61 Travelers From South Africa in Netherlands Positive for COVID-19: Authorities

AMSTERDAM—Dutch health authorities said that 61 people who arrived in Amsterdam on two flights from South Africa on Friday tested positive for COVID-19, and they were conducting further testing early Saturday to see if any of the infections are with the recently discovered Omicron coronavirus variant. Around 600 passengers arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on the two KLM flights on Friday and then faced hours of delays and testing due to concerns over the new virus variant. The Dutch health ministry said early Saturday 61 tests had come back positive. “Travelers with a positive test result will be placed in isolation at a hotel at or near Schiphol,” health authorities said in a statement. “Of the positive test results, we are researching as quickly as possible whether they are the new variant of concern, now named ‘Omicron’.” The Dutch government banned all air travel from southern Africa early on Friday. …

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Ukraine’s President Claims Russia-Backed Coup Plot Involving Key Ukrainian Oligarch

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told reporters at a Nov. 26 press briefing in Kyiv that his country’s intelligence services have uncovered plans for a Russia-backed coup, prompting the Kremlin to deny the allegations. Zelensky claimed at the briefing that Ukrainian intelligence unearthed evidence of an imminent coup plot planned for Dec. 1 or 2, calling the development “important.” He added that, in addition to the coup threat assessment by Ukrainian intelligence, audio recordings have emerged of an alleged meeting between Russian and Ukrainian officials discussing plans for the coup, which was allegedly to be funded by one of Ukraine’s richest oligarchs, Rinat Akhmetov. “I think they’re trying to set up” Akhmetov, the Ukrainian president said. “I think that this is an operation and they’re trying to drag him into a war against Ukraine,” Zelensky added, with his remarks coming in the context of a Russian military buildup near its border …

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UK-France Ties Remains ‘Strong’ Despite Row Over Illegal Immigration: Minister

A British minister said on Saturday that the partnership between France and the UK remains “strong” despite the row between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron over how to handle the illegal immigration crisis in the English Channel. The French government said on Friday that a public letter sent by Johnson to Macron was “unacceptable,” and as a result, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel was disinvited to a meeting with other European ministers on Sunday. Despite the diplomatic row, UK Home Office minister Damian Hinds told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the partnership remains “strong.” “British and French officials have been working together throughout, in fact we’ve been working together for years on these really important issues,” he said. In his letter, Johnson said the two countries needed to “go further and faster together” to deal with the crisis, following the sinking of a boat carrying …

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WTO Postpones Major Meeting After New Variant Outbreak

GENEVA—The World Trade Organization (WTO) became the first major diplomatic casualty of the new coronavirus variant on Friday when it postponed its first ministerial meeting in four years due to the deteriorating health situation. Ministers from WTO members were due to have gathered next week for a meeting widely seen as a test of the WTO’s relevance. The WTO said that its members had agreed late on Friday to postpone the ministerial conference after the new variant outbreak led to travel restrictions that would have prevented many ministers from reaching Geneva. No new date has been set for a rescheduled meeting. The World Health Organisation has classified the B.1.1.529 variant detected in South Africa as a “variant of concern,” saying it may spread more quickly than other forms of the virus. Scientists are also seeking to find out if it is vaccine-resistant. Switzerland, home to the WTO, on Friday banned …

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Eco-Warriors Blockade Amazon Warehouses in Britain on Black Friday

Climate crazies Extinction Rebellion blockaded a number of Amazon warehouses in the UK on Black Friday, the company’s busiest day of the year.

Thirteen Amazon warehouses in the UK were targetted by Extinction Rebellion, in an attempt to disrupt the retail giant’s busiest day of the year and protest against the supposedly environmentally damaging practices of Amazon.

The group began its blockade of Amazon’s largest warehouse in the UK in Dunfermline, Scotland, at 4 am on Friday, according to a report from The Telegraph.

Protesters prevented lorries from leaving the site, as well as some from entering through the use of placards, and by using so-called “lock-ons” — devices that are designed to prevent protesters from being removed.

Extinction Rebellion claimed that every Amazon distribution centre in the UK would be targeted by the organisation, with similar protests also occurring in the US, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Over 31 XR activists were arrested at Amazon warehouses across the country on Black Friday, the BBC reported.

A spokeswoman for the far-left climate alarmist group at the Dunfermline blockade stated that they were being watched by police, who reportedly had a single van on-site. She also stated that the group had brought “good vibes and music”.

“The action is intended to draw attention to Amazon’s exploitative and environmentally destructive business practices, disregard for workers’ rights in the name of company profits, as well as the wastefulness of Black Friday,” another spokesman for the group stated.

The tactics employed by left-wing climate protesters have come under increased scrutiny after an XR splinter group, Insulate Britain, used similar methods to cause chaos in September and October.

Activists frequently glued themselves to the tarmac in order to maximize disruption during attempts to shut down major roads and motorways, such as the M25.

The protests reportedly resulted in serious injuries by delaying people who required urgent medical attention from reaching medical centres.

Nine of the group’s eco-warriors were subsequently jailed for violating a court injunction that prohibited the blockading of roads.

On social media, Extinction Rebellion claimed that they are “trying to wake people up to reality” with the blockades and that in order for governments to act on climate change, “mass disruption” and “civil resistance” are required.

“There’s no guarantee it will bring the change we need, but after COP26, it should be obvious that nothing else will,” one post stated.

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