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The world's newest nation is both drying up and drowning

Many of the main roads running through Unity State are now completely submerged, yet the traffic remains. There are no cars, just people, some of whom swim, others wade, pushing their way through the heavy silt-laden water. The more fortunate glide by on canoes with their livestock and whatever possessions they could salvage from the floods.
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Drake pulls out of Grammy Awards race

Canadian rapper Drake withdrew on Monday from the Grammy Awards, removing his two nominations for music's highest honors, sources close to the musician said.
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Nearly 70 ICU medics at Spanish hospital test positive for Covid after Christmas party

Nearly 70 nurses and doctors working in the intensive care unit at a Spanish hospital have tested positive for Covid-19 after attending a Christmas party, health authorities said on Monday.
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Police arrest boyfriend of Florida woman who has been missing for more than a week

Police in Florida have arrested the boyfriend of a woman who was last seen more than a week ago in an area northwest of Tampa.
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New England Patriots edge Buffalo Bills in 'crazy game' to win seventh straight

The New England Patriots edged out the Buffalo Bills 14-10 on a blustery night at the Highmark Stadium in Buffalo to extend their winning streak to seven games.
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More than a foot of rain has fallen over the last 48 hours in some areas, with all of the islands under a flood watch through the afternoon

Relentless rain in Hawaii has left parts of the state under the threat of "significant and life-threatening flooding," the National Weather Service in Honolulu said Monday night, with some areas already tallying more than a foot of rain over a 48-hour span.
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Michigan shooting could have been prevented, prosecutor says

One week after a school shooting in Michigan that killed four students and led to the manhunt and arrest of the suspect's parents, officials are wondering how the tragedy could have been prevented.
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Biden and Putin set to hold call at critical moment

• Biden readying sanctions against Putin's inner circle
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Jussie Smollett, after denying he orchestrated attack, will face cross examination

Jussie Smollett will resume testifying in his defense today after taking the stand Monday to rebut allegations that he staged a fake hate crime in 2019 and lied to Chicago police about it.
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China pumps $188 billion into the economy to counter real estate slump

China has decided it's time to loosen its purse strings and pump money into the economy in a bid to stave off threats to the recovery.
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