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China’s largest e-commerce group Alibaba said Monday it is appointing a new chief financial officer and reorganizing its e-commerce businesses amid a regulatory crackdown in the technology industry. The company said in a statement Monday that Toby Xu will succeed Maggie Wu as its new CFO from April 1, 2022. Wu has been Alibaba’s CFO since 2013 and helped lead three Alibaba-related share company listings. She will remain as an executive director on Alibaba’s board and an Alibaba partner. Alibaba also said it will reorganize its e-commerce business to form separate international and domestic digital commerce teams. 

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As the Supreme Court weighs the future of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, a resurgent anti-abortion movement plans to press its advantage in state-by-state battles while abortion-rights supporters prepare to play defense. Both sides seem to be operating on the assumption that a court reshaped by President Donald Trump will either overturn or seriously weaken Roe in an abortion case from Mississippi. It's a moment both sides seem to have long been preparing for. The Supreme Court’s ruling is expected around June, almost guaranteeing the issue will dominate next fall’s congressional elections as well as state-level races.

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U.S. health officials say that while the omicron variant of the coronavirus is rapidly spreading in the country, early indications suggest it may be less dangerous than delta, which continues to drive a surge of hospitalizations. President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told CNN’s “State of the Union” scientists need more information before drawing conclusions about omicron’s severity. But reports from South Africa, where it emerged and is becoming the dominant strain, suggest hospitalization rates have not increased alarmingly. Omicron had been detected in about a third of U.S. states by Sunday. Fauci said the Biden administration is considering lifting travel restrictions against noncitizens entering the United States from several African countries.

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Belgian police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse some rowdy protesters in Brussels after most marched peacefully through the city to protest tightened COVID-19 restrictions. Thousands came to protest the new measures that were announced Friday, the third week in a row that the government has tightened its rules as a surge in cases strains the country’s health services. The main crowd in Sunday’s march has already dispersed when about 100 protesters ran into a riot police barricade near the European Commission. After a brief stand-off with police, protesters hurdled trash and other objects. The government on Friday said day care centers and primary schools will close for the holiday season a week early.

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U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Thursday that the administration’s goal for offshore wind and the projects being developed now represent a “gust of job growth throughout the country.” Granholm visited a new offshore wind manufacturing hub in Providence to talk about the Biden administration’s plan to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030 and to promote the investments in the $1 trillion infrastructure deal. Orsted and the utility Eversource are constructing a building for the fabrication and assembly of large, advanced components for turbine foundations at the Port of Providence.

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Britain’s government has tightened travel restrictions amid concerns about the spread of the omicron coronavirus variant. It said all travelers arriving in England will need to take a COVID-19 test before they board their flight. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the new rules will apply from 4 a.m. London time Tuesday. He said: “In light of the most recent data, we are taking further action to slow the incursion of the omicron variant.” Javid also added Nigeria to the U.K.’s travel “red list,” which means that arrivals from there will be banned except for U.K. and Irish residents, and those travellers must isolate in designated quarantine facilities.  One airport executive said the new rules will be a “major deterrent” to travel over the holidays.