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Liz Truss resigns as UK Prime Minister

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UK Prime Minister Liz Truss has resigned after 45 days in the role

British Prime Minister Liz Truss announced her resignation as UK prime minister in a statement outside Downing Street.

Truss becomes Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister, after taking over from Boris Johnson 45 days ago.

“I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected,” she said.

Truss notified King Charles III of her resignation—a role he has held himself for 42 days.

There will be Conservative leadership election within the next week to elect the new UK prime minister.

“I will remain as Prime Minister until a successor has been chosen,” Truss said.

The embattled leader met with the chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench MPs earlier in the day, after more of her own Tory colleagues called for her to stand down.

It also follows Home Secretary Suella Braverman handing in her resignation.

Troubled Truss

Liz Truss has become the UK’s shortest-serving prime minister.

She rose to the top job after a Conservative Party ballot, in which she beat former Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

At the time, the Conservatives were embroiled in a string of scandals.

This includes the ‘PartyGate’ fiasco in which her predecessor flouted Covid-19 lockdown restrictions while hosting parties at Downing Street.

Two days after she was sworn in by the late Queen Elizabeth II, the monarch herself passed away.

Truss’ tenure was met with a 10 day mourning period for Queen Elizabeth II, and an ambitious economic agenda.

Outside Downing Street, Truss said she came into office at a time of “great economic and international instability”.

However, she said her government delivered on energy bills and cutting national insurance.

She added there was a vision for a “low tax high growth economy”.

The UK’s economic uncertainty was worsened by the so-called ‘mini-budget’, which saw the UK pound fall to a record low.

As the economic woes continued, she sacked her Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng.

The pound rose somewhat after Truss’ announcement before settling back at around $1.12.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer demanded a general election “now” following Truss’ resignation as prime minister.

The prime minister had appeared in the House of Commons a day earlier, where she said she was a “fighter, not a quitter”.

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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Nude Britney Spears post sparks concern among fans

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A nude Britney Spears post has many fans concerned about her wellbeing

Pop sensation Britney Spears is no stranger to a controversial social media post, where she openly flaunts her body.

However, her latest post to Instagram has many of her beloved followers concerned.

The 40-year-old posted an explicit photo of herself in a near-empty bathtub, with a flower emoji the only thing between the world and her private parts.

It was paired with an unusual captions that read, “I like to suck!!! Never professional pics … sucking comes easy for me!!! Keep clapping bitch!!!”

The icon has 41 million followers on the social media app, many of whom were quick to share their concerns.

Some are suggesting Spears’ account is being controlled by someone else, attempting to make her look bad.

While others backed the pop stars post, supporting her desire to be open with her body image because she struggled during her younger years in the spotlight.

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Why ‘zombie viruses’ could be the next biggest public threat

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A new report reveals the world will see an increase in so-called ‘zombie viruses’ that are emerging beneath us

A new report by scientists at the French National Center for Scientific Research has revealed the global threat of ‘zombie viruses.’ As climate change continues to take effect, the earth is undeniably getter hotter.

Global warming essentially means significant areas of permafrost are now melting. Permafrost is a frozen layer on or under the Earth’s surface, holding beneath it millions of ‘zombie viruses’ not seen in millions of years.

The now melting permafrost means it is lifting the veil on potentially dangerous microbes that human kind isn’t prepared for.

In Siberia, the scientists uncovered a ‘zombie virus’ which they believe is 50,000 years old. This would be the oldest age of a frozen virus returning to life and able to infect.

Researchers are concerned about the global health impact if the earth continues to warm at its current rate.

 

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Urgent health warning for Australian gardeners following death of Sydney woman

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An urgent health warning for Australian gardeners following the death of a 60-year-old woman

Health authorities in Sydney are on high alert, after a woman was killed while handling potting mix.

The 60-year-old inhaled bacteria from the mix, causing her to fall sick with Legionnaires’ disease.

While, it is common to find the bacteria in potting mix, it can also be found in air conditioning vents and water systems.

Symptoms to look out for include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches and shortness of breath.

Experts are now urging gardeners to wear a face mask and gloves when in the garden.

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