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As Omicron fuels surge, U.S. students stage walkouts to protest in-person classes

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The Jahn School of Fine Arts lies empty after Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third-largest school district, said it would cancel classes since the teachers’ union voted in favor of a return to remote learning, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. January 5, 2022. REUTERS/Eric Cox Register now for FREE unlimited access......

Some restaurants rebel, re-open ahead of Dutch COVID lockdown easing

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A general view of a largely deserted Dutch urban centre is seen as the country enters into its third day of lockdown, in Den Bosch, Netherlands December 21, 2021. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Dutch to end lockdown in place since mid-December......

Biden, top officials defend COVID response amid Omicron surge

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WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden and top health officials on Tuesday defended the government’s response to the unrelenting pandemic as daily U.S. COVID-19 cases reached a new high, largely fueled by the highly contagious Omicron variant. Biden, who has been accused of focusing on vaccinations at the......

Omicron surge pushes U.S. COVID hospitalizations toward record high

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NEW YORK, Jan 7 (Reuters) – COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States are poised to hit a new high as early as Friday, according to a Reuters tally, surpassing the record set in January of last year as the highly contagious Omicron variant fuels a surge in infections. Hospitalizations have......

Chicago public schools cancel classes again in COVID-19 teacher walkout

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The Jahn School of Fine Arts lies empty after Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third-largest school district, said it would cancel classes since the teachers’ union voted in favor of a return to remote learning, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. January 5, 2022. REUTERS/Eric Cox Register now for FREE unlimited access......

Fauci warns against complacency as Omicron strains U.S. hospitals

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CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci warned on Wednesday against complacency about the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, saying the sheer number of cases could strain hospitals despite signs of lower severity. The staggering pace of Omicron’s spread has snarled life across......

U.S. reports nearly 1 mln COVID-19 cases in a day, setting global record

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Jan 4 (Reuters) – The United States reported nearly 1 million new coronavirus infections on Monday, the highest daily tally of any country in the world and nearly double the previous U.S. peak set a week ago as the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant showed no signs of......

Canada’s Ontario province announces curbs to prevent spread of Omicron ‘tsunami’

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People queue up for their COVID-19 PCR test at Women’s College Hospital, as the latest Omicron variant emerges as a threat, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada December 22, 2021. REUTERS/Cole Burston Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Jan 3 (Reuters) – Canada’s Ontario province on Monday announced restrictions......

English school children to wear masks to tackle Omicron surge

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A teacher hands out face masks to students on the first day back at school, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown begins to ease, at Fulham Boys School in London, Britain, March 8, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, Jan 2 (Reuters) –......

Experts, governors warn of U.S. Omicron ‘blizzard’ in weeks ahead

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WASHINGTON, Dec 30 (Reuters) – U.S. health experts on Thursday urged Americans to prepare for severe disruptions in coming weeks as the rising wave of COVID-19 cases led by the Omicron variant threatened hospitals, schools and other sectors impacting their daily lives. The warning came as the United States reached......

Hong Kong university dismantles, removes Tiananmen statue

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HONG KONG, Dec 23 (Reuters) – A leading Hong Kong university has dismantled and removed a statue from its campus site that for more than two decades has commemorated pro-democracy protesters killed during China’s Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989. The artwork, of anguished human torsos, is one of the few......

Harvard professor convicted by U.S. jury of lying about China ties

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BOSTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) – A Harvard University professor was convicted on Tuesday of U.S. charges that he lied about his ties to a China-run recruitment program in a closely-watched case stemming from a crackdown on Chinese influence within U.S. research. A federal jury in Boston found Charles Lieber, a......

Schumer vows action on social policy, voting rights bills despite setback

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), with Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), speaks to reporters after the weekly party policy caucus luncheons at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. December 7, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, Dec......

From schools to sports, a new wave of COVID-19 disrupts U.S. life

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NEW YORK, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Universities canceled events, the National Football League reported a record number of cases, and long lines formed at New York City testing clinics as a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and concern over the Omicron variant disrupted American life anew. The NFL and two......

Brazil’s Cogna sees higher-education unit returning to revenue growth in 2023

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SAO PAULO, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Brazilian education company Cogna Educacao SA (COGN3.SA) expects its higher-education unit Kroton to return to revenue growth in 2023 as it sees a more optimistic outlook for in-person classes starting next year, executives said during an investor event. The forecast comes after a company......

Michigan school shooting ‘entirely preventable,’ $100-million suit says

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Dec 9 (Reuters) – A deadly shooting at a Michigan high school that authorities have said was carried out by a 15-year-old boy was “entirely preventable,” according to a lawsuit seeking $100 million in damages filed on Thursday against the school district and its officials on behalf of two sisters......

Australia regulator approves Pfizer vaccine for children 5-11

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A healthcare professional prepares a dose of the Pfizer coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine as high-risk workers receive the first vaccines in the state of Victoria’s rollout of the program, in Melbourne, Australia, February 22, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com Register MELBOURNE, Dec 5 (Reuters)......

U.S. congressman posts family Christmas picture with guns, days after school shooting

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U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) in a Christmas photo of his family holding guns, in this image obtained from Twitter, posted on December 4, 2021. Courtesy of Twitter @REPTHOMASMASSIE / Social Media via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – A U.S.......

Parents of Michigan school shooting suspect plead not guilty to manslaughter charges

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Dec 4 (Reuters) – A Michigan judge set bail at $500,000 each for the parents of a teenager accused of murdering four fellow high school students, after authorities arrested the couple on Saturday following a high-profile manhunt. Appearing by videolink from jail for their arraignment, James and Jennifer Crumbley both......

Police search for parents charged in Michigan school shooting

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Dec 3 (Reuters) – Authorities searched for the parents of a Michigan teenager accused of murdering four fellow high school students, after they were charged with involuntary manslaughter on Friday for buying their son the weapon as a Christmas gift and ignoring warning signs as late as the day of......

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