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Families Around the World – Feb 8, 2011

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

Included in this week's list are stories from China, the USA, Easter Island, South Africa and Spain.

Enjoy!

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China

We kick this week's edition of Families Around the World off with an interesting follow up story to last week's Families Around the World story about the mass migration that occurs around New Year in China as people flock to visit their families.

It seems that the number of divorces in China swells around New Year as debates about which family to visit cause irreconcilable differences.

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USA

With the NFL Super Bowl taking up much of the attention of Americans this week it's fitting that we have a story about the Green Bay Packers' player, Clay Matthews, whose family has a combined 40 years' experience in the NFL without a single Super Bowl victory to show for it.

For those who haven't heard yet, the good news for Clay and his family is that the Packers went on to win Super Bowl 45, no doubt bringing great joy to his father, grandfather and the rest of the Matthews clan.
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Easter Island (Chile)

From the mysterious Easter Island, we have a story about an Indigenous family that has been evicted by police from a local resort they were squatting in that they claim was built on ancestoral land illegally taken from them.

The Hito family is just one of many protesting the relatively recent transfer of land from indigenous peoples to powerful Chilean families.

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SOUTH AFRICA

This week we also have an interesting piece on Nicky Oppenheimer, the Chairman of the famous De Beers mining company and the grandson of Ernest Oppenheimer, the first of the dynasty of Oppenheimers that has run the De Beers group of companies since 1929.

The story looks at what the Oppenheimers' future role at De Beers will be in light of changing economic circumstances

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SPAIN

Finally, for families looking for somewhere to go for an enjoyable holiday, Spain was recently named the best country for family fun in the SkyScanner Global Travel Awards for 2011.

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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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