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Fears grow for Afghan women following warning from Taliban

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There is growing fear for the women of Afghanistan despite the Taliban saying that women will be respected in the new order

There is growing fear for the women of Afghanistan, with the Taliban warning women who work to stay at home.

The Taliban’s spokesperson says women should not work out of interest for their own safety, fearing that some militants will not be tolerant.

Taliban says they will not treat women in a “disrespectful way”

This all follows the Taliban’s leaders trying to prove to the world that the group has changed and the militants will be more accepting of women.

The spokesperson says the stay-at-home directive is temporary until the group can ensure women are not “treated in a disrespectful way”.

He added that the Taliban’s soldiers “keep changing and are not properly trained.”

UN cuts funding to Afghanistan

This directive comes as the World Bank discontinues funding for Afghanistan.

The UN has called for a “transparent and prompt investigation” into reports of human rights abuses.

Evacuation efforts continue

Meanwhile, evacuation efforts are continuing at great pace out of Kabul’s main international airport.

Around 82,000 civilians have been evacuated so far,. with the Pentagon confirming there are still 10,000 people waiting to leave.

While US President Biden is confident that the August 31 deadline will be met, the Secretary of State says efforts will continue until every person is home.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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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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