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Donald Trump pleads not guilty over Jan. 6 plot



Former U.S. President Donald Trump made a court appearance in Washington to address charges against him, alleging that he spearheaded a conspiracy based on falsehoods aimed at overturning the 2020 presidential election.

Donald Trump pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges he orchestrated a plot to try to overturn his 2020 election loss in what U.S. prosecutors call an unprecedented effort by the then-president to undermine the pillars of American democracy.

Special Counsel Jack Smith, who has overseen the federal investigation, looked on from the courtroom’s front row as Trump entered his plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Moxila Upadhyaya.

The conspiracy culminated in the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Trump, currently a frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, arrived at the courthouse for his arraignment, where he was expected to enter a plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Moxila Upadhyaya. He was dressed in a blue suit and red tie, briefly handling the papers in front of him before the proceedings began.

The courthouse, situated about half a mile from the U.S. Capitol, was the site of the January 6, 2021, breach by Trump supporters in an unsuccessful attempt to halt the certification of his loss to Democrat Joe Biden.

Special Counsel Jack Smith had issued a 45-page indictment earlier in the week, accusing Trump and his allies of promoting false claims about election rigging, pressuring officials to alter the results, and assembling fake elector slates to steal electoral votes from Biden.

Trump faced four counts, including conspiracy to defraud the U.S., deprive citizens of their voting rights, and obstruct an official proceeding, with the most severe charge carrying a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

Trump responded to the indictment on his social media platform, portraying it as an orchestrated effort to sabotage his campaign. His campaign also released a statement comparing the Biden administration to fascist regimes.

This was Trump’s third indictment in four months. He had previously pleaded not guilty to federal charges of retaining classified documents after leaving office and New York state charges of falsifying documents related to hush money payments to a porn star.

Additional charges in Georgia may await Trump, as a state prosecutor there was investigating his attempts to overturn the election. The prosecutor, Fani Willis, had previously announced her intention to file indictments by mid-August.

What voters think

A Reuters/Ipsos poll revealed that approximately half of Republicans surveyed said they would not vote for Trump if he were convicted of a felony, indicating the potential risks posed by his legal entanglements to his candidacy. However, the same poll also showed Trump’s resilient support in the Republican primary race, with 47% of Republicans endorsing him, ahead of his closest rival, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, at 13%.

Three-quarters of Republicans in the poll believed that the charges against Trump were politically motivated, resonating with his base. Most Republican leaders either defended him or refrained from direct criticism, instead accusing the Biden administration of weaponizing the Justice Department against a political opponent.

Security measures were heightened at the courthouse, with additional fencing and police presence due to the anticipated protests. Demonstrators gathered outside, expressing a range of views on the matter.

New details

The indictment contained some previously undisclosed details, including references to grand jury testimony and contemporaneous notes from former Vice President Mike Pence. The indictment described a phone call where Pence told Trump there was no legal basis to block certification of the election, to which Trump responded that Pence was “too honest.”

Despite the violence at the Capitol, Trump and an unnamed co-conspirator, revealed to be Rudy Giuliani, continued contacting Republican members of Congress after the riot in an effort to obstruct the certification process.

Pence was one of the few prominent Republicans to criticize Trump’s actions, stating that anyone putting themselves above the Constitution should never be president.

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The Game Awards 2023: Industry celebrates huge year



The gaming community is abuzz with anticipation as The Game Awards 2023 approach, scheduled for this Friday, December 7th. This annual event has become a significant highlight for gamers worldwide, celebrating the best titles released throughout the year. With an array of outstanding games in contention, fans are eagerly speculating about the potential winner of the coveted Game of the Year (GOTY) award.




Nominated Titles

The competition is fierce, with some stellar titles vying for the top spot. The nominees include:

  • Alan Wake 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Super Mario Bros Wonder

Each game brings a unique experience to the table, making the decision for the ultimate winner even more challenging. Fans and critics alike are engaging in heated discussions about their personal favorites and predictions.

Watch the Live Announcement Video Here

Resident Evil 4 Remake in VR: A Terrifying Experience Awaits

Capcom is set to thrill fans with a groundbreaking update for Resident Evil 4 Remake. Starting December 8th, owners of PSVR2 and the Remake will have access to a free add-on VR Mode. The immersive experience includes the entire main story with 3D audio, a shooting range for weapon interactions, and a terrifying yet thrilling encounter with the iconic game in virtual reality.

The addition of VR mode is a significant leap for the PSVR2 lineup of games, offering players a chance to dive into the horror classic in an entirely new dimension.

Experience the Chills with the RE Remake VR Mode Trailer

PlayStation 5 Slim Hits Australia

Exciting news for Australian gamers as the sleek PlayStation 5 Slim is set to hit shelves this week. Available for pre-order from major retailers, the slim version will be available on Wednesday, December 6th, just in time for the holiday season.

Options include both disc and digital consoles, with prices at $799 for the disc version and $769 for the digital version bundled with two controllers via Amazon AU. Additional accessories, such as the disc drive and vertical stand, can be purchased separately.

Get a Closer Look at the New PlayStation 5 Slim

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora – A New Frontier in Gaming

In the midst of the gaming frenzy, Ubisoft is set to release Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora on Friday, December 7th. This action-adventure game, set in the expansive open world of the Western Frontier of Pandora, offers a first-person perspective and promises a visually stunning experience.

Fans of the Avatar movies are in for a treat, with the game available on PS5, Xbox Series, and PC. The captivating graphics seen in early footage have heightened the anticipation for this exciting addition to the gaming landscape.

Embark on a New Adventure with the Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora Trailer

As the gaming community gears up for The Game Awards and the release of highly anticipated titles and updates, December promises to be a thrilling month for gamers worldwide. Stay tuned for the big reveals and immerse yourself in the ever-evolving world of gaming.

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EV integration and recent tax reimbursement raises questions



The Victorian Government’s decision to reimburse Electric Vehicle (EV) owners over an alleged unconstitutional tax has sparked discussions about the global evolution of EV integration.


Automotive journalist Mike Costello emphasises the broader implications for environmental policies and the potential precedent this sets for other regions.

The incident underscores the importance of transparent processes in identifying and compensating affected EV owners and may prompt a reevaluation of tax structures globally.

How governments handle this situation can impact the perception of their support for green initiatives and influence the trust of EV owners.

In summary, this reimbursement marks a pivotal moment, shaping future policies and fostering a more supportive environment for electric vehicles on a global scale.

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The reason petrol is suddenly cheaper



It’s getting cheaper at the petrol bowser ahead of the holidays – but will it last?

Oil prices experienced a sharp decline of more than 2% today as investors grew increasingly skeptical of the effectiveness of OPEC+ production cuts.

The global benchmark, Brent crude, fell to $69 per barrel, marking a notable drop from its recent highs.

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