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A new variant of the coronavirus with a “constellation” of mutations has been identified in Botswana. Designated as B.1.1.529, scientists are still unclear whether existing antibodies would react well to the variant – which has 32 spike protein mutations. Tom Peacock, a virologist at Imperial College London, branded the mutations “really awful”. Live COVID updates
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South Korea is launching a taskforce to consider making the consumption of dog meat illegal after the country’s president offered to look into ending the practice. The number of restaurants that serve dog meat in the country have fallen as younger people generally find it a less appetising dining option and pets are growing in
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Sweden’s first female prime minister has resigned after less than 12 hours in the job following the collapse of the coalition her party had formed. Social Democrat Magdalena Andersson stepped down in the wake of the Green Party’s decision to quit their two-party coalition due to parliament’s rejection of the budget bill devised by the
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A Norwegian Christmas advert that shows Santa getting a boyfriend has prompted both widespread praise – and lots of tearful reactions. The commercial for Norway‘s postal service, Posten, shows a relationship developing between the two men over a number of years. It was produced to mark 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised in the country.
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Russia has demanded that more than a dozen foreign technology companies, most of them American, open offices in the country by the end of this year or face sanctions and potential bans. The country’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor issued the demand on Monday and listed Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok among the companies being targeted.
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