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The “Remainers” in Britain—people who voted to stay in the EU—are likely to have any hopes of a Brexit reprieve dashed by Theresa May’s canny call for a general election in June. It’s widely seen as implausible that the Prime Minister will be voted out of office, so the best hope for those opposed to leaving the EU is to shift the balance in Parliament to soften any “hard Brexit.” Yet the opposition Labour Party is in a historically weak position, akin to its dark days of the 1980s. — Andy Reinhardt

Who is Marine Le Pen? The firebrand nationalist French politician has been shaped by strong family ties and a lifetime steeped in right-wing ideology. Here are seven defining moments in her life and career, from the bombing of her childhood home to the break with her father two years ago. Le Pen’s continued strength in the polls and the rise of far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon are prompting some French companies to make contingency plans for a runoff between the extremes.

Introducing Climate Changed. The newest section of addresses the business and political implications of the changing global climate, which range from the impact of a melting Arctic to the nightmare scenario facing homeowners on the coast of Florida. Among today’s other topics: growing conservative support for carbon taxes and a gallery of photos on clean energy.

A protest in support of refugees in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Denmark is having a change of heart about immigration. It has been the most closed-off of Scandinavian nations, but now the country is faced with potential labor shortages. The finance ministry is trying to make a simple case for more foreign workers: even the lowest-paid job is enough to make a migrant a friend of the tax office.

As the U.S. waffles, Putin edges in. Russia is quietly tightening its grip on two rebel regions of Ukraine by taking over key economic links, thus detaching them from Ukraine. The Trump administration has sent mixed signals on its stance, and hopes for a European-brokered peace deal are faltering.

The biggest drain on office time may be your computer. Slow, outdated computers and intermittent internet connections are demoralizing, according to a survey of 6,000 European workers. One in eight business laptops and desktops still run 16-year-old Windows XP, and the average British employee wastes 40 minutes a day because of slow technology.

Risking their lives for specks of gold. An hour from Johannesburg, miners descend two miles underground every day to hunt for the precious metal. The South Deep mine holds 63 million ounces of gold, and it’s ramping up production to churn it out for at least the next 70 years. See what it’s like to work in the dark depths of the Earth’s crust.

A worker carries a 28 kilogram gold bar after casting and cleaning in the foundry at the South Deep gold mine, operated by Gold Fields Ltd., in Westonaria, South Africa, on Thursday, March 9, 2017. South Deep is the world's largest gold deposit after Grasberg in Indonesia, makes up 60 percent of the company's reserves and the miner says it's capable of producing for 70 years. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

A worker carries a 28 kilogram gold bar after casting and cleaning in the foundry at the South Deep gold mine, operated by Gold Fields Ltd., in Westonaria, South Africa.

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

Compiled by Andy Reinhardt and Leila Taha

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