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UK targets Russia’s ability to fund war in new sanctions



In the latest blow to Putin, the UK will buckle down on Russia and Belarus trade with fresh new sanctions

The UK believes it will impact Russia’s ability to fund the war, putting further strain on Putin’s power

The U.K. Department for International Trade said the sanctions will target 1.7 billion pounds in trade

Right now, we’re looking at over 2 billion US dollars across import tariffs on platinum and palladium and export bans on chemicals, plastics, rubber, and machinery.

It’s also expected almost half a billion dollars in sectors of the Russian economy most dependent on UK goods will be hit too.

This comes as Europe Day celebrations gets underways.

The message today is loud and clear, that Europe is united for Ukraine.

This was echoed during a recent call with western leaders, who aren’t shy in ramping up their sanctions against Russia.

G7 leaders gathered on a video call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, with the US and Canada also imposing new sanctions.

Let’s not forget, this isn’t the first time the UK is choosing to target trade.

This is actually the third round of trade sanctions from the UK.

So looking at the bigger picture excluding gold and energy – this would see more than 96 per cent of goods imports from Russia hit by restrictions and more than 60 per cent of goods exports to Russia under whole or partial restrictions.

Of course this all comes as Russia prepares to celebrate Victory Day, with all eyes on Putin

And in the words of the UK international trade secretary, this far-reaching package of sanctions will inflict further damage on the Russian war machine.

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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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