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The death toll in Turkey and Syria surges. Putin is buying new influence in Africa. Macron versus "the right to be lazy." Plus more stories.

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  1. Politico has a scoop where it claims Saudi Arabia is planning a backdoor deal with Greece and Egypt to jointly host the football World Cup in 2030, with 75% of matches to be held in the Gulf state.

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    Politico

    The secret Saudi plan to buy the World Cup

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    Business4 min read
  2. "Move fast and break things," was a mantra Facebook swore by. But in the generative A.I. race, with upstarts like OpenAI, Meta is forced to slow down despite the expertise. Find out why.

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    The New York TimesThe New York Times

    Meta, long an A.I. leader, tries not to be left out of the boom

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    Tech5 min read
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  4. A sore point between the U.K. and the E.U's Brexit deal has been laid to rest, for now. The Democratic Unionist Party has accepted the ruling but still rejects the trading arrangements. A BBC report.

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    BBC

    Northern Ireland Protocol is lawful, Supreme Court rules

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    Politics3 min read
  5. In a post pandemic world, spontaneous meet-ups can still feel a little foreign. The Wall Street Journal weighs in on what makes these encounters so special.

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    The Wall Street JournalThe Wall Street Journal

    Why a last-minute hangout feels so good right now

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    Culture3 min read
  6. We spend much of our waking lives in front of screens, be it at work or at home - hunched over a laptop or phone screen. The Guardian provides us with 10 useful tips on how to straighten up.

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    The GuardianThe Guardian

    ‘You stand like an overcooked prawn!’ Why bad posture is the key to back pain – and 10 ways to improve yours

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    Personal Growth9 min read
  7. Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Britain for its support during a speech to lawmakers in London, Politico reports. It was the Ukraine president's first trip to the U.K. since Russia invaded his country.

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    Politico

    Zelensky praises Boris Johnson in historic UK parliament address

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    World Affairs3 min read
  8. Research has found that millions of people in China, Pakistan, India and Peru are at risk of life threatening flooding - as a result of climate change. The Washington Post breaks down the report.

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    The Washington PostThe Washington Post

    As glaciers melt, sudden flood risks threaten 15 million people, study finds

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    Climate4 min read
  9. Microsoft has announced new AI-powered changes to its search engine Bing and the Edge browser. This Wall Street Journal columnist tries out the features and weighs in on why it will transform search.

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    The Wall Street JournalThe Wall Street Journal

    I tried Microsoft’s new AI-powered Bing. Search will never be the same

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    Tech4 min read
  10. In Israel, scientists have developed a robot with insect antennae, with the goal of detecting diseases. This technological advancement could create endless future possibilities, Reuters reports.

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    ReutersReuters

    Israeli scientists develop sniffing robot with locust antennae

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    Science1 min read
  11. Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, 38, has become the highest scorer in NBA history. He's notched up 38,390 points in 1,410 games during a career spanning more than 20 years. The BBC has the story.

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    BBC

    LeBron James breaks NBA all-time scoring record

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    Sports5 min read
  12. U.S. President Joe Biden touched on the economy, the Ukraine conflict and China while taking potshots at Republican party policies in his State of the Union address. The Washington Post reports.

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    The Washington PostThe Washington Post

    Biden, in State of the Union, mixes bipartisanship with defiance

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    Politics9 min read
  13. Videos poking fun at China’s spy balloon have been viewed 90 million times on TikTok. While critics remain concerned about the app, The Washington Post explains why it may not be such a big threat.

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    The Washington PostThe Washington Post

    How the Chinese spy balloon drama played out on Chinese-owned TikTok

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    Culture4 min read
  14. Over the past few years, the term “mansplaining” has exploded. Yet, there has been little research about its impact. A new report sheds light on how it negatively affects women, reports The Guardian.

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    The GuardianThe Guardian

    Let me mansplain: Studies reveal impact of condescension

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    Science4 min read
  15. When it comes to sex, communicating effectively isn't always easy for couples in long-term relationships. The Wall Street Journal provides useful advice on how to get back in sync with your partner.

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    The Wall Street JournalThe Wall Street Journal

    Right mood, wrong time? Get back in sync in the bedroom

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    Personal Growth4 min read

Your must-reads on important topics

  1. The enormous scale of the humanitarian catastrophe in Turkey and Syria became horrifyingly clear on Tuesday as the WHO warned the number of dead could exceed 20,000. AP News has the latest.

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    AP News

    Hope fading as deaths in Turkey, Syria quake pass 11,000

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    World Affairs4 min read
  2. Moscow is establishing a foothold across a strip of countries from Mali to Sudan, using Wagner mercenaries and hybrid war to promote autocracy and gain influence. The FT has a sobering report.

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    Financial TimesFinancial Times

    Russia in Africa: How Moscow bought a new sphere of influence on the cheap

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    World Affairs12 min read
  3. Opinion in France is hardening against pension reform, but Macron vows to push it through anyway. Even if he prevails, reports The Economist, he could end up with a "bitterly resentful country."

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    The EconomistThe Economist

    Why France is arguing about work, and the right to be lazy

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    Economy4 min read
  4. Relief operations in the earthquake-afflicted regions have been slow. Opposition parties are blaming President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for not preparing enough despite having disaster relief funds.

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    BBC

    Turkey earthquake: Erdogan 'responsible for this' opposition leader says

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    World Affairs3 min read
  5. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has revealed the limits of pacifism to many Germans, but that ingrained pacifist tradition "cannot be changed overnight," according to this FP analysis.

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    Foreign PolicyForeign Policy

    What happened to German pacifism?

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    World Affairs5 min read
  6. Cutting costs inside their "sprawling bureaucracies" won't turn around the fortunes of Big Tech firms, writes FT tech columnist Parmy Olson. Rather, Silicon Valley needs to become innovative again.

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    BloombergBloomberg

    Layoffs alone won’t solve tech’s problems

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    Tech4 min read
  7. Russia seems to have reverted to warlordism, and this has been abetted by a strain of "religious fundamentalism that openly celebrates death," writes philosopher Slavoj Žižek on Project Syndicate.

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    Project SyndicateProject Syndicate

    Death or glory in Russia

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    World Affairs3 min read

On a lighter note

  1. From guinea pig poop to used underwear, no item is too strange for the “Buy Nothing” community. Here, The Washington Post explores the weird and wonderful world of free giveaway groups.

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    The Washington PostThe Washington Post

    Buy Nothing is everything

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    Culture7 min read

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