Monday, November 30, 2020
*) Tigray hospitals overwhelmed and running short of supplies Hospitals in Ethiopia's Tigray are overwhelmed and running dangerously low on supplies, a day after PM Abiy Ahmed claimed military victory there. The Red Cross says health workers in capital Mekelle are struggling with shortages of food and medical supplies, including body bags. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced since the conflict began nearly four weeks ago, with the UN urging for humanitarian access as soon as possible. *) Iran’s top nuclear scientist buried Iran’s top nuclear scientist has been buried in Tehran. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated on Friday in an ambush on a highway. The country has vowed to avenge his murder, which it blames on Israel. Tel Aviv has denied responsibility. *) Biden picks all-women press team US President-elect Joe Biden will have an all-women senior communications team, a first for the White House. Biden campaign press chief Kate Bedingfield will serve as communications director for the oval office. Four of the seven top communications roles at the west wing will be filled by women of colour. *) More bushfires as Australia records hottest November Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales are battling to contain dozens of bushfires brought on by hot weather. The country is currently experiencing its hottest November on record, with temperatures passing 45 degrees Celsius. Australian scientists say climate change will continue to exacerbate bushfires, droughts and cyclones in the country. And finally… *) F1 driver miraculously escapes fireball crash French Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean has miraculously survived a high-speed crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Haas racer tore into half and was engulfed in flames as it speared through protective barriers at 250 kph. Grosjean escaped with only light burns to his hands and ankles, thanks to the car's modern safety systems. The sport's heroic rescue team are also being praised after they braved the fire to get Grosjean to safety.