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 2021-12-03 02:12 

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Biden opens winter battle against Covid as US braces for Omicron...

Biden has brought steady leadership after the chaotic Donald Trump years, but the mutating coronavirus continues to defy him, helping drive his approval ratings deep underwater.Urging the nation -- in particular his political rivals -- to unite behind the...

 2021-12-03 00:14 

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Biden opens winter battle against Covid-19...

Biden has brought steady leadership after the chaotic Donald Trump years, but the mutating coronavirus continues to defy him, helping drive his approval ratings deep underwater.Urging the nation -- in particular his political rivals -- to unite behind the...

 2021-12-02 15:58 

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Canada confirms first Covid cases in wildlife...

The National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease said the samples were collected in early November from the free-ranging animals in the Estrie region of Quebec along the border with the United States."Similar to findings in the United States, the deer s...

 2021-12-02 10:06 

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Hong Kong launches China-style tracking app for mainland travel...

The app will allow mainland authorities to access a person's travel records under some circumstances.It comes at a time of heightened privacy concerns among many Hong Kongers as Beijing cracks down on dissent.The new "Hong Kong Health Code" wi...

 2021-12-02 10:04 

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Biden opens winter battle against Covid-19...

Biden has brought steady leadership after the chaotic Donald Trump years, but the mutating coronavirus continues to defy him, helping drive his approval ratings deep underwater.In a speech from the National Institutes of Health research center outside Was...

 2021-12-02 04:26 

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Vietnam's spectacular terraced ricefields wait for tourists...

Located 300 km (around 190 miles) northwest of Hanoi, Mu Cang Chai district in northern Yen Bai province had become a hit with foreign and local tourists alike before the coronavirus pandemic.The spectacular terraces -- which lie up to 1,000 metres above ...

 2021-12-02 03:52 

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Hong Kong quarantine pushes Cathay pilots to 'breaking point'...

The departures come as Hong Kong ties itself to Beijing's closed-border zero-Covid strategy -- a move that has kept the city coronavirus-free but internationally isolated.Hong Kong's leaders say normalising travel with China must come before the r...

 2021-12-01 14:26 

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Fears, suspicion cloud vaccine takeup in Cameroon...

It's a tough sell."I don't trust the vaccine," says a man named Ramos, aged in his 30s."The whites don't like us. They want to kill us with vaccines in which they have slipped in illegal products."The central African country is...

 2021-12-01 09:50 

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Saudi Arabia reports first Omicron case in Gulf...

The strain, which was first announced by South Africa but has since been discovered to have been present earlier in Europe, has prompted governments around the globe to reimpose travel restrictions, despite warnings from the World Health Organization this...

 2021-12-01 05:16 

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Australian official rejects Djokovic vaccine 'blackmail' claim...

The 34-year-old world number one would be bidding for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title in Melbourne in January, but he has refused to say if he has been jabbed against coronavirus.His father Srdjan told Serbian television on Sunday his son "pro...

 2021-12-01 01:58 

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CNN suspends anchor Chris Cuomo over help he gave his governor brother...

At the start of the pandemic, the brothers soared to new heights of popularity: Andrew Cuomo earned praise for his frank daily briefings as the coronavirus ravaged New York, and their live exchanges on CNN were peppered with banter.But after months of bat...

 2021-12-01 00:56 

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James out of Kings clash after entering Covid protocols...

It was unclear if James had tested positive for the coronavirus or whether he had come into close contact with someone who had.The Lakers superstar, who has been vaccinated, must now return two negative tests before being allowed to return to the court.If...

 2021-11-30 19:24 

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Munster rugby team hit by nine more Covid cases in S.Africa...

They will join one other team member in a quarantine hotel in Cape Town until the end of their isolation period.The Irish government had said the players or coaches that have received negative results are cleared to travel by the South African authorities...

 2021-11-30 15:14 

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Guardiola concerned by Man City's injury 'emergency'...

Kevin de Bruyne is yet to return to training as City's star midfielder recovers from the coronavirus, while Ferran Torres is a long-term absentee with a foot injuryPhil Foden and Jack Grealish have also struggled with injuries, although both could pla...

 2021-11-30 08:40 

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China says Omicron will 'lead to challenges' for Winter Olympics...

Although China has largely quashed the coronavirus within its borders through travel restrictions and snap lockdowns, recurrent domestic outbreaks linked to the Delta variant have put the authorities on high alert. "I think it will definitely lead to ...

 2021-11-30 02:54 

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Pope to plead migrant cause on Greece, Cyprus trip...

Just weeks from his 85th birthday, months after undergoing colon surgery in July and despite the rapidly changing coronavirus situation in Europe, the pontiff is back on the road to push two of the priorities of his papacy.The first stop is Cyprus from De...

 2021-11-29 14:14 

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Fauci urges vaccines as US on 'high alert' for Covid variant...

"No confirmed cases (of Omicron) but obviously we're on high alert," Fauci said on ABC's "Good Morning America."Fauci also encouraged people to get coronavirus vaccines or boosters quickly, rather than waiting for pharmaceutical co...

 2021-11-29 01:44 

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Singapore, Malaysia ease Covid travel curbs...

Before the pandemic, about 300,000 people used to commute across the border from Malaysia every day to the neighbouring city-state, to work in areas ranging from public transport to electronics manufacturing.But most travel was halted in March last year, ...

 2021-11-29 01:22 

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Pandemic to cost global tourism $2.0 trillion in 2021: UN...

The forecast from the Madrid-based World Tourism Organization comes as Europe is grappling with a surge in infections and as a new heavily mutated Covid-19 variant, dubbed Omicron, spreads across the globe.International tourist arrivals will this year rem...

 2021-11-28 18:36 

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Virus-hit Leipzig slump to defeat against Leverkusen...

After American coach Marsch and several key players tested positive for coronavirus earlier in the week, a depleted Leipzig side were outplayed by fellow top-four hopefuls Leverkusen.Forced to play in front of an empty stadium because of rising Covid posi...

 2021-11-28 15:38 

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Djokovic 'probably won't' play Australian Open, says player's father...

The 34-year-old Djokovic, who would be bidding for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title in Melbourne, has refused to say whether or not he has been vaccinated against coronavirus.But Australian Open tournament chief Craig Tiley has said that all player...

 2021-11-28 07:08 

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Israel closes borders to all foreigners over Omicron...

"The entry of foreign nationals into Israel is banned except for cases approved by a special committee," the prime minister's office said in a statement, adding that the measure would take effect on Sunday evening.Israeli citizens will be requ...

 2021-11-26 19:52 

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Djokovic-led Serbia down Austria in Davis Cup opener...

Djokovic took an hour to beat Novak 6-3, 6-2 after Dusan Lajovic saw off Gerald Melzer 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 behind closed doors due to a resurgence of the coronavirus in Austria.Djokovic is attempting to end an already memorable year on a high after claiming the...

 2021-11-26 16:40 

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Pandemic rages as cases double in Africa...

Here is the global state of play based on an AFP database.Half a million cases a dayThe number of new daily coronavirus cases rose by nine percent globally for the second week in a row to 564,394, according to an AFP tally to Thursday.It was the sixth suc...

 2021-11-26 14:36 

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New Covid variant throws sport in South Africa into turmoil...

Two rounds of matches in the United Rugby Championship were postponed, golfers playing in a professional tournament withdrew in order to fly home, while a Netherlands cricket tour of South Africa was in jeopardy.The British government announced on Thursda...

 2021-11-26 10:36 

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Howe to take charge of first Newcastle game after negative Covid test...

The former Bournemouth boss, who was hired after last month's Saudi-led takeover, is seeking to end his struggling club's wait for a first Premier League win of the season at the Emirates.The 43-year-old was forced to miss the home draw against Br...

 2021-11-26 06:52 

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Philippines reopens to vaccinated tourists next week...

Falling Covid-19 infections and rising vaccine coverage will allow the country to revive its battered tourism sector with the December 1 reopening, President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman Karlo Nograles told reporters.Fully vaccinated tourists from 157 ...

 2021-11-26 06:30 

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Europe rushes to bolster virus defences as South Africa detects new strain...

In recent weeks the continent has been in the throes of surging cases and violent riots, wrestling with booster programmes and dramatic lockdowns to stem the tide as its death toll surpassed 1.5 million and it once again became the global epicentre of an ...

 2021-11-26 02:18 

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Riot-hit Dutch brace for new Covid curbs...

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is expected to announce fresh anti-Covid measures at a press conference at 1800 GMT, which could include closing bars, restaurants and non-essential shops at 5pm.New restrictions risk inflaming a tense situation after four nights...

 2021-11-25 12:36 

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Germany's Covid death toll tops 100,000 as infections surge...

Germany weathered earlier bouts of the pandemic better than many other European countries, but has seen a recent resurgence, with intensive care beds rapidly filling up. Europe's largest economy recorded 351 Covid fatalities in the past 24 hours, brin...

 2021-11-25 05:14 

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Germany's Covid death toll passes 100,000...

Germany weathered earlier bouts of the pandemic better than many other European countries, but has seen a recent resurgence, with intensive care beds rapidly filling up. Europe's largest economy recorded 351 fatalities in the past 24 hours, bringing t...

 2021-11-24 18:46 

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RFU says Covid behind 120m drop in forecast revenue...

Reported revenue is 97 million, down from 167 million in the previous year.An underlying loss to reserves of 21.3m is 30m worse than pre-Covid forecasts.But the RFU, which welcomed back capacity crowds of 82,000 to its Twickenham headquarters for this mon...

 2021-11-24 03:00 

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Peng Shuai to Xinjiang - the issues dogging the Beijing Olympics...

China's ruling Communist Party is however determined to frame the Winter Games as a chance for the country to showcase its prowess and help the world unite in the face of the pandemic.The International Olympic Committee has lauded Beijing for making h...

 2021-11-23 08:04 

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A spiritual movement and Germany's low vaccination rate...

After a turbo-charged inoculation campaign in the spring, Germany's jab rate has struggled since the summer to climb to the 70-percent mark.Likewise, neighbouring Austria and German-speaking parts of Switzerland have seen their vaccine curve flatten.F...

 2021-11-23 03:12 

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Israel vaccinates children as young as 5 to combat 'children's wave'...

Over the summer, the Jewish state experienced an upsurge in coronavirus infections, fuelled by the Delta variant, and launched one of the earliest campaigns for booster shots. As infections start to creep up again, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has said ...

 2021-11-22 15:14 

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US stocks open higher as Fed Chair Powell renominated...

About 30 minutes into trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 35,909.32, up 0.9 percent.The broad-based S&P 500 also gained 0.9 percent to 4,741.53, along with the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index, which was at 16,197.47.Appointed by Biden's ...

 2021-11-22 12:24 

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Kenya to seek proof of Covid vaccination...

The move comes despite Kenya recording a declining number of coronavirus infections in recent weeks, but against a backdrop of heightened restrictions in some European countries that are battling soaring cases.Kenya will require people to show vaccination...

 2021-11-22 05:12 

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Austria re-enters Covid lockdown as Europe battles virus surge...

The decision has prompted a fierce backlash, with tens of thousands taking to the streets, some blaming the government for not doing more to avert the latest coronavirus wave crashing into Europe.As they wake up Monday morning, Austria's 8.9 million p...

 2021-11-22 05:08 

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New Zealand to scrap lockdowns early next month...

Ardern said that from 11:59pm on December 2, New Zealand would adopt a new Covid-19 response -- first flagged last month -- that aims to contain the highly contagious Delta variant, rather than attempting to eliminate it completely."The hard truth is ...

 2021-11-21 23:36 

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Fresh protests, violence against Covid restrictions...

Police and protesters clashed in the Belgian capital Brussels, in several Dutch cities and overnight into early Sunday in the French Caribbean territory Guadaloupe.There were fresh demonstrations in Austria, where the government is imposing a new lockdown...

 2021-11-21 20:34 

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Bubble life has been a 'struggle' says Pumas coach...

Argentina, who have not been able to play on home soil since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic two years ago, have lost eight of their last nine Tests -- their sole win came against Italy earlier this month.Their record defeat against the Irish bro...

 2021-11-21 19:04 

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Dutch police arrest dozens over new Covid riots...

Prosecutors meanwhile updated to four the number of people shot when police opened fire during an "orgy of violence" in the port city of Rotterdam on Friday night.The two nights of unrest in a number of cities came a week after the Dutch governmen...

 2021-11-21 00:52 

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Netherlands rocked by second night of Covid riots...

Officers in riot gear charged groups of demonstrators in The Hague, while a water cannon was used to put out a pile of blazing bicycles at a busy intersection. Five police officers were injured and at least seven people arrested.Riots also erupted in the ...

 2021-11-20 01:00 

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Dutch police fire warning shots as Covid riots hit Rotterdam...

Chaos broke out after a protest in the port city against the coronavirus restrictions and government plans to restrict access for unvaccinated people to some venues.Dozens of people were arrested and seven people were injured in total, including police of...

 2021-11-19 22:50 

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Dutch police warning shots at Covid riot cause injuries...

Police also fired water cannon to disperse demonstrators who lit fires and set off fireworks in one of Rotterdam's main shopping streets after a protest against the measures turned violent.The Netherlands went back into Western Europe's first part...

 2021-11-19 16:26 

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Merck Covid pill backed for EU emergency use...

The two pills by the US pharma giants represent a potentially groundbreaking step in the fight against coronavirus as studies show they cut the risk of hospitalisation and death in high-risk patients.The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said that while the...

 2021-11-19 14:04 

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England's Marler fuelled by red wine, adrenaline for Springboks clash...

Marler, having been in coronavirus-enforced quarantine in the build-up to Saturday's clash, is set for a role off the bench in what will be a rematch of the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.But the experienced prop, with 73 England caps behind him, seems ce...

 2021-11-18 11:10 

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In Ukraine, the latest Covid surge is attacking more children...

He is one of an influx of young patients to the infectious diseases hospital in Ukraine's capital, which has seen the coronavirus pandemic hit children much harder in recent months."It's difficult when your baby suffocates, it's very scary...

 2021-11-18 08:24 

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HSBC chief backs Hong Kong's coronavirus isolation...

Hong Kong has maintained some of the world's harshest quarantine measures and travel restrictions during the pandemic.The strategy has kept infections low but ensured a business hub that dubs itself "Asia's World City" has been cut off int...

 2021-11-18 08:24 

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Three athletes positive for Covid inside Beijing Olympic bubble...

Beijing 2022 organisers have left nothing to chance with the games set to start in February, restricting entry to the capital and insisting on daily virus tests for thousands of athletes who will be kept within a "closed-loop"; bubble.One of the at...

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