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More details emerge into kidnapping and search for four Americans in Mexico

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Legislation introduced by the GOP to allow the military to take action to fight drug cartels at America’s southern border

More information is being released on the deadly Mexico kidnapping of four Americans.

Two American survivors – LaTavia Washington McGee and Eric Williams are being treated in a United States hospital, as the bodies of the two who were killed – Shaeed Woodard and Zindell Brown are being examined.

The group of friends traveled from South Carolina so one of them – a mother of six – could undergo a medical procedure across the border when they were captured at gunpoint, placed in a vehicle, and taken from the scene by armed men in the border city.

A U.S. official said investigators believe a Mexican cartel likely mistook them for Haitian drug smugglers.

Republicans announced a plan to combat the violent and illegal activity of several drug cartels by designating them terrorist organisations and allowing the military to take action to fight the cartels.

According to statistics, 200 Americans die every day from fentanyl overdose and the crisis is receiving attention in Washington D.C.

On Capitol Hill, emotional testimony was recently given from families who lost loved ones to fentanyl poisoning.

Now, it’s up to the Biden Administration to see if they will secure America’s southern border and if U.S. President Joe Biden will sign the legislation if it’s passed by Congress.

Veronica Dudo is the U.S. Correspondent for Ticker News covering America’s biggest headlines. As an Emmy® Award nominated global journalist, Veronica has traveled across the country and around the world reporting on historical events that connect all citizens. Lauded as an award-winning international journalist, Veronica has executed stellar news coverage for NBC News, CBS News, The Hill, ME-TV Network and AOL. Her stories have highlighted a plethora of topics ranging from breaking news and politics to economic affairs across the USA, European Union, and Asia; cultural affairs; globalization; governance; education; and sustainability.

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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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