Meet the official match ball for the African Cup of Nations 2021 named 'Toghu'. The new official match ball is named after a traditional outfit that is very popular in Cameroon and will be used by the 24 teams during the 52 matches to be played at the competition between 09 January 2022 and 06 February 2022.
The 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on Sunday and will be featuring 24 teams for the first time in the tournament’s history. The matches will also be played at six stadiums across five Cameroonian cities. Here’s a look at the AFCON 2021 match venues.
Omicron cases are surging around the world, and France is the latest country to hit a new record reporting 60,000 more infections than the previous high. And - clearly losing patience, President Emmanuel Macron had some salty words for anyone still unvaccinated.
With the Winter Olympics in Beijing set to begin in just over a month, China is sticking more than ever to its anti-Covid measures, which are among the world's strictest. The city of Xi'an has been in lockdown for almost a fortnight, all because of fewer than 2,000 Covid-19 cases. To date, only a handful of cases of the Omicron variant – all of them arrivals from abroad – have been identified.
Low COVID-19 vaccination rates in Africa Cup of Nations host Cameroon and a fourth wave of the coronavirus across much of the continent could make for sparsely-attended matches when the soccer finals kick off on Sunday. Cameroon announced last month that it would require spectators at Africa's premiere soccer competition to be fully vaccinated and show a negative test result before entering stadiums.
As the Omicron COVID variant spreads like wildfire around the world and tension rise between Russia and Ukraine, DW's correspondents around the world are looking ahead to the issues for the new year:
The soccer star is self-isolating after a positive coronavirus test. His fellow PSG players Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico and Nathan Bitumazala have also tested positive for the virus.
Germany's new government will face several domestic and international challenges in the new year. Still, a sense of optimism prevails.
Although Germany isn't logging record cases like its neighbors, Health Minister Lauterbach said current figures don't show the whole picture. Data reporting has slowed over the holidays — but the omicron variant has not.
Wolfgang Preiser, the virologist who first discovered omicron, has spoken to DW about the rapid rise in cases. He predicts that most people will catch the new variant.
Three BTS members — Suga, RM and Jin — have tested positive for COVID-19. The superstar group had recently returned to South Korea from the United States where they held their first in-person concerts since the pandemic.
The United Nations has urged Belarus and Poland to address the "appalling situation" at their common border. Migrants were being pushed back and forth across the border and left with little food, clean water or shelter, the UN human rights office said.