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Why Donald Trump “must win” in 2024

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Donald Trump becomes the first former U.S. President to face federal criminal charges, setting the scene for an unprecedented 2024 presidential election

Even out of office, Donald Trump can’t stop making history as a former U.S. President, from his unprecedented indictment in New York, to his federal charges in Miami.

These charges bring a maximum sentence of up to 136 years, though a maximum sentence is unlikely.

“There’s no doubt that Trump absolutely wants to reassert his Presidency, and then wreak vengeance on his enemies and use the power of the state to do it,” said Bruce Wolpe from the U.S. Studies Centre.

“The future of Democracy is on the ballot as Trump is an anti-democratic candidate,” he added.

On top of becoming the first president to face federal criminal charges, Trump was also the only U.S. President to get impeached twice, and the only one to lose the popular vote two times.

But despite all of his political baggage and mounting legal problems, early polls show Trump remains the favourite to win the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Even those who have worked alongside Trump are worried, however, including former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr.

“Should we be putting someone like this forward as the leader of the country, the leader of the free world, who has engaged in this type of conduct?” he said regarding Trump’s legal troubles on U.S. network CBS.

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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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