At least three dead as storm Filomena dumps snow, rain on Spain
Storm Filomena has claimed at least three lives in Spain and paralysed the capital Madrid with historic levels of snowfall. "We still have difficult hours ahead of us," Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska said on Saturday. He called on the Spanish to stay at home if possible. In the particularly hard-hit Madrid region alone, almost 1,500 people who were trapped in their vehicles by the snow have been rescued since Friday evening. According to media reports, dozens of people who had to spend the night in the car were still waiting for help on Saturday afternoon when it felt like minus 5 ...
Teething problems as Germany kicks off vaccination drive
Germany's coronavirus vaccination campaign officially kicked off on Sunday - despite one over-eager care home and some isolated logistical issues stealing the spotlight somewhat. Hundreds of mobile vaccination teams were sent out to begin administering the jabs, 11 months to the day after the country registered its first infection in the pandemic. Priority was given to the over-80s and front-line nursing home and hospital staff. The first recipients reported no discomfort with the vaccine: "That was it? I thought there was something more to come," 91-year-old Lieselotte Ziegler from Koblenz in...