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    Politico

    The West tried to crush Russia’s economy. Why hasn’t it worked?

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    1. The U.S. and its partners have used economic sanctions against Russia, targeting individuals, companies and state bodies including financial institutions and central banks. Anyone who fails to comply with the sanctions could face criminal charges, hefty fines and frozen assets.
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    Economy
    3 min read
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    NBC

    Netanyahu’s postwar plan for Gaza reflects difficult balancing act

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    1. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has released his first official postwar plan for Gaza, which includes Israel's continued military presence and the maintenance of a buffer zone in northern Gaza.
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    World Affairs
    4 min read
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    CNN

    Mexico City may be just months away from running of out water

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    1. Mexico City, home to nearly 22 million people, is facing a severe water crisis due to a combination of factors including geography, urban development, leaky infrastructure and climate change. The city is experiencing abnormally low rainfall, longer dry periods and high temperatures, which are adding stress to an already strained water system.
    New
    World Affairs
    6 min read
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    El Pais

    100,000 satellites overhead: The new race to make access to space an everyday occurrence

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    1. A new space race has begun, with small companies and academics making significant contributions to the field from all over the world. This has been made possible by technological changes that allow for the construction of smaller, cheaper satellites that can be launched on affordable rockets.
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    Tech
    6 min read
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    NPR

    Mount Everest is plagued by garbage. These Nepali women are transforming it into crafts

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    1. A small start-up project in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, is repurposing waste left by climbers in the Himalayas -- including ropes -- into items such as boxes and table mats. The project is led by Sunita Kumari Chaudhary and her team of Tharu craftswomen.
    New
    Business
    5 min read

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    BBC

    Why some animals have evolved a sense of humor

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    1. A study by the University of California Los Angeles has found that great apes -- our closest living relatives -- engage in teasing behaviour similar to that of young human children. The researchers observed 18 distinct teasing behaviours, including poking, hitting, hindering movement, body slamming and pulling on a body part.
    New
    Science
    6 min read

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