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Putin labels United States as Russia’s biggest rival

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Vladimir Putin has labelled the United States as his nation’s biggest rival, as Russia celebrates Navy Day

Putin signed a new naval doctrine, setting out Moscow’s global maritime ambitions for crucial areas including the Arctic and Black Seas.

President Vladimir Putin signed a new naval doctrine on Sunday (July 31) which cast the United States as Russia’s main rival.

Inspecting the country’s fleet, the leader set out Russia’s global maritime ambitions for crucial areas like the Arctic and in the Black Sea.

Putin was speaking on the nation’s Navy Day in the former imperial capital of St Petersburg – a city founded by Tsar Peter the Great.

The president praised Peter for making Russia a great sea power and increasing the global standing of the Russian state.

Shortly before, Putin signed a new 55-page doctrine, setting out the navy’s strategic aims and its ambition as a “great maritime power” extending over the entire world.

It says the main threat to Russia is “the strategic policy of the USA to dominate the world’s oceans”, as well as the NATO military alliance moving closer towards its borders.

If soft powers like diplomatic and economic tools have been exhausted, the doctrine claims Russia may use appropriate military force.

Putin did not mention the conflict in Ukraine during his speech.

But the military doctrine envisages “strengthening Russia’s geopolitical position” in the Black and Azov seas – and set out the Arctic Ocean as being of particular importance.

The U.S. has repeatedly said Russia is trying to militarize the area.

Putin added that delivery of Russia’s “unique” Zircon hypersonic cruise missiles would begin within months.

Emphasizing his ambition to be able to respond to threats to Russia’s sovereignty with “lightning speed”.

Hypersonic weapons can travel at nine times the speed of sound.

Over the past year, Russia has conducted test-launches of the Zircon missiles from warships and submarines.

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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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