The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Women in Argentina Strike to Protest Gender Violence

    They’ve had enough. Tens of thousands of women marched in Buenos Aires and other cities across Argentina after the brutal rape and murder of 16-year-old Lucia Perez — one of 19 women and girls killed in the first 18 days of October. Women wore black and left work for an hour yesterday, while solidarity rallies were held in Mexico, El Salvador, Chile, Bolivia, Uruguay and Paraguay. Activists aren’t just calling for an end to violence, but for economic reforms that will give women more power and independence.

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    Iraqi PM: Mosul Operation Is Ahead of Schedule

    They’re not out of the woods yet. ISIS operatives have reportedly been fleeing the city as the Iraqi army moves in from the south and Kurdish Peshmergas launch attacks from the north and east. Iraqi special forces have also joined in, and Iranian-trained militias say they’re moving in from the west to keep ISIS fighters from retreating to Syria and regrouping. While some worry about cutting off civilian escape routes, Russian officials argue that terrorists must not just be driven into a new country, but stopped altogether.

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    French President Pushes Faster Brexit Negotiations

    He’s got his own career to think about. British Prime Minister Theresa May intends to start the break-up process in March — right when French President François Hollande, who’s currently suffering the political fallout from controversial Le Monde interviews, will be battling to retain power before April elections. As EU leaders gather for May’s first Brussels summit, Hollande’s pressing for Brexit talks to begin earlier. But Europe’s still denying Britain’s requests for pre-negotiation guidance that might ease London’s worries over potentially losing EU business rights once the divorce is finalized.

  4. A Lost Mars Lander, Wal-Mart in China and Guy Philippe’s Last Stand

    Know This: ESA’s latest Mars lander loses touch with Earth, scientists fear the worst. Pakistan has banned Indian content from its TV channels. And Wal-Mart is depending on quick delivery to break the Chinese market.

    Read This: Haitian warlord Guy Philippe is wanted by the DEA and his own country’s authorities — and now he’s come forward to beg for food for his community, ravaged by Hurricane Matthew.

    Watch This: A stray kitten interrupted a Turkish news broadcast, causing a social media sensation when it decided to take a nap on a keyboard.


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    Meet the Hillary Clinton of Taiwan

    The similarities are striking. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen lost her first presidential race, has a center-left philosophy and diplomatic credentials — and even wore an alabaster suit for her biggest speech to date. Though the London School of Economics-educated Tsai came later to politics than Clinton, she’s shown deftness in navigating the island’s complicated relationship with China. She’s a compromiser maintaining some independence while deepening economic ties with the mainland. But Tsai has been criticized for slow decision-making and for her personal life. Sound familiar?

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    Social Media Challenges How Governments Deal With Epidemics

    Social media is pretty sick — especially if you want to spread information in a hurry. More than ever, governments are able to respond quickly and efficiently online to public health crises. But what do you do when bad information goes viral? In recent years, countries like Vietnam have experienced massive health scares after misleading Facebook posts blew up. Now, public health experts are struggling to work out how to separate official information from the rumor mill — and how to keep up with public demands for news about outbreaks.

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    California Restaurateurs Launch Transgender Work Program

    They don’t take no for an answer. Trans people suffer unemployment rates that are double those of the general population, and they’re often unable to take discrimination cases to court. But thanks to one trans restaurant owner, the California Restaurant Association was inspired to set up the community’s first large-scale job assistance program. The California Transgender Workplace Project gets businesses trained and certified as trans-inclusive, and points out-of-work transgender people to new jobs with trusted employers. Activists hope this will help launch similar initiatives across the country.

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    How Leonardo DiCaprio Got Caught in a Malaysian Bank Scandal

    Is he the wolf of Kuala Lumpur? The U.S. Department of Justice has targeted several Malaysian leaders over an alleged $3 billion scheme to embezzle public money. Among the beneficiaries were DiCaprio’s foundation and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which took in millions via Red Granite Pictures, co-founded by Riza Aziz, stepson of Malaysia’s prime minister. The company, which backed The Wolf of Wall Street, is now under investigation. DiCaprio’s foundation could have to forfeit assets, but says it will cooperate with investigators.

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    Jury Finds Derrick Rose Not Liable in Civil Rape Suit

    It was a question of consent. The New York Knicks point guard and two friends were accused of raping Rose’s ex-girlfriend in 2013 while she was incapacitated from drinking. Yesterday she listened, head in hands, as the federal jury in Los Angeles sided with the defense — which didn’t deny the sexual encounter but said the plaintiff consented and was simply looking for a post-breakup payday. The 2011 NBA MVP is expected to rejoin the Knicks on Friday, while a criminal investigation continues.