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A delegation of politicians from Mongolia visited one of Buddhism's holiest temples in India on Friday 3 December. One of the delegation has since tested positive for Covid-19, causing alarm amongst the authorities, who are now attempting to trace his contacts. The delegation of 23 visited the Bodhgaya Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya in Bihar. The UNESCO World Heritage Site marks the spot where the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment. The group was led by Chairman of State Great Khural, the parliament of Mongolia, Gombojav Zandanshatar. The group included ministers, members of parliament, the Mongolian ambassador to India, and others. They spent two days in the holy city, visiting sites related to Buddha, including the famous Dungeshwari hills where he meditated for seven years before attaining enlightenment.
The Scottish government said on Friday it expected cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant to rise significantly in upcoming days as there was now community transmission of the strain. "The number of Omicron cases now being reported in Scotland is rising, and cases are no longer all linked to a single event, but to several different sources including a Steps concert," said Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon after the number of cases of the variant in Scotland increased to 29.
Fire service vehicles in Oaklyn, New Jersey, were covered in bright lights for a “Parade of Lights” on December 2.This footage, livestreamed by the Oaklyn Fire Department, shows the vehicles, covered in Christmas lights and ornaments, lined up and departing for the parade. Credit: Oaklyn Fire Department via Storyful
Health Secretary Sajid Javid announces that travellers to England face pre-departure tests and that Nigeria has been added to the red list. Mr Javid said the Government had decided to move after receiving new data about the spread of the Omicron variant, which emerged in southern Africa.
A former Arizona nurse who impregnated and abused a long-term care patient has been jailed for 10 years for sexual assault. Nathan Sutherland, who worked at a Hacienda HealthCare facility in Phoenix, in the United States, was handed the maximum sentence allowed under the sexual assault charge. The abuse of the woman, who cannot speak and only has the ability to move her limbs, head and neck, was only discovered after she gave birth in December 2018 at the care facility.
Solihull MP describes ‘sense of anger’ in community after ‘horrible torture’ of ‘young, defenceless boy’
Cream-cheesed off: bagel-loving New Yorkers face supply chain nightmare. Shop owners tell New York Times of worries over dwindling supplies of the popular breakfast comestible
Jamie Dornan's TV comeback The Tourist release date confirmed by BBC as New Year's Day 2022.
Jimmy Carr blasts anti-vaxxer in audience at his gig: 'Slap yourself in the f**king face'
Thousands of protesters have gathered in Belgrade and other Serbian towns and villages to block roads and bridges despite police warnings and an intimidation campaign launched by authorities against the participants
For the 35th year, kids in areas surrounding Shepherdsville, Kentucky, are being visited by Santa traveling in a fire truck transformed by Christmas lights and decorations.Known locally as the “Santa Truck”, the vehicle was three weeks in the making at Zoneton Fire Protection District, and was unveiled on December 1.“We take our truck and turn it into Santa’s sleigh and we go out through the district and put smiles on people’s faces,” said Fire Captain Steven Corbin, as reported by WHAS11.Drone footage by Doug Cohron shows the first glimpse of the finished truck.“The first things were to remove a compartment door, empty the water tank, remove the hose and ladders along with other equipment,” Cohron told Storyful. “Then the time-consuming part – all the lights, electrical and data cables, sound system, lights to illuminate Santa and the elves, figures and most importantly Rudolph with his nose so bright.”The truck made its first stop on December 2 at the grave of Fire Chief Rob Orkies, who died from COVID-19, WDRB reported. Credit: Doug Cohron/Kentucky Drone via Storyful
A Sri Lankan factory manager in Pakistan was on Friday beaten to death and set ablaze by a mob, police confirmed, in an incident local media reported was linked to alleged blasphemy.
Sir Lewis has said that the deal between Mercedes’s F1 team and Kingspan has ‘nothing’ to do with him.
Rio has cancelled its traditional New Year's Eve celebrations as the Omicron COVID variant spreads around the world. Announcing the move on Twitter, the mayor of the Brazilian city Eduardo Paes said the decision was taken "with sadness", but that organisers "respect the science". "We're going to cancel the official New Year's Eve celebration in Rio in this way."
Lewis Hamilton set the pace on the opening day of practice ahead of the first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Friday. The Mercedes driver was joined by teammate Valtteri Bottas in a one-two with Hamilton after the 36-year-old lowrered his benchmark to 29.018 seconds. Several drivers, including seven-times world champion Hamilton, also got away with near misses as they were nearly caught out by slower moving cars while on their flying laps.
YouTuber drives down freeway on Go-Kart
The Council of Europe said Friday it will launch disciplinary action against Turkey for refusing to free prominent activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala, triggering a procedure used only once before in the organisation's history.
A reported medical incident at a vigil in Oxford, Michigan, sent panicked mourners fleeing on the evening of December 3, three days after a shooting at a local high school.Crowds had gathered in downtown Oxford on Friday evening to pay their respects to the four students killed by the 15-year-old gunman, and those wounded in the attack at Oxford High School.According to local reports, an individual fainted during the vigil, creating panic in the crowd.This video, taken by journalist Jason Colthorp, captures chaotic scenes in downtown Oxford on Friday.“Police who immediately knew this was a medical emergency were trying to calm people down but it took several minutes before the vigil resumed and many people just went home and many of them in tears,” Colthorp wrote in a tweet. Credit: Jason Colthorp | WDIV via Storyful
Nicola Sturgeon receives her booster jab
France's conservative party on Saturday chose the moderate chief of the Paris region Valerie Pecresse to challenge President Emmanuel Macron next year, a pick that will likely have a major influence on the shape of the campaign.