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Why the surging COVID-19 cases in APAC is worrying authorities

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Governments throughout the Asia-Pacific region are scrambling to impose further restrictions as new Covid-19 cases surge in record numbers.

Malaysia has reported almost 8,000 new infections over the past 24 hours, whilst Thailand recorded 47 deaths.

Melbourne, Australia enters its fourth lockdown, businesses left ‘devastated’

It comes as Australia’s second-biggest state, Victoria enters its first day of a seven-day snap lockdown to curb the spread of the highly infectious Indian variant.

Although, COVID-19 cases in Australia’s Victoria have fallen on first day of lockdown.

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia is in its fourth lockdown.

The state recorded four new cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 30 with over 47,000 Covid-19 swab tests processed.

The lockdown is due to remain in place until 11.59pm June 3.

However, Acting Premier James Merlino said the government was still open to ending the lockdown earlier if possible, saying, “If we can end it sooner, we will”.

Mr. Merlino says the Government is right now working through a plan to support businesses after many have now been ordered to shut.

The Australian federal government has also come under intense scrutiny for failing to deliver on vaccine rollout targets.

The country has delivered at least the first dose of a Covid vaccine to just 13 per cent of the population.

Countries including the UK and the US have now administered the first dose to over half of their citizens and residents.

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Friendlyjordies producer Kristo Langker charged with stalking John Barilaro

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A 21-year-old producer for YouTube comedian Friendlyjordies arrested and charged by police.

Kristo Langker has been accused of stalking and intimidating NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro.

The arrest comes after the Deputy Premier launched legal action against Mr Shanks who labelled a series of “vile and racist” videos accusing Mr Barilaro of corruption.

Kristo Langker, was arrested at a Dulwich Hill home at about 5pm on June 4, following investigations by NSW Police’s Fixated Persons Investigation Unit.

Mr. Langker was charged with two counts of stalking and intimidation with an intent to cause fear of physical or mental harm.

Mr. Langker was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Newtown Local Court on June 24.

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Report finds nations are spending big on nuclear weapons

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A new report has found an increase in nations expanding or renewing their nuclear arsenals.

The nine-nuclear armed states totalled over 13 thousands nukes at the start of this year.

But researchers say the reduction of nuclear arsenals since the Cold War is “levelling out”.

The report found nuclear weapons deployed with operational forces increased to nearly 4,000.

Meanwhile, the number of nuclear weapons deployed with operational forces increased from 3,720 to 3,825, the report said.

The nine nuclear-armed states the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea held an estimated 13,080 nuclear weapons at the start of 2021, The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in its annual report released on June 14.

That number represents a slight decrease from an estimated 13,400 weapons in possession of these states at the beginning of 2020.

Of these, some 2,000 were kept in a “kept in a state of high operational alert,” meaning for launch in a matter of minutes.

The report also found global nuclear spending is around $137,000 dollars per minute.

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“Shocking discovery” rocking the white house

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House Nancy Pelosi says the Trump administration’s move to seize data from two Democrats goes “even beyond Richard Nixon”.

This follows the New York Times reporting that Trump officials have subpoenaed Apple for the data of accounts belonging to Democrats who sit on the House Intelligence Committee.

This is in response to the administration wanting to get to the bottom of who previously leaked classified information.

However, Nancy Pelosi believes “it is about undermining the rule of law”.

“What the administration did, the Justice Department, the leadership of the former President goes even beyond Richard Nixon. Richard Nixon had an enemies list. This is about undermining the rule of law,” Pelosi told CNN.

“How could it be that there could be an investigation of members of the other branch of government and the press and the rest, too, and the attorneys general did not know? So who are these people? And are they still in the Justice Department?

she said.

“This is just out of the question, no matter who’s president, whatever party, this cannot be the way it goes.”

“It’s a shocking discovery”

“This does go beyond Richard Nixon,” Wolpe says.

Swalwell told Don Lemon that the officials and relatives “were targeted punitively — not for any reason in law, but because Donald Trump identified Chairman Schiff and members of the committee as an enemy.”

Wolpe says that this has not happened before, the people are determined to get to the bottom of it.

“It shows the corruption of justice under President Trump, as he went after and tried to undermine his political enemies.”

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