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The U.S. will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries, effective Monday — a response to the emerging and newly-named "Omicron" variant of Covid-19, according to a senior administration official. U.S. stocks fell Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing its worst day of the year as news of the variant — first detected in South Africa, with cases also identified in Asia and Europe — prompted concerns about prolonged pandemic troubles. The World Health Organization convened for an emergency meeting, and the United Kingdom, the European Union and other countries announced they were restricting travel from the African continent. “What we do know is that this variant has a large number of mutations. The concern is that when you have so many mutations it can have an impact on how the virus behaves.”
Persons: Anthony Fauci, Joe Biden, Maria Van Kerkhove Organizations: U.S, Centers for Disease Control, Dow Jones, World Health Organization, European Union, WHO Locations: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi . U.S, Asia, Europe, United Kingdom
Flames rise from buildings in Honiara's Chinatown on November 26, 2021 as days of rioting have seen thousands ignore a government lockdown order. Australian police began taking control of the Solomon Islands capital Honiara on Friday after days of violent protests in the South Pacific island nation, witnesses said. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, who requested help from Australia, on Friday blamed foreign countries for stoking the violent protests, but did not name any. "I feel sorry for my people in Malaita because they are fed with false and deliberate lies about the switch," Sogavare told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. China and Taiwan have been rivals in the South Pacific for decades with some island nations switching allegiances.
Persons: Manasseh Sogavare, Sogavare, Solomon Organizations: Reuters, Malaita, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, United Nations Locations: Honiara's Chinatown, Solomon Islands, Honiara, South Pacific, Chinatown, Australia, Guadalcanal, Taiwan, China, Malaita, People's Republic of China, Pacific
It was the kind of half measure that climate activists worried would carry over to the COP26 summit, the recent United Nations climate talks in Glasgow. David Ritter, CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific, was also scathing in his criticism of how Australia fared at the climate summit. That's the Australian way," Taylor said in a joint statement with Marise Payne, the minister for foreign affairs, after the climate summit. His government's coalition partner, the National Party, is a strong supporter of the coal industry and made multiple attempts to block the net zero target, citing potential risks to the country's economy. Yet, Australia ranked last out of 60 countries for its policy response to the climate crisis in one assessment released at the COP26 summit.
Persons: Saeed Khan, Scott Morrison, COP26, Richie Merzian, Merzian, David Ritter, Morrison, Angus Taylor, Taylor, Marise Payne, Boris Johnson's, Christian Downie, Lisa Maree Williams Organizations: AFP, Getty, Australian, The Australia Institute, Glasgow, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, NBC, Mining, British, National Party, Australian National University, Lowy Institute, Macquarie Koala Hospital, Nature Australia, United Nations Locations: Singleton, Newcastle, Glasgow, Scotland, Nations, Australia, U.S, China, Sydney, British, Russia, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, United States, India, Turkey, Port Macquarie
Children in the Netherlands are among the happiest in the world, research has suggested, and experts say that there could be a number of reasons why this is the case. A UNICEF report published last year found that children in the Netherlands had the highest sense of wellbeing. The Netherlands was found to rank highest in the league table of the three wellbeing outcomes, followed respectively by Denmark and Norway. Separately, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's 2020 Better Life index showed that the Netherlands scored above average across a number of areas, including earnings, education, housing and health status. UNICEF also recommended that countries accelerate efforts to meet Sustainable Development Goals, like reducing poverty and improving access to childcare.
Persons: Anita Cleare, Cleare, Organizations: UNICEF, United Nations, Organisation for Economic Co, CNBC, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Locations: Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Chile, Bulgaria, U.S
A worrying variant foundA new variant, dubbed B.1.1.529, has been mostly identified in Botswana and South Africa, as well as Hong Kong, where it was imported by a traveller. It could have been in South Africa or Botswana, or in a neighboring country, or somewhere else entirely. As of Thursday, just 23.51% people in South Africa and 19.58% in Botswana have been vaccinated, Our World in Data reported. A graph showing the vaccine rates of South Africa and Botswana compared to many of the world's wealthiest countries. Our World in DataThis means the nightmare scenario could be arriving in just the way experts warned about.
Persons: — Tulio de Oliveira, Dr, Catherine Schuster, Bruce, It's, Soumya Swaminathan, Ken Shadlen, Michael Osterholm, Joe Biden Organizations: Service, World Health Organization, WHO, London School of Economics, Political, University of Minnesota Locations: Africa, Botswana, South Africa, Hong Kong, COVID, Germany
Qatar Airways says it will not board passengers on its flights from Zimbabwe and South Africa "with immediate effect." The move comes after the World Health Organization deemed the new COVID-19 Omicron variant a "variant of concern." See all newslettersThe new Omicron COVID-19 variant is concerning scientists, prompting countries and airlines to impose travel restrictions from a number of African nations. On Friday, Doha-based Qatar Airways tweeted that it will not allow passengers to board flights from South Africa and Zimbabwe. The decision follows the World Health Organization's increasing concern that the new COVID-19 variant is more transmissible.
Persons: Organizations: Qatar Airways, World Health Organization, Doha, Qatar, Public Health, Health, WHO, KLM Locations: Zimbabwe, South Africa, Doha, Johannesburg, Durban, DUR, Harare, HRE, Qatar, FlightAware, Netherlands, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Amsterdam, Cape Town
It was the kind of half measure that climate activists worried would carry over to the COP26 summit, the recent United Nations climate talks in Glasgow. David Ritter, CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific, was also scathing in his criticism of how Australia fared at the climate summit. His government’s coalition partner, the National Party, is a strong supporter of the coal industry and made multiple attempts to block the net zero target, citing potential risks to the country’s economy. Yet, Australia ranked last out of 60 countries for its policy response to the climate crisis in one assessment released at the COP26 summit. “Australia’s reckless climate obstruction is as brazen as it is appalling,” he said.
Persons: Scott Morrison, COP26, , Richie Merzian, , Merzian, David Ritter, Morrison, Angus Taylor, ” Taylor, Marise Payne, Sam Mooy, Boris Johnson’s, ” Morrison, Christian Downie, Lisa Maree Williams, Taylor, abseiling, Ritter Organizations: Australian, The Australia Institute, Glasgow, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, NBC, Mining, Firefighters, British, National Party, Australian National University, Lowy Institute, Fund for Nature, Nature Australia, United Nations, , Greenpeace Locations: Glasgow, Scotland, Nations, Australia, U.S, China, Sydney, British, Russia, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, United States, Hillville, India, Turkey, Newcastle, Greenpeace Australia
MediaTek chips are seen on a development board at the MediaTek booth during the 2015 Computex exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan, June 3, 2015. REUTERS/Pichi ChuangTAIPEI, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Taiwan is looking at cooperating with three Eastern European countries on semiconductors, a minister said on Thursday, a move likely to find favour in Brussels which has been courting Taiwanese semiconductor firms to manufacture in the bloc. Taiwan will set up working groups with the three countries to work out how to cooperate on chips, while Taiwan will also give scholarships for technical training, he added. The European Commission has proposed legislation to boost chip production, and has angled for Taiwan's involvement. Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com RegisterReporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Jacqueline WongOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Chuang, Kung, hsin, Ben Blanchard, Jacqueline Wong Organizations: REUTERS, Eastern, . Tech, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, Kung Ming, Development Council, EU, European Commission, Thomson Locations: Taipei, Taiwan, Chuang TAIPEI, Brussels, U.S ., Arizona, Europe, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Czech, China
(CNN) At least eight civilians were killed and 17 others injured, including 13 school children, after a suicide car bomb exploded in Somalia's capital Mogadishu Thursday morning, according to state media. The blast occurred in Mogadishu's Hodan district, near two schools and the residence of former president Abdikasim Salat Hassan, according to the Somali National News Agency (SNNA). Police say the target was an armored vehicle guarding the United Nations, according to SNNA. The eastern African Somali capital has been rattled by bomb attacks with dozens either killed or injured. The string of bombings has been linked to notorious terror group Al-Shabaab, which has in the past claimed responsibility for some of the attacks.
Persons: Abdikasim Salat Hassan Organizations: CNN, Somali National News Agency, Police, United Nations Locations: Somalia's, Mogadishu, Mogadishu's Hodan, Shabaab
NAIROBI, Kenya — A large explosion outside a school in Somalia’s capital on Thursday killed at least eight people and injured 17 others, the police said. It was the latest in a series of deadly attacks as Somalia experiences a tense election period and an enormous humanitarian crisis. Somali Memo, a news website affiliated with the Al Qaeda-linked extremist group Al Shabab, said the group took responsibility for the attack, which occurred on a key road in the northwestern Hodan district of the capital, Mogadishu. At least 13 students from one of those schools, Mocaasir, were injured in the explosion. Photos and videos from the scene showed mangled school buses and heavily damaged classrooms.
Persons: Aden Hassan, Al, Al Shabab Organizations: United Nations Locations: NAIROBI, Kenya, Somalia, Al Qaeda, Hodan district, Mogadishu, Mocaasir
The World Health Organization is monitoring a new variant with numerous mutations to the spike protein, scheduling a special meeting Friday to discuss what it may mean for vaccines and treatments, officials said Thursday. The variant, called B.1.1.529, has been detected in South Africa in small numbers, according to the WHO. "Especially when the spike happens in Gauteng, everybody travels in and out of Gauteng from all corners of South Africa. It's a matter of days and weeks before we see that," South Africa Minister of Health Joe Phaahla said during the briefing. "It's really important that there are no knee-jerk responses here, especially with relation to South Africa," Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's emergencies program, said.
Persons: Maria Van Kerkhove, Dr, Tulio de Oliveira, Health Joe Phaahla, Phaahla, Van Kerkhove, Mike Ryan Organizations: World Health Organization, WHO, United Nations, South Africa Department of Health, Health Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, South Africa, Europe, South, African, Gauteng province, Johannesburg, Gauteng, Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong
Zhang, 75, was accused earlier this month by Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, 35, of sexual assault at his home after he retired three years ago. JUST WATCHED New questions after Chinese tennis star appears in video call Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH New questions after Chinese tennis star appears in video call 03:07Who is Zhang Gaoli? According to a 2013 state media profile , Zhang enjoyed tennis, reading and playing Chinese chess in his spare time. Unlike Xi, who was born a "princeling" -- a child of communist revolutionary heroes -- which gave him inherent status and prestige within the party, Zhang came from a modest background. In 2012, when Xi took the helm of the party, Zhang was promoted to the Politburo Standing Committee in Beijing.
Persons: Zhang Gaoli, Thomas Bach, Zhang, Peng Shuai, Peng, muffle Peng, Peng Bach, CNN's, Deng Yuwen, Communist Party's, Xi Jinping, belied, Xi, Mao Zedong, Kang Jie, Deng Xiaoping, Zhao Lijian, Ling Li, Li, Deng, Xi's, Jiang Zemin, they've, they'll, it's Organizations: CNN, Olympic Committee, Games, China's, Communist Party, Chinese Communist Party, Communist, Beijing, Communist Party's, of, People, Xiamen University, Communist Party Secretary, 18th Party Congress, China's Ministry of Foreign, Australian, Tennis Association, United Nations, University of Vienna, Central Commission, Tennis, Winter, Olympic Locations: Hong Kong, Beijing, United States, Fujian, China, Guangdong, Shenzhen, Shandong, Tianjin, Melbourne, Australia, remonstration, Shanghai
LONDON — A British legislator told to stop bringing her baby to Parliament is stirring a debate around how accessible a career in politics really is for working mothers. “We have been made aware that you were accompanied by your baby in Westminster Hall earlier today,” the letter reads. Stella Creasy, seen here with her first child in 2019, was not met with universal support on social media, where some users said Parliament was not an appropriate place for a baby. Caroline Lucas, a Green MP, also said on Twitter that the rules on children in Parliament were “absurd” and need to be challenged. In countries where it’s allowed, a number of female politicians have made a point of bringing their children to work.
Persons: , ” Stella Creasy, Creasy, I’ve, ” Creasy, Stella Creasy, John Sibley, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Alex Davies, Jones, Hoyle, Caroline Lucas, Larissa Waters, Jacinda Arden, Sen, Tammy Duckworth Organizations: Labour Party, Westminster Hall, Twitter, Sky News, New Zealand, United Nations General Assembly Locations: London, Westminster, Britain, nation’s, U.S
BAMIYAN, Afghanistan — The Taliban’s destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha statues in early 2001 shocked the world and highlighted their hard-line regime, toppled soon after in a U.S.-led invasion. For around $5, curious visitors can wander around and take photos of the giant holes in the cliff face where the ancient Buddha statues once stood. I’m here to see the ruins actually.”The site of the Bamiyan Buddha statues. Though scaffolding remains in the niches where the Buddha statues once stood, the preservation work has now ended. Gabe Joselow reported from Bamiyan, Afghanistan, and Rachel Elbaum reported from London.
Persons: Sidiq Ullah, , , Wakil Kohsar, Bamiyan, Llewelyn Morgan, Jean Claude, Chapon, Abdullah Sarhadi, ” Sarhadi, Gabe Joselow, Rachel Elbaum Organizations: Getty, Taliban, University of Oxford, UNESCO, United Nations Educational, Cultural Organization, U.S, NBC Locations: BAMIYAN, Afghanistan, U.S, Kandahar, Bamiyan, AFP, China, Europe, Guantanamo Bay, London
BERLIN—The head of the United Nations atomic watchdog agency left Iran late Tuesday after failing to reach a deal to allow inspectors access to a factory making equipment for Tehran’s nuclear program, diplomats said Wednesday, casting a fresh shadow over international nuclear talks set for next week. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that the factory, in Karaj, Iran, had resumed producing key parts for centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium, without any monitoring by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The diplomats said talks between the IAEA and Iran were continuing.
Organizations: BERLIN, United Nations, Street, International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA Locations: Iran, Karaj, centrifuges
BERLIN—The head of the United Nations atomic watchdog agency left Iran late Tuesday after failing to reach a deal to allow inspectors access to a factory making equipment for Tehran’s nuclear program, diplomats said Wednesday, casting a fresh shadow over international nuclear talks set for next week. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that the factory, in Karaj, Iran, had resumed producing key parts for centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium, without any monitoring by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The diplomats said talks between the IAEA and Iran were continuing.
Organizations: BERLIN, United Nations, Street, International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA Locations: Iran, Karaj, centrifuges
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailAfghanistan's banking and finance system is on its last legs: United NationsKanni Wignaraja of the United Nations Development Programme says discussions are underway with the United Nations, its partners and the Taliban to decide what can be done to support Afghanistan's struggling banking and finance system.
Organizations: Nations, United Nations
Global urea prices this month topped $1,000 per tonne for the first time, according to BMO Capital Markets. In the United States, nitrogen fertilizer supplies are adequate for applications before winter, said Daren Coppock, CEO at U.S.-based Agricultural Retailers Association. Applying fertilizer before winter reduces farmers' spring workload. Global fertilizer sales were worth $53 billion in 2020, and prices are at least 80% higher so far this year, according to Argus Media. Waiting until spring to buy fertilizer could disappoint some farmers, said Matt Conacher, senior fertilizer manager at Federated Cooperatives Limited, a Canadian wholesale seller.
Persons: Hurricane Ida, Daren Coppock, Coppock, Troy Walker, Jim Zimmerman, It's, Zimmerman, Nutrien, Jeff Tarsi, Kreg, Ruhl, Matt Conacher, Rod Nickel, Julie Ingwersen, Caroline Stauffer, Lisa Shumaker Organizations: REUTERS, Farmers, United, Hurricane, BMO Capital Markets, U.S, Agricultural Retailers Association, Argus Media, U.S . International Trade Commission, CF Industries, CF, U.S . Department of Agriculture, Federated Cooperatives Limited, Thomson Locations: Argentina, Handout, North, United Nations, Europe, Russia, China, United States, Kansas, Wisconsin, U.S, North America, Illinois, UAN, Trinidad and Tobago, Canadian, Winnipeg, Chicago
BRUSSELS — In what could be an ill omen for the resumption of talks next week on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Wednesday that he had failed to convince Iran to replace key equipment needed to monitor its nuclear program. The agency is charged by the United Nations with monitoring nuclear activity among member states. The agency’s director-general, Rafael M. Grossi, told a quarterly meeting of its board of governors in Geneva that two days of talks in Tehran had not produced an agreement to reinstall surveillance cameras at a centrifuge-parts workshop in Karaj, Iran. The workshop was the target of apparent sabotage in June, an attack that Iran blames on Israel. After what he called intense negotiations, Mr. Grossi told reporters: “We could not agree yesterday, in spite of my best efforts.’’ He vowed to continue trying, saying, “We must reach an agreement.’’
Persons: Iran’s, Rafael M, Grossi, ’ ’, , Organizations: International Atomic Energy Agency, United Locations: BRUSSELS, Iran, United Nations, Geneva, Tehran, Karaj, Israel
It comes a day after the US and other nations announced they'd be tapping strategic oil reserves to relieve high prices. The brewing rivalry could keep gas prices at 7-year highs. The international cartel initially planned to boost oil production through the end of the year as economies reopened. A pause would bring new tension to the global oil market and almost certainly leave gas prices at their current highs. Gas prices have risen markedly compared to a year ago with demand surging due to a reopening of the economy.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Emirates isn't Organizations: Service, Wall Street, Organization of Petroleum Exporting, Strategic Petroleum Reserve, US, of Petroleum Exporting, AAA, United Locations: Saudi Arabia, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Saudi, Emirates, Kuwait
Getty Images"NFT" was recognized as the Word of the Year by Collins Dictionary for 2021. "NFT" was named Word of the Year by Collins Dictionary for 2021, a nod to the surging popularity of digital collectibles. Better known as Beeple, Winkelmann compiled 5,000 pieces of digital art that he created every day over the last several years. The sale was the most expensive piece of digital art ever sold, Christie's auction house said. Earlier this month, Oxford Languages picked "vax" as its top word for 2021.
Persons: Collins, Alex Beecroft, Mike Winkelmann's, Winkelmann, they'd Organizations: Collins Dictionary, Collins Learning, Guardian, United Nations, Change, Netflix, Oxford
Fabrice Coffrini | Pool | ReutersThe World Health Organization is urging the public to practice Covid mitigation tactics – including masking and distancing – regardless of vaccination status as cases surge across Europe heading into the holiday season. Tedros called Europe "the epicenter of the pandemic," with "unsustainable pressure" facing both health-care systems and personnel. Governments rolling back public health measures are fueling Europe's current outbreak, said Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's Health Emergencies Program. Though the majority of reported Covid cases worldwide are in Europe, Tedros added that "no country or region is out of the woods" just yet. Covid infections are also rising in the U.S., with more than 95,000 new cases reported daily on average, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Persons: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Fabrice Coffrini, Tedros, Mike Ryan, Ryan, Maria Van Kerkhove, Hopkins, Scott Gottlieb Organizations: Health Organization, WHO, Geneva Association of United Nations, World Health Organization, Covid, Central Asia, Johns Hopkins University ., Health, Human Services, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, Pfizer, CNBC Locations: Geneva Switzerland, Europe, Geneva, Central, U.S
The British socialite Maxwell is facing a host of charges, accusing her of helping Epstein groom girls and young women for nonconsensual sex. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, denouncing a judge’s repeated rejections of bail. In the court of public opinion, Ms. Maxwell is presumed guilty, convicted and demonized before any trial. The U.N. committee has no standing in federal court and the family lawyers said this international petition is being made apart from Maxwell’s U.S. criminal court defense. Representatives for the U.N. Human Rights Office, which oversees the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Persons: Ghislaine, ” Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein, Maxwell, Epstein, Maxwell’s, Francois Zimeray, Jessica Finelle, Ghislaine Maxwell, she’s, Organizations: United Nations, U.S, U.S . Administration, Prosecutors, , arbitrariness, Attorney, of, Human Rights Locations: New York City, British, Paris, , U.S, Southern, of New York
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York, U.S. September 23, 2021. France has been negotiating with Jakarta for several months the sale of 36 Rafale fighter jets. "The French are doubling down on other Indo-Pacific relations, including Indonesia, in a sense to compensate for losing the Australians," an Indo-Pacific diplomat said. Highlighting just how angry Paris is with Canberra, a two-minute video announcing Le Drian's trip to Indonesia outlined its Indo-Pacific strategy naming numerous regional countries with the exemption of Australia. Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com RegisterReporting by John Irish; Editing by Nick MacfieOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Jean, Yves Le Drian, John Minchillo, Yves Le Drian's, Le, John Irish, Nick Macfie Organizations: French, United Nations Security Council, Australia, Rafale, Australians, Thomson Locations: New York, U.S, France, Indonesia, Canberra, Australia, Paris, Japan, India, Vietnam, China, Jakarta, Pacific
WASHINGTON—The U.S. and five other countries including China will tap their national strategic petroleum reserves in an attempt to bring down gasoline prices that have become a sore spot with motorists and a big contributor to inflation, the White House said. The release had been anticipated for weeks as the White House grappled with how to address rising prices for gasoline, groceries and other consumer products that have clouded prospects for President Biden’s agenda.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Biden’s Organizations: White Locations: The U.S, China
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