Quartz Daily Brief—Europe and Africa edition—Taiwan earthquake, Super Bowl 50, Johnny Cash tarantulas

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What to watch for today

21st Century Fox reports earnings​. Rupert Murdoch’s media and entertainment company is expected to report a decline in profits despite a rise in revenue. To cut $250 million from its overhead, the company has said it plans to offer voluntary employee buyouts.

Candidates hit the home stretch in New Hampshire. With one day left before the state’s presidential primary, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio will fight to stay in the lead there. As for the Democrats, Hillary Clinton continues to trail Bernie Sanders in state polls.

​India hears a testimony on terror​. David Headley, who has already been convicted in the US for his part in the 2010 Mumbai terror attack, will be deposed by a special court in the city

​The reviewer gets reviewed​. Yelp will release its fourth-quarter earnings. Analysts expect an increase in revenue, aided by growth in SeatMe, Yelp’s online reservation service.

Over the Weekend

An earthquake killed at least 35 in Taiwan. Over 120 people are still missing after the tremor struck, cutting off water to hundreds of thousands of homes. Electronics manufacturers there say factories received only minimal damage; one residential building, which collapsed, was discovered to have been built partly with empty paint cans.

North Korea fired a rocket. Pyongyang launched the rocket, which may have violated Japanese airspace, on Sunday morning, prompting the UN Security Council to threaten fresh sanctions. China tried to persuade North Korea not to provoke its neighbors, but it launched the rocket on a major Chinese holiday.

Haiti’s president stepped down. Michel Martelly resigned from his post despite there being no clear successor, leaving an interim government to control the country. General elections set for January were postponed after allegations of fraud, and will now take place in April.

The Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl. The Colorado team beat the Caroline Panthers 24-10 at the 50th annual American football championship. The closely watched half time show featured Beyonce, Coldplay, and Bruno Mars.

Feminist icons slammed female supporters of Bernie Sanders. Madeleine Albright, the first female US secretary of state, and Gloria Steinem, a feminist leader, scolded young women (paywall) for supporting Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Bill Clinton also took a swipe.

More troops may head to Syria. A United Arab Emirates official said on Sunday that the country is ready to send soldiers to fight ISIL as part of an international coalition. Saudi Arabia issued a similar statement earlier last week.

Quartz obsession interlude

Kate Groetzinger on all-you-can-fly subscription services: ”You’d have to be a relatively heavy-duty domestic US traveler for OneGo’s roughly $36,000 in annual charges to represent a cost-savings. The idea is that those who join OneGo will, ‘just naturally fly more,’ Paulius Grigas, its founder and CEO, told Mashable. ‘With all-you-can-eat kind of services, people eat more,’ he said.” Read more here.

Matters of debate

Superman was at his best when he was an immigrant driven by truth and justice. He’s gotten boring since he’s become an all-powerful member of the establishment.

We’re not going to give Trevor Noah time to grow. Viewers of The Daily Show don’t have the patience to wait for the host to find his groove.

Ted Cruz has been underestimated. He’s far craftier and more devious than we’ve realized.

Surprising discoveries

A Swiss city banned silent discos over noise complaints. Lausanne found that party-goers couldn’t help singing out loud.

Rom-coms are dangerous for women. They desensitize audiences to the signs of stalking.

Johnny Cash lives. A newly discovered species of tarantula has been named after the late country singer.

Henry VIII suffered an NFL-style head injury. Yale researchers think brain trauma from a jousting accident caused his erratic behavior.

A robot taught itself how to mix drinks. It learned how to make a cocktail simply by watching humans.

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