In the headlines
Boris Johnson deliberately misled parliament over Partygate, a report by MPs has concluded, and would have been suspended from the Commons for 90 days had he not already resigned. The Privileges Committee says the former PM conducted a “campaign of abuse and attempted intimidation” against its work, and recommends that he isn’t given the parliamentary access pass usually granted to ex-MPs. Russia is transferring nuclear weapons to Belarus, the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union that Moscow’s atomic arsenal has been deployed abroad. Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian dictator, boasted they were “three times more powerful than those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki”. Scientists have created synthetic human embryos using stem cells, says The Guardian. The groundbreaking procedure, which sidesteps the need for eggs or sperm, could aid medical research, but obviously raises “serious ethical and legal issues”.