Hello! Here’s what’s happening on Friday.
1. The US has lowered the chance of a government shutdown. The House passed a bill to fund the government but the Senate is unlikely to support it ahead of a midnight deadline on Friday.
2. French President Emmanuel Macron said the UK will have less access to the EU if it leaves the single market. Macron has been on his first visit to the UK as president.
3. A massive storm killed eight across Germany and the Netherlands. Wind speeds got up to 140kph (87mph) causing chaos on roads across Europe.
4. Uber confirmed an investment deal with SoftBank. Former CEO Travis Kalanick also sold about one-third of his stake for $US1.4 billion.
5. The US tested a nuclear power system designed to support astronauts on Mars. This was an initial test and a full power test is scheduled for March.
6. India successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. The test comes amid heightened tensions with India’s nuclear-armed neighbours, Pakistan and China.
7. The US has cut an additional $US45 million in food aid to Palestinians. The US pledged the money last month and recently suspended another $US65 million to the Palestinian aid group UNRWA.
8. Amazon revealed the 20 cities that could house its new headquarters. Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, and Dallas are all potential candidates.
9. South Korean cryptocurrency traders had some violent reactions to the bitcoin “bloodbath.” The global cryptocurrency market dived after authorities raided the country’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges.
10. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced her pregnancy.Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters will become Acting Prime Minister when Ardern takes six weeks of maternity leave.
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