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Taiwan activates defences in response to China incursions

Taiwan scrambled fighter jets, put its navy on alert and activated missile systems in response to nearby operations of 34 Chinese military aircraft and nine warships that are part Beijing's strategy to unsettle and intimidate the self-governing island democracy.

Navy soldiers stand on a landing craft during a military drill in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. The drill is staged by the Taiwanese Defense Ministry in response to recent renewed threats from China. (AP Photo/Daniel Ceng)

Trump's fundraising for presidential bid gets off to modest start

Donald Trump's bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024 got off to a modest fundraising start, with his campaign ending the year with about US$7 million on hand while his Save America fund had about $18 million, according to financial disclosures released on Tuesday.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event at the South Carolina Statehouse, on Jan. 28, 2023. (Alex Brandon / AP)

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