Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, who has not won a seat in the British parliament in seven attempts, says he will focus on campaigning around the country rather than stand for election as an MP. Photo: Michael Tubi / Shutterstock
UK election latest, Saudi Aramco IPO, wildfire spat, Hong Kong violence, McDonald’s CEO fired, Delhi pollution and a sports roundup. Delano’s breakfast briefing.
UK election: Farage won’t stand; Swinson excluded from debate
Lawyers representing the CIA official who revealed the transcript of US president Donald Trump’s controversial phone call with Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskiy have said their client is willing to communicate directly with top intelligence panel Republican Devin Nunes, Reuters reports. The offer is to answer questions directly from Republican members “in writing, under oath & penalty of perjury”. According to The Guardian, House minority leader Kevin McCarthy still thinks the whistleblower should answer questions in a public appearance before the committee. And The Washington Examiner cites a “top House Republican” saying the move by the whistleblower’s lawyer was a “Sunday narrative ambush” and the offer was not sincere.
Saudi Aramco IPO confirmed
Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest integrated oil and gas company, is set to launch an initial public offering in December, the kingdom’s market regulator announced on Sunday. It will be the biggest stock market flotation ever, and The Guardian reckons the state-owned concern could be valued at $1.5tn. But CNBC says precise details surrounding the size and scope of the IPO have not yet been revealed. However, exchanges in New York, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo have all been vying for the international listing.
Trump threat to California
In what the BBC is calling a “Twitter spat” with California governor Gavin Newsom, US President Donald Trump has threatened to cut federal funding for the wildfires sweeping the state. The president thinks the state is not managing its forests properly. But as USA Today points out, the state of California owns just 3% of forest land while more than half is owned by the federal government and the rest is in private hands.
Hong Kong politician has ear partially bitten off
A man with a knife slashed several people and apparently bit off part of the ear of a politician after riot police in Hong Kong stormed several shopping malls on Sunday, Reuters reports. China has called for a “tougher” stance to end the months of protests. The violence included a stand-off between police and a firefighter, which both sides claim resulted from a misunderstanding, according to The South China Morning Post.
McDonald’s CEO goes
McDonald’s has fired its CEO Steve Easterbrook for having a relationship with an employee, CNBC reports. Even though the relationship was consensual, it violated McDonald’s policy and Easterbrook agreed it undermined the “values of the company.”
Delhi smog worsens
37 planes were diverted away from Delhi on Sunday as air pollution levels in the Indian city rose to over 400 times the amount deemed healthy, The Guardian reports. Poor visibility due to the smog meant that more than 250 departures and 300 arrivals delayed. On Friday authorities had declared a public health emergency and closed schools and all construction activity, India Today reports.
Today’s breakfast briefing was written by Duncan Roberts