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Your Friday Briefing

Myanmar’s women on the front linesThe hundreds of thousands of women at the forefront of Myanmar’s protest movement are sending a powerful rebuke to the country’s military junta.The protesters represent striking unions of teachers, garment workers and medical workers — all sectors dominated by women. The youngest are often on the front lines, where the security forces appear to have singled them out. Three young women were among the at least 38 people killed on Wednesday, the biggest one-day toll since the Feb. 1 coup.There are no women in the military’s senior ranks, and soldiers have systematically …

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McKinsey Settles for $573 Million Over Role in Opioid Crisis

McKinsey & Company, the consultant to blue-chip corporations and governments around the world, has agreed to pay $573 million to settle investigations into its role in helping “turbocharge” opioid sales, a rare instance of it being held publicly accountable for its work with clients.The firm has reached the agreement with attorneys general in 47 states, the District of Columbia and five territories, according to a court filing in Massachusetts on Thursday. The settlement comes after lawsuits unearthed a trove of documents showing how McKinsey worked to drive sales of Purdue Pharma’s OxyContin painkiller amid an opioid crisis in the United States …

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Pinduoduo Employee Deaths Ignites China Debate Over Work

Lyu Xiaolin, an employee at a major Chinese tech company, said she had discussed the Pinduoduo deaths extensively with colleagues, who agreed that the idea of unbearable work pressure felt all too familiar.“The conclusion was this is too terrible, and we have to cherish our own lives,” she said. “We should make sure to leave work earlier in the future.”She herself had switched roles in her company, which she did not want identified for fear of retaliation, because her previous job often required her to work until 11 or 12 at night, sometimes even 3 a.m. She had sought therapy …

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Fire That Killed Hsieh May Have Been Carelessness or Intentional, Officials Say

Tony Hsieh, who developed Zappos into a billion-dollar internet shoe store and formulated an influential notion about corporate happiness, deliberately locked himself in a shed moments before it was consumed by the fire that would kill him.Last November, Mr. Hsieh was staying in a former colleague’s $1.3 million riverfront house in New London, Conn. He had set up camp in the attached pool storage shed, which was full of foam pool noodles and beach chairs.New London fire investigators, in a report released Tuesday, said Mr. Hsieh could be seen on a security video from Nov. 18 looking out the …

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Watching Earth Burn

I have a pastime, one that used to give me considerable pleasure, but lately it has morphed into a source of anxiety, even horror: earth-watching.Let me explain.The earth from space is an incomparably lovely sight. I mean the whole planet, pole to pole, waxing and waning and rotating in that time-generating way it has, and not the views from the International Space Station, which is in a low orbit about 200 miles up and gives us only part of the whole.My earth-watching, made possible by NOAA and Colorado State University websites, originates in three geostationary weather satellites parked …

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Delivery Workers in South Korea Say They’re Dying of ‘Overwork’

SEOUL, South Korea — At a logistics depot the size of an airplane hangar in southern Seoul, couriers recently held a ritual at the start of another grueling work day: They stood for a moment of silence to remember more than a dozen fellow couriers who they say died this year from overwork.“We won’t be surprised here if one of us drops dead, too,” said Choi Ji-na, one of the couriers.Ms. Choi, 43, and other delivery workers in South Korea say they feel lucky to have jobs amid growing unemployment, and that they are proud to play an essential …

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