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‘People are tired’: Chris Hipkins, the New Zealand minister battling to eliminate Covid

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It’s New Zealand’s 1pm Covid press conference, and Chris Hipkins is eyeballing a room of journalists. He stands, sanitising his hands, and takes a moment to look around. “We’ll start with some good news,” he begins. ...

Equalities minister under fire for writing she does not ‘care about colonialism’

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The equalities minister, Kemi Badenoch, has been criticised after leaked messages revealed she claimed not to “care about colonialism”, amid warnings that Conservatives could haemorrhage support from the black communi...

UK pensions shortfall is ‘tip of the iceberg,’ says former minister

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The pension underpayment scandal could be the tip of the iceberg affecting many thousands more people, according to Sir Steve Webb, the former pensions minister who has led the campaign to raise awareness on the issue...

True Calling review – a government minister goes awol on long night of the soul

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This tiny-budget British drama, written and directed by Erik Knudsen, begins intriguingly as the government’s energy minister goes awol a few days before the election. An energy crisis is brewing; his phone is ringing...

Brazilian minister tests positive for Covid after meeting maskless Johnson

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Brazil’s health minister, Marcelo Queiroga, has tested positive for Covid and gone into isolation, 24 hours after meeting a maskless Boris Johnson and other British officials in New York. Queiroga, who sat close to Jo...

Coronavirus live news: Brazil health minister tests positive at UN; India urges UK to resolve quarantine dispute

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Marcelo Quiroga tests positive after Jair Bolsonaro speaks at UN in New York; India asks UK to scrap rule for vaccinated Indian travellers

Aukus: French minister bemoans lack of trust in British alliance

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The British-French alliance lacks trust, France’s EU affairs minister has said, citing Downing Street’s approach to the post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland and the secretly negotiated defence agreement with ...

Did you solve it? Russia’s Prime Minister sets a geometry puzzle

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Earlier today I set you the following puzzle, which was a challenge Russia’s Prime Minister, Mikhail Mishustin, gave to a class of Russian sixth formers earlier this month. Construct a perpendicular from the (red) poi...

Minister, this is inappropriate!: Spanish politician sparks row after volcano tourism remarks

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Spain’s tourism minister has been accused of insensitivity after suggesting a devastating and ongoing volcanic eruption on the Canary island of La Palma could be used as an “attraction” to lure visitors to the archipe...

Can you solve it? Russia’s Prime Minister sets a geometry puzzle

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Earlier this month, Russia’s Prime Minister, Mikhail Mishustin, marked the first day of the school year by visiting a sixth form maths class at one of his country’s top science-oriented schools. The class was studying...

Second Dutch minister resigns over Afghan evacuation crisis

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The Dutch defence minister has became the second cabinet member to resign over the Afghan evacuation debacle. Ank Bijleveld resigned on Friday, following the foreign minister, Sigrid Kaag, out of the door after parlia...

Japan’s race for new prime minister kicks off with tight battle for leadership

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The campaign to become Japan’s next prime minister has kicked off, with four candidates vying for leadership of the ruling party in an unusually close race. The candidates include two women hoping to lead a country th...

Dutch foreign minister resigns over Afghanistan debacle

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The foreign minister of the Netherlands, Sigrid Kaag, has resigned after the lower house of parliament passed a motion of censure against the government over its handling of evacuations from Afghanistan amid the Talib...

Labour’s shadow equalities secretary quits as does shadow women’s minister

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Marsha de Cordova, the shadow equalities secretary, has resigned from Keir Starmer’s shadow cabinet with immediate effect citing a desire to focus on her marginal constituency. The Guardian understands that the shadow...

Haiti prosecutor calls for prime minister to be charged over president’s killing

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The investigation into the assassination of the Haitian president Jovenel Moïse has taken a sensational turn after the country’s chief prosecutor asked a judge to charge Haiti’s prime minister in connection with the c...

Replacing Suga as prime minister will do little to resolve Japan’s political crisis

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Japan will soon have a new prime minister. Not because there is a general election coming up – although there is – but because the leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic party (LDP), the deeply unpopular Yoshihide Su...

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