US winter storm
A winter storm combining high winds and snowfall sweeps through parts of the US Southeast disrupting normal life there. The storm leaves nearly a hundred thousand people without power due to falling trees and fences. Many roads and streets are now coated with a treacherous frigid glaze. More than two and a half centimeters of snow fell per hour in some parts of the states of North and South Carolina as well as Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. Thousands of flights were also canceled on Sunday. Conditions are expected to deteriorate further especially in North Carolina. Parks and libraries were closed in the state on Sunday in some areas. Weather stations recorded wind gusts traveling at more than 80 Kilometers per hour.
North Korea's launch
South Korea and Japan report another suspected ballistic missile launch by the North. The projectiles, which they claim were fired toward the east coast, would be the fourth this month if confirmed. The revelation about Pyongyang’s new launch comes from Japan's coast guard and the South Korean military. The North had already carried out two tests of what it called hypersonic missiles. Following that, the US imposed sanctions on five people linked to North Korea’s ballistic weapons program. The sanctions were the first under the administration of US president Joe Biden. The North, however, called Washington’s measure provocation adding that the US was intentionally escalating the situation. Pyongyang says its recent missile tests are an exercise of its right to self-defense in the face of potential regional threats.
Europe COVID curbs demos
Several European countries have witnessed new protests against lockdown measures and vaccination mandates as the coronavirus crisis continues to wreak havoc throughout the continent. Thousands of people hit the streets of the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, urging their government to lift month-long curbs. Malta saw its biggest protest against COVID rules yet. Hundreds marched through the capital Valletta against mandatory COVID passes to access public places. Over a thousand people also held a similar rally in the Hungarian capital Budapest. The protest was organized by a far-right group that has been advocating anti-vaccine and anti-immigration policies.