September 25, 2017 / 10:34 AM / in 7 months

Monday Morning Briefing

U.S. President Donald Trump extended his travel ban, Germany’s Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office and Iraq’s Kurds headed to the polls to vote in a divisive independence referendum.

A woman casts her vote during Kurds independence referendum in Kirkuk, Iraq September 25, 2017. REUTERS


Trump slapped new travel restrictions on citizens from North Korea, Venezuela and Chad, expanding to eight the list of countries covered by his original travel bans that have been derided by critics and challenged in court. Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia were left on the list of affected countries in a new proclamation issued by the president. Restrictions on citizens from Sudan were lifted. 

Supreme Court has option to duck travel ban ruling

Republican bill to repeal Obamacare teeters on edge of collapse

Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, has used a private email account alongside his official White House account to exchange messages with other administration officials, Politico reported on Sunday.

NFL rallies around protesting players denounced by Trump

Masked gunman kills woman, wounds several others at Nashville church

North Korea

Trump dialed up the rhetoric against North Korea again at the weekend, warning the country’s foreign minister that he and leader Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer”, as Pyongyang staged a major anti-U.S. rally.  

Japan's Abe announces snap election amid worries over North Korea crisis 


Germany’s Angela Merkel turns to the task of sounding out partners to build a coalition government after securing a fourth term as chancellor in Sunday’s election, although she has been weakened by a surge in support for the far right. 

Split emerges in German far right as co-leader storms out of news conference

German vote could doom Merkel-Macron deal on Europe  

Breakingviews - Germany’s Caribbean coalition will shake Europe


Two stag deer are seen through the mist at dawn during the annual rutting season in Richmond Park in London Britain September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Two stag deer are seen through the mist at dawn during the annual rutting season in Richmond Park in London, Britain September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville


Voting began in northern Iraq in an independence referendum organized by Kurdish authorities, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from neighboring Turkey and Iran, and international warnings it may ignite yet more regional conflict.  

Reuters TV: Saudi women allowed into stadium for the first time

One week to cross a street: how IS pinned down Filipino soldiers in Marawi

Outside quake-stricken Mexico City, most kids going back to school

U.N. medics see evidence of rape in Myanmar army 'cleansing' campaign


The euro and European stocks slipped after the bloc’s most powerful leader German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term but faced a fractured parliament as support for the far-right surged.  

Walt Disney threatens to pull ESPN, ABC from Optimum

Fighting for survival in London, Uber says it can improve

ABB buys GE business for $2.6 billion in bet it can boost margins

Fidget spinners and squishies: some Toys 'R' Us toymakers cut ties

NAFTA talks intensify; U.S. seen putting off key demand on autos

Brexit Britain

"British politics are a terrible mess," writes columnist John Lloyd. Prime Minister Theresa May's speech in Florence Friday was vague on details as she tried to carry out her "all-but-impossible job" of keeping her party "relatively united" and to retain "at least the acquiescence" of state institutions that "believe Brexit to be most grievously self-wounding, consigning Britain not to greatness but to marginality," says Lloyd. 

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