Good morning! Here’s what you need to know on Thursday.
1. The British parliament has voted in favour of launching air strikes against the Islamic State in Syria after over 10 hours of debate in the House of Commons. 4 RAF Tornado jets based in Cyprus carried out strikes soon after the vote was announced.
2. At least 14 people are dead after a shooting in San Bernardino, California — about 60 miles east of Los Angeles.The shooting happened at the Inland Regional Center, a county agency that provides services to the disabled.
4. The European Central Bank meets on Thursday, and analysts are expecting a major announcement. ECB President Mario Draghi recently hinted that there was going to be more monetary easing in the very near future.
5. Alphabet Inc’s YouTube is aiming to get rights for streaming TV series and movies for its $9.99-a-month subscription serviceas it tries to step up competition against rivals such as Netflix and Amazon.
6. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been criticised in some quarters after he announced that he would be giving away 99% of his Facebook stock to “advancing human potential and promoting equality.”
7. Yahoo’s board of directors finished its first of three days of meetings on Wednesday without reaching a decision on whether to press ahead with the planned spinoff of its stake in Chinese ecommerce company Alibaba.
8. Spain, long concerned about its ageing population and emptying countryside, passed a milestone in population decline on Wednesdaywhen it recorded more deaths than births in the first half of this year.