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Omicron may become dominant in Europe in months -EU

The European Union's public health agency said on Thursday that the Omicron variant could be responsible for more than half of all COVID-19 infections in Europe within a few months, but no cases of severe disease had yet been identified in the region.

Japan reacts to the new coronavirus Omicron variant

Japan drops ban on inbound flight bookings after confusion

TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan on Thursday reversed a ban on inbound flight reservations, revealing confusion between government agencies and the public over Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's strategy to keep out the Omicron coronavirus variant.

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Jobs of future in focus as Biden visits Minnesota technical college

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden, racing to stay ahead of a new COVID-19 variant and rising inflation, traveled to Minnesota on Tuesday to tout the benefits of his $1-trillion infrastructure law and push passage of a separate $1.75-trillion spending measure.

FILE PHOTO: Empty city centre during COVID in Dublin

Ireland considering restarting mandatory hotel quarantine

Ireland is considering restarting its mandatory hotel quarantine regime after it told residents to avoid non-essential travel to seven southern African countries due to concerns over a new COVID-19 variant, its health minister said on Friday.

Russian, Belarusian fighter jets jointly patrol Belarus border

Russian and Belarusian fighter jets jointly patrolled Belarus' border on Thursday, the Belarusian defence ministry said, in the latest sign of Moscow's support for its ally in a standoff with the EU over migrants camped at the frontier with Poland.

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U.S. Congress will pass voting rights bills, Stacey Abrams says

(Reuters) -Democratic politician Stacey Abrams is bullish that the U.S. Congress will pass two key bills to protect voting rights https://www.reuters.com/legal/government/back-future-voting-rights-2021-06-15 - even though her party has already failed to advance voting rights legislation four times this year.