→ The Supreme Court is going to judge Lula’s appeal to avoid arrest after his conviction was upheld by the court of appeals. If they vote against his defense’s motion, the ex-president will have one foot in prison.
→ President Temer has confirmed one billion reais to fund the federal intervention in Rio. The government is also expected to announce more cuts in the 2018 budget.
→ A blackout affected 93% of the cities of the North and Northeastern regions of Brazil yesterday. According to Minister of Mines and Energy Fernando Coelho, the power outage was caused by a failure in a transmission line connected to a power plant in Belo Monte, Pará.
Source: The New York Times
The man suspected of sending bombs in packages in Austin, Texas, blew himself up in his vehicle after the police began tailing him. Law enforcement officials used clues from surveillance videos to find the suspect. After his death, the police found a confession on the suspect’s phone.
Tensions between Britain and Russia continue to increase. Boris Johnson, the top British diplomat, told Parliament that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, would use the World Cup this summer as a propaganda tool, and in Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry suggested Britain itself may have been responsible for poisoning a former Russian double agent and his daughter with a nerve agent.
Mark Zuckerberg, the chief Facebook executive, broke silence yesterday, and promised Facebook would crack down on outside apps and bolster privacy.
“We also made mistakes, there’s more to do, and we need to step up and do it.”
Source: The New York Times
European authorities are overhauling rules for taxing digital businesses in the region, in the hopes of curbing tax evasion by companies like Google, Apple, Amazon and Qualcomm. Under the new plan, a company’s revenues would be taxed in the countries where they are generated, rather than its profits.
President Trump plans today to announce at least $50 billion worth of annual tariffs and other penalties against China for its theft of technology and trade secrets, which administration officials say has robbed American companies of billions of dollars in revenue and killed thousands of jobs.
France's Bird Population Collapses
Source: The Guardian
Bird populations across the French countryside have fallen by a third over the last decade and a half, researchers have said. Dozens of species have seen their numbers decline, in some cases by two-thirds.
According to Benoit Fontaine, a conservation biologist, the situation is catastrophic. “The countryside is in the process of becoming a veritable desert,” he declared.
The primary culprit, researchers speculate, is the intensive use of pesticides on crops, especially wheat and corn. The problem is not that birds are being poisoned, but that the insects on which they depend for food have disappeared.
“There are hardly any insects left, that’s the number-one problem.”
Vicent Bretagnolle, CNRS ecologist