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Day: February 25, 2020

Snow to affect southern England
Featured, United Kingdom

Snow to affect southern England

    Snow could fall as far south as London later this week as parts of Britain face a further three inches tonight. Areas of Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland have already been blanketed in the white stuff over the past two days, with more falling today after temperatures fell to -5C (23F) overnight. The Met Office has predicted that up to 3in (8cm) could fall over the higher ground in North West England, Wales and western Scotland between 8pm tonight and 10am tomorrow as it also imposed an ice warning. Most showers will tend to ease by tomorrow evening, while Thursday will be dry with sunny spells for most areas along with some wintry showers - while Friday will be grey with patchy rain for many, especially in the South. Significant snowfalls were recor...
Virus reveals shocking scale of China’s secretive wildlife farms
Asia, Featured

Virus reveals shocking scale of China’s secretive wildlife farms

    Nearly 20,000 wildlife farmsraising species including peacocks, civet cats, porcupines, ostriches, wild geese and boar have been shut down across China in the wake of the coronavirus, in a move that has exposed the hitherto unknown size of the industry. Until a few weeks ago wildlife farming was still being promoted by government agencies as an easy way for rural Chinese people to get rich. But the Covid-19 outbreak, which has now led to over 1,800 deaths and more than 72,000 known infections, is thought to have originated in wildlife sold at a market in Wuhan in early December, prompting a massive rethink by authorities on how to manage the trade. China issued a temporary ban on wildlife trade to curb the spread of the virus at the end of January and began a wides...