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UK to burn £4 billion of Covid-19 protection

The UK government accumulated Covid-19 personal protection equipment (PPE) worth a whopping £4 billion ($4.94 billion) that is deemed unusable and needs to be disposed of, Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee said in a report published on Friday. The Cabinet now plans to literally burn most of it, the report adds. …

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NATO protection promised to Sweden before membership – media

The US and UK have given Sweden “concrete promises” of military protection between its application to join NATO and its formal acceptance into the alliance, Aftonbladet reported on Monday. Although neutral since the 19th century, Sweden is reportedly preparing to abandon its policy of non-alignment and join the US-led military …

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US confirms giving chemical weapons protection to Ukraine

The US is bracing for the possibility that Russia might use chemical or biological weapons against Ukraine, providing equipment and supplies that could be used to save lives after such an attack, White House press secretary Jen Psaki has confirmed.   Psaki disclosed the aid effort on Friday, without giving details …

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EU launches Ukraine civil protection hub in Romania

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday with Romania’s president, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen redeclared the European Union’s support for Ukraine’s membership application. “There is no doubt that these brave people who defend our values with their lives belong in the European family,” von der Leyen told …

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UK says ALL Afghan embassy guards will receive protection, in about-face after diplomats fled leaving local staff behind – reports

In an abrupt reversal, an unnamed spokesperson for the British government told the Guardian on Friday that the Afghan workers will, in fact, receive protection. “We will help all those Afghan security guards contracted through GardaWorld to protect the embassy,” the spokesperson said, referring to the Canada-based security firm that …

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