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Saudi Arabia sentences 5 to death, 3 to lengthy jail terms over Jamal Khashoggi murder

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said on Monday (Dec 23) five people had been sentenced to death and three more to jail terms totalling 24 years over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in October last year.  Mr Khashoggi was a US resident and critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, […]

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Mystery of missing boy found in suspected paedophile’s closet grips Germany

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY – The case of a missing 15-year-old boy found in a closet at the flat of a suspected paedophile has gripped Germany, but his mother says she just wants to celebrate Christmas with her son. Marvin had been missing for over two years when he was found hiding in a cupboard […]

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E-bikes show distinct pattern of severe injuries

E-bikes and electric scooters are becoming increasingly popular in the United States, but the powered bikes carry a higher risk of severe injuries than traditional bicycles and a different pattern of injury risks compared with scooters, a recent study finds. The authors analysed emergency department data collected from 2000 to 2017 by the United States […]

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Cost of UK royals back in spotlight after Queen’s year to forget

After a torrid 2019 in which the queen’s son Prince Andrew was implicated in an underage sex abuse scandal, many in Britain are again asking if the monarchy has gotten too big – and rich – for its own good. The family’s year to forget may encourage Prince Charles, set to eventually take over from his mother […]

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Tourism’s gifts and woes for Santa and Sami homeland

In Finland’s remote Lapland region, the Santa Claus Village amusement park is a snowy wonderland of reindeer rides, ice castles, snowmobiles and igloo hotels where Christmas holds sway 365 days a year. At its centre, a wooden, fairytale-esque cabin houses Santa’s grotto – since the 1980s, tourism chiefs have set out to market the main town, […]

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Merrily on high: US astronauts help track Santa’s delivery route

For decades, the Canadian and American defence agency NORAD has provided updates on Santa Claus’s international gift delivery route, but this year, for the first time, US astronauts lent a hand. “We have obtained visual confirmation that Santa is currently travelling south over India,” Andrew Morgan said via a video link as he floated at […]

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The emoji of ancient Egypt: Exhibition on hieroglyphics at Israeli museum brings history up to date

How does an academic explain the importance of ancient hieroglyphics to modern audiences glued to their phones? Through the cunning use of emoji. The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, has just opened the “Emoglyphs” exhibition, comparing the pictograms of antiquity to those of today. “I usually find it very hard to explain […]

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Brazilian comedy group hit by Molotov cocktails after film on ‘gay Jesus’

Molotov cocktails were thrown at the headquarters of Brazilian comedy group Porta dos Fundos in Rio de Janeiro on Christmas Eve, weeks after the group launched a film on Netflix depicting Jesus as gay. The group’s Christmas special, “The First Temptation of Christ,” a 46-minute comedy that portrays Jesus bringing home his presumed boyfriend Orlando […]

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Trump says it was an ‘honour’ to appear in ‘Home Alone 2’

Long before taking up residence in the White House, Donald Trump appeared in “Home Alone 2” — a turn on the big screen he described as an “honour.” Trump spoke with deployed members of the military on Tuesday, and one asked him about his appearance in the Christmas film. “I was a little bit younger, to […]

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