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Ukraine celebrates Christmas on Dec. 25

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Many Ukrainian Orthodox Christians are preparing to celebrate Christmas on 25 December for the first time this year.

Ukraine has traditionally used the Julian calendar, also used by Russia, where Christmas falls on Jan. 07.

In a further shift from Russia, it is now marking Christmas according to the Western – or Gregorian – calendar, which it uses in everyday life.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky changed the law in July, saying it allowed Ukrainians to “abandon the Russian heritage” of celebrating Christmas in January.

In a Christmas message issued on Sunday evening, Mr Zelensky said all Ukrainians were now together.

“We all celebrate Christmas together. On the same date, as one big family, as one nation, as one united country.”

(BBC News)

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Two Indians recruited by Russia killed in Ukraine

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Two Indians recruited by the Russian Army lost their lives in the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, India’s External Affairs Ministry said in a statement today (12 June).

Concerns have been raised with Moscow on the matter and the ministry had asked the authorities to immediately stop the recruitment of Indians to the Russian army.

It further said that the country had demanded for an early release and return of all Indian nationals recruited to the Russian military.

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Chatuchak Market fire kills hundreds of caged animals

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Hundreds of caged animals died Tuesday (11 June) after a fire struck Bangkok’s Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the most famous markets in Thailand’s capital. The fire was reported early in the morning and quickly swept across more than 100 shops in the market’s pet section.

Thai media reports suggested that the fire killed several hundred animals, including puppies, fish, snakes, birds and rabbits, kept in cages and locked inside the shops, as it took about an hour to get the fire under control. There are no reports of human casualties.

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Malawi’s VP confirmed dead in plane crash (Update)

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The wreck of a plane carrying Malawi’s vice-president has been found with no survivors, President Lazarus Chakwera has said.

Saulos Chilima and nine others were flying within the country on Monday morning when their aircraft disappeared from airport radars.

The plane, a military aircraft, was flying in bad weather. 

Soldiers had been searching Chikangawa Forest overnight and into the morning in an effort to find the plane.

In a news briefing on Tuesday, President Chakwera said the Malawi Defence Force commander informed him that the search and rescue operation had been completed and the plane was found.

Mr Chakwera said he was “deeply saddened and sorry” to inform Malawians of the terrible tragedy.

He said the rescue team found the aircraft completely destroyed.

(BBC News)


(Previous News- 11th June, 2024 at 8:41am)

Plane with Malawi Vice-President goes missing

Plane with Malawi Vice-President goes missing

An aircraft carrying Malawi’s Vice-President Saulos Chilima and nine others has gone missing.

Foreign media reports that the Malawi Defence Force aircraft “went off the radar” after it left the capital, Lilongwe, on Monday morning. It was supposed to land at Mzuzu International Airport.

President Lazarus Chakwera said a search and rescue operation was continuing, in a speech late on Monday.

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