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Jan 6 Capitol Riots: One Year On



January 6 marks one year since the US Capitol riot, where thousands of Donald Trump supporters assaulted police and took over the building

The attack came in response to Joe Biden being declared the next president in place of Trump.

The former president fuelled protestors by alleging the election was stolen from him.

The events of the day were watched on with horror and disbelief with even Trump’s own party criticising his and the mob’s actions.

Since the attack on the Capitol, senators, representatives and police officers who were in the building have chronicled their trauma.

Alarmed that little had been changed to prevent a repeat of events in the future.

A day that was meant to bring the country together, only widened the divide.

A Washington Post survey found that one in three Americans believe that violence against the government can be justified a significant increase compared to previous decades.

US President Joe Biden gave a speech to mark the insurrection.

Since then, more than 725 people have been arrested for storming the US Capitol building with charges ranging from obstruction of an official proceeding to assault.

But Nancy Pelosi, The Speaker of the US House of Representatives says the attack was not enough to prevent democracy.

Vice President Kamala Harris labelled the day as one of the most memorable in US history.

She says the attack provided Americans with a preview of what their nation would look like if the forces who seek to dismantle our democracy are successful – the lawlessness, the violence, the chaos.”

We spoke to a Senior Fellow at the United States Studies Centre earlier who says that Americans are becoming concerned about the state of democracy in their country but that Biden is determined to maintain it.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 


Tonga welcomes more foreign aid as recovery continues



Aid is trickling into Tonga from around the world, as more governments deploy ships and flights to the island nation following the massive tsunami on Saturday

The underwater volcano explosion triggered tsunami waves across the Pacific, claiming the lives of at least three people in Tonga.

The wild weather event caused significant damage and crippled communications – the true extent of the damage is still unknown.

A New Zealand vessel which is expected to arrive on Friday is the first major supply ship to pending to dock.

The captain of the HMNZS Aotearoa had earlier told ticker NEWS partner Reuters that the ship was carrying 250,000 litres of water, along with other supplies. The UN says clean water supplies are the top priority for the Pacific nation.

Australia has also deployed its largest ship, the HMAS Adelaide.

The vessel set sail bound for Tonga on Friday. The ship can carry helicopters which can be deployed from the ship to bring supplies to Tonga’s smaller outer islands.

That vessel is due to arrive mid-next week.

The UK also announced on Friday it was also redeploying its HMS Spey to the Tongan response and had sent aid supplies ahead with the Australian ship.

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17 dead after immense explosion rocks western Ghana



17 people have died in Western Ghana after a truck carrying mining explosives collided with a motorcycle sparking an explosion

The explosion has left hundreds of buildings destroyed, many feared to be trapped among the rubble.

The accident happened around midday, near the mining city of Bogoso, 300km west of the West African country’s capital of Accra.

The exact number of casualties so far stands at 17, with authorities on the ground confirming another 59 are in hospital.

However, the head of the Prestea Huni-Valley municipal government where the explosion took place, Isaac Dsamani, told local media that officials had counted “about 17 dead bodies” so far.

According to reports, at least 57 who were injured had been taken to local hospitals.

More than 500 buildings have been destroyed.

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Ivanka Trump to be investigated



The US House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots is now requesting to speak with Ivanka Trump

Ivanka is Donald Trump’s daughter and was a senior White House advisor during the insurrection.

The request marks a major step forward in the investigation, as the panel closes in on the former president and his inner circle.

The committee publicly released a letter addressed to Ivanka… seeking “voluntary cooperation”.

The letter also includes testimony regarding Trump’s efforts to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence on the morning of the attack.

A spokesperson for Ivanka Trump has refused to respond as to whether the former president’s daughter will cooperate.

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