Visitors present their so-called "Green Pass" to be checked at the entrance to the Altare della Patria monument in Piazza Venezia on December 05, 2021 in Rome. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

Tighter Covid-19 restrictions for the unvaccinated go hand in hand with greater willingness to get the shot. That is the finding of an ifo study on vaccine willingness in the German-Austrian border region.

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People who arrived on international flights wait to be tested on the first day of a new rapid COVID-19 testing site for arriving international passengers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on December 3, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. LEHTIKUVA / Getty Images / AFP

Maria Van Kerkhove, the technical lead of COVID-19 response at WHO's Emergency Diseases Unit, said on Friday that the Omicron strain of coronavirus has been identified in 38 countries, but Delta remains the dominant variant of COVID-19, reported Sputnik.

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Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community are pictured at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in the Sharya area some 15 kilometres from the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk on November 20, 2021. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

Internal displacement is growing around the world despite COVID-19 mobility restrictions, triggered by such factors as natural disasters, military conflicts and violence, according to the World Migration Report 2022, published by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Wednesday.

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Spinnova fibre.

For the second time, nova-Institute grants the “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year” within the framework the “International Conference on Cellulose Fibres 2022” (2-3 February 2022). The advisory board of the conference nominated six highly interesting products, ranging from cellulose made of orange- and wood pulp to a novel technology for cellulose fibre production.

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Minister of Transport and Communications Timo Harakka will deliver Finland’s general statement at the IMO General Assembly on 6 December 2021. Alongside decisions relating to the activities of the organisation, the remote meeting will discuss environmental and maritime safety issues.

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World Health Organization's Director General Tedros Ghebreyesu. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday that the first meeting of the organization's commission to discuss new treaty on the COVID-19 pandemic will take place on March 1, 2022, and its final document will be presented in 2024.

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A healthcare worker assists a traveller to obtain his test results after conducting a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Covid-19 test at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

People infected with the Omicron COVID-19 variant are not permitted to leave South Africa, the country's embassy in Moscow told Sputnik on Tuesday.

"South Africa follows and enforces globally recognised COVID-19 health protocols on travel. No infected individuals are permitted to leave the country," the embassy said.

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For a long time, the Nordic and Baltic countries have done a lot of work to ensure that the data that is central to living in another country gets transferred smoothly between countries. Such information includes study attainment and health related data.

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A scene from the film "Quarantine"

The 79th awards of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will be presented in January 2022 in Los Angeles.

This year has been a difficult one for the film industry and international film festivals. The 2022 Golden Globes were in risk of not being held at all.

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Migrants are helped ashore from an RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) lifeboat at a beach in Dungeness, southeast England, on November 24, 2021 after being rescued while crossing the English Channel. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

The worldwide number of international migrants has increased by more than 3 times, from 84 million in 1970 to 281 million in 2020, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said.

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Sweden's Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson (C) presents ministers of her cabinet during a press conference after the government declaration in the Swedish parliament Riksdagen in Stockholm on November 30, 2021. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

Magdalena Andersson has been reappointed Prime Minister, less than a week after she resigned within hours of taking the job.

According to Aljazeera, Magdalene Anderson became Prime Minister and resigned a day later, after her budget was rejected in favour of one proposed by the opposition, which included a far-right party, and her coalition partners quit.

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Shoppers, some wearing face-masks, walk along Oxford Street in central London on December 2, 2021, as compulsory mask wearing in shops and on public transport has been reintroduced in England. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

A further 86 cases of the Omicron COVID variant have been reported in Britain, taking the total to 246, British health authorities confirmed Sunday.

This compares with a total of 160 on Saturday, an increase of more than 50 percent, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

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A healthcare worker conducts a PCR Covid-19 test at the Lancet laboratory in Johannesburg on November 30, 2021. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

Amid the spread of new coronavirus variant Omicron, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday said the world has a "toxic mix" of low vaccine coverage and very low testing - a recipe for breeding and amplifying variants.

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Winner: Fabio Mirulla from Italy - "I love shooting creative photos with everyday life objects, that can turn out to be the best props just looking at them with different eyes, those of a child that can never get enough of dreaming"

Congratulations to Fabio Mirulla from Italy, who out-ranked more than 1,500 images submitted across 9 categories, by 415 wedding photographers from 58 countries, to earn the title of the 2021 International Wedding Photographer of the Year.

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