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Three people in hospital after Rotterdam protests



Three people treated in hospital with serious injuries after clashes in Dutch city over reintroduction of Covid restrictions

Three people were being treated in a hospital in the Dutch city of Rotterdam after they were seriously injured when police fired shots during a violent protests against COVID-19 measures.

Broken windows and charred debris – these were just some of the scenes from the aftermath of violent protests which rocked the Dutch city of Rotterdam over the weekend.

Three people were being treated for serious injuries in a hospital after protests against COVID-19 measures saw rioters torching cars, setting off fireworks and throwing rocks at police.

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Authorities responded with water cannons and warning shots

More than 50 people were arrested, half of whom were under the age of 18, according to the Rotterdam police department’s Twitter on Saturday.

Protesters opposed a new law that limits access to indoor public venues to those with a “corona pass” – proving they’ve either been vaccinated or have recovered from an infection.

On Saturday, hundreds of protesters gathered in the capital Amsterdam at the Museumplein, a tourism hotspot, where they were closely watched by the police.

Earlier in the day, several thousand had showed up for a largely peaceful march around the city’s central Dam square.

The Netherlands re-imposed some lockdown measures last weekend for an initial three weeks, in an effort to slow a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, but daily infections have remained at their highest levels since the start of the pandemic.

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China conducts ‘punishment’ war games near Taiwan



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



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



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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