Two people have reportedly died as Venice was hit by its highest tide in more than 50 years, leaving much of the Italian city underwater. The flooding was the second highest in the city’s history, and the mayor blamed climate change. Officials said the tide peaked at 187cm (6.14ft) at 10.50 pm on Tuesday, just short of the 194cm seen in 1966.
The head of Bolivia’s Senate, Jeanine Anez, took office as interim president on Tuesday as former leader Evo Morales pledged to keep up his political fight from exile in Mexico after resigning in what he has alleged was a coup. A parliamentary session scheduled to formally appoint her was boycotted by lawmakers from Morales’ leftist MAS party, who said it would be illegitimate.
Cardinal George Pell will have a final chance to overturn his conviction on historical child sexual abuse offenses after the high court in Canberra agreed to hear appeal arguments in a special full court sitting. Led by the high-profile silk Bret Walker SC, Pell’s legal team will argue that the majority of judges in Victoria’s court of appeal erred by finding in August that jurors were not unreasonable to believe the testimony of Pell’s victim.
Record-breaking cold and snowfall is numbing many parts of the U.S. from the Great Plains to the East Coast and north through New England. By Wednesday the cold snap is expected to spread farther south to the upper Texas coast in what is being described as an “arctic outbreak” by the National Weather Service. The dead-of-winter temperatures come with roughly five weeks of fall remaining on the calendar.
The daytime speed limit on Dutch roads is to be cut to 100km/h (62mph) in a bid to tackle a nitrogen oxide pollution crisis, according to cabinet sources widely quoted by Dutch media. Prime Minister Mark Rutte said it was a “rotten measure” but necessary. The existing limit of up to 130km/h will still be permitted at night.