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Former Japanese prime minster Shinzo Abe being taken to hospital following a shooting on Friday July 8th. Shohei Izumi/AAP

Shooting of Shinzo Abe is a huge shock for Japan and the world

The world is in shock after news Japan’s former prime minister Shinzo Abe has been shot dead during a speech in Nara, western Japan.

A new Omicron wave is upon New Zealand, with older people now most at risk – here’s what to expect

The last Omicron wave affected younger people. But the new BA.5 variant is seeing case numbers in older age groups higher than ever before – just as hospitals are under the most pressure.

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