Friday, May 6 2022

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They are trying to kidnap and kill me!

That’s what Malayalam filmmaker Sanal Kumar Sasidharan yelled as the Kerala police bundled him into a van—while he was livestreaming on Facebook. He was arrested for stalking and harassing the popular actor Manju Warrier. For over a month, Sasidharan has been posting bizarre videos where he claimed Warrier’s life is in danger—and that she’s being kept a prisoner by her staff. The Telegraph has more details. FYI: This is the third prominent case involving crimes against Malayalam actresses in recent months. The other two involve allegations of sexual assault.


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Big Story

Back to the future: All hail Ferdinand Marcos!

The TLDR: Proving that the world is truly in retro mode, the Philippines is getting ready to once again elect Ferdinand Marcos—not the infamous dictator but his son. Junior’s astonishing rise in the presidential election has sparked a battle over the memory and legacy of his parents’ 20-year dictatorship.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • WHO’s shocking Covid death tally
  • Elon Musk seals the Twitter deal
  • Abortion data for sale
  • A global loss of birds
  • The link between maintaining weight loss and sleep
  • Say hello to the tallest living dog


Sanity Break

  • Beautiful images from an antique book titled ‘The Beauties of Lucknow’


Weekend Advisory

  • Good stuff to watch this weekend
  • A list of good reads


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