Good morning. It’s Thursday 19th May, and here’s a round-up of the latest news.
Martial law in Ukraine set to continue
Finland and Sweden officially apply to join NATO
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the applications are a historic step.
Scott Morrison clarifies China relationship
The prime minister says he thinks the people-to-people relationships between Australia and China are very strong.
“And this is what we want to see happen into the future. But at the same time, Australia will always stand up to the liberties and the freedoms and the things that are very important to us, and we can’t have a situation where any other government from any other country, including the Chinese government, would seek to coerce Australia.”
Officials discuss journalist shooting
Veteran journalist Shireen Abu Aqla. Credit: Al Jazeera
The Palestinian Authority, which administers parts of the West Bank and cooperates with Israel on security matters, has condemned what it said was a “shocking crime” committed by Israeli forces.
Mr Hoekstra says an independent investigation is essential.
Voluntary Assisted Dying law debates to continue
Debate on the bill was adjourned at midnight last night in the Legislative Council, reportedly after a marathon session of eight hours to consider amendments.
The bill will then return to the Legislative Assembly for final endorsement.
Workers killed in India factory
Authorities are investigating the cause of the collapse, while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his thoughts are with the bereaved families.
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