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Spanish soccer chief’s mother on hunger strike as son investigated over post-game kiss

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Spain’s High Court prosecutor has initiated a preliminary investigation into allegations of sexual aggression involving Luis Rubiales, the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).

The investigation centres around an incident where Rubiales grabbed and kissed player Jenni Hermoso on the lips after Spain’s victory in the women’s World Cup.

The incident has sparked a nationwide debate over women’s rights, macho behavior, and sexual abuse.

Several complaints were filed with the prosecutor’s office regarding the incident.

The office indicated that a full inquiry would only be launched if Hermoso chose to pursue it.

Hermoso has stated that she did not consent to the kiss.

FIFA suspended Rubiales following the incident, but he has refused to step down from his position, asserting that the kiss was consensual.

This has intensified the pressure on him as the RFEF regional chiefs called for his immediate resignation due to the “unacceptable behaviours” that have harmed the reputation of Spanish football.

Rubiales’ mother has begun a hunger strike in defence of her son as calls mount for his resignation.

The controversy has stirred discussions on systemic macho behaviour in Spanish society and has prompted protests in support of Hermoso and against Rubiales.

Hundreds of people gathered in Madrid to call for Rubiales’ resignation, chanting slogans that emphasised the non-consensual nature of the incident.

United Nations spokesperson Stephane Dujarric commented on the issue, emphasising that sexism remains a critical problem in sports.

Dujarric urged Spanish authorities to address the matter while respecting the rights of female athletes.

In an unexpected twist, Rubiales’ mother launched a hunger strike in protest of her son’s treatment, locking herself inside a church in southern Spain.

All 23 players from Spain’s winning World Cup squad, along with other squad members, announced their refusal to play international matches while Rubiales remains in office.

The controversy has highlighted the broader issue of gender dynamics within Spanish society.

Amid calls for his resignation, Rubiales has defended himself legally and maintained that the kiss was spontaneous and consensual.

The RFEF has indicated that it will support him in proving his innocence.

Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Labour Minister Yolanda Diaz condemned the RFEF members who supported Rubiales and criticised the machismo culture prevalent in the society.

She also emphasized the need for better protection for victims of sexual harassment and violence.

The controversy surrounding the incident has reignited discussions on gender issues in Spain, a country where large-scale protests against sexual abuse and violence have taken place, leading to reforms in laws related to equal pay and abortion rights.

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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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