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Countries are imposing new lockdowns and travel restrictions to try and contain the new Omicron coronavirus variant, and the UK’s competition regulator is expected to try and reverse Meta’s acquisition of online gif platform Giphy. Plus, the FT’s Tehran correspondent, Najmeh Bozorgmehr, offers a view from Iran as the country prepares to sit down with Western powers in Vienna this week for talks intended at reviving the moribund nuclear accord. 

Nations race to contain Omicron variant as more cases detected

UK regulator expected to block Meta’s $400m Giphy deal

Iran’s Raisi under pressure to deliver as patience frays

Ghislaine Maxwell trial set to shed light on Epstein misdeeds

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