U.S. Shutdown, Brexit, South Korea: Your Thursday Briefing Express News

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U.S. government shutdown negotiations hit another setback, trade talks with China wrap on an optimistic note and Brexit negotiations resume. Here’s the latest:

Parliament also passed a measure making it difficult for Britain to leave the E.U. without a deal.

What now? Mrs. May’s hope is that if Parliament remains divided, she could use the fear of a disorderly withdrawal to push through her plan.

Alternative paths: The prospect of a second public referendum on Brexit is growing, and there is also some talk of delaying the March 29 departure date.


Australia: Foreign consulates in Melbourne and Canberra were evacuated after they received suspicious packages containing what the authorities described as potentially “hazardous material.”

Rod Rosenstein: The U.S. deputy attorney general, who has been overseeing the special counsel’s Russia investigation, is expected to step down after President Trump’s choice to run the Justice Department is confirmed, according to administration officials.

Women in power: There are now more women over the age of 50 in the U.S. than at any other point in history — and they’re becoming more visible and powerful, writes our gender editor.

Norwegian Air: The low-cost airline was forced to land a flight in Iran because of a technical error. A month later, the American-made jet is still stuck because U.S. sanctions have made it difficult to get spare parts.

Iran: The E.U. penalized the country over allegations that its intelligence agency orchestrated a series of assassination plots in Europe in recent years, including the killings of two Iranians in the Netherlands who had ties to anti-government extremist groups.

The Fed: Two officials at the U.S. central bank said it should pause interest rate hikes, reinforcing the Fed chairman’s message last week. Together the signs suggest the Fed is unlikely to raise rates in the next few months.

CES: Here’s a look at the highlights from this year’s consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, from TVs that can be rolled up like a yoga mat to 5G technology.

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