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Omicron-concerned Singapore stops VTL travel for work pass holders

The decision by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) comes in the wake of rising concern over the Omicron variant globally.

Latin America, a destination of future fuel on the planet

Today, China leads over 30 percent of the world's electronics trade, also monopolizes the market for supplies and raw materials (mainly lithium) for batteries which accounts for 77 percent of the worl

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Bomb threat on Dhaka-bound Malaysia Airlines plane turns out to be hoax: Airport official

The Dhaka-bound MH-196 flight from Kuala Lumpur landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9:38 pm local time on Wednesday amid tight security at the airport and the runway, HSIA Executiv

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Japan drops blanket ban on flight reservations after confusion

The government last month told airlines not to take new reservations for flights to Japan for December in light of the emergence of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

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The refugee crisis at Belarus-EU border

The crisis began on July 7, 2021, when President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus threatened to flood the neighboring EU countries with human traffickers, drug smugglers and armed migrants.

Myanmar court postpones verdict for ousted leader Suu Kyi

In October, Suu Kyi's lawyers, who had been the sole source of information on the legal proceedings, were served with gag orders forbidding them from releasing information.

Ethiopia – civil war –fissures in Africa

It is believed that the rebels want to pressure the government to negotiate and do not intend to enter Addis, where they are very unpopular.

US braces for Omicron, prepares for African country travel ban

"Inevitably, it will be here," although no cases have been detected yet, the nation's top infectious disease official, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told ABC News' "This Week."

Thirteen cases detected in Netherlands as Omicron variant spreads

British health minister Sajid Javid said on Sunday he expected to receive advice imminently on whether the government can broaden a programme of providing booster shots to fully vaccinated people, to

Dutch health authorities are also seeking to contact and test some 5,000 other passengers who have travelled from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia or Zimbabwe since Monday.

Australia finds omicron, Israel bans foreign travellers

Italy was going through lists of airline passengers who arrived in the past two weeks after a business traveler who returned from Mozambique and landed in Rome on Nov. 11 tested positive for omicron.

While much remains to be learned about the new variant, researchers are concerned that it may be more resistant to the protection provided by vaccines and could mean that the pandemic lasts for longer than anticipated.

Face masks compulsory in England shops, transport from Tuesday

"It's more vital than ever that people get their jabs, and we get those boosters into arms as fast as possible,” Johnson said on Saturday, as he announced a plan to “boost the booster campaign”.

"This is about protecting the progress we've made… But it's important to react in a proportionate, and also a temporary way, I hope this is something we can remove within weeks," he said.

USGS: Magnitude-7.5 earthquake strikes northern Peru

The earthquake took place at 5:52 a.m. Sunday local time (1052 GMT). While it was extremely strong, it was relatively deep, — measured at 112 kilometers — which usually reduces damage and casualti

The epicenter was 42 kilometers (26 miles) north northwest of the coastal city of Barranca.

Being ‘punished’ for early detecting new COVID-19 variant Omicron: South Africa

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in a statement urged world leaders not to implement ''knee-jerk'' policy decisions in response to the detection of the Omicron variant

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South Africa says it is being punished for early COVID variant detection

Many nations rushed on Friday and Saturday to announce travel curbs to South Africa and other countries in the region.

The foreign ministry noted that while the new variant was also detected in other countries, the global reaction to those countries have been "starkly different" to cases in southern Africa.

Can Biden find the right balance on immigration?

A year into Joe Biden's presidency, though, action on the issue has been hard to find and there is growing consternation privately among some in the party that the Biden administration can't find the

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Long overdue for perpetrators of Mumbai attacks to face justice: US Secretary Antony Blinken

On November 26, 2008, a group of 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)terrorists from Pakistan went on a rampage, carrying out coordinated attacks on a railway station, two luxury hotels and a Jewish centre in Mum

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Bangladesh will become a developing nation in 2026, poised for greater growth among SAARC nations: Expert

In 1975, Bangladesh was included in the LDC as its poverty rate was almost 83 percent, and over years the poverty rate had declined and by 2019-20 it was at 20.5 percent.

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Al-Shabab blast by school in Somali capital kills at least 8

The al-Qaida-linked group controls large parts of rural Somalia and continues to frustrate efforts at rebuilding the Horn of Africa nation after three decades of conflict.

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Afghanistan conundrum: Way ahead

Taliban having anointed themselves in power propounding the ideology of combining a Sharia Islamic law and militant Islam based on a flavour of Pashtun social and cultural norms may not work for very

As China backs Taliban regime, Chinese firms make beeline for mineral-rich mines in Afghanistan

As China warmed up to the Taliban regime by stepping up humanitarian aid and diplomatic support for its global recognition, Chinese firms are busy exploring contracts to exploit resource-rich Afghanis

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Declining marriage numbers add to China’s demographic conundrum

The number of marriage registrations in China has fallen for seven consecutive years and hit a 17-year low last year, figures from the recently released China Statistical Yearbook 2021 showed.

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Israel-UAE bonhomie and the changing dynamics in the Middle East

One might be surprised to note the back to back meetings between the air chiefs of the UAE and Israel, especially since the two countries have only recently normalized bilateral relations.

Xi Jinping says China will not seek dominance over Southeast Asia

China and ASEAN have for years been negotiating a code of conduct for handling matters in the South China Sea but those talks have made little progress of late.

England plans ban on single-use plastic plates, cutlery

According to official data, the UK uses 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups per year, while plastic sachets are often not recycled due to their small size, which makes it hard to segregate and clean th

DEFRA said it is going further by also launching a separate call for evidence to address other sources of plastic pollution. This will ask stakeholders for views on tackling commonly littered plastics such as wet wipes, tobacco filters, sachets and other single-use cups. (Representative image)
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