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5 things you need to know this morning: Jan. 11, 2022

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Pope blasts 'ideological colonization' of cancel culture

Pope Francis has attacked so-called "cancel culture" in an address to diplomats. The Catholic chief said the practice – in which usually left-wing activists pressure businesses and institutions to fire staff or remove content to align with a puritanical view of society – is a form of "ideological colonization."

2. Man given genetically modified pig heart in world first

An American man has become the first person in the world to be given a pig's heart in a pioneering operation. David Bennett, who is 57, said: "It was either die or do this transplant."

3. Heroic mine-clearing rat dies aged 8

A rat famous for clearing mines in Cambodia has died at the age of eight. Magawa sniffed out more than a hundred mines during his illustrious five-year career.

4. LA cops fired for playing Pokemon Go during robbery

Two LA cops were fired in 2017 for chasing a Snorlax in Pokemon Go despite being asked to assist in a robbery, court documents have revealed. The officers initially denied the claims but were removed from duty following an investigation.

5. Global economic outlook 'grim' due to COVID-19, World Bank chief says

The world's economic outlook is "grim," the president of the World Bank has said. David Malpass said the aftereffects of the pandemic will continue to stymie growth.

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