Climate activist Greta Thunberg said Wednesday she’s applied to trademark her name and that of the international school strike movement she inspired, a move meant to protect the movement from misuse for commercial purposes. In an Instagram post, the 17-year-old Swede said that she and fellow activists have “absolutely no interests” in trademarks “but unfortunately it needs to be done.”
The coronavirus outbreak, which started in China, has now been officially declared a global public health emergency. The decision by the World Health Organisation (WHO) comes as the number of people who have died from the virus reached 170. So far, they have all occurred in China, where the virus originated in an illegal wildlife market in the city of Wuhan.
Australian authorities warned on Friday of severe fire danger in densely populated areas this weekend, declaring a state of emergency in the capital, Canberra, as soaring temperatures and strong winds whipped up huge, unpredictable blazes. With temperatures above 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), emergency officials urged people to prepare for fires in parts of the southeast including hundreds of miles of coast south of Sydney.
A suspected Hindu nationalist went live on Facebook to warn he was taking his “final journey”, minutes before opening fire on university students protesting against India’s new citizenship law. One student was reportedly shot in the hand before police arrested the alleged gunman, who timed his attack on Thursday to coincide with the anniversary of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948 by a Hindu radical.
Amazon sales soared over the Christmas season, rising 21% from the previous year, in sharp contrast to weakness reported by other retailers. The e-commerce juggernaut said it earned $87bn in sales in the last three months of 2019, well ahead of analyst expectations. The news sent the firm’s share price up more than 10% in after-hours trade. If prices hold it would return Amazon’s market valuation to above $1tn, joining Microsoft, Apple and Google.