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Russia fires two missiles in Kyiv amid a visit from the UN



Russia has fired two missiles into the Ukrainian capital Kyiv during a visit by the UN Secretary General

At least three people were injured when the missile reportedly hit the lower floor of a residential building.

The UN Secretary General says he is “shocked” by the proximity of Russian strikes near the capital.

Antonio Guterres is currently in Ukraine, where he is urging for evacuation corridors to open in the city of Mariupol.

He says the UN doing everything possible to save civilians from the “apocalypse” that has taken place in the crucial port city, which he describes as a “crisis within a crisis.”

The UN Chief visited towns near Kyiv, including Bucha, where mass graves were recently discovered.


On his trip to Ukraine, Guterres met with Ukraine’s President Zelensky, where the pair reportedly had “intense discussions” to make evacuation efforts from Mariupol a reality.

It comes just days after he met with Russia’s President Putin. It’s believed the leader agreed ‘in-principle’ for the UN and Red Cross to assist with the evacuation efforts.

The UN Chief is also urging Russia to cooperate with the International Criminal Court on the unfolding atrocities.

Standing amongst the rubble, he says there is always one thing true, when it comes to violent conflict.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden is asking Congress for 33 billion dollars to support Ukraine.

He’s calling for new tools to funnel assets from Russian oligarchs.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?



Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.

Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.

While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.

Seth Schachner, the Managing Director at StratAmericas and a former Sony Music Executive joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #Spotify #music #Apple #AppleMusic #SpotifyWrapped #streaming #featured #IN AMERICA TODAY

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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry



Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.

The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.

The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.

New Zealand example

Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.

The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.

With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.

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Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’



Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.

The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.

In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.

We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.

Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.

This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.

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