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New bill to avoid US government shutdown

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The US has introduced a short-term funding bill to avoid a government shutdown

Announced by House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro, the bill will allow the government to remain funded until March 11.

Representative DeLauro says the US “needs a government funding agreement to create good-paying jobs, grow opportunity for the middle class, and protect national security”.

She says they are “close to reaching a framework government funding agreement”, but will “need additional time to complete the legislation in full”.

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Major disruption in Sydney as climate protesters take to the streets

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There’s been major disruption across Sydney, as climate protesters take to the streets and block CBD roads

NSW Police officers chased dozens of climate protesters who were seen throwing milk crates, and barricades.

One demonstrator blocked the entry to one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city.

Members from Blockade Australia kicked off the rally by attempting to stop flowing traffic by dragging rubbish bins, construction barriers and building material into the middle of the road.

The Sydney Harbour Tunnel has now reopened but the organisation says it will hold more protests this week.

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Prince Charles accepted suitcase with 1 million euros

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Prince Charles is in hot water for accepting a suitcase with one million euros in cash from a former Qatari leader

The Sunday Times is reporting this was one of three cash donations from former Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.

Clarence House says the donations were passed onto one of the Prince’s charities, and that all correct processes were followed.

Reports suggest the money was handed over in a duffle bag at Clarence House. While, carrier bags were also used on other occasions.

It’s understood the donations took place between 2011 and 2015.

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Ghislaine Maxwell placed on suicide watch

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Former socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has been placed on suicide watch, even though her lawyers say she isn’t suicidal

The 60-year-old’s legal team is are seeking to postpone her sentencing for sex trafficking if she remains in isolation.

Maxwell has been denied access to important legal documents and any time to meet with her lawyers.

The former lover of Jeffrey Epstein was convicted for helping her late husband sexually abuse girls.

It’s understood she is on suicide watch without a psychological evaluation.

Prosecutors are asking for a sentence between 30 and 55 years in jail.

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