Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro, pictured during an election rally in Juiz de For, has promised to rid the country of socialism and corruption. Photo: Antonio Scorza / Shutterstock.com
China-US relations, Netflix outrage, billionaire’s chart and airline’s ticketing error. Delano’s breakfast briefing returns after the seasonal break.
Bolsonaro talks values and tradition
Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro used his inauguration on Tuesday to pledge to unite the country’s people, “rescue the family, respect religions and our Judeo-Christian tradition, combat genre ideology” and conserve “our values”. Bolsonaro, labelled a far-right populist by media including The Guardian, said he would rid Brazil of socialism, “inverted values, the bloated state and political correctness.” The BBC reports that Mike Pompeo, Benjamin Netanyahu and Viktor Orbán were among the foreign guests at the inauguration in Brasilia, which attracted a crowd of some 100,000.
Trump could end shutdown
US president Donald Trump has hinted that he is prepared to “make a deal” to end the government shutdown that has blighted the country for close to two weeks. Bloomberg reports that the president has invited top congressional leaders from both parties to a briefing on border security. The Guardian says that Democrats plan to introduce a bill on Thursday to fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through 8 February, but that this does not include Trump’s demand for what he has called “a good old-fashioned wall”.
Xi and Trump call for cooperation
Xi Jinping and Donald Trump both used messages to mark 40 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States to call for better cooperation between the countries. CNBC reports that Xi said he was willing to work with Trump “in a joint effort to advance China-U.S. relations featuring coordination, cooperation and stability.”
Winners and losers
Bloomberg has a list of the biggest winners and losers of 2018 among the world’s billionaires. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos was the biggest winner and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg the biggest loser. Fortnite game maker Tim Sweeney and the UK’s Denise Coates, founder of online gambling site Bet365, were among those catapulted into Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index.
Outrage as Netflix removes show
Human Rights Watch and the editor of the Washington Post are among those who have criticised streaming service Netflix over its decision to remove an episode of its show “Patriot Act”. The show in question sees US comedian Hasan Minhaj tackle to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Guardian includes one of the jokes, in which Minhaj says the Saudi authorities “went through so many explanations. The only one they didn’t say was that Khashoggi died in a free solo rock-climbing accident.” The BBC reports that Netflix says it supports artistic freedom and “only removed this episode in Saudi Arabia after we had received a valid legal request - and to comply with local law."
Cathay Pacific’s cheap seats
Bloomberg reports that Asian airline Cathay Pacific has sold business class tickets from Vietnam to Canada and the U.S. at economy prices by mistake. Tickets that would usually sell for $16,000 were available for as little as $675.
Van Gerwen wins darts title
Dutchman Michael van Gerwen beat England’s Michael Smith on Tuesday to claim his third PDC World Championship title and a winners' cheque of £500,000, the BBC reports.
Today’s breakfast briefing was written by Duncan Roberts