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Australian activist ‘threatened’ against criticising nation’s Prime Minister

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The 2021 Australian of the Year and sexual abuse survivor Grace Tame claims she received a “threatening” call warning her not to criticise the Prime Minister

Grace Tame made the allegation in an anticipated speech at Australia’s National Press Club, saying the call had come last year from a “senior member of a government-funded organisation”.

Tame then added she was asked to promise not to say anything “damning” about Scott Morrison.

The Australian government has denied knowledge of the call and released an official statement revealing it will investigate.

PM Morrison had a day earlier made a formal apology to former political staffer Brittany Higgins and others who allege a culture of “bullying, sexual harassment and sexual assault” in parliament.

On Wednesday, Ms Higgins was with Ms Tame as they gave a joint address on abuse and power at the National Press Club in Canberra.

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Deadly stadium collapse at bullfighting event in Columbia

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At least four people have died, and 500 injured at a bullfighting stadium in Columbia

Videos show a stand collapsing during the event, as emergency workers race to help.

Local media reports that hospitals have begun helping those who were injured.

The nation’s newly-elected President is calling for an end to bullfighting, tweeting that tragedies like this have already happened in the past.

He is urging local authorities to not allow more shows that involve the death of people or animals.

Investigations continue into the cause of the collapse.

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Major disruption in Sydney as climate protesters take to the streets

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There’s been major disruption across Sydney, as climate protesters take to the streets and block CBD roads

NSW Police officers chased dozens of climate protesters who were seen throwing milk crates, and barricades.

One demonstrator blocked the entry to one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city.

Members from Blockade Australia kicked off the rally by attempting to stop flowing traffic by dragging rubbish bins, construction barriers and building material into the middle of the road.

The Sydney Harbour Tunnel has now reopened but the organisation says it will hold more protests this week.

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Prince Charles accepted suitcase with 1 million euros

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Prince Charles is in hot water for accepting a suitcase with one million euros in cash from a former Qatari leader

The Sunday Times is reporting this was one of three cash donations from former Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.

Clarence House says the donations were passed onto one of the Prince’s charities, and that all correct processes were followed.

Reports suggest the money was handed over in a duffle bag at Clarence House. While, carrier bags were also used on other occasions.

It’s understood the donations took place between 2011 and 2015.

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