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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. 


U.S. Reveals Missile Defence Strategy



The U.S. Strategic Command has revealed one of it’s goals for missile defence, Admiral Charles Richard, said the utmost priority is a vigorous missile warning capability

The head of the U.S. Strategic Command, Admiral Charles Richard, said the utmost need is a vigorous missile warning capability.

In regards to the critical nature of missile warning systems -Admiral Charles Richard said “I know what to do and how to posture and dispose my forces, and it’s due to these rapidly expanding and evolving threats: hypersonic weapons, cruise missiles potentially with intercontinental range, unmanned aerial systems, proliferation of shorter-range ballistic missiles and several novel weapon systems”.

Last year China tested a hypersonic missile,

And Richard says that this is a prime example of an emerging capability.

And with these types of weapons, Richard says the US is face to face with decreased warning ability.

Arguing his case for the importance of developing advanced missile warning capabilities, the chief of the US Strategic Command also said that part of the deterrence strategy is “the need to reevaluate and readjust our missile defense posture”.

What Richard is talking about exactly is to have the capacity to defeat missile threats even before the shot is fired.

And if the US develops the technology to do this to even the most advanced weapons systems- it will be a game changer.

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Actress Denise Dowse passes away



Actress and Director Denise Dowse has passed away at the age of 64.

Dowse was most known for her roles in “Beverly Hills 90210”, “Insecure” and ‘Ray”, as well as appearances in shows such as ‘Charmed”, “The West Wing” and “Law and Order”.

Dowse’s sister, Tracy, made the announcement about her sister’s death on the actress’ Instagram account.

The actress was also a strong advocate for African American theatre, and dedicated to sharing her profession with children.

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Tom Holland firms as favourite for James Bond role



Actor Tom Holland has had his chances of playing the prized role of James Bond strengthened over other contenders.

According to reports, the producers want to cast a younger-looking actor who happens to also be under 5’10”.

The 26-year-old fits both categories, but this also rules out several other people, including Idris Elba and Tom Hardy.

Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson won’t be revealing too many more details, as the identity of the actor playing the role won’t be known until next year.

There are reports that the next actor will play 007 in an origin story in the future.

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