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Chile overwhelmingly votes against new constitution

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Nearly 13 million Chileans have rejected President Gabriel Boric’s ‘progressive’ constitution in a landmark vote

Chileans have voted against President Gabriel Boric’s proposed constitution.

Nearly 62 per cent of voters rejected the changes, which proposed a shifted away from Chile’s dictatorial past with a suite of new policies.

“We have to listen to the voice of the people. Not just today, but the last intense years we’ve lived through,” Boric said.

The proposed changes focussed on increased social rights, gender parity, and recognition for Indigenous peoples.

“That anger is latent, and we can’t ignore it,” Boric said.

The original constitution was published in 1981, and ties the South American nation to free-market policies, which removes any intervention or regulation from the government.

The vote was a crucial test for Boric’s leftist government, as he eyes off a new cabinet in response to the overwhelming vote.

The 36-year-old leader has been in charge of the nation since March, after a 55 per cent majority.

Karol Cariola, who is a spokesperson for the ‘yes’ campaign said change is still on the cards.

“We are committed to creating conditions to channel that popular will and the path that leads us to a new constitution,” Cariola said.

Meanwhile, ‘no’ voters raised concerns about wealth distribution and so-called ‘progressive’ policies.

The mandatory vote follows 80 per cent of Chileans choosing to draft the constitution in 2020, and several years of national protests.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Hurricane Ian could be Florida’s deadliest storm

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Hurricane Ian could be Florida’s deadliest storm as it continues north towards South Carolina

U.S. President Joe Biden says Hurricane Ian could be the deadliest storm in the region’s history, with early reports suggesting substantial loss of life.

Biden spoke at an afternoon briefing at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema).

Ian made landfall on Wednesday local time near the city of Fort Myers. It has led to severe flooding, high winds and storm surges.

Several areas remain submerged, and more than 2.5 million homes are without power.

Many residents are trapped in their homes and unable to escape. Search and rescue teams are working around the clock to provide assistance where they can.

5,000 Florida National Guard troops and 2,000 Guardsman from surrounding states have been deployed.

Eight teams with 800 members are carrying out search and rescue operations.

More than 200 public shelters have now been opened, housing around 34,000 people.

The National Hurricane Centre has downgraded Ian to a tropical storm for now but warns it will likely become a hurricane again later.

The entire coast of South Carolina is just the latest region to be placed on high alert as the storm continues north on its path of destruction.

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Finland slams its borders shut on Russia

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Finland will officially closed its border to Russian tourists, marking the last of Moscow’s E-U neighbours to do so.

Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania also closed their borders.

The Finnish government made the decision following Vladimir Putin’s decision to call-up of 300,000 military reservists.

Queue’s at Russia’s border crossings with E-U nations were stretching for kilometres as people attempted to flee the country.

The closure of the border only applies to tourists – and Russians who are visiting family or travelling for work or study will still be granted entry.

The Finnish Foreign Minister stated that the decision was a difficult one to make, but ultimately it was in the best interest of the country.

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Queen’s death certificate has been released

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Queen Elizabeth II’s death certificate has been released, and reveals Her Majesty died of old age.

The document, signed by Queen’s daughter Princess Anne, says Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully at 3:10 p.m. on September 8.

The 96 year old was surrounded by family at Balmoral Castle in Scotland as she took her final breaths.

Now laid to rest in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth II’s period of national mourning has concluded.

When she was alive there was a curtain of privacy around the Queen’s health, and in her death there remains some restraint.

Her cause of death is recorded as “old age”, without any further details.

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