A new variant of the coronavirus — called B.1.1.529 — has been identified in South Africa, with officials there saying it’s of concern. Fears a new strain could fuel outbreaks in many countries, straining health systems, potentially evading vaccines and complicating efforts to reopen economies and borders, sent a wave of risk aversion across global markets Friday.
The European Union is recommending a 9-month time limit for the validity of Covid-19 vaccinations for travel into and within the bloc and also is proposing to prioritize vaccinated travelers.
Saudi Arabia will allow direct entry to travellers from Indonesia, Pakistan, Brazil, Vietnam, Egypt and India from December 1, lifting a requirement that they first spend two weeks outside the six countries, state news agency SPA said on Thursday.
At least 27 migrants and refugees, including children and women, have died after their small boat sank in an attempted crossing of the English Channel.
The UN nuclear watchdog said Wednesday there had been “no progress” in talks with Tehran on disputes over the monitoring of Iran’s atomic programme, just days before talks restart on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Iran and Georgia have discussed problems of Iranian transit trucks and agreed to accelerate the finalization of a corridor linking the Persian Gulf to the Black Sea, a senior official says.
Islamic Jihad has waned Israel that Tel Aviv will be bombarded if the occupying regime assassinates members of the Palestinian resistance movement.
Apple has sued the Israeli spyware maker at the center of the Pegasus surveillance scandal, seeking to block NSO Group from targeting the over one billion iPhones in circulation.
Australia on Wednesday listed Hezbollah in its entirety as a “terrorist organization”, extending a current ban on its military wing to include the entire movement.
Bangladesh has started to send more Rohingya Muslim refugees to a controversial facility on a remote island.