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The World Health Organization says preliminary evidence suggests the new Covid variant first reported in South Africa carries a higher risk of infection than other variants. The United States has joined a growing number of governments in announcing travel restrictions on several southern African countries to try to slow the spread of the new variant named Omicron. President Biden said Washington would impose precautionary measures from Monday. South Africa has criticized the restrictions as a knee-jerk reaction.

The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has announced that bars, restaurants and most shops must close from 5 PM to 5 AM from Sunday. He said the tougher restrictions were needed to prevent hospitals becoming overwhelmed.

A Kurdish woman from northern Iraq is the first victim of Wednesday's migrant boat disaster off the coast of France to be identified. Maryam Nuri Mohamed Amin was among 27 people who died while attempting to reach Britain.

President Biden has expressed concern about Russia's troop buildup near the Ukrainian border. He said it was likely to discuss the situation with both countries' leaders. Earlier the US National Security Advisor and Senior Ukrainian officials called on all sides to pursue diplomatic efforts to de-escalate tensions.

A bus has crashed into a house in central Mexico, killing at least 19 people. The passengers were pilgrims traveling from the State of Michoacan to Chalma. Initial reports say the driver seemed to have lost control of vehicle after the brakes failed.

One of musical theatre's most revered composers and lyricists Stephen Sondheim has died at the age of 91. In a career that spanned more than six decades, he wrote the scores of some of Broadways best-known shows including Company, Follies, and A Little Night Music.

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