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W.H.O. Scolds Rich Nations for Travel Bans and Booster Shots

As wealthy countries react to the new Omicron virus variant with travel bans and booster shots, the World Health Organization scolded them, calling the steps ineffective and unfair.

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Vaccine Hesitancy Hurts Covid Fight in Poorer Countries

Vaccines are finally available in many African countries, but an underfunded public health system has slowed their delivery, and some people there, as well as in South Asia, are wary of taking them.

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Covid Live Updates: Biden to Extend Mask Mandate for Travel

The move is part of a plan to be announced on Thursday, according to a person familiar with the decision. Nearly two dozen countries, including the U.S., have now detected the variant.

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A Game Designer in Beijing Bought Toy Guns. China Imprisoned Him.

San Cheng bought toy guns online as props for video game design. Then the police arrived, and he was jailed under China’s strict but messy gun laws.

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Putin and West Spar Over NATO’s Military Ties to Ukraine

Tensions over Ukraine escalated as Russia’s leader demanded “legal guarantees” that the Western military alliance would not expand to the east, a position NATO regards as untenable.

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New E.U. Measures Set to Restrict Asylum Rights at the Belarus Border

Poland, Latvia and Lithuania could take up to four months to process asylum requests at the border, a delay that aid groups said would leave migrants in unsafe conditions as winter sets in.

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U.N. Seats Denied, for Now, to Afghanistan’s Taliban and Myanmar’s Junta

A powerful United Nations committee deferred a decision on applications by the ruling authorities of both countries, widely regarded as pariahs, to replace envoys of the governments they had toppled.

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E.U. Interpreter Says Greece Expelled Him to Turkey in Migrant Roundup

The man’s story echoes complaints from human-rights groups that Greek authorities often expel asylum seekers indiscriminately and violently.

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Turner Prize Goes to Array Collective, an Art Protest Group

The Belfast-based Array Collective stages carnivalesque interventions at political rallies. Now the group has won Britain’s major art award.

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Looking Again at Amy Winehouse, 10 Years After Her Death

In “Amy: Beyond the Stage,” the Design Museum in London explores — and tries to somewhat reframe — the “Back to Black” singer’s life and legacy.

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Omicron Variant, in 20 Nations, Spread Earlier Than Was Known

With evidence growing that a worrisome new coronavirus variant is highly contagious, health officials issued warnings that vulnerable people should not travel.

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How 2 Flights to Europe May Have Spurred Spread of New Variant

A confounding array of Covid rules and lax enforcement of mask wearing may have sent infected passengers on two KLM flights from South Africa on to “who knows where.”

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Amid Variant Fears, U.K. Discovers Limits to Its Virus Strategy

Britain’s approach to coronavirus-related restrictions has been looser than other European countries, but the Omicron variant has spurred swift action on mitigation measures.

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Omicron Prompts Swift Reconsideration of Boosters Among Scientists

Many public health experts were opposed to a boosters-for-all approach. The new variant is changing some minds.

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‘So Many Dimensions’: A Drought Study Underlines the Complexity of Climate

Low rainfall has caused a humanitarian crisis in Madagascar, but common assumptions about drought didn’t hold up to scrutiny.

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California Officials Say They're Prepared for Omicron Variant

The first case of the variant detected in the United States was in a San Francisco resident who traveled back from South Africa.

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Vesuvius Victim May Shed Light on Ancient Rome

Archaeologists found the remains of a person buried at Herculaneum in the eruption of 79 A.D., and hope that with modern technology it will yield fresh insights.

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Surgeon Was First Omicron Case in Israel. Only One Contact Is Sick.

In the days leading up to his positive test, Elad Maor interacted with about 100 people. So far, only one contact has tested positive.

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The Omicron Variant Detected in the United States

Omicron in California.

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Nigeria Detects Recent Cases of Omicron Variant

At least 23 countries have reported cases, and that number is likely to grow as more samples are tested, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

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W.H.O. members agree to begin talks on a global pandemic treaty.

They agreed to set up an intergovernmental negotiating body that is to meet no later than March to begin negotiating an international agreement intended to ensure a more coherent and equitable response to future pandemics.

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