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'The fire that's here': US is still battling delta variant

Dec. 02, 2021 19:03 PM EST

While all eyes are on the new and little-understood omicron variant, the delta form of the coronavirus isn't finished wreaking havoc in the U.S., sending record numbers of patients to the hospital in the Midwest and New England. “Omicron is a spark that’s on the...

Omicron and delta spell return of unpopular restrictions

Dec. 02, 2021 18:28 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Greeks over 60 who refuse coronavirus vaccinations could be hit with monthly fines of more than one-quarter of their minimum pensions — a get-tough policy that the country's politicians say will cost votes but save lives. Weekly protests in the...

Live updates: Colorado confirms case of omicron variant

Dec. 02, 2021 16:18 PM EST

DENVER -- Colorado became the third U.S. state to detect a case of the omicron variant in a woman who had recently traveled to Africa, state health officials announced Thursday. The Colorado case comes after two other confirmed omicron variant cases were found in...

Germany's Merkel at farewell ceremony: Don't tolerate hate

Dec. 02, 2021 15:09 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Germans to stand up to hatred, at a military ceremony Thursday bidding her farewell after 16 years in office. Merkel was honored with a traditional military musical performance and march in front of almost all...

Germany locks unvaccinated out of public life; mandate looms

Dec. 02, 2021 12:57 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Unvaccinated people across Germany will soon be excluded from nonessential stores, restaurants and sports and cultural venues, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Thursday, and parliament will consider a general vaccine mandate as part of efforts to curb coronavirus infections....

Live updates: Obama, Fauci encourage vaccinations at clinic

Nov. 30, 2021 19:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, visited a children’s vaccination clinic in Washington Tuesday to encourage kids to get a COVID-19 shot. Speaking to kids and parents at Kimball Elementary...

Germany's designated chancellor backs COVID vaccine mandate

Nov. 30, 2021 18:33 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's next chancellor said Tuesday that he will back a proposal to mandate coronavirus vaccinations for everybody next year, but that lawmakers should be free to vote according to their conscience on the issue. Olaf Scholz, whose center-left Social...

German governors, Merkel to discuss virus amid high cases

Nov. 29, 2021 15:03 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold talks Tuesday with the governors of Germany's 16 states amid growing concerns about the steep rise in new coronavirus cases in the country. Merkel's office confirmed Monday that the outgoing chancellor would have a video...

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...

Ukraine leader alleges Russia-backed coup planned next week

Nov. 26, 2021 17:46 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday claimed that his country's intelligence service has uncovered plans for a Russia-backed coup d'etat in the country set for next week that allegedly involves one of Ukraine's richest oligarchs. Both...