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Eurovision winners trade $900,000 trophy for war drones

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The Ukrainian band which won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, have sold their winning trophy

Kalush Orchestra are on a mission to raise money for the war in Ukraine, selling its winning trophy for $900,000

The crystal microphone was auctioned on Facebook, with the aim of buying drones for Ukraine’s military.

Drones are used heavily by Ukrainian and Russian forces, both as weapons and reconnaissance aircraft.

The band also appeared at a charity concert in Berlin, also raising money for medical care and supplies for Ukrainians.

Speaking at the concert, band member Oleh Psiuk appealed for people not to get used to the war.

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy this month with their entry “Stefania”.

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The band are riding a wave of public support, welcomed by the country’s president.

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CNN begins mass layoffs

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CNN has begun cutting hundreds of staff from its news operations around the world

CNN is eliminating some 400 positions around the world, equating to about 10% of staff.

The cuts come on top of the August closure of CNN+, which resulted in the departure of more than 200 employees.

Staff waited anxiously for a notification of a video call in which they would be laid off.

HLN will drop all live programming.

Its international quarters has also been impacted, with a loss of programming in London.

It comes after a tumultuous year for its new parent company, following the merger between Discovery and Warner Brothers.

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Lachlan Murdoch to appear in $1.6b lawsuit

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Fox Corp boss Lachlan Murdoch is set to appear for a deposition hearing next week, as the defamation lawsuit against Fox News continues.

Dominion Voting Systems is suing Fox over false claims made in relation to voting machines, alleging they rigged the results of the 2020 election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Dominion has argued the parent company played a role in Fox hosts in spreading misinformation about voter fraud, and is seeking $1.6 billion in damages.

Fox personalities including Tucker Carlson and Jeanine Pirro have already given evidence.

Requests to dismiss the case have been denied and neither side has shown signs of entering settlement talks.

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Who made your favourites list on Spotify?

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Spotify has been unwrapped, showcasing top songs, artists and albums that have been listened to this year

Spotify users are sharing their most-streamed songs, artists and albums from 2022.

The annual Spotify Unwrapped puts together a list the streaming service’s most popular tracks each year.

Bad Bunny is the first to top Spotify’s most-streamed artist list three years in a row. The Puerto Rican rapper was behind 18.5 billion streams.

Taylor Swift came a close second, followed by Drake, The Weekend and BTS.

Meanwhile, Harry Styles’ ‘As It Was’ took out the top spot for most popular song.

Joe Rogan’s podcast finished the year on top.

The company likes to put a new spin on its lists, and this year gives users a glimpse into what your stream say about your overall taste.

They’ve worked out 16 listening personality types to best fit including The Replayer, The Specialist, and The Fanclubber.

There are also $40,000 messages of ‘thanks’ from artists for their top listeners.

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