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New coronavirus variant Omicron keeps spreading, Australia detects cases

New coronavirus variant Omicron keeps spreading, Australia detects cases

The new Omicron coronavirus variant kept spreading around the world on Sunday, with two cases detected in Australia, even as more countries tried to seal themselves off by imposing travel restrictions.

China study warns of 'colossal' Covid outbreak if it opens up like US, France

China study warns of 'colossal' Covid outbreak if it opens up like US, France

China could face more than 630,000 Covid-19 infections a day if it dropped its zero-tolerance policies by lifting travel curbs, according to a study by Peking University mathematicians.

Guatemalan stowaway survives flight to Miami hidden in plane's landing gear

Guatemalan stowaway survives flight to Miami hidden in plane's landing gear

A Guatemalan stowaway hidden in the landing gear compartment of an American Airlines jet survived a flight on Saturday from his home country to Miami, where he was turned over to US immigration officials and taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Spanish cops march against reform

Spanish cops march against reform

Thousands of Spanish police officers marched through Madrid yesterday to protest a proposed reform of a security law which they say will hamper their ability to do their work.

Trudeau tours flood-hit western Canada

Trudeau tours flood-hit western Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited on Friday areas of Canada’s Pacific coast hit by catastrophic floods, warning of further climate mayhem as the region braces for more torrential rains.

World races to contain new Covid-19 variant

World races to contain new Covid-19 variant

Fears mounted yesterday that a highly-infectious new coronavirus (Covid-19) strain was pushing its way into Europe as the world brought the shutters down to contain the new Omicron variant.

A new world order and India

A new world order and India

As the Covid-19 virus ebbs and wanes, post-pandemic realities are beginning to emerge. They underlie a growing set of understandings and arrangements that form the basis of an emerging world order. Empirically speaking, downturns are followed by recovery.

Raging inflation may cause upswing in US interest rates

Raging inflation may cause upswing in US interest rates

Global financial system is eagerly watching the next move of the US Federal Reserve on tackling inflation, with recent official data showing prices rose 5% over the past year, marking the highest inflation rate since 1990.

Calm returns to Solomons capital after deadly rioting

Calm returns to Solomons capital after deadly rioting

Calm returned to the Solomon Islands’ capital Honiara yesterday after days of rioting left at least three dead and reduced sections of the city to smouldering ruins. Petrol stations, shops and other businesses began to reopen, with Honiara residents flocking to buy basic provisions as the violence e

Sudan PM sacks police chiefs after post-coup violence

Sudan PM sacks police chiefs after post-coup violence

Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok said yesterday he has replaced Sudan’s police chiefs after more than 40 people were killed in a crackdown on protests following last month’s military coup.

Algerians vote in local polls to seal post-Bouteflika ‘change’

Algerians vote in local polls to seal post-Bouteflika ‘change’

Algerians voted yesterday in local elections seen as key in President Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s push to turn the page on the two-decade rule of late president Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

SA dismayed at ‘punishment’ for honesty over Omicron variant

SA dismayed at ‘punishment’ for honesty over Omicron variant

South Africa, whose citizens have suddenly become persona-non-grata around the world after the discovery of a new Covid variant in the country, says it is being “punished” and unfairly treated for sounding the alarm.

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