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American actress and comedian Betty White dies at the age of 99.
Betty Marion White Ludden was an American actress and comedian. A pioneer of early television, with a career spanning seven decades, White was noted for her vast work in the entertainment industry. She was the first woman to produce a sitcom in the United States, which contributed to her being named honorary Mayor of Hollywood in 1955. White is often referred to as the "First Lady of Television", a title used for a 2018 documentary detailing her life and career. See more on Betty White
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In Hong Kong, Stand News closes down after its staff are arrested for sedition.
On 29 December 2021, Stand News, one of the few remaining pro-democracy media outlets in Hong Kong following the passage of the Hong Kong national security law in 2020, was raided by the National Security Department of the Hong Kong Police Force. Media executives and journalists were arrested on the charge of "conspiring to publish seditious publications" on a large scale. As a result of the raid, Stand News ceased operations, the organisation's website and social media became inactive, and all of its employees were dismissed. The German foreign ministry and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights both condemned the raid. Leaders in other countries also condemned China's action. See more on Stand News raids and arrests
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The Supreme Court of Russia orders the closure of Memorial, Russia's oldest human rights group, for violations of the foreign agent law.
Memorial is an international human rights organisation. Founded in Russia, it is the country's oldest human rights group. It consists of two separate legal entities, Memorial International, whose purpose is the recording of the crimes against humanity committed in the Soviet Union, particularly during the Stalinist era, and the Memorial Human Rights Centre, which has focused on the protection of human rights, especially in conflict zones in and around modern Russia. A movement rather than a centralised organisation, Memorial encompasses over 50 organisations in Russia and 11 in other countries, including Ukraine, Germany, Italy, Belgium and France. Although the focus of affiliated groups differs from region to region, they share similar concerns about human rights, documenting the past, educating young people and marking remembrance days for the victims of political repression. See more on Memorial (society)
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The 2021–22 Ashes series is a series of five Test cricket matches being contested between England and Australia for The Ashes. The series is being played at five venues across Australia from 8 December 2021 and scheduled to finish on 18 January 2022. Australia were the defending holders of the Ashes going into the series, having won in 2017–18 with the 2019 Ashes series ending in a draw. The series is part of the 2021–2023 ICC World Test Championship. See more on 2021–22 Ashes series