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Long stories short

• China confirmed a life sentence for Rahile Dawut, a Uyghur academic missing for six years.

• The UK’s competition watchdog changes its mind over Microsoft’s bid to buy the video game giant Activision Blizzard for $69 billion.

• Indonesian TikTok star Lina Lutfiawati was sentenced to two years in prison for eating pork on camera.

not so goldman

Investment bank CEO faces uneasy future

artificial intelligence

Authors sue OpenAI over copyright infringement

public health

NHS digitisation hobbled by lack of funds


Biden grants 500,000 Venezuelans right to work

cold war politics

Kim Jong-un on the Siberian express

18 September 2023

Tortoise Quarterly | Edition 13


From Xavier Greenwood’s account of converting to Judaism to Rosie Blunt’s story about a lost religious masterpiece, many of the pieces in Tortoise’s thirteenth book of long reads follow a recurring theme: faith.

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