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Boris Johnson strains to remain upbeat as new Omicron variant forces rapid crackdown

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Less than a week ago, cabinet minister Nadhim Zahawi took to the airwaves to predict that such was the progress of the vaccine programme, Britain would be the first big country to use vaccines to end the pandemic. Hou...

Sudan pro-democracy activists call for escalation after lethal crackdown

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Pro-democracy protesters and Sudan’s military appeared set for a cycle of escalation on both sides after a day in which at least 15 demonstrators were killed by security forces. Despite a heavy-handed crackdown by the...

Nicaraguan business leaders arrested in Ortega’s pre-election crackdown

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Daniel Ortega’s pre-election crackdown on the Nicaraguan opposition has claimed another prominent scalp with the arrest of one of the Central American country’s top business leaders. Michael Healy, the president of Ni...

US leads world in bitcoin mining after China crackdown sends industry overseas

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The United States has overtaken China to account for the largest share of the world’s bitcoin mining, according to data published by researchers at Cambridge University. The figures demonstrate the impact of a crackdo...

Why are foxhunters exempt from the Tories’ ‘public order’ crackdown?

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Something is going badly wrong in the countryside. For years, despite abundant video evidence, bloodsports enthusiasts have intimidated and attacked people who criticise and seek to monitor them, with apparent impunit...

Watchdog to launch crackdown on ads falsely claiming green credentials

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Airline ads that encourage taking too many flights and carmakers that show SUVs tearing up the countryside are set to fall foul of a crackdown on marketing that encourages environmentally irresponsible behaviour. The ...

Chinese celebrities warned over morality in cultural crackdown

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Attendees of a Chinese entertainment industry symposium have been told to ensure they act with morality in both public and private, amid an intensive government crackdown on cultural sectors. The meeting on Tuesday in...

Hong Kong protest pair swept up in national security crackdown plead guilty

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The Hong Kong activist Andy Li and paralegal Chan Tsz-wah have pleaded guilty to foreign collusion, becoming the second and third convictions under the year-old national security law which has been used to crush gover...

NSW police fine 600 people on first day of Covid crackdown blitz

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New South Wales police issued nearly 600 infringement notices to people flouting tough new health orders on the first day of a three-week crackdown designed to get the state’s escalating Covid crisis under control. Th...

‘We are in this nightmare’: Nicaragua continues its brazen crackdown

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It has been a fortnight since Georgiana Aguirre-Sacasa last heard from her elderly father: a terse WhatsApp message in which Nicaragua’s former foreign minister said border guards had stopped him leaving the country a...

Biden grants ‘safe haven’ to Hongkongers in US amid China crackdown

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Joe Biden has granted temporary refuge to people from Hong Kong amid the Chinese government’s effort to crush the pro-democracy movement and tighten its control on a city once known for its freedom. Biden signed a me...

Chinese liquor and e-cigarette shares fall amid state ‘vice industry’ crackdown

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China’s liquor and e-cigarette companies have emerged as the latest market casualty in Beijing’s crackdown on “vice industries” after reports from state media that suggest they could be the next targets for stricter r...

Australia Covid live update: Queensland braces for more cases on first full day of lockdown; Sydney authorities in compliance crackdown

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Queensland authorities expect case numbers and exposure sites to grow today as three million across the state begin their first full day in lockdown. Follow all the day’s news

Iran accused of using unlawful force in water protest crackdown

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Iran is using unlawful and excessive force in a crackdown against protests over water shortages in its oil-rich but arid southwestern Khuzestan province, according to international rights groups. Amnesty International...

Belarus NGOs condemn government crackdown after ‘black week’ of raids

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The government of Belarus has launched a broad crackdown on civil society, launching raids and arrests on dozens of organisations in what has been described as a “black week” for the country’s NGOs. The raids, which b...

Priti Patel ‘misled’ MPs over plans for protest crackdown

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Priti Patel is under fresh pressure after she appears to have misled parliament on proposed powers to crack down on protests and, separately, issued a statement on her asylum bill that does not seem to be supported by...

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