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Aussie tourists fighting for life after fall in Croatia

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An Australian couple is in critical condition after falling 10 meters from a fortress wall while on vacation in Dubrovnik.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday when a 34-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman reportedly fell from a medieval clifftop fortress near the Croatian coastal city.

Both individuals were rushed to Dubrovnik General Hospital, where the woman remains in a critical condition in intensive care. Her companion is also in serious condition after undergoing emergency surgery.

Dr. Ivan Bencic, a trauma specialist at Dubrovnik General Hospital, stated in an interview with Croatian media outlet HRT that the woman had suffered a spinal cord injury, cerebral damage, and fractures in her vertebrae.

According to a spokeswoman for Dubrovnik-Neretva police, the couple had been intoxicated and engaged in cuddling or kissing when they fell. The authorities are treating the fall as an accident.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed that Australia is providing consular assistance to the two injured individuals in Croatia.

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China conducts ‘punishment’ war games near Taiwan

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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

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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

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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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