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FIFA Arab Cup 2021 kicks off in Qatar

FIFA Arab Cup 2021 kicks off in Qatar

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Qatar hosts 16 best teams from the Arab world, as matches kick off 12 months ahead of the World Cup.Qatar will host the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 from Tuesday, just 12 months ahead of the World Cup 2022 which will be the first to take place in the Middle East. Tunisia takes on Mauritania in the tournament’s opening fixture with Iraq, the most successful team in the competition with four titles, locking horns with Oman in the second match. Hosts Qatar will play Bahrain and the UAE will take on Syria in the other matches on Tuesday. Here is what you need to know about the tournament: How many teams are taking part? A total of 16 teams, divided into four groups, are taking part in the tournament. Group A: Qatar, Iraq, Oman, BahrainGroup B: Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Syria, MauritaniaGroup C: Mor...
These 12 charts tell you everything you need to know about the economy

These 12 charts tell you everything you need to know about the economy

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7 nations join CDC’s ‘very high’ travel risk list

7 nations join CDC’s ‘very high’ travel risk list

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(CNN) — Eight nations in southern Africa -- seven new ones plus one holdover -- are listed at the CDC's highest travel risk level for Covid-19. The countries are under various travel bans worldwide because of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention placed seven of those nations at Level 4 (highest travel risk) on November 27, a day after President Joe Biden made his proclamation on the travel ban. Those destinations are:• Eswatini• Lesotho• Malawi• Mozambique• Namibia• South Africa• ZimbabweAn eighth nation in that group -- Botswana -- had already been at a Level 4 travel warning since July 6.However, the southern African nations were added to Level 4 and put on Biden's travel ban because of Omicron, not their case numbers."The travel restri...
Pentagon to review deadly 2019 US bombings in Syria

Pentagon to review deadly 2019 US bombings in Syria

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US will look into whether procedures were followed after NY Times reported dozens of civilians were killed in bombings.United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has ordered a review into US military bombings in Syria in March 2019 that the New York Times recently reported killed dozens of civilians during the battle for the final stronghold of ISIL (ISIS). Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby announced the probe on Monday, saying it would be led by General Michael Garrett, the head of US Army Forces Command. Earlier this month, the US military acknowledged that civilians may have been killed in the bombings in Baghouz, near the Iraqi border in 2019. At the time, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were leading the fight on the ground with American air support. “Likely a major...
FedEx driver questioned about hundreds of packages in woods

FedEx driver questioned about hundreds of packages in woods

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HAYDEN, Ala. (AP) — The recent discovery of hundreds of packages in a wooded area north of Alabama's most populous city have led authorities to question a FedEx driver, a sheriff said Monday.As many as 400 packages of varying sizes were found in a ravine last week about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Birmingham, authorities said. The discovery was made on private property near the small town of Hayden in Blount County, Sheriff Mark Moon said.The county sheriff said in a statement on the department's Facebook page that investigators had spoken with security personnel from the Memphis, Tennessee-based company and have identified a driver.The driver's name wasn't released, and Moon did not indicate whether any charges were possible.The company said in a statement that the person involved w...
World Bank is working to free up $500M in Afghanistan aid: Report

World Bank is working to free up $500M in Afghanistan aid: Report

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The World Bank is finalising a proposal to deliver up to $500m from a frozen Afghanistan aid fund to humanitarian agencies, people familiar with the plans told Reuters news agency, but it leaves out tens of thousands of public sector workers and remains complicated by United States sanctions.Board members will meet informally on Tuesday to discuss the proposal, hammered out in recent weeks with US and United Nations officials, to redirect the funds from the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), which has a total of $1.5bn. Afghanistan’s 39 million people face a cratering economy, a winter of food shortages and growing poverty three months after the Taliban seized power as the last US troops withdrew from 20 years of war. Afghan experts said the aid will help, but big gaps remain, i...
Travelers are stranded over restrictions tied to the Omicron variant

Travelers are stranded over restrictions tied to the Omicron variant

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(CNN) — When Mick Sturla left for vacation to South Africa, he had no idea his eight-day stay at a safari lodge would turn into a mad dash to get back home to the United Kingdom and involve sleeping in a rental car underneath an airport terminal due to new and evolving restrictions tied to the Omicron coronavirus variant.Mick, 73, and his wife Jan, 73, flew 11 hours from Heathrow Airport November 21 directly to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg with the intention of returning home the same way on Monday, until British Airways canceled their flight last Thursday.The new and potentially more transmissible coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa has prompted a fresh round of travel restrictions across the world and raised concern about what may be next in the pande...
The President urged Americans to get fully vaccinated against Covid-19. He added that ‘sooner or later’ the Omicron variant will be detected in the US.

The President urged Americans to get fully vaccinated against Covid-19. He added that ‘sooner or later’ the Omicron variant will be detected in the US.

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US President Joe Biden, flanked by Dr. anthony Fauci (R), delivers remarks to provide an update on the Omicron variant in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 29, 2021. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)President Biden underlined three messages in his address to Americans on the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus: The variant is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic."We have the best vaccine in the world, the best medicines, the best scientists, and we're learning more every single day," he said Monday. "We'll fight this variant with scientific and knowledgeable actions and speed, not chaos and confusion."The best protection against Omicron is the vaccine."I know you're tired of hearing me say this, ...
Honduras set for first female president as Castro holds wide lead

Honduras set for first female president as Castro holds wide lead

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Former Honduran first lady and leftist opposition candidate Xiomara Castro appears set to become the country’s first female president, a result that would put the left back in power 12 years after her husband was overthrown in a coup.With more than half the votes counted, Castro had at least 53 percent support and held a commanding lead of almost 20 percentage points over the ruling National Party’s Nasry Asfura, according to a live count from Honduras’s National Electoral Council (CNE) on Monday. Castro, whose husband Manuel Zelaya was deposed from the presidency in a 2009 coup backed by business and military elites, claimed victory late on Sunday, even as the CNE said no result would be announced until the last vote is counted. With more than 1.8 million votes counted, Castro held a marg...
Embattled Kansas lawmaker arrested for second time in month

Embattled Kansas lawmaker arrested for second time in month

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A 21-year-old embattled Kansas lawmaker was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving — his second arrest in less than a month — and is facing fresh calls for his resignation or removal from office.A Kansas trooper arrested Aaron Coleman around 1 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 70 near Lawrence, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. Coleman was taken to the Douglas County Jail, where he bonded out hours later.Coleman did not immediately return phone and email messages left Monday morning by The Associated Press seeking comment.At the time of the arrest, Coleman was already out on bond from an Oct. 30 domestic battery arrest. In that case, he allegedly pushed, hit and spit on his 18-year-old brother in a fight that erupted because the brother was going to get baptized, according ...