1.16.2019

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Brexit Deal Crushed.
British Prime Minister Theresa May's government is in disarray after Parliament overwhelmingly rejected her package guiding the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union yesterday. The deal, which had been negotiated with European leaders over the course of 18 months, was rejected by a 432-202 vote - the biggest defeat by a government in the House of Commons in more than a century. The package faced opposition on both sides, with pro-exit supporters saying it left the UK under the thumb of Europe, and pro-EU supporters wanting to maintain closer ties. Among the tangle of issues is whether border controls will be reinstated between Northern Ireland (part of the UK) and Ireland (part of the EU) on March 29th - the date that the UK must separate from the EU, with or without a deal. The uncertainty has some speculating that a second national referendum revisiting the decision to break with the EU may be in the works

On top of the resounding defeat May, faces a no-confidence vote today - see how that works here.
Terrorist Attack in Kenya.
At least 15 were reportedly dead after a terrorist group stormed an upscale hotel and office complex in the Kenyan city of Nairobi yesterday. The militant Islamist group al-Shabaab took credit for the attack, which included car and suicide bombs. The group is relatively small, with around 9,000 fighters based in neighboring Somalia (read more) - while its aim is a strict Islamist government in Somalia, it often launches brutal attacks in Kenya. The group was also behind a 2013 mall attack (also in Nairobi) that killed 62 and injured over 200 civilians, and a 2015 assault on a university that left nearly 150 people, mostly students, dead. At least one US citizen was killed in yesterday's violence. 
Kumbh Mela.
The world's largest religious festival began this week, with followers of the Hindu faith flocking to the northern Indian city of Prayagraj to celebrate Kumbh Mela. The festival - in which followers bathe themselves in the waters of the Ganges River - is expected to draw over 120 million people between now and early March, making it the largest human gathering in history. For comparison, an estimated 15 million Muslims make the pilgrimage to Mecca annually, and 6 million people turned out for a visit by Pope Francis to the Philippines in 2015, the largest papal mass in history. The festival lasts until early March - you can check out photos here
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Carol Channing, Tony Award-winning actress famous for Hello, Dolly, dies at 97 (More)
> Rihanna sues father for improper use of their shared last name (More)
> Alicia Keys tapped to host 2019 Grammy Awards on February 10th (More) | Brush up on this year's nominations (More)
Science & Technology.
> European scientists roll out vision for 62-mile-long particle accelerator; would create atomic-scale collisions with 10x the energy of the Large Hadron Collider (More)
> Knocking out the body's immune system and rebuilding it via stem cell therapy may be a more effective treatment for multiple sclerosis than existing drugs, study says (More)
> Study finds evidence that intermittent fasting of 24-hour periods rewires circadian rhythm in liver and skeletal muscle, may slow age-related diseases (More)
Business & Markets.
> US stock markets up (S&P500 1.1%, Dow 0.7%, Nasdaq 1.7%) on Chinese economic momentum and Netflix news (More) | Netflix to increase subscription prices by $1-2 per plan, base plan increases from $11-$13; shares up 6% (More)
> Snapchat parent Snap's CFO to depart, shares drop 8% (More)
> Facebook commits $300M to support local journalists and newsrooms (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> White House bypasses Speaker Nancy Pelosi, sends invite for budget negotiations directly to centrist House Democrats; Dems turn down invite as record shutdown enters 26th day (More)
> William Barr, Trump nominee for attorney general, faces light grilling on first day of confirmation hearings (More) | New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) launches exploratory committee for 2020 presidential bid (More)
> US District Judge orders citizenship question dropped from 2020 US census; decision likely to appealed (More)
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