LOS ANGELES -- The United States has identified the country's first confirmed case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in the state of California, health authorities said Wednesday.
The California and San Francisco Departments of Public Health have confirmed that a recent case of COVID-19 among an individual in California was caused by the Omicron variant. The individual was a traveler who returned from South Africa on Nov. 22, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a news release. (U.S.-First Omicron Case )
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BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi government confirmed on Wednesday its commitment to implement the decision of the Iraqi parliament to withdraw foreign combat forces from Iraq.
A statement by the media office of Iraqi National Security Adviser Qasim al-Araji said al-Araji met with Michael Anker, head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) mission in Iraq, to discuss means to boost cooperation between Iraq and NATO to enhance the capabilities of the Iraqi forces. (Iraq-Foreign Forces-Withdrawal)
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MOSCOW -- Part of the U.S. Embassy staffers must leave Russia in two months, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday in response to Washington's decision to expel Russian diplomats.
"By Jan. 31, 2022, those who have been working at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow for more than three years must leave Russia," the ministry's spokesperson Maria Zakharova said during her weekly briefing. (Russia-U.S.-Expulsion)
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UNITED NATIONS -- Abdulla Shahid, president of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), on Wednesday emphasized the need for action rather than words to bring a resolution to the Palestinian question.
The lack of progress on the Palestinian question is "disheartening," Shahid told the UNGA plenary meeting on the question of Palestine and the situation in the Middle East. "Words cannot save Palestinian people suffering from decades of occupation, arbitrary arrests, and the use of excessive force against them." (UN-Shahid-Palestinian Question)