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Two people in the UK have been found to be infected with the new Covid variant, Omicron, health secretary says

President Biden wasted no time barring air travel from 8 African countries as the U.S. assesses the new Coronavirus strain that was identified in South Africa. The restrictions start on Monday and apply to non- U.S. residents.

The Omicron Covid-19 variant is “a reminder that no matter what the vaccination rate might be in the developed world, the pandemic is a global issue,” @smerconish  says.

THREAD 🧵 Out of the world’s 100 most polluted cities, 94 are in India, China, and Pakistan. Here’s a look at air quality around the world and the impact air pollutants have on our health 👇

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BioNTech said it's expecting more data in the coming weeks on a worrying new COVID-19 variant first detected in South Africa, which would help determine whether the company needs to rework its vaccine

77% of women are trafficked for sexual exploitation, while 14% are trafficked for forced labour, according to UNODC. 72% of girls are trafficked for sexual exploitation, 21% are trafficked for forced labour, according to UNODC. Read more:

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Watch DonBelle light up the screen in the first teaser for 'Love is Color Blind!' ✨

The pandemic is prompting more Black Americans to take up urban gardening to end "food apartheid"

ABC’s Jonathan Karl Issues Stark Warning About Covering Donald Trump 2024: “How do you cover a candidate who is effectively anti-democratic?”

The COVID-19 vaccination for children aged between 3 and 11 in Yinchuan, northwest China's Ningxia, started here on Friday. Children can choose the nearest vaccination site and get inoculated at different time based on their grades, classes, etc.

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Parents ‘will not send children to school’ if mandatory face masks are introduced

BTS ARMY ASSEMBLES: @bts_bighit  fans formed a massive queue Friday in Inglewood to buy official band merchandise ahead of the group's concert at @SoFi  Stadium. @BTS_ARMY   @BTS_twt 

Breaking News: Stephen Sondheim is dead at 91. One of Broadway’s most revered songwriters, he set the standard for the American musical.

LATEST: U.S. and South African scientists will address the new B.1.1.529 variant that has been reported in Europe and Africa, Dr. Anthony Fauci says.

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The Dow opens some 800 points lower on Black Friday as stocks around the world tumble in the face of a new Covid-19 variant

U.S. President Biden called on nations meeting at the WTO next week to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines in the wake of a new variant of concern

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Explainer: What we know about the COVID-19 variant detected in South Africa

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The Biden jobs story isn't just good. It's spectacular. Over 5.5 million jobs created in 10 months. Most recently, the lowest jobless claims in 52 years. And all that before the infrastructure and BBB packages kick in. Something else to be thankful for.

Dutton lies that my Govt broke our 2007 election policy on defence spending. I consistently spent more than 5% of the budget on defence (a higher share than Morrison). I won't be lectured by Dutton, who did nothing while his government sold the strategic Port of Darwin to China.

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Belgium detects first case of new COVID variant in Europe

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Scoops of the Week

3 men found guilty of felony murder charges in trial over killing of Ahmaud Arbery

BREAKING NEWS: The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has confirmed the emergence of a new #COVID19  variant in South Africa. #Coronavirus 

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NEVER FORGET THE DA RECOMMENDED NO CHARGES AGAINST #AhmadArbery 's KILLERS. AN ATTORNEY GAVE A TAPE TO LOCAL MEDIA. THAT'S HOW THE TRUTH CAME OUT.

Me sitting down to eat on Thanksgiving, knowing I didn’t cook a damn thing…

Five quick tweets on the new variant B.1.1.529 Caveat first: data here is *very* preliminary, so everything could change. Nonetheless, better safe than sorry. 1) Based on the data we have, this variant is out-competing others *far* faster than Beta and even Delta did 🚩🚩

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A tragic airplane moment: we’ve been sitting on the tarmac waiting to take off for two hours. The guy in front of us fell asleep immediately upon boarding, he just woke up and started getting ready to get off the plane - he thought we’d landed. My wife broke the news to him.

Former President Donald Trump is slamming President Joe Biden’s order to release 50 million barrels of oil from the strategic reserve to bring down energy costs in a statement released on Tuesday.

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The iconic Afghan 'girl with the green eyes' from the cover of the 1985 National Geographic has fled the Taliban. + She has been given a safe haven in Italy. Read More:

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Welcome to Texas, Samsung! Samsung will build a new semiconductor manufacturing facility in Taylor, Texas. ➡️ $17B capital investment ➡️ Thousands of NEW jobs The largest foreign direct investment in the state of Texas EVER.

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