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The Telegraph Frontpage Christmas-day 2022 December 25

Merry Christmas to all our readers.

Before you start your celebrations, we have the Royal family’s Christmas Eve observance at the Abbey, and a vow by their President that Ukrainians will create a Christmas ‘miracle’ of survival and defiance.

Headlines: Today’s essential news

Defiant message | Ukraine’s survival shows its people are making their own miracle, says Volodymyr Zelensky. Readers see another Churchill

  • Abbey carols | Princess of Wales hosts Christmas family service
    Prince George and Princess Charlotte sang in full voice at their mother the Princess of Wales’s Christmas carol service, during which the late Queen’s memory was honoured.

    The future king and his younger sister held candles as they joined the congregation for the festive evening at Westminster Abbey earlier this month.

    George and Charlotte were among more than 1,800 people at the televised service, which aired on ITV1 on Christmas Eve and was narrated by Catherine Zeta-Jones.

  • Clarkson column | Harry and Meghan call Sun apology ‘PR stunt’
    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have dismissed an apology by The Sun newspaper over a column in which Jeremy Clarkson said he “hated” Meghan as “nothing more than a PR stunt”.

    A spokeswoman for the couple said while they “absolutely deserved the publication’s regrets” the fact the paper hadn’t attempted to contact them “showed their intent”.

    They added that a “true apology” would consist of a “shift” in the paper’s “ethical standards”.

    The apology from The Sun came after the piece became the most complained-about article in the history of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso).

  • Palace office | King Charles has ‘evicted’ Duke of York
    The King has “evicted” the Duke of York from Buckingham Palace in the wake of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, according to reports.

    The Duke had maintained his private office at the palace, despite being stripped of his role as a working member of the family.

  • Key role | Rishi Sunak hires Spectator journalist as political secretary
    Rishi Sunak has hired James Forsyth, an old school friend for whom he was reportedly best man at his wedding, to be his new political secretary.

    Mr Forsyth, who is The Spectator’s political editor and also a columnist for The Times newspaper, will advise Mr Sunak and act as a link between the Prime Minister, the No10 policy unit and Tory MPs.

  • Shopping list | NHS spends £65m a year prescribing everyday items
    The NHS is spending £65 million per year prescribing over-the-counter products like shampoos, paracetamol and toothpaste, an investigation has revealed.

    The amount spent on prescriptions for everyday household goods has risen by nearly 50 per cent since before the pandemic, despite a pledge from health chiefs to crack down on wasteful prescribing.

Around the word: Top Stories

  • ‘Absolute evil’ | Missile attack on Kherson Christmas shoppers
    Russia bombed a busy marketplace in the recently-recaptured city of Kherson on Christmas Eve “for the sake of intimidation and pleasure”, Ukraine’s president said.

    At least eight people were killed and 58 wounded, officials said, when shells hit the city centre on Saturday morning leaving bloodied corpses scattered on the ground and shops burning.

  • Killer storm | At least 19 deaths as US millions face life threat
    Stranded Native American tribes were forced to burn clothes to keep warm as a once-in-a-generation storm crippled much of the US and left at least 19 people dead.

    Tribal leaders in South Dakota’s Pine Ridge reservation appealed for urgent help after being buried under drifts of snow as tall as some houses.

    Around 1.5 million people were without power and millions more were under weather warnings.

  • Bandmates’ tribute | Faithless singer Maxi Jazz dies aged 65
    Maxi Jazz, the lead singer of the British dance music group Faithless, has died aged 65.

    The musician, whose real name was Maxwell Fraser, was a core member of the group alongside Rollo and Sister Bliss. They released a number of hit tracks together including Insomnia and We Come 1.

  • Paris rocked | More riots between police and Kurds over shooting
    Renewed clashes broke out in Paris between police and Kurdish protesters angry at the killing of three members of their community on Friday.
  • Morale booster | Bear rescued by Ukrainian troops lifts spirits
    Soldiers are being sent updates about Bakhmut, who was locked in a cage but is now settling into a new life at a forest sanctuary
    A bear rescued by Ukrainian soldiers will finally be able to enjoy a silent night this Christmas after enduring relentless Russian shelling in the besieged front-line city of Bakhmut.

    Volodymyr Zelensky’s troops discovered Bakhmut the bear – named after the city in wartorn Donetsk where it was found – in a small, damaged concrete cage in a private garden.

Comment and analysis

  • Charlotte Lytton | Proof that politics has lost the plot
    Move over Mondeo Man, the party wants to win the votes of another kind of chap

    Middle-Aged Mortgage Man. The term apparently describes the kind of chap the Labour Party is hoping to scoop up ahead of the next election: a 50-year-old swing voter with no university degree, a private sector job, and a mortgage. “What they need to do this time is find a median voter,” explained Rob Ford, a politics professor at Manchester University. “That is Middle-Aged Mortgage Man.”
  • Daniel Hannan | Controlling migration demands tough choices
    If you attended a church service over Christmas, the chances are you’ll have heard some reference to asylum-seekers. Sermons about refugees are as much a part of our seasonal traditions as the solo at the start of “Once in Royal David’s City”. This year, the High Court having just ruled that we may deport illegal immigrants to Rwanda, the sermons will more or less have written themselves.
  • Ben Marlow | Christmas strikes expose the myth of union ‘solidarity’
    Short-sighted trade unions are sabotaging the workers they claim to represent
  • Telegraph View | The bright side this Christmas is that of humanity
    In the battle between light and dark, warmth and cold, life and death, the bright side is that of humanity: the common cause of all mankind
  • Letters | Like Churchill, President Zelensky has inspired

Today’s big-read

The ultimate Christmas survival guide – from kitchen disaster fixes to annoying relatives

Christmas survival

Our cast of experts, from Xanthe Clay to Sophia Money-Coutts, will help your festive celebrations go without a hitch

Editor’s choice: Take 5

Gallery: Christmas dinners around the world

For most Britons, Christmas dinner is by far the most important, labour-intensive, tradition-steeped, all-singing all-dancing meal we will have all year. Traditionally, this means a turkey roast and all the trimmings. But what about other countries? We have captured the popular Christmas fodder of 19 other countries around the world.

Christmas dinners

A typical Christmas meal from Finland includes a variety of items not often found in the UK

Looking back at 2022: War breaks out

Russia launched its illegal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine in February – bringing war back to the continent of Europe. The knock-on effects of Vladimir Putin’s violence have been felt all over the world and not just in terms of geopolitical relationships. Russia and Ukraine are major producers of wheat; 26 countries rely on them for more than half of their annual imports. The war has also resulted in shortages and price rises. To understand more about how the invasion has altered the geopolitical realities of Europe, take a look at this fascinating piece from Tim Marshall on how the invasion has redrawn the Iron Curtain.

Here is a selection of articles we think you’ll be interested in today.
NHS ‘held hostage’ by pay deadlock as five more strikes set for January
Will Qatar’s World Cup triumph take it from global ignominy to a force to be reckoned with?
Pictured: Essex steakhouse starts to sink ‘like Titanic’
The Miller and Carter at the Lakeside Shopping Centre is experiencing ‘structural issues’
The Miller and Carter steakhouse housed in a converted paddle steamer began sinking at Lakeside Shopping Centre in Essex on Friday, with the company announcing it would be closed until “further notice”.

Six-inch metal forceps left inside patient in ‘never event’
LGBT charity refers itself to the police over sexual exploitation fears

A leading Scottish LGBT youth charity has referred itself to police over historic allegations of links to child grooming and sexual exploitation.

LGBT Youth Scotland, which last year received almost £400,000 in taxpayers’ cash from the SNP Government and more than £250,000 from councils, said it had called in Police Scotland over “new allegations” and pledged to fully support a probe.

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