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1. Liz Truss: We’ll give Moldova weapons to stop an invasion by Vladimir Putin
Liz Truss has revealed that she wants to send modern weaponry to Moldova to protect it from the threat of invasion by Russia.
In an interview with The Telegraph, the Foreign Secretary said Vladimir Putin was determined to create a “greater Russia” despite defeat in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital. Read the full story.
2. Thousands wait months for powers of attorney to care for loved ones as civil servants work from home
A backlog blamed on civil servants working from home has left hundreds of thousands of elderly and vulnerable people unable to hand over critical financial powers to their loved ones.
A third of a million applications for lasting power of attorney (LPA) are still pending at the government agency responsible for registering them, while the waiting time has risen from 40 days to 140 days during the pandemic. Read the full story.
3. First trans peer a step closer as hereditary candidate claims seat
The House of Lords could shortly welcome its first trans peer and only female hereditary member.
Matilda Simon was this week given permission to contest the next by-election for one of the upper chamber’s remaining 92 hereditary seats. Read the full story.
4. Legal smoking age could rise to 21 after ‘radical’ review
The legal age for smoking could be increased to 21 under plans drawn up by order of Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, amid hopes that less than five per cent of Britons will smoke by 2030.
A “radical” independent review commissioned by Mr Javid is expected to report in the coming weeks and will recommend that the legal age to purchase cigarettes is increased and new taxes are slapped on tobacco company profits, The Telegraph understands. Read the full story.
5. Monkeypox outbreak linked to superspreader event at adult sauna
Monkeypox cases in Spain have been linked to a superspreader event at an adult sauna in Madrid.
Enrique Ruiz Escudero, the region’s cabinet minister for health of the community, said on Friday that health officials had traced many of Spain’s 30 monkeypox cases to a single sauna in the capital. Read the full story.
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