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1. Liz Truss: We will give weapons to Moldova to stop an invasion of Vladimir Putin
Liz Truss has revealed that she wants to send modern weapons to Moldova to protect it from the threat of an invasion of Russia.
In an interview with The Telegraph, the Foreign Minister said that Vladimir Putin was determined to create a “great Russia” despite the defeat in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. Read the whole story.
2. Thousands of people wait months for powers to care for their loved ones while officials work from home
The backlog attributed to officials working from home has left hundreds of thousands of elderly and vulnerable people unable to hand over critical financial powers to their loved ones.
One-third of one million applications for lasting powers (LPA) are still pending from the government agency in charge of registering them, while the waiting time has gone from 40 days to 140 days during the pandemic. Read the whole story.
3. First trans peer one step closer when the hereditary candidate claims a seat
The House of Lords could welcome its first trans couple and the only female hereditary member.
Matilda Simon received permission this week to run in the next by-election for one of the remaining 92 inherited seats in the upper house. Read the whole story.
4. The legal smoking age could reach 21 years after a “radical” revision.
The legal smoking age could be raised to 21 according to plans drawn up by order of Health Secretary Sajid Javid, with the hope that less than five per cent of Britons will smoke by 2030.
An “radical” independent review commissioned by Mr. Javid will report back in the coming weeks and will recommend raising the legal age for buying cigarettes and charging new taxes on tobacco companies’ profits, according to The Telegraph. Read the whole story.
5. Monkeypox outbreak related to an overcrowding event in the adult sauna
Cases of smallpox in Spain have been linked to a broadcast event at an adult sauna in Madrid.
Enrique Ruiz Escudero, the region’s community health minister, said on Friday that health officials had located many of Spain’s 30 smallpox cases in a single sauna in the capital. Read the whole story.
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