Your Tuesday Briefing

Good morning. We’re covering escalating tensions in Hong Kong, mass protests in Puerto Rico and the scientific flaws in the ‘Lion King.’ The economic roots of Hong Kong’s protests The movement against the mainland has fueled one of the city’s worst political crises but beneath it is an undercurrent of deep anxiety over residents’ economic fortunes. The gap between the […]

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UK to scrutinize takeover of satellite firm Inmarsat

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Monday it would scrutinize the acquisition of satellite communications firm Inmarsat (ISA.L) by a private equity-led consortium to examine any potential impact on national security. Inmarsat, which provides communications to shipping, aircraft, military forces and other groups worldwide, agreed in March to be acquired for $3.4 billion in cash by a consortium comprising Apax, […]

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Opinion | A Judge Is Freed. Can Venezuela Now Free Itself?

July 5, Venezuela’s Independence Day, came with a precious piece of news for all those who hope for the country’s future: Michele Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for human rights, announced that the Venezuelan judge María Lourdes Afiuni had been released from parole, after almost 10 years of confinement. But her release came with conditions — the judge in […]

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Donald Trump, Equifax, Hong Kong: Your Monday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’re covering the trade war’s effects on Chinese spending in the U.S., and looking ahead to Robert Mueller’s testimony on Capitol Hill and the leadership transition in Britain. Chinese investment in the U.S. plunges The trade war between the world’s two largest economies has slowed the once steady […]

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Opinion | In Fond Remembrance of Mad Magazine

More from our inbox: To the Editor: Re “It’s (Still) a Mad Magazine World” (Op-Ed, July 13): I wholly endorse Tim Kreider’s views and mourn Mad’s effective demise to the extent it ceases the publication of new material. As the beneficiary of slightly distracted conservative parents, I subscribed to and have collected Mad since I was a preteenager. Bill Gaines’s […]

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Dan O'Brien: 'Banks' profits are a result of customers being fleeced'

The word ‘scandal’ is overused. It is, however, entirely appropriate in the case of banks breaching their contractual obligations to customers by moving tens of thousands of people off tracker mortgages. This resulted in those affected handing over money to the banks that they should never have had to hand over. In around 100 cases, it resulted in people losing […]

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