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Chinese Delegation to Attend North Korea’s Founding Day Celebration



A delegation from the Chinese Communist Party and government, led by Vice Premier Liu Guozhong, will be participating in North Korea’s 75th Founding Day celebrations on September 9.

The event marks the liberation of the Korean Peninsula from Japanese occupation in 1945.

A delegation from the Chinese Communist Party and government, led by Vice Premier Liu Guozhong, will be participating in these celebrations, according to state media KCNA.

The invitation for this visit was extended by the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and the government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The WPK, headed by Kim Jong Un, has been in control of North Korea since its establishment in 1948, and this anniversary holds significant historical importance for the nation.

Meanwhile, there are reports suggesting that Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader, may be preparing for his first foreign trip since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

U.S. officials have indicated that Kim might visit Russia to discuss a potential arms deal with President Vladimir Putin.

The New York Times, citing unnamed officials, has suggested that this visit could occur as soon as next week. However, both Russia and North Korean state media have yet to confirm or comment on this potential visit.

This development follows a recent visit by a Chinese delegation, led by Chinese Communist Party Politburo member Li Hongzhong, to Pyongyang in July.

The delegation attended a military parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, marking the first such visit by a Chinese delegation since the pandemic began.

During the parade, Li Hongzhong and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu were seen alongside Kim Jong Un, observing North Korea’s nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles, a violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Additionally, North Korea recently began allowing its citizens to return to the country for the first time since 2020 when it closed its borders due to the pandemic, signalling a potential easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

As international attention focuses on these diplomatic engagements, the world watches for further developments in the region and any official confirmation of Kim Jong Un’s potential visit to Russia.

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Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?



Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.

Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.

While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.

Seth Schachner, the Managing Director at StratAmericas and a former Sony Music Executive joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #Spotify #music #Apple #AppleMusic #SpotifyWrapped #streaming #featured #IN AMERICA TODAY

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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry



Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.

The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.

The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.

New Zealand example

Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.

The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.

With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.

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Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’



Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.

The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.

In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.

We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.

Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.

This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.

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