Storm Henk: Hundreds of flood warnings in place and rail disruption set to continue
Storm Henk has caused significant disruption across the UK, with hundreds of flood warnings in place and rail services facing ongoing disruption. Strong winds and heavy rain led to flooding, power outages, and travel disruption in large parts of England and Wales. The highest recorded land gust of wind was 81 mph at Exeter Airport in Devon. Over 300 flood warnings were issued in England, with a severe flood warning issued for Billing Aquadrome in Northampton and surrounding business units due to the danger to life caused by rising water levels from the River Nene. In Tenby, south-western Wales, a severe flood warning is in place for the River Ritec. Rail services in the UK have also been affected, with Southern, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, and Thameslink services expected to face disruption until 10:00 GMT. Other regions, including South West England, South Wales, North West, and East Anglia, are also experiencing some disruption. The storm has caused power outages, trees to fall, and dangerous conditions across the UK.
The longest ever NHS strike: What you need to know as junior doctors walk out
Junior doctors in England are embarking on the longest-ever strike in the history of the National Health Service (NHS). The six-day walkout has been called by the British Medical Association (BMA) after talks with the UK government concerning pay broke down last month. The BMA argues that the medical profession is undervalued and is demanding a 35% pay rise to compensate for below-inflation increases since 2008. The UK government has offered the doctors a 3% increase, but the BMA dismissed this sum as inadequate. As a result of the strike, routine hospital services such as planned operations and check-ups will be severely disrupted. Chief executive of University College London Hospitals said that "the vast majority" of routine appointments would have to be cancelled.
Hamas deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri killed in Beirut blast
Saleh al-Arouri, the deputy leader of Hamas, was killed in a drone strike in Beirut, Lebanon. The strike also killed two Hamas military commanders and four other members. Israel has claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it a "surgical strike against the Hamas leadership." Hamas condemned the killing, while its ally Hezbollah called it an assault on Lebanese sovereignty. Lebanon's prime minister accused Israel of trying to "drag Lebanon into... confrontation." Arouri, a key figure in Hamas's armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, had been in Lebanon acting as a connection between Hamas and Hezbollah. He was also the de facto leader of Hamas's military wing in the West Bank and was involved in the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers in 2014. Iran, a major supporter of both Hamas and Hezbollah, said the killing would "undoubtedly ignite another surge in the veins of resistance."