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Farewell 2022: the world prepares to move to 2023

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Steph Deschamps / December 31, 2022

Farewell 2022: the eight billion people of the world are preparing to leave behind them a turbulent year, between the war in Ukraine, inflation and the world title of Lionel Messi, before entering fully into 2023.

 

For many, New Year’s Day will be an opportunity to chase away the memories of Covid, as the virus leaves the minds, without disappearing for all that.

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It will also be an opportunity to untie the purse and put aside months of sobriety forced by the pandemic and record inflation around the globe.

 

In Australia, Sydney will be one of the first major cities to ring in 2023, reclaiming its title as the “New Year’s Eve capital of the world” after two years of closure and festivities stifled by the Omicron variant.

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Australia’s borders have since reopened and more than a million people are expected to gather on Sydney Harbour to watch the launch of more than 100,000 fireworks. City officials estimate that nearly half a billion people will watch the show online or on television.

 

By mid-day, hundreds of people were already occupying the best spots to watch the show. “It’s been a pretty good year for us, getting rid of the Covid is great,” commented David Hugh-Paterson, 52, who was sitting outside the Sydney Opera House amidst the growing crowds protecting themselves from summer showers under umbrellas.

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“If we can get everyone to join in the celebration and look forward to the coming year with renewed optimism and joy, then we’ll have succeeded,” said the fireworks organizer, Fortunato Foti.

 

This is in contrast to the feeling left by 2022, which saw the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Pele, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jiang Zemin and Shinzo Abe.

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This year also rhymed with the “Great Resignation”, a phenomenon of mass departure of employees from their jobs after the pandemic, with a slap in the face at the Oscars ceremony and the ruin of billionaires, swept away by the crash of cryptocurrencies.

 

But above all, it will forever be associated with the return of war in Europe with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, on a continent already battered by two world wars.

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In more than 300 days, nearly 7,000 civilians have been killed and 10,000 wounded, according to the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

 

Sixteen million Ukrainians have been forced to flee their homes. For those who remain, daily life is punctuated by power cuts, Russian bombings and a curfew from 11pm to 5am.

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Each person goes through this conflict in his or her own way: a silent prayer, a celebration, in a common spirit of resistance.

 

Further east, Vladimir Putin’s Russia is not in the mood for fun. Moscow cancelled its traditional fireworks shows after the city’s mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, asked residents how they would like to mark the passage to the new year.

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“A peaceful sky over our heads” is the only wish of Muscovites like Irina Shapovalova, 51, a nursery worker.

 

The national broadcaster VGTRK promised “a New Year’s atmosphere, despite the changes in the country and the world”.

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But this year, the show will be without the usual artists or the presenter-star Maxim Galkin, who left in exile after denouncing the war in Ukraine and is now considered an “agent of foreigners ».

 

Also in the east, at the far end of the continent, Covid has made a dramatic comeback in China, while vaccination is allowing the rest of the world to return to some semblance of normal life.

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Beijing abruptly abandoned its “zero Covid” policy earlier this month, a reversal immediately followed by an explosion in the number of infections. Hospitals and crematoria alike may be overwhelmed, but rallies are planned everywhere for the transition to 2023.

 

However, Shanghai authorities have announced that no activities will take place on the city’s famous waterfront.

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Moscow attack: Vladimir Putin promises those responsible will all be “punished”, EI says four of its fighters carried out the attack

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Eva Deschamps / March 23,

 

At least 133 people were killed on Friday evening in an armed attack followed by a huge fire at a concert hall on the outskirts of Moscow, which was claimed by the jihadist group Islamic State (EI).
 
The four perpetrators” of the attack were arrested “on their way to Ukraine”, said the Russian president on Saturday March 23.
 
The Russian president spoke at a time of terrible tragedy in Russia. “The four perpetrators” of the attack near Moscow were arrested “on their way to Ukraine”, he said in a televised speech broadcast the day after the murderous attack. “According to initial data [from investigators], on the Ukrainian side, a passage had been prepared for them to cross the border”, he continued, notes Le Monde.
 
The attack, which killed at least 133 people near Moscow, was in the eyes of the Kremlin leader a “bloody and barbaric act of terrorism”. “Peaceful, innocent people […] including children, teenagers and women” were killed, he continued, adding, “I express my deepest and most sincere condolences to those who have lost their loved ones.” A national day of mourning will be observed on March 24.
 
“War”. In his speech, Vladimir Putin assured that “those behind these terrorists will be punished” and that they “will have no future”. On Saturday, the Kremlin announced that eleven people had been arrested, including the four suspects who carried out the attack.

 
As a reminder, the Islamic State (EI) claimed responsibility for the attack. Its Afghan branch, the Islamic State in Khorassan, known as “EI-K”, is suspected of being behind the attack. According to EI, the attack is part of a “raging war” between the organization and countries fighting Islam, its Amaq news agency said in a statement.
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Princess Kate announces cancer diagnosis

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Sylvie Claire / March 23,

 

After weeks of silence from the British royal family, cancer-stricken Princess Kate has announced that she has begun chemotherapy.

 
Princess Kate has been diagnosed with cancer, Kensington Palace announced on Friday evening. The wife of the heir to the British throne has begun chemotherapy. “I’m fine,” assured the 42-year-old princess after her cancer diagnosis was announced. In a video, the princess explained, “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you personally for all the wonderful messages of support and for your understanding. While I was recovering from surgery, it was an incredibly difficult two months for the whole family. But I had the benefit of a fantastic medical team who took great care of me, for which I am very grateful. In January, I underwent a major domino operation in London and, at the time, my condition was not thought to be cancerous“.
 
She continues: “The operation was successful, but tests carried out after the operation revealed the presence of cancer. My medical team therefore advised me to undergo preventive chemotherapy, and I am now in the early stages of this treatment. William and I have done everything in our power to manage this situation privately, in the best interests of our young family“.
 

Princess Kate explains that it has taken them some time to explain the situation to their children George, Charlotte and Louis. She concludes her message: “But for now, I need to focus on my full recovery. I am also thinking of all those whose lives have been affected by cancer. For anyone facing this disease in any form, don’t lose faith or hide. You are not alone.

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She underwent major abdominal surgery on January 16 at the London Clinic, where she was hospitalized for ten days. For weeks, rumors had been circulating about the princess’s state of health.
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Dragon Ball: a theme park inspired by Toriyama’s universe is coming soon!

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Steph Deschamps / March 23,

 

The world’s first theme park inspired by the world of the famous Japanese manga and anime series Dragon Ball is to be built in a future leisure city in Saudi Arabia, the developer of this colossal project announced on Friday.
 
The planned opening date of this 500,000 m2 theme park was not specified, nor was its cost, as is usually the case for the Saudi kingdom’s tourism megaprojects.
 
Located in Qiddiya, near the capital Riyadh, the park will feature seven different zones from the Dragon Ball universe, around 30 attractions as well as hotels and restaurants, according to a press release from Qiddiya Investment Company, also issued by Japanese studio Toei Animation, producer of the franchise’s cartoons.
 
The death of Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama on March 1 at the age of 68 provoked a worldwide wave of emotion, reflecting the immense popularity of his work.

 
First published in 1984, Dragon Ball is one of the best-selling mangas of all time, and has spawned countless animated series, films and video games. It recounts the adventures of Son Goku, a young martial arts prodigy in search of seven crystal balls to help him and his allies protect the Earth from evil enemies.
 
The new town of Qiddiya is one of the pharaonic projects in Saudi Arabia’s “Vision 2030” program, designed to develop the country’s tourism industry and reduce its economy’s heavy dependence on hydrocarbons.
 
Qiddiya will eventually house several theme parks, sports facilities and cultural venues. Construction of the city began in 2019, but its completion date is not known.
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