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The Queen’s year of ill-health

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It’s been a difficult 12 months for the Monarch, after spending a night in hospital last October.

October 2021

For the first time, the Queen was seen with a walking stick at a major public event, during a service at Westminster Abbey.

The next day the Palace said the queen has attended a private London hospital for “preliminary investigations”

November 2021

The Queen pulled out of a major UN climate summit in Glasgow on doctors advice.

The Monarch is told to rest and missed the annual Remembrance Sunday event on November 14.

February

The Queen tests positive for Covid-19. Buckingham Palace says she has “mild, cold-like symptoms”.

March and April

The queen pulls out of Commonwealth Day service but she attends March 29 memorial service for her late husband Prince Philip.

May

The Queen missed the ceremonial opening of parliament, only the third time she’s done so since 1952.

Her heir Prince Charles takes on her role.

June

The Queen misses significant Platinum Jubilee events for her 70th year on the throne.

She was unable to attend a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 3, making only two public appearances.

September

The Queen missed the Braemar Gathering Highland Games on the first weekend of September, one of her favourite events.

She formally appoints Liz Truss as the 15th British prime minister of her reign on September 6

She carries out the ceremony at Balmoral in Scotland for the first time, as she’s unable to travel to London for the event.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Porn floods Twitter “China” search

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Twitter users have been finding it hard to search for information on the social media platform due to an explosion of pornographic spam.

While thousands of protests against extended lockdowns, a digital bot army has roared into action on Twitter, with long-dormant Chinese language accounts suddenly tweeting links to escort services and other adult content.

Anyone trying to track the spontaneous protest movement on Twitter complained about the deluge of spam pornographic content making flooding the search for information.

The China protests come at a time when Twitter’s content and moderation teams have been pared back drastically following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the social media giant.

Twitter, along with other international social media services like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, is blocked by Beijing’s internet censors within Mainland China.

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Biden silence on China protests

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As citizens across China revolt against the country’s “zero Covid” policy, the White House issued a statement about the growing protests.

“‘We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, in the United States and around the world,’ a White House National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement.

‘This includes in the [People’s Republic of China.]’

“‘Zero COVID is not a policy we are pursuing here,’ the spokesperson said.

‘And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy.’”

Commentators have noted that the statement came from the White House, and not President Biden himself.

Demonstrators are calling on President Joe Biden to take a stance and publicly support their cause.

The protests have continued despite numerous attempts by the Chinese government to quell them.

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China protests hit global markets, crypto

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The protests in China are having a negative impact on cryptocurrencies and markets around the world.

Bitcoin failed to break its descent and fell more than 3 percent.

The global crypto market cap fell over 2%, sending major cryptos into the red.

Over the last 24 hours, overall crypto market volume grew by 22%.

It comes amid a round of investor nervousness in global markets spurred by protests in China against Covid restrictions.

Protesters outraged by harsh COVID-19 regulations called for China’s strong leader to quit.

China is the world’s second-largest economy and has a significant impact on global financial markets.

Stocks and cryptos aren’t considered safe havens, leading to bearing price action.

Analysts are hoping for a sharp bullish reversal if and when the protests end.

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