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The saddest day: The world farewells Queen Elizabeth II

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The Royal family, joined by thousands of dignitaries, have paid tribute to the Queen’s long life of reign, diligence and service.

The funeral service to remember Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, has been held at Westminster Abbey.

Among the guests are world leaders including US President Joe Biden and leaders from across the Commonwealth.

The Dean of Westminster expressed gratitude for the Queen’s “life-long sense of duty”.

King Charles III followed his mother’s coffin from Westminster Hall behind the State Gun Carriage.

The Queen’s coffin was conveyed through Parliament Square, a short distance to Westminster Abbey.

The procession from the abbey saw the State Gun Carriage carry the coffin, drawn by 142 sailors.

The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex walked side-by-side behind their father, the King.

As the service began, The Dean, the Very Rev David Hoyle, spoke of the Queen’s “life-long selfless service”.

“With gratitude we remember her unswerving commitment to a high calling over so many years as Queen and Head of the Commonwealth. With admiration we recall her life-long sense of duty and dedication to her people,” he said.

Solemn service

The service was filled with traditional church music and readings from the Bible. It was 70 years ago that the new Queen stood in the same Abbey for her coronation.

Towards the end, the Last Post was played before a two-minute national silence

As they walked to the abbey the royals were accompanied by the Massed Pipes and Drums of Scottish and Irish Regiments, the Brigade of Gurkhas, and the Royal Air Force.

Thousands poured into London’s Westminster Abbey to farewell Queen Elizabeth the Second. Numerous dignitaries, including former Prime Ministers, Emperors and Presidents were at the ceremony, watched by millions right around the world.

It was a sombre farewell for Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, who passed away at her Balmoral Estate on the 8th of September.

The Royal Family led a procession into the historical church, where Reverend David Hoyle began the service.

Each of the Queen’s living Former UK Prime Ministers were at the service, alongside U.S. President Joe Biden, French leader Emmanuel Macron and delegations from right across the Commonwealth.

There were 15 British Prime Ministers across the Queen’s reign, with Liz Truss being sworn in just days before her death.

Truss read ‘The Second Lesson’ from John 14 at the service. The airspace around London was closed as a tight security operation got underway. Inside Westminster Abbey, you could hear a pin drop as mourners gathered to pay their respects.

It was the same building that Queen Elizabeth was married and crowned over 70 years ago.

The Queen’s Piper, Warrant Officer Paul Burns, played ‘Sleep, dearie, sleep’ as the service continued. And inside Westminster Abbey, the 2-thousand strong mourners sung ‘God Save The King’.

World leaders

It was a who’s who of world leaders who came to say farewell on behalf of their countries.

Some 2,000 mourners bid farewell to the Queen at the state funeral, including 500 dignitaries.

Former prime ministers Theresa May, Tony Blair, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, John Major and Boris Johnson are at the historic abbey.

There are also members of many European royal families, including Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Denmark, as well as the Emperor and Empress of Japan.

US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are among the world leaders who came to pay their respects.

A fitting end to the Elizabethan era.

‘INVINCIBLE’

Elizabeth died on Sept. 8 at her Scottish summer home, Balmoral Castle.

Her health had been in decline, and for months the monarch who had carried out hundreds of official engagements well into her 90s had withdrawn from public life.

Such was her longevity and her inextricable link with Britain that even her own family found her passing a shock.

“We all thought she was invincible,” Prince William told well-wishers.

The 40th sovereign in a line that traces its lineage back to 1066, Elizabeth came to the throne in 1952, Britain’s first post-imperial monarch.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Australian Football League ditches white uniform for women and girls

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The women’s football league in Australia has made a landmark move to scrap white shorts on field

The AFL has decided to ditch the white on field uniform for women and girls, in a bid to ease their anxiety surrounding periods.

It’s hoping the decision will ease feelings of anxiety for women and girls about their menstrual cycle when playing.

“I’m proud of the position the AFL has taken with this decision and thank our players for their leadership and passion…

Whilst this is a policy change for women and girls in AFL-run competitions, the ripple effect for community sport for women and girls is immense…

We want to lead to remove any barriers that prevent women and girls participating in Australian football.”

Nicole Livingstone- AFL general manager of women’s football
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The bold ban inspired by Wimbledon, means females will now wear coloured shorts.

The AFL received numerous reports of women and girls not wanting to participate in the sport because of worry tied to their period.

Now, they’re breaking down those barriers.

“Australian football has progressed since the introduction of AFLW, and this change of policy showcases the commitment to the integration of women’s football and its unique needs.”

NICOLE LIVINGSTONE- AFL GENERAL MANAGER OF WOMEN’S FOOTBALL

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Saudi Arabia signs Huawei deal during historic visit by President Xi

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Saudi Arabia and China are deepening their ties during President Xi Jinping’s visit to the Kingdom

Chinese President Xi Jinping received a lavish welcome as he forged a fresh partnership with King Salman of Saudi Arabia.

The pair signed a memorandum of understanding with Huawei Technologies, which covers cloud computing, and the possibility for high-tech infrastructure in Saudi Arabia.

The U.S. has raised concerns over security risks linked to the Chinese company’s technology.

Xi said Beijing sees Riyadh as “an important force in the multipolar world”.

He explained China and the Arabian region will “continue to hold high the banner of non-interference in internal affairs”.

President Xi’s vehicle was escorted to the king’s palace by members of the Saudi Royal Guard.

They were carrying Chinese and Saudi flags, before the two leaders sat down for a banquet.

U.S. National Security spokesperson, John Kirby said it is “not a surprise” that President Xi is travelling abroad, after his recent visit to Indonesia for the G20 Summit.

“We are mindful of the influence that China is trying to grow around the world. The Middle East is certainly one of those regions where they want to deepen their level of influence,” he said.

The two nations also signed 34 historic deals in relation to green energy, information technology, transport, and construction.

It is understood the agreements amount to $30 billion.

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Brittney Griner-Viktor Bout exchange leaves former U.S. Marine in Russia

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Former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan left behind by Biden administration during two separate prisoner exchanges with Kremlin

The United States government on Thursday completed a prisoner exchange with Russia after months of negotiations that resulted in the release of Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout for American women’s basketball athlete Brittney Griner.

The professional athlete was arrested in Russia in February 2022 after airport officials discovered cannabis oil in her vape cartridges.

Meanwhile, Bout is known as the ‘Merchant of Death’ and many critics say he is still a very dangerous man and was too great a prize to give Russia.

Additionally, former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan has been left behind by the Biden administration for a second time. Initially, the Biden administration was working to release both Griner and Whelan for the Bout who has served 11 years of a 25-year conviction.

But, the Kremlin ultimately handed the U.S. the choice of only Griner’s return or no deal at all.

In Russian custody for nearly four years, Whelan was convicted on charges of espionage and spying for the U.S. government. The 52-year-old was sentenced to 16 years in prison and remains imprisoned at a labor camp.

Both Whelan and the U.S. deny the charges.

U.S. President Joe Biden was asked about why Whelan was left behind. He said, “

Whelan’s brother told media outlets he is hopeful the Biden administration will also secure the release of his brother soon.

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