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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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Judicial police identify author of letters sent to Ukrainian embassy in Lisbon – Observer

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The Judicial Police (JP) identified the author of the letters sent to the Ukrainian Embassy in Lisbon as a citizen of the European Union. Express adds that the messages were sent from Germany.

That is, laboratory tests conducted by the joint venture led to the conclusion that the messages contained the eyes and blood of animals, and working mode this is similar to the last letters sent to Spain. However, according to PJ’s sources, the senders of the “Portuguese” and “Spanish” letters are different.

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According to CNN Portugal, the analyzes carried out on the envelopes were carried out at the Ricardo Jorge Institute and at the PJ Scientific Police Laboratory. Results, achievements found traces of blood and animal eyesthe same signature that was identified on other parcels that arrived at Ukrainian embassies in other countries.

The same source adds that the person in charge is pretending that the sender is Elon Musk’s company Tesla, in order to reach the brand of the car.

BUT CNN describes what was on the envelopes “peculiar smell” and arrived by regular mail via CTT. After other cases, the Ukrainian government would have already given instructions to officials on how to act in such a situation, first calling the security agencies. Later, the PSP was called to the place and, after parsing the envelopes,no traces of gunpowder found or explosive materials.

The Embassy of Ukraine in Lisbon received two suspicious envelopes. PSP did not find explosives

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PJ installed the letter writer at the Ukrainian Embassy in Lisbon

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The Anti-Terrorism Unit of the Judicial Police has already identified the author and sender of two suspicious letters that arrived on Monday at the Ukrainian Embassy in Lisbon. CNN Portugal.

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Taliban carry out first public execution since returning to power in Afghanistan

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Last month, Taliban supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada ordered judges to fully comply with aspects of Islamic law such as public executions, stoning, flogging and amputations.

Authorities have carried out several public vices since then, but Wednesday’s execution in Farah, the capital of the province of the same name in western Afghanistan, was the first they have announced since taking power.

According to a statement released by the Taliban, the executed man’s name was Tajmir and he lived in the province of Herat.

“The High Court has been instructed to apply this qisas order during a public meeting of residents,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement, citing Islamic law.

Qisas is an Islamic principle similar to the law of retribution, which is to inflict damage on the offender equal to the damage he caused.

It is unclear how the execution took place. The Taliban said in a statement that the man had admitted his guilt.

During their first stay in Afghanistan (1996-2001), the Taliban regularly used public corporal punishment, including flogging and executions at the Kabul National Stadium.

Once back in power, the Islamic fundamentalists vowed that such measures would no longer be enforced, although they imposed increasingly severe restrictions, especially on women, who were gradually driven out of public life.

Currently, in Afghanistan, women cannot travel unless accompanied by a male family member and must wear a full veil, preferably a veil, in public.

The Taliban also closed girls’ primary schools in most provinces.

Mujahid said Wednesday’s case went through a number of courts before it reached the Supreme Court.

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“The case was considered very carefully,” the statement said. “In the end, it was ordered to apply Sharia law of retribution against the killer.”

Akhundzada rules by decree in Kandahar, the city where the movement originated. The statement specified that a dozen court officials and representatives of the Taliban were present at the execution.

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