Bethlehem expects people to attend tonight’s mass at the 19th century Catholic church of St. Catherine to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. In Manger Square the tallest pine tree has been adorned with coloured lights since early this month in hope of modest celebrations.
Amid a spiral of Omicron cases in Europe and other parts of the world, if there is one nation that is virtually in a flap, it is Britain. Already, it has been facing the receiving end of the virus fallout from France, which has barred British tourists from its shores.
"Above all we are missing passengers in our home markets of Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium, because these countries have been hit hardest by the pandemic wave," CEO Carsten Spohr said.
World stock markets wavered on Friday in subdued Christmas Eve trade as investors mulled receding Omicron coronavirus fears, with European bourses wrapping up early before the long holiday weekend. Asian equities mostly rose in thin volumes
In the coastal state of Goa, hugely popular as a tourist destination for its beaches and offshore casinos, hotels are running at nearly 90% occupancy, with some 90 flights landing in the western state daily, pushing air traffic volumes back to pre-pandemic levels.
World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has rebuked the rich countries preparing for booster shots to counter the new variant of Covid-19, Omicron. He said sharply and pithily that “no country can boost its
Hundreds of thousands of people in the Philippines were marking Christmas on Saturday without homes, adequate food and water, electricity and cellphone connections after a powerful typhoon left at least 375 people dead last week.
Japan’s retail sales rose faster than expected in November, thanks to decreasing COVID-19 cases in the month, which have encouraged shoppers to ramp up spending on goods and services. To support the economy, Japan’s parliament last week passed a $317 billion
According to Flightaware.com, more than 2,500 flights were scrubbed around the globe on Christmas Day, including more than 870 originating from or headed to US airports, with some 4,200 delays as of 1430 GMT.
Severe weather is compounding the travel chaos in the United States, with storms expected to wreak havoc on roadways in the country's west, though they brought a white Christmas weekend to Seattle and parts of California.