Climate Change, U.S. Shutdown, Michael Cohen: Your Friday Briefing

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Great morning.

The oceans are warming up faster than thought, the U.S. shutdown remained a logjam, as well as Norway disclosed the kidnapping of a tycoon’s wife. Here’s the latest:

Snow: Once-in-a-generation heavy snowfall has left at least six people dead as well as brought travel as well as tourism to a halt in parts of the Alps.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Law enforcement officials in Nevada investigating a sexual-assault accusation against the soccer star have obtained a warrant for a sample of his DNA.

Brexit: Prime Minister Theresa May does not appear to have a Plan B if lawmakers in Parliament vote against her unloved plan for withdrawal, as seems likely. Underlining the country’s tensions, a TV movie about the Brexit campaign starring Benedict Cumberbatch has set off anger as well as angst.

Democratic Republic of Congo: The U.N. Security Council can be set to meet to discuss the disputed outcome of the country’s presidential election. The victory of the president-elect, Felix Tshisekedi, been called into question by, among others, Belgium as well as France.

Ford: The automaker said the item would likely lay off “thousands” of the 68,000 workers the item employs in Europe as well as close a factory in France. Tougher emissions rules as well as declining demand have been hurting profits.

Forced marriages: After public outrage, the British government announced that will the item will no longer require British women forced into marriages abroad to pay the government for the cost of helping them escape, acknowledging that will they “may have endured particular suffering.”

Venezuela: President Nicolás Maduro was inaugurated for a second term after an election last year that will was widely considered illegitimate — as well as despite a plummeting economy as well as skyrocketing violence, hunger as well as migration. Our team explains how he has clung to power.