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                                People wear face masks as they walk in London today.
More omicron cases pop up as world rushes to learn more

Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it’s not clear if the new variant is more alarming than other versions of the virus. Read more

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Column: Catching COVID: Prayers and vaccine

Toward the end of 2019, fear struck the world. A deadly virus, COVID-19, entered our lives. Many became sick and many died. Many were in shock, not understanding what was happening or why. The world was in chaos. Read more

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                                People queue to get on the Air France flight to Paris at OR Tambo’s airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday.
World scurries to contain new COVID variant

With each passing hour, new restrictions were being slapped on travel from countries in southern Africa as the world scurried today to contain a new variant of the coronavirus that has the potential to be more resistant to the protection offered by vaccines. Read more

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                                Parcels jam a conveyor belt at the United States Postal Service sorting and processing facility in Boston. On the busiest days, about 170,000 packages are processed at the facility. Last year’s holiday season was far from the most wonderful time of the year for the beleaguered U.S. Postal Service. Shippers are now gearing up for another holiday crush.
Shippers prepare for another pandemic crush of holiday gifts

The last holiday season was far from the most wonderful time of the year for the U.S. Postal Service: Sick and quarantined workers, a flood of packages from shoppers loathe to set foot in stores and a last-minute dump of packages from overwhelmed private shippers. Read more


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