World news: what the foreign press is talking about

While most of the UK population is asleep, it’s easy to think the rest of the world is too. But not so – for many, our night is their day.

But what do their newspaper websites report on? what stories hold their front pages? Here is a brief overview.

The New Zealand HeraldThe site is run by the country’s Covid vaccination efforts. It says 17.9% of people received a third dose or received a booster, and 92.5% received at least two doses.

There are also articles about stories you may know: Ukraine, Novak Djokovic, etc. Again this one features prominently, under the title “Mystery at the Factory: The Strange and Unsolved Disappearance of Scientist Jim Donnelly”.

The report says more than 450 people go missing in New Zealand each year, and while most are found within hours, some simply disappear. Jim Donnelly was a scientist working at Glenbrook Steelworks, southwest of Auckland. On June 21, 2004, he left the home he shared with his wife Tracey and their children Liam and Siobhan and went to work. He parked his car, walked into the mill, went to his office and then – nothing.

Jim has not been seen since. His wife was quoted as saying: “We had two kids we were raising, they were going to school and we were going about our normal lives. I don’t know what destroyed that.”

Then there are more anitipodian views. One, quite scathing opinion piece, refers to the Duchess of Cambridge, in the wake of the Prince Andrew saga, saying that: “If she really wants there to be a throne still waiting for her, then in recent days the realization of this golden ambition has become all the more difficult thanks to his uncle Prince Andrew.”

News.com.au, a leading Australian site, has a story about Hollywood star Nicole Kidman, who explained “the sad reason” she is staying in her home country for the time being.

He says Kidman arrived in Australia for the Sydney premiere of her latest film, Being the Ricardos, in December. But instead of returning to the United States, where she is based with her musician husband Keith Urban, Nicole stayed in Australia. Apparently her 81-year-old mother, Janelle, is not feeling well and the family was “taking care” of her.

While many overseas sites quickly pick up news from the UK, the San Francisco Chronicle focuses primarily on local issues. A breaking story, around 4 a.m. PT, reports that $7 million worth of personal protective equipment was left outside in San Mateo County and damaged by the storms.

He said: “The PPE – primarily face shields, goggles, non-medical grade gowns and cleaning supplies – was purchased early in the pandemic and stored in a building at the county event center. San Mateo in San Mateo. When a mid-September event required additional space, supplies, stored in boxes, were moved to an uncovered fenced area in the parking lot.”

Like many sites around the world, Boris Johnson’s partying issues are, surprisingly, barely mentioned. Maybe they are bored or not bothered anymore.

But politics are never far from sight. The German site DW.com, while operating on roughly the same time slot as the UK, reports that Silvio Berlusconi – the Bunga-Bunga party’s one – could be go back. It says: “Italian center-right parties on Friday confirmed their support for former Prime Minister Silvio Berulusconi to become president.” The new Italian head of state, who will replace outgoing Sergio Mattarella, will be chosen by 1,000 lawmakers who will start voting on January 24.

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