Good morning. It’s Friday, 1 July, and here’s a wrap of the latest news.
John Barilaro withdraws from New York job
His resignation follows evidence from Ms Brown to a state parliament inquiry as to how he got the job, and whether due process was followed.
“We found out it was in fact a decision of government all along, communicated by Mr Barilaro’s own office. This just keeps getting murkier and murkier. We need to get to the bottom of it.
Emmanuel Macron to host Anthony Albanese
“France is a power in Europe, but is also a Pacific power.”
Ukraine recovers control of Snake Island
The Ukraine army says it has reconquered the island.
Snake Island became a symbol of Ukrainian resistance in the first days of the war. It was also a strategic target, sitting aside shipping lanes near Ukraine’s port of Odessa. Source: AAP / EPA
Russia says it had decided to withdraw from the outcrop as a “gesture of goodwill” to show it was not obstructing United Nations efforts to open a humanitarian corridor allowing grains to be shipped from Ukraine.
But without it, the Russian navy is unlikely to be able to control Ukraine’s southwestern coast.
Xi Jinping arrives in Hong Kong
The last time President Xi was in Hong Kong was five years ago, before the pro-democracy protests of 2019, during which China took control over the territory.
“After the wind and rain, Hong Kong has risen from the ashes, and also demonstrated a high level of vigour and vitality.”
Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn into Supreme Court
Ms Jackson is the 116th justice on the court and its first female black woman.
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson speaks next to US President Joe Biden. Source: ABACA / Gripas Yuri/ABACA/PA
She is joining the court at a time when its legitimacy and popularity is under fire because of the appointment of conservative justices who have begun dismantling established legal precedents like Roe versus Wade, which the right has wanted to abolish for decades, and the support Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife Ginni offered to the supporters of Donald Trump in the January 6 attack on the capitol.