In this combination of images show coronavirus testing in China, Ukraine President Volodymr Zelenskiy and people wearing masks for prevention against Omicron variant in London. Photograph:( Agencies )
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Amid tensions at the border with Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that it's "almost impossible" to have good relations with the current Ukrainian authorities referring to President Zelenskiy. As China battles the pandemic, authorities in Shaanxi province have ordered workers not to leave for home during New Year and Spring holidays.
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"President Zelenskiy came to power and instead of meeting got under the influence of radical nationalistic forces," Putin said as tensions continue on the border with Ukraine with thousands of Russian troops massed at the border.
China's Xi'an city has emerged as the new epicentre of the virus as authorities have imposed wide-ranging lockdown of the city.
The captain of the ship that had crashed into a coral reef and caused a massive oil spill in Mauritius has been sentenced to 20 months of jail.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that the typhoon, which made landfall in the Philippines on December 16, also injured 1,146 people, reports Xinhua news agency.
Israel has been experiencing a sudden spike in cases due to the Omicron variant. There are a little over 1,000 cases of the Omicron variant in Israel.
Chinese citizens slammed Elon Musk's company SpaceX for its ''close encounter'' with the country's space station.
In a little over a decade, birth rates have dropped by one third with 404,892 babies born in 2020 from 576,659 in 2008.
The ten most expensive weather disasters this year caused more than $170 billion (150 billion euros) in damage, $20 billion more than in 2020, a British aid group said Monday.