Riots in Sri Lanka, new cases of monkeypox in ACT and anger over Uvalda shooting

Good morning. Thursday, July 14, and here is the roundup of the latest news.

National curfew imposed in connection with the declaration of a state of emergency in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government has imposed a curfew in response to widespread protests that led to the storming of several official buildings.

Ousted President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has yet to fulfill his promise to formally resign, which was expected on Wednesday, despite the fact that he fled with his family to the Maldives and appointed an acting successor.

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His decision to keep his ally Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as acting president sparked more demonstrations, so Mr Wickremesinghe declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew across Sri Lanka.
Protesters broke through the walls of the prime minister’s office in the capital Colombo, waving the country’s flag and demanding his immediate resignation.

Mr Wickremesinghe says he has tasked the military and police with restoring order to the country and claims the demonstrators are seeking to seize power.

Anthony Albanese seeks to strengthen bilateral relations

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at the first face-to-face meeting.

The Prime Minister has held several bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji in an effort to strengthen diplomatic ties.

Composite image of Albanese and Sogavare hugging and shaking hands

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese hugs his Solomon Islander counterpart Manasseh Sogavare amid tensions between the two countries. Source: Supplied

For the first time since 2019, the Forum met in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This follows a concerted effort by China to increase its influence in the region after signing a security agreement with the Solomon Islands.

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Mr. Albanese says the new Australian government has changed its stance on various issues, including climate change, which is welcome in the Pacific.

The video shows how the police delay the shooting at the school

A new wave of anger swept through the city of Uvalde in Texas after the publication of a video in which where 19 children and two teachers were killed.

The video is a disturbing and at times poignant 80-minute footage of flak jacketed police officers (some with rifles and bulletproof shields) roaming the hallway of a school as a gunman continues to shoot in a fourth-grade classroom where teachers and children were.

The officers waited for over an hour before entering the classroom and stopping the massacre.
Video led to a resumption and a full account of what happened that day.

But Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin told a city council meeting that releasing the video was a cowardly act because he believed the families of the victims should have seen it first after being questioned by investigators.

Former chancellor leads race to succeed Boris Johnson

Former Chancellor of the United Kingdom Rishi Sunak won the most votes in the first round of voting. as leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister as two candidates were eliminated.

Sunak won 88 votes, ahead of Junior Commerce Secretary Penny Mordaunt (67) and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (50).

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MP Kemi Badenoch received 40 votes, Tom Tugendhat 37 and Suella Braverman 32.

Finance Minister Nadhim Zahavi with 25 votes and former Cabinet Minister Jeremy Hunt with 18 votes were eliminated.

Monkeypox found in ACT

Two cases were registered in the ACT.

The disease was detected in the capital for the first time.

ACT health authorities said both patients had traveled across Europe and had recently returned to Canberra.

Both are isolated at home and have reported mild symptoms.

Darren Chester requests a security check

A federal MP is calling for a review of security measures for Australian parliamentarians following the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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National Party MP Darren Chester has written to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese asking for an audit to ensure the safety of Australian MPs, their families and staff.

Mr Chester says he is concerned that Australian politicians are sometimes vulnerable and now is the right time to “calmly and calmly” assess the risks.

Maroons overcame early carnage to win State of Origin decider

The brutal opening of the decisive state of origin hurt both teams, but it was Queensland who defied the carnage and won the series with a remarkable 22-12 win.
New South Wales’ Cameron Murray became the first casualty as three players were sidelined in the first four minutes at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.
“It was a unique game … I don’t know if I’ve seen a game start like this before,” said coach Billy Slater.

“It was brave… it’s the best Queensland win I’ve ever seen.”