police of the United Kingdom reported that a man who was wanted in connection with the murder of Sharon Beshenivsky, a British police officer, was arrested in Pakistan. Ms. Beshenivsky was murdered in 2005. The officer was shot when she was trying to stop a gang from robbing a travel agent.
President Vladimir Putin delivered his state-of-the-nation address, in which he suggested tweaking the Russian constitution, giving more power to the cabinet and the parliament. He argued that Russia would not remain stable under a parliamentary system and that the President should have powers to dismiss the Prime Minister and cabinet ministers and be in charge of the military.
UK’s inflation rate fell to its lowest for more than three years in December. The interest rate dropped to 1.3% last month, down from 1.5% in November. Experts suggest the dip raises the prospects of an interest rate cut.
The Mail, a British newspaper, which is being sued by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, will use evidence from her estranged father Thomas Markle, in a court battle over its publication of a private letter from the royal to him. The royals have contended that the letters were private & confidential in nature but the newspaper has said her royal position makes the letter valid for publication.