December 6th, 2021

World News

‘The fire that’s here’: US is still battling delta variant

By Heather Hollingsworth, The Associated Press on December 2nd, 2021

While all eyes are on the new and little-understood omicron variant that is popping up around the country, the delta form of the coronavirus isn’t finished wreaking havoc in the U.S., swamping hospitals with record numbers of patients in the Midwest and New England. “Omicron is a spark that’s on the horizon. Delta variant is ... Read More »

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Celebs, fashion, 24k chicken wings at Miami Art Basel

By Kelli Kennedy, The Associated Press on December 2nd, 2021

MIAMI (AP) – After a pandemic hiatus, the official Art Basel show is back in Miami with all its eccentric glory, a dizzying list of celebrity attendees and dozens of spin-off shows that are already generating a buzz, including a phenom child painter and a $4 million Banksy sale. Ten-year-old contemporary artist Andres Valencia’s gallery ... Read More »

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Celebs, fashion, 24k chicken wings kick of Miami’s Art Basel

By Kelli Kennedy, The Associated Press on December 2nd, 2021

MIAMI (AP) – After a pandemic hiatus, the official Art Basel show is back in Miami with all its eccentric glory, a dizzying list of celebrity attendees and dozens of spin-off shows that are already generating a buzz, including a phenom child painter and a $4 million Banksy sale. Ten-year-old contemporary artist Andres Valencia’s gallery ... Read More »

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US will resume policy for asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico

By Elliot Spagat, The Associated Press on December 2nd, 2021

SAN DIEGO (AP) – The Biden administration has struck an agreement with Mexico to next week reinstate a Trump-era border policy that forces asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court, U.S. officials said Thursday. Revival of the “Remain in Mexico” policy comes under a court order even as the administration maneuvers ... Read More »

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Murder charge for Ohio deputy in Casey Goodson Jr. shooting

By Andrew Welsh-huggins, The Associated Press on December 2nd, 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot Casey Goodson Jr. in the back five times was charged Thursday with murder in an encounter that is still largely unexplained and involved no body camera or dash cam footage. The fatal shooting of Goodson, who was Black, took place in Columbus on Dec. ... Read More »

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India confirms omicron variant cases, says get the shot now

By The Associated Press on December 2nd, 2021

NEW DELHI (AP) – India on Thursday confirmed its first cases of the omicron coronavirus variant in two people who traveled abroad, and a top medical expert urged people to get vaccinated. India’s Health Ministry said the cases include two men in southern Karnataka state who came from abroad. It did not say which country. ... Read More »

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Paris archbishop who had ‘ambiguous’ relationship resigns

By The Associated Press on December 2nd, 2021

PARIS (AP) – The archbishop of Paris says Pope Francis has accepted his resignation after he admitted to an “ambiguous” relationship with a woman in 2012. Archbishop Michel Aupetit said in a statement on Thursday that he offered to step down “to preserve the diocese from the division that suspicion and loss of trust are ... Read More »

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India confirms first 2 cases of omicron variant

By The Associated Press on December 2nd, 2021

NEW DELHI (AP) – India has confirmed its first two cases of the omicron coronavirus variant. India’s Health Ministry says the cases include two men in southern Karnataka state. The ministry says they came from abroad, but did not say where. Health official Lav Agarwal said all contacts of the two men had been traced ... Read More »

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In Denmark, a snow storm means people overnight in an IKEA

By The Associated Press on December 2nd, 2021

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – In northern Denmark, an IKEA showroom turned into a vast bedroom. Six customers and about two dozen employees were stranded by a snowstorm and spent the night in the store, sleeping in the beds that are usually on show. Up to 30 centimeters (12 inches) of snow fell, trapping the customers ... Read More »

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US defense chief slams China’s drive for hypersonic weapons

By Hyung-jin Kim, The Associated Press on December 1st, 2021

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – The U.S. defense chief says that China’s pursuit of hypersonic weapons “increases tensions in the region.” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made the remarks in Seoul on Thursday following annual security talks with his South Korean counterpart. Austin says the U.S. is concerned about China’s military capability and calls Beijing “our ... Read More »

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Japan retracts new flight bookings ban after criticisms

By The Associated Press on December 1st, 2021

TOKYO (AP) – Japan says it has retracted a ban on new bookings on incoming international flights to defend against the new variant of the coronavirus only a day after the policy was announced. The transport ministry on Wednesday issued a request to international airlines to stop taking new reservations for flights coming into Japan ... Read More »

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