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Sunak or Truss will replace Boris Johnson

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The next prime minister of the UK will be either Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss, after the Tories narrowed the field to the final two options.

The final round of votes eliminated Penny Mordaunt from the contest to find a new leader for the United Kingdom.

PENNY MORDAUNT WAS KNOCKED OUT IN THE FINAL CONSERVATIVE PARLIAMENTARY ROUND

Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss now enter six-weeks of hustings, where they will attempt to convince the Conservative membership at large that they are the right person to enter Downing Street.

FORMER CHANCELLOR RISHI SUNAK IS IN THE RUNNING TO BECOME THE FIRST PRIME MINISTER OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF ASIAN MINORITY ETHNIC BACKGROUND

Boris Johnson resigned as UK Prime Minister in early July, but remained on as interim prime minister until his replacement could be found.

The Conservative Party membership will now vote on whether Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss should lead the party.

FOREIGN SECRETARY LIZ TRUSS IS IN THE RUNNING TO BE THE UK’S THIRD FEMALE PRIME MINISTER

The results of these votes – which are likely to be postal ballots – won’t be announced until September 5th.

At which point, the United Kingdom will either have its third female prime minister, or its first prime minister of Asian minority ethnic background.

PENNY MORDAUNT THANKED HER SUPPORTERS AFTER SHE WAS KNOCKED OUT OF CONTENTION

Simon is a ticker NEWS corespondent in London. Simon started his career in his hometown of Sydney as a news video producer for NineMSN, then moved to the UK with Good Morning Britain on ITV, followed by a TV reporter for a local news service in Manchester in England’s north. Simon joins ticker News after several years in the London headquarters of ITN Productions as a news producer, and as an assistant news editor for ITV News.

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U.S. supports right to peaceful protests in China over COVID restrictions

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On Monday the White House stopped short of criticizing Beijing as protests erupt

 

Rare protests broke out across China over the weekend as groups of people vented their frustration over the zero-Covid policy.

The unrest came as news spread that those infections surged, which prompted more local Covid controls.

After nearly three years of strict controls, the youth unemployment has climbed to nearly 20%.

The White House and U.S. State Department expressed disagreement with China’s zero-Covid policy and support for the ongoing protests across the country.

“Our message to peaceful protestors around the world is the same and consistent, said National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby.

“People should be allowed to the right to assemble and to peacefully protest policies or laws or dictates that they take issue with.”

In Shanghai, the nation’s largest city, there were clashes with police over the weekend and in the capital city Beijing protest are flaring now in response to the strictest lockdowns inside China this includes peaceful student protest at one of the nation’s most prestigious universities.

All this a first during President Xi Jinping near decade-long tenure.

As the holiday season is underway, there are growing concerns about the impact these protests might have on the global supply chain.

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Porn floods Twitter “China” search

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Twitter users have been finding it hard to search for information on the social media platform due to an explosion of pornographic spam.

While thousands of protests against extended lockdowns, a digital bot army has roared into action on Twitter, with long-dormant Chinese language accounts suddenly tweeting links to escort services and other adult content.

Anyone trying to track the spontaneous protest movement on Twitter complained about the deluge of spam pornographic content making flooding the search for information.

The China protests come at a time when Twitter’s content and moderation teams have been pared back drastically following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the social media giant.

Twitter, along with other international social media services like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, is blocked by Beijing’s internet censors within Mainland China.

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Biden silence on China protests

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As citizens across China revolt against the country’s “zero Covid” policy, the White House issued a statement about the growing protests.

“‘We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, in the United States and around the world,’ a White House National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement.

‘This includes in the [People’s Republic of China.]’

“‘Zero COVID is not a policy we are pursuing here,’ the spokesperson said.

‘And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy.’”

Commentators have noted that the statement came from the White House, and not President Biden himself.

Demonstrators are calling on President Joe Biden to take a stance and publicly support their cause.

The protests have continued despite numerous attempts by the Chinese government to quell them.

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