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U.N. General Assembly condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine



The United Nations General Assembly has voted to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

It’s called for the immediate withdrawal of troops from Ukraine and a halt to all fighting.

141 nations voted in favour of the motion, with 32 abstaining and seven – including Russia – voting against.

The resolution reaffirms support for Ukraine’s “sovereignty” and “territorial integrity”.

It also rejects Russian claims to annex the parts of the country it occupies.

In September, MPs in Moscow voted to illegally annex four regions of Ukraine.

While the measure is not legally binding, it does hold political weight.

The U.N. is calling for peace as soon as possible.

China, India, Iran and South Africa were among the 32 countries to abstain.

While Russia, Belarus, North Korea and Syria were among those who voted against.

The resolution follows Latvian MP Richard Kols telling Russia exactly what he thinks of the war during a European security body session in Vienna.

Kols even speaking in Ukrainian to tell the Russian delegates to “F-off”.

And as Russia gave its response, dozens of delegates staged a walkout.

They also held a Ukrainian flag behind one of the Russian speakers as he tried to defend their participation in talks about European security.

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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.

Seth Schachner, the Managing Director at StratAmericas and a former Sony Music Executive joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #Spotify #music #Apple #AppleMusic #SpotifyWrapped #streaming #featured #IN AMERICA TODAY

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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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