Good morning. It’s Thursday 23rd June, and here’s a round up of the latest news.
At least 1,000 people killed in Afghan earthquake
The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund’s Samantha Mort said the humanitarian agency is finding it hard to reach people who need urgent help.
The death toll is expected to rise as rescue efforts continue.
Australia and India boost defence and climate change ties
India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said there are several reasons why strong ties between the two countries will be beneficial.
Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Richard Marles has held talks with Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi. Source: AP / Manish Swarup
“(We) recently concluded Free Trade Agreement, commerce, joins cultural and people-to-people relations,” he said.
Relations have deepened between Australia and India as both seek to balance China as the dominant Asian power.
Election results finalised
The 47th parliament will have 47 new members, with 35 in the House of Representatives and 12 in the Senate.
The new Labor government will have 77 lower house seats, the Coalition will have 58, and the Greens four.
Sri Lanka’s economy collapses
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe delivered an announcement to parliament on Wednesday, highlighting the South Asian country’s situation, and calling on international leaders and lenders for help.
Officials from the International Monetary Fund are visiting Sri Lanka to discuss a rescue package.
UN urges government to help Australian women and children trapped in Syria camps
Conversations with the new Albanese administration about evacuating women and children from the country have begun, and a meeting is set for the coming weeks.
Women and children walk at the Roj camp, where relatives of people suspected of belonging to the self-proclaimed IS group are held in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province. Source: AFP / DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP via Getty Images
UN representative for counter-terrorism and human rights Fionnuala Ni Aolain said the Australian government has a responsibility to its citizens stuck in the war-torn country.
“It behoves this new government to take those obligations seriously, and to commit and to react speedily to the opportunity to bring them home as quickly as possible.”