The Statistic

19th January, 2022
Value of an agreement under which Microsoft will acquire games company Activision Blizzard: $US69 billion (the highest price ever paid by a US tech company in an acquisition)
Source: CNBC

 

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Moments

19th January, 2022
SECURED: Maltese lawmaker Roberta Metsola, overwhelming support to become president of the European Parliament on Tuesday, making her the first woman to hold the post for 20 years; she succeeds Italian socialist David Sassoli who died this month.
DENIED: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, an accusation by his former adviser Dominic Cummings that he had lied to parliament about a lockdown party, saying nobody had warned him the "bring your own booze" gathering might contravene COVID-19 rules.
VOTING: People in Barbados on Wednesday in the first general elections called by Prime Minister Mia Mottley in what is the Caribbean nation's first vote since it became a republic last year by removing the British Queen Elizabeth II as its sovereign.

 

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In an article first published on The Conversation, academics ATAL AHMADZAI and FATEN GHOSN say that five months after the Taliban again took power in Afghanistan, a clearer image of the human rights and personal freedoms situation is emerging...

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JESSICA HEIGES and KATE O'NEILL, of the University of California, explain - in an article first published on The Conversation - the concept of 'wishcycling'...

They Said It

"We are now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack on Ukraine."
- White House press secretary Jen Psaki, speaking as Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Kyiv on Wednesday after which will meet EU officials and the Russian foreign minister.

 

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This Week on the Web

19th January, 2022
New mosaics from the site of Ashdod in Israel have added to the evidence for female deacons in antiquity, write SARAH E BOND, an associate professor of history at the University of Iowa and SHAILY PATEL,assistant professor of early Christianity in the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech. Read their article on the Los Angeles Review of Books website...

 

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The Word Explained

20th December, 2021
Noel: From the Latin word nasci meaning to be born, hence the Christmas connection.

 

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