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Myanmar troops burn alive 11 in retaliation attack
Myanmar government troops raided a small northwestern village, rounding up civilians, binding their hands and then burning them alive in apparent retaliation for an attack on a military convoy, according to witnesses and other reports. A video of the aftermath of Tuesday's attack showed the charred bodies of 11 victims, some believed to be teenagers, lying in a circle amid what appeared to be the remains of a hut in Done Taw village in Sagaing region.
Saudi crown prince in 1st visit to Qatar after embargo ended
Saudi Arabia's crown prince is in Qatar on Thursday for the first time since the kingdom rallied other Arab states to end their yearslong rift and embargo on the small Gulf state. His visit to Qatar is particularly significant because last year at this time the neighbouring states were in the midst of a diplomatic standoff that had frayed familial ties in the region.
Spanish police officers brave frozen reservoir to rescue dog
Two Spanish police officers waded into a frozen reservoir to rescue a stranded dog as a cold front arrived in the northern part of the country, police said on Wednesday. Video footage released by the police showed the officers who stripped to the waist and marched into the icy waters to bring the animal back to safety on the bank.
Omicron in 57 nations, hospitalisations likely to rise: WHO
The Omicron variant has been reported in 57 nations and the number of patients needing hospitalisation is likely to rise as it spreads, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Referring to the risk of reinfection, the WHO said: "Preliminary analysis suggests that the mutations present in the Omicron variant may reduce neutralising activity of antibodies resulting in reduced protection from natural immunity."
Olaf Scholz voted in to replace Merkel as Germany's leader
Germany's parliament has elected Olaf Scholz as the country's ninth post-World War II chancellor, opening a new era for the European Union's most populous nation after Angela Merkel's 16-year tenure. Scholz's government takes office with high hopes of modernising Germany and combating climate change. Scholz won the support of 395 lawmakers on Wednesday
Maxwell said 'I had a great body for Epstein', accuser testifies
"I was fully nude and she came in and she felt my boobs and my hips and my buttocks and said that ... I had a great body for Mr. Epstein and his friends," Carolyn, who chose not to reveal her last name, told jurors in Manhattan federal court.
Sword carried by Napoleon in coup sold at US auction for $2.8m
The dress sword carried by Napoleon Bonaparte when he staged a coup in 1799 and five of his other firearms sold at auction for more than $2.8 million, US auctioneers announced Tuesday. The sword, with its scabbard, was the "crown jewel" of the collection, according to the auctioneers.
'Highly unlikely' existing vaccines will fail against Omicron: WHO
Omicron does not appear to cause more severe disease than previous Covid variants, and is "highly unlikely" to fully dodge vaccine protections, a top WHO official said. The World Health Organisation's second-in-command, said that while a lot remained to be learned about the new, heavily mutated variant of Covid-19, preliminary data indicated it did not make people sicker than Delta and other strains.