The Loop: UK government in chaos as UK Home Secretary resigns, Putin accused of trying to bully Ukrainians after martial law declared

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  • As the hard-hit regions of Echuca and Moama brace for further flooding, heavy rains are forecast for parts of New South Wales and Queensland which could lead to flash flooding.
  • Cybersecurity Minister Clare O’Neil says ransomware attack on Medibank and alleged deletion of customer data has been referred to Australian Federal Police for investigation
  • Former US President Donald Trump was filed in a libel suit filed by E. magazine columnist Jean Carroll
  • Relatives say Queensland rugby league player Liam Hampson died in an accident after friends reported him missing in Barcelona
  • Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced the appointment of former Defense Minister Kim Beazley to the Board of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra
  • UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman has resigned after having violated the ministerial code by sending an official document from his personal mailbox
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared martial law in the four regions of Ukraine that Russia has proclaimed annexed
  • US President Joe Biden responded to the statement, telling reporters that “the only tool Putin has is to brutalize Ukrainian citizens.”

By Kelsie Iorio

Just now: Independent review of COVID response says ‘mistakes were made’

An independent review has condemned Australia’s handling of COVID-19 pandemic, arguing that government health measures and policies lacked transparency and have further entrenched existing inequalities.

The review received submissions from more than 350 people and found governments were making decisions in a “fog of uncertainty”.

It also found that many Australian border closures and lockdowns were the result of political failures in quarantine and contact tracing.

Journalist Jessica Kidd presents the report in more detail here:

By Kelsie Iorio

Explained: The State of the British Government

By Kelsie Iorio

ICYMI: Chess sucks again

chess champ Hans Niemannthe opponent of at the American championships, fellow grandmaster Sam Sevian“decapitated” his king in the middle of a tournament.

It all seemed about to begin – Niemann was visibly annoyed before Sevian put the piece back on the wrong square – before the match was paused as a referee was called in to resolve the issue.

National Sports Editor James Coventry explain what happened:

By Kelsie Iorio

Just now: Kim Beazley’s appointment to the Australian War Memorial Council confirmed

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced the appointment of the former Labor defense minister Kim Beazley to Australian War Memorial Board in Canberra.

Former WA Governor will replace Brendon Nelson for three years.

By Kelsie Iorio

Just now: Trump impeached for defamation

Donald Trump was filed in a defamation lawsuit filed by a magazine columnist E.Jean Carrollsay his lawyers.

Ms Carroll says the former US president raped her in the mid-1990s in a department store dressing room.

“We are pleased that on behalf of our client, E. Jean Carroll, we were able to take the deposition of Donald Trump today. We are unable to comment further,” a spokesperson for the firm said. lawyers representing her.

Trump said Carroll’s rape allegation was “a hoax and a lie.”

Reports by AP

By Kelsie Iorio

Coming soon: SA stores may soon open earlier on Sundays

A bill to allow SA stores to open earlier on Sunday is expected to pass state parliament today.

If it passes, it will allow shops to open at 9 a.m. instead of 11 a.m. on Sundays from next month.

Under the amendments, late-night trades would also be permitted on black friday and the three weekdays preceding Christmas.

Changes are also underway for Boxing Day – previously only CBD stores could open, but the Minister for Industrial Relations Kyam Maher indicates that suburban shops (excluding large supermarkets) will also be allowed to trade.

By Kelsie Iorio

Live: Latest flood and weather updates from across the country

The blog dedicated to today’s weather and floods is online.

We have reporters from across the country bringing you the latest weather warnings, evacuation orders, flood cleanup and more.

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By Kelsie Iorio

ICYMI: 12th graders drop shitty day to help sandbags

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Just now: Australian footballer Liam Hampson dies in crash, family say

Relatives claim Redcliffe Dolphins player Liam Hampson died in an accident after friends reported him missing in Barcelona earlier this week.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has yet to confirm the 24-year-old’s death, and the Dolphins have yet to confirm any details.

He was on vacation with a group of friends, including Gold Coast Titans fullback AJ Brimson and Broncos back rower Jordan Riki.

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By Kelsie Iorio

Developing Story: Federal Police Investigate Medibank Private Hack

A message from pirates claiming to have stolen data from one of Australia’s largest health insurers was referred to the federal police.

Medibank Private was victim of a cyberattack last weekand the company has now received messages from a group asking to negotiate a ransom for allegedly stolen data.

Minister of the Interior Claire O’Neil says AFP and the Australian Signals Authority are working with the insurer to establish exactly what happened.

“The best people in the country are working with Medibank to try to prevent any harm from happening because of what happened here,” she says.

By Kelsie Iorio

ICYMI: This is a reminder to file your tax return

If you are filing your tax return yourself with the ATO, the deadline is October 31.

If you haven’t done so yet, here’s what you need to know (and how to avoid fines):

By Kelsie Iorio

ICYMI: Kangaroos starting roster announced for next World Cup game

Australia’s rookie-heavy squad to face Scotland in their second game of the Rugby World Cup has been confirmed:

They will play Saturday morning at 5:30 AEDT.

As we speak, the the cook islands are up 18-12 on Wales with about five minutes to go.

Update: Despite a final push from Wales, the match ended 18-12 against the Cook Islands.

By Kelsie Iorio

Overnight: UK Home Secretary resigns, hits out at government over exit

UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman resigned after violating the ministerial code by sending an official document from his personal email.

She is the second senior cabinet member to leave the Truss government last week, after the Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng resigned last Friday.

In her resignation letter, Ms Braverman took a thinly veiled shot to the government of Mrs Truss saying that she had “serious concerns” about the government’s ability to honor the commitments it made to voters in the last election.

Here’s more from the reporter jack hawk from London:

By Kelsie Iorio

ICYMI: Vladimir Putin declares martial law in annexed regions of Ukraine

If you missed it last night, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared martial law in the four regions of Ukraine that Russia has proclaimed annexed — Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.

His decree gave the forces of order three days to submit specific proposals and ordered the creation of territorial defense forces in the four annexed regions.

Putin did not immediately specify what steps would be taken under martial law, but said his order was effective from Thursday.

By Kelsie Iorio

Overnight: Biden accuses Putin of trying to ‘brutalize individual citizens’ in Ukraine

The American President Joe Biden responded to reports that Russia has declared martial law in the territories it claims to have annexed to Ukraine by saying that Vladimir Putin “is in an incredibly difficult position”.

Biden told reporters at the White House that “the only tool Putin has is to bully Ukrainian citizens, Ukrainian citizens to try to bully them into capitulating.”

Overnight, the Russian President declared martial law in the four regions of Ukraine annexed by Moscow.

By Kelsie Iorio

Preparing you for the day

Hello. You’re reading The Loop, a quick summary of the headlines from this Thursday October 20. Thanks for join us.

Making news so far today:

  • UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman has resigned in the latest blow to Prime Minister Liz Truss’ fledgling government
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared martial law in the four regions of Ukraine that Russia has proclaimed annexed
  • US President Joe Biden says statement shows Putin ‘is in an incredibly difficult position’

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