World Health Organization says new coronavirus variant detected in 38 countries, up from 23 just two days ago.
Saturday’s vote will be closely watched as a test of the democratic transition in The Gambia.
The Omicron variant
Wall Street ends volatile week lower as investor jitters grow
Markets are digesting the US central bank’s possible wind-down of support and the many unknowns of the Omicron variant.
Oil drops for sixth straight week as Omicron jolts markets
Crude slid since October on emergence of a new variant, nations tapping oil reserves and OPEC+ continuing output hikes.
WHO chief scientist urges people not to panic over Omicron
No evidence yet to support a change in vaccines as they are ‘highly effective’, the World Health Organization says.
Biden signs stopgap funding bill, avoiding a government shutdown
Both chambers of Congress passed the legislation on Thursday to avert a short-term shutdown of the government.
Women in Chile voice fears over far-right presidential candidate
As Chile’s presidential runoff nears, some women fear victory for Jose Antonio Kast may roll back their rights.
Israeli academic denounced for report denying Srebrenica genocide
Germany is reconsidering whether to award Gideon Greif after his views on the Srebrenica massacre became known.