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Omicron variant: G7 to hold emergency Covid meeting as Japan closes its borders

South African president and WHO’s Africa chief urge against travel bans, saying they ‘attack global solidarity’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage G7 health ministers will hold an emergency meeting on Monday about the new Omicron Covid-19 variant spreading across the world and forcing border closures, as …

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Covid live news: Omicron variant detected in Canada as Fauci warns two weeks needed to study new strain

Canada has confirmed two cases of Omicron in Ontario in travellers from Nigeria, while top US infectious disease official Dr Anthony Fauci says two weeks will be needed to gather definitive information on the new coronavirus variant What does appearance of Omicron mean for the double-jabbed? Where has Omicron spread, …

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British MPs call for law changes to help young Hongkongers flee to UK

Figures show that 93% of those charged over protests are under 25 and many therefore not eligible to access current UK visa scheme More than nine in 10 people who have faced protest charges in Hong Kong are too young to access a UK visa scheme dedicated to helping Hongkongers …

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UK’s ‘double talk’ on Channel crisis must stop, says French interior minister

Exclusive: Gérald Darmanin says UK ministers must stop saying one thing in private while insulting his country in public The French interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, has said British ministers including his counterpart, Priti Patel, should stop saying one thing in private while insulting his country in public if there is …

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Virgil Abloh: Off-White designer dies at 41

The fashion maverick, also creative head at Louis Vuitton, had been suffering from an aggressive form of cancer for two years Fashion designer Virgil Abloh has died after suffering from cancer, it has been announced. The 41-year-old, who was the creative director for Louis Vuitton and Off-White, had cardiac angiosarcoma, …

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Michael Cohen: prosecutors could ‘indict Trump tomorrow’ if they wanted

New York investigation of Trump Organization is one of a number of sources of legal jeopardy for the former president Prosecutors in New York could “indict Donald Trump tomorrow if they really wanted and be successful”, the ex-president’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen said on Sunday, discussing investigations of …

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Where has Omicron spread, and why are scientists so concerned?

Everything you need to know about the latest Covid variant worrying scientists, and how it affects UK travel Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Since the announcement of the first cases in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong earlier this week, additional cases have been reported in …

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Nobel-winning stock market theory used to help save coral reefs

Portfolio selection rules on evaluating risk used to pick 50 reefs as ‘arks’ best able to survive climate crisis and revive coral elsewhere A Nobel prize-winning economic theory used by investors is showing early signs of helping save threatened coral reefs, scientists say. Researchers at Australia’s University of Queensland used …

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Iran nuclear talks to resume with world powers after five-month hiatus

Expectations of salvaging 2015 deal low amid fears Iran is covertly boosting nuclear programme Talks between world powers and Iran on salvaging the 2015 nuclear deal will resume in Vienna on Monday after a five-month hiatus, but expectations of a breakthrough are low. The talks could liberate Iran from hundreds …

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Czech president swears in Petr Fiala as PM behind glass screen

Milos Zeman performs inauguration ceremony from cubicle after testing positive for coronavirus The Czech president, Milos Zeman, has appointed the leader of a centre-right alliance, Petr Fiala, as prime minister in a ceremony he performed from a plexiglass cubicle after testing positive for Covid-19. Fiala leads a bloc of five …

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