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Violent Night movie review: Stranger Things star David Harbour’s sadistic Santa is a hoot

Review at a glance D avid Harbour’s slick new action movie combines slaughter and sleighbells. It’s brazenly amoral and outrageously sappy. Thanks to the Stranger Things star, it’s also a blast. The plot draws on Die Hard, Home Alone, A Christmas Carol and even Peter Pan. It’s December the 24th, and a bunch of mercenaries, …

POWER CRISIS: Zim braces up for dark Christmas | Zim News

As a crippling shortage of electricity continues exposing the dangerous failure of southern African leadership,South Africa’s power utility, Eskom, says it is battling its own serious electricity shortfall and is therefore not in a position to rescue Zimbabwe. The Citizen newspaper in South Africa reports that Zimbabweans must brace themselves for a dark Christmas following …

Wales vs England LIVE! World Cup 2022 match stream, latest team news, lineups, TV, prediction today

England look to secure their place in the last-16 and in doing so knock Wales out of the World Cup as Group B comes to a conclusion tonight. The Three Lions had their momentum halted by a dull goalless draw with the USA last time out but know victory here will see them through to …

China: More protests breakout as anger grows over Covid restrictions

M ore protests erupted across China over the weekend as citizens took the streets in a rare display of defiance over Xi Jinping’s strict Covid restrictions. Public fury forced authorities in the far western Xinjiang region to open up parts of the capital Urumqi, which has been subject to a punishing ‘zero-Covid‘ lockdown for more …

Inflation-matching pay rises for public sector ‘unaffordable’, says minister

I nflation-matching pay rises for public sector workers are “unaffordable”, Transport Secretary Mark Harper has said. Amid strikes across multiple industries in the public sector – notably transport workers and nurses – Mr Harper said “the public purse can’t afford” pay rises matching inflation which now stands at 11.1 per cent. “I think inflation-matching or …

Reality check for England as World Cup 2022 hopefuls second-best to USA in deflating draw

E ngland were second best in a deflating 0-0 draw with the USA, which will go down as a reality check on their World Cup ambitions to leave Qatar as champions. Gareth Southgate’s side were booed off by their travelling fans after a pedestrian performance, which leaves the manager with a raft of questions to …

England make Wembley rainbow gesture ahead of World Cup clash with USA

E ngland opted to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community by lighting up the Wembley arch in rainbow colours rather than protest in Qatar. The Three Lions’ players did not follow Germany’s lead by making an on-pitch protest against Fifa before their World Cup clash with the United States at the Al Bayt Stadium, …

World Cup: England v USA – loser keeps James Corden and winner renames the game

T he stakes have been raised for Friday’s high-pressure England v USA match in FIFA’s 2022 World Cup tournament. Fans have chosen to take the jabs off the field and have begun betting social stakes for the losers of the game. Many England supporters have joked that whoever loses the match between the two Western …

Netherlands 1-0 Ecuador LIVE! Gakpo goal – World Cup 2022 match stream, latest score and updates today

The Group A rivals won their opening games and another victory for the Dutch tonight at Khalifa International Stadium will confirm a spot in the World Cup knockout stages before any other team. Netherlands adopted a conservative approach against Senegal last time out, recording fewer shots than their opponents, and may remain cautious tonight. So, …

Former soldier Holden guilty over 1988 Troubles killing at army checkpoint

A former soldier has been found guilty of killing a man at an army checkpoint in Northern Ireland more than 30 years ago. David Jonathan Holden, 53, who had been on trial at Belfast Crown Court accused of the manslaughter of Aidan McAnespie in February 1988, is the first veteran to be convicted of a …