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China’s Xi Jinping exposed to covid

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China’s leader Xi Jinping has been exposed to a positive Covid-19 case, after posing for a photo with a Hong Kong lawmaker

Steven Ho tested positive just hours after standing behind Xi, during the leader’s visit to Hong Kong for the 25th anniversary of the handover from Britain.

Steven Ho

Until this time, the President had not left China in 900 days and had been following extremely strict Covid-19 preventative measures.

Ho is a prominent figure of the pro-Beijing party and was granted close contact with Xi for an exclusive photo.

Exclusive photo with Xi Jinping

However,  it might have come at a cost as the Chinese leader is now at risk of contracting the virus.

This comes as China continues on its covid-zero strategy, with the country still facing strict lockdown measures and mass testing.

Holly is an anchor and reporter at Ticker. She's experienced in live reporting, and has previously covered the Covid-19 pandemic on-location. She's passionate about telling stories in business, climate and health.

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Woman charged with murder of two children found in suitcases

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A South Korean woman has been charged with the murder of her two children

A woman has been charged with murder after the remains of her two children were found in abandoned suitcases in New Zealand.

The 42-year-old arrived in Auckland a short time ago, where she appeared in a district court on Wednesday. She is now facing two charges of murder.

There are strict suppression orders following an application from members of the children’s family.

The woman was remanded without plea in custody.

Three police officers travelled to South Korea before she was extradited to New Zealand.

The children’s bodies were discovered in August after a New Zealand family bought the abandoned goods.

The woman will next appear in the High Court on December 14.

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Guilty verdict for far-right militia founder in Capitol attack

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A guilty verdict has been reached for the founder of a far-right militia group for his involvement in the Capitol attack

A Federal Jury has found the founder of far-right American group Oath Keepers guilty of seditious conspiracy during the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

In a major victory for the U.S. Justice Department, Stewart Rhodes, alongside two members of his militia group are the first to face rare charges in connection with the January 6 violence.

The Government insists the group took part in stopping the transfer of power following Trump’s defeat.

Seditious conspiracy refers to two or more people conspiring to “overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force” the U.S. government.

Rhodes lawyers are planning to appeal the conviction but the charges carry a potential jail time of up to 20 years.

The Oath Keepers claim to defend the Constitution of the United States.

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Landmark same-sex marriage protection bill

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In a landmark bipartisan vote, the U-S Senate has passed Federal legislation to protect same sex marriage & Interracial marriage

Dubbed the Respect for Marriage Act, the same-sex bill will now be approved by the House as soon as this week.

After approval from the House the legislation will head to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law.

The bill is in response to concerns the Supreme Court could overturn the 2015 decision to legalise same-sex marriage nationwide.

“Today the long but inexorable march towards greater equality advances forward…

By passing this bill, the Senate is sending a message that every American needs to hear: no matter who you are or who you love, you too deserve dignity and equal treatment under the law.”

Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader
 

The bill needed 60 votes to pass and ended with a vote of 61 to 36.

Hundreds of thousands of same-sex and interracial couples are breathing a sigh of relief today in the United States.

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