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Wednesday, February 16 2022


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That is the price that I’m willing to pay… The principles of decision-making on my body are more important than any title or anything else.

That’s what Novak Djokovic said when he was asked if he would be willing to miss out on other Grand Slam tournaments—including the Wimbledon—in order to stay unvaccinated. He insists he is not an anti-vaxxer and is just “trying to be in tune with my body as much as I possibly can.”

 
Big Story

The superpower politics behind Nepal’s political chaos

The TLDR: The Supreme Court Chief Justice has been suspended in the latest twist in the ugly drama that has thrown the country in political chaos. Tangled in this mess is a diplomatic rivalry between the US and India on one side and China on the other.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Russia vs Ukraine: The latest update
  • ‘Foreign hand’ in Freedom Convoy
  • Hijab ban: The latest update
  • Andrew settles sex abuse lawsuit
  • Worst American drought in 1,200 years
  • Sexual assault of an octogenarian in Delhi
  • A link between depression and diabetes

 

Sanity Break

  • The first ‘Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power’ teaser just dropped

 

A list of curious facts

  • The new Telfar bag costs $150 and is a lovely shade of… Corned Beef
  • The ancient Roman Egypt practice of funerary portraits
  • A 3,200 year-old ancient attendance register that records reasons for absence 
  • Did you know that many countries have a list of banned baby names?
  • Trash trucks in Taiwan play Beethoven’s ‘Fur Elise’ 

 

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