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Australia’s media landscape is currently locked in a battle to define its own existence, but the biggest story on readers’ minds has been about (surprise surprise) Donald Trump.

The button, mounted on a large wooden box, was next to two telephones on Donald Trump’s desk.

And when Trump pressed the red button, a butler emerged from another room with a bottle of Diet Coke on a silver platter.

It seems that even after he left office, the bewilderment of the Trump presidency continues.

The button on a wooden box was one of the few things that constantly appeared on Donald Trump's desk.
The button on a wooden box was one of the few things that constantly appeared on Donald Trump’s desk. (AP)

The great stories of Australia

Google is threatening to completely withdraw its search function from Australia as debate rages over a new media code that would force the search giant to pay for news content.

News companies, including the publisher of this website, argued that companies like Google and Facebook have a “monopoly” on the market and can squeeze out original content at will.

“It is now clear that through the actions of all Australians, we have successfully prevented a third wave of infections, a rare achievement given the significant increase in global cases,” Morrison said today.

This was based on an update of the latest epidemiological data and medical advice from Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Michael Kidd, who announced today that Australia had gone six days in a row without local transmission.

What else is happening in the world?

ASX falls after mid-week highs

– Australian stocks have retreated after midweek highs, closing the day 0.34 percent lower at 6,800 points.

– Lynas Rare Earths felt the biggest share gain of the day, gaining a whopping 13.7 percent.

– The biggest drop in shares of the day was felt by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, which fell 6.75%.

– The Australian dollar is buying 77.4 cents, remaining stable over the past week.

– The cryptocurrency Bitcoin is currently at $ 41,133 AUD per coin. Bitcoin has been losing a value of $ 2,000 to $ 3,000 every day.

January 22

TODAY IN HISTORY: Ban on smoking for women lifted after only the accused woman refused to pay the fine

Most read story of the day

Readers of nine.com.au and 9News.com.au clamored for what Donald Trump wrote in his farewell letter to Joe Biden.

Unfortunately for everyone, that remains private. But that didn’t stop us from reading everything we could about it.

The most talked about social media post

Today was all about the Tokyo Olympics, after rumors circulated that it was going to be canceled again.

The Japanese government was said to have privately concluded that this year’s Tokyo Olympics will have to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report in The times.

The Games, which were postponed from 2020 to 2021, are scheduled to take place in July and August.

This year's Tokyo Olympics are in danger of being canceled, according to reports.
This year’s Tokyo Olympics are in danger of being canceled, according to reports. (Getty)

“The Japanese government has privately concluded that the Tokyo Olympics will have to be canceled due to the coronavirus,” wrote Richard Lloyd Parry of The Times. “The focus is now on securing the Games for the city in the next available year, 2032.”

The Australian Olympic Committee said on Friday that it still expects the Tokyo Games to be held this year.

“Both Japanese Prime Minister (Yoshihide) Suga and IOC President (Thomas) Bach have strongly reaffirmed this week their commitment to the Tokyo Olympics in July this year,” the AOC said in a statement.

“The AOC continues its planning to ensure that the Australian Olympic team arrives in Tokyo, competes, and returns home safely and COVID-free.

And if you’re looking for something to distract yourself from the news, see if you can beat the crossword nine.com.au here.
Or if you imagine yourself as a test master, try our quizzical. Today is the crazy news week that it has been.


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