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Royal on trial – why the Prince will challenge the case

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As Prince Andrew’s sexual assault case continues in New York, the controversial royal is expected to argue that he has not been served papers and the allegations fall outside of the current jurisdiction

The Duke’s lawyer is likely to appear in a pre-trial court conference call on Monday… and it follows Andrew denying all of the charges laid against him.

The conference call will give the judge the opportunity to decide whether or not the papers were actually served by the lawyers of the accuser, Virginia Giuffre.

Virginia Giuffre alleges that Andrew sexually assaulted her when she was 17 at Ghislaine Maxwell’s house. The duke denies all allegations against him.

Giuffre was also an accuser of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and claims the Duke sexually assaulted her at three locations, including New York City.

The case put forward claims that Prince Andrew engaged in sexual acts without Giuffre’s consent, knowing “that she was a sex-trafficking victim”.

Andrew is the Queen’s second son and has consistently denied the claims.

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Gunfire, smoke and haze as thousands protests in Melbourne

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Thousands of anti-lockdown protesters have taken to the streets of Melbourne defying stay at home orders and a shutdown of the construction sector

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Melbourne to protest against a shutdown of the construction sector in the Australian state of Victoria.

Protesters defied public health directions imposed by the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Aerial vision has captured a steady stream of construction workers in high-vis sprawling across the busy freeway on the outskirts of the CBD in Docklands.

The workers were seen weaving in and out of large trucks and traffic, ignoring the honking of horns, while chanting “f— the jab”, lighting flares and flying Donald Trump 2020 and CFMEU flags.

By mid-afternoon protesters took to a busy Melbourne freeway to disrupt traffic, seeing thousands of vehicles suddenly at a standstill

Police moved in by the busload as protesters moved back down towards the CBD approximately two hours after the demonstrators took to the West Gate Bridge.

Some protesters were also seen climbing on top of a halted truck. VicRoads, the state’s governing road management authority, earlier urged drivers to “exit the freeway as soon as possible”.

The protests in Melbourne’s CBD earlier turned violent with some angry demonstrators throwing bottles and objects at police.

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World leaders arrive in New York as the UNGA meeting gets underway

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World leaders have arrived in the Big Apple for high-stakes diplomacy talks at the United Nations General Assembly

US President Joe Biden along with Australian PM Scott Morrison have arrived in New York ahead of the United Nations General Assembly.

Morrison has made headlines in recent days after revealing Australia’s agreement with the AUKUS pact resulted in a $90 billion submarine deal with France to be ditched.

Speaking on the tarmac at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Mr Morrison was adamant that dropping the French submarine deal was the right thing to do for Australia, despite the diplomatic fallout with France and potentially Europe.

“It was always going to be a difficult decision,”

The PM said.

Mr Morrison again underlined that conventional submarines from the French were not in Australia’s strategic interests in the Indo-Pacific, because of rising Chinese military technologies and capabilities.

The PM remained hopeful that the decision to ditch French diesel-powered subs in favour of US nuclear submarines would not affect any trade agreements with the EU.

China’s ambitions in the South China Sea will be a hot topic at the UNGA meeting

Other issues on the Quad leaders’ agenda include coronavirus vaccines, climate change and critical technologies.”It sounds like a big agenda and it is.”

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Debate between US parties grow as Democrats suspend debt limit

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To prevent government shutdown, Democrats are attempting to raise the debt ceiling, but it doesn’t come without protest from Republicans.

Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi

In the United States, the Democrats are seeking to combine a short-term spending bill with the suspension of the debt limit.

This follows weeks of debate over how leaders should respond and ultimately prevent a government shutdown.

In a joint statement, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate leader Chuck Schumer said they will suspend the debt limit until the end of 2022, as Pelosi dares Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to ditch the package.

“The American people expect our Republican colleagues to live up to their responsibilities and make good on the debts they proudly helped incur in the December 2020 ‘908’ COVID package that helped American families and small businesses reeling from the COVID crisis.”

Republicans adamant they will not contribute

In protest, McConnel remains certain that the Republicans will not side with the Democrats on the decision to increase the debt limit.

“The country must never default, the debt ceiling will need to be raised. But who does that depends on who the American people elect.”

Senate Minority leader mitch McConnel says.

Schumer says it is shameful that Republicans are even considering blocking the debt ceiling raise.

The reasoning behind the move

Democrats are reassuring that their decision to raise the debt limit does not authorise or allocate new federal spending.

Rather, their decision comes in a bid to borrow extra funding which will be used to cover pre-existing expenditures already approved by Congress.

This includes the bipartisan emergency COVID-relief legislation from December and payments to Social Security recipients and veterans.

Despite this, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is warning that under the current circumstances, the department will reach its borrowing capacity during October, with the results potentially devastating for the US economy.

“We would emerge from this crisis a permanently weaker nation,” Yellen wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published over the weekend.

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