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COVID-19: Most Omicron cases are 'mild' and there's no evidence to suggest vaccines may be less effective…

Early indications suggest most Omicron coronavirus cases are "mild", an official at the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

Barbados becomes a republic ending 400 years of the British royal family as head of state

Barbados has become a republic, 55 years after gaining independence from the UK.

Ethiopia: Four young sisters among those caught up in country's bloody civil war

There is a little park in Addis Ababa with a bench and some flowers and a big red wall.

COVID-19: Rio cancels New Year's Eve celebrations amid spread of Omicron variant

Rio has cancelled its world-famous New Year's Eve celebrations as the Omicron COVID variant spreads around the world.

Ghislaine Maxwell's 'handbook' revealed: 'You see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing'

A handbook Ghislaine Maxwell gave to staff working at Jeffrey Epstein's house in Palm Beach has been shown to a jury - and a portable green massage…

Indonesia volcano eruption leaves one dead and dozens injured as Mount Semeru sends ash cloud 50,000ft…

The tallest volcano on the Indonesian island of Java has erupted, killing at least one person and sending huge clouds of ash into the air.

South Africa sees rise in child COVID hospital admissions in Omicron epicentre but cases 'mild'

A marked rise has been seen in the number of children admitted to hospital in South Africa - the epicentre of the new coronavirus Omicron variant -…

Russia planning military offensive in Ukraine, according to US intelligence officials

Russia is planning a military offensive against Ukraine, which could begin as soon as early 2022, according to United States intelligence officials.

Bolsonaro to face probe after claiming COVID vaccines increase chance of contracting AIDS

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will be investigated after he claimed coronavirus vaccines may increase the chance of contracting AIDS.

COVID-19: Ireland brings in new restrictions ahead of Christmas due to 'very stark' health advice

Strict new limits on Ireland's hospitality sector and home visits have been announced by the country's prime minister.

Peng Shuai: ATP criticised over 'fluff' response and not joining WTA in suspending tournaments in China…

The governing body of men's tennis has been criticised for not joining the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) in suspending all tournaments in China…

Lewis Hamilton condemns Saudi Arabia's 'terrifying' LGBTQ+ laws ahead of race and says it is 'not my…

Lewis Hamilton has said he does not feel comfortable about racing in Saudi Arabia's grand prix this weekend, as he expressed concern about…

COVID-19: At least 50 people infected with Omicron variant at Christmas party in Norway

At least 50 people in the Norwegian capital of Oslo have been infected with the Omicron variant.

COVID-19: US tightens travel testing rules as Omicron variant spreads

International passengers heading to the US will have to be tested for COVID-19 within one day of travel regardless of their vaccination status, as…

Angela Merkel: Germany's outgoing chancellor honoured at military farewell ceremony with hymns and punk…

Angela Merkel has bid farewell to 16 years in office at a military ceremony, and urged fellow Germans to stand up to hatred.