Partygate: Met Police wants ‘minimal reference’ in Sue Gray report to events it is investigating

The Cabinet Office is weighing up whether to publish its partygate report in the wake of the Metropolitan Police asking for “minimal reference” to be made to the events it is investigating, Sky News understands. Sources have confirmed that Sue Gray, the senior civil servant leading the inquiry into a series of events in Downing … Read more

National Insurance: Minister says rise in April ‘is going ahead’ after reports Boris Johnson is considering delaying tax hike

A rise in National Insurance contributions in April “is going ahead”, a minister has told Sky News, amid reports Boris Johnson is considering delaying the increase. Technology minister Chris Philp said funds are needed for the NHS and social care and the move is a “proportionate way” of finding the cash. His comments come after … Read more

Locking down homes, Hong Kong takes COVID lesson from Beijing

Hong Kong, China – Collecting sewage samples, mandatory mass-testing and sealing off residential buildings for days on end, Hong Kong is stamping out its worst COVID-19 outbreak by taking a page out of Beijing’s playbook – much to the frustration of its residents. At Kwai Chung Estate, the site of a growing Omicron outbreak, authorities … Read more

Xiomara Castro Sworn In As First Female President Of Honduras

Xiomara Castro’s election last November brought an end to 12 years of right-wing National Party rule. Tegucigalpa, Honduras: Leftist Xiomara Castro was sworn in Thursday as the first woman president of Honduras, vowing to reform the crime- and poverty-stricken nation into a “socialist and democratic state.” Castro, 62, took the oath at a massive ceremony … Read more

Syria prison attack shows need to deal with IS detainees, UN says

The attack by Islamic State militants on a Syrian prison holding around 3,000 of its fighters and about 700 children is a predictable tragedy spotlighting the need for urgent international action to deal with those allegedly linked to the extremist group in prisons and camps in the country’s northeast, the UN counter-terrorism chief said Thursday. … Read more

North Korea confirms latest tests as Kim visits weapons factory

North Korea conducted tests of an upgraded long-range cruise missile and a warhead of a tactical guided missile this week, as leader Kim Jong Un visited a munitions factory producing a “major weapon system,” state media KCNA reported on Friday. Tensions have been simmering over North Korea’s series of six weapons tests in 2022, among … Read more

Boris Johnson reportedly considering delay to tax hike plans as public awaits publication of Sue Gray report

Boris Johnson is reportedly considering a delay to plans to raise national insurance as the wait goes on for the publication of Sue Gray’s inquiry into partygate allegations. The prime minister is facing pressure from some Tory MPs to scrap the controversial tax hike in order to win back support to save his job. The … Read more