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Covid live news: UK battles new virus variant as Omicron is detected around the world – as it happened
All over-18s in UK will be offered third jab in response to new variant now also recorded in Spain, Sweden and Canada

Samantha Lock (now); Jedidajah Otte , Rachel Hall, Lucy Campbell, Martin Belam, Virginia Harrison and Helen Livingstone (earlier)

30, Nov, 2021 @1:21 AM

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Queen congratulates Barbados as it becomes a republic
Monarch sends message marking ‘momentous’ day and wishing Barbadians peace and prosperity

Caroline Davies

30, Nov, 2021 @12:01 AM

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Taiwan thanks Australian PM and defence minister for grim warning over China
Taiwan says Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton’s comments reiterated the ‘need to guard against the use of Chinese force’

Daniel Hurst in Canberra and Helen Davidson in Taipei

30, Nov, 2021 @12:00 AM

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Covid: UK aims for 500,000 jabs a day in bid to outpace Omicron variant
Ministers to ramp up vaccinations to 3.5m a week as minimum gap for boosters is halved to three months

Rowena Mason and Andrew Gregory

29, Nov, 2021 @10:32 PM

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Covid: as rules on mask wearing in England return, what exactly is the law?
From Tuesday, people will have to wear masks under new measures, but where and how will this be policed?

Jedidajah Otte

29, Nov, 2021 @9:44 PM

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What changes have been announced for Covid booster jabs in UK?
All adults over 18 will be offered a third dose as part of bid to tackle spread of Omicron variant

Peter Walker and Andrew Gregory

29, Nov, 2021 @7:01 PM

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Leaked papers link Xinjiang crackdown with China leadership
Secret documents urge population control, mass round-ups and punishment of Uyghurs

Patrick Wintour Diplomatic Editor

29, Nov, 2021 @6:33 PM

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Omicron Covid variant prompts nervous governments to impose travel curbs
Japan, Israel and Australia bring in tough travel measures; Joe Biden says variant is ‘cause for concern, not for panic’

Jon Henley and Nick Dall

29, Nov, 2021 @6:27 PM

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South African scientists explore vaccines’ effectiveness against Omicron
Crucial work will study how well current jabs work and whether they need to be updated to tackle new variant

Ian Sample Science editor

29, Nov, 2021 @5:34 PM

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Eitan Biran: cable car fall survivor must be returned to Italy, Israeli court rules
Six-year-old boy has been at the centre of a bitter custody battle between relatives in Italy and Israel

Angela Giuffrida in Rome

29, Nov, 2021 @5:05 PM

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Teachers call for masks to be mandatory in English secondary schools
Heads say advice is ‘too vague’ as sceptical MPs warn additional Covid restrictions will cause ‘chaos’

Sally Weale Education correspondent

29, Nov, 2021 @5:03 PM

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Dublin’s famous music pub The Cobblestone saved from developers
Refusal of planning permission for hotel seen as victory against destruction of city’s cultural heritage

Lisa O'Carroll

29, Nov, 2021 @4:43 PM

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