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Australia news live update: Morrison says Christensen should retire ‘quietly’; new Queensland Covid cases include first reports of Omicron
Five people on board a Sydney Harbour cruise on Friday night have tested positive to Covid, with two likely the new variant. Follow all the day’s news

Matilda Boseley

08, Dec, 2021 @1:23 AM

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Covid live: fury after video about No 10 Christmas party emerges; early signs Omicron more transmissible
Early indications Omicron more transmissible than Delta, says Boris Johnson; Nicola Sturgeon says staff should work from home until mid-January

Martin Farrer (now); Léonie Chao-Fong Lucy Campbell, Martin Belam and Samantha Lock (earlier)

08, Dec, 2021 @12:51 AM

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‘More cautious’ China shifts Africa approach from debt to vaccine diplomacy
Analysis: After two decades of major financial aid, Beijing is rethinking its strategy on continent amid Covid crisis and fierce competition for power, analysts say

Vincent Ni China affairs correspondent, and Helen Davidson

08, Dec, 2021 @12:24 AM

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UK races to deliver booster jabs before Omicron takes hold
NHS halves wait for third jab for over-40s from six to three months in ‘boost to booster programme’

Andrew Gregory Health editor

08, Dec, 2021 @12:01 AM

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Multinational running England’s catch-up tuition 90% below enrolment target
MPs told Randstad contract a ‘false economy’ and talks under way to set up new scheme

Sally Weale Education correspondent

08, Dec, 2021 @12:00 AM

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PM accused of lying after No 10 officials caught joking about Christmas party
Exchange between Ed Oldfield and Allegra Stratton took place last December days after alleged party took place

Peter Walker, Aubrey Allegretti and Jamie Grierson

07, Dec, 2021 @11:07 PM

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Australia’s 2021 Google search year in review: sport, Covid news and home DIY dominate
Victorians, having endured the most days locked down in the world, lost interest in coronavirus compared with Queensland and NSW counterparts

Josh Taylor

07, Dec, 2021 @10:00 PM

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Cover-ups and credibility: Johnson’s denials no longer carry much weight
Analysis: perceived gulf between reality and No 10’s statements is making matters worse for government

Rowena Mason Deputy political editor

07, Dec, 2021 @8:57 PM

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Leaked letter suggests Foreign Office covered up PM’s involvement in dog airlift from Kabul, MP claims – as it happened
Latest updates: PM denies claim from Foreign Office whistleblower

Andrew Sparrow

07, Dec, 2021 @7:20 PM

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Scientists find ‘stealth’ version of Omicron that may be harder to track
Variant lacks feature that allows probable cases to be distinguished among positive PCR tests

Ian Sample and Peter Walker

07, Dec, 2021 @7:11 PM

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Travel bans not the answer to Omicron variant, WHO says
Flight restrictions won’t stop spread of variant, Europe official says, as archbishop denounces ‘travel apartheid’

Andrew Gregory Health editor

07, Dec, 2021 @7:09 PM

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‘Never happened before’: lack of hospitality staff forces Melbourne bar to close its doors
With lockdown restrictions finally lifted, bars and venues are facing a new, unexpected challenge

Caitlin Cassidy

07, Dec, 2021 @4:30 PM

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