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Tuesday briefing: Rebel Tories deploy Operation Rinka
Plan to increase pressure on Boris Johnson to quit … first images show Tonga under veil of ash following eruption … and why we miss office life

Warren Murray

18, Jan, 2022 @6:27 AM

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Tonga could be cut off for weeks amid efforts to repair undersea communications cable
Threat of new volcanic eruption could prevent access by repair ship, which is en route from 4,000km away

Ben Doherty and Tess McClure

18, Jan, 2022 @4:14 AM

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Hong Kong police arrest two Cathay flight attendants accused of Covid rule breach
Police allege staff at the beleaguered airline ‘conducted unnecessary activities’ during home isolation as China presses on with zero-Covid strategy

Staff and agencies

18, Jan, 2022 @2:39 AM

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Tonga volcano: distress signal detected in low-lying islands after eruption, as first death reported
Regular contact with Tonga may not resume for weeks after confirmation the communications cable was cut in at least one place

Tess McClure

18, Jan, 2022 @2:38 AM

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Unvaccinated over-60s face monthly fine in Greece; UK reports another 84,429 cases and 85 deaths – as it happened
Un-jabbed older people in Greece face penalties starting at a €50; UK cases continue downward trend

Samantha Lock (now); Jedidajah Otte, Lucy Campbell and Martin Belam (earlier)

18, Jan, 2022 @1:37 AM

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‘It’s a total disaster’: Omicron lays waste to India’s huge wedding season
Distraught couples face prospect of cutting guest lists from more than 600 people down to just 20 after coronavirus variant took hold

Amrit Dhillon in Delhi

18, Jan, 2022 @1:03 AM

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Lords inflict multiple defeats on ministers with misogyny voted a hate crime
Peers vote 242-185 for heavier penalties in England and Wales as ministers lose 14 divisions

Jedidajah Otte

18, Jan, 2022 @12:27 AM

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Oregon public pension fund gave blessing to NSO Group deal, sources suggest
Fund has expressed concerns about the spyware firm, but emails suggest an official signalled support for 2019 acquisition

Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington

17, Jan, 2022 @9:41 PM

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All Covid restrictions in England could end in March under No 10 plans
Guidance may replace legal requirements as Boris Johnson indicates UK must now live with the virus

Rowena Mason, Jessica Elgot and Nicola Davis

17, Jan, 2022 @8:07 PM

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China’s population growth rate falls to 61-year low
Beijing announces major reforms to address decline, including three-child policy and raised retirement age

Helen Davidson in Taipei

17, Jan, 2022 @6:46 PM

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Russia moves troops to Belarus for joint exercises near Ukraine border
Move likely to stoke invasion fears as war games also planned near borders of Nato members Poland and Lithuania

Andrew Roth Moscow correspondent

17, Jan, 2022 @6:16 PM

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Calls for action on gender-based violence after Ashling Murphy killing
Ireland’s minister for justice promises new strategy by March and a zero-tolerance approach

Lisa O'Carroll in Dublin

17, Jan, 2022 @4:43 PM

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