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Here's What Happened Today: Christmas Eve

The government’s popularity rating, sanctions on North Korea and Dublin’s charity Christmas busk had people talking today.

NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of the news this Christmas Eve.


Christmas busk Source: Dublin Simon via Twitter


Santa health problems A mince pie, a glass of sherry and a carrot by a fireplace. Source: PA Images

#PYONGYANG: North Korea slammed new UN sanctions imposed over its missile tests as an “act of war”.

#PHILIPPINES: At least 37 people are believed to have died in a fire that tore through a shopping mall in the southern Philippine city of Davao.

#MARCH ELECTION: Thousands of Russians have endorsed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to run against current President Vladimir Putin in Russia’s election next year.


NORAD Tracks Santa Volunteers at a Colorado base answer phone calls from children around the world asking where Santa is and when he will deliver presents to their homes. Source: Brennan Linsley via PA Images

Every Christmas Eve for the past 62 years, hundreds of volunteers at an Air Force One base in Colorado answer calls from children wanting to know where Santa is on his journey around the world.

The toll-free telephone number for ‘NORAD Tracks Santa’ is 877-446-6723, or you can track Santa’s whereabouts yourself using NORAD’s Santa map.

From all of us here at, have a Happy Christmas, agus athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir.

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