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‘I won’t be ashamed’: Nigerian women fight ‘period poverty’
A Nigerian NGO is teaching rural women how to make reusable pads, the latest in a slow but sure reversal of outdated attitudes to menstruation.
As drought grips northern Kenya, human-wildlife tensions rise
As a historic drought grips Kenya and the U.N. prepares for its biodiversity conference, tensions are high between locals and wildlife. Elephants and other animals are wandering into villages in search of food, sometimes resulting in violent clashes. 
Autocrats: Can they bend without breaking?
Three prominent autocrats, in China, Russia, and Iran, are being pressed to change course. Can they do so without fatally hurting their reputations?
Peru President Castillo impeached after moving to dissolve Congress
Peru’s Congress has removed President Pedro Castillo from office after Mr. Castillo decreed the dissolution of Congress ahead of a third attempt to remove him. There is a marked difference in approval for Mr. Castillo throughout the South American country.
‘Protecting our democracy’: German police foil alleged coup plot
German police say they have foiled a right-wing coup plot involving QAnon followers and neo-Nazis. Some had military training.
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A radical election theory has day in court. Justices appear divided.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a pivotal case that could make huge waves in how states govern elections. But some justices appear skeptical of throwing another boulder into America’s electoral waters.
‘A better newsroom’: New York Times union strikes over pay, remote work
Journalists at The New York Times began a 24-hour strike on Thursday morning, signaling requests for higher wages and more flexible policies on remote work.
WNBA star Brittney Griner released in prisoner exchange with Russia
WNBA star Brittney Griner is safe in American custody and heading home, says President Joe Biden. The United States released convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout in exchange, though another American citizen still remains jailed in Russia.
Trump’s firm found guilty of fraud. He faces deeper legal waters.
The DOJ may have to weigh which is a greater harm: If it indicts Donald Trump, it risks the loss of faith of his followers. If it lets allegations against the former president go, it risks society’s belief that everyone is subject to the law.
State judge places hold on Oregon gun safety law
A new voter-approved gun safety law in Oregon was placed on hold Tuesday by a state court judge. Multiple gun rights groups, local sheriffs, and gun store owners say the law violates Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms.
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Commentary
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Argentina’s lesson in equalizing justice
Many democracies are healthy enough to probe alleged misconduct of top leaders. For Argentina, the conviction of a former president marks a special moment against corruption.
Europe’s neighborly deliverance of values
Nine months after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the EU turns its idealism into concrete results for countries wishing to join the bloc.
Out of ashes of war, women in Yemen arise
With a lull in fighting after eight years of conflict, Yemenis now view women differently, especially as leaders in restoring communities.
Ukraine’s liberation can be global
As the world faces unprecedented humanitarian crises, the response to Ukraine’s needs has pushed reforms in the international aid community.
Worship by other means
A decline of faithful attendance in Western churches does not mean less practice of Christian qualities of thought.
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Economy
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A night (or day) at the museum: Getting better for workers?
At museums and other cultural institutions, traditions of low pay are changing as employees seek a stronger voice.
Why FTX collapse doesn’t mean an end for cryptocurrency
The big question: If most of the trading in cryptocurrencies is high-risk speculation and they will require traditional regulation anyway, does the world really need such alternative money?
Utah is growing fast. Will there be enough water for everyone?
Some Utah towns are slowing development in the face of drought. Would conservation and higher rates work to limit water consumption?
US stopped being a nation of workaholics. Enter Elon Musk.
Twitter might be one of the most extreme examples of workplace culture issues that have been playing out in the U.S. since the pandemic.
No zoning: Is Houston an affordable housing model or morass?
Zoning and regulations face scrutiny for making it harder to build housing. One Texas region shows how it might look to remove red tape.
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Environment
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From zero waste to LGBTQ rights: How cooperation got the job done
Progress roundup: State-by-state votes secure same-sex marriage rights for all of Mexico. And a small Japanese city cooperatively works toward zero waste.
Can wildlife return to urban areas? ‘Rewilding’ might be the answer.
Development in urban areas is gobbling up wildlife habitat, stirring calls for “rewilding” places where wildlife thrived until driven out. The process aims to revive natural systems in degraded locations, though it can be a tough sell for urbanites.
What would a climate-resilient Pakistan look like? Sindh offers clues.
In Pakistan’s flood-ravaged Sindh province, an absence of government and international disaster aid has left much of rebuilding to civil society. Local initiatives are aiming to make communities more resilient.
‘The ocean is what we know.’ Can Senegal woo climate refugees inland?
Senegal’s plan to relocate residents from a flood-prone peninsula to a dusty, inland village offers a glimpse into how countries might manage climate refugees.
‘We are a part of nature’: Hawaiians learn to let lava flow
For decades, Hawaiians have searched for ways to divert lava flows – from deific offerings to building walls to dropping bombs. Now they are wondering: What’s the point in trying to control the environment? 
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Technology
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Will Twitter remain a useful disaster planning tool under Musk?
Twitter is a valuable tool for disaster response worldwide, though its function could be at risk if new policies from Elon Musk lead to service delays, or even crashes. Humanitarian aid activists worldwide seek to reduce their dependence on the platform.
In Asia, citizen groups fill fact-checking gap left by Big Tech
Initiatives across Asia are tackling misinformation using on-the-ground training and civil society engagement to cater to the needs of communities. They are filling a fact-checking gap left by tech giants who lack expertise in local languages and context.
RIPTwitter? Mass worker exodus follows Musk ultimatum.
Twitter engineers are leaving the company in droves after Elon Musk asked them in an email to either commit to “hardcore” work or resign. Doubts over the company’s future persist after Mr. Musk fired half of the company’s staff during his chaotic takeover.
Meta lays off 11,000 employees in desperate cost-cutting measure
As economic downturn leads to desperate cost-cutting measures at Meta, Mark Zuckerberg has made major layoffs. The Facebook parent company has struggled to keep profits up amid pressure from regulations and competitors like TikTok.
'Chief Twit': Will toxic Twitter discourse change under Musk?
Twitter has never been known for civil discourse. But as Elon Musk rearranges its structure at breakneck speed, experts are calling attention to the platform’s legacy.
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Science
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With Artemis, NASA envisions a multiplanetary future for humanity
NASA’s Artemis launch Wednesday is a step toward humans returning to the lunar surface. The motivations go far beyond exploring the moon itself.
‘Good Night Oppy’: How a documentary captures the human-robot bond
When director Ryan White talks about “Good Night Oppy,” which features Mars space rovers and their handlers, he describes the bonds of family – and the teamwork it took to exceed expectations.
A new space race? Britain enters the orbital launch business.
For people accustomed to hearing about rocket launches from Florida or Russia, the name Spaceport Cornwall may sound like an oxymoron. But the United Kingdom is a builder of satellites – and now Europe’s first player in sending them into space.
‘It pulls us to be our best selves’: Exploring space and diversity at JPL
As the first woman to lead NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Laurie Leshin aims to include “all the brains” in the search for answers to humanity’s biggest questions.
Return of Nutkin: Red squirrels’ comeback in UK
Efforts in the United Kingdom to restore the red squirrel population range from secluded sanctuaries to the reintroduction of predators.
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The Culture
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From Broadway to screen, newest ‘Matilda’ is high-spirited fun
In the dark but joyful film “Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical,” a young girl applies the lessons of fairness and uprightness she learns from books to the real world.
Why this popular British organist plays in the key of joy
British musician Anna Lapwood has a classical résumé and a growing pop culture fan base, thanks in part to viral videos that stoke viewers’ delight, and her own. 
Fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt saves a French dialect – and culture
Preserving dialects keeps communities – and their histories – alive. Dennis Stroughmatt honors his forebears who spoke, and sang, in French.
How ‘British Baking Show’ judge approaches icing – and success
The culinary world is not always kind to women. “Great British Baking Show” judge Prue Leith has embraced a way of thinking that has allowed her to not only survive, but also thrive. 
How Alfred Molina found his superpower in ‘Three Pines’
Some actors love a good villain. But with Inspector Gamache, conceived as the embodiment of decency, Alfred Molina says that humanity has made it one of the best roles he’s played. 
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Books
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Beyond ‘positive thinking’: How a philosophy professor sustains hope
In “Life Is Hard: How Philosophy Can Help Us Find Our Way,” Kieran Setiya extols living the examined life, particularly when difficulties arise. 
How Native Americans’ resistance shaped the United States
“Indigenous Continent” presents a complex view of Native Americans as significant actors whose opposition and resilience impacted the formation of the country.
How Alfred Molina found his superpower in ‘Three Pines’
Some actors love a good villain. But with Inspector Gamache, conceived as the embodiment of decency, Alfred Molina says that humanity has made it one of the best roles he’s played. 
The Himalayas exert a pull on Western imagination
Explorers, armies, and tourists over centuries wrought changes to the Tibetan plateau, writes John Keay in “Himālaya: Exploring the Roof of the World.” 
Misinformation isn’t new. Colonial America was rife with it.
In “Misinformation Nation,” historian Jordan E. Taylor explores America’s long history of partisan news.  
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