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Happy Thursday!

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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  1. 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.

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    The women turning to sex work to make ends meet

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    Lifestyle11 min read
  2. 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.

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    EU reaches deal to ban products linked to deforestation

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    Climate3 min read
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  4. 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.

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    New Peru president sworn in, predecessor Castillo arrested

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    Politics2 min read
  5. 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.

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    The Washington PostThe Washington Post

    Iran conducts first known execution of prisoner arrested during protests

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    Politics2 min read
  6. 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.

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    Politico

    German defense chief’s future in doubt as Berlin runs out of ammo

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  7. 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

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    CNBC

    Some crypto backers are purposely taking a 'very dangerous path,' EU regulator says

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    Crypto2 min read
  8. 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.

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    Why Morocco’s World Cup success is no fluke

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    Sports4 min read
  9. 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.

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    ‘A full house of the prince’s public indiscretions!’ What we learned from the Harry and Meghan documentary

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    Culture3 min read
  10. 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.

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    The Washington PostThe Washington Post

    Two women sue Apple, saying stalkers used AirTags to track them

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    Tech3 min read
  11. 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.

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    CNN

    WNBA star Brittney Griner released from Russian detention in prisoner swap for convicted arms dealer

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    News2 min read
  12. 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.

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    Am I 'too nice' to get ahead in a male-led industry?

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    Personal Growth3 min read
  13. Austria is vowing to block Romania and Bulgaria from entering the Schengen area. Politico explains why.

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    Politico

    Migration feud derails expansion plan for Europe’s Schengen visa-free travel area

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    Politics2 min read
  14. 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.

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    As China starts dismantling 'zero-COVID' controls, fears of virus grow

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    Health3 min read
  15. 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.

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    Wirecard trial of executives opens in German fraud scandal

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    Business3 min read
  16. 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.

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    Oldest DNA on record - 2 million years - reveals Greenland's lost world

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  17. "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.

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    The race to build a better Twitter

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  18. 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.

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    The fate of Sam Bankman-Fried's investments

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    Finance1 min read
  19. 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.

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    What successful forest restoration looks like

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    Climate3 min read
  20. BBC Future explores what happens to our brains when we learn Braille. The unexpected results are shared in this video article.

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    BBC Culture

    'Reading it is like codebreaking'

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    Personal Growth1 min read
  21. 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."

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    Can younger workers speak up without managers bristling?

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    Lifestyle7 min read

Your must-reads on important topics

  1. 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.

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    Russian anti-war activists seek common goals (when they're not bickering)

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    World Affairs5 min read
  2. 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.

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    Foreign PolicyForeign Policy

    Ukraine is on the edge of a complete blackout

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    World Affairs5 min read
  3. 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.

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    BloombergBloomberg

    Germany just averted its own Jan. 6, and maybe the Fourth Reich

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    Politics3 min read
  4. 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.

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    The Washington PostThe Washington Post

    Apple says it will allow iCloud backups to be fully encrypted

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    Tech3 min read
  5. 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.

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    El Pais

    ‘There is no going back’ on Iranian protests, says exiled writer Taghi Rahmani

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    Politics5 min read
  6. 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?

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    The GuardianThe Guardian

    Is Facebook losing its $100bn gamble on virtual reality?

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    Tech9 min read
  7. 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.

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    The Wall Street JournalThe Wall Street Journal

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s farewell could take him from the World Cup to obscurity

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    Sports5 min read

On a lighter note

  1. 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.

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    BBC

    Wordle: The most Googled word globally and in the US in 2022

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    Culture2 min read
  2. 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.

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    Mashable

    Author's tweet about a disappointing book signing draws support from literary legends

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    Culture1 min read
  3. 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.

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    The pandemic made work holiday parties weird. How to navigate yours.

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    Business4 min read

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