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Queen Elizabeth lies in state at Westminster Hall, thousands mourn

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Thousands of mourners have lined the streets from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s coffin

Her Majesty was brought in a procession with Princes William and Harry, and their father King Charles the third walking behind.

The Queen will lie in state until 6:30 am BST on Monday morning, the day of her funeral.

Members of the public now have the opportunity to line up and pay their respects to the late monarch, filing through the grand old building that is Westminster Hall.

Constructed in 1097, the building is a cornerstone of British history.

It has played host to the trials of Charles the first, Henry the eight’s coronation banquet, and speeches by Nelson Mandela, French President Charles de Gaulle, Pope Benedict, and Barack Obama.

During this lying-in-state period, Westminster Hall will be open for 24 hours a day, with the Queen’s coffin left closed and resting on a raised platform.

It is draped with the Royal Standard flag, and topped with the Imperial State Crown, orb and sceptre.

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Hundreds of thousands are expected to file past.

There are currently queues of more than three kilometres along the South Bank of the river Thames.

As Her Majesty was brought through the city, guns could be heard from Hyde Park, while Big Ben was rung every minute.

Mourners reflect on their beloved Queen.

The Queen’s funeral will be held on Monday September 19, which will be a bank holiday for the United Kingdom.

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

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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?

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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

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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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