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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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.
The secret Saudi plan to buy the World Cup
"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.
Meta, long an A.I. leader, tries not to be left out of the boom
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.
Northern Ireland Protocol is lawful, Supreme Court rules
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.
Why a last-minute hangout feels so good right now
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.
‘You stand like an overcooked prawn!’ Why bad posture is the key to back pain – and 10 ways to improve yours
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.
Zelensky praises Boris Johnson in historic UK parliament address
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.
As glaciers melt, sudden flood risks threaten 15 million people, study finds
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.
I tried Microsoft’s new AI-powered Bing. Search will never be the same
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.
Israeli scientists develop sniffing robot with locust antennae
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.
LeBron James breaks NBA all-time scoring record
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.
Biden, in State of the Union, mixes bipartisanship with defiance
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.
How the Chinese spy balloon drama played out on Chinese-owned TikTok
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.
Let me mansplain: Studies reveal impact of condescension
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.
Right mood, wrong time? Get back in sync in the bedroom
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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.
Hope fading as deaths in Turkey, Syria quake pass 11,000
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.
Russia in Africa: How Moscow bought a new sphere of influence on the cheap
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."
Why France is arguing about work, and the right to be lazy
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.
Turkey earthquake: Erdogan 'responsible for this' opposition leader says
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.
What happened to German pacifism?
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.
Layoffs alone won’t solve tech’s problems
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.
Death or glory in Russia
On a lighter note
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.
Buy Nothing is everything
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