September 6, 2017 / 10:40 AM / in 10 months

Wednesday Morning Briefing

Hurricane Irma is en route to a possible Florida landfall, protests erupted after Trump announced he would scrap an immigration program and Putin said sanctions alone will not resolve the North Korea crisis.

Alliance San Diego and other Pro-DACA supporters hold a protest rally, following U.S. President Donald Trump's DACA announcement, in front of San Diego County Administration Center in San Diego, California, U.S., September 5, 2017. REUTERS/John Gastaldo - RC12A6A56CE0

Hurricane Irma

One of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century churned across northern Caribbean islands with a catastrophic mix of fierce winds, surf and rain, en route to a possible Florida landfall at the weekend. Irma is expected to become the second powerful storm to thrash the U.S. mainland in as many weeks after devastating Hurricane Harvey, but its precise trajectory remains uncertain. 

Reuters TV: Bracing for Irma

Florida hastens disaster preparations 

Pope Francis’ plane shifts course to avoid storm


President Donald Trump scrapped an Obama-era program that protects from deportation immigrants brought illegally into the United States as children, delaying implementation until March and giving a gridlocked Congress six months to decide the fate of almost 800,000 young people. As the so-called Dreamers who have benefited from the five-year-old program were plunged into uncertainty, business and religious leaders, mayors, governors, Democratic lawmakers, unions, civil liberties advocates and former President Barack Obama all condemned Trump’s move. 

Graphic: DACA in numbers

The U.S. House Intelligence Committee has issued subpoenas to the Justice Department and FBI for documents related to a dossier that alleged Russia collected compromising material on Trump, the panel’s top Democrat said. 

U.S. appeals court says Texas can implement voter ID law

FBI says witnesses in U.S. probe into Malaysia's 1MDB fear for safety

North Korea

Resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis is impossible with sanctions and pressure alone, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after meeting his South Korean counterpart, adding that the impact of cutting oil would be worrying. Putin met South Korea’s Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of an economic summit in the eastern Russian city of Vladivostok amid mounting international concern that their neighbor plans more weapons tests, possibly a long-range missile launch ahead of a weekend anniversary. 


Advanced hackers have targeted United States and European energy companies in a cyber espionage campaign that has in some cases successfully broken into the core systems that control the companies’ operations, according to researchers at the security firm Symantec. 

SEC chief says cyber crime risks are substantial and systemic


Investors and Boeing Co gave two thumbs down to aerospace and industrial company United Technologies Corp $23 billion plan to buy avionics maker Rockwell Collins Inc. The acquisition, announced on Monday, would be the largest in aerospace history and create a new player in the top echelon of suppliers to Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier and other plane makers. 

China to spend over $1 trillion on planes over next 20 years: Boeing

Men transport an Atlantic Giant Pumpkin, which was cultivated for about six months and currently weighs over 430 kilograms (947.99 pounds), before its presentation at Moscow State University’s Botanic Garde in Moscow, Russia September 5, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Men transport an Atlantic Giant Pumpkin, which was cultivated for about six months and currently weighs over 430 kilograms (947.99 pounds), before its presentation at Moscow State University’s Botanic Garde in Moscow, Russia September 5, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


Global shares fell and the dollar dipped against the Japanese yen as still-simmering tension over the Korean peninsula kept investors wary of taking on risk. European and Asian shares dropped after the S&P 500 suffered its biggest one-day fall in three weeks on Tuesday as U.S. investors sold in reaction to North Korea's sixth and biggest nuclear weapons test on Sunday.  

Facebook digital ads figures differ from census data: analyst

United Tech, Rockwell deal faces bumpy road to approval, especially in the EU

Nissan takes EV battle to Tesla with longer-range Leaf

Breakingviews - Mort Zuckerman to newspaper industry: Drop Dead


The European Union’s highest court dismissed complaints by Slovakia and Hungary about EU migration policy, upholding Brussels’ right to force member states to take in asylum seekers. In the latest twist to a dispute that broke out two years ago when more than one million migrants poured across the Mediterranean, the European Court of Justice found that the EU was entitled to order national governments to take in quotas of mainly Syrian refugees relocated from Italy and Greece.

China brushes off Vietnam protests over South China Sea drills

Indian journalists and rights activists protested against the murder of an outspoken publisher of a weekly tabloid amid growing concerns about freedom of the press at a time of rising nationalism and intolerance of dissent. 

Fashion giants LVMH and Kering to ban underweight and underage models

Spain and Morocco arrest six suspected of practicing beheadings

Exclusive: Cambodia says opposition party could be barred from election

Brexit Britain

The British government's hopes for a painless post-Brexit trade deal show "a lack of realism" and "a dismaying lack of historical and strategic understanding," writes columnist Paul Wallace. "The mishandling of the Brexit negotiations is rooted above all in political cowardice," he says. "Ministers are unwilling to confront the British public with the harsh truth: that they voted for economic self-harm when they narrowly decided to leave the EU." 

Britain could still reverse Brexit, former minister Heseltine says

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