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London’s theatreland to dim lights in tribute to late composer Stephen Sondheim - channel 4

London’s theatreland to dim lights in tribute to late composer Stephen Sondheim

Lights will be dimmed in London's theatreland on Monday to honour the composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim who died yesterday, at the age of ninety one. 
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“I am so worried” says sick London nurse stuck in Africa

The speed with which travel restrictions were brought in for parts of Southern Africa have left some British travellers unable to come back home. 
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New Omicron Covid variant in UK as two people test positive - channel 4

New Omicron Covid variant in UK as two people test positive

Hours after it emerged that a more transmissible Covid strain had arrived in the UK, the prime minister announced new restrictions to try and slow its spread. 
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Germany confirms two cases of Omicron - rt

Germany confirms two cases of Omicron

Two cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant have been detected in Bavaria, Germany. The UK and Italy are among other European nations that have also registered instances of the suspected Covid mutation.
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Two dead as French military clashes with protesters in Africa - rt

Two dead as French military clashes with protesters in Africa

At least two people were killed and some 16 injured in Niger, when a French military convoy was met by protesters after crossing from Burkina Faso, where the column had been blocked for a whole week.
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‘Antifa’ rioters attack cops at march against ‘state violence’ (VIDEOS)

Black-clad ‘Antifa’ rioters in France attacked police officers with fists, projectiles and metal barriers, at a Paris protest they claimed was “against state violence and the extreme right.”
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Cops protest legalizing taking footage of police (VIDEO)

Thousands of police have descended on central Madrid in response to the government’s plans to make it legal for people to take images of officers on duty, a change that is part of an overhaul of a controversial gag law.
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Government vows to root out ‘morally corrupting’ sex ed

Poland’s education minister has sided with parents seeking to wrestle sex education out of schools, promising that it would now be easier to give “morally corrupting” voluntary programs the boot.
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New lockdown announced in Europe

The Netherlands has once again tightened its pandemic restrictions, with a new overnight lockdown announced by the government. The state is battling a record-breaking Covid-19 surge, as hospitals face a ‘code black’ scenario.
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Omicron’s spread across Europe: First confirmed case and dozens more suspected

The new, heavily mutated strain of Covid 19 is in Europe, with Belgian authorities officially confirming its advent on the continent. Germany and the Czech Republic are looking into suspected cases.
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61 of 600 people on flights from South Africa to Holland test positive for Covid

It is not yet known if the passengers are carrying the new Omnicron variant.
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Further mutations of the Covid-19 virus could spawn a strain as contagious as the Delta variant and as deadly as the Ebola virus. That's the stark warning from the World Medical Association.
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Thousands flood streets to decry vaccine mandate (VIDEOS)

A fresh round of rallies against mandatory Covid vaccination has hit Australia, with hundreds of thousands protesting in dozens of cities. Aerial footage captured huge crowds blocking central streets.
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A top Covid-19 adviser to the South African government is refusing to panic like his foreign colleagues, asserting that the ‘super-mutant’ Omicron strain won’t cause a major spike in cases and vaccines will work against it.
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‘Omicron’: How fear of new unstoppable Covid variant gripped the world

A newly identified, heavily-mutated coronavirus strain dubbed ‘Omicron’ is triggering alarm across much of the globe, prompting a rash of travel restrictions amid fears that existing vaccines will be unable to stop the variant.
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Amsterdam fears dozens of Covid infections on flights from Omicron hotspots - rt

Amsterdam fears dozens of Covid infections on flights from Omicron hotspots

As growing fears of the Omicron variant triggered a travel ban, 15 of the 110 arrivals from South Africa tested at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport turned up positive for Covid-19. Another 500 from two flights still need to be tested.
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WHO pressed to explain ‘skipping’ Nu & Xi Covid strains

The World Health Organization (WHO) decision to name the new coronavirus variant of concern ‘Omicron’ has raised some eyebrows, as under its Greek alphabet naming scheme the next ones up should have been ‘Nu’ and then ‘Xi’.
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Channel deaths: Diplomatic row escalates as France disinvites Priti Patel to crisis meeting

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Australia ‘alarmed’ by Chinese spy ship

Australia ‘alarmed’ by Chinese spy ship

rt - 1 day ago

Canberra has confirmed reports of a Chinese spy vessel spotted off the Australian coast, with officials decrying the alarming action despite noting that Beijing was within its rights to sail in international waters

Prime Minister Scott Morrison acknowledged that a Chinese surveillance ship spent some time near his country’s coast earlier this year, saying on Friday that the vessel underscored a “very serious situation” in the Indo-Pacific region, even while adding that Beijing did not run afoul of any maritime laws in the process.

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“I think the presence of the Chinese Navy – which we were aware of, and they were keeping a close eye on us and we were keeping a close eye on them – the importance of that is to highlight to Australians that there is a very serious situation in the Indo-Pacific,” Morrison told reporters.

They have every right to be where they are. We knew they were there. They are able to be there under international maritime law. But don’t think for a second that we were not keeping an eye on them as they were seeking to keep an eye on us.

Morrison also said that he expects Beijing to afford his country the same leeway when it sails its own vessels in disputed areas of the South China Sea, where competing territorial claims have given rise to long-standing tensions between China and a number of other regional states.

The Daily Telegraph was the first to report the presence of the Chinese spy ship, which it claimed had circled the coast for a period of three weeks between August and September.

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Defence Minister Peter Dutton confirmed that time-frame, telling media on Friday that the ship remained outside Australian waters and broke no laws. He added later, however, that the deployment was “alarming,” and said it was at odds with Beijing’s rhetoric about promoting peace and security in the Asia-Pacific.

The high-level comments on the spy vessel come amid rising hostilities between China and Australia, with Canberra now reportedly considering a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics set to be held in Beijing – though officials are said to be waiting on Washington’s decision before making their own. Discussion of a potential boycott was prompted by criticisms over China’s alleged human rights abuses, namely against its Uyghur Muslim minority. In addition to the Olympics controversy, other tensions between Australia and China have been driven by a long-running trade dispute, which has seen China ban Australian coal imports.

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