Hello! Here’s what’s happening on Friday.
1. The US Federal Communications Committee voted to repeal net neutrality. The FCC voted 3-2 in favour of lifting restrictions that prevent internet service providers from blocking or charging more for certain sites.
2. A British MP slammed Twitter for an “inadequate” response to questions about Russian meddling in Brexit. Reports have speculated that thousands of Russian-linked bots tweeted Brexit-related content last year.
3. The US told the UN it will present “irrefutable evidence” Iran violated its nuclear deal. The announcement came after US President Donald Trump decertified the Iran deal in October.
4. Trump signed a law allowing US navy visits to Taiwan, angering China. China considers Taiwan a rogue province and threatened it will go to war if the US Navy visits Taiwan.
5. The EU has agreed to create joint defences. The pact has been in the works for 70 years but was often blocked by Britain.
6. South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for “new era” in China relations. Moon is currently in Beijing where China’s President Xi Jinping announced war must never occur on the Korean Peninsula.
7. Trump’s daily briefings often do not include intelligence on Russia. Briefings are reportedly structured to gloss over the issue of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election to avoid upsetting Trump.
8. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will run as an independent in 2018. Putin said he would work to create a more “balanced” political system as an independent.
9. The North Korean soldier who defected has been granted Choco Pies for life. The snack was popular on North Korea’s black market before essentially being banned in 2014.
10. NASA has discovered two new planets orbiting sun-like stars. One of the new discoveries, Kepler 90i, marks the eighth planet in the only solar system known to have as many planets as ours.
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