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Habitual mask-wearing is likely helping Japan, Singapore and South Korea bring daily Omicron deaths down, epidemiologists say

Habitual mask-wearing is likely helping Japan, Singapore and South Korea bring daily Omicron deaths down, epidemiologists say

As the mask mandate debate rages on in Australia, epidemiologists and medical specialists suggest looking to countries where citizens are perfectly happy to wear them to see how powerful the simple infection-control measure can be. Nearly two and a half years into the COVID-19 pandemic, countries where mask-wearing is a cultural norm are seeing some …

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With Death of Celtics Great and Civil Rights Activist Bill Russell, World ‘Lost A Giant’

With Death of Celtics Great and Civil Rights Activist Bill Russell, World 'Lost A Giant'

New York — Bill Russell, the cornerstone of a Boston Celtics dynasty that won 11 NBA titles and a powerful voice for social justice, died Sunday at the age of 88, his family said. “Bill Russell, the most prolific winner in American sports history, passed away peacefully today at the age of 88, with his …

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Rishi Sunak, Who Took Oath On Gita, Bids To Be Britain’s 1st PM Of Colour

Rishi Sunak, Who Took Oath On Gita, Bids To Be Britain

Rishi Sunak represents the constituency of Richmond in Yorkshire London: Before his spectacular falling-out with Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak was on a rapid rise that could still end with him installed as Britain’s first prime minister of colour. It would be a historic landmark if the Hindu descendants of immigrants from India and East Africa …

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McKinney fire grows into California’s largest this year as thunderstorms fuel concerns | Wildfires

A wildfire in California grew to the largest the state has seen yet this year, as firefighting crews braced for thunderstorms and hot, windy conditions. The McKinney Fire was burning out of control in northern California’s Klamath national forest, near the Oregon border, with expected thunderstorms a big concern, said US Forest Service spokesperson Adrienne …

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Alarm grows as Orban prepares to take ‘pure Nazi’ rhetoric to US | Viktor Orbán

A longstanding adviser to Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán who resigned last week has warned him that his far-right rhetoric could have tragic consequences. The Hungarian leader sparked a backlash at home and abroad with a recent speech in which he spoke out against “race mixing”. Soon after, Zsuzsa Hegedüs, a sociologist who has known …

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Israel was a world leader in combating COVID-19 with vaccines, now they’re getting ready for monkeypox.

A plane with "Swiss" written on the side, with men unloading boxes from its hull on a tarmac at night

Thousands of tiny vials of a rare and valuable vaccine are about to be sent to health clinics across Israel for the country’s first blitz to control an outbreak of monkeypox. Key points: The World Health Organization has declared monkeypox a global emergency Israel was credited with having the world’s fastest COVID-19 vaccine rollout in …

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‘Every barrier in the world went up overnight’: Some bands are skipping the UK because of Brexit Politics News

Fans enjoying themselves at Bloodstock Festival in Derbyshire

It has been three years since the UK last enjoyed a full fixture of festivals – from local line-ups to the likes of Glastonbury and Download. But while the COVID restrictions have faded away and the summer is rammed with events, industry figures are facing fresh challenges – and ones they predicted back in 2019. …

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The mighty All Blacks are falling. Can they rule world rugby again? | New Zealand rugby union team

NNew Zealand rugby’s tipping point appears tonight. Alarmist? Maybe. Yet as the fissures deepen while the All Blacks embark on a defining South African tour, New Zealand grows increasingly impatient for signs of resuscitation of its revered rugby tradition. Two weeks ago the All Blacks ignited mass venting after losing against Ireland in Wellington – …

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