In Pictures: Climate campaigners stage ‘opening ceremony’ for Cop26 protests
Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Glasgow to demand success at the Cop26 climate summit being staged in the city.
Members of Extinction Rebellion (XR) Faith, artists and other pilgrimage groups who have walked thousands of miles to Glasgow united for a procession labelled as the “opening ceremony” to a series of non-violent direct actions being planned throughout the UN summit.
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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.
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
A vigil has been held in Oxford, Michigan, for victims of a high school shooting. Ethan Crumbley, 15, is accused of using his father's gun to shoot classmates in Oxford. Four people were killed and seven injured in the shooting on Tuesday. Crumbley's parents have since been caught, several hours after a prosecutor filed involuntary manslaughter charges against them. Speech snippet from Kelly Westbrook, Executive Director, Oxford Downtown Development Authority/High school cheer team coach.
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.
A woman has been taken to hospital after falling on to the tracks at a busy tube station in central London. Transport for London (TFL) said an investigation has been launched after the incident occurred on the Central Line at Tottenham Court Road Tube station at just before 1am on Saturday. Emergency services were called to the scene and the woman was taken to a major trauma centre, where she is believed to be in a “stable condition”.
Russia has massed more than 94,000 troops near Ukraine's borders and may be gearing up for a large-scale military offensive at the end of January, Ukraine's defence minister told parliament on Friday, citing intelligence reports. Oleksii Reznikov said Ukraine would not do anything to provoke the situation but was ready to fight back if Russia launched an attack. "Our intelligence analyses all scenarios, including the worst," Reznikov said.