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Families Around the World – Jan 10, 2011

In this series we look at some of the more interesting family stories from around the world over the past 7 days.

This week we have a wide-range of family-related stories from Southern Sudan, Taiwan, Uruguay, Spain and the USA. Enjoy.

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Southern Sudan

First off, we have a fascinating story about how a successful referendum for independence in Southern Sudan (the referendum is taking place as I write this post) will affect the many Kenyan families that moved there seeking peace and prosperity

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TAIWAN

An exhibition of the works of Chen Ping (better known by her pen name "Sanmao") opened this week in Taipei. Ping, who, as this story explains, moved to Taiwan with her family in the late 1940's, is one of the most influential female writers in the Mandarin speaking world.

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URUGUAY

In soccer/football crazy Uruguay, 90% of people follow one of two teams - Peñarol and Nacional. This story gives a brief insight into how important the twice yearly derby between these two teams is - how it can divide families and how, unfortunately, football hooliganism is ruining one of the great footballing rivalries of the world

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SPAIN

Did you know that Chistmas was this week in Spain? OK, so not really Christmas, that's still on the 25th December, but the gift giving associated with Christmas happens on 3 Kings Day (known as "Los Reyes" in Spanish and sometimes also known as the Epiphany in English), which falls on January 6th. Here's a great article which looks at how Spanish families spend this day of celebration.

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USA

Finally, US-based fans of the Kennedys, were disappointed to hear that the History Channel in the US has decided not to air a brand new,highly anticipated, 8-part mini-series on the family featuring Katie Holmes as Jackie Onassis and Greg Kinnear as JFK. The good news for everyone outside of the US is that the mini-series will be aired internationally to coincide with the 50 year anniversary of the start of the Kennedy presidency.

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That's it for this week's Families Around the World (FAW). If you have any amazing family stories you think our blog readers would like to hear about, feel free to put some info and a link in the comments to this post and we'll see if we can add it to next week's edition of FAW

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