Today’s Briefing: Tuesday, January 18

Britain’s Defence Secretary Ben Wallace peaks after signing a treaty on cooperation in Bemowo Piskie in November 2021.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the UK has sent self-defence weapons and military troops to Ukraine amid fears of a Russian invasion.

Dominic Cummings shared fresh allegations about the May 2020 garden party against the prime minister on his blog on Monday, with claims that Boris Johnson knew in advance about the drinks party at Downing Street.

The government has suffered a series of defeats in the House of Lords over its Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill with opposing peers stating that some of the plans are “outrageous.”

Dr David Nabarro, World Health Organization special envoy for Covid, suggested that there’s “light at the end of the tunnel” for the UK in fighting against the virus, despite the government’s scientific advisers warning that allegations the pandemic is now an endemic are premature.

New Zealand’s military is sending emergency aid supplies to Tonga, where significant damage was reported days after an undersea volcanic eruption and tsunami, but officials said that the ash cloud on the airport runway could delay flights by at least a day.

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