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Pro-life activists defeated in Kansas abortion vote

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The people have spoken and pro-life activists have been defeated in the Kansas abortion vote

More than 900,000 ballots were cast in the Kansas abortion vote – a third of the state’s total population.

Of this number, 60 per cent said no to removing the constitutional right to abortion.

Pro-choice advocates right across the United States have celebrated the result. The vote was the first public test of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Now the question is what’s next for abortion bans? And do they even stand a chance?

Kansas is a deeply red state, but when it comes to abortion, it seems to be more purple (or violet, even).

Republican Kansan lawmakers had hoped the vote would pave the way for more restrictive laws in the future.

This evidently backfired and experts say the result in itself will reverberate far beyond the region’s borders.

Montana has added abortion to the ballot for the upcoming November midterm elections.

In Kentucky, voters will also have the opportunity to decide whether laws should be amended.

These are the ones to watch to see whether the Republican’s anti-abortion rhetoric actually stacks up.

On the other side of the coin, California and Vermont are pushing to further enshrine the medical procedure in their respective constitutions.

Do American voters in conservative states even want to restrict abortion?

It doesn’t seem so.

A new poll has found only a quarter of residents want their state to ban abortion following the overturning of Roe.

This number includes less than a third of people who live in states already outlawing the procedure.

The Kansas abortion vote and this new polling will almost certainly have Red State Republicans shaking in their boots.

Should they stick with their decision to support anti-abortion laws and risk public dissatisfaction? Or do they push ahead and hope for the best?

Only time will tell.

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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