Dining at restaurants and the lack of mask mandates are each linked to the spread of the virus in the U.S., the C.D.C. says.

As officials in Texas and Mississippi lifted statewide mask mandates, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offered, in a new study on Friday, fresh evidence of the importance of mask use. …

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QAnon Shaman: ‘I regret entering that building with every fibre of my body’

Jake Angeli spoke from jail about his role in the Capitol riots. …

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U.S. Sanctions Key Ukrainian Oligarch

The Biden administration sees cleaning up corruption in Ukraine as the best protection against Russian influence. …

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Eyeing Re-Election, Macron Walks a Tightrope Above Swirling Crises in France

The French president wants to change Europe, redefine his country and win re-election. But first he needs to overcome the biggest economic and social crisis since World War II. …

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Berlin Film Festival awards gender-neutral acting prize to Maren Eggert

Maren Eggert accepted the award for best actor, in the German event’s newly mixed gender category. …

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Senegal protests after opposition leader Ousmane Sonko arrested

Ousmane Sonko is accused of rape but his supporters say the allegations are politically motivated. …

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‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero was tricked onto plane, into arrest

A key piece of the mystery around the arrest of the man who inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda” has become clear…

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Why the pope’s visit matters for Iraq’s Christians

Since the early days of the religion, an array of Christians have lived in what is today Iraq….

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Myanmar coup: YouTube removes channels run by army amid violence

The armed forces are accused of spreading disinformation online amid a violent crackdown. …

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Women Call for India’s Chief Justice to Quit After He Asked Rapist to Marry

More than 4,000 women have signed an open letter asking for Chief Justice S.A. Bobde to step down following what they called ‘atrocious and insensitive’ remarks in two rape cases. …

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UN envoy calls for urgent action to reverse Myanmar coup

The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar is calling for urgent Security Council action to reverse Myanmar’s military coup…

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Police investigate major incident in Wales with ‘number of casualties’

Officers and paramedics attend scene in village of Ynyswen, Rhondda Cynon TafPolice have launched an investigation into a “major incident” involving “a number of casualties” in a south Wales village.Dozens of police officers and paramedics attended the incident in Ynyswen in Rhondda Cynon Taf on Friday afternoon. Continue reading… …

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Covid: mystery person with Brazil variant in England found

Previously unknown individual who tested positive for variant located after massive searchCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOfficials have tracked down the unidentified person in England who tested positive for the Brazilian variant of Covid, health sources have said.The individual was located after a search of nearly a week, launched in an attempt to prevent the mutation, which is believed to be more transmissible and have greater resistance to vaccines, from spreading. Continue reading… …

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WHO head pushes for waiver of some intellectual property rights to coronavirus vaccines, in bid to broaden access

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made his most pointed plea yet for the waiver of some patents….

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Judge dismisses suit over ‘slave ancestor’ photos at Harvard

Tamara Lanier argued Harvard University profited from images of her family’s enslaved “patriarch”. …

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Czech state orders students to help at struggling hospitals

The Czech health minister says the government has approved his plan to order medical and other university and high school students to help out at hospitals struggling to cope the record numbers of COVID-19 patients…

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US sees jobs surge as hope for rebound rises

US employers added 379,000 jobs in February, the Labor Department said in its monthly jobs report. …

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They Were Journalists, and Women, and Targeted for Both

As Afghanistan enters a desperate chapter, with U.S. troops potentially on the way out, insurgents are pressing a deadly campaign to silence the media and keep women home. …

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Salmond inquiry having ‘chilling effect’ on women, say experts

Campaigners believe Holyrood crisis may prevent women from coming forward to report harassmentThe Salmond inquiry is having a significant impact on the momentum for change brought about by the #MeToo movement, according to experts and campaigners on workplace harassment.They have told the Guardian the political crisis convulsing Holyrood had also had a “chilling” and “demoralising” effect on women in terms of their confidence in reporting unacceptable behaviour. Continue reading… …

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Has covid killed trade shows? Barcelona bets on a comeback

It was roughly one year ago, on the eve of a giant technology conference that usually brings more than 100,000 visitors to Barcelona, that business conventions began to feel the squeeze from the coronavirus. Now, organizers wonder if the meetings will ever return….

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Canada clears Johnson & Johnson vaccine, first to approve 4

Canada is getting a fourth vaccine to prevent COVID-19 as the country’s health regulator has cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two…

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San Diego Zoo Apes Get an Experimental Covid Vaccine

Apes easily fall prey to human respiratory infections, making the virus a major concern for zoos and conservationists. …

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Ukraine holds borscht soup fest with political flavour

Ukraine seeks Unesco status for its beetroot soup – but Russians and Poles call it theirs too. …

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