8 Buried Under Snow, 3 Killed While Skiing Due To Avalanche In Austria

About 20 people a year have been killed annually by avalanches in Austria. (Representational) Salzburg: An avalanche in the Salzburg region killed three people and injured two while they were skiing off-piste, Austria’s Red Cross said Saturday. The accident happened Saturday about 2,400 metres (7,800 feet) up in the Lungau district, soon after 1:45 pm … Read more

Lebanon PM says call with MBS, Macron ‘important step’

Najib Mikati says call with Saudi crown prince and French president ‘an important step’ towards restoring Gulf ties. Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati has said a call he had earlier with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) and French President Emmanuel Macron was “an important step” towards restoring relations with the Gulf. Lebanese Information … Read more

Biden and Putin to hold video call on Tuesday on Ukraine

Kremlin says the presidents will hold talks after Russia massed tens of thousands of troops on the Ukrainian border. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will speak in a video conference as tensions between the US and Russia escalate over a Russian troop buildup on the Ukrainian border seen as a sign of … Read more

US Warns It Will Not Let Iran “Slow Walk” Nuclear Talks

The official said the United States hopes Iran would return “with a serious attitude.” Washington, United States: The United States warned Saturday that it would not allow Iran to “slow walk” international negotiations over its nuclear program, a day after heaping blame on Tehran for the stalled process. “We can’t accept a situation in which … Read more

Eileen Ash: Oldest ever Test cricketer – who played for England either side of Second World War – dies aged 110

Eileen Ash, the oldest ever Test cricketer, has died at the age of 110, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced. Ash made her debut against Australia in 1937 and her career as a right-arm seamer resulted in seven England appearances in total – spread across either side of the Second World War. … Read more

COVID-19: Pre-departure tests return for all UK arrivals to tackle Omicron – as Nigeria added to red list

All international arrivals to the UK will again be required to take pre-departure COVID-19 tests to tackle the spread of the new Omicron variant, the health secretary has announced. The rule applies to all travellers visiting the UK or returning from a holiday, regardless of vaccination status, and will come into force from 4am on … Read more

COVID-19: Met Police ‘considering’ complaints that Downing Street Christmas parties broke rules

Scotland Yard is “considering” complaints from two Labour MPs about Christmas parties held in Downing Street last year that allegedly broke coronavirus regulations. The Metropolitan Police said that while it does not routinely look into “retrospective breaches of the COVID-19 regulations”, it would “consider the correspondence received”. Backbenchers Neil Coyle and Barry Gardiner have asked … Read more