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(FILES) Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a political event at the Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Experience in Portage, Michigan, on July 17, 2024. Joe Biden on July 21, 2024 dropped out of the US presidential election and endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris as the Democratic Party's new nominee, in a stunning move that upends an already extraordinary 2024 race for the White House. Biden, 81, said he was acting in the "best interest of my party and the country" by bowing to weeks of pressure after a disastrous June debate against Donald Trump stoked worries about his age and mental fitness. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP)

Biden out, endorses Kamala Harris

After a disastrous debate and other missteps, US President Joe Biden has ended his bid for re-election, endorsing VP Kamala Harris as the Democrats’ best chance to beat Donald Trump

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Mark Knight cartoon for Herald Sun, July 15, 2024

Trump’s reaction changes history

Seconds after US presidential hopeful Donald Trump survived the assassination attempt in Pennsylvania, he seized the moment. Mark Knight’s cartoon captures him walking away not as a victim but as the clear election frontrunner

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Labour Leader Keir Starmer celebrates winning the 2024 General Election with a speech at Tate Modern on July 05, 2024 in London, England. Labour is on course to win a landslide victory in the 2024 General Election. Starmer addresses the nation promising Country first, Party second. (Photo by Ricky Vigil/Getty Images)

UK votes in new Prime Minister

Sir Keir Starmer will be sworn in as the UK’s new Prime Minister, ousting Rishi Sunak in a sweeping election win by Labour following 14 years of Conservative rule

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA : NewsWire Photos JUNE 24 2024: A general view of a Pharmacy in Sydney as Vapes will be made available at pharmacies without a prescription after the Albanese government struck a deal with the Greens that would soften a proposed retail ban on e-cigarettes. Picture: Newswire / Gaye Gerard

Chemists outraged by vape change

Pharmacy groups have slammed changes to a new law allowing people to purchase vapes at chemists without a doctor’s prescription, labelling such a sale ‘unethical’

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TOPSHOT - This handout courtesy of the WikiLeaks X account @wikileaks posted on June 25, 2024 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange looking out of the window as his plane from London approaches Bangkok for a layover at Don Mueang International Airport in the Thai capital. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been released from prison in Britain and is set to face a final court hearing after reaching a plea deal with US authorities that brings to a close his years-long legal drama. A charter plane flew the 52-year-old from London to Bangkok, where it made a scheduled stop to refuel. (Photo by WikiLeaks / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Courtesy of the WikiLeaks X account @wikileaks  " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

Julian Assange granted freedom

After a controversial case spanning 14 years, the founder of WikiLeaks has returned home to Australia a free man. But who is Julian Assange and why was he imprisoned for so many years?

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French citizens are planning a controversial protest against the government's expensive plan to clean up the Seine River in Paris for the 2024 Olympic Games. The protest involves a mass "defecation flashmob" in the river. https://x.com/PRussiet/status/1793594658570006604

Parisians’ Olympic pooping protest

Angry protesters in Paris have threatened to cause a major stink ahead of the Olympics after water testing showed the River Seine was still too polluted for athletes to compete in its waters

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Olivier Rioux is producing scary basketball highlights. Photo: X.

How tall is the world’s tallest teen?

At 18, he’s taller than the NBA’s tallest player, he can slam dunk without jumping and he just broke his own height record. But, just how tall is the world’s tallest teen?

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Mark Knight cartoon, June 20

Dutton sparks nuclear reactions

Cartoonist Mark Knight suggests cool heads are needed in the nuclear power debate after Liberal leader Peter Dutton’s policy announcement sent the political landscape into instant meltdown

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Prince Louis of Wales during Trooping the Colour on June 15, 2024 in London, England. Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the British Monarch. The event features over 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses. More than 400 musicians from ten different bands and Corps of Drums march and perform in perfect harmony. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Prince Louis fires back at big sis

Cheeky Prince Louis was up to his old tricks at the Trooping the Colour parade in London – big sister Princess Charlotte was not amused but the little prince was having none of it

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 16: EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO BOOK COVERS Taylor Swift performs at Melbourne Cricket Ground on February 16, 2024 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/TAS24/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management)

Scottish fans trigger seismic Swift

Swifties in Scotland danced so hard through Tay Tay’s Eras they made the earth move, setting off earthquake monitors 6km away and generating power equivalent to about 6000 car batteries

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A handout photograph taken and released on June 11, 2024 by British animal activist movement Animal Rising shows the new official portrait of King Charles III, painted by British artist Jonathan Yeo, covered with the face of animation character Wallace, as the painting was displayed at the Philip Mould gallery, on Pall Mall, central London. Protestors on June 11, 2024 covered an official portrait of King Charles III with the face of the eccentric, cheese-loving animation character Wallace to campaign for better animal welfare on farms. Activists said the protest was aimed at raising awareness about practises at Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) certified farms. (Photo by Animal Rising / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /  Animal Rising " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS /

Wallace pasted over King’s portrait

King Charles’ first official portrait has been vandalised by vegans angry about the treatment of animals on RSCPA-approved farms as the monarch launches a new burger menu at Sandringham

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FOR KIDS NEWS. A study of ancient Egyptian skulls has changed the way we think about the history of cancer treatment. Picture: Dr Edgard Camarós

Surprise Ancient Egypt cancer find

A new study has shown Ancient Egyptians may have performed surgery to treat cancer as far back as 4000 years ago after hi-tech equipment detected cut marks in an ancient skull

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Winston, a Black Labrador Retriever, was specifically selected and trained by Guide Dogs WA to attend the Perth Children’s Court building

Wonderdog Winston calms kids in court

As part of an Australian-first study, Winston the black labrador is helping reduce stress and trauma felt by children before they testify in court — one pat or cuddle at a time

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mark Knight cartoon on Donald Trump's mug shot

Trump’s presidential prison portrait

With Trump found guilty of all 34 charges of falsifying business records, cartoonist Mark Knight revisits a toon created nine months ago imagining Trump as the first US president in prison

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D-Day feature, June 2024 BAYEUX, FRANCE. C. 1944-07. INFORMAL GROUP OF SPITFIRE PILOTS OF NO. 453 SQUADRON RAAF, OUTSIDE A CAFE IN THE TOWN WITH SQUADRON COMMANDING OFFICER 413296 SQUADRON LEADER D. H. SMITH, VICTOR HARBOR (HARBOUR), SA, STANDING IN THE CENTRE OF THE GROUP. THEY MADE A SIGHT SEEING TOUR OF BAYEUX AS SOON AS THEY WERE GIVEN A REST FROM PATROLLING THE NORMANDY BATTLEFIELDS. (IDENTICAL IMAGE AS 042944)   Courtesy Australian War Memorial

Remembering D-Day, 80 years on

On the 80th anniversary of D-Day, when Allied forces stormed Normandy to reclaim Nazi occupied Europe, the little known stories of the Australian soldiers who fought are being celebrated