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Timetable to replace Boris Johnson is set

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The race to enter Downing Street to become the new Tory leader is set to begin

The race to choose a new Conservative leader – and therefore the new prime minister of the United Kingdom – will start on Tuesday 12 July.

And the date this new leader will be known, and Mr Johnson will be leaving Downing Street?

That will be September 5.

DOWNING STREET

A crowded field of 11 candidates have put their hats in the ring so far.

Liz Truss, the former Foreign Secretary, was the latest to declare after she contributed an article in the UK’s Telegraph newspaper on Monday.

The outgoing prime minister – Boris Johnson – has so far refused to endorse any candidate.

“I wouldn’t want to damage anybody’s chances by offering my support.”

BORIS JOHNSON, RESIGNED UK PRIME MINISTER

Tax cuts seem to be the order of the day.

Every candidate who is standing has said that tax cuts would be part of their platform in one way or another.

The justifications centre on their desires to tackle the cost of living crisis.

But Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has hit out at the Tory leadership campaign, referring to the tax cuts as “fantasy economics.”

“Over the weekend, the contenders have made more than £200bn of unfunded spending commitments. Let that sink in” 

SIR KEIR STARMER, UK LABOUR LEADER

11 candidates are current running.

This includes Rishi Sunak – who was Chancellor of the Exchequer during Boris Johnson’s tenure as Prime Minister.

RISHI SUNAK, CURRENTLY IN THE UNOFFICIAL LEAD. RISHI SUNAK WAS CHANCELLOR DURING THE PANDEMIC AND FOR MUCH OF BORIS JOHNSON’S TENURE

Various polls published across multiple UK newspapers have Rishi Sunak as the current favourite – and the final battle will be between Rishi Sunak – and whoever is left to face him.

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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Why ‘zombie viruses’ could be the next biggest public threat

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A new report reveals the world will see an increase in so-called ‘zombie viruses’ that are emerging beneath us

A new report by scientists at the French National Center for Scientific Research has revealed the global threat of ‘zombie viruses.’ As climate change continues to take effect, the earth is undeniably getter hotter.

Global warming essentially means significant areas of permafrost are now melting. Permafrost is a frozen layer on or under the Earth’s surface, holding beneath it millions of ‘zombie viruses’ not seen in millions of years.

The now melting permafrost means it is lifting the veil on potentially dangerous microbes that human kind isn’t prepared for.

In Siberia, the scientists uncovered a ‘zombie virus’ which they believe is 50,000 years old. This would be the oldest age of a frozen virus returning to life and able to infect.

Researchers are concerned about the global health impact if the earth continues to warm at its current rate.

 

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Urgent health warning for Australian gardeners following death of Sydney woman

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An urgent health warning for Australian gardeners following the death of a 60-year-old woman

Health authorities in Sydney are on high alert, after a woman was killed while handling potting mix.

The 60-year-old inhaled bacteria from the mix, causing her to fall sick with Legionnaires’ disease.

While, it is common to find the bacteria in potting mix, it can also be found in air conditioning vents and water systems.

Symptoms to look out for include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches and shortness of breath.

Experts are now urging gardeners to wear a face mask and gloves when in the garden.

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Violence erupts across China over lockdowns

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There have been more protests on the streets of Shanghai, as frustrations rise over China’s strict Zero Covid policy.

Demonstrations are also spreading to other cities following a deadly apartment fire in the far west of the country – with some linking the tragedy to the continued lockdowns.

Hundreds have taken to the streets in eight cities in China after the tragedy was blamed on Xi Jinping’s draconian zero-Covid lockdown.

From Beijing to Shanghai, the deaths have led to protests across China and police have descended onto the streets to keep order as tensions boil over.

Video on social media showed hundreds of workers marching on a road and confronted by riot police as well as people wearing hazmat suits.

The protest turned violent — footage shared with AFP and captured by a factory worker showed one person lying inert on the ground next to a man in a blood-spattered jacket having his head bound in an apparent effort to staunch a wound.

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