Thousands of New Zealanders have been told they can return to their homes after a powerful earthquake prompted tsunami warnings. Islanders on the east coast fled to higher ground following the series of quakes off North Island. Small tsunami waves were triggered by the earthquakes – with footage posted on social media showing surges of
Their messiah is no longer in power, but some followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory believe that Donald Trump will return to the throne today. Followers of the wide-ranging movement think the former president is waging a secret war against elite Satan-worshipping paedophiles and will eventually be restored to high office. But why on 4
German health officials have U-turned on the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and recommended it is safe for use on over-65s. The German health ministry said on Thursday that its independent vaccine committee has now formally approved the COVID-19 jab for use in that age group. It comes after disproved claims in Europe that the jab was as
Police say they have intelligence showing a “possible plot” by a militia group to breach the US Capitol on Thursday. A US Capitol Police statement did not name the organisation but called it “an identified militia group”. It follows an advisory sent to members of Congress by the acting House sergeant-at-arms earlier this week, saying
An “incel” who admitted using a van to kill 10 pedestrians in Toronto has been found guilty of their murder. Alek Minassian faced 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder in connection with the attack on 23 April 2018 that drew attention to an online world of sexual loneliness, rage and
A coronavirus testing location close to the Dutch capital of Amsterdam appears to have been intentionally targeted after an explosion before the site opened, police have said. The blast in the town of Bovenkarspel, north of the capital, caused no injuries but shattered windows. The explosive “must have been placed” there, a police spokesman said.
Dolly Parton has been given the coronavirus vaccine she helped fund. The country singer, 75, “even changed one of my songs to fit the occasion”, she told fans in a video filmed from Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville, Tennessee. To the tune of her hit Jolene, she sang: “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging
The US will have enough COVID vaccines for all adults by the end of May, Joe Biden has said. But in a speech at the White House on Tuesday, the US president admitted the country is unlikely to get back to normal until this time next year. Mr Biden also directed states to make sure
School pupils from an all-girls’ boarding school in the town of Jangebe were required to attend a different sort of assembly this morning. Instead of the classroom, they sat in a building that government officials in the Nigerian state of Zamfara use to speak to the media. They were given a little food, then filmed
“Repentant bandits” helped secure the release of 279 girls kidnapped from a Nigerian boarding school, it has emerged – as the students open up about the horrors of their ordeal. A group of about 100 gunmen burst into the Girls Science Secondary School in the northwestern state of Zamfara on Friday and abducted the students.
The UK will discuss with the EU the bloc’s proposals to create a vaccine passport that could allow people to travel more freely in time for the summer holidays. The EU-wide “digital green pass” would provide proof a person has been vaccinated, as well as test results for those not yet inoculated and information on
The UK government is being condemned for reports it is about to cut aid to Yemen by millions of pounds. Conservative MPs and aid agencies are reacting angrily to the news. The expected move comes despite an urgent appeal from the United Nations for more funding for aid in Yemen to avert a looming famine
A man who claims he has fathered dozens of children by offering sperm donations online says demand has risen during the coronavirus pandemic. The 29-year-old American – who uses the name Kyle Gordy to discuss his sperm donations – claims he has produced at least 35 children and has another six babies on the way.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has apologised following sexual harassment allegations against him but has refused to stand down. In his first public appearance since three women accused him of inappropriate touching and offensive remarks, the Democrat said he had “learned an important lesson”. “I now understand that I acted in a way that made
New York governor’s has admitted some of his behaviour towards women “may have been insensitive or too personal” as he agreed to cooperate with a harassment investigation. Andrew Cuomo said he had teased people about their personal lives to be “playful” but denied propositioning anyone or any inappropriate touching. Two women have made claims against
Not many defeated leaders could arrive an hour late for a speech but still be greeted with a standing ovation. It’s 39 days since we last heard from the former president Trump; five-and-a-half weeks to stew on defeat and consider his future. “Have you missed me, CPAC?” he asked the crowd at the Conservative Political