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Russia suspends its partial mobilisation and grain export corridor



Russia’s Defence Ministry says all partial mobilisation activities have been suspended

Volunteers and contractors will be engaged in Russia’s military drive, after a revised strategy from the Ministry of Defence.

“All activities related to the conscription… of citizens in the reserve have been stopped,” the ministry said.

It means no further call-up notices will be issued but it is not an end to the partial mobilisation policy itself.

Russia has continued its bombardment of Ukraine’s military control and energy systems.

Around 40 per cent of Kyiv’s population remains without water, with over 200,000 residents unable to power their homes.

Grain exports on hold

Russia has suspended its grain export corridor with Ukraine. Moscow said “the move was provoked by the actions of Kyiv”.

Russia’s Defence Ministry said the Black Sea naval route was being used to launch attacks.

But U.S. Department of State spokesperson, Ned Price said the blockade will have significant impacts.

“Any disruption to the initiative risks spiking food prices, lowering the confidence of insurers and commercial shippers who have returned to Black Sea routes and further imposing hardships on lower income countries already reeling from dire humanitarian crises and global food insecurity.”

Russia says the UN-backed deal had been suspended for an indefinite period of time, and did not provide a timeline for it to reopen.

The U-S says there would be global consequences if Russia continues its blockade.

“This is not a bilateral issue between Russia and Ukraine,” Price said.

U.S. officials believe two-thirds of the wheat exported under th initiative has gone to developing counties.

“It is not in Russia’s interest, it is not in the interests of the international community to see what could be a kind to a form of collective punishment for this to remain suspended,” Price said.

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.

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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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