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The more contagious Omicron subvariant BA.2 is now dominant in the US and likely to cause an 'uptick' in casesbusinessinsider>30 March 2022 (LINK)

The CDC has lifted its risk advisory for cruise travel cnn>30 March 2022 (LINK)

Covid: Second booster shots authorized in U.S. for adults 50 and oldercnn29 March 2022 (LINK)

White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announces she tested positive for Covid-19 after Biden's trip to Europecnn28 March 2022 (LINK)

Drop airplane mask mandates now say airline executives: infection risk is lownypost24 March 2022 (LINK

Hong Kong Eases Travel Restrictions: Lifts Flight Bans, Cuts Covid Quarantinebloomberg21 March 2022 (LINK)

COVID-19: Spring booster jabs to be offered to millions of vulnerable people in Englandground.news19 March 2022 (LINK)

School mask mandates in the U.S. reduced coronavirus transmission by 72%sciencenews15 March 2022 (LINK)

China Locks Down Shenzhen, Province of 24 Million Over COVIDbloomberg / yahoo14 March 2022 (LINK)

Barack Obama Reveals He Has COVID: 'Get Vaccinated'thedailybeast13 March 2022 (LINK)

Covid-19: China locks down city of 9 million amid new spike in casesap / business-standard12 March 2022 (LINK)

WHO frustration two years on since pandemic declarationafp / france2411 March 2022 (LINK)

Global Covid-19 death toll 'may be three times higher than official figures': over 18 milliontheguardian10 March 2022 (LINK)

COVID-19 cases, deaths continue to drop globally (5 and 8% in week), WHO saysground.news9 March 2022 (LINK)

Novak Djokovic pulls out of Indian Wells and Miami Open over US coronavirus rulesbbc9 March 2022 (LINK)

WHO says COVID boosters needed, reversing previous callap / ground.news8 March 2022 (LINK)

Most People Catch Omicron This Way Now: Not Wearing a Mask, Not being Vaccinated, Delaying Boosters, Pandemic Complacency, Being Overweighteatthis6 March 2022 (LINK)

Chinese city of Qingdao reports Omicron outbreak among students, fuelling China's highest number of daily locally transmitted cases so far this yearground.news6 March 2022 (LINK)

India records 5,476 new Covid cases (0.14%), active infections below 60,000 but 158 deathsground.news6 March 2022 (LINK)

Covid-19: South Africa records 1853 new cases, two deathsground.news4 March 2022 (LINK)

Arthritis drug baricitinib shown to reduce risk of COVID death in large UK trialreuters / yahoo3 March 2022 (LINK)

A highly changed coronavirus variant was found in deer after nearly a year in hiding, researchers suggestkgw2 March 2022 (LINK)

Oregon doctors find roughly 30% of COVID patients have symptoms that last for monthskgw2 March 2022 (LINK)

South Korea has deadliest day of pandemic amid Omicron surge: 643 new patients hospitalizedground.news27 February 2022 (LINK)

New studies bolster theory that COVID-19 came from Wuhan marketground.news26 February 2022 (LINK)

As Covid variant BA.2 grows in the US, experts look to other countries to predict its national impactcnn23 March 2022 (LINK)

Biden press secretary Jen Psaki has COVID-19 for second time, won't travel to Europeap / yahoo22 March 2022 (LINK)

The Long COVID Puzzle: Study found significantly more new diabetes cases in individuals testing positivemedpagetoday22 March 2022 (LINK)

China reports two COVID-19 deaths, first in more than a year< 2,157 new COVID-19 casessmall> — ground.news19 March 2022 (LINK)

70% of COVID survivors in UK study had impaired memory, focusxinhua / weather17 March 2022 (LINK)

WHO Sounds Alarm Due to Rising COVID-19 Cases Globally Despite Reduced Testingxinhua / weather17 March 2022 (LINK)

— WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press briefing that globally increasing cases despite reduced testing "means the cases we are seeing are just the tip of the iceberg." He added: "Continued local outbreaks and surges are to be expected, particularly in areas where measures to prevent transmission have been lifted."

South Korea's omicron deaths surge amid faltering responseap / ground.news17 March 2022 (LINK)

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First complete gap-free human genome sequence publishedtheguardian31 March 2022 (LINK)

Afghanistan: World Bank freezes projects over girls' school banbbc29 March 2022 (LINK)

U.K. police fine 20 people over 'partygate' scandal that shook the governmentap / nbcnews29 March 2022 (LINK)

The Jan 6 conspiracy investigationheathercoxrichardson28 March 2022 (LINK)

El Salvador leader requests state of emergency amid killingsap / ground.news26 March 2022 (LINK)

ILO elects Gilbert Houngbo as its next chiefgenevasolutions25 March 2022 (LINK)

Geneva-based Earth Foundation awards $100K first Earth Prize for teenagers to three Vietnamese women who developed biodegradable menstrual padtheearthprize25 March 2022 (LINK)

ILO cuts ties with Russia 'until a ceasefire is agreed'genevasolutions23 March 2022 (LINK)

Pfizer Recalls 3 Blood Pressure Medications Over Cancer Riskcnet23 March 2022 (LINK)

Former Boeing test pilot found not guilty of deceiving FAA about a key flight-control system that played a role in two deadly crashes involving 737 Max jetsseattletimes23 March 2022 (LINK)

Prince William expresses 'profound sorrow' over slavery in Jamaicabbc24 March 2022 (LINK)

— Jamaica's Prime Minister Tells Prince William: 'We're Moving on': 'We Intend to Become an Independent Country' — people23 March 2022 (LINK)

Madeleine Albright, First Woman to Serve as Secretary of State, Dies at 84nytimes23 March 2022 (LINK)

— "She rose to power and fame as a brilliant analyst of world affairs before serving as an aggressive advocate of President Bill Clinton's policies."

Ashleigh Barty retires: Simona Halep, Andy Murray, others react to world No. 1 leaving tennis at age 25cbssports23 March 2022 (LNK)

Afghanistan: Taliban backtrack on reopening high schools for girlsbbc23 March 2022 (LINK)

McKinsey just outlined its worst-case scenario for the global economy following Russia's invasion of Ukraine — and it involves recessions for both the US and Europebusinessinsider22 March 2022 (LINK)

Putin critic Navalny jailed for nine more years in trial branded 'sham'bbc22 March 2022 (LINK)

Switzerland's army could be beaten in a few days, says expertlenews21 March 2022 (LINK)

How can journalism get better at covering climate change? Being a bummer might help: journalists' negative tweets gained far more traction with users than positive onesniemanlab20 March 2022 (LINK)

Germany seals gas deal with Qatar to reduce dependence on Russiaaljazeera20 March 2022 (LINK)

After 9 years, Francis reorganizes Vatican with focus on evangelization, roles for laypeoplencronline19 March 2022 (LINK)

U.S. DOJ Charges Several With Harassing and Spying On Chinese Americans for Beijingpropublica &msdash; 17 March 2022 (LINK)

Peru court authorizes release of ex-President Alberto Fujimori, serving 25-year-sentencealjazeera17 March 2022 (LINK)

War in Ukraine set to lower global economic growth and further exacerbate inflation, OECD warnsground.news17 March 2022 (LINK)

— Growth in the European Union will be hardest hit, with a decline of 1.5 per cent in GDP. The United States is expected to fare better, with an impact of around 0.8 per cent. Canada is an energy net exporting country and a wheat exporter, so for Canada, the effect is similar or more muted.

Russia says it made a payment to avoid defaultcnn17 March 2022 (LINK)

— The funds the country used to make the debt payments came from Russia's frozen foreign assets, sanctioned because of its attack on Ukraine — so it remains unclear whether investors will receive their money.

Cambodian court convicts 21 opposition figures of treasonap / ground.news17 March 2022 (LINK)

— Those convicted included seven exiled leaders of the disbanded Cambodia National Rescue Party. They included party co-founder Sam Rainsy who has been in exile since 2016.

U.N. says military violence in Myanmar may be 'crimes against humanity'npr16 March 2022 (LINK)

Japanese officials say 4 dead after 7.4 earthquake near Fukushima, site of 2011 nuclear disasterusatoday16 March 2022 (LINK)

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe released after 6 years' detention in Iran along with Anoosheh Ashooricnn16 March 2022 (LINK)

— The UK had settled a decades-old £400 million ($524 million) debt owed to Iran, which Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian denied was linked to the prisoner release. The debt was for undelivered armoured vehicles and tanks, originally ordered by Iran but canceled by the UK in response to the Iranian revolution of 1979.

Guardian: Why did it take so long?

Feds pay $128M to families after FBI bungled tips about Florida Parkland school shootercnbc16 March 2022 (LINK)

The World Has One Big Chance to Fix Plasticstheatlantic15 March 2022 (LINK)

Nearly 3 Million Refugees Have Fled Ukraine Amid Russian Invasion, 1.8m to Poland — UNHCRforbes15 March 2022 (LINK)

U.N. chief warns war is hurting poor countries: many despend on Russia and Ukraine for foodpolitico15 March 2022 (LINK)

Ukraine's Nazi Problem is Real, Even if Putin's 'Denazification' Claim Isn'ttntribune14 March 2022 (LINK)

Julian Assange denied permission to appeal against US extraditiontheguardian14 March 2022 (LINK)

Oil Down, Continues Downward Trend Over Hopes of End to Ukraine Conflictinvesting14 March 2022 (LINK)

Saudi Arabia executes 81 men in one day — more than during the whole of last yearbbc12 March 2022 (LINK)

— AP: "the largest known mass execution carried out in the kingdom in its modern history".

Libya coast guard: Migrant boat capsizes; 19 presumed deadground.news12 March 2022 (LINK)

Rising fuel and food costs spark protests in Albania, government imposes price controlsap/afp/euronews12 March 2022 (LINK)

Tens of thousands march for the climate in Franceground.news12 March 2022 (LINK)

Antarctic sea ice hits lowest minimum on recordnature11 March 2022 (LINK)

Chile inaugurates leftist president, its youngest ever11 March 2022 (LINK)

Uber will add a temporary surcharge in the U.S. for rides and food deliveries due to the rising cost of gassfgate11 March 2022 (LINK)

UN Syria Commission warns of escalating violence, plummeting economy and a humanitarian disasterohchr9 March 2022 (LINK)

Belarus: UN report details scale and patterns of human rights violations committed with impunityohchr9 March 2022 (LINK)

— "It appears that arrests were largely random, with security forces pursuing and subduing any person within reach. In addition, men without insignia and wearing balaclavas took part in the forced dispersal of protests, 'creating a climate of fear and lawlessness,'' the report says. Broad use of unnecessary and disproportionate force repeatedly violated people’s rights, including to freedom of expression, assembly and association.

— In total, between May 2020 and May 2021, at least 37,000 people were detained, many of them placed in administrative detention for up to 15 days. Of this total, some 13,500 people were arbitrarily arrested and detained between 9 and 14 August alone. The information collected by the examination indicates that torture and ill-treatment were widespread and systematic."

EU court rules against Britain in customs fraud case on China imports: EU says it lost 2.7 billion euros ($2.9 billion) from 2011 to 2017ground.news8 March 2022 (LINK)

EU to cut dependence on Russian gas by 80 percent this year: reportground.news7 March 2022 (LINK)

Ukraine war 'catastrophic for global food', says boss of one of the world's biggest fertilizer companiesreuters7 March 2022 (LINK)

Singapore's methodical approach to becoming a net-zero cityweforum7 March 2022 (LINK)

Oil price surges to $139, highest since 2008, on delays in Iranian talksreuters6 March 2022 (LINK)

Report Details 'Unraveling' of Trump Probe That Led Prosecutors to Resigncommondreams6 March 2022 (LINK)

Bird flu restrictions put in place to prevent spread on Jerseybbc6 March 2022 (LINK)

Anti-money-laundering body puts UAE on global 'gray' listground.news6 March 2022 (LINK)

Mexico suspends all Sunday league soccer matches after massive brawlground.news6 March 2022 (LINK)

Federal appeals court limits Biden administration's use of Trump-era border policy (Title 42): refoulement permissable "only to places where they will not be persecuted or tortured"cnn5 March 2022 (LINK)

At least 56 killed and nearly 200 injured in suicide blast at Shia mosque in Pakistan's Peshawarcnn4 March 2022 (LINK)

Hundreds of migrants scale fence in Spain's Melilla enclave for second dayap / ground.news3 March 2022 (LINK)

Burkina Faso junta names economist Albert Ouedraogo prime minister for transition periodground.news4 March 2022 (LINK)

Oil Turns Lower On Rumors Of Imminent Iran Nuclear Dealoilprice3 March 2022 (LINK)

Turkey's inflation rate hits a new 20-year high of 54%cnbc3 March 2022 (LINK)

Tens Of Thousands Evacuated In Australia As Heavy Rains Close In On Sydneyground.news2 March 2022 (LINK)

Hundreds arrested globally in New Zealand-led online child abuse investigationground.news2 March 2022 (LINK)

Israeli top court suspends Palestinian evictions in Sheikh Jarrahaxios1 March 2022 (LINK)

— The ruling is a culmination of a decades-long struggle for Palestinian residents to stay in their homes.

Saudi Arabia's cabinet welcomes UN Security Council resolution labeling Houthis as terroristsground.news1 March 2022 (LINK)

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