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Rescue ship on the Mediterranean Sea. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

A boat from Libya with 86 migrants on board sank in the Mediterranean Sea, the AP reports, with only 3 people known to have survived.

Why it matters: The boat sank one day after an airstrike on a Libyan detention center, which killed 44 migrants and wounded 140 others, per the UN International Organization for Migration.

Backdrop: About 6,000 migrants are being held in Libya's detention centers after being intercepted by the coast guard, which is funded by the European Union.

  • Per AP: The UN blamed the the airstrike on the EU policy, which partners with Libyan militias to try to stop migrants from crossing the Mediterranean Sea toward Europe.

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Updated 56 mins ago - Health

First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada

COVID-19 testing personnel at Toronto Pearson International Airport in September. Photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The first two cases of the new Omicron variant have been detected in North America, the Canadian government announced Sunday evening.

Driving the news: The World Health Organization has named Omicron a "variant of concern," but cautioned earlier on Sunday that it is not yet clear whether it's more transmissible than other strains of COVID-19.

4 hours ago - Health

WHO: Not yet known whether Omicron leads to more severe disease

Photo illustration: Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The World Health Organization on Sunday said that it is not yet clear whether the newly discovered Omicron variant is more transmissible than other strains of the COVID-19 virus.

Why it matters: The agency's statement comes as the variant, discovered in South Africa, has already been detected in European and Asian countries.

10 hours ago - Health

Fauci: Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in U.S.

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cautioned on Sunday that the COVID-19 Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in the United States.

Driving the news: Fauci, Biden's chief medical adviser, told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that U.S. officials will meet with colleagues from South Africa later on Sunday to try to determine the severity of the cases, as countries scramble to learn more about the variant.