Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.
Five things you need to know
China has condemned the US for announcing it is planning a diplomatic boycott of the 2020 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The US said it was going ahead with the snub because of the Chinese state's repressive behaviour.
China threatens the US with retaliation over diplomatic boycott of Winter Olympics https://t.co/T2UGnCg0Zm— CNN (@CNN) December 7, 2021
Wealth inequality has surged around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, a major study has claimed. The World Inequality Report said 2020 was the year in which the wealth of billionaires increased the most on record.
The share of global wealth held by billionaires surges to a record during the Covid-19 crisis, according to a group founded by French economist Thomas Piketty https://t.co/ecMZngg1xm pic.twitter.com/PbpthGm3m9— Bloomberg (@business) December 7, 2021
Dozens of doctors and nurses working at an intensive care unit in Spain have tested positive for COVID-19 following a Christmas party. The 68 staff members are not seriously ill, authorities said, but added that medics need to remain on their guard.
Spain’s prime minister has urged people to “remain prudent” about COVID-19 over the holidays, as Christmas festivities are suspected of infecting dozens of staff at one hospital. https://t.co/fmf6MtzBRV— AP Europe (@AP_Europe) December 6, 2021
Ghislaine Maxwell asked a woman to find "cute, young, pretty" girls for child rapist Jeffrey Epstein to exploit, a court has heard. Maxwell is on trial in New York for allegedly procuring girls for Epstein to abuse.
A woman identified only as "Kate" told jurors at Ghislaine Maxwell's sex-trafficking trial that Maxwell leveraged their friendship to encourage her to have sex with Jeffrey Epstein. The woman was the second of four accusers who are expected to testify. https://t.co/vEmj34sK5d— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 7, 2021
Facebook is being sued for US$150 billion by refugees who say the controversial media giant hosted content that promoted violence to spread. The group are from the Rohingya minority, which rights groups and others say has been brutally persecuted by Burma.