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Onlookers gather as Yemenis pray during a mass funeral for those killed in a Saudi airstrike on a prison, in Sa'ada, Yemen, on January 25, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

Saudi war on Yemen

Yemen’s health minister has denounced the Saudi airstrike on a prison facility in Sa’ada province, saying that the death toll has increased. Yemeni officials have called for an international investigation into the airstrike that took place on Friday. The air raid drew widespread condemnation including from the UN, which also called for a transparent probe. The Saudi-led coalition has stepped up its airstrikes on Yemen in recent weeks. According to Yemeni officials since the beginning of January, the coalition’s attacks have claimed the lives of at least 150 people. Yemen is under a tight blockade that has put millions of people just steps away from severe famine. Nearly 380,000 people have died either directly from war or indirectly from disease and hunger, over the past seven years.

UK PM Party scandales

There has been another twist in a scandal engulfing Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In a U-turn, London's Metropolitan Police say they are investigating several parties that took place at Johnson’s office and other government departments during Covid lockdowns. The Met chief acknowledged deep public concern about allegations of lockdown parties in breach of the government’s own Covid guidelines. The police had previously faced sharp criticism for rejecting calls to look into the claims. The announcement comes shortly after the latest disclosure that an event was held during lockdown to celebrate Johnson’s birthday on June 19th, 2020. A string of such revelations has prompted the worst crisis of Johnson’s premiership and calls from across the political spectrum for him to quit.

Coronavirus toll in Britain

Several European countries report record covid-19 infections and deaths as the continent is struggling with the more contagious Omicron variant of the disease. Britain has reported 439 new deaths the highest in almost a year. Authorities there have also detected over 94,000 new infections. Russia has also posted a record high of nearly 68,000 cases in the past 24 hours. It’s the fifth consecutive day the country is witnessing its highest daily caseload. In the Czech Republic, infections hit a new high with officials logging over 30,000 new cases over the past day. The Netherlands logged more than 54,000 new daily infections too. Daily Covid cases have remained high there. However despite the surge the government plans to end restrictions due to recent protests against the Covid-related measures.

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