Omicron Reported in Japan’s Fukuoka; France’s COVID-19 Infections Top 100,000

TOKYO/PARIS — Japan’s Fukuoka prefecture has confirmed its first infection with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, its governor Seitaro Hattori said Saturday. The case was a result of possible community transmission as the infection route was unclear, Hattori told a news conference. France recorded a record high of 104,611 COVID-19 infections Saturday, breaking the 100,000 threshold for the first time since the pandemic began as the omicron variant continued its rapid spread. Health authorities said the number of COVID patients in intensive care went up by 28 to 3,282.…

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Canceled Flights Snarl Holiday Plans for Thousands

NEW YORK — Airlines continued to cancel hundreds of flights Saturday because of staffing issues tied to COVID-19, disrupting holiday celebrations during one of the busiest travel times of the year. FlightAware, a flight-tracking website, noted nearly 1,000 canceled flights entering, leaving or inside the U.S. Saturday, up from 690 flights scrapped on Friday. Over 250 more flights were already canceled for Sunday. FlightAware does not say why flights are canceled. Delta, United and JetBlue had all said Friday that the omicron variant was causing staffing problems leading to flight…

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Clashes in Northeast Somalia Force Thousands to Flee

MOGADISHU — Clashes between two rival factions of the security forces in a port city in northeast Somalia have forced hundreds of families to flee their homes, a local official said Saturday. The fighting has for several days rocked Bosaso, the commercial capital of the semi-autonomous state of Puntland in the country’s northeast. “Thousands of the residents in the Bosaso town fled … as sporadic fighting was going on in some parts of the town,” local official Abdirizak Mohamed told Agence France-Presse. “Most people decided to leave their houses after…

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FDA Authorizes Marketing of 22nd Century Group’s VLN® as a Modified Risk Tobacco Product

VLN® Cigarettes VLN® Is World’s First and Only Combustible Cigarette to Receive FDA MRTP Designation FDA Adds Evidence-Based, Headline Claim “Helps You Smoke Less” to Company’s Requested Claims VLN® 95% Reduced Nicotine Content Cigarettes to Launch in the U.S. Within 90 Days VLN® to Launch Outside the U.S. in First Quarter 2022 BUFFALO, N.Y., Dec. […]

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