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UK's Johnson faces 'partygate' crunch

UK's Johnson faces 'partygate' crunch

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson braced Wednesday for a potentially damning report into lockdown-breaching parties, after the launch of a police inquiry dramatically upped the stakes.

Hong Kong may maintain Covid isolation until 2024, risking exodus - Euro chamber

Hong Kong may maintain Covid isolation until 2024, risking exodus - Euro chamber

Hong Kong may only reopen in early 2024 because of its stringent Covid-19 policies, which could trigger an exodus of foreign firms and staff and jeopardise its role as a financial hub, the city's European Chamber of Commerce said in a draft report.

Istanbul permits first flights after snow pummels Mediterranean

Istanbul permits first flights after snow pummels Mediterranean

Europe’s busiest airport in Istanbul welcomed its first flight in 24 hours yesterday and Greece declared a public holiday as the eastern Mediterranean neighbours began digging out of a rare snowstorm that ground their capitals to a halt.

US warns Russia of damaging sanctions, including on Putin

US warns Russia of damaging sanctions, including on Putin

The United States warned Moscow yesterday of damaging sanctions, including measures personally targeting Vladimir Putin, as Russian combat troops massing around Ukraine launched new exercises.

Japan doubles areas under Covid-19 curbs as cases set records

Japan doubles areas under Covid-19 curbs as cases set records

Japan expanded regions subject to tighter coronavirus curbs to cover 70% of the country yesterday, as the government tried to counter a record wave of Covid-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant.

North Korea fires cruise missiles amid tension over lifting nuclear moratorium

North Korea fires cruise missiles amid tension over lifting nuclear moratorium

North Korea fired two cruise missiles into the sea off its east coast yesterday, South Korea’s military said, amid rising tension over a recent series of weapons tests.

Myanmar junta welcome at Asean if progress made: Cambodia PM

Myanmar junta welcome at Asean if progress made: Cambodia PM

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday confirmed he had invited Myanmar’s junta chief to a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), on the condition he makes progress on a peace plan he agreed to last year.

Johnson’s woes deepen with police probe into ‘partygate’

Johnson’s woes deepen with police probe into ‘partygate’

The threat to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s position deepened yesterday, as police said they were investigating lockdown-breaking parties at his Downing Street office and government departments.

Yemen rebels lose key battleground area after missile attack on UAE

Yemen rebels lose key battleground area after missile attack on UAE

Yemen’s Houthi rebels were expelled from a key battleground district by UAE-trained Giants Brigade fighters, the militia said yesterday, a day after the insurgents’ latest missile attack on Abu Dhabi.

Pro-junta rally in Burkina as UN, neighbours condemn coup

Pro-junta rally in Burkina as UN, neighbours condemn coup

Supporters of Burkina Faso’s new junta rallied yesterday as the UN, France and the country’s neighbours condemned its latest coup.

At least 19 dead after clash, fire at club in Indonesia's West Papua

At least 19 dead after clash, fire at club in Indonesia's West Papua

At least 19 people have been killed in a clash at a nightclub in Indonesia's West Papua province, police said Tuesday, with most dying after the venue caught fire.

Biden caught insulting Fox News journalist

Biden caught insulting Fox News journalist

As journalists were leaving the room after the event, a reporter from Fox News, the favourite channel of conservatives, asked whether inflation is a political liability.

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