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U.S. President Donald Trump wants to turn the page on James Comey’s era at the FBI, nominating Christoper A. Wray as to be the next director. Trump picked the former assistant attorney general ahead of a rollercoaster Thursday for global politics. In the U.S. Comey will give Senate testimony on his probe into Russian meddling in last year’s election. The U.K. hits the polls for the third nationwide vote in as many years, and a court in Brazil will decide whether the 2014 election vote should be declared void after a campaign financing scandal. Bring on Thursday.— Siraj Datoo
Keep your eye on the pound. The U.K. currency could plunge to $1.20 on Friday if no outright victor is declared in the snap election, according to a Bloomberg poll of analysts. That would be marginally more negative than even an outright upset Labour Party win, according to the survey. If you’re just catching up to the election, we have a handy guide to the promises made by each party.
Qatar’s backing for the Muslim Brotherhood. A crisis is roiling the Gulf as Saudi Arabia and its allies accuse Qatar of fomenting instability. Though it’s a tiny country, Qatar has been active for years in backing the Muslim Brotherhood and organizations that have roots in it, in countries from Morocco to Kuwait. Here’s a guide to the Brotherhood and some of the groups it has inspired.
Iran under siege. Suicide bombers and gunmen targeted the parliament building in Tehran and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic. The attacks were rare assaults on the heart of the country’s political and religious establishment, in the Middle East’s biggest Shiite power. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the suicide attacks that killed 12.
Norway, we’ve got a (welfare) problem. A new study shows that more than 20 percent of the working population relied on unemployment or sick-leave benefits throughout 2016. Scandinavia’s richest nation has been hit by the slump in oil prices — and declining resources and a shift to greener energy mean it will need to find other legs to stand on to keep up its standard of living.
The future of business-class seats. First off, they’re replacing first-class seats on many airplanes and routes. They’re less expensive and still feature lie-flat beds, multicourse menus created by celebrity chefs, and amenity kits stocked with spa products. And the seats in business class are getting innovative updates — both technological and ergonomic — to maximize passenger comfort.
A great burger is as simple as it is delicious. It takes just a few cheap ingredients to pack a dizzying punch of flavor. But a bad burger is like dad-dancing: It lacks taste and finesse and often is plain embarrassing. Here are eight ways you’re doing it wrong.
Compiled by Siraj Datoo and Leila Taha