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Australia’s first evacuation flight from Afghanistan lands to safety



Australia’s first evacuation flight from Afghanistan has landed at a base in the Middle East

The Australian Defence Force evacuation flight from Afghanistan landed back at a military base in the United Arab Emirates.

The rescue mission collected 26 passengers from Kabul airport.

A Royal Australian Air Force C130-J Hercules aircraft arrives at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland, to transfer passengers onto an awaiting KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft to support evacuation efforts in Afghanistan

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said more flights would be organised

“This is not a simple process,” Scott Morrison said.

“This was the first of what will be many flights, subject to clearance and weather.”

He confirmed the flight included Australian citizens, Afghan nationals with visas and one foreign official working in an international agency.

“The transfers are done to our base in the Emirates, where capacity has already been established with medical support available, to provide that medical support and to process their further onward transfer to Australia,” he said.

Flight tracking websites showed the RAAF Hercules flying in and out of Afghanistan this morning.

Australia has committed 250 troops and multiple military aircraft to the region with the intention to rescue around 600 people from Kabul. 

As announced earlier, the airport in Kabul has been secured by US troops.

The Australian Prime Minister said this was a ‘crucial’ element.

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China conducts ‘punishment’ war games near Taiwan



China initiated military ‘punishment’ exercises in the waters surrounding Taiwan in response to the newly inaugurated President Lai Ching-te.

These drills come amid escalating tensions in the region, with Beijing asserting its sovereignty over Taiwan, denouncing the inauguration of President Lai Ching-te and labelling this one of several “separatist acts”, as reported by Reuters.

These military manoeuvres are seen as a show of force and a warning to Taiwan and its supporters against any moves perceived as challenging China’s territorial claims.

President Lai has repeatedly offered talks with China but has been rebuffed.

He says only Taiwan’s people can decide their future, and rejects Beijing’s sovereignty claims.

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Apple Music’s controversial top 10 albums of all time



Apple Music has released its highly anticipated “100 Best Albums of All Time” list, with the top 10 rankings causing a bittersweet symphony of destruction for some music lovers.

The list was curated by a panel of experts and based on various factors including cultural impact, critical acclaim, and commercial success, with the aim to celebrate the most influential and timeless albums across genres.

As reported by the official Apple Music Newsroom blog post, the top ten best albums of all time are the following:

10. Lemonade (2016), Beyoncé

9. Nevermind (1991), Nirvana 

8. Back to Black (2006), Amy Winehouse

7. good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012), Kendrick Lamar

6. Songs in the Key of Life (1976), Stevie Wonder

5. Blonde (2016), Frank Ocean

4. Purple Rain (1984), Prince & The Revolution

3. Abbey Road (1969), The Beatles

2. Thriller (1982), Michael Jackson

1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998), Lauryn Hill

In other news, Apple recently became the first company to hit a $3 trillion stock market value, before falling just below that milestone, as reported by Reuters.

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Essential daily protein needs for better health



Protein is a fundamental macronutrient essential for various bodily functions, including muscle repair, enzyme production, and immune system support.

Daily protein requirements can vary significantly based on factors such as activity levels, age, and gender.

To help unpack this topic, Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to share her key insights. #featured

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