EU energy poverty
Experts warn that energy poverty could impact up to 80 million people in the European Union before the end of winter. This is while the bloc's leaders are struggling to agree on a coordinated approach to address rising gas and electricity prices.
UK government trust crisis
Surveys have revealed that there’s been a gradual decline in public trust in British politicians across decades, to the point where it’s close to non-existent today. A recent poll suggests that only five percent of Britons believe politicians are working for public good rather than for themselves. The survey also suggests that faith in UK statesmen has dropped sharply since Boris Johnson took office as Prime Minister. The distrust is partly because of concerns over the UK struggling to re-establish its economic and diplomatic alliances, after the Brexit. The government’s handling of the COVID pandemic is another reason for the decline in public trust. And, British politicians’ involvement in an array of scandals is also being partly blamed. Johnson’s government has been mired in sleaze claims after it tried to save Conservative MP, Owen Paterson, from suspension last month.
The death toll from a sudden volcanic activity on Indonesia's Java island has climbed to at least 13. Mount Semeru, Java's biggest mountain, roared into life again on Saturday, forcing thousands to flee in panic. Thick smoke and ashes spewed from the volcano, darkening the skies and submerging homes. Authorities say almost a hundred people have been injured while trying to run for their lives. Rescuers are searching nearby villages for survivors. Some one thousand residents have been evacuated to safety and are being accommodated in mosques, schools and village halls. Semeru is one of Indonesia's nearly 130 active volcanoes. It erupted earlier this year, but caused no casualties.