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WHO criticizes travel bans on southern African countries

Nov. 28, 2021 15:09 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...

Sudan says 6 soldiers killed in Ethiopia border fighting

Nov. 28, 2021 14:35 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s armed forces said on Sunday that six of its forces were killed in fighting in the country’s border region with Ethiopia. It came a day after the military claimed that Ethiopian military and militia forces attacked the border area of al-Fashaqa,...

In omicron hot spot, somber mood as S Africa faces variant

Nov. 28, 2021 14:18 PM EST

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The overcast, drizzly skies match the somber mood at the Tshwane University of Technology, a hot spot in South Africa’s latest surge of COVID-19 cases, apparently driven by the new omicron variant that is leading countries around the world to impose new...

More omicron cases pop up as world rushes to learn more

Nov. 28, 2021 14:01 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it's not clear if the new variant is more alarming than other...

Israel to allow 3,000 Ethiopian Jews to immigrate

Nov. 28, 2021 13:29 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's government on Sunday approved the immigration of several thousand Jews from war-torn Ethiopia, some of whom have waited for decades to join their relatives in Israel. The decision took a step toward resolving an issue that has long complicated...

EXPLAINER: What we know and don't know on new COVID variant

Nov. 28, 2021 13:04 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — South African scientists identified a new version of the coronavirus that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province. It’s unclear where the new variant first emerged, but scientists in...

New vents open up, lava surges from Spanish island's volcano

Nov. 28, 2021 10:36 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Several new volcanic vents have opened up on the Spanish island of La Palma, releasing new lava that is speeding down a ridge and threatening to widen the damages on evacuated land, roads and homes, authorities said Sunday. The molten rock coming out from...

Morocco halts all incoming flights because of virus variant

Nov. 28, 2021 10:16 AM EST

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco is suspending all incoming air travel from around the world starting Monday for two weeks because of the rapid spread of the new omicron variant, the Foreign Ministry announced Sunday. The ministry tweeted that the decision was taken to...

Dutch health institute confirms 13 cases of omicron variant among travelers who arrived from South Africa.

Nov. 28, 2021 07:23 AM EST
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch health institute confirms 13 cases of omicron variant among travelers who arrived from South Africa.

COVID variant spreads to more countries as world on alert

Nov. 27, 2021 22:10 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries on Saturday, just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread. The U.K. on...