/ 13 January 2022

A quick world news wrap

Image source: KCNA
Image source: KCNA

A civil case over allegations Prince Andrew sexually assaulted a woman when she was 17yo will proceed, a New York judge has ruled this morning. Western Oz-based woman Virginia Giuffre claims he sexually assaulted her in 2001 – claims Andrew denies. His lawyers argued that the case should be thrown out, citing a 2009 deal she signed with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein that she could not to sue anyone else connected to the financier.

UK PM Boris Johnson has faced the Parliament this morning and confessed to attending a team drinks garden party at his prime ministerial residence during lockdown in 2020 when public health orders dictated that just 2 people could gather outdoors. He’s apologised, but he’s under pressure from Labour and some on his own side to resign.

On Tuesday, North Korea fired a hypersonic missile that flew more than 700km and fell into the sea off its east coast. Some experts doubt the claim, but South Korea says the missile travelled ​at more than 10 times the speed of sound. It’s worried – as is Japan and the US – that the Hermit Kingdom is making serious gains in its long-range weapons program.

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