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All the news you need to know this Thursday.

A Mexican judge has granted two people the right to “possess, transport and use” cocaine, in the first ruling of its kind. Selling remains illegal. It comes as the country works to end the war on drugs. In a statement, the Mexico United Against Crime group said the cases represent "another step in the fight to construct alternative drug policies that allow [Mexico] to redirect its security efforts and better address public health." A panel of judges has been assigned to review the ruling and decide whether it should be carried out.

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More than a million Victorian households are at risk of blackouts this summer if power supply doesn't improve, according to the Energy Market Operator. 770,000 NSW homes will also be at risk on scorching days in the future if changes aren’t made before the 2023/24 closure of the Liddell power plant. The report warns Australia's ageing coal fleet is putting power reliability at risk.

Liddell power station. Photo: AAP

Severe weather warnings are in place for large parts of the country’s south-east with strong winds being whipped up by a series of cold fronts.Gusts of up to 90 kilometres an hour are expected to lash the NSW and Victoria coastlines, while strong winds will also be felt in Queensland’s Sunshine and Gold Coasts.

Scott Morrison is on his way to Vietnam for a two-day visit. He’ll become the first Australian Prime Minister to make a stand-alone visit since 1994. Strengthening economic and security ties will be top of the agenda.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been given 30 days to come up with alternatives to the Irish border backstop to ensure a Brexit deal. Three years after the UK voted to leave the EU, the PM says he is committed to an October 31 exit with or without a deal.

READ MORE: Angela Merkel Sets Britain 30-Day Brexit Deadline

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There has been a spike in strip searches in NSW over the past decade.Research out of the University of NSW shows officers carried out 5,483 thousand searches in 2017/18, compared with 277 in 2005/06. "Over the past decade we have seen the number of strip searches continue to rise [but] our findings reveal such searches are doing little to tackle serious drug crime," UNSW law academic Vicki Sentas said in a statement.

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Liam Hemsworth has officially filed for divorce from Miley Cyrus, two weeks after it was revealed they had separated. The request reportedly states that he is asking for a dissolution of their marriage and that they do not have children. The couple tied the knot in a secret ceremony just eight months ago.

READ MORE: Liam Hemsworth Files For Divorce From Miley Cyrus

In sport, Australia is expected to make another change to its bowling attack for the third Ashes Test beginning tonight.  James Pattinson is set to come into the 11, most likely for Peter Siddle. Skipper Tim Paine has confirmed Marnus Labuschagne will replace the concussed Steve Smith.

READ MORE: Australia Likely To Change Bowling Attack For Third Ashes Test

Marnus Labuschagne. Photo: Getty Images.

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