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France has confirmed the first case of a new coronavirus variant that recently emerged in Britain, its health ministry said.

The Ometepe Island bakery in Moyogalpa, Nicaragua Special

In Central American country of Nicaragua, right in the centre of it, one can see a bigger size lake and in the middle of it there’s quite a large island – Isla de Ometepe (Ometepe Island) – that’s where I once ended up on.

Hong Kong imposes three-week hotel quarantine for visitors

Hong Kong extended its compulsory quarantine to three weeks for almost all international travellers from Friday, saying the measure was needed to prevent new, more infectious, coronavirus variants from spreading.

Mid-sized cities make transportation more accessible

Cities can improve their public transport network by embracing new technologies, such as shuttle services. At present many of these require the services of a human driver, but even greater efficiencies will come from autonomous vehicles.

Foreigners shake up Egypt's belly dancing scene

At a Cairo wedding hall, Russian belly dancer Anastasia Biserova shimmied to the dance floor in a bright, high-slit skirt and an elaborately sequined bra top.

Alex Crockford graces 'Men's Fitness' Magazine January 2021 cover

Fitness trainer, social influencer, and digital content producer Alex Crockford has a major reason to be proud. He is gracing the cover of "Men's Fitness UK" in its January 2021 issue.

How can universities adapt to the coronavirus pandemic? Special

Universities and colleges are now adapting plans for 2021 amidst the uncertainty created by the coronavirus crisis. This means further uncertainty for universities around the globe. However, there are actions that can be taken.

Ontario to go into lockdown amid rising coronavirus cases

Canada’s most populous province - with 14 million people, or about 38 percent of Canada's 38 million people. is to enter a “hard lockdown” as Ontario experiences an alarming surge in new coronavirus cases before the Christmas holiday

First Eurostar passengers depart UK for Paris as border reopens

Passengers supplied with negative virus tests on Wednesday boarded the first Eurostar trains from London to France since border closures, eager to spend Christmas with their families.

Doubling down on user experience in healthcare

Just as the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted healthcare, so has healthcare responded in kind. This is through an expansion in telehealth services, although there is further innovation to come.

Over half of Chinese adults now overweight: official

More than half of adults in China are now overweight, official figures showed Wednesday, with increasingly sedentary lifestyles among the country's growing middle class translating to expanding waistlines.

How cities have stepped up to help the homeless

Across the U.S. numerous cities have stepped up to hep tackle homelessness in their districts, stepping in where the federal government has failed to act. The actions contain a mix of community inspired activities and more joined up responses.

How to avoid being scammed during the health crisis Special

A new report reveals U.S. citizens have heightened concerns when it comes to healthcare. This comes as the HHS reported a near-50 percent increase in cyberattacks across most of 2020, compared to the same time frame last year.

Pilot blamed for first Taiwan virus transmission since April

Taiwan reported its first local coronavirus transmission Tuesday, blaming a foreign pilot for ending 253 days of being virus-free.

Climate change ravages Kashmir's 'red gold' saffron crop

On sweeping fields once blanketed in lush purple, a thin and bedraggled crop of flowers is all farmers in Indian-administered Kashmir's saffron-growing region Pampore have to show for this year's harvest.

Sydney sees fewer coronavirus cases amid record testing

Sydney has seen a two-day dip in coronavirus cases after Australian authorities imposed a snap lockdown and residents flocked to testing centres in record numbers, but officials have cautioned the outbreak is still "evolving".

California hospitals look at rationing care as virus surges

California's overwhelmed hospitals are setting up extra makeshift beds for coronavirus patients, and some hard-hit Los Angeles County hospitals may have to start rationing life-saving care as more patients flow in.

India suspends flights from UK

India said Monday it was joining other countries in temporarily suspending all flights from Britain after the emergence of a new and more infectious strain of coronavirus there."Considering the prevailing situation in UK. Govt.

EU scrambles to tackle holiday season chaos as new virus strain spreads

Europe scrambled Monday to thrash out a coordinated response to a new strain of the coronavirus which has prompted an international suspension of travel links with the UK, while the United States saw its own caseload top 18 million.

Florida looking at making python a new menu item

Florida's invasive pythons might just become a happy-hour special if it turns out the snakes are safe enough to eat. But first state officials have to figure out if they contain too much mercury.

COVID-19 surge in Virginia threatens to overwhelm hospitals

Swamped emergency rooms and ICUs have now become a common sight in the Old Dominion, as the Virginia Department of Health reported 3,876 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases to 306,848.

UK in crisis over virus travel bans as US nears stimulus deal

Britain's government said Sunday it would hold a crisis meeting after countries worldwide banned arrivals from the UK over a new highly infectious coronavirus strain it said was "out of control", as the WHO called for stronger containment measures.

Traditional fishing at Praia de Mira Special

One day I travel in Portugal, one of the two countries on the Iberian Peninsula that I have always wanted to visit. While in Coimbra, the old university city in Portugal, I am looking for the way to get to the old Roman site in nearby Conimbriga.

Germany's largest Covid jab site ready for business

Spaces to queue up are already marked out on the way to the 64 miniature doctors' offices where thousands of people per day will be vaccinated against Covid-19 in Hamburg.

North Korea to redevelop flagship tourist resort

Pyongyang plans to redevelop its flagship Mount Kumgang tourist complex into an international resort, a year after leader Kim Jong Un ordered South Korean-built buildings there demolished, state media reported Sunday.

Dutch ban UK flights to stop virus 'mutation'

The Dutch government on Sunday banned all passenger flights from Britain after finding the first case of a new, more infectious coronavirus strain that is circulating in the UK.

Variant of COVID-19 spreading rapidly through southern England

Families must cancel their Christmas gatherings and most shops have to close in London and much of southern England, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday as health officials work to curb a rapidly spreading COVID-19 variant.

The COVID-19 vaccine — Know the facts to avoid being scammed

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on everyone - and now that we have two vaccines rolling out - our outlook for the future is a bit brighter. However - HHS and the FTC are issuing a PUBLIC WARNING regarding vaccine scams.

Machu Picchu to reopen after train protests

The mountainous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru will re-open to tourists on Saturday after an agreement was reached to halt protests by locals over train services, officials said.

Leader of 'virus-free' Turkmenistan champions herbal defence

Ayna Garayeva, a school teacher in the capital of authoritarian and secretive Turkmenistan, began taking extra sanitary measures in her classroom when the government issued new guidelines in August.

COVID-19 — There are no ICU beds available in Southern California

The availability of intensive care unit beds throughout Southern California hit 0% Thursday, and officials warned that conditions in hospitals are expected to erode further if the coronavirus continues to spread unchecked.

Singapore 'hawker' culture gains UN recognition

Once seen as lowly members of Singaporean society, cooks in the city-state's bustling "hawker" centres are rejoicing this week after the United Nations recognised their food as a cultural treasure.

Consuming more wine and cheese may reduce cognitive decline

To what extent can varying your diet affect your overall health? In terms of slowing down the potential for cognitive decline, it appears that food like cheese and liquids like wine could be of benefit.

Australian virus cluster triggers travel clampdown

Australian officials declared Sydney's northern beaches a coronavirus hotspot Friday as a cluster of cases grew to 28 and triggered a return of domestic travel restrictions.

How Germany squandered early Covid-19 success

Long held up as a European success story in the fight against the pandemic, Germany has been hit hard by a second coronavirus wave that has brought record daily infection numbers and deaths.

Chatting with Talia R. Boone: CEO and founder of Postal Petals Special

Talia R. Boone, the CEO and founder of the flower business Postal Petals, chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos.

French researchers warn of virus risk from eating out

Spending time in a bar or restaurant increases the risk of catching Covid-19, French researchers said Thursday, while having guests over for dinner also plays a key role in transmission.

Tokyo hospitals overwhelmed as virus cases hit new record

Tokyo's hospitals are struggling to provide routine care because of a sharp spike in coronavirus cases, officials warned Thursday as new infections in the Japanese capital hit another record high.

US health worker has serious allergic reaction to Pfizer vaccine

A health worker in Alaska suffered a serious allergic reaction after getting Pfizer-BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine and is now hospitalized but stable, a report said Wednesday.

National Cathedral rings its bell for 30 minutes on Tuesday

Washington National Cathedral on Dec. 15 tolled its bell 300 times, once for every 1,000 people who have died from COVID-19 in the United States, as another grim milestone in the pandemic coincided this week with the promise of hope offered by a vaccine.

Rebuilt Prussian palace, scarred by history, opens in Berlin

A reconstructed Prussian palace will open in Berlin on Wednesday as a museum complex housing colonial artifacts, just as debate is gathering pace around the return of treasures plundered from abroad.
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