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Myanmar delays first verdict in Aung San Suu Kyi trial.

Why is Aung San Suu Kyi such a threat to the Tatmadaw?

Aung San Suu Kyi, with leaders of the Myanmar military, in 2016.

World Omicron Fight Hindered by Fragmented Response

A ticket counter at the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Monday.

Covid Live Updates: Pfizer to Seek Approval for Boosters for 16- and 17-Year-Olds

Travelers wearing personal protective equipment arrive at Sydney International Airport in Australia, on Monday.

As World Shuts Borders to Stop Omicron, Japan Offers a Cautionary Tale

The Sensoji shrine in Tokyo, which has typically been a top destination for foreign tourists.

Xiomara Castro Vows New Era for Honduras but Is Tied to Past

Xiomara Castro during her presidential election campaign in Honduras this month.

After the Floods, British Columbia Picks Up the Pieces

A truck damaged in recent flooding last week in Merritt, British Columbia.

Iran Insists on Immediate Lifting of Sanctions as Nuclear Talks Resume

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, arrives for a meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in Vienna, Austria, on Monday.

She Fled North Korea for Freedom. Then She Was Arrested.

A photograph of Song Chun-son, who is in prison on espionage charges, being displayed by her sister, Song Chun-nyo.

Sweden Elects Its First Female Leader — for Second Time in a Week

Magdalena Andersson in Stockholm on Monday after she became Sweden’s prime minister.

Will the Covid Vaccines Stop Omicron? Scientists Are Racing to Find Out.

A woman received her second Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine dose from a health care worker in Katlehong, east of Johannesburg, in South Africa.

As U.S. Hunts for Chinese Spies, University Scientists Warn of Backlash

The campus of Princeton University, in New Jersey. Chinese and Chinese American scientists working in U.S. universities have been disproportionately targeted by the U.S. government.

Hunt for the ‘Blood Diamond of Batteries’ Impedes Green Energy Push

The foreman of a mining crew that is digging for cobalt in Kasulo.

A ‘Simpsons’ Episode Lampooned Chinese Censorship. In Hong Kong, It Vanished.

Your Tuesday Briefing

Berlin opened new vaccination centers in order to accommodate people seeking a booster shot. 

Dozens of Former Afghan Security Forces Dead or Missing Under Taliban, Report Says

The Taliban patrolling Jalalabad last month.

In Latest Assault on Dissent, Egypt Convicts a Human Rights Activist

Hossam Bahgat outside a courtoom in Cairo in 2016. He was convicted on Monday of insulting a government authority. 

With Scant Information on Omicron, Biden Turned to Travel Ban to Buy Time

The sudden arrival of a new and potentially dangerous variant poses a challenge for President Biden, who was elected on a promise to bring the pandemic under control.

Biden Military Review Leaves Troops Where They Are, for Now

President Biden visited troops at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C., last week.

Letter From Catherine the Great Shows Her Support for Inoculations

A portrait of Catherine the Great by Dmitry Levitsky will be auctioned alongside the letter in which she extols the virtues of variolation, an early inoculation process.

Your Tuesday Briefing

Staff members stand at the departure gate of Tokyo's Haneda international airport on Monday, as Japan announced plans to bar all new foreign travelers over the Omicron variant.

South Africa Officials See 'No Red Flags Yet' on Omicron Variant

Testing for the coronavirus in Johannesburg on Saturday.

UK Announces Omicron Cases and Extends Boosters to All Adults

Commuters in London on Monday. The government will mandate masks on public transportation and in stores.

Dutch Police Arrest a Couple Who Fled Quarantine and Boarded a Plane.

The hotel in the Netherlands where some passengers who arrived on flights from South Africa are in quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Czech President Appoints Prime Minister From Inside a Cube

Czech President Milos Zeman, right, separated with a transparent wall after testing positive for the coronavirus, appoints Petr Fiala as Czech Prime Minister at the Lany Manor house, near Prague, Czech Republic on Sunday.

Scotland finds 6 cases of Omicron, but no sign its spread is ‘sustained.’

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, described the emergence of Omicron as the “most challenging development of the pandemic for quite some time.”

Portugal Detects 13 Omicron Cases Tied to Belenenses Soccer Team

A soccer game in Portugal between Belenenses and Benfica over the weekend was abandoned after a virus outbreak. It was later revealed that some of those cases were of the Omicron variant.

The Latest on Omicron

A crowd in London this weekend.

Meet the Beauty Queens of Al Dhafra

Pert ears? Check. Long droopy lips? Check. A nose ring? Check. Expressive eyes framed by upward curled eyelashes? Check.

Taliban and 9/11 Families Fight for Billions in Frozen Afghan Funds

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, announcing the new Taliban government of Afghanistan at a press conference in Kabul in September.

Climate Change Driving Some Albatrosses to ‘Divorce,’ Study Finds

A colony of black-browed albatrosses in the Falkland Islands. Albatrosses usually mate for life.

Your Monday Briefing

Passengers wearing protective gear arrive at Incheon International Airport, in South Korea on Sunday.

A Woman is Charged With Arson in Queensland Quarantine Hotel Fire

The Pacific Hotel in Cairns, Australia, caught fire Sunday morning. Its 163 occupants were evacuated safely.

Both parties claim victory as Honduras awaits election results.

Voters wait for their ballots at a polling station in Tegucigalpa.

Snowstorm Leaves Dozens Stranded for Days in a Remote U.K. Pub

Snow as high as three feet in some places blocked the exits of the Tan Hill Inn in northern England.

Omicron Variant Surfaces Amid an Airline Travel Rebound

Israel said on Sunday that it was sealing its borders to all foreigners for 14 days after one case of the new coronavirus variant was confirmed in the country.

As China Speeds Up Nuclear Arms Race, the U.S. Wants to Talk

China’s DF-17 hypersonic ballistic missiles have warheads that can zero in on targets at more than five times the speed of sound.

Covid Law in Switzerland Is Approved in a Vote

Nearly two-thirds of Swiss voters elected to endorse the government’s Covid-19 laws.

Your Monday Briefing

Health workers in the Netherlands transported passengers from South Africa to a hotel for quarantine.

When Will We Know Results in the Presidential Election in Honduras?

A polling place in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Sunday.

U.S. Health Officials Push Vaccines as Omicrom Spreads

President Biden has urged more people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, as the world faces a new variant. He was in Nantucket, Mass., with his family for Thanksgiving on Friday, above. 

Japan, Israel and Morocco Impose Bans on Foreign Travelers; Australia Delays Reopening

Staff members at the departure gate of Tokyo’s Haneda international airport on Monday, as Japan announced plans to bar all new foreign travelers over the Omicron variant.

Hondurans seek a break from graft and despair in an election with repercussions for the United States.

South Africa Is Better Vaccinated Than Most African Countries

A health worker greeted people at a vaccine pop-up center in August, in East Rand, South Africa, as part of a measure to help the government speed up the inoculation campaign in the country’s remote communities.

The Netherlands finds at least 13 Omicron cases and expects more.

Dutch health officials reported that of 61 passengers on two flights from South Africa on Friday who tested positive for the coronavirus, at least 13 were infected with the Omicron variant.

In a Nonbinary Pronoun, France Sees a U.S. Attack on the Republic

France is particularly on edge over the rise of American gender and race politics. Many politicians and academics believe their language and nation are under attack from the United States.

A Wine Rack on Rails? U.K. Businesses Seek Solutions to Shortages.

A freight train being loaded with nearly 650,000 bottles of wine at Tilbury Docks, east of London.

Scotland Detects 6 Omicron Cases as Britain Weighs Booster Expansion

Sajid Javid, Britain’s health secretary, on Sunday.

Portugal Soccer Match Abandoned After Covid Reduces Team to 9

Belenenses players, right, during a huddle before the match.

‘You’re Not Helpless’: For London Women, Learning to Fight Builds Confidence

A Muay Thai class at Fightzone London.

What’s at Stake in the Honduran Presidential Election?

Vendors selling political party flags in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Friday, ahead of Sunday’s national elections, which may be the most significant in a decade.

The W.H.O. Skips Forward Two Greek Letters, Avoiding a Xi Variant

Collecting a swab from Bronwen Cook for a PCR test for the coronavirus before a flight to London, at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Friday.

Laszlo Z. Bito, Scientist, Novelist and Philanthropist, Dies at 87

A Tale of Culinary Reconciliation, Beside the Eiffel Tower

The Spanish chef Albert Adrià, second from right, and the French chef Alain Ducasse, right, at their pop-up restaurant ADMO in Paris, along with the pastry chef Jessica Préalpato and Vincent Chaperon, the cellar master of Dom Pérignon.

How did Omicron get its name?

Tulio de Oliveira at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine in Durban, South Africa, last week. Mr. de Oliveira and members of his team announced the new Covid-19 variant.

A Couple’s Dream of Reuniting in England Is Dashed in a Channel Disaster