Will develop booster shot to combat threat of new COVID-19 variant 'Omicron', says Moderna
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Will develop booster shot to combat threat of new COVID-19 variant 'Omicron', says Moderna

It is one of three strategies the company is working to address the new threat, including a higher dose of its existing vaccine, Moderna said.

Why WHO chose to skip 'Nu' and 'Xi' and named new COVID-19 variant as Omicron
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Why WHO chose to skip 'Nu' and 'Xi' and named new COVID-19 variant as Omicron

The naming decision went viral on Twitter, with some netizens questioning the method in which the name was chosen and whether the United Nations health agency had done so in order to avoid antagonising China

Post-Brexit, the idea of European Union faces another challenge — this time from Belarus and Poland
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Post-Brexit, the idea of European Union faces another challenge — this time from Belarus and Poland

Given the challenges ahead, the European Union will need to show flexibility to keep both its flock and its values together.

Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s associate, set to go on trial on Monday for sex crimes
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Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s associate, set to go on trial on Monday for sex crimes

The 59-year-old British socialite has been charged with recruiting and grooming underage girls for the late financier Jeffrey Epstein

Explained: Will flight restrictions help as new COVID-19 variant 'Omicron' emerges?
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Explained: Will flight restrictions help as new COVID-19 variant 'Omicron' emerges?

Some say at best the restrictions can buy time for new public health measures to be put in place. At worst, they do little to stop the spread and give a false sense of security.

WHO terms new COVID-19 variant as 'Omicron': ‘Variant of concern’ prompts global flight bans, forces WTO to defer meet
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WHO terms new COVID-19 variant as 'Omicron': ‘Variant of concern’ prompts global flight bans, forces WTO to defer meet

The global health agency said evidence on Omicron showed an increased risk of reinfection compared to other variants, indicating that people who contracted COVID-19 and recovered could be more subject to catching it again

19 dead, 32 injured after bus carrying pilgrims crashes in central Mexico
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19 dead, 32 injured after bus carrying pilgrims crashes in central Mexico

The bus was heading from the western state of Michoacan to Chalma, a town that has been visited by Roman Catholic pilgrims for centuries.

Gunman opens fire on bus carrying teenagers in Kosovo; three dead, one wounded
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Gunman opens fire on bus carrying teenagers in Kosovo; three dead, one wounded

President Vjosa Osmani called the attack “shocking” and urged law enforcement officials to find the perpetrators as quickly as possible

Europe's first case of new COVID-19 variant detected in Belgium; world takes action
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Europe's first case of new COVID-19 variant detected in Belgium; world takes action

'We have a case that is now confirmed of this variant,' B.1.1.529, first detected in southern Africa, Belgian Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke told a media conference

Iran accuses UN nuclear watchdog of bowing to West's pressure
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Iran accuses UN nuclear watchdog of bowing to West's pressure

Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said the IAEA were 'under the influence of powerful countries' which 'finance them and in exchange apply pressure on them'

USA's 'Dancing Dad' Ricky Pond grooves to Badshah's song Jugnu with his son; wins hearts online
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USA's 'Dancing Dad' Ricky Pond grooves to Badshah's song Jugnu with his son; wins hearts online

In the video that has gone viral on social media, Ricky Pond can be seen dancing to singer-rapper Badshah’s new release, Jugnu

'I can consider it a miracle': Survivor found in coal mine accident in Russia's Siberia
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'I can consider it a miracle': Survivor found in coal mine accident in Russia's Siberia

Acting Emergency Minister Alexander Chupriyan identified the survivor as rescuer Alexander Zakovryashin who had been presumed dead.

France President Emmanuel Macron lashes out at Britain's latest proposal on migrants
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France President Emmanuel Macron lashes out at Britain's latest proposal on migrants

Macron scolded the office of Prime Minister Boris Johnson for making public a letter that the British leader sent to the French leader on Thursday

As Europe virus cases surge, UK plows on with its new normal
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As Europe virus cases surge, UK plows on with its new normal

Visitors from countries where restrictions are still in place are sometimes taken aback by Britain's voluntary, variable approach to mask use and social distancing

World takes action as new COVID-19 variant emerges in southern Africa
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World takes action as new COVID-19 variant emerges in southern Africa

A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday, and stocks plunged in Asia and Europe in reaction to news of a new, potentially more transmissible COVID-19 variant

Job seeker in London stands at train station with pitches for interview; gets job offers within three hours
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Job seeker in London stands at train station with pitches for interview; gets job offers within three hours

Many people gave their cards and also their contact numbers. Haidar Malik decided to engage with more people by talking and greeting them. Among all these individuals, one person gave the young job seeker a breakthrough

'This is one to watch': WHO hosts special meeting on worrying new COVID-19 variant
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'This is one to watch': WHO hosts special meeting on worrying new COVID-19 variant

The WHO could decide if it's a 'variant of concern' — the most worrying type, like the well-known delta variant — or a 'variant of interest,' and whether to use a Greek letter to classify it

Israel warns of 'emergency' after detecting new COVID-19 virus strain
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Israel warns of 'emergency' after detecting new COVID-19 virus strain

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Israel is "on the threshold of an emergency situation” after authorities detected the country’s first case of a new coronavirus variant in a traveler

After Russian mine tragedy, here's a closer look at the 10 biggest coal mine accidents till date
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After Russian mine tragedy, here's a closer look at the 10 biggest coal mine accidents till date

At least 52 people, including six rescuers, are reported to have died owing to a gas leak in a Siberian coal mine, making it the one of the worst mining disasters since Soviet times

India supports inclusive, representative govt in Afghanistan, says EAM Jaishankar
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India supports inclusive, representative govt in Afghanistan, says EAM Jaishankar

In a veiled reference to China's Belt and Road Initiative, Jaishankar on Thursday said any serious connectivity initiative must be consultative, transparent and participatory and conform to principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity