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Briefing: Trump moves away from healthcare deal, Iran threatens to ‘shred’ nuclear accord, China’s president speaks of ‘new era’

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  • President Donald J. Trump now opposes the bipartisan legislation on healthcare that he indicated support for yesterday. His opposition stems from the “bail out the insurance companies,” according to WH spokesperson Sarah Sanders.
    • The bipartisan deal was struck between U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R) and Patty Murray (D). The legislation maintained federal assistance for insurers for a limited period while states adjust their approach to healthcare.
  • Twitter will implement stricter anti-harassment policies for its users. Under new rules, original posters of media using hidden cameras or featuring non-consensual nudity may be permanently banned from the social media platform.
  • For the first time in 27 years, a Saudi Arabian budget-carrier Flynas has launched a direct flight between Riyadh and Baghdad in what’s being perceived as an attempt to curb Iranian influence. Riyadh and Tehran have been in a proxy-conflict since 2011. There have not been commercial flights between the two countries since the 1991 Gulf War.
  • Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tehran will “shred” the nuclear deal with the U.S. if Washington withdraws its support. Khamenei spoke five days after President Donald J. Trump refused to certify the deal, putting Washington at odds with other parties who signed.


  • A court in Hawaii blocked the latest version of Trump’s travel ban. The third version of the ban, which prevents travel from several Muslim-majority countries, as well as government officials from Venezuela, was announced last month. The court said that a complaint from the state of Hawaii was likely to demonstrate that the ban violates federal law. The White House said that the judgement was “dangerously flawed.”
  • An electoral commission official has fled Kenya, telling the BBC that intimidation against officials would make a “mockery” of next week’s presidential election rerun. Kenya’s Supreme Court nullified elections held in early August, saying that the poll was unreliable. Opposition leader Raila Odinga withdrew his candidacy last week, saying that the rerun would not be fair.
  • President Xi Jinping opened the Chinese Communist Party’s congress with a three-and-a-half hour speech in which he pledged to build a “modern socialist country”, reportedly using the phrase “new era” 36 times. He also warned against separatism and promised to lower barriers for foreign investors. The congress takes place every five years.

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  • The annual Man Booker prize for literature was awarded to George Saunders for his novel Lincoln in the Bardo, based on Abraham Lincoln’s mourning upon the death of his third son, William, in 1863.

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    I like the new “Current Affairs” label for the Briefing. Gives you much more latitude to include stories from all sorts of areas.

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    Hi, folks – the first item under Update seem to be written as if readers are so deeply immersed in the topic that they immediately know what you’re referring to. (We in the States sometimes use the term “inside baseball.”) Try to avoid saying “being perceived” because it naturally raises the question, “Perceived by whom?”

    The Flynas item needs to speak more plainly:

    For the first time in 27 years, a Saudi Arabian airline flew from Riyadh to Baghdad in a move to bolster commercial ties and challenge Iran’s influence.
    conflict since 2011. Commercial flights between the two countries had been severed since the 1991 Gulf War.

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    Suggested headline change: … ‘first Saudi direct flight to Iraq in 27 years’

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      Changing now – sorry, it wasn’t meant to be published like that. Technical issue. Thanks.

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