#France picks #Macron, Post-#Trump #Paris Agreement talks, giant dueling robots

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The UN hashes out the fine print on the Paris climate agreement. Delegates will convene in Bonn, Germany for days of discussions over how to implement the UN pact, which was signed in 2015. The meeting marks the first of its kind since president Trump assumed office, and negotiators are concerned that the US will stage a pullout from the agreement.

Hedge fund giants convene to talk investing. William A. Ackman, David Einhorn, Jeffrey Gundlach, and other high-profile hedge fund managers will appear at the annual Sohn Investment Conference in Manhattan. Investors have unveiled bold bets at past events—in 2008 Einhorn attacked Lehman Brothers just before it went bankrupt, and in 2012 Ackman began his war against Herbalife in earnest.

Judges weigh Trump’s revised travel ban. The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia will consider the administration’s case for its executive order suspending visas for people from six predominantly Muslim countries. Normally only three judges consider such appeals at first; this case, however, will go straight to the full 15-judge bench.


Emmanuel Macron won the French presidency. A projected 66% of voters picked the 39-year-old centrist banker after a bruising second-round campaign against the far-right’s Marine Le Pen. While turnout was relatively low, the vote suggested that France isn’t yet ready to accept the populist, anti-EU sentiments rising elsewhere in Europe. But now what some call the “real election” begins: Macron must get enough seats for his fledgling party, En Marche!, in next month’s parliamentary vote, or else he’ll find it hard to govern.

Boko Haram released 82 kidnapped Chibok girls. Nigeria’s government said the girls were returned as part of a prisoner exchange brokered with the help of the Red Cross and the Swiss government. It’s the second such deal to be struck, but more than 100 girls remain missing after being kidnapped by the group in 2014.

North Korea detained another US citizen. The arrest of Kim Hak Song, a professor at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, for unspecified hostile acts on Saturday brings the number of Americans now being held in the country to four. It’s unclear if Kim’s arrest is related to the detention earlier last week of Kim Sang Dok, a Korean-American accounting professor teaching at the same university.

Jared Kushner’s sister wooed investors in China. At an event in Beijing, Nicole Kushner Meyer, sister of Trump advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner, touted the EB-5 investment scheme that grants visas to individuals willing to invest over $500,000 in business endeavors, such as real-estate projects run by Kushner Companies.

Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger bestowed some wisdom.During a highly anticipated annual Q&A, Berkshire Hathaway’s CEO and vice chairman spoke about the pitfalls of capitalism, the benefits of AI, and plans for the company after Buffett’s death. Buffett also slammed Wells Fargo’s response to a fraud scandal; the bank responded that it agreed with him.

A runner almost cracked the elusive two-hour marathon time.Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge missed the mark by just 25 seconds. His time, which was the fastest recorded marathon, won’t be counted as a world record due to the use of pacers.


Sarah Kessler on how algorithms are failing Facebook. “Facebook doesn’t just enable communication, but sets the boundaries and rules around it. And its influence—whether on culture, on elections, or on anything else beyond its own digital borders—means that those decisions impact us all, whether or not we use it.”Read more here.


The 1917 Russian Revolution still matters. The overthrow of Russia’s tsars is a poignant reminder of how quickly things can change when people are unhappy.

Brown people are all the same to Westerners. Non-whites are still treated as a homogeneous “other” in real life and on screen.

Phishing emails will never stop duping people. Curiosity alwaysgets the better of humans.


Quartz Index indicator of the day: 0%. That’s Brazil’s expected GDP growth for 2017. Learn why that’s actually good news and explore other indicators at the new Quartz Index.


A Vanuatuan tribe worships Prince Philip. Younanen villagers believe the recently retired 95-year-old royal is the son of a mountain god who can bestow blessings on citizens and crops.

The future of karaoke may be as a solo activity. Sometime you just need to belt it out alone.

A tiny Swedish village is a top-secret location for carmakers.They use Arjeplog, population 3,000, as a testing ground (paywall) for prototypes.

A record label is releasing albums that are almost impossible to play. The modified cassettes are a commentary on how easily accessible music has become.

Male cuttlefish have flashy fights over females. The battling cephalopods display stunning zebra motifs, tangle their arms and tentacles, and spray ink at each other.

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