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Thursday, February 4 2021


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The men always wore masks… They wore suits, she said, not police uniforms. Sometime after midnight, they came to the cells to select the women they wanted and took them down the corridor to a ‘black room’ where there were no surveillance cameras.

That's Tursunay Ziawudun, a Uighur woman who spent nine months inside China's internment camps in the Xinjiang region—but managed to flee to the United States. She offered BBC News the first-ever personal account of “organised rape” used to torture women held within them. It makes for very hard reading, but we highly recommend you click through.

Big Story

A global celebrity brawl over farmers

The TLDR: The government is combating any and every sign of possible support to the farmers with astonishing single-mindedness—and perhaps without a sense of perspective. Rihanna—along with other global celebs—was on the receiving end yesterday as the government unleashed its secret maha-asthra: Bollywood tweets! But the brouhaha was a distraction from more serious developments both on the platform and on the ground.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Russian crackdown gets ugly
  • Australian bushfires spread… again!
  • Has the Gamestop bubble popped?
  • Oxford vaccine can cut transmission by 67%
  • John Travolta’s mini ‘Grease’ revival

 

Reading Habit

  • Book piracy in 18th century France
  • 10 photos of a young Anton Chekhov looking extra fine
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