The tragic legacy of the Arab Spring

A decade since pro-democracy protesters gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the Arab world weighs the lessons of the 2011 uprisings….

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Only one of the world’s 29 poorest countries has started coronavirus vaccinations

WHO officials said last week that the West African nation of Guinea is the only low-income country to begin administering doses. And those efforts have been limited….

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CPS accused of ‘systemic illegality’ in charging rape cases

Changes in policy since 2016 have led to an overly risk-averse approach, court of appeal hearsThe Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been accused of “systemic illegality” in its approach to charging rape cases in a landmark judicial review into how the crime is prosecuted.On the opening day of the hearing at the court of appeal, lawyers for the Centre for Women’s Justice (CWJ) and End Violence Against Women (EVAW) accused the CPS of “raising the bar” for rape prosecutions, which they argued had led to a steep drop in the number of cases being charged. Continue reading… …

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UK Covid live: vaccine protectionism not the answer to supply issues, says Hancock

Latest updates: health secretary says UK and EU will work together to avoid disruption to vaccine supplyEU means business over vaccine exports, says Von der LeyenEU vaccines threat will not affect UK deliveries, says Nadim ZahawiGerman government challenges reports on AstraZeneca vaccineWhy experts say there is no basis to AstraZeneca jab claimsGlobal coronavirus updates – live 3.40pm GMT The government’s proposed mandatory hotel quarantine measures for travellers arriving from high-risk countries could wipe out nearly £548m a day from the UK economy in lost travel, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The WTTC chief executive, Gloria Guevara, said: “The government has a duty to share its economic impact assessment so we fully understand the effect these measures will have on the sector and the wider economy. 3.31pm GMT A group of 31 police officers are each facing £200 fines for breaching coronavirus regulations after getting their hair cut by a barber in Bethnal Green, London while on duty, Scotland Yard said on Tuesday. The two officers who organised the trims, at Bethnal Green police station on Saturday 17 January, will also be investigated for misconduct. It is deeply disappointing and frustrating that my officers have fallen short…

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E.U. threatens drug companies with legal action if it doesn’t get its vaccines

The moves come as two manufacturers said they would have to delay deliveries of the vaccine….

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Diary Sow, Senegalese Student Missing in Paris, Is Said to Be Found

The disappearance earlier this month of Diary Sow, 20, the “pride of a whole nation” and a published novelist, prompted an international outpouring of concern. …

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Dubai seemed to have the coronavirus licked. Then it flung open its doors.

Now the epidemic is surging, the city is shuttering and an ambitious vaccine campaign is struggling to keep up….

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Hong Kong’s First Covid-19 Lockdown Exposes Deep-Rooted Inequality

The city’s notorious tenement apartments are potential hotbeds of transmission, with their cramped quarters, faulty piping and poor ventilation. …

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EU citizens offered financial incentives to leave UK

European nationals added to voluntary returns scheme, which can include flights and up to £2,000 for resettlementEU citizens are being offered financial incentives to leave the UK, the Guardian has learned, months before the deadline to apply for settled status has passed.From 1 January EU citizens have quietly been added to the government’s voluntary returns scheme where financial support is offered as an encouragement to return to their country of origin. Continue reading… …

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Protests in India Turn Violent as Angry Farmers Clash With Police

Protesters used their tractors to pull apart barricades, prompting the police to fire tear gas. At least one person died in the demonstration against new farming laws. …

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