Elton John declares musicians are facing a ‘looming catastrophe’ due to Brexit travel restrictions

Sir Elton John has said musicians are facing a ‘looming catastrophe’ because of post-Brexit travel restrictions on touring in the European Union. New travel rules came into force at the beginning of the year that do not guarantee visa-free travel for musicians in the EU.  The Rocketman hitmaker, 74, revealed that last month he met … Read more

Brazil is in the grip of a ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ because of Bolsonaro’s ‘failed’ response

Brazil’s ‘failed’ response to Covid-19 has driven the country to a ‘humanitarian catastrophe,’ Doctors Without Borders said on Thursday, accusing President Jair Bolsonaro’s government of making the health crisis even worse. ‘The lack of political will to adequately respond to the pandemic is killing Brazilians in their thousands,’ the humanitarian group said in a statement. … Read more

BBC will broadcast poet Pam Ayres’ voice to calm the nation if a global catastrophe strikes

The end of the world is nigh? Call for Pam Ayres! BBC will broadcast the poet’s voice to calm the nation if a global catastrophe strikes Several programmes have been readied in the event of a global catastrophe Pam Ayres’ 2008 interview with Jane Garvey among shows ready to fill telly gapMiss Ayres, 74, said she … Read more

Brazil’s Covid catastrophe is an ‘atomic bomb’ that could the pandemic drag out

Scientists are warning that Brazil’s uncontrolled coronavirus outbreak could threaten the global fight to end the pandemic.  The more infectious, vaccine-dulling P1 variant that emerged there has already become dominant in the majority of the country’s states, and there’s no sign of it slowing down.  ‘This information is an atomic bomb’ Dr Roberto Kraenkel, a biological … Read more

Brazil’s Covid catastrophe is an ‘atomic bomb’ that could the pandemic drag out

Scientists are warning that Brazil’s uncontrolled coronavirus outbreak could threaten the global fight to end the pandemic.  The more infectious, vaccine-dulling P1 variant that emerged there has already become dominant in the majority of the country’s states, and there’s no sign of it slowing down.  ‘This information is an atomic bomb’ Dr Roberto Kraenkel, a biological … Read more

MARY ELLEN SYNON: EU’s vaccine catastrophe lie in Merkel’s shadowy past in Communist East Germany

Just imagine Angela Merkel’s teenage years in the German Democratic Republic. The Berlin Wall was dividing the city, and dozens of her fellow citizens were shot dead when they tried to climb it and escape. Across East Germany, every second German was informing on neighbours and work colleagues to the Stasi secret police. Soviet KGB … Read more

MARY ELLEN SYNON: EU’s vaccine catastrophe lie in Merkel’s shadowy past in Communist East Germany

Just imagine Angela Merkel’s teenage years in the German Democratic Republic. The Berlin Wall was dividing the city, and dozens of her fellow citizens were shot dead when they tried to climb it and escape. Across East Germany, every second German was informing on neighbours and work colleagues to the Stasi secret police. Soviet KGB … Read more

The Tower of London has lost its star bird – and legend has it we’re heading for catastrophe

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse… now’s the time to toll the bells, wear black and really prepare for trouble. For Merlina, the 14-year-old Queen raven of the Tower of London is missing, presumed dead and, according to myth and legend, the presence of these birds is vital to the survival of … Read more

The Tower of London has lost its star bird – and legend has it we’re heading for catastrophe

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse… now’s the time to toll the bells, wear black and really prepare for trouble. For Merlina, the 14-year-old Queen raven of the Tower of London is missing, presumed dead and, according to myth and legend, the presence of these birds is vital to the survival of … Read more

DOMINIC SANDBROOK reveals how Trump’s narcissism has brought US to the brink of catastrophe 

Three days after Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the United States Capitol, the sense of shock has not faded. For more than two centuries, that vast white dome has been one of the world’s most recognisable landmarks, a symbol not merely of the promise of the American Dream, but of the integrity of Western democracy. Here, … Read more