AS 2023 draws to a close all of us here on the DCN news desk would like to wish our readers a merry Christmas and a safe, happy and prosperous New Year.

We hope the coming weeks are restful and full of joy for each and every one of you.

Our offices will be closed from 5pm on Friday 22 December through 8 January.

During this time, we will not be publishing the regular daily news; however, some holiday reading will appear in your inbox during the first week of January.

The first regular daily newswire of the year will land in your inboxes on the morning of Tuesday 9 January.

And the weekly audio news bulletin DCN Weekly will start up again on Friday 12 January.

We would like to thank every one of our readers for their ongoing support.

Thanks for reading!