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Large events cancelled in Scotland

Large events cancelled in Scotland


New rules aimed at slowing transmission of the Omicron variant have come into force in Scotland, meaning all large public events have been cancelled. The limits on the size of events were announced last week but came into force at 5 a.m. on Sunday...

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US to lift travel restrictions on southern African countries

US to lift travel restrictions on southern African countries


The US is to lift travel restrictions it imposed on eight southern African nations over a new coronavirus strain. The White House said the November 29 measure, affecting South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini and ...

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Archbishop Tutu passes at age 90

Archbishop Tutu passes at age 90


Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace prize laureate who helped end apartheid in South Africa, has died aged 90. President Cyril Ramaphosa said the churchman's death marked "another chapter of bereavement in our nation's farewell to a generatio...

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Six killed, 13 injured while dining on Christmas Day

Six killed, 13 injured while dining on Christmas Day


Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say at least six people have died in a suicide bomb attack on a crowded restaurant in the eastern city of Beni. Police prevented the bomber from entering the building, but he blew himself up at the ent...

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La Palma eruption declared over

La Palma eruption declared over


MADRID – Scientists declared the eruption on Spain's La Palma officially over on Saturday, allowing islanders to breathe a sigh of relief nearly 100 days after the Cumbre Vieja volcano began to spew out lava, rock and ash and upended the lives of tho...

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Thousands of Christmas flights cancelled

Thousands of Christmas flights cancelled


Millions of people are facing travel disruption and increased Covid restrictions over Christmas, as the surging Omicron variant sees flights cancelled and safety curbs tightened. Italy, Spain and Greece have made face masks compulsory outdoors aga...

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Scientists: Early Omicron findings encouraging

Scientists: Early Omicron findings encouraging


London - People catching Omicron are 50 per cent to 70 per cent less likely to need hospital care compared with previous variants, a major analysis says. The United Kingdom Health Security Agency says its early findings are "encouraging" but the v...

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Hong Kong’s Tiananmen Square statue removed

Hong Kong’s Tiananmen Square statue removed


Hong Kong - A famous statue at the University of Hong Kong marking the Tiananmen Square massacre was removed late on Wednesday. The statue showed piled-up corpses to commemorate the hundreds - possibly thousands - of pro-democracy protesters kille...

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Daily COVID-19 cases in UK exceed 100 000

Daily COVID-19 cases in UK exceed 100 000


London - Daily coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the United Kingdom have exceeded 100 000 for the first time, the latest government figures show. Some 106 122 cases were announced on Wednesday - the latest in a series of record-breaking days for inf...

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London: £550m divorce settlement

London: £550m divorce settlement


London - It's described as the biggest divorce case in British legal history - a settlement of more than £500m involving the billionaire ruler of Dubai and his estranged wife. The United Kingdom's High Court on Tuesday awarded a lump sum settlemen...