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Pentagon issues new rules on extremism in the army

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The Pentagon has issued new guidelines designed to fight extremism within the military

The Pentagon issued new rules on Monday aimed at fighting extremism within the United States military.

The guidelines come nearly a year after the deadly January 6 attack on the Capitol, which dozens of current and former service members attended.

“The vast majority of men and women in our armed forces as of course you know, serve honor ably. And while extremist activity in the force is rare, any instance can have an outsize effect.”

U.S. Defense Department Spokesman John Kirby

The new measures include everything from prohibiting “liking” extremist content on social media to fundraising or demonstrating for an extremist organization.

The Pentagon, however, avoided weighing in on specific scenarios, like a soldier’s view of the legitimacy of Biden as president.

It also stopped short of creating a list of extremist groups that military members cannot join.

“Groups can, and do, change their methodology, their ideals, three motivations, and they can reform themselves, they can disband and form into something else. So, if we got into coming up with a list of extremist groups, It would be only probably as good as the day we published it — because these groups change.”

Monday’s announcement comes just weeks after the Pentagon’s Inspector General cited nearly 300 allegations of extremist activity by U.S. service members.

The goals and timeline for enforcement of the new policy are unclear, including when U.S. troops might start getting punished for inappropriate use of social media.

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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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