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Amid pandemic and protest, Olympics return to a changed China

By Tony Munroe BEIJING (Reuters) - The Beijing Winter Olympics kick off in a week, putting sports at centre-stage following preparations that have been clouded by diplomatic boycotts and the…

WHO chief says world at ‘critical juncture’ in COVID pandemic

GENEVA (Reuters) -The head of the World Health Organization on Monday urged countries to work together to bring the acute phase of the pandemic to an end, saying that they…

World Economic Forum to hold 2022 annual meeting in Davos in May

ZURICH (Reuters) - The World Economic Forum will hold its 2022 annual meeting in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos from May 22-26, the Geneva-based group said on Friday. The…

China’s local COVID cases fall while infections grow in Beijing city

BEIJING (Reuters) -China reported on Friday the lowest daily tally of confirmed locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in nearly two months, while infections edged up in the capital Beijing amid high…

New Delhi to stay under weekend, overnight COVID curfew, with some allowances

By Neha Arora NEW DELHI (Reuters) -India's capital New Delhi will remain under curfew over the weekend and overnight to help curb the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus,…

South Africa gets $750 million World Bank loan to bolster COVID recovery effort

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - The World Bank has approved a loan of $750 million to South Africa linked to COVID-19, aiming to help protect the poor and support economic recovery…

Coronavirus spreading like never before in Americas, health agency says

BRASILIA (Reuters) -COVID-19 infections are reaching new peaks in the Americas with 7.2 million new cases and more than 15,000 COVID-related deaths in the last week, the Pan American Health…

India’s new COVID-19 cases hit eight-month high, full impact weeks away

By Neha Arora NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India reported new coronavirus infections at an eight-month high on Wednesday and a government scientist warned it will take weeks before data on…

Are hospital admissions still the best way to gauge the COVID crisis?

By Clara-Laeila Laudette and Alistair Smout MADRID/LONDON (Reuters) - Using the number of people in hospital with COVID-19 to gauge the severity of the pandemic may not give an accurate…

Vietnam detects first Omicron cases in the community -state media

(Reuters) - Vietnam has recorded its first cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the community, state media reported on Wednesday, as health authorities urged people to increase…

PM Modi delivers ‘State of the World’ special address at the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi delivered ‘State of the World’ special address at the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda today via video conferencing. The Prime Minister said that India…

Explainer-Sri Lanka on the edge as debt burden mounts

By Uditha Jayasinghe COLOMBO (Reuters) - Hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sri Lanka is facing its most serious financial crisis in years, raising doubts about its ability to pay…