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House committee on the January 6 storming of the US Capitol reveals its findings

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Never-before-seen footage and audio is being revealed at the January 6 Capitol riot hearing after 11 months of investigation

The House committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol is beginning a series of long-awaited public hearings.

The panel hopes the televised hearings will lay out just how vulnerable American democracy is in the hope of spurring accountability and change.

Thursday’s hearing is the first of at least six.

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Chairman Bennie Thompson has opened the hearing and announced the committee’s approval to release the material.

“January 6 was the culmination of an attempted coup, a brazen attempt as one rioter put it shortly after January 6th, to overthrow the government,” he said.

“The violence was no accident, it represents Trump’s last stand, most desperate chance to halt the transfer of power”.

January 6 Select Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney spoke after the chairman and declared that President Trump summoned the mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack”.

Liz Cheney says that according to then-White House staff, Trump said rioters “were doing what they should be doing”.

Testimony from Trump officials asserted that Trump and his team were aware of their election loss but continued their mission to hold onto power with Trump spreading false and fraudulent information to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him.

Even Trump’s Attorney General says he “repeatedly told the president, in no uncertain terms, that he did not see evidence of fraud”.

Cheney stated that over the months, Trump devised a 7-step plan to overturn the election.

The hearing showed never-before-seen footage from within the Capitol on January 6.

The hearing will include a testimony from a Capitol Police officer and documentarian who were at the Capitol during the attack.

Meanwhile outside the Capitol many are rallying holding signs reading “not above the law”.

Some Americans have questioned whether the event remains relevant for many Americans but U.S. house speaker Nancy Pelosi insists that democracy is in everyone’s interest.

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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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