Good morning. It’s Friday 27th May, and here’s a round up of the latest news.
France ready to rebuild relationship with Australia, president says
Relations between Australia and France reached an all-time low last October when Mr Macron accused former prime minister Scott Morrison of lying about the termination of submarine contracts.
He says a roadmap will be established to structure this new agenda.
Antony Blinken outlines US three-pillar approach to China
In a much-anticipated speech at George Washington University, Mr Blinken outlined the Biden administration’s China policy, including a three-pillar approach to compete with Beijing in a race to define the 21st century’s economic and military balance.
Mr Blinken says that while the United States does not seek to change China’s political system, it does intend to work with allies and partners to defend the international, rules-based order.
Darren Chester confirms bid for Nationals leadership
Some accuse Mr Joyce of being electorally unpopular in inner-city seats, and of dragging the previous Government too far to the right.
Anne Webster has publicly declared her bid for the deputy leadership, with former leader Michael McCormack and Mr Littleproud also front runners.
Parents of Texas shooting victims say police didn’t act quickly enough
Videos have emerged that suggest up to an hour passed between the time the attack began and the moment specially trained officers breached the fourth-grade classroom where 18-year-old Salvador Ramos was killing people.
A law enforcement officer lights a candle outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, 25 May 2022. Source: AP / Jae C. Hong/AP
Javier Cazares, father of school shooting victim Jacklyn Cazares, says he believes authorities were not prepared.
The Texas massacre was the deadliest school shooting since the Sandy Hook massacre in December 2012, and has further inflamed debate over the country’s gun laws.
Russian forces continue to attack Donbas
Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar says the military situation there is difficult.