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Second Brexit deal defeat deepens UK crisis Rejection by House of Commons leaves Theresa May’s strategy in tatters. It is the second time that the House of Commons has rejected the deal following the thumping 230-vote margin of defeat when Prime Minister Theresa May first called a ratification vote in January.

British Politics Enters the Meltdown Phase Theresa May's Brexit deal is dead. Now what? The result makes an extension of the negotiations almost inevitable, puts into question May’s future as prime minister, and makes it more likely that the course of Brexit will need to be decided, one way or another, by the public.

THE NEW SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA This time, the winners could be Africans themselves Governments and businesses from all around the world are rushing to strengthen diplomatic, strategic and commercial ties. This creates vast opportunities. If Africa handles the new scramble wisely, the main winners will be Africans themselves. -The Economist


Google must be broken up to save news media, says Rupert Murdoch's News Corp Search giant's 'overwhelming' market power is damaging publishers and must be stopped -The Independent

Spotify files EU antitrust complaint against Apple -Reuters

EU slams China as ‘systemic rival’ as trade tension rises In a departure from its usual softly-softly approach on Beijing, the EU called China “an economic competitor in pursuit of technological leadership and a systemic rival promoting alternative models of governance.”

Germany asserts independence after U.S. warning on Huawei Germany will define its own security standards for a new 5G mobile network, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday, after Washington said it would scale back data-sharing with Berlin if China’s Huawei was allowed to participate. -Reuters

EU adopts tax haven blacklist The move triples the roster to 15 countries including Bermuda, the US Virgin Islands and the United Arab Emirates.

Russia internet freedom: Thousands protest against cyber-security bill The government says the so-called digital sovereignty bill will reduce Russia's reliance on internet servers in the United States. -BBC

How Europe Can Trade with Iran and Avoid US Sanctions Since President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, European firms and banks have risked incurring US sanctions if they do business with the Islamic Republic. Fortunately for European leaders, who are eager to engage with Iran to keep the deal alive, a solution can be found in Europe's recent past. -Project Syndicate

Iran hunts for more ships to keep its oil flowing -Reuters


FCA to run no-deal Brexit 'financial war room' The Financial Conduct Authority has plans in place for a financial war room to take action in the event of a no-deal Brexit. -BBC World

At least £900bn assets have been moved from UK to EU, study finds Investment banks have shifted around £800bn of their clients’ money, asset managers have moved £65bn and insurers £35bn -UK -The Independent

Ronaldo Hat-Trick Turbo-Charges Juventus Stock European soccer’s publicly traded teams are stunning investors as much as fans. -Bloomberg