Hello. It’s Thursday, June 23rd, and here’s a series of updates.
At least 1,000 people have been killed in the earthquake in Afghanistan
Samantha Mort, the UN’s International Children’s Emergency Fund, says the humanitarian agency has found it difficult to find people in need of urgent help.
The death toll is expected to rise as relief efforts continue.
Australia and India strengthen advocacy and link climate change
India’s defense minister, Rajnath Singh, said there are several reasons why strong ties between the two countries will be beneficial.
Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Richard Marles held talks with Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi. Source: AP / Manish Swarup
“(We) recently concluded the Free Trade Agreement, trade, enter into cultural relations with people-to-people,” he said.
Relations have deepened between Australia and India as both seek to balance China as the dominant Asian power.
Election results finalized
The 47th parliament will have 47 new members, with 35 in the Chamber of Deputies and 12 in the Senate.
The new Labor government will have 77 seats in the lower house, the Coalition will have 58, and the Greens four.
Sri Lanka’s economy has collapsed
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made an announcement to parliament on Wednesday, highlighting the situation in South Asia, and urging international leaders and lenders for help.
IMF officials are visiting Sri Lanka to discuss a relief package.
The United Nations has called on the government to help Australian women and children stranded in Syrian camps
Talks have begun with the new Albanian administration on the evacuation of women and children in the country, and a meeting is set for the coming weeks.
Women and children are marching in the Roj camp, where the families of those suspected of belonging to IS groups are being held in Hasakah province in northeastern Syria. Source: AFP / DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP via Getty Images
UN anti-terrorism and human rights representative Fionnuala Ni Aolain said the Australian government had a responsibility to its citizens who were stranded in the war-torn country.
“It is up to this new government to take these obligations seriously, and to commit to and react swiftly to the opportunity to bring them home as soon as possible.”
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