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Man charged – major breakthrough in Madeleine McCann’s case

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A man in Germany has been charged in connection with the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann nearly 15 years ago

This comes as German paedophile Christian Brueckner has been named as a suspect in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.

Portuguese authorities officially declared him a suspect yesterday.

This comes only months before the 15th anniversary of the young girl’s abduction.

ABC reports a man has been charged in Germany, according to the Portugese prosecutor’s office.

The man’s identity has not been revealed.

Previously, Maddie’s parents had both been labelled as suspects when she disappeared in 2007 but this was lifted when the investigation was dropped by Portuguese police in July 2008.

Some are suspecting that the investigation is being accelerated due to Portugal’s strict 15 year limit for a murder charge unlike Germany which has no time limit.

Brueckner’s lawyer says “the step taken by the Portuguese authorities should not be overrated”.

He says “Without knowing the Portuguese legal situation in detail, I assume that this measure is a procedural artifice to stop the statute of limitations threatening in a few days.”

Brueckner was first named as a suspect by German police in mid 2020, after mobile phone records placed him in the same area the night Maddie disappeared.

This prime suspect is currently in a high security prison in northwest Germany serving a rape sentence.

Maddie went missing in May 2007 during a family holiday in Portugal, where she was staying in a holiday apartment while her parents went out for a meal nearby.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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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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