Europe may just have seen its hottest day ever. A temperature of almost 120 degrees Fahrenheit was reported in Sicily on Wednesday and, if verified, would be a record for the continent. The hottest verified temperature on the continent is 48 degrees Celsius, or 118.4 degrees Fahrenheit, in Greece on July 10, 1977. In Greece, fires have ripped through the country for more than a week, ravaging forests, destroying homes and forcing evacuations.
Authorities in north Germany have asked more than 8,000 people to get repeat Covid vaccinations because a nurse is suspected of having injected saline instead of vaccine in many cases. Police are investigating the nurse’s actions at a vaccination centre in Friesland, near the North Sea coast. Initially just six people were believed to have received the harmless salt solution there in March and April.
Taliban fighters have taken their 10th provincial capital on their surge towards Afghanistan’s capital. On Thursday insurgents took Ghazni, just 80 miles south-west of Kabul, posting videos of themselves on the city’s streets unopposed. There are warnings Kabul could fall within the next 90 days, with the hardline Islamist group now controlling around 65% of the country. The latest advance comes as intense fighting has broken out on the streets of Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second largest city.
A Panamanian-registered ship ran aground in a northern Japan harbor, then split in two and was leaking oil, but there were no injuries among the 21 crew and the oil leak was being controlled with no signs it had reached shore, the Japan Coast Guard said. The 39,910-tonne vessel, the “Crimson Polaris,” was carrying wood chips when it ran aground on Wednesday morning in Hachinohe harbor.
Sex worker activists are among the most at risk defenders of human rights in the world, facing multiple threats and violent attacks, an extensive investigation has found. The research, published today by human rights organization Front Line Defenders, found that their visibility as sex workers who are advocates for their communities’ rights makes them more vulnerable to the violations routinely suffered by sex workers.