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Thursday December 23rd, 2021 night edition

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Biden administration is extending a student loan moratorium that has allowed millions of Americans to put off debt payments during the pandemic.

Under the action Wednesday, payments on federal student loans will remain paused through May 1.

Interest rates will remain at 0% during that period, and debt collection efforts will be suspended.

Those measures have been in place since early in the pandemic but were set to expire Jan. 31.

This is the second extension from the administration.

President Joe Biden says the administration understands that borrowers are still coping with the impact of the pandemic. »

University of Hong Kong removes Tiananmen Massacre monument in dead of night

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Workers at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) removed the Tiananmen Massacre monument late on Wednesday night, months after the university said the statue must be go.

The University of Hong Kong ordered the removal of the Pillar of Shame, an eight-metre tall sculpture commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre, from its campus in October. — Hong Kong Free Press HKFP (@hkfp) December 21, 2021.

See also: Explainer: How Hong Kong sought to erase the memory of the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre. »

After Backlash, Ubisoft Calls Gaming NFTs a ‘Major Change That Will Take Time’

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Ubisoft recently became the first traditional gaming giant to implement in-game NFTs with the launch of its Tezos-based Quartz platform, but the publisher faced significant backlash from gamers.

Today, alongside announcing a new alliance with, Ubisoft discussed the fan response with Decrypt, calling video game NFTs a “major change” for players.

In any case, Ubisoft went ahead with its plans—unlike GSC Game World with S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2’s planned NFTs, or gaming-centric chat app Discord with its own crypto wallet integration. »

N.L. man gets just $1 for fence destroyed by snow plowed by town

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The town of Victoria “cannot be expected to build a fence as dilapidated as the Plaintiff’s fence was before the snow storm,” Porter wrote. »

Putin says Russia has 'nowhere to retreat' over Ukraine

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Putin addressed his remarks to military officials as Russia pressed for an urgent U.S. and NATO reply to proposals it made last week for a binding set of security guarantees from the West.

"What the U.S. is doing in Ukraine is at our doorstep... And they should understand that we have nowhere further to retreat to.

1/3 Russian President Vladimir Putin attends an expanded meeting of the Defence Ministry Board in Moscow, Russia December 21, 2021. »