The Netherlands and Australia find the omicron variant as curbs spread

The Netherlands confirmed 13 cases of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus on Sunday and Australia found two as the countries half a world apart became the latest to detect it in travelers arriving from southern Africa. A raft of curbs being imposed by nations around the world as they scramble to slow theContinue reading “The Netherlands and Australia find the omicron variant as curbs spread”

Uganda loses only international airport to China – WION

Uganda has lost its only international airport to China after it failed to repay its loan. Uganda is the latest African country to fall into China’s debt trap and had to give up national assets to China.

Suspected Omicron coronavirus case found in Germany

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has probably arrived in Germany, officials in the western state of Hesse said on Saturday, after mutations were found in a passenger arriving from South Africa. “Last night several Omicron-typical mutations were found in a traveller returning from South Africa,” tweeted Kai Klose, social affairs minister in Hesse, homeContinue reading “Suspected Omicron coronavirus case found in Germany”

Flights cancelled, schools closed as China fights new COVID-19 outbreak

Authorities in China cancelled hundreds of flights, closed schools and ramped up mass testing on Thursday (Oct 21) to try and stamp out a new COVID-19 outbreak linked to a group of tourists. Beijing has maintained a relentless zero-COVID approach with strict border closures and targeted lockdowns, even as other countries tentatively try to easeContinue reading “Flights cancelled, schools closed as China fights new COVID-19 outbreak”

EU considers sanctions against Belarus airline over migrant arrivals

EU foreign ministers are considering possible sanctions against Belarusia’s national airline over allegations that it is transporting migrants from Iraq in order to push them across the country’s border into the bloc. Several ministers want to stop EU-registered companies leasing aircraft to the country’s national airline Belavia. This would ban European companies from doing anyContinue reading “EU considers sanctions against Belarus airline over migrant arrivals”

Madison Cawthorn accused of having knife at NC school board meeting about masks

A North Carolina school system contacted a sheriff’s office after a report that U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn brought a knife to a school board meeting that he attended to oppose the district’s COVID-19 mask mandate. On Monday, Cawthorn spoke to the school board in Henderson County. The next day, one of his political opponents releasedContinue reading “Madison Cawthorn accused of having knife at NC school board meeting about masks”

China to keep Kabul embassy open and ‘beef up’ relations, say Taliban

Beijing also reportedly aiming to increase humanitarian assistance, as Taliban prepares to unveil new cabinet China has promised to keep its embassy in Kabul open and “beef up” relations, the Taliban have said, as Afghanistan’s new rulers worked on preparing their new government and winning international recognition. A spokesman for the Islamist militia, Suhail Shaheen,Continue reading “China to keep Kabul embassy open and ‘beef up’ relations, say Taliban”

Reporting from Kabul airport after US completes exit – Al Jazeera Breakdown

The Taliban says Afghanistan is a “free and sovereign” nation as it hails the exit of US troops after 20 years of occupation, describing their departure as a “historic moment”. Taliban fighters on Tuesday took charge of Kabul’s airport as the last US soldiers flew out of the country. Celebratory gunfire and fireworks lit upContinue reading “Reporting from Kabul airport after US completes exit – Al Jazeera Breakdown”

NEW: Rockets fired at Kabul airport as US approaches withdrawal deadline

Several rockets were fired at Kabul airport on Monday, less than 48 hours before the United States is due to complete its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Eyewitnesses said the rockets were launched from a car and were aimed towards the airport on Monday morning. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack

UK’s Johnson defends Kabul airlift after blame game erupts

Last military flight left late Saturday Former army head says ministers “asleep on watch” Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended Britain’s airlift from Kabul on Sunday following growing criticism that ministers had been “asleep on watch”, potentially leaving thousands of eligible Afghans behind in the country. Britain, like the United States, has been criticised for failingContinue reading “UK’s Johnson defends Kabul airlift after blame game erupts”

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