WHO warns deadly Omicron should not be called mild

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned against describing the Omicron variant as mild, saying it is killing people across the world. Recent studies suggest that Omicron is less likely to make people seriously ill than previously Covid variants. But the record number of people catching it has left health systems under severe pressure, said […]

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India PM Narendra Modi trapped on Punjab flyover in security breach

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was trapped on a flyover for 20 minutes by protesters in Punjab in what is being reported as a serious security lapse. They were demanding the resignation of a cabinet minister whose son has been accused over the deaths of farmers. “This was a major lapse in the security of […]

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President Macron warns he will put pressure on France’s unvaccinated

French President Emmanuel Macron has warned he intends to make life difficult for people in France who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19. “I really want to hassle them, and we will continue to do this – to the end,” said Macron. But political opponents said the strong language he used in an interview was […]

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Tesla criticised after opening Xinjiang showroom

Electric carmaker Tesla has been criticised in the US after opening a showroom in China’s controversial Xinjiang region. The company, headed by billionaire Elon Musk, opened the showroom in the city of Urumqi on New Year’s Eve. However, the move has been welcomes by some in China. China has been accused of slavery and genocide […]

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Ukraine tensions: Biden and Putin phone call seeks ‘diplomatic path’

US President Joe Biden is set to hold talks with Russia’s Vladimir Putin for the second time this month, in a bid to de-escalate tensions over Ukraine. The two leaders will speak by phone on Thursday. They will discuss forthcoming security talks between the countries and the situation in Europe, said a White House official. […]

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Taliban ban long-distance road trips for solo women

The Taliban have said Afghan women wishing to travel long distances by road should be offered transport only if accompanied by a male relative. The directive, issued on Sunday, is the latest curb on women’s rights following the seizing of power by the Islamist group. A majority of secondary schools remain shut for girls, while […]

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Covid: Australia tests nasal spray against Covid

Australian researchers are conducting a trial to see whether squirting a blood thinner into the nose could offer protection against Covid. The nasal spray uses the cheap drug heparin in trying to neutralise Covid’s spike protein. When sprayed into the nose of a Covid-infected person it appears to make them non-infectious, said researchers. The trial […]

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Hong Kong election: China rejects democracy concerns from West

China has hit back at criticism from Western nations over the Hong Kong election, accusing them of interfering in its affairs. Hong Kong’s legislature vote on Sunday saw more than 90% of the seats available go to pro-Beijing candidates. Prior to the vote China had made sweeping changes to Hong Kong’s electoral system, including a […]

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US expert warns Christmas travel will fuel spread of Omicron

Christmas travel will increase the spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, even among the fully vaccinated, says the top US infectious disease expert. “There’s no doubt about this, [Omicron] has an extraordinary capability of spreading,” said Dr Anthony Fauci on Sunday. Dr Fauci, who advises the US government on the pandemic, said the variant was […]

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