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Tensions rise between France and Australia amid leadership talks

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Tensions between France and Australia continue to rise following fresh comments made by French President Emmanuel Macron

The French President on Sunday accused Australia’s Prime Minister of lying about the AUKUS submarine deal, which saw France lose a $37 billion deal to build 12 submarines.

Mr Macron was furious after Australia terminated the deal to build the 12 subs, and instead negotiated a new defence pact with the US and the UK, known as AUKUS.

When the French President was asked whether he thinks the Australian Prime Minister lied, he replied “I don’t think, I know”.

He added that this dispute was “Detrimental to the reputation of [Australia] and the Prime Minister”, reducing the credibility of the country.

Scott Morrison has denied lying about the $90 billion dollar submarine contract that was cancelled six weeks ago

This comes as Australia rejected their submarine deal with France, instead partnering with the United Kingdom and the United States, buying nuclear submarines.

The Australian Prime Minister says he was very clear in expressing that French submarines were not going to meet the country’s strategic interest.

The pact scuppered a deal signed by Australia in 2016 for France to build 12 conventional submarines.

It is widely seen as an effort to counter China’s growing military might. China has condemned the agreement as “extremely irresponsible”.

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TikTok implements stricter guidelines on weight-loss drug promotion

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TikTok is tightening its regulations on influencers who promote weight-loss drugs like Ozempic.

With over 170 million users in the US, the app aims to prevent the spread of potentially harmful content related to rapid weight loss.

Starting in May, TikTok will prohibit influencers from posting “before-and-after” photos and restrict minors from accessing weight-loss content deemed risky. The crackdown extends to any content promoting drastic weight loss methods, aiming to combat the promotion of unrealistic body standards.

However, some influencers, like Dave Knapp and Kim Carlos, criticise the move, arguing it discriminates against those with health conditions. Others fear losing their income as TikTok takes down their content, prompting concerns about the platform’s future amid potential US bans.

As TikTok enforces stricter guidelines, influencers may seek alternative platforms to share weight-loss content. Despite the popularity of drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, the crackdown reflects growing concerns about the impact of such promotions on user health.

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Game on with indie devs celebrated by Nintendo

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Nintendo Switch fans rejoice! The recent Indie World Showcase unveiled 17 new titles coming in 2024.

Including in the rundown is the adorable “Little Kitty, Big City” and explosive platformer “Anton Blast.” In other news, “Stellar Blade” confirms an uncensored release on PlayStation 5, Fallout’s TV adaptation gears up for Season 2, and Keanu Reeves joins the cast of Sonic 3 as Shadow. New releases this week include “Tales of Kenzera: Zau” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants,” while “Fallout 4” gets a next-gen update. With “Stellar Blade” topping the list, gamers have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.

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What are the major takeaways from day one of Trump’s trial?

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The first day of Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial that the former president broke the law and corrupted the 2016 election, while his defence lawyer said he committed no crime.

On this episode of Ticker Today – Former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial is officially underway, President Joe Biden makes cannibal claims, TikTok US ban enters the next phase and Gen Z’s are dropping degrees and picking up tools to become blue-collar workers.

Ticker’s Ahron Young and Veronica Dudo discuss.

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