LOS ANGELES – The powerful winter storm continued to batter the western US state of California on Friday, with heavy rain, snowfall and strong winds causing road closures, flooding, power outages and other damage.
The cold and slow-moving storm is expected to wreak havoc on Saturday. An earlier storm that started in the western United States will continue to affect the Midwest and Great Lakes region with snow and strong winds Friday, forecasters said. (USA-California-Winter Storm)
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STOCKHOLM – The European Union (EU) has agreed on the tenth package of sanctions against Russia, the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU said on Twitter Friday evening.
“The package includes, for example, tightened export restrictions for dual-use goods and technologies,” the Swedish presidency said. (Sweden-EU-sanctions-Russia)
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BERLIN — The German government is condoning the explosions that destroyed the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines last September 26, even as the country continues to suffer from a severe energy crisis following the disruption of Russian gas supplies.
Without even giving access to members of the German Bundestag (the lower house of parliament), all information on the matter has been classified as “highly confidential” due to the so-called third-party rule, which prevents conflicts with the interests of allied states or their intelligence services. (Germany-Nord Stream-ISA)
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LOS ANGELES — The highly transmissible Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 now accounts for 85 percent of all Covid-19 cases reported in the United States this week, according to the latest estimates from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The prevalence of XBB.1.5 continued to increase since the end of last year. That’s up from 79.2 percent last week and 71.9 percent two weeks before. (US-Coronavirus variant)