UK PM Johnson faces growing pressure to resign

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Finchley Memorial Hospital, a National Health Service (NHS) community hospital, in north London, Britain January 18, 2022. Ian Vogler/Pool via REUTERS Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Johnson faces a growing revolt from lawmakers The threshold for the leadership challenge could be near Lockdown party revelations … Read more

Tonga faces ‘unprecedented disaster’ as New Zealand warns of further eruptions and tsunami risk

In its first official update since Saturday’s eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai submarine volcano, the Tonga government on Tuesday confirmed the deaths of three people and several others injured, and described the scale of community destruction. Tongan Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni said all homes on Mango Island, where 36 people live, had been destroyed. Only two … Read more

‘We want peace’: Blinken to meet Russian, Ukrainian officials, U.S. says

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden’s top diplomat will seek to defuse a crisis with Moscow over Ukraine when he meets Russia’s foreign minister in Geneva this week after visits with foreign ministers. Ukrainian leaders in Kiev and European leaders in Berlin. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit amid concerns expressed … Read more

Avoid Australia, Bahamas, other countries

More than 100 countries are on US federal health authorities’ list of destinations to avoid due to high risk of COVID-19, including Australia, Israel, the Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moved 22 countries to their “Level 4” travel health advisory on Tuesday, warning that travelers should “avoid … Read more

Jerusalem police evict Palestinian family overnight, ending standoff; 18 arrested

Israeli police evicted a Palestinian family and demolished their home in East Jerusalem’s burning Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood before dawn on Wednesday, arresting 18 Palestinians and Israeli activists at the scene. Jerusalem City Hall has announced plans to build a special school on the land for Palestinian residents of the neighborhood, as well as six kindergartens. … Read more