Anti-Extradition Bill demonstrators in Hong Kong on Sunday. The fugitive law amendment continues to bring protestors out on the streets in their tens of thousands. Photo: samuelwong / Shutterstock
Trump’s Mexico plans revealed, USA with record World Cup win and embarrassing plastic bags. Delano’s breakfast briefing.
Anti-extradition demos in Hong Kong
Protests in Hong Kong against proposed legislation that would allow extradition to mainland China continued early on Wednesday. Tens of thousands of opponents of the bill blocked key roads around government buildings, the BBC reports. The law is due for a second round of debate in the 70-seat legislative council on Wednesday, says The Guardian. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam is going ahead with the legislation despite warnings from business leaders about its impact on investor confidence, Reuters reports.
Trump’s Mexico plan revealed
Reuters says that a photograph by one of its staff of a sheet of paper that US president Donald Trump waved in front of reporters on Tuesday afternoon has allowed parts of the immigration deal he has struck with Mexico to be read. The BBC reports that the document contained references to a regional asylum plan. But as NBC reports, some of the detail had already been revealed by Mexican Foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard on Monday. In an op-ed in The Washington Post, Paul Waldman says the paper reads more like “an agreement to talk more, not a hard-and-fast commitment to take big additional steps”.
Tesla’s submarine car
CNBC reports on Elon Musk's claim that Tesla has designed a submarine car along the lines of the aquatic Lotus Esprit used by James Bond in “The Spy Who Loved Me”. Musk told a shareholder meeting the market for the car would be “small but enthusiastic”.
Uber’s flying taxis
Reuters reports that Uber has unveiled plans to start test flights of its pilotless aircraft taxis in Melbourne next year. Tests will later take place in Dallas and Los Angles before planned commercial operations begin in 2023.
USA’s record win
The USA recorded the biggest ever win at the Women’s World Cup on Tuesday when they beat Thailand 13-0 in Reims, the BBC reports. Alex Morgan scored five, but, as News.com reports, some commentators were disappointed that the Americans did not show more humility in their celebrations of the last couple of goals.
The Guardian reports on an unusual plan by the East West Market in Vancouver to encourage customers to bring their own shopping bags after charging 5 cents for plastic bags failed. Grocery bags from the store are now emblazoned with potentially embarrassing slogans such as “Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium” or “Wart Ointment Wholesale”. But Delano reckons the plan will backfire as shoppers seek to collect the bags.
Today’s breakfast briefing was written by Duncan Roberts