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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in August. He called on Western nations on Sunday to scrap travel restrictions placed on southern Africa to stem the spread of the omicron variant. "The prohibition of travel is not informed by science nor will it be effective in preventing the spread of this variant," he said.
Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows at the U.S. Capitol in February. Meadows has agreed to provide documents and appear for a deposition before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
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Keidy Ventura, 17, receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in West New York, N.J. Pfizer has asked federal regulators to expand the eligibility for booster shots to include 16- and 17-year-olds.
The Lovely Bones author Alice Sebold said in her statement, "I will continue to struggle with the role that I unwittingly played within a system that sent an innocent man to jail."
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Arriving South Korean tourists receive flower garlands at Phu Quoc international airport on November 20, 2021, as the island welcomes its first international tourists to arrive after a Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine passport scheme kicked off this month in Vietnam.
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A registered nurse stirs a nasal swab in testing solution after administering a COVID-19 test in Los Angeles, Calif. Increased testing could help in efforts to detect and track new variants like omicron.
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A COVID-19 antiviral pill called molnupiravir from Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics is being considered by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use in the coronavirus pandemic.
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Dr. Mehmet Oz, seen here in a December 2019 file photo, joins the Republican field of possible candidates aiming to capture Pennsylvania's open U.S. Senate seat in next year's election.
Former Brooklyn Center, Minn., police officer Kim Potter poses for a mug shot at the Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis on April 14. Potter, a 26-year police veteran, was charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, whom she shot and killed following a traffic stop.
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Parents walk away with their kids from a parking lot where many students gathered following an active shooter situation at Oxford High School, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in Oxford, Mich.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., (right), speaks to Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, following an April 29 news conference on the Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act.
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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the start of trading on Monday following Friday's steep decline in global stocks over fears of the new omicron coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa.
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Members of the Australian Parliament are sworn in on the first day of Federal Government in Canberra in 2008. An Australian government-commissioned report released on Tuesday, Nov. 30, revealed the alarming extent of sexual harassment among those working for some of its highest legislative and elected offices.