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Friday briefing: Talks break down at COP27; chaos at Elon Musk’s Twitter; Nancy Pelosi; Taylor Swift; World Cup; and more

(Jordan Robertson for The Washington Post)

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Talks at the U.N.’s climate summit in Egypt have broken down.

  • What to know: COP27 is supposed to end today, and countries haven’t made much progress on a new agreement to tackle climate change.
  • A key sticking point: Developing nations, which are often more vulnerable to rising temperatures, want money from rich nations, who are responsible for the most emissions.
  • Why this matters: We’re still on track for dangerous global warming in less than 80 years, unless countries agree to make more drastic changes.

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Hundreds of Twitter employees have reportedly decided to quit.

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Nancy Pelosi is stepping down as the top House Democrat after two decades.

  • Why? It’s time for a new generation to lead, the House speaker said yesterday. She’ll still be a member of the House.
  • Her legacy: She made history in 2002 as the first woman to become speaker — a role many experts say she has redefined.
  • Who could replace her? Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York is an early favorite.

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Closing arguments will begin today in a high-profile Jan. 6 trial.

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There’s been chaos over tickets for Taylor Swift’s next tour.

  • What’s happening? Glitches on Ticketmaster’s website left fans stranded for hours, and the company canceled today’s planned ticket sales because there aren’t enough left.
  • The bigger picture: The meltdown has sparked calls to investigate and break up Ticketmaster, which critics say has become a monopoly.

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The World Cup kicks off this weekend.

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Octopuses may deliberately throw things at each other.

Researchers captured wild Octopus tetricus “throwing” sea debris at one another in what they said could be deliberate attacks. (Video: Peter Godfrey-Smith)
  • How we know: They were caught on camera flinging objects at each other in what could be intentional attacks, a new study found.
  • Why are they doing this? It’s probably to defend their personal space, researchers said. They might be protecting their eggs or simply be angry.

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