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People wear face masks as they walk, in Regent Street, in London, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was necessary to take

WHO criticizes travel bans on southern African countries


EXPLAINER: What we know and don't know on new COVID variant
A woman wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 holds a child on her back on a crowded sidewalk in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. As the world grapples with the emergence of the new variant of COVID-19, scientists in South Africa — where omicron was first identified — are scrambling to combat its spread across the country.

More omicron cases pop up as world rushes to learn more
Travelers walk with their luggage in the Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. Israel on Sunday approved barring entry to foreign nationals and the use of controversial technology for contact tracing as part of its efforts to clamp down on a new coronavirus variant.

In French Pantheon, Josephine Baker makes history yet again
FILE - Charlie Chaplin congratulates entertainer Josephine Baker after her performance at the charity gala

Solomon Islands police find 3 bodies after violent protests
This photo shows aftermath of a looted street in Honiara's Chinatown, Solomon Islands, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Violence receded Friday in the capital of the Solomon Islands, but the government showed no signs of addressing the underlying grievances that sparked two days of riots, including concerns about the country's increasing links with China.

Russia jails 5 people over coal mine disaster that killed 51
Ambulances and fire trucks are parked near the Listvyazhnaya coal mine out of the Siberian city of Kemerovo, about 3,000 kilometres (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. A fire at a coal mine in Russia's Siberia killed 11 people and injured more than 40 others on Thursday, with dozens of others still trapped, authorities said.

People line up to get on an overseas flight at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Nov. 26, 2021. As the world grapples with the emergence of the new highly transmissible variant of COVID-19, worried scientists in South Africa — where omicron was first identified — are scrambling to combat its lightning spread across the country.

COVID variant spreads to more countries as world on alert


World takes action as new 'omicron' variant triggers travel bans
Activists block Amazon warehouses in Europe on Black Friday
U.S. lawmakers visit Taiwan, plan to meet senior leaders
South African scientists detect new virus variant amid spike
A group of people thought to be migrants wait on a holding bus after being brought in to Dover, Kent, England, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. On Wednesday around 30 migrants bound for Britain died when their boat sank in the English Channel, in what France’s interior minister called the biggest migration tragedy on the dangerous crossing to date.

France calls for European aid after 27 migrant deaths at sea


Russian reports now say 52 dead in Siberian coal mine fire
German parties reach deal for government to end Merkel era
Migrant boat capsizes in English Channel; at least 31 dead
Sweden's first female prime minister quits hours later

Ferry capsizes in Sri Lanka; at least 6 dead

Bus crashes, catches fire in Bulgaria; at least 45 dead

Olympic officials: Chinese tennis star Peng says she is safe

US missionaries say 2 of 17 abductees freed in Haiti


Sudan military leaders reinstate deposed prime minister


China reduces ties with Lithuania in Taiwan spat


Fashion designer Virgil Abloh dies at 41
Post-Thanksgiving, airport screenings predicted to reach record pandemic high
MnDOT researches technology that combines bridge repairs with protecting the state's bat population

Neighborhood concerns in Brooklyn Center as Potter trial approaches


St. Cloud woman held on murder charges for death of infant Sunday

Apple Valley teen killed in ATV accident on Thanksgiving

1 dead after crashing into pole in south Minneapolis Saturday

Community systems offer alternative paths for solar growth