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Biden urges Americans to mask indoors, says Omicron to appear 'sooner or later' in U.S.

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Another atmospheric river will be streaming into western Washington and parts of British Columbia, Canada this week.

Capitol attack defendant Lisa Anne Homer was arrested in Colorado Springs on Friday. The feds found a profile image of her wearing the same "LIONS NOT SHEEP” hat that she wore on Jan. 6. Case unsealed today.

Breakingviews - Jack Dorsey leaves one company, helps out two

"This variant #Omicron ) is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic. I'll put forward a detailed strategy, outlining how we are going to fight COVID this winter, not with shutdowns & lockdowns but more widespread vaccination, boosters, testing and more": US President@JoeBiden 

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Breaking News: The Pentagon will conduct a high-level investigation of a 2019 U.S. airstrike in Syria that killed dozens of women and children.

“I’m just shocked more people are not screaming about this every day,” says @WHO  Technical Lead on Covid-19 @mvankerkhove  about vaccine inequity. “It shocks me.”

Today would have been Chadwick Boseman's 45th birthday. The Oscar-nominated actor and star of "Black Panther" passed away in 2020 after a private, years-long battle with colon cancer.

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"Of course I am scared of going by boat to Britain. But I have no other option." Crossing the English Channel could end in tragedy, but some migrant families say they still plan to take the risk.

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BREAKING: Japan shuts border to all foreigners

Barbados will become a republic this week, replacing Queen Elizabeth as head of state. British colonizers enslaved over 380,000 people to work on Barbados' sugar plantations. Sandra Mason, set to be the first president, said she wants to "fully leave our colonial past behind."

A South African doctor who was one of the first to suspect a different coronavirus strain among patients said that symptoms of the Omicron variant so far were mild and could be treated at home

Korean pop sensation @bts_bighit  in Los Angeles for their first in-person concerts in two years

Govt Sources say, 'No Congress or its allied ruled States has been able to give 1st dose to over 90% of people&2nd dose to over 50% of people. At least 7 BJP ruled states got over 90% coverage of 1st dose & 8 BJP ruled states touched 50% coverage of 2nd dose' (Pic: Govt Sources)

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BREAKING: World Health Organization says preliminary evidence suggests there may be an 'increased risk of reinfection with Omicron'

Government of India stands ready to support the countries affected in Africa in dealing with the #OmicronVariant , including by supplies of Made-in-India vaccines. Supplies can be undertaken through COVAX or bilaterally: Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)

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"Here’s something most Republican voters probably don’t know: For the last four months, a handful of GOP senators have been preventing the confirmation of the U.S. special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism," @Yair_Rosenberg  writes.

🚨 NEW - official figures from @ONS  suggest: - Northern Ireland is prospering with the protocol - Covid not hitting London that hard - But it has stuffed the West Midlands 🚨

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2) This is coinciding with a wider rise in cases in South Africa. Again, currently we’re talking about small numbers (both of B.1.1.529 and of cases in SA overall), but there’s a clear upward trend. This may be a blip, but this is how waves start.

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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 

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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Breaking News: Virgil Abloh, the barrier-breaking Black designer whose ascent to the heights of the traditional luxury industry changed what was possible in fashion, died on Sunday in Chicago. He was 41.

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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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Mr Ahmed Nasser AL RAISI of the United Arab Emirates has been elected to the post of President (4-yr term).

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Former President Donald Trump suggested that President Joe Biden be required to take a cognitive test to ensure he’s mentally capable of dealing with other world leaders "at the top of their game."

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Anyone entering UK must take a PCR test, face mask rules are to be tightened and booster jabs policy overhauled, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces

“It’s probably the biggest international public policy failure of our times.” Ex-PM@OfficeGSBrown  tel @faisalislams  Covid vaccine inequality deprives “people of the chance to survive the virus, by denying them the chance in so many countries of getting the vaccine #Newsnight 

Two of the most important things parents want for their children are safety & a quality education.   I signed a law defunding cities that defund police along with providing a record amount of funding for Texas public schools.   We must protect & cultivate our future.

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