WHO lauds SA’s speed in reporting new virus variant

The praise will come as scant consolation to those forced to cancel trips to see families over the holiday season or business owners desperate for tourism to ...

US wants more data on new Covid-19 variant before deciding on travel curbs

More scientific data is needed about the new coronavirus variant before the US can determine whether to halt flights from southern African, says Fauci

Myanmar will arrest those who buy bonds issued by pro-democracy group

The NUG says proceeds from the zero-interest bonds will fund its ‘revolution’ against the military in response to its coup and bloody suppression of protests

Europe and Asia tighten borders after detection of new Covid-19 variant

Global authorities reacted with alarm on Friday to a new coronavirus variant detected in SA, with the EU and Britain among those tightening border controls

Upstart winners of Bulgarian election vow to end corruption

Kiril Petkov and Assen Vassilev are working to create a new coalition government in Bulgaria after unexpectedly winning the election

La Nina prompts fears of severe wildfires in Australia

Research paper analysing Australian fire seasons since 1930 found climate change has played an overwhelming role in creating bushfire weather

US lawmaker defies China’s demand over Taiwan trip

Democrat lawmaker’s office received a blunt message from the Chinese Embassy telling her to call off the trip that also includes Japan and South Korea

Oil still gushing from Nigerian wellhead as crews battle to clean up

Santa Barbara wellhead owner Aiteo, the petroleum minister and Nigeria’s president all promised specialist workers would quickly stop the spill

Covid-19 booster shots — it’s all about timing

Booster shots are rolling out across much of the world to spur protection against Covid-19, prompting questions about when exactly they should be given

Climate activists urge insurers to step up climate fight

Swiss Re, Munich Re, Hannover Re and others have tightened underwriting and investment policies but they fall short of activists’ demands

US and China scrap over Honduras as it mulls Taiwan ties

Honduran presidential candidate says she will establish formal relations with Beijing

Sudanese forces crack down on thousands of protesters in Khartoum

Teargas fired at protesters rallying against power-sharing deal with military and prime minister

Interpol elects UAE official as president despite claims he ignored torture

Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi will take on the role for a four-year term

EU regulator clears Covid-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11

The European Medicines Agency recommends children get two lighter doses of the Pfizer vaccine

Australia deploys troops to Solomon Islands as protests spread

Riots linked to the Pacific nation’s diplomatic switch from Taiwan to China

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi barred from Libya’s presidential election

Son of former ruler one of 25 candidates disqualified from running in the December 24 election by election commission

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