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Live: The Loop: Ukraine may pull out of Bakhmut, long-lost shipwreck found in one of world’s biggest lakes

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‘No decisions’ made on Australia Post letter deliveries

By Brianna Morris-Grant

Communications Minister Michelle Rowland says “no decisions have been made” on Australia Post’s letter deliveries.

It follows a federal government review of the postal service’s business model launched this week.

Ms Rowland told ABC News Breakfast Australia Post “will not be privatised” and rural and regional Australia’s needs will be “prioritised”.

“But let’s be clear, the letter volumes we’ve seen are in decline,” she said.

“These are the facts. Some 97 per cent of letters that go out these days are actually sent by businesses and government.

“And even in those cases they are becoming increasingly digitised and we know that for many businesses, that is certainly their aim.

“So when you have Australians receiving on average about two letters a week now, you need to really have a look at where demand is.”

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TikTok to set default time limits for minors

By Brianna Morris-Grant

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TikTok says every account held by a user under the age of 18 will have a default 60-minute daily screen time limit in the coming weeks.

Minors will be prompted to enter a passcode and make an “active decision” to keep watching.

For accounts where the user is under the age of 13, a parent or guardian will have to set or enter an existing passcode to allow 30 minutes of extra viewing time once the initial 60-minute limit is reached.

The update mirrors gaming rules imposed on minors in China, where TikTok’s parent company ByteDance was formerly based.

New My Health app to be releasesd

By Brianna Morris-Grant

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A new mobile phone app is being released today to allow Australians easier access to their medical records.

The Australian Digital Health Agency app will let people check their vaccine history, pathology results and hospital discharge summaries.

The info is already available through the My Health website, which the majority of people access through their phone browser.

The agency’s chief clinical adviser Dr Steve Hambelton says security protections have put in place to protect people’s information.

“It’s all encrypted, whether it is at rest, in transit or when it arrives on your phone,” he says.

“It’s actually got all the security requirements that meet those of the ASD, the ACSC, its really locked up as tightly as we can.”

Let’s get you set up for the day

By Brianna Morris-Grant

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 Ukraine may pull troops out of the key stronghold of Bakhmut, following a monthslong offensive by Russia to take the city.

An economic adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told CNN the military isn’t going to “sacrifice all of our people just for nothing”.

 Finland‘s parliament has approved legislation allowing it to join defence alliance NATO.

Both Finland and Sweden are now waiting on approval from Hungary and Türkiye, needing permission from all 30 existing members to get in.

And rescuers are still searching for survivors amid the wreckage of two trains in northern Greece.

At least 43 people have been killed in what is now the country’s worst ever rail crash.

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Drone aerials captures aftermath of Greece train collision.

News Australia is searching for

By Brianna Morris-Grant

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Novak Djokovic has reached the quarter-finals at the Dubai Championships, beating Tallon Griekspoor and extending his winning streak to 19 matches.

The five-time Dubai champ will next face either Hubert Hurkacz or qualifier Pavel Kotov.

One more thing: Long-lost ship found in Lake Huron

By Brianna Morris-Grant

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The secret whereabouts of a shipwreck are set to be revealed more than 120 years after it sank to the bottom of Lake Huron.

The Ironton, a 58-metre cargo vessel which collided with another ship in 1894, has long eluded shipwreck hunters.

Officials now say a team of underwater archaeologists, historians and technicians discovered the wreckage in 2019 but have kept the find secret to keep people away.

They now plan to announce the location and attach a buoy to it, so divers can head down to explore.

A screenshot of an underwater shipwreck video.
(AP: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary )
A screenshot of an underwater shipwreck video.
(AP: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary )
A screenshot of an underwater shipwreck video.
(AP: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary )