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World leaders put differences aside for Queen’s funeral



In a rare occasion, world leaders are expected to come together for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, despite their differences

There are very few people in the world who can bring countries together, to put their differences aside. However, Queen Elizabeth II is the exception.

World leaders will unite for Her Majesty’s funeral, even if it’s only momentarily.

Her Majesty’s funeral will be a sombre day for millions, despite nationality or location. 

World leaders are set to put their differences aside, to remember the longest-reigning monarch. 

The Queen’s funeral will be the most important gathering of world leaders since J.F. Kennedy’s funeral in 1963. 

The funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey, in London. In what is set to be one of the UK’s biggest police operations in history.

The security detail of this moment has been planned for years, with patrol on the ground and snipers in the sky. 

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Strict rules for world leaders

There are strict rules for world leaders attending the funeral, and will most likely be rules they’re not accustomed to. 

British authorities have put a ban on private jets and have advised world leaders to use commercial planes instead.

They have also advised against private cars and will instead organise for leaders to be bussed to the funeral.

Numbers for each leader are limited to the head of state or their designated representative and significant other.

Air Force One will carry U.S. President Biden, yet there’s no word if Former President Trump will get an invite. 

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September 19, 2022 will be a day like no other, when differences are momentarily put to rest, to pay respect to Queen Elizabeth II.

The coffin will travel from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy.

King Charles III and key members of the royal family will walk behind the coffin.

Her Majesty will be laid to rest in the royal vault, beside her mother and father and her sisters ashes.

And at last, Her Majesty will be reunited with her husband, Prince Philip. 

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“TikTok represents two national risks to Australians”: should you delete the app?



Democracies continue to ban popular video-sharing app TikTok over national security concerns

Australia recently banned TikTok from all federal government owned devices over security concerns.

Canberra is the latest in a string of U.S.-backed allies to take action against the popular video-sharing app.

The ban centres around concerns China could use the app to trace users’ data, and undermine democratic values.

Senator James Paterson is the Australian Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security, who said TikTok poses a risk to Australians.

“They can get access to awful amount of information on your phone.

“Because it’s beholden to the Chinese Communist Party, there’s no guarantee it won’t fall into their hands,” he said.

Senator Paterson said there are “six or seven million Australians who use the app.”

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Cyber attacks are on the rise, so what is being done to combat them?



Australia experienced two of its worst cyber attacks on record last year, as the world braces for cyber warfare to rise

Ukraine has suffered a threefold growth in cyber-attacks over the past year.

Viktor Zhora is leading Ukraine’s State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection agency, who said cyber attacks are occurring at the same time as missile strikes at the hands of Russia.

Mr Zhora said in some cases, the cyber-attacks are “supportive to kinetic effects”.

On the other side of the planet, Russian hackers were responsible for Australia’s Medibank scandal.

“This is a crime that has the potential to impact on millions of Australians and damage a significant Australian business,” said Reece Kershaw, who is the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police.

Australian Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security is James Paterson, who said Australia can learn from cyber warfare in Ukraine.

“Ukraine is a lesson for the world.

“They are fighting a hybrid war, one on the ground and one online. If there is to be future conflict including in our own region, in the Indo-Pacific, it’s highly likely that the first shots in that war will occur cyber domain not in the physical world,” Senator Paterson said.

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America focused on “dominance, leadership and primacy” in China spat



Former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr says the United States relationship with China is focused on dominance, leadership and primacy.

“Mind your own business” – it’s the stinging message to the West from China’s defence minister.

Li Shangfu told a security conference that China has “one of the best peace records” among major countries.

He lashed out at the so-called rules-based system. Asking – “who made the rules?”

The world is watching China amidst heightened international anxiety.

But while China’s Defence minister says Beijing’s preference is “peaceful unification” with Taiwan, he added that China will never “promise to renounce the use of force.”

Delegates from the Philippines, Vietnam, the Netherlands, the United States and Germany asked about the “apparent disconnect between China’s words and actions”.

But in some of those countries, there is growing concern about America’s increasing level of unpredictability.

Australia’s former Foreign minister Bob Carr is concerned that Canberra had mismanaged the relationship with America under successive governments. #featured #world #china

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