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Our cultural advent calendar runs until the end of the year, with our ups and downs of 2022, today the villains of the year and how a Eurodance hit from the 90s saved the day. 2022 was the year of the villain. It’s a bold statement, I know, but let it get through to you. Wherever you looked this year, there was always a powerful antagonist who drove your mind away. Vladimir Putin and the atrocities committed by the genocidal megalomaniac in the last year; the revolving door of British Tory prime ministers who show their utter ineptitude as sensitive…

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According to a senior government official and local media, Taiwan appears ready to extend compulsory military service from the current four months to one year as the self-governing island comes under increasing Chinese military pressure. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s office said she would convene a national security meeting on Tuesday to discuss strengthening the island’s civil defense, followed by a press conference on new civil defense measures. The official Central News Agency, citing government and ruling party sources familiar with the matter, first reported late Monday that the Taiwanese government would announce its plan to extend compulsory military service. “China’s…

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The death toll from rains and floods on Christmas Day in the south of the Philippines has risen to 13, according to the country’s Civil Protection Council. A further 23 people are still missing. Most deaths were caused by flash floods following two days of heavy rains over Christmas, which affected more than 166,000 people and forced more than 45,000 to seek shelter in evacuation centers, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said on Tuesday. Pictures on social media show coastguards, police and fire departments wading through waist-high floods and carrying residents through landslide-affected areas and out of…

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December 27, 2016: The great Carrie Fisher left us on this day 6 years ago at the age of 60. Fisher suffered a heart attack during a transatlantic flight on December 23 and finally died on December 27, 2016. The next day, her mother, Debbie Reynolds, had what appeared to be a severe stroke, and she was pronounced dead later that day. Many say this was an example of someone dying of a broken heart. And we’re not sure how you’re doing, but the words of her Star Wars co-star Mark Hamill still ring true: Fisher left an unforgettable legacy…

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The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has welcomed the growing economic and military power of his isolated country at the opening of an important annual meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party. Kim used the opening of the meeting to highlight the “successes and progress” of the past year while calling on officials to “fight more exciting and confident,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Tuesday. Kim explained how the country’s power increased during last year’s “unprecedentedly arduous and bitter struggle,” in “all areas of politics, military, business and culture,” according to KCNA. “He emphasized the need…

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Hollywood was built on dynasties — from the Warner Brothers and the Barrymores to the Fondas and the Coppolas. So it shouldn’t be a surprise when you watch a movie or TV show that you often see familiar last names in the credits or ask yourself, “Where have I seen that face before? But for some reason, the idea that the children of famous people work in the same industry as their parents has become an obsession for us citizens more than ever. Blame it on the Internet. Earlier this month, New York Magazine piqued our collective curiosity with what…

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According to senior officials, Serbia has put its security forces on the border with Kosovo on “full combat readiness,” in the midst of increasingly tense relations with its neighbour and despite demands from the European Union and NATO to ease tensions between former opponents of the war. “Serbia’s president… ordered the Serbian army to achieve maximum combat readiness, i.e. in terms of the use of armed force,” Serbian Defense Minister Milos Vucevic said in a statement late on Monday. He added that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic had also ordered the special forces to be increased from the current 1,500 to…

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A deadly arctic explosion that hit the United States starting last week has left the country’s Deep South region struggling with the scourge of burst pipes, threatening leaks that could spill millions of liters of water. The situation has resulted in residents of cities such as Jackson, Mississippi, which have been affected by a water crisis for a long time, drinking boiling water over the Christmas holidays and into Monday. In the southern USA, where long freezing temperatures are less common than in other parts of the country, water pipes are more likely to be found in uninsulated areas. And…

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The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has given Ukraine an ultimatum: comply with Moscow’s demands — including handing over the Ukrainian territory that Russia currently controls — or the Russian army will decide Ukraine’s fate. A day after Russian President Vladimir Putin said again that he was open to peace talks — which the United States has described as disingenuous — Lavrov told Kiev that it should comply with Moscow’s wishes for its “own good.” “Our proposals to demilitarize and denazify areas controlled by the regime and eliminate threats to Russia’s security posed from there, including our new territories, are…

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