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First positive Omicron case detected in South Africa on November 8 - Report

Johannesburg, Dec 1 (UNI/Sputnik) The South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases published a report on Wednesday saying that the first positive case of the Omicron strain was detected in the country on November 8.
"New B.1.1.529 lineage has been designated Variant of Concern Omicron. Earliest detection in South Africa: 8 November, Gauteng," the report read.
The World Health Organization (WHO) designated the new coronavirus strain, which was originally detected in South Africa, as a variant of concern during an emergency meeting last week. The WHO dubbed the new coronavirus strain B.1.1.529 Omicron, the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet. The new strain caused many states to close borders to foreigners arriving from South Africa and its neighbors.
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Arab League to hold emergency meeting Sunday over Houthi attack

Arab League to hold emergency meeting Sunday over Houthi attack

22 Jan 2022 | 7:19 PM

Cairo, Jan 22 (UNI) The Arab League Council at the level of permanent delegates is to hold an emergency meeting on Sunday in Cairo to consider the Houthi terror attacks on the United Arab Emirates.

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Don't see bigger role for China in Maldives, says Nasheed

22 Jan 2022 | 7:10 PM

Colombo/Male, Jan 22 (UNI) Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed has said he does not see a bigger role for China in the Maldives and his government’s “India First” policy must remain Male’s foreign policy, even as he slammed the “India Out” campaign of former president Abdulla Yameen as “very misguided” and “very unpopular”.

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Bulgarian President Radev takes office for 2nd term

22 Jan 2022 | 6:26 PM

Sofia (Bulgaria), Jan 22 (UNI/Xinhua) Rumen Radev took office for a second consecutive term as President of Bulgaria on Saturday after an inauguration ceremony held in the capital city.

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Friedrich Merz elected Germany's CDU chairman

22 Jan 2022 | 6:24 PM

Berlin, Jan 22 (UNI/Sputnik) Friedrich Merz was elected on Saturday new chairman of the conservative Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) during an online congress meet with 95 per cent of votes, according to a live stream of the German Phoenix broadcaster.

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University of Rhode revokes Giuliani's honorary degrees

22 Jan 2022 | 6:21 PM

Washington, Jan 22 (UNI/Sputnik) The University of Rhode Island has decided to revoke honorary degrees for Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Rudolph Giuliani and former national security adviser Michael Flynn due to their "non-conformity with educational values".

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