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Good morning, this is Nicolas, bringing you the last In Brief newsletter of the year. Today, we’re covering the International Olympic Committee’s decision to provide humanitarian aid to Afghan athletes who have been unable to leave the country following the Taliban takeover.

Sticking to Afghanistan, we’re hearing about a $6 million offer made by the UN to the Taliban government to ensure the protection of their facilities in the country. And we follow the WHO’s latest assessment that it will take several weeks to settle the question of Omicron’s severity.

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The Olympic Rings monument in front of the Japan Olympic Committee headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, 24 March 2020. (Credits: Keystone/EPA/Franck Robichon)

💰IOC announces aid package for Afghan athletes. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that $560,000 of aid will be delivered to up to 2,000 Afghan athletes in Afghanistan. The effort comes after months of negotiations between the IOC and Afghanistan’s new Taliban government to ensure the safety of the Afghan sports community – especially women and girls. So far, the IOChas helped 300 Afghan Olympians leave Afghanistan on humanitarian visas. The money will be delivered directly to the hundreds of others who are still in the country.

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