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Beijing blasts “irresponsible” AUKUS alliance

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Just a day after the AUKUS alliance was announced, China has described the move as “extremely irresponsible” and “narrow-minded”

Under the deal, the US and the UK will team up with Australia to provide the nation with the technology and information required to build nuclear-powered submarines.

More importantly, it is also being viewed by many as a large-scale attempt to counter China’s growing influence and dominance throughout the world, and particularly in the South China Sea.

This has angered Beijing, with China’s foreign ministry spokesperson saying the alliance risks “severely damaging regional peace… and intensifying the arms race”.

The spokesperson described the pact as “the obsolete cold war mentality”, warning the three nations are “hurting their own interests”.

This comes as many Chinese state-owned media organisations published similar opinions, with the Global Times newspaper saying Australia has “turned itself into an adversary of China”.

The AUKUS alliance will see the US share its nuclear submarine technology for the first time in 50 years… after initially sharing it with Britain.

Nuclear-powered submarines are faster and harder to detect than conventionally powered boats.

Meanwhile, Australia’s PM has denied that the country has any plans to install nuclear weapons on the vessels.

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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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