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PERU-EARTHQUAKE

PERU – A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck northern Peru on Sunday, the United States Geological Institute said.

The earthquake occurred at 5:52 am local time (1052 GMT). Although it was extremely strong, it was relatively deep, measured at 112 kilometers, which usually reduces damage and casualties. SENT. It will be expanded.

CORONAVIRUS-OMICRON

HONG KONG – Australian authorities were rushing Sunday to conduct more tests on passengers arriving in the country from southern Africa who tested positive for COVID-19 to determine if they had the omicron variant, as countries around the world tightened controls on the worrying one. variant. 800 words. With photo. SENT.

LATIN AMERICA

HONDURAS-ELECTIONS

TEGUCIGALPA – Hondurans elect a successor to unpopular President Juan Orlando Hernandez on Sunday in elections that could remove their National Party from power after 12 years. The candidate most likely to succeed is Xiomara Castro of the leftist Partido Libertad y Refundación. The former first lady is running for the presidency for the third time and is the only one of 13 opposition candidates with a chance of defeating the successor chosen by Hernández, Nasry Asfura, the mayor of Tegucigalpa. By Christopher Sherman. 465 words. With photo. SENT.

MEXICO-SELF-DEFENSE

NUEVO URECHO, Mexico – Extortions of avocado farmers in western Mexico have reached such a level that 500 vigilantes from a self-defense group known as Pueblos Unidos gathered on Saturday to ask the police for help. The vigilantes held a protest in the town of Nuevo Urecho, in the western state of Michoacán, armed with AR-15 and other rifles, as well as a variety of shotguns. By Armando Solís. 580 words. SENT.

USA

CORONAVIRUS-BIDEN

WASHINGTON – Inflation is on the rise, businesses are struggling to hire, and the popularity of US President Joe Biden is in free fall. The White House sees a common culprit for all of this: COVID-19. By Zeke Miller. 400 words. SENT.

US-NORTHWEST STORMS,

NO PROVENANCE – Washington state residents brace for potential flooding in the face of a new threat from “atmospheric rivers” to parts of the northwestern part of the country, which this month suffered serious damage from extreme weather. By Sara Cline. 410 words. With photo. SENT.

REST OF THE WORLD

CORONAVIRUS-OMICRON-ISRAEL

JERUSALEM – Israel approves a ban on foreign travelers and the use of controversial contact-tracing technology as part of its efforts to combat a new variant of the coronavirus. The Health Ministry said in a statement that the coronavirus cabinet had authorized a series of measures, including a travel ban to 50 African countries, suspending the entry of foreigners and ordering quarantine for all Israelis arriving from abroad. 280 words. With photo. SENT.

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