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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Dec. 1

01 Dec 2021, 10:44 GMT+10

GENEVA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday that blanket travel bans will not prevent the international spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, even as dozens of countries have already introduced such restrictions.

Although labeling Omicron as a "variant of concern", the WHO said blanket travel bans will only place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods, while also "disincentivizing countries to report and share epidemiological and sequencing data." (WHO-Omicron)

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ALGIERS -- Nine people were injured in a fire that broke out on Tuesday in an oil refinery in northern Algeria, the official APS news agency reported.

A fire broke out on Tuesday morning at the Skikda refinery of the state-owned Sonatrach Group but was immediately extinguished, Sonatrach said in a statement, without mentioning the cause of the fire. (Algeria-Refinery-Fire)

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CHICAGO -- Three people were killed and six others injured in a shooting that happened at a high school about 45 miles north of Detroit in the U.S. state of Michigan.

The three people killed are all believed to be students, and a teacher is among the six injured, local media quoted Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe as saying at a press conference. (US-Shooting)

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LJUBLJANA -- In Slovenia, a committee of experts confirmed that the death in September of a 20-year-old woman was linked to Janssen's COVID-19 vaccine, an official said here on Tuesday.

Zoran Simonovic of the National Institute of Public Health told a news conference that the committee of five experts "unanimously assessed that in this case there is a definite relation between Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine and the tragic complication." (Slovenia-Coronavirus)

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