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Western Australia suspends border reopening indefinitely amid Omicron spread

State had been due to open up to double-jabbed international and interstate travellers on 5 FebruaryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe reopening of Australia’s most isolated state has been suspended indefinitely to allow West Australians to get booster shots, as the more transmissible Omicron variant rips through the nation.Just...

Toronto’s struggles with blizzard highlight its dependence on cars

Critics point to policy failures that prioritize vehicles over safety of pedestrians in a city that has routinely struggled with snowWhen a blizzard struck Toronto earlier this week, Greg Cooke did what he and his neighbours knew was expected of them. They grabbed their shovels and worked for hours to clear the sidewalks from snowdrifts that nearly...

Covid live: France announces lockdown relaxation; Austrian parliament approves mandatory vaccination

French PM says from February work from home guidance will be changed and nightclubs reopen; Austria will have Europe’s first universal jabs mandateAustria creates Covid lottery with €500 prizes to woo vaccine hesitantNHS England Covid absences fall amid signs staffing crisis is easing‘Dangerous’ to lift self-isolation rules for England’s care home staffUnvaccinated...

Teenager becomes youngest woman to fly solo around the world – video

A Belgian-British teenager has flown into the record books by becoming the youngest woman to fly solo around the world. Zara Rutherford, 19, touched down at Kortrijk-Wevelgem airport in Flanders, completing a 52,000km (28,100 nautical mile) journey that took in 31 countries across five continents. 'It’s just really crazy. I haven’t quite processed it,'...

Setbacks for Biden at home and abroad as he marks challenging year in office

President alarmed Ukraine with ‘minor incursion’ remarkConfidence in Biden’s leadership eroded by series of problemsJoe Biden on Thursday marked a year since his inauguration as president obliged to confront the same urgent crises he inherited when he took the oath of office: an unrelenting pandemic, economic uncertainty and a democracy threatened by...

Four jailed for plot to smuggle cocaine through Russia’s Argentine embassy

Plan foiled after investigators replace drugs worth $62m with flourA Russian court has sentenced four men to lengthy jail terms for trying to smuggle nearly 400kg (880lb) of cocaine in suitcases from the Russian embassy in Argentina.Argentine authorities seized the cocaine, worth $62m (£45.5m), hidden in suitcases in the Russian embassy school in 2018....

Four jailed for trying to smuggle cocaine through Russia’s Argentine embassy

Drugs worth $62m (£45.5m) found in suitcases by authorities in South American countryA Russian court has sentenced four men to lengthy jail terms for trying to smuggle nearly 400 kilograms of cocaine in suitcases from the Russian embassy in Argentina.Argentine authorities seized the cocaine, worth $62m (£45.5m), hidden in suitcases in the Russian embassy...

Better.com CEO who fired employees over Zoom returns to work after hiatus

Board of directors say Vishal Garg has reflected on his leadership style and received executive coaching during his time offVishal Garg, the CEO of online mortgage lender Better.com, has officially returned to work after taking a hiatus in December when he was criticised for firing more than 900 employees by video chat.In a letter sent to Better.com...

Ivanka Trump asked to cooperate with Capitol attack committee

Investigators seek testimony from former first daughter, with panel increasingly focused on Donald Trump’s inner circleThe House select committee investigating the Capitol attack is asking Ivanka Trump, the daughter of the former president, to appear for a voluntary deposition to answer questions about Donald Trump’s efforts to stop the certification...

Austria creates Covid lottery with €500 prizes to woo vaccine hesitant

Carrot-and-stick approach includes vaccine mandate and lottery tickets for fully inoculated Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAustria has announced plans to give Covid-19 vaccine recipients an almost one-in-three chance to win a €500 (£415) gift voucher while MPs voted to fine those who decline it, as the Alpine republic implements...

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