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New Zealand confirms first coronavirus case in months

The woman, who returned to New Zealand on Dec. 30, had tested positive for the South African strain of the virus after leaving a two-week mandatory quarantine where she had twice tested negative, COVID-19 response minister Chris Hipkins said. New Zealand on Monday confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in the community in months in […]

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Vaccine disparities raise alarm as Covid variants multiply

Disparities in immunity pose a threat to both have and have-not states. Giving the coronavirus an opportunity to advance and generate new mutants would have significant economic and public-health consequences, adding to the pain as the death toll surpasses 2 million. Written by James Paton Global gaps in access to Covid-19 vaccines are raising concerns […]

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Dutch police clash with protesters in Amsterdam, Eindhoven

In Amsterdam, police used a water cannon to disperse protesters taking part in a banned demonstration on a major square ringed by museums. Video images showed the water cannon spraying people grouped against a wall of the Van Gogh Museum. Dutch police clashed with protesters demonstrating against the country’s lockdown in the capital, Amsterdam and […]

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Taiwan reports large incursion by Chinese air force

The presence of so many Chinese combat aircraft on this mission – Taiwan said it was made up of eight nuclear-capable H-6K bombers and four J-16 fighter jets – was unusual. Eight Chinese bomber planes and four fighter jets entered the southwestern corner of Taiwan’s air defense identification zone on Saturday, and Taiwan’s air force […]

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Top Iran leader posts Trump-like image with drone, vows revenge

The image first appeared on a Persian-language Twitter feed that carried a link to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s website. Twitter took down that feed on Friday, saying it was fake. The website of Iran’s Supreme Leader on Friday carried the image of a golfer resembling former President Donald Trump apparently being targeted by a drone alongside […]

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Texas sues Biden administration over halt to deportations

In rushing to court not even a week after Mr. Biden was sworn in, America’s biggest red state signaled that it was ready to resume the role of chief antagonist to a Democratic President’s immigration agenda Texas on Friday moved to stop President Joe Biden from allowing a 100-day moratorium on deportations, bringing one of […]