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Nearly 6,000 flights worldwide canceled on Christmas weekend

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Nearly six thousand flights have been canceled by airlines, and thousands more have been postponed worldwide for Christmas weekend, which is the full spread of the new omicron variant.

According to the Flightaware website, more than 2,650 flights were canceled this Saturday at 8:40 pm, of which 940 relate to travel to the United States, both international and domestic. More than 6,350 flights worldwide were also delayed.

About 2,400 cancellations and nearly 11,000 delays were identified on Friday, according to the same source, which already has over 900 cancellations scheduled for Sunday.

Pilots, flight attendants and other crew members were quarantined after being infected with covid-19, forcing Lufthansa, Delta and United Airlines to cancel flights.

According to Flightaware, United Airlines had to cancel about 439 flights on Friday, up from 10% today.

“The dramatic increase in Omicron cases across the country this week has had a direct impact on our teams and the people who run our operations,” the US airline said, assuring it is working to find solutions for injured passengers.

Delta Air Lines also canceled more than 300 flights today and 170 flights the previous day, according to Flightaware, citing omicron and sometimes inclement weather.

“Delta teams have exhausted all options and resources” before making the cancellation decision, the airline said.

More than 10 Alaska Airlines flights were also canceled, on which employees indicated they were “potentially exposed to the virus” and should have been quarantined.

Chinese Airlines are responsible for most of the cancellations: China Eastern has blocked about 540 flights, which is more than a quarter of its flight plan, while Air China canceled 267 flights, which is also almost a quarter of its scheduled departures.

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These cancellations have hampered the desire to resume travel this year for the holidays after Christmas 2020 was hit hard by the pandemic.

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Five killed and 500 injured when bench collapses during bullfight

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At least five people were killed and 500 injured when a bench collapsed in a bullring in Tolima, Colombia. The incident happened during a traditional race held during San Juan celebrations called “corraleja” where civilians fight bulls.

Tolima Governor Ricardo Orozco assured broadcaster Blu Radio that five people, including a minor, were killed in today’s tragedy.

“We deeply regret what happened in our bullring, Gilberto Charri, I want to ask the citizens who are in the arena to leave the territory, the control authorities are responding to the emergency, and the victims have already been taken to hospitals,” he wrote . for his part, the mayor of El Espinal, Juan Carlos Tamayo.


Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro said on the social network Twitter: “I hope that all the people affected by the collapse of El Espinal Square will be able to recover from their wounds.”


Among the victims there are children, men, women and elderly people who watched what was happening.

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Russia warns that Moldova’s EU candidacy will have “negative consequences” for the country – Obozrevatel

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Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova warned on Friday that the status of Moldova and Ukraine’s candidate for the European Union would be “Negative consequences” for both countries.

“By the decision to grant Ukraine and Moldova the status of a candidate country, the European Union confirms that it continues to actively study the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States. [CIS, sigla em inglês] at the geopolitical levelusing them to “contain” Russia.”, declared It is reported by Reuters with reference to Maria Zakharova.

The diplomatic leader pointed out that the authorities of the two countries do not take into account the “negative consequences” of their decision, accusing the European Union of sacrificing democratic ideals through “limitless expansion” and politics, “politically and economically enslaves its neighbors.”

Former Russian President and Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev also criticized Moldova’s decision to join the European Union. In a post on his personal Telegram account this Saturday, the political leader indicated that the EU is seeking to create a “Greater Romania” – a union of Romanian and Moldovan territories – for which he has embarked on a “devaluation of Moldova”. through “hatred of Russia”.

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Pointing his finger at the Moldovan authorities, Dmitry Medvedev hinted that “European perspectives” for the country would bring “very expensive energy costs” and will also lead to the “loss of the Russian market” for Moldovan agricultural products. In addition, commenting on the country’s decision to apply sanctions against Russia, the former Russian president said that the country’s authorities are “trying to please their new masters.”

“Let’s let them do it. They can be 100% sure that they won’t get anything from us,” Dmitry Medvedev threatened, adding that Moldova could do without Russian “energy”, as well as “other resources”: “We will allow them to enjoy sanctions before joining the EU.”

For his part, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has already reacted to Russian warnings. “We are on the side of the people and the friendly government of Moldova,” he wrote on his personal Twitter account. In this publication, the head of Ukrainian diplomacy further accused Russia of “leaving threats to other states after decades of misguided policies based on aggression, coercion and disrespect.” “It just shows Russia’s weakness.”

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