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These are the biggest news stories this year



From the death of Queen Elizabeth II to Elon Musk buying Twitter, these are the stories that made headlines

2022 has come to an end. For many, it was the first post-lockdown year, which was meant to signal a shift to new opportunities and recovery.

But the conflict in Ukraine and rising inflation has placed the world on the verge of economic downfall.

However, as 2023 nears there is optimism in the air as the world pauses to reflect on the biggest news stories this year.

War in Ukraine

In the early hours of 24 February, Russian troops stormed into Ukrainian territory.

Russian President Vladimir Putin described the offensive as a “special military operation”.

He said countries entering the conflict would be met with an “immediate” response “never faced in your history”.

At the same time, the United Nations was meeting in New York. Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations was grilled by Ukraine’s representative at the time.

In a matter of hours, air raid sirens rung across Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, as families rushed to evacuate the warzone.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky donned camouflage attire and rejected a U.S. evacuation offer. He reportedly said “I need ammunition, not a ride.”

Human rights groups have laid blame on Russia for committing alleged war crimes against citizens of Ukraine.

In September, President Putin claimed to annex four Russia-occupied areas in Ukraine’s Donetska, Luhanska, Zaporizka, and Khersonska regions.

Russian authorities purportedly held ‘referendums’ in these areas, with hastily staged ‘voting.’

On the backfoot, Mr Putin announced a partial military mobilisation’. It put 300,000 army reservists on standby as Ukraine continued to fight Russian forces on the frontlines.

Professor John Bryson from the University of Birmingham said success on the battlefield requires planning, strategy and logistics combined with a professional military.

“Russia does not have a professional military but relies on conscripts and mercenaries.”

“There is something very odd going on with Putin and his war with Ukraine.”


“Putin has demonstrated that there are major problems with Russia’s military technology and capability, and this includes the all-important role logistics plays in warfare,” he said.

Death of Queen Elizabeth II

In September, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II passed away aged 96.

Days before her death, the Queen swore in his 14th British Prime Minister, Liz Truss.

“The death of Her Majesty the Queen is a huge shock to the nation and to the world. Queen Elizabeth II was the rock on which modern Britain was built. Our country has grown and flourished under her reign.”


It led to an outpouring of grief from around the world. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described the late monarch as one of his “favourite people”.

As the world paid a final farewell to Queen Elizabeth, King Charles III made his ascension to the throne. Her funeral was a show of dazzling pomp and pageantry.

King Charles III became the head of state across the UK and across 14 Commonwealth realms following his mother’s death.

Covid-19 protests in China

As much of the world moved on from the grips of Covid-19, China was staying firm on its pandemic policy.

The “draconian” measures, according to Human Rights Watch, saw apartment blocks shut off as Beijing pushed ahead with its Covid-zero strategy.

After protests at Chinese universities, Beijing loosened some of its quarantine measures.

Inflation worsens

As the world begins its recovery from the pandemic, the war in Ukraine sent global shockwaves.

It led to economic uncertainty, and a stark reality that inflation remains far too high.

Global markets buckled under stress, and interest rates continued to trend upwards.

“There is considerable uncertainty about what rate will be sufficient, although there is no doubt that we have made substantial progress, raising our target range for the federal funds rate by 3.75 percentage points since March,” said Federal Reserve Chair, Jerome Powell.

“It makes sense to moderate the pace of our rate increases as we approach the level of restraint that will be sufficient to bring inflation down,” he explained.

The financial burden and uncertainty is expected to continue into 2023 as the world nears the brink of recession.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Daylight reveals full extent of destruction in Turkey



A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake has shaken the country

Daylight is revealing the full scale of destruction following a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake in central Turkey.

The massive quake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres, near heavily populated areas.

The death toll has now surpassed 100 and authorities warn this number will only rise.

As snow fell, residents were forced to find shelter on the streets.

The tremor was so significant it was felt felt in Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria.

The governor of Turkey’s southeastern province has taken to Twitter, saying his region has a number of destroyed buildings – urging people to move to safe locations.

This footage shows a survivor being pulled from the rubble. #trending #featured

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Beyoncé reins supreme at 65th Grammy Awards



Beyoncé has broken the record for most wins ever

Beyoncé has reminded us all once again why she truly is the Queen Bee – breaking the record for the most Grammy Award wins of all time.

Trying not to be emotional, the singer thanked her family, including her late uncle Jonny.

Jonny helped make her stage outfits before she rose to fame while also introducing her to much of the sonic influences we hear on Renaissance.

Know as “music’s biggest night”, the Grammys are the industry’s most prestigious awards.

Adele, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Shania Twain and Stevie Wonder were just some of the stars in attendance.

Speaking of Harry, he won best pop album for Harry’s House.

Dressed in a white tux, Styles received his award with a kiss from Jennifer Lopez. #trending #featured

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TikTok could be banned in the United States



TikTok in the firing line after Chinese balloon was shot down

China has hit back at the U.S. after officials shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina.

Washington says it was being used to monitor strategic sites.

But Beijing rejects this – claiming the balloon was a civilian airship used to monitor the weather.

The incident is just the latest in a long line of diplomatic disputes between the two countries.

Now, TikTok could be banned in the U.S. in the wake of the incident.

Republicans are now pushing for Washington to distance itself from the Beijing-based app. #trending #featured

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