US defence secretary condemns China hypersonic missile tests

Lloyd Austin says tests increase regional tension, as US pledges continued military support for South Korea. The US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has said China’s pursuit of hypersonic weapons “increases tensions in the region”, promising that the United States would maintain its capability to deter potential threats posed by China. Austin made the remarks in … Read more

Unvaccinated private boat owners a risk to Aotea’s community – iwi

Locals on Aotea Great Barrier Island are worried about the impact holiday travellers will have on the community when the country moves into the traffic light system tomorrow. Great Barrier Island Photo: RNZ/Carol Stiles Vaccination rates on the isolated island were sitting at 80 percent for first doses, with locals having access to one primary … Read more

State leaders respond to discovery of omicron variant in California, expect more cases

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — State health officials expect more cases of the omicron variant to be detected in California after the first case was identified Wednesday. The discovery did not surprise Gov. Gavin Newsom or the state’s top health officials who said California’s access to biotech and genomic sequencing efforts made it inevitable the first … Read more

Hazardous travel conditions expected as dense fog advisory continues into Thursday

SAN DIEGO – A dense fog advisory will be in place for much of San Diego County until Thursday morning with low visibility expected to create hazardous driving conditions. The National Weather Service’s advisory includes the county’s coastal areas and valleys, including Carlsbad, Chula Vista, El Cajon, Encinitas, La Mesa, National City, San Marcos, Santee … Read more

Japan retracts new flight bookings ban after criticisms

TOKYO — Japan says it has retracted a ban on new incoming international flight bookings to defend against the new variant of the coronavirus only a day after the policy was announced, following criticisms that it was an overreaction. The transport ministry on Wednesday issued a request to international airlines to stop taking new reservations … Read more

Hillsborough County Leaders Warn About Spike In Holiday Scams

TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – Another thing you need to keep an out for this time of year: Holiday scams! As many of us move to purchasing gifts online, it makes you more susceptible to these types of scams. READ MORE: Two Men Arrested During A Large-Scale Organized Cargo Theft Investigation Eric Olsen … Read more

Thursday morning UK news briefing: Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

Welcome to your early morning news briefing from The Telegraph – a round-up of the top stories we are covering on Thursday. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free. 1. Two more rounds of boosters to come as Government orders ‘variant-proof’ Covid vaccines Britain has bought enough … Read more

‘It Will Be Here, It’s Just A Matter Of Time’: Colorado Doctor Predicts Omicron Variant Will Come To Colorado, Explains What We Have Learned So Far

DENVER (CBS4) – While experts worldwide continue to study the potential impact of the omicron variant, the first U.S. case was detected Wednesday in California. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with health authorities in California, confirmed the case was detected in a traveler who returned from South Africa on Nov. 22. READ MORE: Unvaccinated, … Read more

Unvaccinated, Pregnant Women Experiencing Concerning Complications

DENVER (CBS4) – Doctors at one of Colorado’s most skilled neonatal intensive care units is urging pregnant women to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect themselves, their babies, and others as rare incidents have caused concern. “We are so worried about our pregnant patients and the degree of severe illness that we can see,” said … Read more