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US imposes a travel ban on 8 African countries
Several countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, and the UK, have reported COVID-19 cases due to the new Omicron variant. On November 27th, the US imposed a travel ban on eight African countries - Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
Louis Vuitton’s artistic director dies at 41
Fashion designer Virgil Abloh, 41, died of cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare form of cancer. Abloh was the artistic director of Louis Vuitton and founder of the fashion label Off White.
Taiwan sends jets to ward off Chinese planes in buffer zone
On Sunday, Taiwan's defense ministry reported that 27 Chinese aircraft had entered its air defense zone, the latest in a long series of incursions. Taiwan's air force scrambled to warn away the incursion by the Chinese forces.
Ghislaine Maxwell trial will open in New York on Monday
Deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's long-time confidant, Ghislaine Maxwell's trial will begin Monday in New York. Accused of sex trafficking and related charges, Maxwell, who has pleaded not guilty, faces a maximum of 70 years in prison.
An intermediate-depth earthquake hits northern Peru
In the early morning hours of November 28th, an earthquake of magnitude 7.5 struck northern Peru, about 26 miles (42 kilometers) north-northwest of Barranca. The US Geological Survey reported that the earthquake occurred due to normal faulting at a depth of approximately 69.9 miles (112.5 kilometers) beneath the earth's surface.
Omicron variant of coronavirus spreads to several countries
The new Covid-19 variant B.1.1.529, detected first in South Africa, was designated "Variant of Concern" by the World Health Organization - It was named Omicron. The variant is already feared to have spread to several countries.
Interior Department raises lease prices on oil and gas drilling
On Friday, the Biden administration called for an overhaul of the nation's oil and gas leasing program. The proposal focuses on the most suitable areas for energy development and raises costs for energy companies to drill on public lands and water.
Five people jailed in Russia over coal mine fire
A court in Russia ordered five people to remain in pre-trial detention in connection with a coal mine blast. The detention is for two months, pending an investigation into a methane explosion in the Listvyazhnaya mine in Siberia.
US lawmakers met with Taiwanese President on Friday
On Friday, five US lawmakers met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in a surprise visit intended to reaffirm America's support for Taiwan. Tensions between Taiwan and China have been at their highest level in decades since the two sides split during a civil war in 1949. Taiwan has been self-ruled since, but China considers the island part of its territory.
Travel ban imposed over new Covid variant in South Africa
In response to the Omicron Covid variant spreading through Southern Africa, President Biden stated, "I am ordering additional air travel restrictions from South Africa and seven other countries. These new restrictions will take effect on November 29." President Biden emphasized the importance of global vaccination for this pandemic to end.