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Asian nations expand booster shots, with an eye on Europe’s surge.

Some highly vaccinated countries in East and Southeast Asia are embracing boosters as the virus surges through parts of Europe where third shots are not yet widely available.

Netherlands Finds 61 Covid Cases on South Africa Flights

The passengers were in the air when the Netherlands announced travel restrictions on flights from southern Africa.

Israel and Iran Broaden Cyberwar to Attack Civilian Targets

Iranians couldn’t buy gas. Israelis found their intimate dating details posted online. The Iran-Israel shadow war is now hitting ordinary citizens.

Afghan Economy Nears Collapse as Pressure Builds to Ease U.S. Sanctions

Afghanistan’s economy has crashed since the Taliban seized power, plunging the country into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Solomon Islands Protests: 3 Burned Bodies Found in Chinatown

The police were trying to determine if the charred remains found in the capital’s Chinatown district were linked to the protests, in which demonstrators set fire to buildings.

Iran Clamps Down on Protests Against Growing Water Shortages

The crackdown came after the protests spilled over to at least one other city and a major protest on Friday loomed. Weather experts say 97 percent of the country is dealing with water scarcity issues.

Giving Thanks in Australia

It’s an odd affair outside America, but maybe the holiday will inspire more of us to pause and appreciate the gifts we’ve been given.

British Columbia Flood Victims Come Together In Storm's Wake

A tour of the flood-ravaged parts of the province finds communities supporting each other following disaster.

Omicron Variant Prompts Travel Bans and Batters World Markets

Scientists do not yet know how dangerous the new Omicron variant is, but its many mutations set off alarms, lowering hopes of putting the pandemic in the past.

A Times correspondent reports from a plane held on the tarmac in Amsterdam.

Passengers at the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg wait for their flights Friday. Several nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa because of a new Covid-19 variant detected there.

Seeking Backers for New Fund, Jared Kushner Turns to Middle East

Former President Donald J. Trump’s son-in-law is trying to raise capital for his investment firm and is turning to a region that he dealt with extensively while in the White House.

New 'Omicron' Variant Stokes Concern but Vaccines May Still Work

The Omicron variant carries worrisome mutations that may let it evade antibodies, scientists said. But it will take more research to know how it fares against vaccinated people.

A Mine Disaster in Russia Highlights Safety Shortfalls in Rush to Dig Coal

At least 46 miners were killed in an explosion at a Siberian mine. The director of the mine has been taken into police custody, along with five other administrators.

South Africa Feels Punished for Alerting World to New Variant

Hours after South African scientists announced the existence of a troublesome new variant, Britain banned travelers from southern Africa. The United States and other nations quickly followed suit.

U.S. officials are consulting with South African scientists on the variant.

Coronavirus testing at the Johannesburg airport on Friday. Health officials around the world are responding to a new variant detected in South Africa.
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