May 22, 2018 / 11:38 AM / 3 months ago

Tuesday Morning Briefing

From Mark Zuckerberg’s EU grilling to the latest on Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal, catch up with the Morning Briefing. 

Labourers clean the fountain in the historic Taj Mahal premises in Agra, India, May 19, 2018. Picture taken May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Saumya Khandelwal

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Texas political leaders are considering installing airport-style security at public schools and screening students for mental health issues as alternatives to gun control to thwart a repeat of last week’s deadly shooting at a Houston-area high school. 

How do Iranians view the United States since its withdrawal from the nuclear deal? Commentary contributor and State Department veteran Peter Van Buren just returned from a week-long trip there, where he met with university students and scholars. 

A Swiss robot is one of new breed of AI weeders that investors say could disrupt the $100 billion pesticides and seeds industry by reducing the need for universal herbicides and the genetically modified crops that tolerate them. 


A Myanmar judge will rule today whether to allow the submission of evidence police say they obtained from the mobile phones of two Reuters reporters arrested in December for alleged possession of secret documents. Follow more coverage on the case with our dedicated page

The government of ousted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak deceived parliament over the finances of state fund 1MDB and suppressed an investigation by intimidating and purging anti-corruption agents, officials said today. 

Sweden will send out instructions to its citizens next week on how to cope with an outbreak of war, as the country faces an assertive Russia across the Baltic Sea. Here is what is in the 20-page pamphlet, the first public awareness campaign of its kind since the days of the Cold War. 

The Marie Stopes Ladies who drive from village to village in the remote north of Burkina Faso offering free contraception, advice on family planning, sexual health and sometimes abortion, may have to stop work in June. The ten have been entirely funded by a $1.25 million grant from USAID but the U.S. development agency cut all money for Marie Stopes International when it refused to comply with a rule reinstated by Trump in January 2017.


Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said that the braking issue on Tesla Inc’s Model 3 sedan, pointed out by Consumer Reports, can be fixed with a firmware update which the electric car maker will be rolling out in a few days.

Sony said it would pay about $2.3 billion to gain control of EMI, becoming the world’s largest music publisher in an industry that has found new life on the back of streaming services.

U.S. farmers said they would push ahead with plantings planned before U.S.-China trade tensions eased and, now that the two countries have resumed talks, take a wait-and-see approach to Trump’s promises for more sales to China.


CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet the leaders of the European Parliament for a private meeting to answer questions about the improper use of millions of users’ data by a political consultancy, as pressure on the company’s protection of data continues. Anna Bevan reports

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