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Australia on alert after first probable Omicron community case

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SYDNEY, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Australian authorities said on Tuesday that an international traveller who was most likely infected with the Omicron variant spent time in the community as officials rushed to track the person’s close contacts and locations visited. New South Wales (NSW) state health officials said initial testing......

Oil slumps after FT report raises vaccine efficacy doubts

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Pipelines run to Enbridge Inc.’s crude oil storage tanks at their tank farm in Cushing, Oklahoma, March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Nick Oxford Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com Register MELBOURNE/SINGAPORE, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Oil prices gave up gains on Tuesday, falling more than 2% along with broader financial......

EXCLUSIVE World Bank works to redirect frozen funds to Afghanistan for humanitarian aid only -sources

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A mother shops with her children at the market in Kabul, Afghanistan October 29, 2021. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – The World Bank is finalizing a proposal to deliver up to $500 million from a frozen Afghanistan aid......

Britain expands COVID booster programme as eight more Omicron cases found

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Under-40s will be able to get booster doses Gap to boosters also reduced as programme accelerated Scotland finds some cases not linked to travel LONDON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Britain will offer a COVID-19 booster shot to all adults in a bid to accelerate its vaccination programme amid concern over......

S.Africa’s COVID-19 cases could triple this week, says expert

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FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker administers the Johnson and Johnson coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination to a woman in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa, August 20, 2021. REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com Register New COVID-19 variant detected in southern Africa Experts say likely it’s more contagious......

Portugal finds 13 cases of Omicron variant at Lisbon soccer club

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A man wearing a protective mask due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic walks in central Lisbon, Portugal, November 25, 2021. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com Register Variant diagnosed after Belenenses SAD match vs Benfica Belenenses player had recently returned from S. Africa League investigating circumstances......

West asks whether Iran is serious or stalling as talks set to resume

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VIENNA, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Iran and world powers will meet in Vienna on Monday to try to salvage their 2015 nuclear deal, but with Tehran sticking to its tough stance and Western powers increasingly frustrated, hopes of a breakthrough appear slim. Diplomats say time is running low to resurrect......

Low expectations on nuclear talks as Iran creates facts on the grounds

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The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria May 23, 2021. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com Register PARIS, Nov 28 (Reuters) – World powers and Iran return to Vienna on Monday for a last ditch......

South African markets tumble on new COVID-19 variant

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A street money changer counts South African Rands in Harare, Zimbabwe, May 5, 2016. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com Register JOHANNESBURG, Nov 26 (Reuters) – The South African rand sank below 16.00 to the dollar for the first time this year on Friday as, with......

S.Africa detects new COVID-19 variant, implications not yet clear

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JOHANNESBURG, Nov 25 (Reuters) – South African scientists have detected a new COVID-19 variant in small numbers and are working to understand its potential implications, they said on Thursday. The variant – called B.1.1.529 – has a “very unusual constellation” of mutations, which are concerning because they could help it......

At least five killed as huge explosion, gunfire rocks Somali capital

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MOGADISHU, Nov 25 (Reuters) – At least five people died and 23 others were injured after a huge explosion rocked Somalia’s capital Mogadishu early on Thursday, triggering a plume of smoke which rose from the blast site amid gunfire, according to officials and a Reuters witness. “So far we know......

United Nations calls for immediate end to fighting in Ethiopia

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BOGOTA, Nov 24 (Reuters) – United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for an end to fighting in Ethiopia while in Colombia’s capital Bogota on Wednesday, urging Ethiopian leaders to follow the Andean country’s example of peace. Guterres, who was visiting Colombia to mark the five-year anniversary of the peace......

Military moves in Ethiopia risk undermining progress toward peace talks -U.S. envoy

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U.N. Under-Secretary for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman speaks during a news conference in Colombo March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, Nov 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa said on Tuesday that “nascent progress” toward......

U.N. warns of ‘colossal’ collapse of Afghan banking system

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UNITED NATIONS, Nov 22 (Reuters) – The United Nations on Monday pushed for urgent action to prop up Afghanistan’s banks, warning that a spike in people unable to repay loans, lower deposits and a cash liquidity crunch could cause the financial system to collapse within months. In a three-page report......

In the dark: Nigeria’s Maiduguri struggles to recover without power

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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Nov 22 (Reuters) – A whirring machine churns out prints at the Gaza Printing Press in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri while owner Garba Zango supervises. The copies are perfect, but his costs have lately gone through the roof. The past 10 months have been the toughest......

Kremlin accuses West of artificially whipping up Ukraine tensions

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People remove debris inside a machine-building plant, which local workers said was damaged by recent shelling, in the rebel-controlled town of Yasynuvata (Yasinovataya) in the Donetsk region, Ukraine November 21, 2021. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com Register MOSCOW, Nov 21 (Reuters) – The Kremlin on......

Yemen’s Houthis say they attacked Saudi cities, Aramco facilities

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Followers of the Houthi movement carry a mock drone during a rally held to mark the Ashura in Saada, Yemen September 10, 2019. REUTERS/Naif Rahma/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com Register CAIRO Nov 20 (Reuters) – Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement said on Saturday it had fired......

Coal stocks lose ground after Glasgow climate deal

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Smoke billows from a chimney at a coking factory in Hefei, Anhui province October 2, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo Coal miners down in Asia Selling crimps long rally amid energy squeeze Oil, gas steady; China coal futures sink amid output surge SYDNEY, Nov 15 (Reuters) – An international agreement to reduce......

China and India will need to explain coal move, Sharma says

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A general view of the Xilutian coal mine in Fushun, Liaoning province, China June 26, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer LONDON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – China and India will need to explain to developing nations why they pushed to water down language on efforts to phase out coal at the COP26 conference, the......

Australian ministers say 2030 emission target fixed, will be beaten

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MELBOURNE, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Australia’s 2030 emissions target is fixed, and the government is committed to beating it, several ministers said on Sunday, without saying whether targets would be updated as the recently concluded UN climate summit in Glasgow demanded. The Glasgow talks ended Saturday with a deal that......

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