Severe flooding forced thousands of residents in New Zealand’s South Island to flee their homes on Wednesday and left hundreds of tourists stranded at the remote Milford Sound. The Southland region declared a state of emergency after being deluged with more than 1,000 millimeters (39 inches) of rainfall in 60 hours, triggering landslides on large roads and causing rivers to burst their banks.
Lesotho’s first lady is set to be charged with murder in connection with the 2017 killing of her husband’s ex-wife. Maesaiah Thabane, who fled the country on 10 January to escape arrest, returned to the African kingdom on Tuesday afternoon and handed herself into police in the capital Maseru. The killing occurred two days before the prime minister’s inauguration for a second term.
Eight people died after an avalanche hit eastern Turkey on Wednesday, the local hospital said, while the Turkish interior minister was quoted as saying 10-15 people were still trapped under the snow. Meki Arvas, mayor of a district in the eastern province of Van, was quoted by broadcaster NTV as saying a team of 300 people had been working to rescue people trapped under an earlier avalanche on Tuesday.
Trump’s annual address was bookended by two moments of tension between the president and the House speaker. When he arrived for his speech, Trump appeared to reject a handshake from Nancy Pelosi, and the speaker later tore up her copy of the president’s remarks as he was wrapping up. Trump made it through the speech without mentioning impeachment.
The rapper and his wife, Beyoncé, drew criticism and praise for staying seated during the national anthem at Super Bowl LIV on Sunday. He explained that he was busy observing the show, which he had a hand in producing thanks to a deal between his company Roc Nation and the NFL. The rapper continued, saying that he wanted to make sure that fans at home could “really feel the music.”