Omicron now driving more COVID-19 deaths in U.S. than during Delta wave
News/World: Omicron, the highly contagious coronavirus variant sweeping across the U.S., is driving the daily American death toll higher than during last fall's Delta wave, with deaths likely to keep rising for days or even weeks.
Africa's tropical storm Ana kills at least 88
Storm Ana passed over Madagascar on Jan. 22, adding to days of already intense rainfall. The country declared a state of disaster on Thursday night, reporting a rise in the death toll from Ana to 48, with people killed by landslides and collapsing buildings or washed away.
Nearly 4 in 10 people in Ethiopia's Tigray region struggling to eat: World Food Program
News/World: Although the ability of aid workers to enter Tigray improved during the summer months and "kept starvation at bay" for people there, no aid convoy has reached Tigray since mid-December, the United Nations agency said in an assessment.
London police seek to limit mentions of Downing Street parties in Gray report
News/World: An inquiry into COVID-19 lockdown-breaking gatherings in Downing Street that might determine British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's future could be further delayed after the police asked for the report to make only "minimal reference" to those events.