In Israel, Omicron drives records, zigzag policy, 4th shots

In Israel, Omicron drives records, zigzag policy, 4th shots

Thursday, 06 January 2022 | AP | TEL AVIV, Israel

Israel opened to tourists for the first time in nearly two years. After just a month, it slammed shut. Now the omicron variant has set a widely-expected record for new infections in the country, which will once again crack open on Sunday — but only to travelers from certain nations. The...

President Xi issues new order for Chinese military to develop elite force to fight and win wars

Wednesday, 05 January 2022 | PTI | Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday issued a new mobilisation order for the training of armed forces with a focus on developing an elite force capable of fighting and winning wars. Xi, 68, heading the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) since 2012 followed by the Presidency and Chairman of the...

Pak ready to host SAARC Summit, India can join virtually: FM Qureshi

Tuesday, 04 January 2022 | PTI | Islamabad

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Monday that his country was ready to host the 19th SAARC Summit and India can join it virtually if the leadership in New Delhi is not willing to visit Islamabad. Addressing a press conference to highlight the achievements of the Ministry of Foreign...

Prime Minister Morrison upbeat amid Australia virus surge AP n

Tuesday, 04 January 2022 | AP | SYDNEY

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday said his country’s health system can cope with the new wave of coronavirus infections as Victoria state reported a record number of new cases and hospitalizations surged in New South Wales. Morrison spoke in two television interviews before Monday’s figures were released. Victoria reported...

British PM: Health service under strain, but no new measures

Tuesday, 04 January 2022 | AP | LONDON

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Monday that country’s health system will remain under strain for weeks amid current surge in coronavirus infections, but suggested there would be no tightening of measures soon to slow spread. The highly transmissible omicron variant has sent Britain’s daily new caseload soaring over Christmas...

Booster 88% effectiveness against Omicron: UK studies

Tuesday, 04 January 2022 | PTI | London

A third dose of COVID-19 vaccine can provide up to 88 per cent protection against hospitalisation from infection by the Omicron variant of coronavirus, according to early results from studies conducted in the UK. The findings compiled in a report by the UK Health Security Agency (UKSHA) show significantly higher protection...

Fauci: CDC mulling COVID test requirement for asymptomatic

Tuesday, 04 January 2022 | AP | WASHINGTON

As the COVID-19 omicron variant surges across the United States, top federal health officials are looking to add a negative test along with its five-day isolation restrictions for asymptomatic Americans who catch the coronavirus, the White House’s top medical adviser said Sunday. Dr. Anthony Fauci said the Centers for Disease Control...

Biden vows US to act decisively if Russia invades Ukraine

Tuesday, 04 January 2022 | AP | WILMINGTON, Del

President Joe Biden conferred on Sunday with Ukraine’s leader over the Russian troop buildup near its border, promising that the U.S. and allies will act “decisively” if Russia further invades the Eastern European nation. Biden and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s call came as the U.S. and Western allies prepared for a series...

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