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Israel summons Australia’s ambassador over controversial decision

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Australia has ended its recognition of West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Australia’s foreign minister Penny Wong confirmed the nation will once again recognise Tel Aviv as Israel’s capital city.

Israel says Australia’s decision to recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, is a “hasty response”.

The nation’s foreign ministry is summoning Australia’s ambassador over the controversial decision.

Israel is pushing Australian lawmakers to take these types of matters seriously in the future.

However, Wong says Australia stands by its previous and long-standing position that Jerusalem is a final status issue and it should be resolved as part of any peace negotiations.

What does this all mean?

Well the status of Jerusalem is one of the main sticking points in the global effort to resolve the long-standing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

While Israel claims all of Jerusalem is its capital, Palestinians reject this assertion.

They believe East Jerusalem is the capital of their future, independent state.

Israel controls the entirety of the city and any peace deal would need to resolve this first.

The international community officially regards East Jerusalem as occupied territory and there isn’t one country that has their embassy in the region, instead opting for Tel Aviv. 

Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison formally recognised West Jerusalem in ­December 2018, despite holding off on any relocation of Australia’s embassy from Tel Aviv.

Wong says this recognition was politically motivated to win the federal seat of Wentworth, which has a large number of Jewish residents.

Australia’s decision to recognise West Jerusalem was condemned by much of the international community as world leaders continue the push for peace in the region.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Why ‘zombie viruses’ could be the next biggest public threat

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A new report reveals the world will see an increase in so-called ‘zombie viruses’ that are emerging beneath us

A new report by scientists at the French National Center for Scientific Research has revealed the global threat of ‘zombie viruses.’ As climate change continues to take effect, the earth is undeniably getter hotter.

Global warming essentially means significant areas of permafrost are now melting. Permafrost is a frozen layer on or under the Earth’s surface, holding beneath it millions of ‘zombie viruses’ not seen in millions of years.

The now melting permafrost means it is lifting the veil on potentially dangerous microbes that human kind isn’t prepared for.

In Siberia, the scientists uncovered a ‘zombie virus’ which they believe is 50,000 years old. This would be the oldest age of a frozen virus returning to life and able to infect.

Researchers are concerned about the global health impact if the earth continues to warm at its current rate.

 

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Urgent health warning for Australian gardeners following death of Sydney woman

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An urgent health warning for Australian gardeners following the death of a 60-year-old woman

Health authorities in Sydney are on high alert, after a woman was killed while handling potting mix.

The 60-year-old inhaled bacteria from the mix, causing her to fall sick with Legionnaires’ disease.

While, it is common to find the bacteria in potting mix, it can also be found in air conditioning vents and water systems.

Symptoms to look out for include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches and shortness of breath.

Experts are now urging gardeners to wear a face mask and gloves when in the garden.

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Violence erupts across China over lockdowns

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There have been more protests on the streets of Shanghai, as frustrations rise over China’s strict Zero Covid policy.

Demonstrations are also spreading to other cities following a deadly apartment fire in the far west of the country – with some linking the tragedy to the continued lockdowns.

Hundreds have taken to the streets in eight cities in China after the tragedy was blamed on Xi Jinping’s draconian zero-Covid lockdown.

From Beijing to Shanghai, the deaths have led to protests across China and police have descended onto the streets to keep order as tensions boil over.

Video on social media showed hundreds of workers marching on a road and confronted by riot police as well as people wearing hazmat suits.

The protest turned violent — footage shared with AFP and captured by a factory worker showed one person lying inert on the ground next to a man in a blood-spattered jacket having his head bound in an apparent effort to staunch a wound.

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