Russia-Ukraine latest: Putin orders nuclear deterrence forces on high alert; Zelenskiy says Ukrainian and Russian delegations to meet

Vladimir Putin said move came after aggressive statements by Nato countries; Ukrainian president says meeting comes with no preconditions

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Covid live news: NZ to begin reopening border this month; Czech Republic to end Covid passes next week

Vaccinated New Zealanders in Australia will be able to return home from the end of the month; Czech move comes despite country breaking its daily Covid record on Wednesday

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Czech Republic scraps mandatory jabs as daily cases hit new high; record cases in Bulgaria – as it happened

Czech government scraps decree to avoid ‘deepening fissures’ in country; Bulgaria reports highest daily tally of pandemic with 11,181 infections

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Covid live news: Omicron accounts for 58.6% of all infections in US; Wales reports 12,378 cases in past 48 hours

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data highlights spread of new variant; Wales warns it is quickly catching up with rates in England

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