Boris Johnson’s staff gets drunk, brawled and abused cleaners during Covid lockdowns, damning report finds

Johnson is facing a battle to save his premiership after the report published on Wednesday by senior civil servant Sue Gray criticized a culture of rule-breaking events, and revealed new photographs of him at two separate gatherings. Gray wrote that “the senior leadership at the center” of Johnson’s administration “must bear responsibility” for a culture … Read more

Boris Johnson under more pressure over new lockdown ‘Partygate’ photos

The photos, obtained by ITV News, appear to show Johnson offering a toast during a colleague’s leaving party in November 2020; several bottles of alcohol litter the table in front of him. In some of the photographs, Johnson seems to be giving a speech, the ITV News report says. At the time, indoor social mixing … Read more

8 women, 3 men dead after gunmen open fire on hotel, bars in Mexico

Eleven people, eight of them women, were killed in simultaneous shooting attacks on two bars in north-central Mexico, authorities said Tuesday. Handwritten signs left at the scenes of the killings suggested the attacks were part of a rivalry between two drug cartels that have been battling for control of Guanajuato state for several years. Police … Read more

Biden Veers Off Script on Taiwan. It’s Not the First Time.

By that point, Mr. Biden’s staff knew he had gone further than it would have liked and sprang into damage control, cranking out with practiced efficiency the obligatory clarifying statement declaring that “our policy has not changed” and that Mr. Biden had merely “reiterated” America’s commitment “to provide Taiwan with the military means to defend … Read more

Slain IRGC officer reported behind 2012 attacks on envoys; Israel said raising alert

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards colonel who was shot dead in Tehran on Sunday was behind a series of attacks on Israeli envoys in several countries in 2012, according to a report in the Iranian opposition media outlet Iran International. According to the report, Colonel Hassan Sayyad Khodayari, who was assassinated in the heart of Tehran, … Read more

Spain experiences record-breaking heatwave for May

On Sunday afternoon, the weather agency had warnings of high temperatures in place across 17 Spanish regions. According to Reuters, people in the south of the country “waved fans, glugged water and splashed themselves at fountains” on Saturday as the heatwave descended on the region. On Friday, the city of Jaén in Andalucía, southern Spain, … Read more

Beijing extends work-from-home ‘requirement’ for millions as COVID spreads

Capital sees biggest daily caseload in month-old outbreak ‘We’ve been massively hit’ – Beijing store owner Fears virus could return as Shanghai eyes lockdown end Curbs damaging China’s economy, global supply chains BEIJING / SHANGHAI, May 23 (Reuters) – The Chinese capital extended its work-from-home requirement for many of its 22 million residents to stem … Read more

Australia has a new left-leaning government: Here’s what you need to know

For much of its history, Australian politics has been dominated by the two major parties: the Liberals on the center-right and Labor on the center-left. But this election threw all the balls up in the air, tossing more than a few to minor parties and Independents who were fed-up with the two-party system. Here’s what … Read more

Biden set to unveil his economic plan for countering China in Asia

The announcement is one of the centerpieces of Biden’s visit to the continent, which began last week in South Korea and is continuing this week in Japan. Before Biden unveils the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, which his aides refer to as IPEF, he’ll pay a call on Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and sit for bilateral talks with … Read more

Millionaires join Davos protests, demanding ‘tax us now’

A group of millionaires have joined protests against the World Economic Forum gathering of the business and political elite in Davos, Switzerland, demanding that governments “tax us now” to tackle the burgeoning gulf between rich and poor. The unlikely protesters, who describe themselves as “patriotic millionaires”, called on world leaders attending the annual conference on … Read more