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Major websites back online after widespread outage overnight

News sites around the world are now back online this morning after a major outage took down media heavyweights overnight.

Australian sites such as The Guardian, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Channel 10, 10 Play and Nine experienced issues as a result of the crash.

While international platforms such as Amazon, Reddit, Netflix and Pinterest went down, alongside The New York Times, Financial Times, the BBC and CNN.

When it first happened, no one was sure exactly what had happened, with some guessing it may have been a large coordinated attack.

However, it’s since been confirmed that the outage was caused by ‘Fastly’, an American data centre provider.

Those who were affected are still being warned that customers could still have issues throughout today, as techs work to fully fix the problem.

Other sites that crashed include The Verge, Bloomberg, 7Plus, the White House and the UK government’s website, Twitch PayPal, Spotify and Shopify.

Prince Harry and Meghan announce birth of second child

Another royal baby has come into the world over the weekend, with Prince Harry and Meghan announcing the arrival of their daughter.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their second child on Friday June 4, confirming the news overnight.

They’ve named their daughter Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, in honour of The Queen and the late Princess of Wales.

“Lili was born on Friday June 4 at 11.40am in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA,” the royal announcement reads.

“She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home.”

Lilibet has become the first royal baby to be born outside of the United Kingdom.

“This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” the announcement continues.

“The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family.

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Nine people dead after gunman attacks US railyard workers

Nine people have been confirmed dead and multiple others injured, after another mass shooting tragedy in the United States.

Calls to 911 started around 6.30 am local time in California, with reports a gunman had unleashed on staff at a railway yard.

Multiple people were shot and when police arrived on the scene, they were quick to take out the gun man too.

The death toll of nine includes eight victims and the gunman himself. Authorities say this number could rise, with multiple people now seriously injured.

Emergency services, including the bomb squad, remain on scene this morning searching the railway yard for possible explosives.

President Joe Biden is expected to speak this morning, in what’s become the 15th shooting attack since last Friday in the US.

More to come.

14 killed after cable car breaks and rolls down Italian mountainside

At least 14 people have been killed after a cable car plunged down a slope in Italy.

The cable was on its way up a mountain in northern Italy, when the cable reportedly broke.

The car then fell to the ground and tumbled down the mountainside several times before hitting some trees and finally coming to a stop.

It’s understood 15 people were inside the cable car at the time of the horror incident.

Some were thrown from the car.

14 people have been confirmed dead, while the lone survivor – a young child – was hospitalised in a serious condition with broken bones.

 

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‘She was failed’: Prince William condemns BBC and rogue reporter

Prince William has released a video statement, responding to a report which found Princess Diana was tricked into an interview.

The BBC set up an inquiry back in November, to look into allegations that Diana’s brother Charles Spencer was deceived into introducing her to journalist Martin Bashir. She then agreed to an interview with him.

It’s understood that Bashir had produced fake bank statements, that suggested Diana’s staff were being paid to provide information about her.

It then leads to the infamous interview, where Diana gave the comment ‘there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded’.

The inquiry has found that Bashir acted with deceit. However, it also condemned the actions of the BBC, for falling short of their own high standards of integrity and transparency.

Diana’s son, Prince William, has also released a statement on the inquiry’s findings, saying that interview significantly worsened his parent’s marriage.

“It is my view that the deceitful way the interview was obtained substantially influenced what my mother said,” William says in the video.

“The interview was a major contribution to making my parents’ relationship worse and has since hurt countless others.

“It brings indescribable sadness to know that the BBC’s failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those final years with her.

“But what saddens me most, is that if the BBC had properly investigated the complaints and concerns first raised in 1995, my mother would have known that she had been deceived.

“She was failed not just by a rogue reporter, but by leaders at the BBC who looked the other way rather than asking the tough questions.”

Prince William is calling for the interview to never be used again, and for the BBC to officially rectify the narrative.

The BBC has apologised to Prince William.