Thai mahouts dress elephants as Santa Claus to help distribute face masks to students. / REUTERS

Santa gives reindeer a break, rides on elephant to distribute masks in Thailand

Santa Claus gave his sleigh and reindeer a break on Wednesday and rode elephants in Thailand during a special Christmas visit aimed at raising awareness about the threat of the…

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Travelers push their luggage past baggage claim inside the United Airlines terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) during the holiday season as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Omicron variant threatens to increase case numbers in Los Angeles, California, U.S. December 22, 2021. REUTERS/Bing Guan

United, Delta cancel more than 200 U.S. Christmas Eve flights amid COVID surge

(Reuters) – United Airlines and Delta Air Lines on Thursday said they had each canceled dozens of Christmas Eve flights, as the spreading COVID-19 Omicron variant takes a toll on its flight crews and other workers. Chicago-based United canceled 120 flights for Friday,…

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A soldier from the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) administers a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic set up at Chester Cathedral on December 16, 2021 as the UK steps up the country’s booster drive to fight a “tidal wave” of Omicron.

Europe considers new curbs as Omicron sweeps world

Countries across Europe were considering new curbs on movement on Tuesday as the fast-moving Omicron variant swept the world days before Christmas, throwing travel plans into chaos and unnerving financial…

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No leave – 80,000 police officers to be on duty in Bangkok over New Year

The Royal Thai Police has ordered 80,000 police officers to not take leave during the New Year holiday period between Christmas Day on 25th December and January 4th, to facilitate…

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A medic tends to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Pirogov hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria, October 15, 2021. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Europe rethinks booster shot policy as COVID cases hit records

Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary all reported new highs in daily infections as winter grips the continent and people gather indoors in the run-up to Christmas, providing a perfect…

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Police canvass the streets in downtown Waukesha, Wis., after a vehicle plowed into a Christmas parade hitting more than 20 people Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Police: ‘Some’ killed when SUV hits Christmas parade

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — An SUV sped through barricades and into a parade of Christmas marchers in suburban Milwaukee on Sunday, killing multiple people as it hit more than 20…

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Cold weather returns to Bangkok, N and NE Thailand over Christmas

Cold weather is returning to Bangkok, the northern and north-eastern regions of Thailand during Christmas, but no forecast of a “White Christmas”. The Meteorological Department reported today that temperatures in…

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