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Next-gen partnership: Australia, U.S and UK enter nuclear defence alliance

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Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States are teaming up in a “next-generation defence partnership” deemed AUKUS, as tensions between western nations and China heat up

The deal will see the three countries share secret nuclear technology and also assist Australia as it switches to a nuclear-powered submarine fleet.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says “our world is becoming more complex, especially in the Indo-Pacific”

Morrison says his country is opening up a new friendship in its relations with the US and Britain, as he secures a brand new nuclear submarine fleet

This follows Morrison holding a National Security Committee of Cabinet in Canberra on Wednesday. 

Australia will use both US and British technology to replace its existing Collins class fleet, as the international strategic environment heats up.

The alliance deal will also see an increased presence of American nuclear subs in the region, with a focus on aligning technology and regional challenges.

The working group will ensure that the countries can share information regarding long-range strike capabilities, artificial intelligence and underwater systems… in an attempt to counteract the increasing dominance of China.

Biden says it’s time to face the threats of the twenty-first century and has faith that the AUKUS alliance will allow this.

Allied naval presence is expected to increase dramatically… particularly throughout the hotly contested South China Sea.

It comes as Australia’s Defence Minister Peter Dutton and Foreign Minister Marise Payne touch down in Washington for a series of talks over the next two days.

Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says this project will set the standard for global relations moving forward, being the most complex partnership the world has ever seen.

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Five former Trump staffers speak with House

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January 6 capital riots investigation continues

As the investigation into the January 6 capitol riots continues, new reports allege that at least five former Trump staffers have come forward to speak voluntarily with the House committee.

This comes as the committee’s lawyers continue to reach out to further Trump aides as to whether they would be interested in speaking at the hearing without the threat of SUPENA.

The committee has been tasked with investigating the actions of former President Donald Trump prior to the riots occurring.

This most recent outreach is not likely to signify that the committee believes the staffers had any involvement in sparking the riots… but rather they may have more context as to what was happening inside the White House that day.

It all comes as Trump continues his legal battle against the investigation… suing both the committee and the National Archives in an attempt to withhold documents.

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Queen Elizabeth not attending COP26 climate event

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Buckingham Palace says the Queen is accepting doctor’s advice to rest

Following a health scare just last week… Queen Elizabeth will not be attending the upcoming COP-26 climate event in Glasgow.

This comes as doctors advise the royal to rest and comes just hours after she carried out her first official engagements since being admitted to hospital.

On Tuesday, Elizabeth met virtually with the ambassador of Korea and Switzerland.

Last week, Buckingham Palace revealed the monarch spent a night in hospital for “preliminary investigations”… but returned home in “good spirits”.

Meanwhile, the Queen was due to attend an evening reception in Glasgow on Monday but will deliver a video message instead.

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Jeff Bezos unveils plans for commercial space station

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Jeff Bezos’ space tourism company, Blue Origin, has announced plans to launch a space station in Earth’s orbit.

The station will be named “Orbital Reef,” and is projected to be built and operational by the end of the decade.

The company says the station will be serve as a “mixed-use business park” in space and will host up to 10 people.

Promotional material released by the company revealed the 32-thousand square foot station will provide customers with an ideal location for “filmmaking in microgravity”, or “conducting cutting-edge research”.

It’s also speculated that the space station will include a “space hotel”.

The company will partner with Sierra Space and Boeing to build the outpost.

The announcement comes amid NASA efforts to find a proposal to replace the International Space Station (ISS), which is now more than 20 years old and in desperate need of repair.

This will include $400m in private contracts to space companies to help the agency replace the ageing outpost.

There is likely to be stiff competition for the funding, and Blue Origin is the latest firm to unveil their space station concept, joining space firms Nanoracks, Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin, who have teamed up to launch a station into low orbit by 2027.

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