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Hello! Here’s what’s happening on Thursday.
1. UK Prime Minister Theresa May will release the leaked Brexit impact paper. The document came out on Tuesday and suggests that all of the likely Brexit scenarios would slow Britain’s economic growth.
2. The front-runner candidate for US ambassador to South Korea is no longer being considered. Victor Cha was supposed to be a shoe-in for the position but reportedly disagreed with the National Security Council’s approach to a possible “bloody nose” strike on North Korea.
3. North Korea is reportedly preparing a massive parade of missiles intended to “scare the hell out of” the US. The country will reportedly show off dozens of the missile it tested most recently, but North Korea has a history of faking images, and the upcoming parade may be a ploy to stir up frenzy.
4. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said users are spending less time on the social network. In Facebook’s quarterly earnings report, Zuckerberg said the network is focusing on “encouraging meaningful connections between people rather than passive consumption of content.”
5. Twitter notified more users who were exposed to Russian propaganda during the 2016 US election. Twitter expanded notifications to about 1.4 million people who were exposed to content promoted by a suspected Russian propaganda service.
6. The special counsel Robert Mueller, who is running the US investigation into Russia’s election-interference, received critical evidence related to the probe. President Donald Trump reportedly asked Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, if he was “on my team” during a meeting at the White House in December.
6. The US Federal Emergency Management Agency is not “shutting off” hurricane aid to Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria devastated the US territory in September.
7. The White House will allow 7,000 Syrian refugees to remain in the US under protected status for at least another 18 months. However, the status will continue to benefit only Syrians who have been in the US since 2016 or earlier.
8. Japan has become a big market for cryptocurrency trading. 40% of bitcoin trading from October to November was conducted in yen, according to a Nikkei report cited in a note by Masao Muraki, a global financial strategist at Deutsche Bank.
9. Unsealed court documents revealed a new person of interest in the Las Vegas mass shooting. That person is a 55-year-old ammunition dealer who sold weapons to shooter Stephen Paddock.
10. Pandora laid off 5% of its workforce as part of cost-cutting efforts to boost the slumping company. The internet radio company expects this reorganization to save $45 million annually.
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