A powerful volcanic eruption has rocked New Zealand’s White Island, a small uninhabited volcanic islet sticking up out of the sea in the Bay of Plenty, 50 kilometers offshore of the country’s North Island. Several people have been injured, some reportedly with serious burns, and some have been evacuated to the mainland. At least seven people are critically injured.
Finland will have the world’s youngest serving prime minister later this week when Sanna Marin, 34, is sworn in by parliament at the head of a coalition whose four other parties are all led by women, three of them in their thirties. Marin, currently the transport minister, will take over from Antti Rinne, a former trade unionist who resigned last week.
A fire broke out at a factory in India’s capital New Delhi early on Sunday morning. At least 43 people have been reported dead. Many of the victims were asleep in beds in the factory, resting between shifts, when the fire began. Investigators say the blaze was sparked by an electrical short circuit. Most of the deaths were caused by people inhaling poisonous gases in the cramped factory.
Women will no longer have to be segregated from men in restaurants in Saudi Arabia, according to the country’s government. Until now, women have been required to use separate entrances and sit behind partitions when dining in public. The announcement comes as the latest reform to ease the strict social rules that have been in effect across the kingdom for decades.
Russia could face an unprecedented four-year ban from major international sporting events over accusations that it manipulated laboratory doping data. The decision will be made later at a meeting of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Russia could be banned from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. It could also be ruled out of the 2022 Football World Cup in Qatar.