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UK PM’s plan to push back refugee boats

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The UK has vowed to forge ahead with refugee boat pushbacks in the English Channel – despite warnings it would lead to more drownings

Ticker’s UK correspondent Simon Anderson

Just last week – 27 migrants died trying to cross the English Channel after the their boat capsized, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson says distinctions will be made between legal and Illegal migrants

Boris Johnson doubled down on the plan to push back refugee boats coming across the English Channel – even as the proposals face multiple legal challenges.

New laws would make it illegal “facilitate the entry of Asylum seekers” by bringing them on shore – even if not done for payment or criminal gain. In effect, making the act of rescuing someone illegal.

However, the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has bowed to public pressure and has tabled an amendment to protect the Royal National Lifeboat Institute and other charities from prosecution.

Footage taken several weeks ago has emerged purporting to show a lifeboat launch being prevented by a protester shouting anti-immigrant slogans

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Recently a witness named only as Zoe called a radio station to say she saw fishermen preventing the lifeboat from leaving to attend a rescue.

However, local fishermen in the area told a local newspaper that the incident was being blown out of proportion.

One of them told a local newspaper they were throwing undersized fish back into the water when the lifeboat crew yelled at them to move – which the fishermen thought was rude and an argument broke out.

The same fishermen also said that the anti-immigrant chants were being shouted by a single passerby, unconnected to the group of fishermen.

The RNLI has become a bit of a polarised symbol in political discussions about asylum seekers crossing the channel.

Some anti-immigrant spokespeople, including Nigel Farage have labelled the lifeboat service ‘taxi service’ for migrants in the past

In response, the RNLI says it rescues anyone in distress at sea without judgement.

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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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