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Cressida Dick confirms Met police will investigate Downing Street parties – live updates

Latest updates: commissioner tells MPs allegations over lockdown parties will be investigated Cake and singing on PM’s birthday was not a party, says Grant Shapps Q: Is the alleged party at CCHQ included? Dick says there have been various reports in the media. She will not say which ones are …

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US, UK and Europe totally united in the face of Russia threat to Ukraine, Biden says

Virtual meeting between western powers comes as the US put 8,500 troops on alert and as France prepares to host a meeting of Russian and Ukrainian officials US president Joe Biden has insisted there was “total” unity among western powers after crisis talks with European leaders on how to deter …

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Australian Open reverses its ban on ‘Where is Peng Shuai?’ T-shirts

Shirts to be allowed but banners still barred, says Craig Tiley Tennis Australia u-turn comes after international backlash The Australian Open has reversed its ban on ‘Where is Peng Shuai?’ T-shirts following widespread backlash to the tournament’s claim they constituted “commercial or political” material, but banners will still be prohibited. …

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Snowstorm blankets eastern Mediterranean closing airports, schools and vaccination centres

Istanbul airport was forced to shut down while motorists were trapped in cars around Athens as rare heavy snow falls across southeast Europe Europe’s busiest airport shut down in Istanbul on Monday while schools and vaccination centres closed in Athens as a rare snowstorm blanketed swathes of the eastern Mediterranean, …

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Joe Biden appears to insult Fox News reporter over inflation question

President caught on mic seemingly swearing at Peter Doocy as journalists left a news conference Joe Biden was caught on a hot mic appearing to insult the Fox News journalist Peter Doocy, seemingly calling him a “stupid son of a bitch” after Doocy posed a question about US inflation. “Do …

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‘No evidence of hacking’: WeChat hits back at interference claims about Scott Morrison’s account

Chinese tech giant Tencent says ownership dispute behind rebranding of prime minister’s account to ‘Australian Chinese new life’ Download the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefing The owner of the Chinese social media platform WeChat insists there is “no evidence of any hacking or third-party intrusion” of Scott …

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Victory in court for indigenous women raped during Guatemala’s civil war

Five men were sentenced to 30 years each in prison in a ruling hailed as vindication for survivors who have spent years fighting for justice Indigenous women raped by paramilitaries during Guatemala’s brutal civil war have triumphed in court, when their aggressors were sentenced to 30 years each in prison. …

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James Webb space telescope takes up station a million miles from Earth

$10bn observatory manoeuvred into position at four times the orbit of the moon, with first images expected in June The world’s largest and most powerful telescope has reached its final destination – an observation post one million miles away from Earth. Nasa’s $10bn James Webb space telescope launched on Christmas …

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Boris Johnson faces fresh outrage over lockdown birthday party

Furious response from MPs and bereaved after revelation of celebration held indoors in contravention of Covid restrictions A full list of alleged parties What were the rules in June 2020? Coronavirus – latest global updates Boris Johnson was facing renewed anger from MPs and bereaved families on Monday after the …

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Mark Zuckerberg says Meta is building the world’s fastest supercomputer

Facebook founder’s planned metaverse, blending reality with digital experiences, will require enormous computing power Mark Zuckerberg has announced his social media empire is building what he claims is the world’s fastest artificial intelligence supercomputer as part of plans to build a virtual metaverse. The Facebook founder said in a blogpost …

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