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Brittany Higgins trial brought to a standstill



Brittany Higgins unavailable for court as trial is paused

The trial of the former Australian Liberal Party staffer accused of raping Brittany Higgins has been paused.

Higgins’ then-colleague, Bruce Lehrmann is charged with sexual intercourse without consent.

Higgins claims to have been raped by the individual in 2019 at Australia’s Parliament House.

Today, she was suppose to give evidence in court.

The case was scheduled to start at 10:00AM AEST, but Higgins is now unavailable.

Lehrmann has pleaded not guilty to all charges and denies having sexual intercourse with Higgins.

Higgins faced cross-examination last week by Lehrmann’s defence lawyer Steven Whybrow.

On Friday, Whybrow contended she pretended to have doctor’s appointments in the week after the alleged assault to “bolster” her story.
It followed Higgins telling the court she made multiple doctor’s appointments with the intention of going but could not bring herself to attend.
“I intended to do the right thing but every time I went home I was collapsing and unable to get out of bed because I was so deeply depressed because I had been assaulted at work by a colleague,” she told the court.
Whybrow then asked if she didn’t go to the doctor because she hadn’t had sex with anybody on the night she alleges she was raped.
“Nothing you are saying right now is true whatsoever and it’s deeply insulting,” Higgins said.
The trial is estimated to run for at least another five weeks.

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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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