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The destiny of Brexit stays unsure, the U.S. goes after Chinese language investments in American expertise and Brunei’s new Islamic legal guidelines draw widespread criticism. Right here’s the most recent:
For the 1,000th time, what’s subsequent for Brexit?
It appears Prime Minister Theresa Might’s sacrificial promise to resign in change for assist for her withdrawal plan has made little distinction.
Parliament stays deadlocked. A 3rd vote on her twice-rejected plan will happen in Parliament right this moment, however a 3rd rejection is fully attainable.
So as to add to the problems, not one of the eight different Brexit plans that lawmakers voted on on Wednesday mustered a majority, setting the stage for but extra debates in Parliament on Monday to attempt to whittle down the listing for a second spherical of voting.
Evaluation: Mrs. Might’s resignation provide was a shocking transfer for a girl who, over the past two years, has bounced again from crises with unflappable resolve. “The sight of this proud, inflexible lady admitting that she couldn’t end the job, giving up her hopes of ever being remembered as something however Brexit roadkill, was a somber one,” writes our London correspondent Ellen Barry.
The subsequent prime minister: British bookmakers are already providing up odds on who they suppose will step up when Mrs. Might steps down.
The U.S. desires to take a homosexual courting app out of Chinese language palms
The Trump administration is pushing a Chinese language agency, Beijing Kunlun, to relinquish its possession of Grinder, over issues that Beijing might use private info on the U.S.-based app — like sexual orientation or courting habits — to blackmail or affect American officers.
This seems to be the primary case wherein the U.S. has asserted that overseas management of a social media app has nationwide safety implications.
How we all know: Folks conversant in the matter advised our nationwide safety reporter, David Sanger.
Why it issues: The case is the most recent effort by the administration to tighten controls over China’s capability to realize entry to important and rising American expertise.
The broad push is pushed by the Committee on International Funding within the U.S., which final 12 months killed a merger between MoneyGram, a cash switch agency, and Ant Monetary, a funds firm associated to Alibaba.
This heightened scrutiny runs in tandem with the administration’s marketing campaign to dam Huawei from constructing next-generation 5G networks all over the world over issues that it will give Beijing entry to important knowledge.
Talking of Huawei: A British evaluation discovered “important” safety issues with the Chinese language firm’s telecommunications tools that governments and unbiased hackers might exploit, posing dangers to nationwide safety. However the report stopped wanting banning the corporate’s tools within the nation.
U.S. sanctions trickle right down to Iran’s community of allies
Hezbollah fighters directed by Iran to combat the Islamic State have missed paychecks. Promised funding and assist to assist Syria rebuild have didn’t materialize.
The Trump administration says the punitive sanctions on Iran are working as they have been meant to: undermining Iranian assist for militant teams and political allies in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere within the Center East.
Context: Iran has lengthy used its patronage of Hezbollah in Lebanon, Shiite militias in Iraq and Syria, the Palestinian militant teams Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and the Houthi rebels in Yemen to spice up its affect and counter the powers of Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Warning: Analysts query whether or not the shortage of Iranian assist will change the conduct of those teams, which stay ideologically dedicated to Iran’s agenda and might put it up for sale via native politics.
“While you attempt to push Iran out of the area by sanctioning it,” stated one professional, “you’re forcing it to get entangled within the area much more.”
An enormous iceberg is about to separate off from Antarctica
Two rifts on the Brunt Ice Shelf, in West Antarctica, are near calving, or breaking off, creating an iceberg over 560 sq. miles (1,450 sq. kilometers) in dimension — about twice the dimensions of New York Metropolis.
The rifts have been steady for 30 years, however in 2016, a picture confirmed the 2 advancing towards one another. Scientists say the break might set off the additional retreat of the complete shelf. We’ve mapped the timeline of the cut up.
From the archives: In 2017, we revealed an in-depth look into the danger of Antarctica’s collapse attributable to international warming. Final 12 months, we reported that the area was melting 3 times as quick because it was a decade earlier.
Right here’s what else is occurring
Fb: The U.S. Division of Housing and City Growth is suing the social media firm for housing discrimination for permitting advertisers to limit who can see housing adverts primarily based on traits like race, faith and nationwide origin.
Lyft: The ride-hailing app — Uber’s major rival in North America — will make its market debut shortly in what might be the largest I.P.O. to this point this 12 months. The corporate expects to be valued at as a lot as $24 billion, promoting its shares between $70 to $72 a pop.
Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan launched an formidable plan to alleviate poverty, aiming to assist the nation’s poorest achieve higher entry to well being care, training and employment.
New Zealand: The nation’s immigration company stated that registrations of curiosity to stay and work there — step one towards making use of for a visa — had elevated within the 10 days after this month’s mosque assaults, in contrast with the 10 days main as much as it. A lot of the curiosity got here from People and folks in predominantly Muslim international locations.
U.S. financial system: The Commerce Division revised its estimate for development this 12 months to 3.zero p.c, down barely from 3.1 p.c, presenting President Trump with a take a look at of insurance policies that he claims have to this point boosted the financial system.
Frogs: The primary international evaluation of a fungus that has been wiping out frogs for many years demonstrates that it’s, within the phrases of 1 researcher, “probably the most lethal pathogen identified to science.” It has induced main declines in additional than 500 species of frogs all over the world, and a minimum of 90 are presumed to have gone extinct.
The N.C.A.A: Jack White moved from Australia to play basketball at Duke College in 2016 and has to this point averaged 4.Four factors in 21.5 minutes a sport and has confronted off with seven present or future N.B.A. lottery picks.
Salman Rushdie: In his first ebook evaluation for The Instances in virtually 20 years, the creator vouches for “The Outdated Drift” by Namwali Serpell, a sweeping debut novel concerning the roots of recent Zambia. It ranges skillfully, he writes, “between historic and science fiction, shifting gears between political argument, psychological realism and wealthy fabulism.” (Mr. Rushdie’s final ebook evaluation for The Instances was of Thomas Pynchon’s “Vineland” in 1990.)
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Two American astronauts are making a spacewalk right this moment, simply not the 2 who would have made historical past.
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One of many two, Christina Koch, was initially paired with Anne McClain for what was purported to be the primary all-female spacewalk. It was canceled after Ms. McClain discovered that the accessible spacesuit was a bit too roomy, a security subject that raised questions of sexism.
That made us take into consideration the media protection of ladies in area. In 1963, the cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, 26, grew to become the primary, orbiting the Earth aboard the Vostok 6. She is now 82 and a member of Russia’s Parliament.
“Soviet Blonde Orbiting as First Girl in House” was the headline in The New York Herald Tribune’s European version, which reported: “Valentina — or Valya, by which she is thought to her mates — appeared to wipe away the gloom of Moscow’s grey skies.”
Karen Zraick, a reporter, wrote right this moment’s Again Story.
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