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The pace of the work highlights the pressure on governments and public health authorities to decide quickly whether they need to take unpopular, economically damaging steps to curb Omicron's spread. Data shows it was circulating before it was officially identified in southern Africa last week and it has since been detected in more than a dozen countries. Britain and other major economies banned flights to and from southern Africa just days after the variant was first detected, roiling global financial markets and stirring worries about the economic damage.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken threatened Moscow with 'high-impact economic measures' if President Vladimir Putin attacked Ukraine. View on euronews
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday confirmed its first five cases of the new omicron coronavirus variant in people linked to arrivals from Nigeria, prompting the government to tighten the country's borders. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Wednesday the cases include a couple who arrived from Nigeria on Nov. 24 and a friend who drove them home from the airport. The two other cases were women who also traveled to Nigeria and returned to South Korea on Nov. 23.
Yukon has the highest rate of opioid deaths in the country, and the coroner is joining those pleading for help to address the territory’s drug emergency.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading up to Wednesday's major abortion case at the Supreme Court, the justices have heard from thousands of people and organizations urging the court to either save or scrap two historic abortion decisions. But on Wednesday they'll hear from just three lawyers: one representing the state of Mississippi, another representing Mississippi's only abortion clinic and the last representing the Biden administration. For each, it’s a chance to be part of what is likely to be a histor
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says getting people around the world vaccinated will be more effective at stopping the global fight against COVID-19, including new variants of concern, than banning flights. He is calling on Canada to push for a waiver that would lift the patents on vaccines.
The poll also found that 46% of citizens in North Macedonia believe the virus is being sprayed by aeroplanes.View on euronews
Taxpayers want police to spend more time and money targeting Regina's social problems instead of purchasing a costly airplane for crime-fighting, one city councillor says. Ward 3 Coun. Andrew Stevens said he's hearing from citizens who are questioning why the Regina Police Service (RPS) needs to spend money on a plane. "So far the calls and emails I've fielded have been in opposition to the aerial unit. People want less equipment and more engagement in the community with complex social problems,
Interim Green Party Leader Amita Kuttner said Wednesday that at this time the party does not feel like it can support the Liberals' Throne Speech due to current climate emergencies and "the fact that it will not address the need to get to 1.5 (C)." They also confirmed Elizabeth May would return as the party's parliamentary leader in the House of Commons.
A hospital worker in Portugal tested positive for the new COVID-19 variant, forcing the paediatric services unit to close. New restrictions have also entered into force in Portugal and other European countries.View on euronews
Repairs on the Trans-Canada Highway are progressing on the southwest coast of Newfoundland and a section near the weigh scales outside Port aux Basques is set to reopen to one lane of traffic late Wednesday afternoon. Repairs are also ongoing on highways in the Codroy Valley area. In a med ia release, the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure said travellers are encouraged to use alternative routes until repairs are completed. The stretch of highway was battered by a heavy rain storm l
Canada has expanded the list of countries from which travellers are banned and will require everyone arriving from anywhere except the U.S. to take a COVID-19 and isolate upon arrival over concerns about the omicron variant, which is already in at least four provinces.
The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection voted Wednesday to pursue contempt charges against Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official who refused to answer the committee's questions. (Dec. 2)
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino says the the fact the Omicron COVID-19 variant was detected in the Netherlands before it was reported in South Africa "factors as a concern." Mendicino added that the government will continue to follow the advice of public health officials in consideration of adding other countries to the list of countries with travel bans.
The federal government announced Tuesday that all air travellers entering Canada -- except for those from the U.S. -- will need to take a COVID-19 test at the airport and isolate until they get results. Jackie Wilson has more.
Alberta is reporting its first case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in a traveler who returned from Nigeria and the Netherlands. The variant of concern was first identified in South Africa after a spike in infections, but it is unclear where Omicron first emerged.
MOSCOW (AP) — The longtime president of Belarus said Tuesday that his country would be ready to host Russian nuclear weapons if NATO moves U.S. atomic bombs from Germany to Eastern Europe. In an interview, President Alexander Lukashenko also said for the first time that he recognizes the Crimean Peninsula as part of Russia and plans to visit it soon. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, a move that the West regards as illegal. Lukashenko made the remarks as he moves to cement ties with Ru
BRUSSELS — Brazil and Japan joined the rapidly widening circle of countries to report cases of the omicron variant Tuesday, while new findings indicate the mutant coronavirus was already in Europe close to a week before South Africa sounded the alarm. The Netherlands' RIVM health institute disclosed that patient samples dating from Nov. 19 and 23 were found to contain the variant. It was on Nov. 24 that South African authorities reported the existence of the highly mutated virus to the World Hea
The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) drew criticism on Thursday from China for its decision to suspend all tournaments in the Asian nation out of concern for the well-being of star player Peng Shuai and the safety of other players. Unconvinced by Peng's public appearances since a scandal broke a month ago over her sexual assault accusations against Chinese former Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli, the WTA said it wanted assurances of her well-being and has sought an investigation. The decision comes as Beijing prepares to host the Winter Olympics in February.
They're overwhelmed and underwater. Storm-battered British Columbians are dealing with the aftermath of a third atmospheric river. As Heather Yourex-West reports, relentless rain has made it impossible for residents to focus on recovery.