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Bulgaria limits classes, events to curb latest virus surge

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Health authorities stepped up anti-infection measures in Bulgaria's capital, Sofia, and other major cities in response to a surge in new coronavirus cases driven by the highly c...

NEC, Horizon still having forfeits because of COVID

NEW YORK (AP) — Linda Cimino hasn't lost a Northeast Conference game on the court this season at St. Francis, N.Y. Yet the Terriers are sitting at 4-2 in the standings after forfeit...

In 3-week isolation, unvaccinated athlete waits for Olympics

Three weeks alone in a hotel room is hardly an ideal setting for a snowboarder preparing for the Olympics. Patrizia Kummer, a Swiss athlete who won a gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Oly...

Climate, COVID, China: Takeaways from online Davos event

GENEVA (AP) — Government and business leaders have urged cooperation on the world's biggest issues — climate change, the coronavirus pandemic and the economic recovery — at the World Economic Forum's ...

Virginia governor seeks dismissal of suit over school masks

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Glenn Youngkin has asked the Supreme Court of Virginia to dismiss a lawsuit challenging his executive order allowing parents to opt out of mandates requiring children to wear...

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 ...

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...

Australian Open Lookahead: Medvedev back in 3rd-round action

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — LOOKAHEAD TO SATURDAY Daniil Medvedev will take on No. 57-ranked Botic van de Zandschulp in the third round as he continues his bid to become the first ma...

WHO: COVID boosters should start with most vulnerable

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says that coronavirus vaccine boosters should now now be offered to people, starting with the most vulnerable, in a move away from its previous insistence t...

390,000 obtain Taiwan’s digital COVID pass during first morning

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A total of 390,000 people obtained a digital domestic COVID-19 pass during the first hours of availability, reports said Friday (Jan. 21). While a digital certificate f...

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...

EU health ministers seek common line over fourth COVID vaccine dose

European Union health ministers will try to find a common line on Friday over a potential fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccines, amid a surge in cases sparked by the Omicron variant. The EU drugs regula...

China mandates 3-day Olympic torch relay amid virus concerns

BEIJING (AP) — China is limiting the torch relay for the Winter Olympics to only three days amid coronavirus worries, organizers said Friday. The flame will be displayed only in encl...

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 ...

Djokovic's absence helps his fellow Serb at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic’s absence from the Australian Open has created opportunities for a fellow Serb, Miomir Kecmanovic. Having avoided what would have been a fo...