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World in brief Saturday December 4 2021

NORWAY: At least 50 people in and around Oslo have contracted the omicron variant of Covid, and the cases are believed linked to a company’s Christmas party, officials say.
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health said that those affected live in Oslo and surrounding municipalities, and “the infection detection team in Oslo has contacted the municipalities concerned to start infection detection.”

LIBYA: Colonel Gadaffi’s son can run for president, a court ruled on Thursday.
The decision by a provincial court in Sabha overturns a ruling of Libya’s High National Elections Committee which said he could not stand as he had a criminal record relating to allegations he ordered violence against protesters at the start of the uprising that, backed by Nato bombs, overthrew his father.

LAOS: Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh rode on the first journey of a new 642-mile railway linking Vientiane to Kunming, capital of China’s Yunnan province, yesterday after having the train blessed by Buddhist monks.
The line is expected to massively boost trade between the two communist countries and is part of China’s Belt and Road project financing infrastructure in underdeveloped nations. 

PAKISTAN: A mob attacked a sports equipment factory in Punjab province yesterday, killing a Sri Lankan migrant worker they accused of blasphemy.
Priyantha Diyawadana was lynched inside the factory, local police chief Aramgan Gondal said. He said the man had been accused of desecrating posters bearing the name of the Prophet Mohammed.

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