Prime Minister dies after positive COVID-19 test - Ambrose Dlamini, prime Minister of Eswatini, died at the age of 52, four weeks after he tested positive for COVID-19. He passed away in a hospital in South Africa where he was receiving treatment for the virus. Eswatini is a small country in southern Africa.
Nigerian singers arrested after show - Nigerian singers Omah Lay and Tems were charged by Ugandan police for violating health protocols after performing at an event. Social gatherings have recently been suspended in Uganda in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. The singers remained in custody until this Wednesday.
Storms hit Australia - Extreme weather near the Byron Bay in Australia, a popular tourist destination, has damaged the area. Simon Richardson, a mayor in the area, said citizens near the beach are watching it disappear. Meanwhile, at least 700 calls have been made to emergency services and around six people were rescued after being stranded in floodwaters.
Hong Kong blocks some airline routes - Hong Kong has temporarily banned four international airlines from flying specific routes in an effort to control COVID-19. Among the routes banned include flights from London to Hong Kong until Dec. 25. British Airways, one of the airlines impacted by the pan, landed in Hong Kong last Tuesday with four COVID-19 positive passengers.
Russian agents blamed for poisoning - During the summer Alexei Navalny, a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was poisoned. Now, a new report published earlier this week blames Russian intelligence for his poisoning. The report also suggests there had been previous attempts to poison both Navalny and his wife. Navalny was released from a hospital in September after the attack. There has been no response from Russia’s government regarding the report.
Protests over abortion ban - In Poland, protesters have taken to the streets to challenge a ruling made that essentially bans abortions. The ruling, which came down from the Constitutional Court, is expected to drive Polish women to other countries to seek abortions. Among the countries who experts expect women from Poland to travel to for abortions include the Czech Republic.
Migrants from Venezuela drown - At least 14 bodies belonging to migrants have been discovered off the Venezuelan coast. It is believed the bodies were on a boat leaving Venezuela due to economic hardship. Among those who were found dead include two children. It is estimated that around 5.4 million people have left Venezuela over the past five years, according to the International Organization for Migration.
New whale species spotted near Mexican coast - Marine biologists discovered three whales of an unknown species off the coast of Mexico. They were discovered while researchers were tracking beaked whales near the San Benito Islands last month. Now, scientists are waiting on DNA of water samples that may contain skin cells from the unknown whale species.
Electoral College confirms Biden/Harris win - The Electoral College counted and confirmed votes for the 2020 Presidential Election, qualifying Joseph Biden as the winner. President-Elect Biden drew 306 to President Trump’s 232. President Trump has continued to try and delegitimize Biden’s win with a volley of lawsuits that have had no merit. Biden will be sworn in on January 20th as the 46th president of the United States.
COVID vaccines arrive in Colorado - COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Colorado on Monday, 10 months after the first case of the virus was discovered in the state. The first doses were administered to frontline workers at UC Health Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins. Health experts are still encouraging people to take measures to keep themselves healthy as distribution of vaccines is expected to take months.