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Boris Johnson urged to quit after admitting he attended lockdown party

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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing intense pressure to quit after admitting that he did attend a drinks party in the Downing Street garden during the country’s lockdown

Johnson apologised for how he handled the event and says he appreciates why so many people are enraged over the scandal.

Cabinet members have stood by their leader, including Deputy PM Dominic Raab but Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross and senior backbencher William Wragg are two of many calling for him to stand down immediately.

In his apology, Johnson admitted he was at the May 2020 gathering for about 25 minutes using the event to “thank groups of staff” for their hard work.

The Prime Minister’s statement was met with a mixed reaction from the Tories… with some saying he did sound genuine.

But across the floor, Opposition Leader, Kier Starmer says the PM’s defence is “so ridiculous that it’s actually offensive to the British public”.

In the wake of the apology, Ministers are urging fellow MPs to wait for the outcome of an investigation into the alleged parties by senior civil servant Sue Gray.

It’s expected Gray’s findings will be published shortly.

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Tonga welcomes more foreign aid as recovery continues

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Aid is trickling into Tonga from around the world, as more governments deploy ships and flights to the island nation following the massive tsunami on Saturday

The underwater volcano explosion triggered tsunami waves across the Pacific, claiming the lives of at least three people in Tonga.

The wild weather event caused significant damage and crippled communications – the true extent of the damage is still unknown.

A New Zealand vessel which is expected to arrive on Friday is the first major supply ship to pending to dock.

The captain of the HMNZS Aotearoa had earlier told ticker NEWS partner Reuters that the ship was carrying 250,000 litres of water, along with other supplies. The UN says clean water supplies are the top priority for the Pacific nation.

Australia has also deployed its largest ship, the HMAS Adelaide.

The vessel set sail bound for Tonga on Friday. The ship can carry helicopters which can be deployed from the ship to bring supplies to Tonga’s smaller outer islands.

That vessel is due to arrive mid-next week.

The UK also announced on Friday it was also redeploying its HMS Spey to the Tongan response and had sent aid supplies ahead with the Australian ship.

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17 dead after immense explosion rocks western Ghana

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17 people have died in Western Ghana after a truck carrying mining explosives collided with a motorcycle sparking an explosion

The explosion has left hundreds of buildings destroyed, many feared to be trapped among the rubble.

The accident happened around midday, near the mining city of Bogoso, 300km west of the West African country’s capital of Accra.

The exact number of casualties so far stands at 17, with authorities on the ground confirming another 59 are in hospital.

However, the head of the Prestea Huni-Valley municipal government where the explosion took place, Isaac Dsamani, told local media that officials had counted “about 17 dead bodies” so far.

According to reports, at least 57 who were injured had been taken to local hospitals.

More than 500 buildings have been destroyed.

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Ivanka Trump to be investigated

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The US House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots is now requesting to speak with Ivanka Trump

Ivanka is Donald Trump’s daughter and was a senior White House advisor during the insurrection.

The request marks a major step forward in the investigation, as the panel closes in on the former president and his inner circle.

The committee publicly released a letter addressed to Ivanka… seeking “voluntary cooperation”.

The letter also includes testimony regarding Trump’s efforts to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence on the morning of the attack.

A spokesperson for Ivanka Trump has refused to respond as to whether the former president’s daughter will cooperate.

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