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China-Australia tensions escalate; Royal Dutch Shell faces climate lawsuit; Brazilian Amazon deforestation sees 12-year high

The tit-for-tat between China and Australia continues to worsen, as the two countries accuse each other of grievous offenses. Climate activists have taken Royal Dutch Shell to court in The Hague. And, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has reached a 12-year high, according to the country’s National Institute for Space Research.

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Sex workers in Europe struggle to survive as clubs slowly reopen

As sex clubs reopen across Europe, sex workers worry about their earnings and also whether they can stay safe. Niki Adams, a spokesperson with English Collective of Prostitutes, says the pandemic and lack of state support shows how far the industry still has to go to gain legal recognition.

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The Netherlands to immigrants: Speak Dutch

Large-scale migration from Morocco to the Netherlands started in the 1960s under a guest worker program. But when Dutch officials realized that families from Morocco and elsewhere weren’t returning to their homelands, they tried to get them to learn Dutch. When that only partially worked, attitudes hardened.

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