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Wednesday, February 23 2022


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Women, girls and people able to bear children are the only ones who should make decisions about their bodies. Now, instead of punishing them, the Colombian authorities will have to recognise their autonomy over their bodies and their life plans.

That’s an Amnesty International official celebrating the Colombian Supreme Court ruling that has decriminalised abortion during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. This is a huge step since terminating a pregnancy was illegal—barring a risk to the health of the mother or foetus. Also this: until now, only 10% of the 400,000 abortions performed annually in Colombia were legal.

 

A super-duper event with Konkona Sen Sharma! We are very excited to announce our upcoming AMA with the brilliantly talented actor—who will be taking your questions on her professional career and personal journey in the film industry. The time/day: Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 6:00pm. Be sure to sign up for your slot here.

 

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Big Story

The big question: Can the West really hurt Putin?

The TLDR: The US and its European allies have pledged “dire” economic consequences if Russia invades Ukraine. But threats are easier delivered than executed. We look at whether sanctions can prevent war—or impose an effective punishment for starting one. Also: whether those who wield the club can afford to do so.


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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Hijab ban: The latest update
  • Munawar Faruqui has a new gig
  • Ashneer Grover is making moves
  • The true price paid by migrant workers
  • Brilliant news about the ageing brain
  • The burning of very expensive cars
  • Coke’s new out-of-the-world flavour

 

Sanity Break

  • ‘Architecture of Music’: a series of photographs featuring the interiors of musical instruments

 

A list of curious facts

  • Say hello to plant-based eggs
  • Beauty companies are heading to the ISS to develop products
  • 'Wife guys' of the 18th century
  • The most popular sex toys amongst older Indians
  • The ‘reef ball burial’: an eco-chic alternative funeral

 

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