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Latin America, Asia, latest to get hit with omicron surge

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — In Costa Rica, officials are encouraging those infected with the coronavirus to skip voting in upcoming national elections. On the other side of the world, Beijing is locki...

Taiwan reports 60 local COVID cases at Farglory FTZ

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Late on Friday evening (Jan. 21), the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that 60 more foreign workers at the Farglory Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in Taoyuan City h...

Russia hits all-time high of new infections, blames omicron

MOSCOW (AP) — Daily new coronavirus infections in Russia reached an all-time high Friday and authorities blamed the highly contagious omicron variant, which they expect to soon dominate the country's ...

Romania hits pandemic record of nearly 20,000 infections

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania on Friday hit a new pandemic record of 19,649 COVID-19 infections amid a rapid rise of cases, but hospitalizations and deaths remain significantly lower compared to t...

Poland hits pandemic record of over 36,600 daily infections

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s deputy health minister said Friday the nation hit a COVID-19 pandemic record of 36,665 new infections reported in 24 hours. Waldemar Kraska said that ...

2 foreign workers catch COVID at Tasty, spread to 4 coworkers in northern Taiwan FTZ

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Two migrant workers have tested positive for COVID after dining at the Tasty steak house in Taoyuan City and have transmitted the virus to four of their coworkers from the...

Japan widens virus restrictions as omicron surges in cities

TOKYO (AP) — Restaurants and bars will close early in Tokyo and a dozen other areas across Japan beginning Friday as the country widens COVID-19 restrictions due to the omicron variant, which has caus...

Taiwan reports 23 local COVID cases, highest daily number in 6 months

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday (Jan. 21) announced 23 local COVID cases, the highest single-day case count since July 24, when 24 local cases were re...

Preteens may be vaxed without parents under California bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would allow children age 12 and up to be vaccinated without their parents' consent, the youngest age of any state, under a proposal late Thursday by a state senato...

Search on for humpback whale entangled in debris off Hawaii

POIPU, Hawaii (AP) — A marine mammal rescue team is looking for an adult humpback whale entangled in debris off the coast of Hawaii. First responders removed about 2,000 feet (600 m...

Winners of VinFuture’s $4.5m global sci-tech prizes announced

The VinFuture Prize rewards breakthrough scientific research and technological innovations with humanitarian outcomes● The VinFuture Prize is aligned with one or more of the UN's Sustainable De...

French premier says vaccine pass to go into effect Monday

PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Jean Castex says a new COVID-19 pass will go into effect Monday, severely restricting the public lives of those who refuse to get inoculated by banning them from dom...

Ontario to lift lockdown on dining rooms and gyms

TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s largest province is ending a lockdown of restaurant dining rooms, gyms and cinemas at the end of the month. Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Thursday they will ...

CIA: Most 'Havana syndrome' cases not linked to US adversary

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA believes it is unlikely that Russia or another foreign adversary has used microwaves or other forms of directed energy to attack the hundreds of American officials who attrib...

Barbados PM sworn in after 2nd consecutive elections sweep

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley was sworn in for a second term Thursday after her party appeared to have swept every legislative seat in the first elections the island...