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Netanyahu Secures Victory.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a fifth term in office after his main opponent, former military chief of staff Benny Gantz, conceded the race. Neither Netanyahu’s conservative Likud party nor Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party won a majority of the 120 Parliament seats - they tied each other with 35 apiece - but a number of smaller conservative parties have pledged to support Netanyahu, giving him a 65-55 majority. The win bolsters Netanyahu as he faces corruption charges stemming from allegations that he took improper gifts and tried to trade favors with a leading newspaper in exchange for favorable coverage. In the final days of his campaign, Netanyahu pledged to annex disputed Jewish settlements in the West Bank (see background), and observers think his reelection makes a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine highly unlikely in the near future.
Elsewhere, India begins the first wave of its five-week-long national elections today.
Researchers discovered the remains of what is believed to be a long-lost human cousin in a cave in the Philippines, according to reports yesterday. Tests on the samples, which include teeth and bones from at least three members of the species, indicated the remains were between 50,000 and 67,000 years old. The discovery would place the species, dubbed Homo luzonensis, in Southeastern Asia around the same time that modern humans, Homo sapiens, ventured out of Africa. The earliest known Homo sapien remains - estimated to be over 300,000 years old - were found in a relatively recent discovery in Morocco, pushing back the fossil record from 200,000-year-old remains found in Ethiopia. Scientists hope the discovery of Homo luzonensis will shed light on the migration and evolution of their common predecessor, Homo erectus.
Check out an interactive version of modern humans' family tree here.
Big Brexit Delay.
European Union and United Kingdom leaders agreed to extend the deadline for the UK's exit from EU to October 31st, giving embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May more than six months to hammer out an exit package to which her own Parliament can agree. The deal comes one day before which the UK would have been legally forced out of the 28-member bloc. After nearly three years since British voters supported a so-called Brexit by a 52%-48% margin (see timeline), lawmakers have been consistently deadlocked on approving a package that will govern tax, trade, travel, and a host of issues between the UK and EU member countries. May, who crafted an exit package approved by EU leaders but rejected by UK Parliament three times, even offered to resign if lawmakers would approve a package. The move gives the UK some breathing room to avoid a chaotic break that could threaten the larger European economy.
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Science & Technology.
> Scientists unveil first-ever photos of black hole, captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (More) | Israeli space probe set to land on moon today, will become first privately-funded moon landing (More)
> Google launches an end-to-end open source platform for developers to use AI and machine learning tools (More)
> Experimental brain scans find abnormal levels of tau proteins, which have been linked to Alzheimer's, in still living NFL players (More)
Business & Markets.
> CEOs from JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Citi, Bank of America and other banking giants attend House Financial Services committee hearing for first time since great recession (More)
> Reports say rideshare giant Uber plans to raise $10B at estimated $100B valuation for its IPO scheduled in the coming weeks (More) | Shares of fellow rideshare giant Lyft - who beat Uber to IPO markets - fall 10% on the news (More)
> Technology stocks continue to soar as US stock markets near all-time highs from September 2018 - Tech stocks up 32% since late December (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> White House delays decision on House Democrats' request for Trump tax returns (More) | Attorney General William Barr walks back comments implying spying on 2016 Trump campaign by US intelligence agencies (More) | Former Obama counsel to be indicted on charges related to Paul Manafort investigation for foreign lobbying (More)
>Breaking: Wikileaks founderJulian Assange arrested in London after Ecuador revokes asylum; Assange has spent past 7 years living in Ecuadorian Embassy (More)
> Protests against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir as military looks poised to oust him after 30 years in power (More) | Photo of 22-year-old female protester goes viral (More)
The Death of an Adjunct.
The Atlantic | Adam Harris. Non-tenured faculty members, or adjunct professors, are subject to grueling hours and low pay for performing the same work as their tenured colleagues. With a surplus of academic job seekers, the system is trapping otherwise brilliant scholars handcuffed by the title. (Read)
Making a Living From Your Billionaire Neighbor’s Trash.
New York Times | Adam Harris. While San Francisco remains a beacon of waste reduction, the young, affluent city dwellers may be too preoccupied to recycle or donate bulk items. Now, some in the city's homeless population - a predicament Navy veteran Jake Orta once found himself in - are capitalizing on the trash of the rich in order to make ends meet. (Read, paywall)
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