25 Дек, 2021

Most Popular Christmas Songs

A Catholic Christmas is just around the corner — here’s a top of the most popular Christmas songs from Spotify!

The most popular Christmas song in the world is All I Want for Christmas Is You, which has been listened to over a billion times! Last Christmas is almost a quarter behind: 794 million, and Ariana Grande’s relatively fresh (2014) Santa Tell Me closes the top three with almost 600 million streams

 

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Santa Claus embarked on a Christmas trip from Lapland. This is reported by the tourist portal of the Finnish city of Rovaniemi, not far from which the village of Santa is located. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Finland.

Santa Claus set off on his great journey from Rovaniemi in the Arctic Circle. And on the night of December 25, as children in many European countries believe, he will bring gifts to kids who behaved well.

On December 12, the Finnish government announced that Santa and Mrs. Claus were ready to fulfill their duties. They confirmed that the gift delivery route includes the whole world, regardless of the situation.

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Alexander Lukashenko will meet with Vladimir Putin on December 29 in St. Petersburg, the press service of the President of Belarus reports.

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The court imposed a fine on Meta Platforms following Google. The first was fined 1.9 billion rubles, the second — 7.2 billion rubles. for not deleting prohibited information. Punishment in the form of turnover fines applied to companies for the first time

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The rector of the Smolensk university, previously detained in the embezzlement case, was suspected of abuse of power. The IC discovered that he organized a mining farm on the territory of the university, for which they spent 4.2 million rubles on energy.

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The FAS proposed increasing the standards for the sale of gasoline on the exchange from 11 to 15% of production and fixing the indicative price in the damper formula for calculating compensation for oil workers. This should help increase the marginality of the gas station.

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The Supreme Court of Belarus did not satisfy the appeal of the defense against the verdict of members of the coordination council of the opposition Maria Kolesnikova and Maxim Znak, according to the website of the instance.

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The Primorsky District Court of St. Petersburg recovered 1 million rubles in favor of businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin. from «Echo of Moscow» and 100 thousand rubles. from Viktor Shenderovich for his statements on the air of the radio station in the program «Minority Opinion», and also established a judicial forfeit for non-execution of a judicial act in the amount of 1 thousand rubles. in a day. This was reported to RBC by the joint press service of the courts of St. Petersburg.

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The list of unregistered public associations performing the functions of a foreign agent included the Krasnodar and St. Petersburg LGBT groups. There are now six organizations on this register.

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In the Tula region, a deputy of the city duma was detained on charges of large-scale fraud, according to the website of the regional department of the Investigative Committee.

According to the investigation, in the period from October 2019 to December 2021, the deputy helped three persons to get a job as assistants, who in fact did not fulfill their duties, and the suspect himself received the salary instead.

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy discussed the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border and Nord Stream 2 via videoconference with 20 members of the US Congress, the press service of the Ukrainian president’s office said.

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The heads of two British energy companies (EDF and Good Energy), as well as the industry association Energy UK, announced a growing «national crisis» due to soaring gas prices amid Russia’s refusal to increase supplies, writes The Telegraph. According to the newspaper, they asked the authorities to take action following a spike in wholesale prices that «put the industry on the brink of disaster.»

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy tried to call his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin this year, but the conversation did not take place. The head of the office of the Ukrainian president Andriy Yermak said this in an interview with Focus.

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The Taliban (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) supports the words of Russian President Vladimir Putin that insulting the Prophet Muhammad is a violation of freedom of religion.

This was announced by the Taliban-appointed (a terrorist organization banned in Russia), spokesman for the Afghan Foreign Ministry, Abdul Kahar Balkhi, on his Twitter page.

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Ukraine has launched its own production of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) Bayraktar TB2. The head of the office of the Ukrainian president Andriy Yermak said this in an interview with Focus.

“We are expanding our cooperation with Turkey. It all started with the supply of «bayraktars», and now their production has already started in Ukraine, «he said.

At the same time, Ermak emphasized that engines for UAVs are also manufactured in Ukraine.

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The Iranian authorities are not going to exceed the uranium enrichment level of 60%, even if the negotiations in Vienna do not lead to results, and Washington does not return to the JCPOA and lift sanctions on Tehran. Vice-President of Iran, head of the Atomic Energy Organization Mohammad Eslami told RIA Novosti about this.

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Gazprom does not book Yamal-Europe’s capacity for gas transit through Poland for 5 days, auction results show

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Turkey and Qatar have agreed with the Taliban (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) to manage Kabul airport, media reported

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Representatives of the public of Azerbaijan and Armenia held the first meeting after the end of the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh in Moscow, at which they discussed measures to mitigate tensions between the peoples of the two countries.

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Turkish Foreign Ministry promised support to Ukraine in the face of confrontation with Russia

“Turkey will not ignore its principles and close relations with Ukraine simply because we have extensive ties with Russia. <…> We will do what the spirit of the times requires and what is needed for our security, ”Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu said.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger donated 25 houses to homeless veterans. So the actor and former governor of California decided to wish the residents of Los Angeles a Merry Christmas.

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Before the New Year, Soyuzmultfilm will show Vovka’s new adventures — the short film Vovka and Winter in the Far Away Kingdom. According to the plot, the main character will have to return the winter at any cost. TV premiere will take place on December 27

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Moscow ranks second in the world in terms of parking costs. According to Vedomosti, you need to pay 0.49% of the average salary for 1 hour of parking in the city center. More only in Riga, London, Paris, Istanbul

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As a result of a shipwreck off the Greek island of Paros, boats with migrants killed 13 people, 63 people were rescued.

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An experimental MC-21-300 aircraft with a wing made of Russian composites and American PW1400G engines made its first test flight. This happened on Saturday, December 25, at the Irkutsk aircraft plant, the press service of Rostec told RBC. The Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia spent 4.4 billion rubles on the development of an alternative to American composites.

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French clothing store chain Kiabi, which also owns retailers Auchan, Decathlon and Leroy Merlin, plans to close its stores in Russia. Kiabi’s Russian business has been unprofitable in recent years

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Roskomnadzor has blocked the website of the OVD-Info human rights project (included in the register of unregistered public associations performing the functions of a foreign agent), it follows from the agency’s register data. Access to the site is limited by the decision of the Lukhovitsky District Court of the Moscow Region.

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The eldest daughter of the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, Aishat, who runs the republic’s culture ministry, was awarded the medal «For the Protection of Human Rights,» the Grozny TV channel reported.

In March, Aishat Kadyrova received one of the highest republican awards — the Medal for Services to the Chechen Republic. In December, the second oldest daughter of the head of Chechnya, Khadizhat Kadyrov, was also awarded this award.

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Since the Taliban (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) came to power in Afghanistan, 43% of media outlets have closed or are on the verge of closing due to lack of funding. According to Reporters Without Borders and the Afghan Association of Independent Journalists, nearly two-thirds of journalists were unemployed.

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The Estonian immigration quota for 2022 is set at 1,311 people. This figure is 4 people less than last year. Why exactly 1311 people? According to the law, the quota should be no more than 0.1 percent of the total population of Estonia, reports the portal err.ee

The quota is set by the Ministry of the Interior for non-EU citizens. In addition, citizens of the United States, Great Britain and Japan are not covered by it. The quota is divided into two parts: about half of the seats are not «tied» to industries, half is allocated to specific areas. This year, target quotas went to the following areas:

Manufacturing: 300 people, construction: 200, transport and logistics: 100, athletes, sports coaches, officials and other personnel: 26, creative workers: 23, business — 20.

There are foreigners who are not affected by quotas. These are those who come to Estonia for family reasons (for example, family reunification), scientists, investors, highly qualified employees, to whom the employer is willing to pay at least double the average monthly salary in Estonia (currently the average salary is 1538 euros).

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British trains run intermittently on Christmas Eve. Employees of the railway operator CrossCountry are on strike. Many trains on December 24 have been canceled, for example between Glasgow and Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, Derby and Nottingham, Plymouth and Penzance, according to the BBC. On some routes there are shortened flights. Passengers are forced to look for alternative ways to reach their destination or cancel trips.

According to the union, the railroad workers decided to go on strike, as they believe that the company is trying to belittle their positions. CrossCountry warns that a similar situation may arise on New Year’s Eve, December 31st.

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Pope Francis celebrated a solemn Mass on Christmas Eve at St. Peter’s Basilica, bringing together about 2 thousand people. He urged not to be indifferent to the poor and not to forget that serving others is more important than striving for status and success.

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In Crete, two Santa Claus flew over the city on a paraglider and dropped gifts for children. The Heraklion Aeroclub and the Hellenic Air Sports Federation organized the Christmas event.

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Robots have learned to assert their personal boundaries. Or, more precisely, one specific: the humanoid robot Ameka from the British Engineered Arts. The researcher tested Ameka’s tactile contact and touched her nose. Ameka hated this and grabbed the researchers by the hand.

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The Ariane 5 rocket with the James Webb orbiting telescope has been launched from the Kourou Cosmodrome in French Guiana. James Webb will study the oldest stars and galaxies in the Universe, formed after the Big Bang, as well as search for potentially habitable planets.

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A new complex for the production of synthetic liquid fuel Uzbekistan GTL was launched in Uzbekistan, the start of the plant was given by the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev. It is planned that the enterprise will process 3.6 billion cubic meters of gas per year and produce 1.5 million tons of finished products — jet fuel, diesel fuel, naphtha, liquefied gas.

The project was financed by such Russian structures as JSC Gazprombank, JSC Roseximbank, and the Russian Agency for Export Credit and Investment Insurance (EXIAR). The total cost of the GTL project for the production of synthetic liquid fuels was US $ 3.42 billion.

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The nuclear submarine Generalissimo Suvorov was taken out of the boathouse on the Sevmash. The company clarified that this nuclear-powered submarine belongs to the fourth generation of nuclear-powered ships of the improved Borey-A project.

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The European Union turned to the World Trade Organization with a claim against Russia for 290 billion euros, indicating that it was for this amount that the Russian Federation “discriminated” European goods with the policy of import substitution.

The WTO agreed to consider the dispute, which is likely to become one of the largest in terms of price in the international trade regulator.

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Philip O’Keefe, 62, has lost much of his motor function due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In April 2020, a Stentrode chip was implanted in his brain, and since then, the man has gradually learned to operate a computer. Send emails, shop online, and now communicate with people. To do this, Philip just thinks where he needs to click.

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