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Omicron Keeps World Jittery as More Information Drips Out

Omicron Keeps World Jittery as More Information Drips Out

The omicron variant kept the world off balance Wednesday as infections from the mutant coronavirus cropped up in more corners of the globe, with one official lamenting that the wait for more scientific information on its dangers feels like “an eternity.” At the same time the omicron is spreading

Blinken Warns of ‘High-Impact’ Economic Steps if Russia Invades Ukraine

Blinken Warns of ‘High-Impact’ Economic Steps if Russia Invades Ukraine

The United States is deeply concerned by evidence that Russia has made plans for significant aggressive moves against Ukraine and will respond with a range of "high impact" economic measures if Moscow invades, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. Speaking after a NATO foreign ministers' mee

WHO Expects to Have More Information on Omicron Transmission 'within Days'

The World Health Organization expects to have more information on the transmissibility of the new Omicron variant of the cornavirus within days, its technical lead on COVID-19, Maria van Kerkhove, said in a briefing on Wednesday. That was faster than the "weeks" the WHO had predicted last week th

Ethiopia PM Claims War Gains, Urges Rebels to ‘Surrender'

Ethiopia PM Claims War Gains, Urges Rebels to ‘Surrender'

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday urged Tigrayan rebels to surrender, claiming government forces were nearing victory just one week after he vowed to lead military operations at the front. "The youth of Tigray is perishing like leaves.

WHO Pleads for ‘Rational’ Omicron Response

WHO Pleads for ‘Rational’ Omicron Response

The WHO on Tuesday urged countries to remain calm and take "rational" measures against the fast-spreading Omicron coronavirus variant, as Germany's next chancellor voiced support for compulsory vaccinations. The emergence of Omicron, first reported to the World Health Organization in South Africa

Mi6 Spy Chief Says Iran, China, Russia Top UK Threat List

Mi6 Spy Chief Says Iran, China, Russia Top UK Threat List

China, Russia and Iran pose three of the biggest threats to the UK in a fast-changing, unstable world, the head of Britain’s foreign intelligence agency said Tuesday. MI6 chief Richard Moore said the three countries and international terrorism make up the “big four” security issues confronting Br

Moderna Boss Says Vaccines Likely No Match for Omicron

Moderna Boss Says Vaccines Likely No Match for Omicron

Existing Covid-19 jabs will struggle against the Omicron variant and it will take months to develop a new shot that works, the head of US vaccine manufacturer Moderna has told the Financial Times. Stephane Bancel told the newspaper in an interview published Tuesday that data would be available on

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