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Authorities reveal 2.5 seconds ultimately sealed Shinzo Abe’s fate

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New details have emerged about Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, who was assassinated earlier this month

Japanese authorities believe bodyguards could have saved Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe if they shielded him from gunfire.

They have narrowed the point of impact to 2.5 seconds between an initial first shot and a second round of gunfire, which killed the 67-year-old leader.

Eight security experts have reportedly reviewed footage of the assassination, which occurred on 8 July while Abe was speaking at a campaign event in the western city of Nara.

According to reports from Reuters, there were a series of security lapses, which ultimately led to the death of Japan’s longest-serving leader.

It is understood the 41-year-old assailant came within seven metres of Abe before firing his first shot.

He then fired a second shot, which hit Abe from a distance of five metres.

The alleged perpetrator remains in police custody. It is understood he held a grudge against Abe, but police have remained tight-lipped about his links to a potential religious organisation.

Who was Shinzo Abe?

Te 67-year-old remains the country’s longest serving prime minister, after leading his Liberal Democratic Party to victory twice.

After a scandal-plagued first term, Abe made a political comeback in 2012, and stayed in power until 2020 when he resigned for health reasons.

Abe was a conservative, who was often described as a ‘right-wing nationalist’ by political commentators.

He sought to change Japan’s pacifist constitution, and was considered the father of the Quad Alliance between Japan, the U.S., India and Australia.

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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New York Stock Exchange in free fall

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Human error sends the New York Stock Exchange tumbling

We’ve all made mistakes at the office from time to time, but spare a thought for one worker who may have single-handedly brought down the New York Stock Exchange with just one tiny error.

The mistake of one employee has wiped billions of dollars off the charts for some of the globe’s largest companies.

The individual reportedly triggered wild swings and volatility on the New York Stock Exchange.

A number of big brand names were caught up in the catastrophe. It included McDonald’s, Walmart, and Mobil.

The NYSE eventually came clean. Officials admitted the“root cause” of the screw-up was a “manual error” from a staff member in the backup data centre.

The employee accidentally left the system running.

That’s why some stocks behaved as if trading had already started, with no opening prices being set, sending the market into a meltdown. #trending #featured

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Bombshell pro-Russian video emerges from Australian Open

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A bombshell video has emerged of the father of tennis star Novak Djokovic, amplifying the Russian controversy the Australian Open

 
Djokovic’s father was seen posing for pictures with a group of Putin supporters after his son won against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, to qualify for his 10th semi-final.

Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open, but that didn’t stop one fan.

A man was seen holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it and wearing a t-shirt with the pro-war ‘Z’ symbol on it.

Four spectators were questioned by police and evicted from Melbourne Park.

After losing her semi-final, Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka hit back at media when pressed on tennis’ relationship with Russia’s war on Ukraine.

She told reporters incidents like Novak’s father posing with Russian fans have nothing to do with players.

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FBI Director discusses classified documents as U.S. lawmakers demand answers

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Bipartisan outrage on Capitol Hill as politicians say the Biden administration is stonewalling their quest for answers

FBI Director Christopher Wray is speaking out for the first time after several batches of classified documents were discovered in U.S. President Joe Biden’s Wilmington home and Washington think tank office.

On Thursday, Wray urged lawmakers and officials to be “conscious of the rules” when dealing with classified documents.

The statements appear to be a veiled criticism of President Biden after news broke that some of the classified papers in the President’s possession date back 14-years ago to when Biden was a Delaware Senator raising questions if this is a pattern for the president to mishandle classified information.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, there is bipartisan outrage as lawmakers say the Biden administration is stonewalling them in their quest for answers.

Currently, both Biden and former President Donald Trump are facing special counsel investigations into their mishandling of classified documents—and just this week, former Vice President Mike Pence turned over classified documents to the DOJ.

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