September 15, 2017 / 11:05 AM / 3 months ago

Friday Morning Briefing

North Korea fired another missile, police declared a blast in a London underground train to be a terrorist incident and Nestle bought a majority stake in Blue Bottle.

Rohingya refugees stretch their hands to receive aid distributed by local organisations at Balukhali makeshift refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 14, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC123DEC66B0

North Korea

North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan’s northern Hokkaido far out into the Pacific Ocean on Friday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, deepening tension after Pyongyang’s recent test of its most powerful nuclear bomb. The missile flew over Japan and landed in the Pacific about 2,000 km (1,240 miles) east of Hokkaido, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters. 

Pacific nations crack down on North Korean ships as Fiji probes more than 20 vessels

London

Several people were injured at a London underground station after witnesses reported a blast on a packed rush-hour commuter train which police were treating as a terrorism incident. “It is too early to confirm the cause of the fire, which will be subject to the investigation that is now underway by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command,” London police said in a statement. 

Flames raced along train at west London station: eye witness

U.S.

Harvard University withdrew a fellowship invitation to Chelsea Manning, the transgender U.S. Army soldier who was convicted of leaking classified data, after two top intelligence experts distanced themselves from the school over the invite. 

Three female former employees of Alphabet’s Google filed a lawsuit accusing the tech company of discriminating against women in pay and promotions. The proposed class action lawsuit, filed in California state court in San Francisco, comes as Google faces an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor into sex bias in pay practices.

Republican unity on U.S. tax overhaul shows sign of fraying

Pastors stand firm as Trump's U.S. evangelical base weakens

Student accused in Washington school shooting blamed 'bullying'

Lightning strikes behind Las Vegas Strip casinos as a thunderstorm passes through Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

Lightning strikes behind Las Vegas Strip casinos as a thunderstorm passes through Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

Business

Traders paid little attention to the latest missile test by North Korea, with shares and other risk assets barely moving, gold lower and focus rapidly returning to when and where interest rates will go up. 

FTC probes Equifax, top Democrat likens it to Enron

Business interrupted: hurricane-damaged firms dig in for insurance fight

Price cuts lure more shoppers to Whole Foods stores: tracking firms

Law reform sparks bidding war for Australia's Ten Network 

Reuters TV: Nestle buys a majority stake in Blue Bottle

Auto

The battle over how and where Europeans charge their electric cars is expanding from the continent’s cities to its motorways. Power utilities, tech start-ups and oil majors are fighting to establish themselves as the dominant players in the fast-growing business of charging stations – but advances in electric vehicles means where they build them is changing.

Breakingviews - AI is the big driver of SoftBank’s Uber move

Portland probe finds Uber used software to evade 16 government officials

China green car pivot will need state support, GM chief says

World 

Myanmar insisted it was not barring aid workers from Rakhine State, where a counter-insurgency campaign has sparked an exodus of Muslim Rohingya refugees, but said authorities on the ground might restrict access for security reasons. 

Risk of Afghan civilian casualties could damp support for U.S. strikes on militants

Malaysia identifies victims of religious school fire, amid outrage over safety

Commentary

North American cities bidding to host Amazon's second headquarters should be careful what they wish for, writes columnist Gregory Scruggs. "Bringing in Amazon is like a heroin injection; t's a sharp spike that can balloon housing prices and flip entire neighborhoods in the blink of an eye," says Scruggs. "While a handful of local business owners and real estate developers profit handsomely, the city as a whole can suffer." 

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