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Dutch health authorities say they've identified early cases of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus — including one from a sample taken the week before South Africa raised the alarm about the mutated variant. Other cases were found through tests at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The Tan Hill Inn, in northern England, on Saturday. Dozens of people, mostly strangers, were stranded here for the weekend by snow and dangerous conditions. The Tan Hill Inn hide caption

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Social Democratic Party leader Magdalena Andersson poses during a news conference after being appointed as Sweden's first female prime minister at the Swedish parliament in Stockholm on Wednesday. She resigned hours later but was reelected on Monday. Erik Simander/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Students from the Youth Winter Olympic Sports School perform ice and snow gymnastics during an event marking the 100-day countdown to the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, China, on Tuesday. Chen Xiaodong/Costfoto/Barcroft Media/Getty Images hide caption

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Saudi Arabia and China are accused of using sports to cover up human rights abuse

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Travelers wearing protective face masks arrive to Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel on Sunday. Israel on Sunday approved barring entry to foreign nationals as part of its efforts to clamp down on a new coronavirus variant. Ariel Schalit/AP hide caption

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Huge waves crash the against the sea wall and Roker Lighthouse after gusts of almost 100 miles per hour battered some areas of the country during Storm Arwen, in Sunderland, England, on Saturday. Owen Humphreys/AP via AP hide caption

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Travelers walk near an electronic flight notice board displaying canceled flights at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday. Several countries have begun travel bans in response to the omicron variant. Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A panel of the mosaic discovered by a team of archaeologists in England. The researchers say it shows the body of Hector returning to his father, King Priam (right), in exchange for his weight in gold. University of Leicester Archaeological Services hide caption

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In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 photo, rescuers prepare to work at a fire scene at a coal mine near the Siberian city of Kemerovo, about 3,000 kilometres (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, Russia,. Russian authorities say a fire at a coal mine in Siberia has killed nine people and injured 44 others. Dozens of others are still trapped. AP hide caption

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In this file photo from 2016, a bookshop owner in Pakistan shows a National Geographic magazine with the cover photograph of Afghan refugee woman Sharbat Gula. She arrived in Italy as part of the West's evacuation of Afghans following the Taliban takeover of the country, the Italian government said Thursday. The office of Premier Mario Draghi said she asked to be helped to leave the country. B.K. Bangash/AP hide caption

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Dozens of migrants died and others were injured on Wednesday when their boat capsized off Calais in the English Channel as they tried to cross from France to Britain, authorities said. In this photo from Nov. 17, French police officers patrol on the beach in the search for migrants in Wimereux, northern France. Louis Witter/AP hide caption

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Hours after being tapped as Sweden's prime minister, Magdalena Andersson, leader of the Social Democratic Party, resigned Wednesday after suffering a budget defeat in parliament and coalition partner the Greens left the two-party minority government. Pontus Lundahl/TT via AP hide caption

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Labour member of Parliament Stella Creasy carries her son, Pip, during a Westminster Hall debate in Parliament, London, on Tuesday, in a screen grab from House of Commons TV. House of Commons/PA via AP hide caption

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Karim Benzema of Real Madrid CF, shown here at a match earlier this month, has been found guilty in a blackmail case. Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images hide caption

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Olaf Scholz, leader of the center-left Social Democrats and Germany's finance minister, arrives for the presentation of the coalition agreement, in Berlin, on Wednesday. The deal paves the way for Scholz to replace longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel in the coming weeks. Michael Kappeler/AP hide caption

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An old mental hospital sits in Trieste's San Giovanni Park. The facility closed over 40 years ago, but its ocher pavilions are filled with activity. Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

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A public mental health model in Italy earns global praise. Now it faces its demise

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In this image taken from video, demonstrators protest against government restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic on Friday in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Media TV Rotterdam via AP hide caption

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