The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Two Killed in Terror Attack on London Bridge

    In an extraordinary scene recorded by bystanders, the terror suspect was wrestled to the ground by pedestrians on Friday before police shot him dead. Scores of people were injured along with the fatalities, yet the perpetrator seems to have acted alone. Just hours later, another stabbing in the Dutch city of the Hague wounded several people. The suspect is still on the loose and is believed to be between the age of 45-50 and wearing a grey jogging track suit.

    Are the attacks linked? It's unclear, especially since the motives of the second attack remains unknown.

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    In Afghan Visit, Trump Says Taliban Talks Back On

    "They want to make a deal very badly." That's what President Donald Trump said about the militant group during a surprise Thanksgiving trip to the war-torn country yesterday. Several months after breaking off peace talks with the Taliban, he announced that he's relaunching them — which the group reportedly confirmed today.

    What does the Taliban want? While continuing to stage deadly attacks, they're demanding that Americans commit to leaving Afghanistan before they'll sit down with Afghan officials.

    Don't miss OZY's feature about the Taliban's PR campaign.

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    Hong Kong Protesters Seek New Momentum

    Emboldened by President Trump's approval of legislation that supports them, demonstrators in China's rebellious semi-autonomous territory have called for more weekend protests. Today, police finally lifted the cordon around the formerly besieged Hong Kong Polytechnic University — though lunchtime protesters were also pepper-sprayed by officers during demonstrations in several districts.

    What's Beijing saying? Besides summoning the U.S. ambassador to China over the recent laws, its state media cast global pressure on the government as "the price we have to pay for China’s rise."

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    Sudan Dismantles Ex-Dictator's Ruling Party

    Transitional authorities in the newly democratic African nation of 40 million have passed legislation aimed at dissolving ex-President Omar al-Bashir's political party. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said the move wasn't about revenge against al-Bashir, who was ousted amid popular protests in April, but about the "dignity of the Sudanese people." The law also allows officials to seize and redistribute the National Congress Party's assets.

    Is Sudan really reforming? That will become clearer after authorities implement this new legislation, which represents a key test for them.

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    Report: Huawei to Fight New FCC Ban

    The Chinese telecom giant is reportedly planning to sue the U.S. Federal Communications Commission over its recent decision to block rural American firms from purchasing Huawei equipment using federal subsidies. It's part of the company's broader campaign to legally challenge recent restrictions by the U.S. government, which believes Huawei is a national security threat for allegedly spying on behalf of China.

    How else is the company fighting back? It's embarked on a PR makeover — thanks in part to reclusive founder Ren Zhengfei emerging from the shadows — and has spent more on Washington lobbyists.

  6. Also Important...

    North Korea has suggested it could soon deploy a "super-large" multiple rocket launcher. The single-day death toll in yesterday's Iraqi anti-government protests rose to at least 44. And former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone has died at the age of 101.

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  1. Italian Police Raid Mafia-Linked Neo-Nazi Party

    Police yesterday stormed 19 homes linked to an Italian neo-Nazi group with ties with the Calabrian mafia. The suspects allegedly planned to create the National Italian Socialist Workers' Party — modeled after Adolf Hitler's own party. Nazi flags and books about Hitler and Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini were discovered in 16 towns and cities across the country.

    How dangerous is the group? In addition to finding a large arsenal of weapons and explosives, detectives also revealed the suspects had been building alliances with far-right groups in Portugal and Britain.

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    South Korea to Suspend One-Quarter of Its Coal Plants

    In a bid to fight pollution, South Korea's government announced yesterday that it would temporarily close as many as 15 coal-powered plants for three months starting Dec. 1, while the rest will run at 80 percent capacity. Officials in the world's 11th-largest economy hope the effort will cut toxic fine dust pollutants by 44 percent.

    How important is coal there? While locals largely blame China for polluting the air, coal-powered plants still produce more than 40 percent of South Korea's energy.

    Check out OZY's feature about Asia's energy revolution.

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    Militias Kill 4 Ebola Health Workers in Congo

    The World Health Organization described two late Wednesday attacks as "unmistakably" targeting Ebola responders. Authorities are currently investigating the incidents, but pinpointing one of the area's 130 armed militias will be difficult. A WHO spokesperson says 386 attacks have been perpetrated against Ebola medical workers in the Congo during the last 16 months.

    What's the bigger picture? With only a few infections detected in recent weeks, further attacks risk reversing the progress frontline workers have made against the epidemic.

    Don't miss OZY's Newsmaker profile of Congo's "Ebola hunter."

  4. These Apps Find Love in a Photoless Place

    A new wave of dating platforms is shifting the focus away from users’ looks by revealing their photos only after chatting begins. One app gradually unblurs photos as matches continue communicating, OZY reports, while another automatically reveals images after 10 messages. It’s not a new concept: Similar apps launched and then shuttered in the early days of app-based dating. But the new breed is building niche support, especially in the LGBTQ community.

    What challenges remain? These apps will need to sign up plenty of potential matches if they want to live happily ever after.

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    UK Police Commander Cleared in 1989 Soccer Stampede

    Thirty years after a crowd crush that left 96 people dead at an FA Cup semifinal between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, David Duckenfield has been found not guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence. The 75-year-old former chief superintendent with the South Yorkshire Police was accused of ordering his staff to open Hillsborough Stadium's exit gates after crowds gathered outside. More than 2,000 fans entered, causing the deadly stampede.

    What's next? Three other police officials will stand trial next year for the Hillsborough disaster on charges of perverting the course of justice.