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The Know Daily - Friday 26 April 2024

💌 Your Friday roundup is here

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Happy Friday! ❤️ Esther here, bringing you the usual roundup of the week’s biggest stories alongside plenty of culture recs, too.

Hope you’ve all had wonderful weeks - this one has felt very much like coming out of hibernation for me. After the dark winter months - where I’m so tired by 5pm that I want nothing more than to rewatch Deadloch - I always struggle to get back into the swing of socialising. But it was my birthday on Wednesday, so it felt like the perfect opportunity to reconnect with friends and schedule a couple more things on the calendar.

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The proportion of cars sold this year that will be electric, according to a new prediction.

The number of Guinness World Records broken at the 2024 London Marathon.

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The record number of times that Taylor Swift’s The Tortured Poets Department was streamed on Spotify in a single week.

How many cicadas are expected to blanket parts of the US this spring, as two separate broods emerge together.


📝 The controversial ‘Safety of Rwanda’ bill - which allows the government to send some asylum seekers to the East African country - was passed into law.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 The SNP ended its power-sharing deal with the Scottish Green Party, as First Minister Humza Yousaf faces the prospect of a no confidence vote.

🏳️‍🌈 The UK’s first-ever memorial for LGBT armed forces personnel is to be built at the National Memorial Arboretum.


🇺🇸 US President Joe Biden signed into law a bill that gives $95bn in foreign aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.  

🤝 Negotiations to agree a global treaty on ending plastic pollution began in Ottawa, Canada.

🇭🇹 Haiti’s PM Ariel Henry resigned on Thursday, as a new council was sworn in to lead the country amid spiralling gang violence. 


🤳 TikTok’s parent company has been given less than a year to sell off its US operations, or else face a ban in the US. 

💊 Médecins Sans Frontières called on drug companies to be more transparent about the costs of trials.

🚅 Construction began on a $12bn train line linking Las Vegas with Los Angeles 👇


🎧 Spotify posted record quarterly profits of £145m, after cutting its workforce and raising prices last year. 

🎨 Tate Britain revealed the four artists shortlisted for its prestigious Turner Prize, now in its 40th year. 

🇮🇹 Venice introduced a first-of-its-kind entrance fee for daytrippers, with some local residents complaining the city is being turned into a “theme park”.


🌈 Dominica’s High Court overturned a ban on same-sex relations, hailed by activists as a “significant milestone” in the ongoing struggle for LGBTQ rights in the Caribbean. 

⚽ Football coaching was found to boost the wellbeing and happiness of at-risk pupils in English schools.

🦁 South Africa’s cabinet approved a phased end to the captive breeding of lions and rhinos.

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📰 Read: A World Without Men, by The Cut’s Anna Louie Sussman. It’s a powerful piece on South Korea’s 4B feminism movement, whose members aren’t fighting the patriarchy but rather leaving it behind entirely. 

📚 Also read: 20 easy ways to get lost in literature again, according to librarians. This helpful piece from The Guardian is perfect for anyone struggling to put down their phone in favour of a novel (we feel seen). 

🎧 Listen to: Literally any audiobook or radio drama that takes your fancy, with this fab offer to get 3 months of Audible for just 99p 😮‍💨 

📺 Watch: Sometimes I Think About Dying and Challengers (out in cinemas now), The Big Door Prize S2 (Apple TV+), Shōgun (Disney+), Morten (Channel 4). 

💤 Sleep talk: Invest in an eye mask! It’s the only way we can get a lie in now it’s getting lighter earlier.

France’s national library yesterday removed four 19th-century books from its shelves. Why?

A) They had become popular with conspiracy theorists
B) They might be laced with arsenic
C) They were forgeries

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