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Samoa’s first female PM sworn in a tent after she was locked out of Parliament

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Samoa’s first female Prime Minister has been sworn in. But Naomi Mataʻafa’s ceremony took place in a tent as she was locked out of the nation’s Parliament.

The Prime Minister is embroiled in a power struggle with the country’s longstanding leader, Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi. He has been in power for over two decades.

The newly-elected leader of the Faith in the One True God Party (FAST) said the dramatic turn of events follows a “bloodless coup”. It also comes after weeks of uncertainty following a deadlocked election last month.

While FAST went ahead with the swearing-in ceremony, it is still unclear how legitimate the proceedings will be. However, Samoa’s Supreme Court ruled the order of canceling the parliamentary sitting as “unlawful.”

The Prime Minister’s narrow election victory is set to end almost 40 years of rule by the Human Rights Protection Party.

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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Russia defaults on foreign debt for the first time in a century

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Russia has failed to pay out its overseas debt for the first time in over 100 years

The country missed its Sunday deadline due to challenges in transferring the payments to international creditors.

Moscow has the funds to make the 100 million dollar payment but sanctions have complicated the process.

The country is unhappy with the situation with the finance minister calling the situation “a farce”.

The last time that Russia defaulted on its foreign debt was in 1918 when leader Vladimir Lenin did not pay out debts on behalf of the Russian Empire.

Russia has been hit with sanctions by a number of countries in response to its invasion of Ukraine.

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Over 20 young people mysteriously die at nightclub

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Authorities in South Africa are investigating the deaths of 22 people, who were mysteriously found in a nightclub

Victims were found spread across the tables and floors in a coastal town.

They have been taken for testing, as authorities scramble to find a cause of death.

South Africa’s President is sending his “deepest condolences” to families of the victims, most of whom are teenagers.

The tragedy has taken place during Youth Month, where South Africa pushes for more opportunities to help young people from poor socio-economic backgrounds.

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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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