Saudi Arabia and China are accused of using sports to cover up human rights abuse

What do China, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have in common? The answer might not be as obvious as you think. But all three countries are accused of human rights violations, and all three are also playing host to some of the largest and most lucrative sporting events in the world. China is hosting the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, Qatar is putting on next year's soccer World Cup and Saudi Arabia has invested heavily in staging high-profile, international sporting events. But human rights...

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Coronavirus Live Updates

Updated November 29, 2021 at 1:17 PM ET

President Biden said Monday that while travel restrictions imposed on travelers from several southern African nations would slow the entry of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, "it cannot prevent it."

"Sooner or later, we're going to see cases," he said in an address to the American people.

The World Health Organization is warning that the new omicron variant of the coronavirus poses a "very high" global risk because of the possibility that it spreads more easily and might resist vaccines and immunity in people who were infected with previous strains.

Before she became sick with a coronavirus infection in January, Semhar Fisseha was a healthy, active 39-year-old.

She took walks every day and planned summer vacations with her nine-year-old daughter. Now, even activities that many people take for granted can come at a big cost.

"I woke up with a deep fatigue," she says in an audio diary one October morning.

"I had a four-activity day yesterday — I showered, I bathed my daughter, I went for a walk, and I washed the dishes."

Fisseha also experiences chest pain and a racing heart.

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Charlottesville, VA – The mortgage industry meltdown that's sent shockwaves through the home-buying community has dealt an especially cruel blow to low-income borrowers. Charlottesville has the largest gap between black and white mortgage rates.

Orange County – Last Monday, WMRA's Martha Woodroof trailed the governor and his cabinet around from sunrise to sunset, through 6 events in and around Charlottesville. At the end of the day, Martha sat down with Governor Kaine in the new Montpelier Visitor's Center to talk with him about what the day meant to him.

Charlottesville, VA – On Monday, Governor Tim Kaine took Virginia's executive branch on the road in and around Charlottesville. Reporter Martha Woodroof spent an exhausting day keeping up with them.

Charlottesville, VA – Despite the recent rainfall, trees and shrubs across Virginia are suffering from warmer temperatures and a lack of precipitation. Some gardeners believe the plants are trying to tell us something. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, took a walk in her garden.

Rockingham County – Suggestions for navigating the increasingly confusing process of applying to college. Dr. Margee Greenfield is the High School Challenge Facilitator for Rockingham County Schools. She advises students on the college selection process.

Charlottesville, VA – Memories of the Summer of Love

Charlottesville, VA – In this week's Civic Soapbox, the essay makes way for the narrative.
Deep brain stimulation involves the surgical implantation of a brain pacemaker, which sends electrical impulses to specific parts of the brain. At present, the procedure is used only for Parkinson's patients whose symptoms cannot be adequately controlled with medications.

Charlottesville, VA – Deep brain stimulation involves the surgical implantation of a brain pacemaker, which sends electrical impulses to specific parts of the brain. At present, the procedure is used only for Parkinson's patients whose symptoms cannot be adequately controlled with medications.

Dr. Robert Spekman has Parkinson's Disease. Following is a two-part narrative he calls "Reclaiming My Body: A Journey with Deep Brain Stimulation."

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The phone call between Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., was meant to defuse tensions after the Republican made Islamophobic comments about the Democrat.

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