Climate change activists demonstrate at Oxford Circus during an Extinction Rebellion protest in London on Monday. Reuters
The protests were organised by the campaign group Extinction Rebellion, which was established last year in Britain by academics and has become one of the world's fastest-growing environmental movements.
The 37-year-old Swiss can clinch a record-extending 21st major if he manages to break free of the world number one's stranglehold.
Two men have been arrested in Northern Ireland over the killing of a journalist during a riot, police said, with politicians calling for calm after the shooting added to concerns about the stability of the region’s 21-year-old peace deal.
The death toll from floods and landslides in India rose to 85 on Wednesday, officials said, while Nepal also reported 43 fatalities and 43 missing.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in December 2019.
There have been several attacks this year on army vehicles in eastern Syria by suspected Daesh militants who still operate in the sprawling desert area