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SBS News Morning Briefing: 23 June 2022

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

At least 1,000 people were killed and 1,500 injured .
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Paktika province in the south-east of the country, near the town of Khost.

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.

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“We have supply trucks on the road, we’re entering some of the communities but not all of them,” he told SBS News.
“Some of these communities up in the mountains don’t have good roads, so that’s a challenge.
“In addition, due to the poverty and simple life in these villages, you do not have sophisticated equipment to pass through the rubble and get people out.”

The death toll is expected to rise as relief efforts continue.

Australia and India strengthen advocacy and link climate change

Federal Defense Minister Richard Marles has promised greater cooperation with India on climate change and defense, following a meeting with his Indian counterpart.
The Deputy Prime Minister received an honor guard in New Delhi during a four-day visit to India to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two nations.

India’s defense minister, Rajnath Singh, said there are several reasons why strong ties between the two countries will be beneficial.

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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.

“Bilateral defense cooperation is an important pillar of our comprehensive strategic partnership. Our close defense and security cooperation is an important factor in the stability of the Indo-Pacific region.”

Relations have deepened between Australia and India as both seek to balance China as the dominant Asian power.

Election results finalized

The federal election results were official, with all 151 low-seat seats declared.

The 47th parliament will have 47 new members, with 35 in the Chamber of Deputies and 12 in the Senate.

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The Western Australian O’Connor seat, won by Liberal candidate Rick Wilson, was the last to be declared a voter.
The newly elected members will travel to Canberra next week for an induction before the resumption of parliament next month.

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

after months of food, gas and electricity shortages.

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.

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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

The United Nations is urging the Australian government to send its citizens home as a matter of urgency .

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.

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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.

“The Australian government has a clear international obligation to bring citizens home, including children,” he told SBS News.

“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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