Brexit, U.S. Shutdown, Chinese Economy: Your Tuesday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. Brexit remains in limbo, the U.S. government shutdown grinds on and China’s economy slows down. Here’s the latest: May returns with Brexit Plan B Prime Minister Theresa May returned to Parliament with an alternative blueprint for Britain’s withdrawal from the E.U. Infuriating some…

Russian Oligarch and Allies Could Benefit From Sanctions Deal, Document Shows

Notably, VTB would be able to collect dividends from its EN+ shares, according to the confidential document, despite the bank being under limited United States sanctions. Another Russian oligarch who faces sanctions by the United States and has attracted the interest of Mr. Mueller’s investigators, Viktor Vekselberg, also has a stake in Mr. Deripaska’s empire…

Simon Mayo to launch classical station Scala Radio after leaving Radio 2

Former BBC Radio 2 DJ Simon Mayo is to lead the line-up on a new classical music radio station. Mayo, who left his Radio 2 drivetime show just before Christmas, will host a mid-morning show on Scala Radio when it launches on 4 March. The station will hope to win listeners from BBC Radio 3…

Greenland’s Melting Ice Nears a ‘Tipping Point,’ Scientists Say

The continent has presented a mixed story in recent years, with researchers measuring substantial losses in some regions but stability and even gains in others. But the new paper found considerable losses of glacial ice in East Antarctica, previously considered to be relatively stable. As a whole, Antarctica lost about 40 billion tons of ice…

Biden Expresses Regret for Support of Crime Legislation in the 1990s

WASHINGTON — Former Vice-President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Monday he made a mistake in supporting the tough-on-crime drug legislation of the 1980s and 1990s, expressing regret in particular over a bill that created different legal standards for powdered cocaine and street crack cocaine. “It was a big mistake that was made,” Mr. Biden said…

Celine’s New Wave Man – The New York Times

PARIS — The kids will be all right. Hedi Slimane will see to that. The designer who almost single-handedly altered the shape of men’s wear when, in the early years of the century, he introduced the skinny suit at Dior Homme and who afterward rescued Saint Laurent from the slag heap of market irrelevance with…

Is it OK to take the pill every day without a break?

Image copyright Getty Images Newspaper headlines this week have advised women that they can take contraceptive pills “every day of the month, without any break” to avoid monthly bleeds and period pain. But the professional body behind the guidelines that prompted the news reports says their recommendations have been misinterpreted. The Faculty of Sexual and…

Russian rescue amid deadly blaze on two cargo ships off Crimea

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionShips ablaze off Crimea after explosion At least 10 people have died in a fire involving two Tanzanian-flagged cargo vessels in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait, authorities say. Russian rescuers are trying to reach sailors who jumped overboard. Fourteen people have so far been rescued….

Theresa May survives no-confidence vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote over her handling of Brexit, following a historic defeat of her agreement to leave the European Union. Source link

Christie: Trump has ‘found himself saddled with riffraff’

“Far too often, he’s found himself saddled with the riffraff,” Christie said in the book. According to the excerpts, Christie believes Trump needed to surround himself with “high quality” people. “Donald so urgently needed the right people around him and a solid structure in place,” he wrote. Christie dubbed former national security adviser Michael Flynn…