New coronavirus variant Omicron keeps spreading, Australia detects cases
The Australian cases were the latest indication that the variant may prove hard to contain. First discovered in South Africa, it has since been detected in Britain, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Botswana, Israel and Hong Kong.
New Covid variant Omicron triggers global alarm, market sell-off
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said Omicron may spread more quickly than other forms, and preliminary evidence suggested there is an increased risk of reinfection.
WHO meets to designate new variant, cautions against travel measures
Global authorities reacted with alarm to the new variant detected in South Africa, with the EU and Britain among those tightening border controls as scientists sought to find out if the mutation was vaccine-resistant.
What we know about the Covid-19 variant detected in South Africa
South African scientists say some of the mutations are associated with resistance to neutralising antibodies and enhanced transmissibility, but others are not well understood, so its full significance is not yet clear.
India to tighten Covid-19 testing for tourists amid new variant concerns
Earlier this month, India identified 10 countries “at risk” that includes Europe, Britain, China, South Africa, and New Zealand, among others.
South Africa detects new Covid-19 variant, implications not yet clear
Early signs from diagnostic laboratories suggest the variant has rapidly increased in the most populated province of Gauteng and may already be present in the country's other eight provinces, they said.
‘False sense of security’ around vaccines as Europe again Covid epicentre: WHO
WHO officials warned that the SARS-CoV-2 virus would keep spreading intensely as societies return to the social mixing and mobility of a pre-pandemic period in the run-up to the year-end holidays.
UAE holds talks with Taliban to run Kabul airport: Foreign diplomats
The Emiratis are keen to counter diplomatic clout enjoyed there by Qatar, according to the sources who declined to be name due to the sensitivity of the matter.
What is the risk of a war between Russia and Ukraine?
Russian troop movements near Ukraine have drawn concern from Kyiv and the United States that it might be considering attacking its neighbour.
‘Blinding Lights’ dethrones ‘The Twist’ as all-time No.1 Billboard single
Checker's "The Twist," which launched a new dance craze, was awarded the title in 2008 after separate chart runs in 1960 and again in 1962.
In Peng case, a glimpse into the machinery of Beijing's control
Beijing's censorship machine has allowed it to suppress the scandal domestically in China's tightly controlled cyberspace.
Messi, Ronaldo and Salah on shortlist for FIFA Best Men’s Player award
The trio are joined by last year's winner Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich, Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne and Chelsea duo N'Golo Kante and Jorginho.
US investigators question Goodyear Malaysia workers over labour practices
The Homeland Security Investigations questioning follows initial allegations filed in three complaints by 185 migrant workers from Nepal, India and Myanmar against Goodyear Malaysia in the country's industrial court in 2019 and 2020.
'Get Back' documentary shows Beatles 'as you've never seen before'
Originally shot over 22 days in January 1969, the tapes offer a starkly different portrait of the Liverpool band in the months before their acrimonious split.
Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine trial data shows long-term efficacy in adolescents
The vaccine was authorized for emergency use in people aged 12-15 years by the US Food & Drug Administration in May, and granted full approval for use in people aged 16 and above in August.
India logs slimmest rise in Covid-19 cases in 543 days despite festivals
Government surveys have estimated that nearly 70% of Indians had been naturally infected by July, following a record rise in infections and deaths in April and May.
Indian farmers hold mass rally, keep pressure on Modi despite climbdown
Thousands gathered for the latest rally in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, where Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party will seek to hold onto power in state elections due early next year.
UN warns of ‘colossal’ collapse of Afghan banking system
An abrupt withdrawal of most foreign development support after the Taliban seized power has sent the economy into freefall, putting a severe strain on the banking system which set weekly withdrawal limits to stop a run on deposits.
BTS named artist of the year at 2021 American Music Awards
The K-Pop band beat rival nominees Ariana Grande, Drake, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd.
Princes to paupers: India's salesmen face ruin as Ambani targets mom-and-pop stores
Just as Ambani, India's richest man, has disrupted the country's telecoms industry, the tycoon is intent on shaking up retail distribution, taking on US e-commerce giants like Amazon and Walmart Inc, expanding fast in India.