Queen Elizabeth II was not well enough to attend the traditional New Year church service because of a lingering cold, Buckingham Palace said Sunday. It was unusual for her to miss the service. Elizabeth also missed the Christmas church service last week. The prolonged illness has raised some concerns. Source: Bloomberg
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“How old is your son? Four?” he asks the reporter. “When he is old he won’t be living in a democracy but in a technocracy, or a dictatorship. It’s sad as hell. I am sorry to say it, but I am 100 percent sure. We are in the process of dismantling democracy.” Source TheLocal
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