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Macron and Le Pen battle in French Presidential debate

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It’s just four days until French residents once again take to the polls and elect their next president

The two contenders, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen have just taken to the stage to face off in the highly-anticipated presidential debate.

It’s a little bit like deja vu for voters in France, with this exact same debate occurring five years ago when Le Pen last challenged Macron for the top job.

Incumbent leader Macron was victorious in the 2017 showdown and then went on to become president.

It is this debate that was seen as one of the reasons why Le Pen was unsuccessful in her bid for the presidency.

Le Pen is currently trailing behind Macron in the latest polls, but political analysts stress the race to the Elysee Palace is far from over.

Millions of voters remain undecided, and over the two and a half hours of debate, both are hoping to gain the upper hand.

The key issue remains the spiralling cost of living throughout France, which will likely play a big part in the debate.

As the debate kicked off, Le Pen said 70 per cent of the French people believe their standard of living had declined over the past five years of Macron’s administration.

Macron notes France was faced with an unprecedented crisis being Covid, followed by war in Europe, and has steered his nation through these events.

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Spectator dead following violent clashes at a football stadium

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One person has died in clashes at an Argentinian football stadium

Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to stop fans from pushing into the crowded venue.

But that wasn’t enough, with many fans squeezing through fencing to escape the violence and get onto the field.

The incident took place around 50 kilometres south of the nation’s capital

The game was suspended nine minutes into play.

A 57-year-old man experienced cardiac arrest while being transferred from the stadium to the hospital.

It comes five days after 131 people died in a stampede prompted by Indonesian police firing tear gas inside a stadium.

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Bizarre antics disrupts court – but at what cost?

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Darrell Brooks, the man accused of killing 6 people during the Waukesha Christmas Parade has appeared in court, shirtless

In a bizarre series of events, the 40 year old who is representing himself, consistently disrupted the court.

So Judge Jennifer Dorow moved the defendant to another room to participate via video link with the ability to mute him.

But the antics didn’t stop there, he removed his shirt, with his back to the camera, threatening to break items nearby.

He then took off his shoe and refused to sit down.

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Biden says nuclear ‘armageddon’ threat is back

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U.S. President says the nuclear ‘armageddon’ threat is back for first time since Cuban Missile Crisis

The president was speaking at a fundraiser event, where he said Russian President Vladimir Putin was “not joking when he spoke about the use of tactical nuclear weapons.

U.S. officials have been warning that Russia could use weapons of mass destruction in Ukraine.

But they believe there’s been no change to Russia’s nuclear forces for the time being.

It comes as the leaders of more than 40 European nations convened in Prague to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelensky spoke via video link.

UK Prime Minister Liz Truss says the summit is “not about moving closer to Europe” but “about working with Europe”.

When pressed about her working relationship with Macron, Truss admitted he is a ‘friend’.

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