Russian peace activists join forces. Germany averts a potential putsch. Ronaldo may be heading for a low-key swan song. Plus more stories.
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Did you know that as the cost of living rapidly rises, so is the number of women selling sex? The FT reports on the dangers surrounding this increase and on calls to decriminalize the practice.
The women turning to sex work to make ends meet
Here's your daily dose of good news. The EU have banded the importation and selling of products sourced from areas of deforestation. Euronews has the report.
EU reaches deal to ban products linked to deforestation
It's been a big day for Peruvian politics. Reuters reports on the ousting of former president Pedro Castillo, his attempt to shut down Congress and the country's first female president being sworn in.
New Peru president sworn in, predecessor Castillo arrested
It has been reported that this morning Iran carried out the first execution in relation to the months-long protest. The Washington Post has the story.
Iran conducts first known execution of prisoner arrested during protests
The minister charged with transforming Germany into a serious military power is struggling to establish her credibility. Politico reports on the challenges facing Christine Lambrecht.
German defense chief’s future in doubt as Berlin runs out of ammo
FTX's collapse highlighted the risks associated with cryptocurrencies. Unfortunately, some participants are totally against stricter rules, the EU commissioner for financial services has told CNBC
Some crypto backers are purposely taking a 'very dangerous path,' EU regulator says
Morocco's dramatic shootout win against Spain in the World Cup wasn't down to luck, CNN reports. It had far more to do with the expertise of its trainer and the foresight of its football federation.
Why Morocco’s World Cup success is no fluke
Today, Netflix released its highly anticipated series "Harry and Meghan," billed as a chance for the couple to tell their side of their story. The Guardian provides as with some early takeaways.
‘A full house of the prince’s public indiscretions!’ What we learned from the Harry and Meghan documentary
A class-action lawsuit alleges the company failed to make AirTags “stalker-proof” despite concerns over how the tracking devices could enable abuse. The Washington Post has the details.
Two women sue Apple, saying stalkers used AirTags to track them
Joe Biden approved the prisoner swap that allowed U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner to be released on Thursday, CNN reported. Griner was serving a nine-year prison sentence in Russia.
WNBA star Brittney Griner released from Russian detention in prisoner swap for convicted arms dealer
The Washington Post provides us with some useful advice on how to get forward in our careers and how a change of environment or outlook can help that.
Am I 'too nice' to get ahead in a male-led industry?
Austria is vowing to block Romania and Bulgaria from entering the Schengen area. Politico explains why.
Migration feud derails expansion plan for Europe’s Schengen visa-free travel area
China is loosening tough Covid restrictions after protests erupted across the country. But in a population with relatively little immunity, this is leading to big new outbreaks. Reuters explains.
As China starts dismantling 'zero-COVID' controls, fears of virus grow
The former CEO of Wirecard goes on trial today, two years after the disgraced German payment company collapsed amid an accounting scandal. As the BBC reports, the trial could stretch well into 2024.
Wirecard trial of executives opens in German fraud scandal
Scientists have identified the oldest DNA on record "by far" in Greenland. Reuters reports on what has been discovered and how it changes science's perception of the past.
Oldest DNA on record - 2 million years - reveals Greenland's lost world
"Is there really a viable alternative to Twitter yet?." Since Musk's takeover, many users have been looking for a suitable substitute - Verge looks at the options.
The race to build a better Twitter
Sam Bankman-Fried invested billions of dollars into startups and venture capital funds before FTX's collapse. Axios investigates whether the money could be clawed back.
The fate of Sam Bankman-Fried's investments
Over 400 million hectares of forest have been lost since 1990. Popular Science reports on the impact this has had on the earth and what reforestation efforts look like across the globe.
What successful forest restoration looks like
BBC Future explores what happens to our brains when we learn Braille. The unexpected results are shared in this video article.
'Reading it is like codebreaking'
BBC Worklife investigates a generational battle underway as younger members of the workforce push to have a say, while some older workers say "wait your turn."
Can younger workers speak up without managers bristling?
Your must-reads on important topics
Russian activists living outside the country are trying to bring an end to the conflict in Ukraine. The NYT spoke to some of them and was told how difficult it has been to forge a common agenda.
Russian anti-war activists seek common goals (when they're not bickering)
Russian missile strikes have crippled Ukraine’s power supply. As temperatures fall, surviving the winter has become the priority for many people. Foreign Policy reports on a desperate situation.
Ukraine is on the edge of a complete blackout
Extremists are getting more dangerous everywhere, writes Bloomberg columnist Andreas Kluth. Just look at this week's massive police raid in Germany, which disrupted plans for a full-blown coup.
Germany just averted its own Jan. 6, and maybe the Fourth Reich
Apple's decision to offer fully encrypted backups in iCloud is a victory for privacy advocates, the Washington Post reports. However, multiple governments are likely to object on security grounds.
Apple says it will allow iCloud backups to be fully encrypted
In an interview with El Pais, Iran’s most frequently jailed journalist talks eloquently about the "43 years of injustice" in his country. The only way forward, he says, is the overthrow of the regime.
‘There is no going back’ on Iranian protests, says exiled writer Taghi Rahmani
Meta has spent a fortune on creating an immersive successor to the traditional 2D internet, the Guardian reports. The big question is: Who will end up controlling the biggest slice of the metaverse?
Is Facebook losing its $100bn gamble on virtual reality?
Ronaldo was hoping for a move to a big European club this winter. But after failing to impress in Qatar -- at least so far -- he may settle for a lucrative swan song in Saudi Arabia. The WSJ reports.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s farewell could take him from the World Cup to obscurity
On a lighter note
If you didn't google "Wordle" this year, you are one of a very small few. The BBC reports on the year's most searched words, people and moments including Johnny Depp, Will Smith and the Queen.
Wordle: The most Googled word globally and in the US in 2022
A discouraged author tweeted "only 2 people came to my author signing yesterday" - the tweet went viral with messages of support and big authors sharing similar experiences from their pasts.
Author's tweet about a disappointing book signing draws support from literary legends
For some people, holiday work parties have always been a little awkward -- and the pandemic has made them even more so. But don't worry: The Washington Post is on hand with some expert advice.
The pandemic made work holiday parties weird. How to navigate yours.
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