No evidence yet to support a change in vaccines as they are ‘highly effective’, the World Health Organization says.
Experts are divided on whether Moscow is planning an imminent incursion, or merely posturing to win geopolitical sway.
The Omicron variant
Taliban bans forced marriage of women in Afghanistan
Taliban chief in a decree says women should not be considered ‘property’ and must consent to marriage.
US officials’ phones hacked with NSO Group spyware: Reuters
The phones of at least nine US State Department employees were hacked by Israeli firm’s spyware, news agency reports.
Michigan school shooting: Parents of 15-year-old suspect charged
Involuntary manslaughter charges aim to ‘hold individuals who contributed to this tragedy accountable’, prosecutor says.
Stocks sink as Omicron worries persist, investors move to havens
Markets are also digesting comments earlier in the week from US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.
UAE buys record 80 French Rafale jets in $19bn arms deal
Deal signed as French President Macron begins Gulf trip, during which he will also visit Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
US adds only 210,000 jobs in November but the picture is mixed
While the number of jobs created fell far short of analysts’ expectations, the unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent.