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High alert: World scurries to contain new COVID variant

Nov. 27, 2021 09:13 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — With each passing hour, new restrictions were being slapped on travel from countries in southern Africa as the world scurried Saturday to contain the new omicron variant of the coronavirus that has the potential to be more resistant to the protection offered by...

Dutch authorities: 61 people on 2 flights from South Africa positive for COVID-19; omicron variant not confirmed

Nov. 27, 2021 04:31 AM EST
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch authorities: 61 people on 2 flights from South Africa positive for COVID-19; omicron variant not confirmed.

New variant hits sports just as they were nearing normality

Nov. 26, 2021 15:15 PM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Golf, cricket and rugby became the first major sports to be affected by the new COVID-19 variant on Friday, prompting fears of renewed travel restrictions and disrupted events just as they were returning to normal nearly two years into the pandemic. ...

'Hoodwinked' before Christmas, EU nations seek to slow virus

Nov. 26, 2021 13:48 PM EST

THE HAGUE (AP) — Nations across Europe took new measures Friday in an attempt to keep a COVID-19 spike from spiraling out of control, hoping that action now will safeguard the joys of Christmas next month. A spike in cases fueled by the contagious delta variant forced...

France calls for European aid after 27 migrant deaths at sea

Nov. 25, 2021 17:52 PM EST

CALAIS, France (AP) — Helicopters buzzed above the waves and vessels were already scouring the cold waters when French maritime rescue volunteer Charles Devos added his boat to the frantic search for a flimsy migrant craft that foundered in the English Channel, killing at least 27. ...

Judge convicts 2 Rotterdam rioters, sentences them to prison

Nov. 24, 2021 11:52 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A judge convicted a man and a woman Wednesday of involvement in rioting in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam last week and sentenced both to prison terms, prosecutors said. A demonstration against government coronavirus restrictions...

Dutch ICU boss calls for tough lockdown to rein in virus

Nov. 24, 2021 09:02 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Social distancing became mandatory again across the Netherlands on Wednesday as coronavirus infections soared and the country’s leading intensive care physician called for even tougher measures to rein in the pandemic. Health Minister...

Social distancing mandatory as Dutch COVID infections spike

Nov. 23, 2021 11:12 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch coronavirus infection numbers hit a new weekly record Tuesday, climbing 39% while hospital and intensive care unit admissions also rose sharply, prompting the government to make social distancing mandatory again for all adults. The...

Rights groups demand ICC probe into Libya migrant abuses

Nov. 23, 2021 07:08 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Human rights activists sent a dossier of evidence to the International Criminal Court on Tuesday demanding an investigation into abuses of migrants in Libya that they argue “may amount to crimes against humanity.” The filing, which is...

Czechs protest restrictions on unvaccinated as cases soar

Nov. 22, 2021 15:57 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Protesters marched through the Czech capital of Prague on Monday to decry the government’s restrictions on unvaccinated people as new infections soared in the European Union nation. The protesters, who numbered in the hundreds, demanded “Freedom!”...