Good morning. It’s Thursday 14 July, and here’s a round-up of the latest news.
National curfew imposed as Sri Lanka state of emergency declared
The nation’s ousted President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has yet to fulfil a promise to give his formal resignation, which was expected Wednesday, despite fleeing with his family to the Maldives and naming an acting successor.
Mr Wickremesinghe says he has instructed the military and police to restore order in the country and claims demonstrators are seeking to seize power.
Anthony Albanese seeks to strengthen bilateral ties
The PM has held several bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji as he looks to strengthen diplomatic ties.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese hugs his Solomon Islands’ counterpart Manasseh Sogavare amid strained tensions between the two nations. Source: Supplied
It is the first time the Forum has met in person since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It follows a concerted effort from China to increase its influence in the region after signing a security deal with the Solomon Islands.
Mr Albanese says the new Australian government has changed its stance on various issues, including climate change, which the Pacific has welcomed.
Video shows police delay at school shooting
The video is a disturbing and at times graphic 80-minute recording showing police officers in body armour – some with rifles and bulletproof shields – milling in the hallway of the school as a gunman continues to fire inside a fourth-grade classroom where the teachers and children were located.
But Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin has told a city council meeting releasing the video was a cowardly act because he believed the families of the victims should have seen it first after being debriefed by investigators.
Former chancellor leads race to succeed Boris Johnson
Mr Sunak scored 88 votes, ahead of junior trade minister Penny Mordaunt on 67 and foreign minister Liz Truss on 50.
Finance minister Nadhim Zahawi, with 25 votes, and former cabinet minister Jeremy Hunt, 18 votes, were eliminated.
Monkeypox detected in ACT
It is the first time the disease has been identified in the nation’s capital.
Both are isolating at home and have reported mild symptoms.
Darren Chester requests security review
A federal MP is calling for a review of security arrangements for Australian parliamentarians following the assassination of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.
Mr Chester says he is concerned Australian politicians are sometimes vulnerable, and now is an appropriate time to “coolly and calmly” assess the risks.
Maroons overcome early carnage to win State of Origin decider
“It was courageous … that’s as good a Queensland victory as I’ve ever seen.”
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