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1. Iran ‘hijacks’ oil tanker in Gulf of Oman
Iranian-backed forces were suspected of seizing an oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman last night, just days after Iran was blamed for a drone attack on another tanker that killed a British crew member.
The Royal Navy’s UK Maritime Trade Operations [UKMTO] agency warned of a suspected “hijacking” incident near the Emirati port of Fujairah but did not give further details. Read the full story.
2. Mass vaccination of children against Covid planned
The mass vaccination of children against Covid-19 is set to get the green light, with approval given for 16 and 17-year-olds to receive the jab.
The Telegraph understands the change in guidance will be announced on Wednesday after scientific advisers submitted their updated advice to Downing Street. Read the full story.
3. Boris Johnson ditches overseas summer holiday in favour of August staycation
Boris Johnson has decided not to travel abroad for his summer holidays and will instead take a “staycation” in the UK later this month, The Telegraph understands.
The Prime Minister’s move matches scores of Britons who have opted to avoid the complexity of foreign travel given the Covid-19 restrictions in place. Read the full story.
4. Mike Ashley set to step down from Sports Direct
Mike Ashley, the Sports Direct billionaire, is preparing to step down as chief executive of his retail empire and hand over day-to-day control to his prospective son-in-law, The Telegraph can reveal.
The 56-year-old is expected to assume the role of deputy chairman of Frasers Group in an announcement that may come as soon as Thursday alongside the company’s annual results. Read the full story.
5. Day 12 at Tokyo 2020
Follow the latest news from the Olympic Games – and catch up on what you missed overnight. Read the full story.
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