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Putin holds Russian security council meeting

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is convening his Security Council today to discuss the “neutralisation of threats to national security”.

The meeting comes as UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace is on a hastily arranged visit to Washington to talk with his counterpart and White House officials about “shared security concerns” including Ukraine and Russia. The precise nature of the talks remain unclear.

As for Mr Putin’s virtual meeting with security officials, the Kremlin said, in typical Kremlin-speak: “It’s planned to consider issues related to the neutralisation of threats to national security in the migration area and the regulation of migration processes in the interests of the socio-economic development of the country and socio-political stability.”

Russian migration

Migration has been a hot-button issue in Russia for several years now. In 2010, then-President Dmitry Medvedev set a goal of attracting 20 million migrant workers to Russia by 2020 in order to offset the country’s declining population.

However, this goal was not met, due in part to xenophobic policies and rhetoric enacted by the Russian government. These policies have only intensified under President Putin, who has sought to clamp down on what he perceives as “illegal” immigration.

In recent years, there have been mass deportations of migrant workers from Russia, as well as raids on migrant communities living in squalid conditions. These actions have been widely condemned by human rights groups, who have accused the Russian government of xenophobia and racism. Mr Putin’s meeting today is likely to focus on how to further tighten restrictions on migration into Russia.

Given the rhetoric that has come out of the Kremlin in recent years, it is likely that we will see further crackdowns on migration into Russia. But it would only serve to further exacerbate the plight of migrants living in Russia.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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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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