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Germany moves to exclude the unvaccinated from public life
Germany's federal and state leaders have decided to exclude unvaccinated people from many aspects of public life as a measure to break the new wave of Covid-19. Only the vaccinated or those who have recently recovered from Covid will be allowed to enter restaurants, cinemas, shops, sports venues, and leisure facilities.
 
US, EU hold dialogue on China in Washington
On December 2nd, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman and European External Action Service Secretary-General Stefano Sannino participated in the US-EU Dialogue on China in Washington, DC. The US Department of State and the European External Action Service voiced "strong concern" regarding China's actions in the South and East China Seas and the Taiwan Strait, citing that they may undermine the peace and stability of the region.
 
Blinken warns Lavrov in Stockholm
US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, warned Moscow of the "severe costs" Russia would pay if it invaded Ukraine. The warning was delivered to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a meeting in Stockholm.
 
Russia warns the US of diplomatic expulsion
On Wednesday, the Biden administration warned Russia of "high impact" US sanctions. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Russia's troop buildup on the Ukrainian border resembles what happened in 2014 before Russia invaded Ukraine and seized the Crimean peninsula.
 
WTA suspends events in China over treatment of athlete Peng Shuai
The Women's Tennis Association suspended all tournaments in China and Hong Kong over player Peng Shuai's treatment by the Chinese government. Peng, who publicly accused China's former vice-premier of sexual assault on November 2nd, went missing for weeks after she spoke out.
 
Iran demands nuclear sanctions be lifted as Vienna talks resume
Representatives of Iran, China, Russia, France, Germany, and the UK met in Vienna on Monday for talks to restore the pact which had been abandoned by the US three years ago. Iran refused to communicate directly with the US.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.