At least 20,000 killed after Monday's earthquakes

Turkey's disaster and emergency management authority says the death toll in the country is now 17,134.

In Syria, at least 3,162 people are known to have died.


UNDP mobilizes US$500,000 towards recovery efforts for Tonga

The eruption that happened on the afternoon of 15 January 2022 echoed sonic blasts across the Pacific region and sent volcanic ash cloud and tsunamic waves across neighboring countries. The event caused devastating impacts on Tonga with economic damage worth US$90.4 million, according to the recent assessment report by World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery.

Digicel distributes 500 packs in West Tongatapu

The areas in West Tongatapu were severely destroyed as a result of the tsunami that hit Tonga on 15 January.

Over 100 packs were distributed amongst the community in Kanakupolu, ‘Ahau and Ha’atafu.

Other packs were also delivered to households in Sopu, Pangatangata and Vuna Road who were also affected.

As Digicel supports children with special needs, food packs were also delivered to homes of children directly affected by the recent devastation. 

Tahiti Covid-19 cases near 10,000

89 people with Covid-19 symptoms are in hospital, including 25 in intensive care.

39 people have died.

All but 62 cases were detected after the borders were reopened in July and mandatory quarantine requirements were abolished to boost tourism.

The government has reinstated support payments for those suffering loss of income because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Those eligible include people working in hospitality affected by the curfew which was reinstated last month in view of soaring rates of infection.

Former Wallaby Lopeti Timani fined $17,000 after bottle struck a French bouncer

The 29-year-old backrower was charged after a brawl in The White Rabbit nightclub in La Rochelle in south-west France where he plays for the La Rochelle club, coached by ex-All Blacks lock Jono Gibbes and captained by former All Black Victor Vito.

French news outlets reported that Timani had been fined €10,000 ($NZ17,650) this week by the Rochelle Criminal Court.

Timani was booted out of the nightclub after a 4.30am brawl on May 12, 2019.

The court heard that as he resisted removal, he threw a bottle in the face of one of the bouncers.

Fatialofa faces $200 thousand medical bill

Fatialofa is walking again after initial fears he would be confined to a wheel chair for the rest of life after breaking his neck while playing for English club Worcester in January.

The UK Telegraph is reporting there is now debate over who picks up the bill.

He was treated at the Royal Buckinghamshire private hospital for a month costing $75 thousand and then was due to be moved to the Stoke Mandeville public hospital however there was no bed for him there and he had to stay at the private hospital for four months.

Italy death toll tops 30,000, highest in EU

It reported 243 new fatalities on Friday - down from 274 the day before - taking the total to 30,201.

The daily number of confirmed new cases fell slightly to 1,327, bringing the total number of infections to 217,185.

Restrictions have begun to ease around the county, but one doctor described the city of Milan as a time "bomb," according to local media.

Italy has the third highest number of officially recorded coronavirus deaths in the world, after the United States and the UK - which is no longer a member of the EU.

Worldwide coronavirus death toll climbs to 200,000

There are more than 2.8 million confirmed cases of Covid-19, according to the tally.

It comes after the number of fatalities in the US passed 50,000, as Americans endure the world's deadliest outbreak.

Chinese state media reported the first known death linked to the virus on 11 January. More than 210 countries and territories have since reported cases.

Five countries have now reported death tolls above 20,000 although the way fatalities are counted varies widely.