BBC News. Hello, I'm Tom Watts.Britain's electoral commission has launched a formal investigation into how the Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid for the refurbishment of his Downing Street apartment. The commission said it had reasonable grounds to suspect that one or more offenses had occurred. Mr. Johnson insists he paid for it himself and as reports, mounted a strong defense of his actions in Parliament.He insisted he done nothing wrong in the sense that in the end he had ended up paying for all this redecoration himself.But he couldn't answer this utterly simple question, which was when the work was first done? who paid for if it wasn't you? Was it the Conservative Party? Was it a rich business donor to the Conservative Party? And was it alone while this matters? It's because the rules say that politicians can take donations, but they have to declare, because you just want to avoid that impression that someone has given money and maybe getting some favor in return later down the line.
Opposition forces in the Somali capital Mogadishu are refusing to pull back from their positions despite President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo agreeing to review his decision to extend his mandate. This report from Mary Harper.Opposing sections of the security forces are occupying different parts of the city. Although the fighting has died down, civilians are continuing to flee their homes. The United Nations says up to 100,000 people have been displaced since Sunday's outbreak of intense violence. Somalis are anxiously waiting to see what will happen when the President appears before Parliament, and whether any kind of agreement can be reached on when and how to hold elections.
Tens of thousands of Indians have been struggling to register for a mass coronavirus vaccination program due to start next month after the website set up by the government crashed soon after it was launched. Authorities had announced this morning that all adults could register in an effort to stem an aggressive second wave of infections.There have been at least 300,000 new cases every day for the past week, overwhelming hospitals across the country. But a spokesman for the governing BJP Party Shaina Nada Chudasama defended its work.In hindsight, if one needs to introspect, maybe we were slightly complacent. There are lots of challenges that we face, transportation being the biggest one.We have been able to deliver on that front as we have on the vaccination front.
The South African President has been testifying as a witness before an inquiry into allegations of corruption under his predecessor Jacob Zuma.Cyril Ramaphosa said the governing African National Congress should have done more to prevent graft. He added the Party had been plagued by corruption, vote-buying and protecting suspects.Mr. Zuma is alleged to have allowed businessmen close to him to win lucrative government contract. He denies wrongdoing. World news from the BBC.