Chinese liquor and e-cigarette shares fall amid state ‘vice industry’ crackdown

Investors fear sectors may be next target after Beijing’s crackdown on digital gaming and tech companies

China’s liquor and e-cigarette companies have emerged as the latest market casualty in Beijing’s crackdown on “vice industries” after reports from state media that suggest they could be the next targets for stricter regulation.

Shares in e-cigarette and liquor makers slumped on Thursday after reports in the Chinese media of adolescent e-cigarette use and links between alcohol and cancer spooked investors who fear the state may be planning to broaden its crackdown on digital gaming and technology companies.

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Indonesia Covid deaths pass 100,000 as Delta overwhelms hospitals

Frustrations with government response and anti-vaxxers as country struggles to cope with variant

Indonesia’s health ministry has recorded 1,747 new deaths of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, pushing the nation’s total deaths to 100,636.

The south-east Asian country has been struggling to cope with the highly contagious Delta variant since it was first discovered in Indonesia in late June. According to Our World in Data, Indonesia’s total number of infections has now reached 3.53 million.

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Coronavirus live news: Japan experts urge nationwide state of emergency as Sydney suffers worst pandemic day

Advisers to government in Tokyo say Covid surge requires harsher measures, while Australian state of NSW announces 262 new cases

Just over 86,000 vaccine doses have been administered in the Democratic Republic of Congo – enough to vaccinate fewer than 0.1% of the country’s 90 million people, Lisa Murray reports from Kinshasa.

The country is already facing shortages and huge logistical challenges in getting vaccines out to people in far-flung areas of a country almost the size of western Europe, and there is growing anger over the failures of rich countries to supply enough vaccines to poorer ones.

If people in Congo remain unvaccinated, the South African variant could meet with the Delta variant and the virus could mutate into a variant that is resistant to some vaccines.

If a Congo variant arrives in a country like the UK, which has high vaccination rates, it could put them back into the same position they were at the beginning of the pandemic. They’d have to get vaccinated again with a new vaccine.

The president said that he doesn’t trust AstraZeneca, so that makes me doubt it … I would die of anxiety if I took this vaccine, because of how the president described it. I would be worried that I was going to die.

They resisted, they doubted its existence. They thought it was a disease that killed white people.

Related: ‘They thought Covid only kills white people’: myths and fear hinder jabs in DRC

This is from Thursday’s Guardian morning briefing, by my colleague Warren Murray.

Millions of Britons have been given the green light to travel to Europe’s holiday hotspots, avoiding quarantine on return from France and Spain where concerns have been raised about Covid variants. Ministers announced fully vaccinated holidaymakers returning from France would no longer need to quarantine, and ditched plans for a “watchlist” of amber countries such as Spain. The move is likely to partially revive the struggling tourism sector but will raise questions about whether the government is being complacent about the spread of the Beta variant.

Related: Thursday briefing: Holidays get the green light

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Vaccine passports look inevitable, so what rights do New Zealanders have? | Claire Breen

Analysis: Proof of vaccination is nothing new and any requirement that people use a ‘health pass’ will involve balancing various rights

With greater numbers of people being vaccinated and countries looking to reopen borders safely, the introduction of some form of vaccine passport seems increasingly likely.

For New Zealand, where the elimination strategy has been largely successful but which remains vulnerable to border breaches, proof of vaccination may well be a condition of entry.

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New Zealand farmers have avoided regulation for decades. Now their bill has come due | Baz Macdonald

It’s true farmers are facing a lot of regulation but only after decades of fighting off smaller reforms – we need them to change

In July, an estimated 60,000, mostly rural New Zealanders took to the streets to protest environmental regulations farmers say are unworkable. Angry and frustrated, they rolled into 57 towns and cities on tractors and trucks to form the country’s biggest farmer protest.

I grew up in rural New Zealand, and many of my family work in and around the dairy industry – so I have experienced a lot of this frustration first hand.

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Google co-founder Larry Page granted entry to New Zealand despite border closure, report says

Billionaire reportedly made trip after his child fell ill in Fiji and needed hospital treatment in New Zealand

The billionaire co-founder of Google Larry Page was reportedly granted entry into New Zealand, despite the border being closed to non-residents.

Stuff reported that Page, who is the sixth-richest person in the world, visited the country after his child fell ill in Fiji and required hospital treatment in New Zealand.

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Myanmar’s UN envoy accuses military junta of township massacre

Kyaw Moe Tun, who has defied regime attempts to sack him, tells UN it must take action over killings in remote Sagaing area

Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Nations, who has refused to leave his post despite being fired by the junta after the February coup, has alerted the world body to a “reported massacre” by the military.

Kyaw Moe Tun sent a letter to the UN secretary general, António Guterres, on Tuesday saying 40 bodies had been found in July in the Sagaing area of north-western Myanmar.

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‘Bad faith’ US prosecutors misled Canada in Huawei case, court hears in final arguments

Lawyers for Meng Wanzhou, whose detention has thrown US-China feud into focus, urge judge to throw out extradition request

Lawyers for Meng Wanzhou say American prosecutors acted in “bad faith” and abused the Canadian justice system when they pursued the Huawei chief financial officer, in final arguments of the telecoms executive’s closely watched extradition proceedings.

In a Vancouver courtroom on Wednesday, Meng’s legal team argued that American prosecutors misled the Canadian justice system in their legal summary of the allegations against Meng. Her team says this abuse of process obliges the judge overseeing the case to toss out the extradition request against Meng and set her free.

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