Top 10 world news: NATO to hold emergency talk on Ukraine and more

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: Jan 04, 2022, 07:17 PM(IST)

In this combination of images, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg can be seen along with coronavirus testing in Paris and vaccination in the Los Angeles. Photograph:( Agencies )

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Here are the top 10 stories from across the world

Foreign ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) will hold an emergency videoconference to discuss Ukraine crisis. A new coronavirus variant called 'IHU' has emerged in France amid the rapid surge of Omicron cases across the world.

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Ukraine Crisis: Foreign ministers of NATO countries to hold emergency talks


Russia's military build-up along its border with Ukraine has become a major flashpoint in relations between Russia and the West.

New coronavirus variant called 'IHU' discovered in France


The B.1.640.2 variant was discovered at the institute IHU Mediterranee Infection. Researchers believe that it contains 46 mutations. This has more mutations than the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

China to 'modernise' its nukes, but asks US and Russia to reduce stockpile


China on Tuesday said that it will continue to 'modernise' its nuclear arsenal but has asked United States and Russia to reduce their stockpiles. 

US sets global record of over 1 million daily Covid-19 cases after Fauci warns of 'vertical increase'


Amid the spread of the Omicron variant at a blistering pace, the United States has recorded over 1 million daily Covid-19 cases as per data from Johns Hopkins University.

Fire at South African parliament contained after two days


Fire at South Africa's parliament, was contained on Tuesday after intense efforts of two days. The fire devastated the complex and brought down roof of the National Assembly.

UK PM Johnson in soup for not self-isolating after contact with Covid positive colleague


UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing mounting criticism amid reports that he failed to self-isolate last year after coming into contact with a member of his team who tested positive for Covid.

Activists slam Elon Musk for opening showroom in 'focal point of genocide,' Xinjiang


Activists have criticised Tesla CEO Elon Musk for opening a new showroom in Xinjiang despite concerns about human rights abuse.

Amid row with China, Taiwan buys Lithuanian liquor in show of support


A Taiwanese government-owned liquor firm has bought rum from Lithuania to help the country in dodging a possible Chinese customs block.

All-women combat platoon on cards in Israel, says report


In a first, a women-only unit seems to be in the making in Israel. The unit seems to have been carved out for religious female soldiers, who want to serve on the frontlines, but have “modesty” concerns about being in close quarters with male troops, said a report.  

Before slipping, Apple touches coveted $3 trillion market cap


Apple seems to be on cloud nine as the company briefly crossed the $3-trillion milestone in terms of the market cap on Monday.  

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