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    Vox

    Are Ukraine’s defenses starting to crumble?

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    1. Russian forces have taken the small Eastern Ukrainian city of Avdiivka, ending a brutal battle that has been raging since October. The Ukrainian military estimates that 47,000 Russians were killed or injured in the battle, and more than 400 tanks were lost.
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    World Affairs
    7 min read
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    NPR

    How the dead serve as bargaining chips in the Israel-Hamas conflict

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    1. Both Israel and Hamas have a policy of holding onto the bodies of their enemies, often for years, to use as bargaining chips in negotiations. This practice is referred to as "necropolitics" by the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center.
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    World Affairs
    7 min read
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    El Pais

    Who will cut interest rates first: The Fed or the ECB?

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    1. A shift in the economic cycle is expected in 2024, leading central banks to embark on a program of interest rate cuts. The European Central Bank may cut rates in April, ahead of the Federal Reserve's expected cut in June.
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    Finance
    3 min read
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    TIME

    Can AI stop suicide?

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    1. AI companies like Samurai Labs are using machine learning to analyze social media posts for signs of suicidal intent and intervene by sending direct messages with resources and support. From January to November 2023, Samurai's model detected more than 25,000 potentially suicidal posts on Reddit, leading to about 10% of recipients contacting a suicide helpline.
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    Tech
    6 min read
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    BBC

    Finnair sparks controversy by weighing its passengers

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    1. Finnair has launched a voluntary programme to weigh passengers and their hand luggage before boarding to gather more accurate data on the weight of its flights. The Finnish Pilots Association supports the initiative, saying that it will provide more accurate values for performance calculations, including takeoff, landing, climb performance and fuel usage.
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    News
    3 min read

On a lighter note

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    CNN

    World’s oldest unchanged brand changes logo for the first time in over 140 years

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    1. Lyle's Golden Syrup, a staple in British baking, is changing its logo for the first time since the 1880s. The product is recognized by Guinness World Records for having the world's oldest branding and packaging.
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    Business
    2 min read

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