Your Monday Briefing

Good evening. Here’s today’s briefing.

  1. Today is Martin Luther King, Jr day, which commemorates the civil rights leader and reverend Martin Luther King Jr (in 1964 he won the Nobel Peace Prize).
  2. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 75% of Republicans say that the media doesn’t understand people like them.
  3. Yesterday, the Los Angeles Rams beat the New Orleans Saints at the NFC championship game and will advance to the Super Bowl where they will face the New England Patriots.
  4. While New York continues to endure the worst measles outbreak in decades, 19 people have come down with the disease in Washington (state).
  5. The government shutdown in the US continues, even after President Donald Trump‘s proposal (which Democrats called ”unacceptable”) to end the shutdown while maintaining funding for his border wall.
  6. Teacher’s strikes in Los Angeles and Denver continue.
  7. The violent government crackdown in Zimbabwe is ongoing, and human rights watchdogs have said that they fear that the situation could take a turn for the worse, as Zimbabwe’s government has alluded that what has happened so far is nothing compared to what will happen next.
  8. France has fined Google approximately $57 million for a violation of the European Union’s new data-privacy laws. Although the new laws are said to be tougher, experts are sure that Google won’t even feel the punishment (for a company who has billions in reserve, the fine won’t even make a dent).
  9. A suicide bomber killed more than 120 Afghan security force members when the suicide bomber drove into a training area of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency.
  10. Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) has announced her candidacy for President of the United States.
  11. Chinese economic growth is at the lowest since 1990. Experts say a combination of the US-China trade war and the country having an increasingly aging population, this was bound to happen.
  12. There was a lunar eclipse yesterday, which some called a ”super blood wolf moon”.
  13. A revolution led by the military in Venezuela has been defeated. Nicolas Maduro remains Venezuela’s leader.

YThis day is over. This briefing will no longer be updated.

Today’s city to visit (at least virtually if you’re not in France) is Dijon, France.


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