Rains in New South Wales move north, two key British ministers resign and Nick Kyrgios faces trial

Good morning. It’s Wednesday, July 6th and here’s a roundup of the latest news.

Rains in New South Wales are moving north

Heavy rain that hit Sydney is moving north.
The Hunter region and mid-north coast of New South Wales are expected to be hit by the weather system, with parts of the latter likely to receive 125 millimeters of rain in six hours on Wednesday.

The rivers in Hunter rise, and severe floods occur in Bulga and Wollomby.

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Evacuation orders were issued to residents of Budzheva and Tugger Lakes on the Central Coast, and evacuations were organized at the entrance.
Massive flooding hit western Sydney.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will tour flood-affected areas with NSW Premier Dominic Perrotte on Wednesday.

Anthony Albanese to attend Pacific Forum

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says he will attend the Pacific Forum in Fiji next week despite flooding in New South Wales.

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Mr Albanese says the Suva event is significant, and the security treaty China signed with the Solomon Islands in April shows what could happen if Australia ignored the Pacific Islands.

Having just returned from a trip to Europe, he says his ministers do their jobs in Australia while he is abroad and Australia cannot afford to be isolated from its national interests.

Top British cabinet ministers resign

Two of Britain’s most senior cabinet ministers have resigned, further threatening after months of scandals.

Treasury chief Rishi Sunak and health minister Sajid Javid resigned within minutes of each other after a day when the prime minister was forced to admit he lied about how he responded to allegations of sexual harassment by a senior member of his government.

Former ministers have said they cannot continue to serve in a government that lacks “honesty and competence”.

The prime minister’s critics say he has not taken allegations of sexual harassment seriously.

Nick Kyrgios to face trial

Tennis star Nick Kyrgios in connection with the alleged attack at the end of last year.
He was subpoenaed before the ACT Magistrates’ Court on August 2 in connection with one charge of assault.
In a statement to SBS News, an ACT Policing spokesperson said, “ACT Policing can confirm that Watson, 27, is due to appear in ACT Magistrates Court on August 2 in relation to one charge of conventional assault following an incident in December 2021.”
Nick Kyrgios at the Wimbledon tennis court

Australian Nick Kyrgios reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. Source: A MONKEY / Alberto Pezzali / AP

Kyrgios’ attorney, Jason Moffett, says his client is aware of the allegation and takes it seriously, but will not comment on it yet.

Now Kyrgios is playing at Wimbledon, where he reached the quarterfinals.

No ‘magic solution’ for Australia-China relationship

The Chinese government says there is no magic solution that would restore relations between Australia and China.

Foreign Minister Penny Wong will reportedly meet her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at the G-20 meeting in Indonesia later this week.

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This will be the first meeting between an Australian foreign minister and a Chinese foreign minister since 2019.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhou Lijian said China hopes Australia will try to find common ground with China.

Finland and Sweden one step closer to joining NATO

30 existing members of NATO have signed protocols on the accession of Finland and Sweden to the alliance.

To formally join the alliance, all 30 NATO members must now vote in their national parliaments to allow Finland and Sweden to join.

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Turkey has threatened to thwart Finland and Sweden’s entry unless the two countries fully comply with extradition demands for terrorist suspects associated with Kurdish groups banned in Turkey or the network of an exiled cleric accused of Turkey’s failed 2016 coup. .

But the two countries have signed a memorandum of understanding with Turkey, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is confident everything will go according to plan.