2020.01.25

News Headlines - 25 January 2020

Brexit: Boris Johnson signs withdrawal agreement in Downing Street - BBC News

Boris Johnson has signed the Brexit withdrawal agreement in Downing Street... Earlier on Friday, European leaders signed the document in Brussels, before it was transported to London by train.
The signings mark another step in the ratification process, following Parliament's approval of the Brexit bill earlier this week. The European Parliament will vote on the agreement on 29 January.

U.S. extradition battle over Huawei's Meng ends first phase but Canada court fight continues - Reuters

The first phase of battle over whether Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou should be extradited to the United States wrapped up on Thursday after four days, with lawyers for Meng challenging prosecution claims that her alleged actions are a crime in Canada... In a Vancouver courtroom, lawyers for Meng opposed the Canadian prosecutor’s arguments saying her alleged actions are not a crime in Canada because the charges of bank fraud are dependent on violating U.S. sanctions against Iran. Canada had no sanctions against Iran when the extradition process began.

6 Central Banks Form Digital Currency Use Case Working Group - CoinDesk

Six central banks have formed a working group with the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) to share findings as each investigates potential cases for central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).
The group will be comprised of the central banks of Sweden, Canada, Switzerland, the U.K. and Japan, as well as the European Central Bank (ECB) and the BIS. Announced by all seven members Tuesday, each institution will continue assessing the "economic, functional and technical design choices, including cross-border interoperability" of CBDCs and will sharing any findings.

Boy stabbed through neck by jumping needlefish | The Star Online

A supposedly fun family bonding activity took a turn for the worse when a boy was stabbed through the neck by a needlefish.
The teenager from Indonesia is now in a stable condition.
Muhammad Idul went fishing with his parents in Sulawesi island on Saturday, Jan 18. While they were there, a couple of needlefish started jumping out of the water and “attacking” them, as per Antara News via Mothership last Tuesday, Jan 21.

Coco Gauff stuns Naomi Osaka to reach Australian Open fourth round - CNN

Teenager Coco Gauff stunned defending champion Naomi Osaka with a 6-3 6-4 victory to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.
The 15-year-old American needed just 67 minutes to beat the No. 3 seed and set up a meeting with either China's Zhang Shaui or compatriot Sofia Kenin.
Gauff was totally dominant for large periods of the match and perhaps even surprised herself with the ease of her victory.

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