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100 days of Ukraine war: How a war between two countries has changed the world

In the 1960s, meteorologist and pioneer of chaos theory Edward Lorenz determined that a butterfly flapping its wings could influence the path of a distant tornado several weeks away. Thus was born what has come to be called the "butterfly effect", the idea that a localised event can have a huge impact far away and cause lasting damage.

It is an apt metaphor for the economic and geopolitical consequences of Russia's war on Ukraine. 

Even though the two countries each account for less than 2 per cent of global gross domestic product, the war between them is already sending ripples across the world economy.

It is impacting economic growth, inflation, food and energy markets, supply chains, financial systems, transportation networks and geopolitics.


Chaotic shooting incident in Tennessee leaves three dead

At least three people were killed and more than a dozen injured early Sunday in a Tennessee city after gunfire erupted and fleeing vehicles struck bystanders, police said.

The bloody incident came barely two hours after a separate mass shooting in Philadelphia left three dead and 11 wounded.

"At this time we can confirm 14 gunshot victims and three victims that were struck by vehicles that were attempting to flee the scene," Chattanooga Police Chief Celeste Murphy told reporters.


As Britons thank Queen Elizabeth for 70 years, monarchy looks to future

While millions watched the Platinum Jubilee festivities to thank Queen Elizabeth and reflect on her 70 years on the British throne, for the monarchy itself, the four-day celebrations have also very much been about looking to the future.

From parades in London and a party outside Buckingham Palace to a Service of Thanksgiving, many in Britain have been paying affectionate tributes to a 96-year-old who has reigned longer than any of her predecessors in 1,000 years.

But the queen's absence at many of the Jubilee events because of health issues meant the celebration of her reign provided a focus on the next monarchs, her son Prince Charles and his son William.


Republican Liz Cheney warns US democracy remains under threat

Republican US Representative Liz Cheney warned that the nation's democratic system is threatened by ongoing efforts to deny the legitimacy of Donald Trump's 2020 election loss.

"People must pay attention. People must watch, and they must understand how easily our democratic system can unravel if we don't defend it," Cheney said during an interview broadcast on CBS Sunday Morning, days before Congress' official probe of the Jan 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol begins public hearings.

Cheney, a vocal critic of Trump who voted to impeach him, is one of two Republicans serving on the committee.


Tennis: Nadal wins record-extending 14th French Open title

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Rafael Nadal won a record-extending 14th French Open by crushing Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-3 6-3 6-0 on Sunday to claim an all-time best men’s singles 22nd Grand Slam title.

The 36-year-old Spaniard, who has lost only three times at Roland Garros since his debut in 2005, now has two more majors to his name than Swiss Roger Federer and world number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia.

Nadal, seeded fifth, cruised through the opening set and bagged 11 games in a row after being broken early in the second.


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