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China Communist Party approves amendments to constitution



Xi Jinping

The Chinese Communist Party on Saturday approved amendments to its constitution, including the so-called “Two Establishes” and “Two Safeguards” aimed at cementing the core status of Xi Jinping.

The amendments were passed by a unanimous vote at the end of the party’s National Congress, which takes place once every five years.

The “Two Establishes” refers to establishing Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era as an official guide to action for the party, and establishing the people’s congresses system as the country’s fundamental political system.

The “Two Safeguards” refers to ensuring that power is exercised within the framework of the constitution and laws, and ensuring that the party leads all work in China.

The amendments came after months of speculation that Xi would seek to have his name enshrined in the constitution, alongside Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.

That would mean he would enjoy special status among party leaders after he steps down as president in 2023.

However, there was no mention of Xi’s name in Saturday’s vote, with party officials instead referring to his “immortal contributions.”

Xi is currently serving his second five-year term as president, and is also General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and Chairman of the Central Military Commission.

He has amassed more power than any leader since Mao Zedong, and has used that power to crackdown on dissent and centralize decision-making within the party.

The Chinese Communist Party’s approval of amendments to its constitution aimed at cementing Xi Jinping’s status shows that he is well on his way to becoming one of the most powerful leaders in China’s history.

With these amendments, Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era will now be an official guide to action for the party, and his name will likely go down in history alongside other great Chinese leaders.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Israeli soldiers use water cannons to stop protestors from breaking into PM’s house



Dramatic scenes in Israel as protestors take to the streets demanding a controversial judicial reform plan be scrapped

Dramatic scenes are unfolding in Israel following news the nation’s leader Benjamin Netanyahu has fired his defence minister.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on Sunday after Gallant called for a halt to a controversial judicial reform plan.

Gallant, a lawmaker from Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party, broke ranks on Saturday by publicly urging Netanyahu to suspend the legislation.

He said, “The growing rift in our society is penetrating the Israel Defense Forces and security agencies. This poses a clear, immediate, and tangible threat to the security of the state. I will not allow this.”

His dismissal marks the largest public fracture in Netanyahu’s coalition government over the proposed reforms that have sparked mass protests and even dissent from some in the nation’s revered military.

Others in Netanyahu’s party have begun to waver: A top lawmaker echoed the defense chief’s call to pause the contested judicial overhaul on Sunday.

Dissent from the premier’s own party and cabinet has compounded months of unprecedented mass protests by Israelis who fear the package of reforms could endanger court independence.

Netanyahu, who is on trial on graft charges that he denies, says the overhaul will balance out the branches of government.

A key bill effectively giving his religious-nationalist coalition more control over the appointment of judges is expected to be brought for ratification this week in the Knesset, where he and his allies wield 64 out of 120 seats.

But how – or even if – that as-yet-unscheduled vote will proceed has been thrown into question by Likud dissenters. #trending #featured

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Brace for impact: Passenger activates emergency slide on Delta flight



Passenger activates emergency slide on a Delta Air flight bound for Seattle

A scary situation for those passengers onboard Delta Air Flight 1714 after a passenger activated one of the aircraft’s emergency slides.

An individual has been arrested after opening one of the plane’s doors and exiting via the emergency exit slide as the crew prepared for takeoff from Los Angeles to Seattle.

The incident on the Delta flight took place around 10:40 a.m. local time on Saturday, while the plane was stationary at LA’s international airport.

The Boeing 737 was on the runway holding to taxi for takeoff when the passenger exited the aircraft.

The individual was initially detained by Delta staff before being arrested by local law enforcement.

The Federal Aviation Administration says customers are being reaccommodated on a new aircraft – apologising for any inconvenience and delay. #trending #featured

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Latitude Financial Services reports 7.9 million customer details stolen



The company is offering pay for the replacement of stolen I.D. documents

Latitude Financial Services says 7.9 million customers have had their driver’s licence numbers stolen.

More than 53,000 passport numbers have also been taken in the latest cyber attack, to grip Australia and New Zealand.

A further six million customers have had their names, addresses and phone numbers stolen.

Latitude is offering to pay for the replacement of stolen I.D. documents.

Up to 97 per cent of those records were taken before 2013, with some dating back to 2005.

The company says their review is ongoing into the matter and is contacting affected customers.

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