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Pro-life activists defeated in Kansas abortion vote

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The people have spoken and pro-life activists have been defeated in the Kansas abortion vote

More than 900,000 ballots were cast in the Kansas abortion vote – a third of the state’s total population.

Of this number, 60 per cent said no to removing the constitutional right to abortion.

Pro-choice advocates right across the United States have celebrated the result. The vote was the first public test of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Now the question is what’s next for abortion bans? And do they even stand a chance?

Kansas is a deeply red state, but when it comes to abortion, it seems to be more purple (or violet, even).

Republican Kansan lawmakers had hoped the vote would pave the way for more restrictive laws in the future.

This evidently backfired and experts say the result in itself will reverberate far beyond the region’s borders.

Montana has added abortion to the ballot for the upcoming November midterm elections.

In Kentucky, voters will also have the opportunity to decide whether laws should be amended.

These are the ones to watch to see whether the Republican’s anti-abortion rhetoric actually stacks up.

On the other side of the coin, California and Vermont are pushing to further enshrine the medical procedure in their respective constitutions.

Do American voters in conservative states even want to restrict abortion?

It doesn’t seem so.

A new poll has found only a quarter of residents want their state to ban abortion following the overturning of Roe.

This number includes less than a third of people who live in states already outlawing the procedure.

The Kansas abortion vote and this new polling will almost certainly have Red State Republicans shaking in their boots.

Should they stick with their decision to support anti-abortion laws and risk public dissatisfaction? Or do they push ahead and hope for the best?

Only time will tell.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly ticker Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Sweden and Finland are one step closer to joining NATO

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U.S. President Joe Biden says NATO will be “more united” as Sweden and Finland edge closer to joining the alliance

The U.S. President has signed a series of documents, which are paving the way for Sweden and Finland to become the newest members of NATO.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is a military alliance, which declares an attack on one is an attack on all.

Sweden and Finland raised their hands to become the alliance’s latest members after Russian forces entered Ukraine in February.

It’s the biggest expansion of NATO since the 1990s, and will bring its membership to 32 nations.

“It was and is a watershed moment I believe in the alliance and for the greater security and stability not only of Europe and the United States but of the world.”

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN

The accession must be ratified by all existing members’ parliaments before the two countries can be protected.

“Putin thought he could break us apart when this all started. Instead, he’s getting exactly what he did not want.”

President Biden

Moscow has previously warned both countries against joining the alliance.

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China ‘doesn’t want to’ use force against Taiwan

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China’s Ambassador to Australia says the last thing China wants to do is use force against Taiwan

Xiao Qian says he can never rule out the option to use other means, and that China is ready to use those means.

It follows an intense flare up of tensions in the Taiwan Straits, after U-S Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the democratically-ruled island.

China has responded with military drills, including the tests of a ballistic missile for the first time in history.

Taiwan is also responding with defence drills, as the nation seeks to counter China’s growing offensive.

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Kiely Rodni: Fears missing teen has been abducted

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A major search is underway for missing teen, Kiely Rodni, with renewed fears she may have been abducted

In a developing story officials, friends and family are scrambling to find 16-year-old, Kiely Rodni, who went missing after a party in Truckee, Northern California.

Rodni’s phone has not been used since the party at 12:30am local time on Saturday, near the Prosser Family Campground.

Police are “treating her disappearance as an abduction” and not ruling anything out at this stage. Officials are still unable to locate Kiely’s Silver 2013 Honda CRV vehicle. 

“We’re considering everything…We won’t rule anything out…

If you think you have information and you don’t think it’s relevant, we want it.”

Scott Alfred, detective, county sheriff

Kiely is caucasian with blonde hair and hazel eyes. She is approximately 170 cm tall, and weighs approximately 53 kgs.

Last known CCTV footage of Kiely

The teen has a distinct nose ring and was last seen wearing a black top and Dickies brand pants.

According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office between 200-300 teens were at the party, with authorities stressing no one will be in trouble for drinking or taking drugs at the party.

Officials say finding Rodni is their only focus, with multiple agencies now part of the investigation.

Friends that were with her that night are trying to piece together what has happened to their friend.

“I know that she wasn’t in the right mindset or state to drive. And if she were to have driven, she wouldn’t have made it far…

So my concern is that somebody might have offered to drive her home and then didn’t take her home.”

sami smith, Kiely’s friend

Her distressed family are pleading for answers and have offered a $50,000 reward for Kiely’s safe return.

“We just want her home. We’re so scared, and we miss her so much. And we love her so much…

Kiely if you see this, please come home. I want nothing more but to hug you.”

Lindsey Rodni-Nieman, Kiely’s mother

Kiely’s mother, Lindsey, says she received a message from her daughter confirming she was leaving the party in 45 minutes and would be coming straight home.

Since then, no one has heard from Kiely.

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