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All the news you need to know this Friday.

New Zealand will come to a standstill today one week on from the Christchurch shootings. The Muslim call to prayer will be broadcast live on national television and radio and will be followed by two minutes of silence. Thousands are expected to gather at a park across from the Al Noor mosque, where 42 of the 50 victims were killed.

Residents pay their respects by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch. Photo: Getty

Twin Cyclones are barrelling towards Australia’s north. More than two thousand residents have been evacuated from the Northern Territory as Cyclone Trevor approaches. It's likely to make landfall as a category four storm tomorrow.

READ MORE: Largest Evacuation Ever Underway In The Northern Territory

Meanwhile, Cyclone Veronica has intensified quicker than expected off the WA coast and could develop into a category 5 system today.

A record number of Australians are being slapped with international travel bans for failing to pay child support. Close to 230,000 Aussie parents have dodged payments –- 50,000 of those are in Queensland, owing more than $364 million.

NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and Opposition Leader, Michael Daley, are making their final pitch to voters ahead of tomorrow's state election. More than 840,000 people have already cast their vote.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Labor leader Michael Daley IMAGE: AAP

The federal government will set aside $2 billion in the upcoming budget for fast rail links to help ease congestion in the major cities. The centrepiece of the spending will be a 200kmh bullet train to halve travel times between Melbourne and Geelong. Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to make the announcement today.

An American figure skater has been accused of deliberately kicking and slashing the calf of her South Korean competitor at the world championships in Saitama Japan. Lim Eun-soo, 16, received a nasty cut when she collided with 22-year-old Mariah Bell during a warm-up. Lim's agency has accused Bell of intentionally injuring the teenager and bullying her for months. The International Skating Union has launched an investigation. Neither skater has commented.

Mariah Bell (L) of the USA and Lim Eun-soo (R) of South Korea IMAGE: FRANCK ROBICHON via AP

More than a million people have signed an online petition to stop Brexit – including actor Hugh Grant. It comes as British Prime Minister Theresa May meets with European Union leaders to request an extension.

Richmond has claimed a 33-point win over Carlton in the AFL season opener at the MCG. In the NRL – South Sydney defeated St George Illawarra 34-18, making it two wins in a row.

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