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As Omicron Variant Circles the Globe, African Nations Face Blame and Bans

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 02:59

With countries trying to close their doors to the new coronavirus variant, southern African officials note that the West’s hoarding of vaccines helped create their struggle in the first place.


Voting Wraps Up With Few Major Problems in Honduras: Live Updates

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-29 00:05

Preliminary results are expected Sunday night, but determining a winner may take days. Hardship has pushed hundreds of thousands toward the U.S., which is watching the results closely.


A Wine Rack on Rails? U.K. Businesses Seek Solutions to Shortages.

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 20:22

Two months after concerns about gas and food stocks caused ripples of anxiety, Britain continues to face problems in its supply chain. Distributors and retailers are looking for creative fixes.


Israel and Iran Broaden Cyberwar to Attack Civilian Targets

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 05:24

Iranians couldn’t buy gas. Israelis found their intimate dating details posted online. The Iran-Israel shadow war is now hitting ordinary citizens.


‘You’re Not Helpless’: For London Women, Learning to Fight Builds Confidence

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 15:47

After a year marked by isolation, loneliness and violence in the city, many self-defense and martial arts gyms say they are seeing more interest from women.


Iran Clamps Down on Protests Against Growing Water Shortages

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-27 16:45

The crackdown came after the protests spilled over to at least one other city and a major protest on Friday loomed. Weather experts say 97 percent of the country is dealing with water scarcity issues.


They Twice Gave Up Everything to Flee Iraq. They Keep Getting Sent Back.

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 20:55

Bria Ali and her family have twice tried to make it to Germany, desperate for a better life. They are now back home with thousands of others who made it to Europe in recent months only to be deported.


A Tale of Culinary Reconciliation, Beside the Eiffel Tower

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-27 19:03

Two decades ago, Spain was the new France, leading gastronomic innovation. Now two iconic chefs have joined forces in Paris.


A Couple’s Dream of Reuniting in England Is Dashed in a Channel Disaster

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-27 20:16

A young Kurdish woman, Maryam Nuri, died with 26 others after making a desperate attempt to join her fiancé by crossing the English Channel from France on an inflatable boat.


Brazil’s President Lula Is Staging a Comeback. Can He Bring the Country Along?

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-27 18:11

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the former president, has beat back a flurry of corruption cases and climbed to the front of next year’s presidential race.


Solomon Islands Protests: 3 Burned Bodies Found in Chinatown

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-27 08:05

The police were trying to determine if the charred remains found in the capital’s Chinatown district were linked to the protests, in which demonstrators set fire to buildings.


Afghan Economy Nears Collapse as Pressure Builds to Ease U.S. Sanctions

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-27 16:01

Afghanistan’s economy has crashed since the Taliban seized power, plunging the country into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.


Elecciones en Honduras: las casillas cerrarán a las 5 p. m.

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 23:30

La jornada electoral concluyó en Honduras y han empezado los conteos.


‘Afghan Girl’ From 1985 National Geographic Cover Takes Refuge in Italy

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 04:20

Sharbat Gula, whose haunting portrait was featured by the magazine more than three decades ago, was evacuated to Rome after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.


Will the Vaccines Stop Omicron? Scientists Are Racing to Find Out.

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 23:55

A “Frankenstein mix” of mutations raises concerns, but the variant may remain vulnerable to current vaccines. If not, revisions will be necessary.


As U.S. Hunts for Chinese Spies, University Scientists Warn of Backlash

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 23:14

A chilling effect has taken hold on American campuses, contributing to an outflow of academic talent that may hurt the United States while benefiting Beijing.


Omicron Variant Surfaces Amid an Airline Travel Rebound

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 23:15

With several countries imposing new restrictions, the question now is whether travelers will be deterred.


As China Speeds Up Nuclear Arms Race, the U.S. Wants to Talk

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 21:57

The Pentagon thinks Beijing may build 1,000 or more weapons by 2030. But it’s the new technologies that worry strategists.


Swiss Voters Approve Their Government’s Covid Policy in a Referendum

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 21:24

After weeks of heated debate and protests, voters backed using Covid certificates that are required to enter public spaces.


Your Monday Briefing

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 21:11

An update on the Omicron variant.


When Will We Know Results in the Presidential Election in Honduras?

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 23:26

Polls began wrapping up around 5 p.m. with few reports of problems so far.


U.S. Health Officials Push Vaccines as Omicrom Spreads

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 23:09

Getting a vaccination is the best line of defense against Covid-19, the nation’s top two health leaders said on Sunday.


Responding to the Omicron Variant, Israel and Morocco Impose Bans on All Foreign Travelers

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 22:05

The shift was more severe but less discriminatory than those implemented by other nations. Morocco went a step further by banning all travelers.


South Africa Is Better Vaccinated Than Most African Countries

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 20:33

The country has one of Africa’s better vaccination rates: Just under one-quarter of its population has been fully vaccinated.


The Netherlands finds at least 13 Omicron cases and expects more.

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 19:01


In a Nonbinary Pronoun, France Sees a U.S. Attack on the Republic

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 18:22

When a French dictionary included the gender-nonspecific “iel” for the first time, a virulent reaction erupted over “wokisme” exported from American universities.


Covid Rules Prevent South Korean Fans From Singing at Concerts

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 16:00

South Koreans including K-pop fans will not be able to shout, chant or sing at performances with 500 or more attendees, according to government rules.


Britain's Sajid Javid Defends Response to Omicron Variant

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 17:22

The government stopped short of urging people to work from home or extending vaccine passports in England after cases of the Omicron variant were detected.


Portugal Soccer Match Abandoned After Covid Reduces Team to 9

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 14:38

Players from the Belenenses team criticized sporting officials for demanding the match go on, saying soccer had “lost its heart.”


What’s at Stake in the Honduran Presidential Election?

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 20:47

Hondurans head to the polls on Sunday, but widespread political violence during the campaign and questionable results from 2017 are looming large.


The W.H.O. Skips Forward Two Greek Letters, Avoiding a Xi Variant

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 21:47

Under the World Health Organization’s system, the Omicron variant might have been called Nu or Xi, but only at the risk of ambiguity or diplomatic awkwardness.


Laszlo Z. Bito, Scientist, Novelist and Philanthropist, Dies at 87

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 22:33

He fled communist rule in Hungary, discovered a treatment for glaucoma in the U.S., then became an author and a voice against authoritarianism in his homeland.


How did Omicron get its name?

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-27 16:51


U.K. Confirms Two Cases of Omicron Coronavirus Variant

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 15:21

The prime minister reimposed a mask mandate, saying ‘there are many things we just cannot know.’


As Potential Omicron Variant Cases Emerge, an International Scramble to Shut It Out

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 03:03

Dutch health authorities say it’s likely the Omicron variant will be detected among 61 infected travelers from South Africa.


How Did the New Variant Get Its Name?

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 03:00

The World Health Organization began naming the variants after Greek letters to avoid public confusion and stigma.


Germany Finds Suspected Omicron Variant Case

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 01:06

A couple returning from South Africa are Germany’s first confirmed Omicron cases. Italy confirmed a case in a traveler returning from Mozambique.


Omicron Variant Prompts More Countries to Restrict Travel from Southern Africa

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 02:05

Australia, Canada and Thailand are among the latest countries to restrict travelers from the region over concerns about the Omicron variant.


Netherlands Finds 61 Covid Cases on South Africa Flights

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 04:24

The passengers were in the air when the Netherlands announced travel restrictions on flights from southern Africa.


Giving Thanks in Australia

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-27 01:56

It’s an odd affair outside America, but maybe the holiday will inspire more of us to pause and appreciate the gifts we’ve been given.


British Columbia Flood Victims Come Together In Storm's Wake

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-27 00:35

A tour of the flood-ravaged parts of the province finds communities supporting each other following disaster.


Omicron Variant Prompts Travel Bans and Batters World Markets

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-27 05:30

Scientists do not yet know how dangerous the new Omicron variant is, but its many mutations set off alarms, lowering hopes of putting the pandemic in the past.


Seeking Backers for New Fund, Jared Kushner Turns to Middle East

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-27 01:58

Former President Donald J. Trump’s son-in-law is trying to raise capital for his investment firm and is turning to a region that he dealt with extensively while in the White House.


New 'Omicron' Variant Stokes Concern but Vaccines May Still Work

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-27 05:32

The Omicron variant carries worrisome mutations that may let it evade antibodies, scientists said. But it will take more research to know how it fares against vaccinated people.


South Africa Feels Punished for Alerting World to New Variant

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-27 13:43

Hours after South African scientists announced the existence of a troublesome new variant, Britain banned travelers from southern Africa. The United States and other nations quickly followed suit.


A Mine Disaster in Russia Highlights Safety Shortfalls in Rush to Dig Coal

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-26 23:52

At least 46 miners were killed in an explosion at a Siberian mine. The director of the mine has been taken into police custody, along with five other administrators.


U.S. to Place Travel Restrictions on South Africa, Other Countries

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-27 05:35

Starting Monday, travelers from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi will be barred unless they are citizens or permanent residents.


Merck Says Its Covid Pill Is Less Effective in a Final Analysis

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-28 11:30

The drug, molnupiravir, reduced the risk of hospitalization and death in high-risk Covid patients by 30 percent. An earlier analysis had found a 50 percent reduction.


Protesters in Martinique Fire at Police Officers and Journalists

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-26 20:56

Protests against the French island’s coronavirus protocols, requiring a health pass to enter most public venues, have been exacerbated by frustrations and anger over economic inequality with the mainland.


Jakucho Setouchi, 99, Dies; Buddhist Priest Wrote of Sex and Love

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-26 18:15

Her more than 400 novels often drew on her own romantic affairs, and her translation of an 11th-century romantic Japanese classic sold millions of copies.


U.S. officials are consulting with South African scientists on the variant.

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-26 18:43


Covid Restrictions Are Back at Some of Europe's Theaters

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-26 16:57

Strict controls on playhouses and music venues are returning as the continent deals with a new coronavirus wave.


Iraqis Return From Belarus, but Some Say They Will Try Again to Reach the E.U.

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-26 16:59

“If I find a better and safe route, I will definitely try again,” said one of the more than 600 Iraqi migrants who came home on the government’s latest evacuation flights.


Fresh Violence in Darfur Adds to Sudan’s Crises

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-26 15:20

At least 43 people have been killed in clashes in the area, the U.N. says, while the nation’s leaders are focused elsewhere, dealing with the fallout from a coup.


A Times correspondent reports from a plane held on the tarmac in Amsterdam.

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-26 16:20


Stocks and Oil Drop Amid New Coronavirus Variant

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-27 05:33

Stocks and oil futures slumped, while investors sought safety in government bonds.


France-U.K. Acrimony Impedes Progress on Channel Crossings

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-26 20:01

Rather than working together to curb hazardous sea crossings, leaders of the two countries almost immediately fell into a familiar pattern of squabbling.


Cozy Season Is Here

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-26 11:29

A guide to your post-Thanksgiving weekend.


Europe is Tested by Waves of Cases that Threaten its Progress Against Pandemic

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-26 12:37

The deteriorating situation is also worrisome for the United States, as trends in new Covid cases tended to follow Europe by weeks.


Coffee or Chai? At 2 Kolkata Cafes, ‘Adda’ Is What’s Really on the Menu

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-26 13:23

Unrestricted talk, or “adda,” is the main draw at two storied cafes that are at once museums to the city’s intellectual history — and places for debate.


‘Today’s Outfit Is Confidence’: Atypical TikTok Star Enchants Mexico

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-26 17:48

Middle-aged and scarred, a Mexican journalist is breaking the mold of social media influencers with a message of pure positivity that resonates in dark times.