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Rishi Sunak will be the UK’s next prime minister. The rise of the former finance minister will be historic for more than a few reasons (more below).
Kenya faces mounting calls to investigate the death of Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif. Kenyan media and Pakistan’s government want to know why he was shot by police near Nairobi.
Nigeria was warned about possible terror attacks in its capital city. Citing intelligence findings, the US, the UK, and Australia have issued travel alerts.
At least 50 people were killed in an air raid in Myanmar. The attack was targeting Kachin insurgents who were celebrating at a concert.
Toyota will roll out a new electric sedan in China. The car, called bZ3, will use batteries produced by Chinese EV-maker BYD.
When Intel first declared its intention to spin off self-driving tech maker Mobileye through an IPO earlier this year, the chipmaker eyed a valuation of $50 million. Now, Intel is targeting a $15.9 million valuation—barely making back the $15.3 million it paid for the Israel-based firm five years ago.
Mobileye shares are expected to start trading on the Nasdaq on Oct. 26. The following day, Intel reports earnings, which some analysts expect to be grim, forecasting a 15% drop in revenue and an 81% fall in earnings compared to last year. Intel has reportedly warned staff that layoffs are coming in November, joining a growing number of tech firms looking to freeze or cut headcount.
The US Department of Justice leveled charges against more than 13 Chinese nationals yesterday, including two suspected spies for trying to interfere with a criminal investigation of Huawei, one of China’s largest technology companies. While the complaint doesn’t name Huawei, sources close to the investigation confirmed the company’s identity, the Washington Post reported.
Huawei is far from the only Chinese (or Beijing-influenced) company in America’s crosshairs. In recent years, the US government has blocked deals that could have given China more control of dating app Grindr and chipmaker Qualcomm and pressured companies to delist from the New York Stock Exchange. And of course, former president Donald Trump attempted to ban WeChat and TikTok, the latter of which is still facing federal scrutiny.
The UK’s incoming PM might be its third this year, but Rishi Sunak is not your grandfather’s prime minister. As a British Asian, he’ll become the first non-white person to hold the office. At 42 years old, Sunak will also be the youngest PM in more than two centuries—and with an estimated fortune of £730 million ($824 million) shared with his wife, Infosys heiress Akshata Murty, he’s going to be the wealthiest British PM ever.
With this figure in mind, it’s hard to disagree with Quartz editor-in-chief Zach Seward, who described the UK as “an entrenched plutocracy [squabbling] over the scraps of a stagnant economy that is now, largely by its own choice, of declining relevance to the rest of the world” in our latest Weekend Brief.
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Singapore has a cute, furry problem. The country’s otter population has doubled since 2019, but the animals can be a lot less friendly than they look.
The universe is expanding too fast, and we’re learning a bit more about why. It has to do with the composition of space, which is likely two-thirds dark energy and a third matter.
Plastic recycling should give way to refilling and reusing strategies. Only around 5% of plastic waste produced in the US was recycled last year.
Cell-cultivated, sushi-grade seafood is a thing. If Leonardo DiCaprio funds it, fishless fish must taste OK, right?
More than 19,000 people helped light 15.76 lakh (1.5 million) diyas in the Indian city of Ayodhya. Prime minister Narendra Modi even attended the record-breaking Diwali event.
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