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Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Joe Biden in Washington

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Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukraine’s Zelensky in Washington as Russian strikes intensify

In a show of gratitude, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has made an historic trip to Washington, meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden.

It comes as the Biden administration announces a further $1.85 billion in military aid for the war-torn nation, which includes the highly-anticipated Patriot Air Defence System.

Exact details of the Ukrainian President’s trip have been shrouded in secrecy in a bid to reduce any threats to his life.

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Wearing his signature green pants and sweater, Zelensky stood next to Joe and Jill Biden on the White House lawn for a photo opportunity, before moving to the Oval Office.

Zelensky has hopes of seeking further support during his trip, thanking the American public for standing by his country in their fight against Russia.

“It’s an honour to be by your side in the united defence against what is a brutal, brutal war,” said Biden.

This is Europe’s biggest land conflict since World War Two, killing tens of thousands and forcing millions from their homes.

“The war is not over,” Zelensky said. “Thanks from our ordinary people to your ordinary people, Americans.”

The pair will shortly make their way to Capitol Hill for a joint session of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Repeated Russian missile strikes

Washington’s further military aid follows weeks of repeated Russian missile and drone strikes across Ukraine.

Moscow is continuing to target the nation’s energy infrastructure, leaving millions of people without electricity or running water.

The Patriot missile is one of the most advanced U.S. air defence systems in the world, offering unparalleled protection against air attacks.

“Today’s assistance for the first time includes the Patriot Air Defence System, capable of bringing down cruise missiles, short range ballistic missiles, and aircraft at a significantly higher ceiling than previously provided air defence systems,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in the statement.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began, the U.S. has committed over $21 billion in military assistance to Kyiv.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Boston Dynamics’ electric marvel or robot contortionist?

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Boston Dynamics has recently unveiled its latest creation, the electric Atlas robot, boasting enhanced agility and strength.

However, with its uncanny ability to contort and rise from the ground with an almost eerie grace, one might wonder if we’re witnessing the birth of the world’s first robot contortionist.

As this technological marvel flaunts its capabilities, one can’t help but ponder if we’re on the brink of a future where household chores will be effortlessly handled by robots moving like a fusion of ballet dancers and horror movie monsters.

With its cadaver-like movements and illuminated head, it’s hard not to speculate whether Atlas is destined to revolutionise robotics or simply rehearsing for a techno-horror rendition of The Nutcracker. As Boston Dynamics continues to push the boundaries of robotics, the line between science fiction and reality becomes increasingly blurred.

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The Coffee confusion causing health concerns

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As the morning sun peeks through the curtains, many reach for that familiar brew, kickstarting their day with a comforting cup of coffee.

It’s a ritual ingrained in cultures worldwide, offering a jolt of energy to combat the grogginess of dawn.

But when is the optimal time for that caffeine fix? According to registered dietitian Anthony DiMarino, RD, LD, the answer isn’t crystal clear.

Some experts suggest delaying that first sip until mid-morning or later. However, DiMarino reassures coffee lovers that there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this dilemma.

Meanwhile, the science behind coffee production unveils fascinating insights into its instant variant. Whether produced through freeze-drying or spray-drying methods, instant coffee offers convenience without sacrificing flavor.

Yet, beyond convenience, recent studies delve deeper into coffee’s impact on our bodies. Research exploring the acute effects of decaffeinated versus caffeinated coffee reveals intriguing findings on reaction time, mood, and skeletal muscle strength.

Moreover, investigations into the gut microbiome shed light on coffee’s influence on liver cirrhosis patients. A study analyzing the duodenal microbiome in this population found correlations between coffee consumption and microbial richness and evenness.

So, as you sip your coffee and ponder the day ahead, consider not just the flavour in your cup but also the subtle impacts it may have on your body and mind.

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Laughing in limbo Canadian Just for Laughs cancelled

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The renowned Montreal-based Just for Laughs comedy festival, one of the world’s largest international comedy events, will not grace the calendar in 2024.

The Canadian company overseeing the festival announced its cancellation this year, citing efforts to steer clear of bankruptcy. Having marked its 40th anniversary in 2023, Just For Laughs has long been a beloved fixture on the city’s cultural landscape.

With its absence raising questions about which event will inherit the title of the biggest comedy festival, speculation arises whether Melbourne will seize the mantle, given its burgeoning comedy scene and the success of its own Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

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