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Deadly Russian Fire, Youth Climate Case Victory, Barbie’s Algeria Ban

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Group of young plaintiffs accusing state officials of violating their right to a healthy and clean environment.

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Michelle Courtois and Marine Béguin.

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Welcome to Tuesday, where a petrol station explosion in the Russian region of Dagestan kills at least 30, young climate activists in the U.S. state of Montana score a major court victory and Algeria bans the Barbie movie for “Western deviances.” For our special Summer Reads edition of Worldcrunch Today, we feature an article by Benoît Georges in French daily Les Echos — and three other stories from around the world on technology and AI.

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• Trump indicted for fourth time: A Georgia grand jury has indicted former U.S. President Donald Trump, along with 18 others, for allegedly trying to overturn his 2020 election loss to Joe Biden. The indictment — the fourth that Trump now faces ahead of his attempt to return to the White House in 2024 — lists 41 criminal counts of a sprawling conspiracy to try to win the crucial state of Georgia. Trump has denied any wrongdoing and has already pleaded not guilty in the three other criminal cases.

• Russian air strikes on western Ukraine kill three and wound dozens: Russian air strikes hit two western regions of Ukraine and other areas on Tuesday, killing three people and wounding more than a dozen. The attacks were the largest air assault on the Lviv region since the Russian invasion in February 2022. Six missiles damaged dozens of buildings and a kindergarten playground both in and around the city, with the youngest victim reported to be 10 years old. Meanwhile in Moscow, the Russian Central Bank has raised interest rates to try to stop the drop in value of the ruble, which has hit a 17 month low.

• At least 30 killed in fire and explosion at a gas station in Dagestan, Russia: A fire and explosion at a gas station in the southern Russian region of Dagestan has killed at least 30 people, including three children, and injured more than 100. The fire started at an auto repair shop near a highway in the Dagestani capital Makhachkala on Monday night and caused blasts spreading to a nearby gas station.

• Heavy rains in northern India kill more than 50: Heavy rains and landslides have killed more than 50 people in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. At least nine people died when flooding caused a temple in the state capital Shimla to collapse.

• Another political leader in Ecuador killed after presidential candidate’s assassination: Another Ecuadorian political leader was killed on Monday, bringing the number of politics-related killings in the last four weeks to three. Pedro Briones, a local leader of Revolución Ciudadana, the party of former President Rafael Correa was fatally shot in the northern province of Esmeraldas. The killing comes less than a week after the assassination of presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio, who had a famously tough stance on organized crime and corruption. Last month, the mayor of Manta, Agustín Intriago, was killed.

• Young U.S. activists prevail in first-of-its-kind climate change trial: Young environmental activists in the U.S. state of Montana scored a ground-breaking legal victory on Monday when a judge said state agencies were violating their constitutional right to a clean and healthful environment by allowing the development of fossil fuels. The ruling, which is the first of its kind, in the U.S. adds to a small number of legal decisions around the world that have established a government duty to protect their citizens from climate change.

• Algeria bans ‘Barbie’ movie:Algeria has banned the Barbie movie, which had been showing at cinemas throughout the country for several weeks, according to local media. The official source said the film “promotes homosexuality and other Western deviances” and that it “does not comply with Algeria’s religious and cultural beliefs.” Lebanon and Kuwait have both also banned the film, but it is still showing in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.


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Dream of April 13th.

The dream and the underworld via Instagram

We've always expressed our nightmares through images. So one Italian writer fed her dreams to AI-powered Midjourney platform, producing images of her own consciousness. Viola Di Grado shares her dreamy adventure in a piece for Italian newspaper La Stampa.

Read the full story: My AI Image Experiment In Dream Analysis


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AILIS makes use of advanced algorithms, which use artificial intelligence to detect the smallest signs of irregularities.


Developed in Krakow, Poland, the new AILIS detection machine relies on artificial intelligence to detect breast cancer in Stage I, well before it is visible with mammograms or ultrasounds. It is set to undergo clinical trials, as journalist Magdalena Keler reports for Polish daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza.

Read the full story: Will This New AI-Driven Technology Revolutionize Breast Cancer Detection?


Image of Ghost hunters taking pictures of a haunted ballroom in the hopes of catching a ghost in one of the photos at the Shining's Stanley Hotel in Colorado, USA

Ghost hunters photography a haunted ballroom in the hopes of catching a ghost in one of the photos at the Shining's Stanley Hotel in Colorado, USA.

Eric Bellamy via Zuma

Ghost hunting has become a popular activity around the world recently, riding the wave of successful TV shows like Ghost Hunters. Despite the lack of any conclusive evidence of the existence of ghosts, even after years of high-tech searching, many still find it an immersive and meaningful pastime — having helped launch crowded conventions of enthusiasts and specialty stores offering equipment and kits to go searching for ghosts. Journalist Carlos Orsi dives into the spooky world of ghost hunting for Portuguese Magazine Questão de Ciência.

Read the full story: Caça Fantasmas: Brazil's Hi-Tech Ghost Hunters Turn Catholic Mysticism Inside Out

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How Parenthood Reinvented My Sex Life — Confessions Of A Swinging Mom

Between breastfeeding, playdates, postpartum fatigue, birthday fatigues and the countless other aspects of mother- and fatherhood, a Cuban couple tries to find new ways to explore something that is often lost in the middle of the parenting storm: sex.

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Parenting v. intimacy, a delicate balance

Silvana Heredia

HAVANA — It was Summer, 2015. Nine months later, our daughter would be born. It wasn't planned, but I was sure I wouldn't end my first pregnancy. I was 22 years old, had a degree, my dream job and my own house — something unthinkable at that age in Cuba — plus a three-year relationship, and the summer heat.

I remember those months as the most fun, crazy and experimental of my pre-motherhood life. It was the time of my first kiss with a girl, and our first threesome.

Every weekend, we went to the Cuban art factory and ended up at the CornerCafé until 7:00 a.m. That September morning, we were very drunk, and in that second-floor room of my house, it was unbearably hot. The sex was otherworldly. A few days later, the symptoms began.

She arrived when and how she wished. That's how rebellious she is.

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