Meet the ‘Covid expats’ who moved overseas during the pandemic

Jasmina007 | E+ | Getty Images LONDON — Moving abroad may not seem like the most obvious thing to do during a pandemic, but for many people, Covid-19 gave them the push they needed to take the plunge. About one in 10 readers of the expat website InterNations said that in January 2021, among more … Read more

Tonga: First aid flights arrive as disaster-hit islands aim to keep Covid-19 out

Flights from Australia and New Zealand carrying humanitarian and disaster relief efforts landed at Fua’amotu International Airport in Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa, after the runway was cleared of volcanic ash and debris following the violent eruption of the underwater hull Hunga- Tonga-Hunga- Ha’apai volcano. The aid will be delivered without any contact, to prevent the risk … Read more

First aid flights arrive in Tonga after big volcano eruption

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The first flights carrying fresh water and other aid to Tonga finally arrived Thursday after the Pacific nation’s main airport runway was cleared of ash left by a huge volcanic eruption. New Zealand and Australia each sent military transport planes that were carrying water containers, kits for temporary shelters, generators, … Read more

China says it warned away U.S. warship in South China Sea

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Benfold, forward deployed to the US 7th Fleet in the Indo-Pacific region, passes through the Philippine Sea, June 14, 2018. Sarah Myers/US Navy/Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Register BEIJING, Jan. 20 (Reuters) – Chinese troops tracked and warned a US warship entering … Read more

European markets head for higher open, brushing off inflation fears

LONDON – European stock markets are expected to open higher on Thursday as investors seemed to brush off concerns about rampant inflation. According to data from IG, the UK’s FTSE is expected to open 15 points higher at 7,605, Germany’s DAX 9 points higher at 15,818, France’s CAC 40 9 points higher at 7,182 and … Read more

First aid flights leave for Tonga after big volcano eruption

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – The first flights of freshwater and other relief supplies to Tonga were finally able to take off on Thursday after the Pacific nation’s main airstrip was cleared of ash left behind by a massive volcanic eruption. A C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft left New Zealand with water containers, temporary shelter … Read more

Tongans deafened by volcanic blast as they fled for safety

Jan 20 (Reuters) – When Tonga’s Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted violently, sending shockwaves and tsunami across the Pacific, the blast in the tiny island nation was so deafening that fleeing families could only wave to their loved ones to run . “The first explosion… our ears are ringing and we couldn’t even hear each … Read more

UK reportedly seriously considering ending all COVID restrictions as PM Johnson faces party revolt

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will seek to end all COVID-19 restrictions by March after insisting that the country’s ommicron rise has reached its peak. The UK has already lifted some restrictions, with Scotland reopening nightclubs and lifting hospitality limits from January 24. Johnson wants to take the next steps and roll back all restrictions … Read more

Rare coral reef discovered near Tahiti in ocean’s ‘twilight zone’

That such a large and beautiful coral reef has yet to be discovered highlights how little we still know about the world’s oceans, scientists say. And its pristine condition — with no evidence that the reef has yet been damaged by the climate crisis — suggests urgent action is needed to protect the ocean’s remaining … Read more

Chinese couple trapped for a month together on their second date due to sudden COVID lockdown get engaged

A Chinese woman stuck on a month-long date due to a COVID-19 lockdown in Shaanxi province announced engagement plans ahead of her quarantine date. The woman, Zhao Xiaoqing, 28, had arranged a one-day appointment with Zhao Fei (of the same age) from Xianyang, Shaanxi Province, but one day unexpectedly turned into a month-long residency date … Read more