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Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump’s election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in almost twice as many states as previously known, Bloomberg News reports. The emerging details of Russia’s hacks paint a worrisome picture for future elections, revealing potentially deep vulnerabilities in the U.S.’s patchwork of voting technologies. “They’re coming after America,” former FBI Director James Comey said. They won’t likely stop at America. — Michael Riley and Jordan Robertson
Brexit bites. A key part of London’s financial industry could be forced to relocate to the EU after the divorce. European Commission authorities want firms deemed systemically important to the EU financial system to accept direct oversight from the bloc—or relocate euro-clearing operations to the European Union. The industry has warned of skyrocketing costs and jobs losses in London.
Open arms. In his first comments on the topic since the U.K. general election, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Britain would be welcomed back to the EU. While he said it was unlikely Britain would reverse course, “If they wanted to change their decision, of course, they would find open doors.”
No milk and honey yet. Argentine businessman Eduardo Elsztain has spent five years and $700 million trying to turn around Israel’s largest conglomerate, IDB Development. Like some other high-profile foreign investors in the Jewish state, he’s finding the business environment there tough to crack and—so far—success elusive.
The biggest bovine airlift in history. The showdown between Qatar and its neighbors has disrupted trade, split families, and threatened to alter long-standing geopolitical alliances. It also prompted one Qatari businessman to fly 4,000 cows to the Gulf desert in an act of defiance to fill the void left by a collapse in the supply of fresh milk from Saudi Arabia.
Britons are racing to get German citizenship. Germany says it granted citizenship to 2,865 U.K. nationals last year, up from about 600 in 2015. With Brexit coming up in March 2019, the record number of Britons rushing for a German passport suggests many are unwilling to wait and see what kind of Brexit the U.K. eventually pulls off.
The best restaurants don’t all have Michelin gongs. In fact, an annual ranking of the 100 best restaurants in the U.K. doesn’t include two of the country’s four restaurants with three stars. The list is based on the votes of 180 chefs, restaurateurs and food writers. Here are the 100 best.
Compiled by Andy Reinhardt and Leila Taha