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Parkland school shooter avoids death penalty, leaving families distraught



Parkland school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, has avoided the death penalty, after a jury recommended he spend the remainder of his life behind bars instead.

Cruz will not face the death penalty, after killing 17 people at Florida’s Stoneman Douglas High School.

Victims of the Parkland mass shooting

 As the recommendation was delivered, families’ of the victims appeared visibly upset.

“He should be afraid every second of the day of his life.”

Linda Beigel Schulman

The father of a 14 year old victim, Dr. Iian Alhadeff, spoke of his disappointment after the jury’s recommendation.

“As a country we need to stand up and say that’s not ok…I pray that that animal suffers every day of his life in jail.”

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Linda Beigel Schulman, Michael Schulman, Patricia Padauy Oliver and Fred Guttenberg embrace as families of the victims enter the courtroom for an expected verdict in the penalty phase of the trial of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S., October 13, 2022. Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel/Pool via REUTERS

The father of Parkland victim Jaime Guttenberg, Fred Guttenberg, says he has to visit his daughter at the cemetery every day.

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“The first thing I do moving forward is I go visit my daughter at the cemetery … The next thing I do … is everything I can to prevent the next one of these.”

Fred Guttenberg

“In prison, I hope and pray [Nikolas Cruz] receives the kind of mercy from prisoners that he showed to my daughter and the 16 others.”

Fred Guttenberg

Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis also slammed the Jury’s recommendation for Cruz.

The 24-year-old Parkland school shooter pleaded guilty to all 17 counts of murder. His defence argued he was mentally unstable at the time of the shootings.

But prosecutors argued he premeditated and planned the entire attack.

Now, it will be up to the Judge to issue a formal sentence on November 1. However, she cannot go against the jury’s recommendations.

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“TikTok represents two national risks to Australians”: should you delete the app?



Democracies continue to ban popular video-sharing app TikTok over national security concerns

Australia recently banned TikTok from all federal government owned devices over security concerns.

Canberra is the latest in a string of U.S.-backed allies to take action against the popular video-sharing app.

The ban centres around concerns China could use the app to trace users’ data, and undermine democratic values.

Senator James Paterson is the Australian Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security, who said TikTok poses a risk to Australians.

“They can get access to awful amount of information on your phone.

“Because it’s beholden to the Chinese Communist Party, there’s no guarantee it won’t fall into their hands,” he said.

Senator Paterson said there are “six or seven million Australians who use the app.”

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Cyber attacks are on the rise, so what is being done to combat them?



Australia experienced two of its worst cyber attacks on record last year, as the world braces for cyber warfare to rise

Ukraine has suffered a threefold growth in cyber-attacks over the past year.

Viktor Zhora is leading Ukraine’s State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection agency, who said cyber attacks are occurring at the same time as missile strikes at the hands of Russia.

Mr Zhora said in some cases, the cyber-attacks are “supportive to kinetic effects”.

On the other side of the planet, Russian hackers were responsible for Australia’s Medibank scandal.

“This is a crime that has the potential to impact on millions of Australians and damage a significant Australian business,” said Reece Kershaw, who is the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police.

Australian Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security is James Paterson, who said Australia can learn from cyber warfare in Ukraine.

“Ukraine is a lesson for the world.

“They are fighting a hybrid war, one on the ground and one online. If there is to be future conflict including in our own region, in the Indo-Pacific, it’s highly likely that the first shots in that war will occur cyber domain not in the physical world,” Senator Paterson said.

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America focused on “dominance, leadership and primacy” in China spat



Former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr says the United States relationship with China is focused on dominance, leadership and primacy.

“Mind your own business” – it’s the stinging message to the West from China’s defence minister.

Li Shangfu told a security conference that China has “one of the best peace records” among major countries.

He lashed out at the so-called rules-based system. Asking – “who made the rules?”

The world is watching China amidst heightened international anxiety.

But while China’s Defence minister says Beijing’s preference is “peaceful unification” with Taiwan, he added that China will never “promise to renounce the use of force.”

Delegates from the Philippines, Vietnam, the Netherlands, the United States and Germany asked about the “apparent disconnect between China’s words and actions”.

But in some of those countries, there is growing concern about America’s increasing level of unpredictability.

Australia’s former Foreign minister Bob Carr is concerned that Canberra had mismanaged the relationship with America under successive governments. #featured #world #china

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