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‘Second thoughts’: what makes North Korean defectors want to go back?
South Korea is no promised land for escapees from a brutal regime – loneliness and poverty are common fates

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

16, Jan, 2022 @11:00 AM

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UK reports 109,133 new cases and 335 deaths; Omicron becomes dominant variant in Germany – as it happened
UK cases and deaths down on the previous day; variant now accounts for 73.3% of cases in Germany compared with 44.3% seven days ago

Samantha Lock (now); Harry Taylor , Lucy Campbell, Georgina Quach and Martin Belam (earlier)

14, Jan, 2022 @12:49 AM

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‘I’m more worried than excited about the future’: Japan’s Coming of Age Day tinged with anxiety
20-year-olds contemplate an uncertain future shaped by the coronavirus pandemic and Japan’s skewed demographics

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

10, Jan, 2022 @12:01 AM

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Covid live: no need for fourth jab yet, UK advisers say; Germany toughens hospitality restrictions – as it happened
UK experts say protection against hospitalisation still 90% three months after booster; Germany also cuts isolation for boosted people after a Covid contact

Jem Bartholomew (now); Lucy Campbell, Georgina Quach, Martin Belam and Helen Livingstone (earlier)

08, Jan, 2022 @12:03 AM

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Japan attempts to stem surge in Covid cases linked to US military bases
Limits on restaurant opening times imposed in Okinawa and parts of Hiroshima and Yamaguchi

Justin McCurry in Tokyo and agencies

07, Jan, 2022 @4:09 PM

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Omicron may be less severe but not ‘mild’, says WHO – as it happened
WHO chief says calling variant ‘mild’ is not accurate; Philippines president orders arrest of unvaccinated people who violate stay-at-home orders

Helen Livingstone (now); Lucy Campbell, Martin Belam , Georgina Quach, and Tom Ambrose (earlier)

07, Jan, 2022 @12:31 AM

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US troops in Okinawa placed under tighter Covid rules as cases rise
Military personnel must wear face coverings off base after virus surges among civilians in Japan

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

06, Jan, 2022 @9:17 AM

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France, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Netherlands report record daily cases as Omicron surges – as it happened
France reports 332,252 new Covid cases as Italy, Portugal, Netherlands and Turkey all see record cases

Helen Livingstone (now); Nicola Slawson, Matthew Weaver, Damien Gayle, Tom Ambrose and Samantha Lock (earlier)

06, Jan, 2022 @12:30 AM

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Okinawa may declare emergency Covid measures as virus spreads from US base
New cases on island outpacing those in Tokyo amid criticism of US forces for failing to contain Omicron outbreak

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

05, Jan, 2022 @3:41 AM

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North Korea has launched possible ballistic missile, say Japan and South Korea
Regime conducts first such launch of the year, with South Korea’s military saying the missile appears to have landed in the sea

Justin McCurry in Tokyo and agencies

05, Jan, 2022 @3:13 AM

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Italy reports record 170,844 cases and 259 deaths; fourth jab gives five-fold antibody boost, study says – as it happened
There were 12,912 people in hospital in Italy; Israel PM says study shows safety of fourth dose and increase in antibodies a week after jab

Samantha Lock (now), Euan O'Byrne Mulligan , Tom Ambrose and Jedidajah Otte (earlier)

05, Jan, 2022 @1:01 AM

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Double defector who returned to North Korea ‘struggled financially’ in South
Man’s decision raises questions about treatment of defectors in South Korea with many said to face discrimination

Justin McCurry in Tokyo and agencies

04, Jan, 2022 @10:36 AM

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