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Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, has died at the age of 96. Prince Charles, 73, heir to the throne since the age of three, is now king, and the Duchess of Cornwall is now Queen Consort. In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon [Thursday]. The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.” The royal family’s official website carried the message: “Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022” along with the official statement issued by Buckingham Palace. As Queen of the UK and 14 other realms, and head of the 54-nation Commonwealth, Elizabeth II was easily the world’s most recognisable head of state during an extraordinarily long reign. The duke’s death came during one of the most turbulent times for the Queen and her family, when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex quit as senior working royals and decamped to the US to seek freedom and the ability to earn their own money – Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, dies aged 96 (The Guardian UK edition ~ UK – UK politics – Queen Elizabeth II)
Liz Truss, the next prime minister of the United Kingdom, is a political chameleon who has gone from a radical who called for the abolition of the monarchy to a flag-bearer of the Euroskeptic right wing of the Conservative Party. Truss, who was only elected to parliament in 2010, has – in a relatively short period of time – established herself as a political force of nature who pursues her agenda with relentless vigor and unequivocal enthusiasm. But after a decades-long transformation that has seen her personal views change enormously, many will be asking what exactly Britain’s new leader stands for. Many who have observed her over the years question whether she has any sincere beliefs at all, or if she simply endorses whatever is the most convenient at the time. To say that Truss, 47, has been on a political journey would be an understatement. She was born in 1975 into a family that she herself has described as “to the left of Labour,” Britain’s main left-wing party. She grew up in parts of the UK that didn’t traditionally vote Conservative, moving between Scotland and the north of England. In contrast with her privately educated cabinet colleagues, Truss went to a state school in the Yorkshire city of Leeds, and later won a place at Oxford University. There she was an active member of the Liberal Democrats, a centrist opposition party that has long been an effective opponent to the Conservatives in large parts of England – Liz Truss wins race to be Britain’s new leader (CNN ~ World)
CNN — At least 65 people are confirmed dead after an earthquake hit China’s southwestern Sichuan province on Monday, according to Chinese broadcaster CCTV. Aftershocks were still being felt on Tuesday, state media said, a day after the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said a 6.6-magnitude quake shook the region southwest of Sichuan’s capital Chengdu around 1 p.m. Monday. So far 248 injuries have been reported and at least 12 people remain missing, according to state media. Images showed rescue workers carrying injured residents over makeshift bridges in Luding County, near the quake’s epicenter – Earthquake death toll rises to 65 in Sichuan, China as aftershocks rattle province (CNN ~ World)
A manhunt is underway for one of two brothers suspected in a mass stabbing that left 10 dead and 18 injured across multiple locations in Saskatchewan, Canada. Investigators with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said while there were reports that suspect Myles Sanderson may have been spotted at James Smith Cree Nation on Tuesday, further investigation found he is not in the community. Police advised those in the area to seek shelter and not to approach him. “As the whereabouts of Myles Sanderson remain unknown, the emergency alert is active for the entire province and we continue to urge the public to take appropriate precautions,” RCMP Saskatchewan tweeted Tuesday. The potential sighting comes two days after a spree of violence that spanned 13 crime scenes in an Indigenous community and a nearby rural village, according to authorities. Less than three hours after the first attack was reported, authorities identified the suspects as Sanderson, 30, and his brother Damien Sanderson – Second suspect in Saskatchewan mass stabbing is still at large after his brother was found dead (CNN ~ US)