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Sri Lanka declares a state of emergency

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Sri Lanka is in a state of emergency, as protesters push for a new government amid economic uncertainty

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been appointed as the nation’s acting president.

It follows the incumbent Gotabaya Rajapaksa fleeing the country on a military jet.

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe becomes the acting president.

It is believed the 73-year-old landed in the Maldives and will soon make his way to his final destination with his wife and two security officials.

Sri Lanka is in the grips of its worst economic crisis in 70 years, with protesters storming the presidential palace at the weekend.

A man stands in the swimming pool at the Sri Lankan President’s house.

Rajapaksa promised to resign by Wednesday. His departure ends a family dynasty, which has been at the helm of Sri Lankan politics for two decades.

It’s understood police fired tear gas at protesters to stop them from clashing with security officials.

Worsening economic crisis

Sri Lanka has previously defaulted on its debt for the first time in its history.

Earlier this year, the nation was forced to come up with $78 million of unpaid debt interest payments.

Police have imposed a curfew across the Western Province, which includes the nation’s capital of Colombo.

Wickremesinghe has also announced an intention to resign if there is no consensus on forming a unity government.

The President of Sri Lanka enjoys freedom from arrest, which has allowed Rajapaksa to leave the nation to avoid being detained.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Pink-coloured pigeon rescued in New York

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Pigeons come in a whole range of colours, but it seems pink isn’t one of them

That’s exactly what happened in New York though, where a bright-coloured bird was rescued.

Wildlife groups believe the pigeon was dyed as part of a gender reveal ceremony.

The feathery friend was suffering from malnutrition when it was found in Madison Square Park.

In a statement, the Wild Bird Fund says they should never be dyed because of risks like starvation and even death.

It went on to say the “poor bird has it bad enough unable to find food in the wild, fly well or escape predators.”

“But being a bright, unusual colour makes him even more of a target.”

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Iranian couple jailed for online dancing video

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An Iranian couple have been given jail sentences totalling 10 years after posting a video online.

 
The two individuals, both in their 20s, were charged for supposedly promoting corruption, prostitution and propaganda.

Authorities have been cracking down on public disobedience.

It follows the death of a woman who was detained by the country’s infamous morality police.

Mahsa Amini died in police custody in September last year, arrested for violating the rule requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf.

Anti-government protests swept across the country after the incident.

The two individuals in the dancing video were reportedly detained after posting the clip to their social media accounts – which have a combined following of more than two million people.

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Donald Trump claims deposition as “biggest witch hunt”

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Donald Trump has described the investigation into his company as the “biggest witch hunt” in the history of the United States during a formal deposition.

In September 2022, the New York Attorney General Letitia James, announced she would be looking into the Trump organisation’s business practices.

James alleges the former president “falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and cheat the system”.

The lawsuit also takes aim at some of Trump’s children, and executives of his business.

During the deposition tape, Trump can be seen reading a lengthy statement.

During this, the former president asserts his constitutional right to not answer questions, while accusing James of investigating him out of political spite.

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