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U.S VP: ‘If we don’t stand up for our democracy, I mean, what do we have left worth fighting for?’

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Just days into her new role of advancing voter protections, Vice President Kamala Harris has advocated to her fellow American’s fundamental election rights.

It comes off the back of President Joe Biden announcing last week that he asked Harris to lead these efforts, over his administration’s concerns that voter rights are under assault.

Harris’s new role involves overseeing the progress of the “John Lewis Voting Rights Act” and the “For the People Act”, both of which may not pass despite Democratic majorities.

“These laws that are being passed are so transparently going to have the effect of impeding, suppressing and making it more difficult for people to vote,” Harris said during a news conference in Mexico City.

The bills follow Biden’s urgent efforts to reverse increasingly restrictive voting laws in Republican-controlled states.

Harris believes the right to vote is the cornerstone of who Americans say they are.

Harris says she will visit U.S/Mexico border

During her first international trip, Harris addressed U.S. President Joe Biden’s goals to curb migration at the southern border, naming the most pressing causes of migration from the Central America.

Mike Shanley, CEO, Aid Connect Data breaks down Harris Administration policy to address the migration issue at the US/Mexico border.

Harris, currently on the second half of her international tour of Guatemala and Mexico, recently told migrants “not to come to U.S”

This was said at a press conference with Guatemala’s president, Alejandro Giammattei, the former California senator spoke about investigating corruption and human trafficking in Central America.

“It’s an interesting statement because it definitely pushed the administration a bit more towards the centre. I know with with the administration came in on the right, there was some concerns that the policies would be too far left,” Shanley says.

“With comments like that, it definitely looks like they’re looking to move the policy more towards the centre, especially we’re past the 100 days mark.”

“In the US. We’ve already started the talks of the next election cycle for 2022. So, you know, comments like that. One consideration is always the next election cycle, and it’ll be the midterms, but how that’s going to affect congressional races and obviously, they would like the democrats to maintain a majority in both houses,” Mike concluded.

Will the foreign aid go directly to the Central American governments?

What role does the US hope Mexico will play?

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Climate Change

Australia places honeybees in lockdown

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Honeybees in Australia are in lockdown after a deadly parasite was discovered in Sydney

A parasite has been found to weaken and kill bee colonies, which could threaten the already-scarce bee population.

Australian bees have been into lockdown, which means beekeepers are not allowed to move hives, bees or honeycombs until further notice from biosecurity.

Local authorities say swift measures are being taken to contain the disease.

“We have immediately launched an eradication plan which involved setting up a biosecurity zone, containing the infected hives and euthanising the bees.”

NSW Agriculture Minister Dugald Saunders

Until now, Australia is one of a few continents who did not have the varroa destructor, which can attach itself to the body of a bee and weaken its fat.

Nearly one-third of Australia’s food production relies on bee pollination. But the outbreak could cost the honey industry millions of dollars.

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Crypto

North Korea bears the brunt of the crypto market crash

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The crypto market crash is impacting North Korea’s weapons programme

The recent crypto market crash has made its way to North Korea, where hackers are bearing the brunt.

The isolated country relies on stolen crypto to fund part of their weapons program.

But as crypto holdings drop by millions of dollars, the nation is reportedly scrambling to find new ways to fund Pyongyang’s missile plans.

KCNA

North Korea has ramped up its stolen crypto assets in recent times leading to one of the largest cryptocurrency heists on record earlier this year.

Hackers allegedly stole $615 million worth of crypto prompting the U.S. tplace a warning about potential workers who are hiding their identities to find jobs abroad.

Meanwhile, crypto holdings have decreased in value with the market sliding below $1 trillion for the first time since January 2021.

Katerina Kostakos contributed to this report

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Ukraine Crisis

Sean Penn visits President Zelensky in Kyiv

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Sean Penn is the latest celebrity to travel to Ukraine and meet with President Zelensky

Actor Sean Penn is reportedly creating a documentary on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

He is seeking to visit the war-torn areas where Russian troops have allegedly committed war crimes.

The leader thanked Penn for his support during the meeting. It comes a week after Zelensky met with Hollywood star Ben Stiller, who was visiting for humanitarian reasons.

“The whole world will soon be able to see the whole truth about the war thanks to his film. Sean, thank you for the support of our state and our people.”

UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY

Meanwhile, fresh vision has emerged of a Russian missile strike on a crowded shopping mall in the country’s east.

It’s understood 18 people are dead, and dozens are still missing. Moscow says it struck a nearby arms depot and is claiming the mall was empty at the time.

The blast sent shockwaves around surrounding areas, where people can be seen running away from the areas of impact.

Meanwhile, President Zelensky is calling Russia a terrorist state. He urged his U.N. counterparts to stand up and pay their respects, as he dialled in for urgent talks.

“Who of you does not agree that this is terrorism?”

UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY

Zelensky named victims of the war, including a three-month-old. He also drew on the U.N. Charter for maintaining international peace and security.

Meanwhile, Russia’s representatives expressed concern about President Zelensky’s speech. Dmitry Polyanskiy says he did not receive any consultation beforehand.

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