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Mute mandarins

8 december 2022
Catherine Neilan
  • Dina Boluarte was sworn in as Peru’s first female president after her predecessor was impeached for a failed coup.
  • Michael Gove approved the UK’s first new coal mine in 30 years.
  • Iran carried out the first execution over recent anti-government protests.

Why is the UK parliament’s privileges committee taking so long to decide whether Boris Johnson misled the House of Commons during the post-Covid panic known as partygate? Here’s what MPs are saying: senior civil servants won’t talk for fear of being named.


Matthew d’Ancona

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Photo essays

The siege of Mariupol
Jon Jones
25 April 2022

Evgeny Lebedev: In pictures
Jon Jones
28 February 2022

The Zone
Pierpaolo Mittica
15 December 2021

The bigger, worse picture
Jon Jones
8 July 2021

Solo, not alone
Harry Borden
17 June 2021

These are the disappearing nations
Vlad Sokhin
11 May 2021


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Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta, Microsoft and Tencent.

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The big five

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