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First Omicron case in U.S. fuels global alarm over virus variant

TOKYO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Fears over the impact of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus rose on Thursday after the first case was reported in the United States and the Japanese central bank warned of economic pain as countries respond with tighter containment measures.

Tennis-WTA suspends tournaments in China over Peng concerns

(Reuters) -The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) on Wednesday announced the immediate suspension of all tournaments in China due to concerns about the well-being of former doubles world number one Peng Shuai and the safety of other players.

China summons Japan envoy over former PM Abe's comments on Taiwan

SHANGHAI (Reuters) -China's foreign ministry summoned Japan's ambassador in Beijing for an "emergency meeting" on Wednesday, after former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said neither his country nor the United States could stand by if China attacked Taiwan.

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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.