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Omicron cases confirmed in 6 more U.S. states as delta still biggest Covid threat

“It may very well be that omicron is able to out-compete delta,” said Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Health care workers start the process for COVID-19 testing at a drive-thru site, on Dec. 4, 2020, in Butler, Pa.
Health care workers start the process for COVID-19 testing at a drive-thru site, on Dec. 4, 2020, in Butler, Pa.
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This city is now the world's most expensive

New York was ranked America's priciest metropolis, coming in sixth in the annual ranking by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
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ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN-GAZA-CONFLICT

Italian dentist presents fake arm for vaccine to get Covid pass

“When I uncovered the arm, I felt skin that was cold and gummy, and the color was too light,’’ said Filippa Bua, a nurse in the city of Biella.
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Any move by China to invade Taiwan would have ‘terrible consequences,’ Blinken says

“I hope that China’s leaders think very carefully about this and about not precipitating a crisis,” Blinken said.
Image: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a session of a NATO Foreign Ministers meeting in Riga, Latvia, on Dec. 1, 2021.
Image: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a session of a NATO Foreign Ministers meeting in Riga, Latvia, on Dec. 1, 2021.

Covid cases on the rise again, but it's still delta, not omicron, driving the surge

Even as more states identify cases of the new variant, it's the hypertransmissible delta variant that's behind the majority of Covid-19 cases nationwide.
Image: Covid Testing Farragut Square
Image: Covid Testing Farragut Square

Crude reality: One U.S. state consumes half the oil from the Amazon rainforest

As oil companies carve up more of the rainforest, a new study says no place in the world uses more oil from beneath the Amazon than California.
The lighter of an oil processing plant in the rainforest of Ecuador's Yasuni region.
The lighter of an oil processing plant in the rainforest of Ecuador's Yasuni region.

New report reveals California as biggest consumer of oil drilled from Ecuador

In partnership with the Pulitzer Center’s Rainforest Investigations Network, NBC News’ Tom Llamas reports on how one of the world’s most important and diverse tropical rainforests is being ravaged for oil.
New report reveals California as biggest consumer of oil drilled from Ecuador
New report reveals California as biggest consumer of oil drilled from Ecuador
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Peruvian authorities to question President Castillo as impeachment threat looms

The new allegations come as the socialist head of state already faces the weakest moment of his presidency, which began just four months ago.
Peru's President Pedro Castillo speaks at a ceremony in La Paz, Bolivia, on Oct. 30, 2021.
Peru's President Pedro Castillo speaks at a ceremony in La Paz, Bolivia, on Oct. 30, 2021.
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Cowed by China, ride-hailing giant Didi plans to leave U.S. stock market months after debut

Didi had pushed ahead with a $4.4 billion U.S. initial public offering despite being asked to put it on hold while a review of the company’s data practices was conducted.
Image: People walk past the headquarters of the Chinese ride-hailing service Didi in Beijing
Image: People walk past the headquarters of the Chinese ride-hailing service Didi in Beijing

An 'island has emerged': Coastal species discovered thriving on Great Pacific Garbage Patch, scientists say

Scientists documented more than 40 coastal species clinging to plastic trash, including mussels, barnacles and shrimp-like amphipods.
Image: Anika Albrecht on a 2020 expedition collecting plastic in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.
Image: Anika Albrecht on a 2020 expedition collecting plastic in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.
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Colombia seizes hundreds of arachnids being illegally smuggled to Europe

Colombia, which is one of the world's 17 mega-diverse countries and boasts tens of thousands of different species, is a target for wildlife traffickers drawn by its biodiversity.
Image: A tarantula is photographed after a seizure of animals for trafficking bound to Germany at El Dorado airport, in Bogota
Image: A tarantula is photographed after a seizure of animals for trafficking bound to Germany at El Dorado airport, in Bogota