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Live updates: Swiss order quarantine for those from Canada

Nov. 30, 2021 10:10 AM EST

GENEVA — The Swiss government says travelers arriving from Canada, Japan, Niger and Portugal will be required starting Wednesday to present both a negative COVID-19 test and undergo a 10-day quarantine. The new measures were announced on Tuesday after cases of the newly...

UN agency for Palestinian refugees faces funding crisis

Nov. 30, 2021 09:43 AM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees said Tuesday it was unable to pay its 28,000 employees on time this month because of a major funding crisis, warning of potential cuts in vital services to millions of people amid a global pandemic. ...

Libya: UN following attempts to thwart electoral process

Nov. 29, 2021 19:24 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations expressed concerns Monday over the forced closure of a Libya appeals court that is meant to decide whether the son of the late dictator Moammar Gadhafi can run for president. The UN mission to Libya said in a statement that it is...

WHO warns that new virus variant poses 'very high' risk

Nov. 29, 2021 18:00 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization warned Monday that the global risk from the omicron variant is “very high” based on the early evidence, saying the mutated coronavirus could lead to surges with “severe consequences.” The assessment from the U.N....

UN: Early evidence shows global risk from omicron variant is “very high”; future surges may have “severe consequences”

Nov. 29, 2021 14:40 PM EST
GENEVA (AP) — UN: Early evidence shows global risk from omicron variant is “very high”; future surges may have “severe consequences.”

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Nov. 29, 2021 09:03 AM EST

Cleveland Plain Dealer. Nov. 28, 2021. Editorial: Rocketing food costs are also harming the hunger safety net Eye-popping food price increases this fall, notably for meats, have taken a toll on many household budgets, especially for Thanksgiving. But...

EXPLAINER: What we know and don't know about omicron variant

Nov. 29, 2021 08:02 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says it could still take some time to get a full picture of the threat posed by omicron, a new variant of the coronavirus as scientists worldwide scramble to assess its multiple mutations. Stock markets swooned, some public...

WHO chief: Omicron shows need for global accord on pandemics

Nov. 29, 2021 06:06 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization on Monday is pushing for an international accord to help prevent and fight future pandemics amid the emergence of a worrying new omicron COVID-19 variant. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said many...

WHO criticizes travel bans on southern African countries

Nov. 28, 2021 18:18 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization on Sunday urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concerns over the new omicron variant. WHO's regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, called on countries to...

FACT FOCUS: Why WHO skipped ‘nu,’ ‘xi’ for new COVID variant

Nov. 27, 2021 21:08 PM EST

The name of a newly identified variant of the coronavirus has had some social media users scratching their heads about the World Health Organization’s system for labeling certain versions of the virus. The WHO chose on Friday to dub the variant, first reported to the...