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Jessica Riga
Jessica Riga

Jessica Riga

Jessica Riga is a Digital Journalist with the national ABC News online team. She specialises in live blogging and explainer content, and has live blogged the COVID-19 pandemic, Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the 2022 Australian federal election. You can follow her on Twitter at @JessicaRiga.

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Donald Trump's original speech after the Capitol riot has been revealed. Here are the words he refused to say

When Donald Trump addressed the nation the day after the Capitol riots, he was reading from a script covered in edits. The January 6 committee have now revealed the words he refused to say.
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A composite image of Donald Trump next to his original January 7 speech, where lines have been crossed out. 

Trump 'preyed on his supporters' patriotism', January 6 committee hears — as it happened

In the eighth hearing, the January 6 committee focused on what former US president Donald Trump was doing while rioters stormed the Capitol. Two former aides testified about their decisions to resign on January 6 — as it happened.
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A composite image of January 6 Capitol Hill rioters and Donald Trump

MPs and ordinary voters no longer have a say in who becomes Britain's next PM. Here's what happens next

Only a small section of the British public will decide who gets to lead the country following Boris Johnson's resignation. So who are they and who will they vote for?
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Boris Johnson gestures to journalists and photographers as he leaves 10 Downing Street

Mask mandates are not among the PM's 'four keys' to tackling the COVID wave — as it happened

Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly encourages Australians to wear masks in most settings, but governments stop short of declaring mandates.
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A woman wears a white face mask while working on her computer.

Tanya Plibersek says the government will protect 30 per cent of land by 2030 — as it happened

Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek has addressed National Press Club following a five-yearly report into Australia's climate, which she has described as "shocking" — as it happened.
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A woman speaks at a lectern

See who's still alive in the race to replace Boris Johnson after the final elimination vote

The race to replace British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the leader of the Conservative Party has narrowed, with the top two contenders being decided.
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A graphic showing Rishi and Liz are still in the running, while Penny is now out.

PM says COVID emergency payments will return so 'people aren't left behind' — as it happened

The government resumes $750 payments, which had ended two weeks ago, to those forced to isolate or care for someone with COVID-19.
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State and territory leaders sit in a row at a curved desk, with Albanese at the centre and others flanking him.

From The White Lotus and Euphoria to Severance and Hacks: Your quick guide to best shows you haven't seen yet

There's a lot of great television out there. Too much, in fact. So here's your — spoiler free, of course — shortcut guide to the best shows on television to help you navigate the cluttered streaming services.
Composite image of actors from Euphoria, The White Lotus and Succession.

Experts tell us all about the new images of our cosmos from NASA's telescope — as it happened

Can't get enough of NASA's mind-blowing new images captured by their James Webb Space Telescope? Our experts unpacked the latest discoveries in our cosmos.
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A red cliff of stars gives way to a dark night sky and swirling galaxies crash together

NASA's first image from the James Webb Space Telescope shows details of 'earliest galaxies' — as it happened

US President Joe Biden and NASA chief Bill Nelson reveal the first image from NASA's new space telescope, the deepest view of the cosmos ever captured.
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President Joe Biden listens during a briefing from NASA officials about the first images from the Webb Space Telescope.

Boris Johnson resigns from top job, says 'no-one is remotely indispensible' — as it happened

Boris Johnson has resigned as leader of the Conservative Party and will remain as caretaker prime minister until a replacement is decided. 
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Media and Downing Street staff listen as Boris Johnson speaks at a lectern.

Heading to the movies? Here’s why you might see teenagers wearing suits

Here's what you need to know about the TikTok trend that's gone global and helped the latest Minions flick smash box office records.
Gru rides of a motorbike with two minions. They're all smiling widely.

High tide pushes up water levels on NSW Central Coast after downpour — as it happened

Residents on the NSW Central Coast say the flooding they experienced on Wednesday was the worst they have ever seen — as it happened.
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A street is covered by water, a person in the distance stands knee-deep in the flood water.

Alleged Chicago parade shooter charged with seven counts of murder

Illinois police charge a 22-year-old man alleged to have shot seven people during an Independence Day parade with murder, saying he had planned the attack for weeks.
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Men in military garb walk across a road carrying guns with a cordoned-off area visible in the background

Family of five rescued from home amid Sydney flooding, Hawkesbury River peaks — as it happened

The Hawkesbury River is reaching peak flood levels as some regions of south-east NSW experience their fourth inundation in 18 months. 
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A young girl is lifted by rescue workers

Evacuation warnings issued as water levels rise in Sydney's south-west — as it happened

Authorities are warning of a life-threatening emergency in NSW due to floods in Sydney and parts of the state's south-east.
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Water laps at the banks of the swollen Shoalhaven River

This is what America's abortion landscape looks like one week post-Roe

The US Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade sparked legal battles in multiple states. Here's a snapshot of where America's abortion laws stand one week since the ruling.
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Abortion-rights protesters outside the Supreme Court building.

R Kelly abused his victims for decades. Why did it take just as long to bring him to justice?

Accusations against the disgraced R&B star first surfaced in the 1990s. But despite multiple women coming forward, R Kelly's career felt little impact.
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R Kelly walking outside of a courthouse with a black umbrella held over him. He's wearing a suit and sunglasses.

Former R&B star R Kelly faces at least 10 years in prison over sex trafficking conviction

Kelly is one of the most prominent figures tried on sex charges during the #MeToo movement, with accusations dating back decades.
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R kelly looking down whle in orange jumpsuit in court

While the world talked about Roe v Wade, the US Supreme Court was quietly reshaping the landscape in other ways

While the overturning of Roe v Wade has dominated headlines and sparked protests across the United States and elsewhere, it is not the only recent ruling to come from the highest court in America.
A mother hugs her teenager daughter as they sit in front on the Supreme Court at night.

The census has painted a picture of the average Australian, revealed a 'generational shift' across the country — as it happened

The 2021 census results reveal the millennial generation has caught up to baby boomers in becoming the largest generation group in Australia. Look back on our blog where we unpacked the data.
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Two woman walk along a path in front of the beach, one of them is pushing a pram.

Elvis, Marilyn and Madonna — Why is Hollywood so obsessed with biopics?

Elvis might be the latest biopic to hit theatres, but it won't be the last. With films on Marilyn Monroe, Madonna and more in the works, what's fuelling this booming genre of cinema?
White man dressed as Elvis with 50s pompadour dark hair, sideburns and glitzy sunglasses sits looking out window of a Cadillac.

Daniel Andrews says loss of four ministers gives 'critically important' chance to 'refresh' cabinet — as it happened

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says the loss of four ministers, including Deputy Premier James Merlino, offers a "critically important" chance to "refresh and renew" cabinet.
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Daniel Andrews stands at a microphone outdoors in a shirt, jacket and blue tie wearing glasses.

What is off-peak electricity and how can I benefit from it?

The end of the day is usually when most of us start to unwind – but that's when Australia's energy market experiences the biggest strain. Here's what you need to know about off-peak electricity.
Black transmission towers under sunset sky

'Dangerously close to catastrophe': The key moments from the latest Capitol riots hearing

The committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots hears Donald Trump’s closest advisers labelled his efforts to pressure vice-president Mike Pence to reject the election result as "nuts" and "crazy".
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A huge crush of people wielding American flags and confederate flags in a haze of smoke

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