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Liz Truss joins ranks of the world’s shortest-serving leaders



After 45 days in the role, Liz Truss has become Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister

UK Prime Minister Liz Truss joins a cavalcade of short-lived leaderships.

From abdication to assassination, death and illness; these are the world’s shortest-serving leaders.

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Australian Prime Minister Frank Forde lasted one week as leader in 1945. He served as the deputy leader of the Labor Party when John Curtin passed away in office.

Frank Forde remains Australia’s shortest-serving prime minister.

Australia’s second shortest-serving prime minister was Earle Page, who came to role after the death of Joseph Lyons in 1939.

He served for three weeks before Robert Menzies became the new leader. By comparison, Menzies went on to become Australia’s longest-serving prime minister.


William Henry Harrison became the ninth U.S. President, after his 1841 inauguration.

Harrison lasted 32 days in the top job but became the first president to die while in office.

His inauguration was held on a cold and wet day. Some reports suggest he caught pneumonia, which ultimately led to his death on 4 April.

In Mexico, Pedro Lascuráin came to power after a military coup in February 1913.

Pedro Lascuráin was in power for less than an hour in 1913.

He was sent in as a political pawn to legitimise the coup, which was led by Victoriano Huerta.

His time as president is believed to have lasted less than an hour, before he resigned to make way Huerta.


When Adolf Hitler killed himself in 1945, Joseph Goebbels became the German Chancellor.

But the day after he entered, Goebbels and his wife, Magda killed themselves.

He remains Germany’s shortest-serving leader.


In Russia, Michael II lasted less than 24 hours after the abdication of his brother Tsar Nicholas in 1917.

His tenure marked the end of the tsarist regime in Russia. However, he was murdered after the Russian Revolution in the same year.

Meanwhile, Lady Jane Grey remains Britain’s shortest-serving monarch. She was aged 16 when she became Queen after the death of her cousin Edward VI.

There are also many instances of reigns, which were less than a day. These include Vira Bahu I, who was assassinated on the same day he took to the throne.

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.


Porn floods Twitter “China” search



Twitter users have been finding it hard to search for information on the social media platform due to an explosion of pornographic spam.

While thousands of protests against extended lockdowns, a digital bot army has roared into action on Twitter, with long-dormant Chinese language accounts suddenly tweeting links to escort services and other adult content.

Anyone trying to track the spontaneous protest movement on Twitter complained about the deluge of spam pornographic content making flooding the search for information.

The China protests come at a time when Twitter’s content and moderation teams have been pared back drastically following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the social media giant.

Twitter, along with other international social media services like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, is blocked by Beijing’s internet censors within Mainland China.

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Biden silence on China protests



As citizens across China revolt against the country’s “zero Covid” policy, the White House issued a statement about the growing protests.

“‘We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, in the United States and around the world,’ a White House National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement.

‘This includes in the [People’s Republic of China.]’

“‘Zero COVID is not a policy we are pursuing here,’ the spokesperson said.

‘And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy.’”

Commentators have noted that the statement came from the White House, and not President Biden himself.

Demonstrators are calling on President Joe Biden to take a stance and publicly support their cause.

The protests have continued despite numerous attempts by the Chinese government to quell them.

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China protests hit global markets, crypto



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The protests in China are having a negative impact on cryptocurrencies and markets around the world.

Bitcoin failed to break its descent and fell more than 3 percent.

The global crypto market cap fell over 2%, sending major cryptos into the red.

Over the last 24 hours, overall crypto market volume grew by 22%.

It comes amid a round of investor nervousness in global markets spurred by protests in China against Covid restrictions.

Protesters outraged by harsh COVID-19 regulations called for China’s strong leader to quit.

China is the world’s second-largest economy and has a significant impact on global financial markets.

Stocks and cryptos aren’t considered safe havens, leading to bearing price action.

Analysts are hoping for a sharp bullish reversal if and when the protests end.

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