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Sunday July 30th, 2023 night edition

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Ukraine has passed legislation moving its official Christmas holiday to December 25, further distancing itself from the traditions of the Putin-aligned Russian Orthodox Church, which celebrates the holiday on January 7.

The new law will effectively formalize what some churches in Ukraine had already begun practicing.

A branch of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine allowed its churches to celebrate Christmas on December 25 last year.

Ukraine’s main Greek Catholic church said in February it was moving to a new calendar to celebrate Christmas on December 25 as well.

In December, the Ukrainian government launched a poll asking citizens whether the date for Christmas should be moved to December 25.

They added that they celebrated Christmas on December 25 last year and felt they would “quickly adapt.”.

The new law will also change the dates of several Ukrainian holidays that are celebrated on the same day as religious festivities. »

Disqualification of Ukraine fencer Kharlan reversed – DW – 07

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Olga Kharlan's disqualification for not shaking hands with her Russian opponent after defeating her at the world championships has been reversed.

The International Fencing Federation (FIE) on Friday reversed its decision to disqualify Ukrainian fencer Olga Kharlan, allowing her to participate in the upcoming team competition.

Smirnova immediately approached Kharlan with hand extended, but the Ukrainian simply held out her saber toward the Russian. »

Senator Files Bill Barring Fox From Getting $200M Tax Break From Lawsuit Payment

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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) filed a bill on Wednesday that would specifically bar large corporations from being able to take an income tax deduction from certain defamation payments.

The legislation is seemingly aimed directly at barring Fox from being able to diminish the impact of its settlement payment over actions that likely had a huge impact on eroding American democracy.

Lawmakers have condemned the tax loophole, saying that the public should not have to suffer even further from Fox’s lies. »

Final Fantasy 6 director is still pushing for a remake

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A Final Fantasy figurehead is pushing for a Final Fantasy 6 remake - again.

Just last month, Final Fantasy mainstay developer Yoshinori Kitase revealed that while a Final Fantasy 6 remake would be "difficult," he's constantly being approached by other developers at Square Enix, who want the remake of one of the best Final Fantasy games to eventually happen.

The studio might've wrapped up work on Final Fantasy 16 (for now), but there's still Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth and Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis coming within the next year or so, to name just two major ongoing Final Fantasy-related projects. »