Friday, 10 January 2020

Justin Bieber: Singer reveals he has Lyme disease

Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber has revealed he has been diagnosed with Lyme disease.
"It's been a rough couple years," the 25-year-old wrote on Instagram, adding that he was also suffering from a chronic viral infection.
The star said he was aware of social media speculation that he had a drug problem, after he was pictured looking unwell with blotches on his skin.
Lyme disease is caused by bacteria carried by some species of ticks.
Symptoms of the infection often include a rash, muscle pain, and tiredness.
On his Instagram page, the artist wrote that people had suggested he looked like he was "on meth", but "they failed to realise I've been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease, not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my skin, brain function, energy, and overall health".
He said he was getting "the right treatment" to help address the disease, and that more would be revealed in an upcoming YouTube documentary series about his life.
"You can learn all that I've been battling and OVERCOMING!!" he wrote, telling his 124 million Instagram followers: "I will be back and better than ever".
The superstar's wife, model Hailey Bieber, defended her husband against criticism from those "trying to downplay the severity of Lyme disease".
"Please do your research," she urged them on Twitter on Wednesday.

Australian state braces for ‘dynamic’ fire threat

The Australian state of Victoria has again declared a state of disaster ahead of forecast "dangerous, dynamic" conditions in a massive bushfire zone.
Despite a national bushfire crisis raging since September, the south-eastern state is only entering what is considered to be its worst fire months.
Blazes have already burnt 1.2 million hectares in Victoria and claimed three lives. Nationally, 27 people have died.
The danger is predicted to be greatest on Friday due to hot, volatile weather.
"I know we have not seen this much fire activity this early in the season," state Premier Daniel Andrews said on Thursday.
"But I also make the point: I don't think we've seen as co-ordinated, as effective a response to that unprecedented fire activity as we have seen in these last few weeks."
There are also warnings for South Australia and New South Wales (NSW), where fires continue to endanger lives and homes.

Iran mistakenly shot down Ukraine jet - US media says

Iran mistakenly shot down the Ukrainian plane that crashed on Wednesday near Tehran with 176 people on board, US media report.
US officials say they believe the Ukrainian International Airlines Boeing 737-800 was hit by a missile, CBS says.
Ukraine earlier said it was examining whether a missile strike brought down the aircraft - but Iran ruled this out.
The crash came just hours after Iran carried out missile strikes on two airbases housing US forces in Iraq.
CBS News quoted US intelligence sources as saying a satellite detected infrared "blips" of two missile launches, followed by another blip of an explosion.
Meanwhile, Newsweek quoted a Pentagon and senior US intelligence officials, as well as an Iraqi intelligence official, as saying they believed the Ukrainian plane was hit by a Russian-made Tor missile.
US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he had "suspicions" about what happened to the plane.

Amid tensions heightened by the US killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani on 3 January, Iran has said it will not hand over the recovered black box flight recorders to Boeing, the plane's manufacturer, or to the US.

Under global aviation rules Iran has the right to lead the investigation, but manufacturers are typically involved.