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19 children, 2 teachers killed in Texas school shooting



A shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde Texas has left at least 19 students and two teachers dead

A gun-wielding suspect barricaded himself on campus.

Gov. Greg Abbott said an 18-year-old man opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, about 85 miles west of San Antonio.

Fourth grade teacher, Eva Mireles has been named as one of the victims.

She was a mother and wife who worked in the school district for 17 years.

None of the children have been identified as of yet.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott says the suspect Salvado Ramos, an 18-year-old, abandoned his vehicle at around noon on Tuesday before barricading himself in the school.

It was the deadliest school shooting in Texas history.

President Biden addressed the nation about the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, urging for action.

“It’s time to act,” he says. “We can do so much more, we have to do more.”

“The idea that an 18-year-old kid can walk into a store and buy two assault weapons is just wrong.

“These kinds of mass shootings rarely happen anywhere else in the world.”

The deadly shooting began 11:43 a.m. Tuesday at Robb Elementary off Old Carrizo Road near U.S. Highway 83. Robb Elementary has an enrolment of just under 600 students.

Uvalde’s Mayor has not confirmed casualties but told ABC news in a text “this is a very bad situation.”

He says the office is trying to contact parents before releasing any information.

Via social media, Uvalde Police Department made a statement.

“Parents are asked to pick up students at the regular dismissal times at the child’s campus. There will be no bus transportation.Officers will be on site to escort students to the parents cars.Parents please be patient as lines will be long.”

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Two people are confirmed to have arrived at University Hospital in critical condition, a 66-year-old woman and 10-year-old girl. Both are listed in critical condition.

San Antonio Police said they are sending SWAT, Eagle chopper and Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) to the active shooter situation.

South Texas Blood & Tissue confirmed they sent out 15 units of low O whole blood to Uvalde.

National Rifle Association to meet this weekend

Former President Donald Trump, Republican Senator Ted Cruz and Texas Governor Greg Abbott will be in attendance at the NRA’s annual meeting in Houston, Texas.

No democrats will be at the meeting and will only be open to NRA members.

Meanwhile, social media is flooded with messages of support

It comes after a racially charged mass shooting happened just last week in a Buffalo, New York grocery store, killing 10 black people.

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“TikTok represents two national risks to Australians”: should you delete the app?



Democracies continue to ban popular video-sharing app TikTok over national security concerns

Australia recently banned TikTok from all federal government owned devices over security concerns.

Canberra is the latest in a string of U.S.-backed allies to take action against the popular video-sharing app.

The ban centres around concerns China could use the app to trace users’ data, and undermine democratic values.

Senator James Paterson is the Australian Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security, who said TikTok poses a risk to Australians.

“They can get access to awful amount of information on your phone.

“Because it’s beholden to the Chinese Communist Party, there’s no guarantee it won’t fall into their hands,” he said.

Senator Paterson said there are “six or seven million Australians who use the app.”

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Cyber attacks are on the rise, so what is being done to combat them?



Australia experienced two of its worst cyber attacks on record last year, as the world braces for cyber warfare to rise

Ukraine has suffered a threefold growth in cyber-attacks over the past year.

Viktor Zhora is leading Ukraine’s State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection agency, who said cyber attacks are occurring at the same time as missile strikes at the hands of Russia.

Mr Zhora said in some cases, the cyber-attacks are “supportive to kinetic effects”.

On the other side of the planet, Russian hackers were responsible for Australia’s Medibank scandal.

“This is a crime that has the potential to impact on millions of Australians and damage a significant Australian business,” said Reece Kershaw, who is the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police.

Australian Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security is James Paterson, who said Australia can learn from cyber warfare in Ukraine.

“Ukraine is a lesson for the world.

“They are fighting a hybrid war, one on the ground and one online. If there is to be future conflict including in our own region, in the Indo-Pacific, it’s highly likely that the first shots in that war will occur cyber domain not in the physical world,” Senator Paterson said.

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America focused on “dominance, leadership and primacy” in China spat



Former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr says the United States relationship with China is focused on dominance, leadership and primacy.

“Mind your own business” – it’s the stinging message to the West from China’s defence minister.

Li Shangfu told a security conference that China has “one of the best peace records” among major countries.

He lashed out at the so-called rules-based system. Asking – “who made the rules?”

The world is watching China amidst heightened international anxiety.

But while China’s Defence minister says Beijing’s preference is “peaceful unification” with Taiwan, he added that China will never “promise to renounce the use of force.”

Delegates from the Philippines, Vietnam, the Netherlands, the United States and Germany asked about the “apparent disconnect between China’s words and actions”.

But in some of those countries, there is growing concern about America’s increasing level of unpredictability.

Australia’s former Foreign minister Bob Carr is concerned that Canberra had mismanaged the relationship with America under successive governments. #featured #world #china

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