Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s civilian government, urged people across the country to rise up and oppose a military takeover that saw the army take control of the country Monday. Suu Kyi and other leading officials were detained earlier, the day before legislators elected in November were due to start a new parliamentary term in office.
The winter storm system that blanketed California’s mountaintops and brought heavy rains that caused mudslides throughout the state moved through the Midwest over the weekend, dumping snow in areas and triggering advisories for nearly 100 million in the central U.S. On Sunday forecasters said the storm is moving east, where it will “pass the baton off to a new coastal storm forming near the Mid-Atlantic coast,” bringing heavy snow to large parts of the East Coast.
Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has agreed to supply 9 million additional doses of its coronavirus vaccine to the European Union during the first quarter, the bloc’s executive arm said Sunday. The new target of 40 million doses by the end of March is still only half what the British-Swedish company had originally aimed for before it announced a shortfall due to production problems, triggering a spat between AstraZeneca and the EU last week.
Nine people died after al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgents stormed a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu, battling security forces until the early hours of Monday, a police spokesman said. The attack on a hotel in the heart of the heavily fortified city comes as Somali politicians wrangle acrimoniously over delayed elections and follows the withdrawal of around 700 U.S. military personnel last month.
The price of silver hit an a eight-year high on Monday, amid social media calls to buy the metal and emulate the trading frenzy that surrounded US games retailer GameStop last week. Shares in a handful of smaller Australian silver miners surged as small-time traders bought en masse. Coin-selling websites also reported unprecedented demand and flagged delays in delivering silver.