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U.S. drone strike order came from “highest levels of the Kremlin”



Fuel was dumped on the drone before the collision

U.S. officials familiar with the Russian drone strike say the order to act came from the “highest levels of the Kremlin.”

The U.S. military believes the incident happened on Tuesday morning and the confrontation lasted around 30 to 40 minutes.

Russia reportedly dumped fuel on the drone several times before the collision.

Moscow now says it is trying to retrieve the remnants of the U.S. drone that crashed into the Black Sea.

The MQ-9 Reaper drone plunged into the water after a Russian jet clipped its propeller.

Moscow is continuing to deny these claims.

Russia’s security council secretary confirmed the nation is now attempting to find the aircraft.

He also says the drone’s presence in the Black Sea is “confirmation” the U.S. is supporting Ukraine in the war.

In Washington, John Kirby says the U.S. is also searching for the aircraft, but stressed if Russia beats them to it, “their ability to exploit useful intelligence will be highly minimised”.

“We took steps to protect information and any efforts to exploit the drone,” Kirby added.

U.S. military officials believe the incident happened on Tuesday morning and the confrontation lasted around 30 to 40 minutes.

Russia reportedly dumped fuel on the drone several times before the collision.

When it comes to retaliation, General Mark Milley says, clearly, the U.S. “does not seek armed conflict with Russia.”

“We should continue to investigate the incident and move on from there,” Milley outlined.

When it comes to future operations, Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin says Washington will continue to fly its aircraft where international law allows.

“The United States will continue to fly and operate wherever international law allows,” Austin pointed out.

“It is incumbent upon Russia to operate in a safe and professional manner.”

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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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