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Boris Johnson has refused to resign despite becoming the first serving prime minister to be sanctioned for breaking the law. The PM, his wife Carrie, and Chancellor Rishi Sunak were among those issued with £50 fines for attending Johnson’s birthday party during lockdown in June 2020. So far, only one Tory MP has called for the PM to go. Sunak “agonised for hours” over whether to quit, says The Times. Friends eventually convinced him that doing so would be considered “regicide”, hampering his hopes of one day succeeding Johnson. Inflation in the UK has hit a 30-year high of 7%, largely thanks to surging fuel costs. Average petrol and diesel prices are up more than 30% in a year. Brazilian lawmakers are demanding to know why the country’s military has bought more than 30,000 Viagra pills, says The Guardian. Officials will be subjected to “stiff questioning”.