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Shanghai fences up residential buildings to curb COVID-19

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Shanghai authorities have put up fences outside residential buildings in a bid to curb a growing cluster of COVID-19 infections

It’s sparking a fresh outcry over the nation’s lockdown measures, which have forced much of the city’s 25 million people to stay indoors.

The two-metre high fences have prompted a series of complaints from local residents, many have been unable to access essential items or care for weeks.

One user took to the social media platform, Weibo to vent their frustration about the new measures. They asked “isn’t this a fire hazard?”

Meanwhile, Beijing will require everyone living or working in COVID-affected areas to take three tests this week.

Authorities have placed dozens of buildings under lockdown measures in the capital, which reported 22 new cases on Saturday.

It comes as retail workers continue to work long hours and sleep at work to keep residents fed.

“Basically, there is no time to rest, we are busy all day, even during meals if the neighbourhood committee members turn up to pick up orders or have a request, we will assist them immediately or solve whatever problems they may have.”

SUPERMARKET MANAGER ZHANG WEI

After spending the night in a sleeping bag, Wei prepares over 3,000 orders of vegetables, meat and essentials to send out to locked down residents.

Around 40 staff are believed to be working working long days to fill online orders from neighbouring compounds.

The U.S. recently ordered non-essential government staff to leave the city amid the ongoing restrictions.

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AUKUS meetings wrap up as Australia eyes off nuclear submarines

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The first AUKUS meetings wrap up in Washington as Australia eyes off nuclear submarines

The first round of AUKUS meetings have wrapped up, with U.S. Defence Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin praising the talks as an “historic endeavour”.

Following an agreement made in Washington, Australia will have nuclear-powered submarines at the “earliest possible date”.

Defence Secretary Austin joined Australia’s Richard Marles and the UK’s Ben Wallace at the Pentagon. The leaders discussed key challenges and opportunities confronting the world right now.

High on the agenda was the contentious Indo-Pacific region, in response to “ongoing Chinese aggression”.

The meeting comes as Australia looks to move away from its conventional Collins-class subs and invest in nuclear-powered vessels.

The U.S. reaffirming its commitment to ensure its pacific partner will acquire this capability at the earliest possible date.

Australia’s Deputy PM and Defence Minister Richard Marles says the submarines are “central” to advancing the military capabilities of the alliance.

“There is an enormous sense of shared mission and momentum across all three countries, in having Australia acquire a nuclear powered submarine,” Marles said.

“The significance of that step shouldn’t be lost on people. There’s only been one occasion where a country has shared that capability with another. That was the United States with the United Kingdom a long time ago.”

But while we’ve heard the meetings went well, leaders are remaining tight-lipped about the exact details and any deals that have been made.

AUKUS has set a target of March 2023 to figure out a plan for Australia to acquire the nuclear subs.

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Arrests made in Germany over a suspicious plan

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Well arrests have been made in Germany over suspicious activity to overthrow the nation’s government.

Twenty-five people have been arrested as part of the raids across the country.

The group reportedly includes far-right and ex-military figures.

It’s understood they were planning to storm the nation’s parliament and take over control.

Suspects include racists and conspiracy theorists, and Q-Anon believers.

Three thousand officers took part in the sting involving 150 operations in 11 of Germany’s 16 states.

Arrests were also made in Italy and Austria.

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Twist in trial over the crash of a Rio to Paris flight in 2009

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There’s been an unusual development in the trial of Airbus and Air France over the crash of a Rio to Paris flight in 2009

Ticker’s Europe Correspondent Ryan Thompson has more from Paris

After weeks in court, prosecutors have decided NOT to ask for a conviction of the two French companies – even as they acknowledge that’s not what victims families would want.  

French prosecutors said they were unable to prove the companies were guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Their guilt “appears to us to be impossible to prove. We know that this view will most likely be difficult to hear for the civil plaintiffs,” prosecutors said.

Prosecutors initially dropped charges against the companies in 2019. This sparked anger in families of the victims.

A Paris appeals court overturned this decision in 2021 and ordered the trial to go ahead. 

“We have a prosecutor who is supposed to defend the people who in the end is defending the multinational Airbus,” Daniele Lamy, the head of victims’ association Entraide et Solidarite AF447, told reporters.

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