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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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Balloon diplomacy blows China off course

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China claims an “airship” that is flying over the United States is for civilian meteorological and other scientific purposes and voiced regret that it strayed into U.S. airspace.

U.S. officials said on Thursday that a Chinese spy balloon has been flying over the United States for a couple of days, in what would be a brazen act just days ahead of a planned trip to Beijing by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

In a statement late on Friday, China’s foreign ministry also said that it would continue to maintain communications with the United States to properly handle the unexpected situation.

“The airship is from China and is civilian in nature, used for meteorological and other scientific research. Due to the influence of westerly winds and its limited control capability, the airship deviated from its intended course,” it said.

“China regrets that the airship strayed into the United States by mistake due to force majeure. China will continue to maintain communication with the U.S. side to properly handle this accident,” it said.

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U.S. announces longer-range rocket for Ukraine

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A new rocket that would double Ukraine’s strike range in its war with Russia was included in a $2.175 billion U.S. military aid package.

The new weapon, the Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB), will allow Ukraine’s military to hit targets at twice the distance reachable by the rockets it now fires from the U.S.-supplied High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).

The 151 km (94 mile) GLSDB will put all of Russia’s supply lines in eastern Ukraine within reach, as well as part of Russian-occupied Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014.

“As part of the USAI package, we will be providing Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb to Ukraine,” Brigadier General Patrick Ryder told a news briefing at the Pentagon. USAI stands for Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI).

Friday’s aid pledge opens the door to many more deliveries of the Ground Launched Small Diameter Bombs (GLSDB).

When the new rockets arrive, it will mark the first time Ukraine has seen its rocket range grow exponentially since U.S. furnished HIMARS in late-June 2022.

HIMARS have a 77 km (48 mile) range and were instrumental in Ukraine’s counter offensive against Russian forces, which invaded on Feb. 24, 2022.

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Fans struggle to buy Beyonce concert tickets

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If you’re struggling to get Beyonce tickets, you’re not alone

 
O2 customers in the U.K. were reporting problems with the company’s app and website.

For those who were able to get through, they paid anywhere from £56-199.

For those who are super keen, there are V.I.P. packages with front row seats. But that’ll set you back £475.

Some fans took to social media to vent their frustrations over the ticketing fiasco.

It’s Queen B’s first solo tour in seven years, and will take her across Europe and North America.

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