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Aldi UK Christmas period sales rise 7.9%

LONDON- In the four week run-up to Christmas till December 24th, Aldi UK’s sales rose 7.9% year-on-year. The British arm of the German supermarket saw this rise in numbers thanks to a strong growth in sale of beers, wines and spirits along with a premium product range. Aldi, the
USA

Mexico Mormon family has tearful Christmas after cartel murders

COLONIA LEBARON, Mexico- Surrounded by dozens of his descendants, Adrian LeBaron gave thanks to God as he prepared to celebrate Christmas for the first time since suspected Mexican drug cartel hitmen murdered his daughter and four grandchildren last month. The patriarch of a large family of U.S.-Mexican Mormon origin, LeBaron was thrust into the media […]
Asia

Christmas typhoon kills at least 13 in Philippines

MANILA- A typhoon that struck the central Philippines over Christmas has killed at least 13 people, disaster agency officials said on Thursday. Typhoon Phanfone hit the Philippines late on Tuesday with winds of up to 120 kph (75 mph) and gusts of 150 kph, heavy rain and flooding. More than 58,000 people were evacuated from […]
UK

Queen Elizabeth mixes puddings, and sends message of continuity

LONDON- At the end of a difficult year, Queen Elizabeth has posed for photographs with her son Prince Charles, grandson Prince William and great-grandson Prince George in an apparent message about the continuity of the British royal family. Buckingham Palace released photographs on Saturday of the Queen and the three immediate members of the line […]
Europe

Tradition vs technology: Christmas tree app in Estonia

KURESSAARE, Estonia- Come Christmas time, the Estonians have always headed out into the forests in packs to chop down their Christmas trees; the only difference now is that they may have a smartphone handy. Estonia’s state forestry company has launched a mobile application for people to search for their Christmas trees online and pay for […]