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Brexit, Turkey, China: Your Tuesday Briefing

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We’re covering Turkey’s broader ambition for nuclear weapons, another make-or-break day for Brexit and royal intrigue in Thailand.

The vote was initially planned for Monday, but John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons and perennial thorn in Mr. Johnson’s side, blocked the vote because Parliament rules forbid the reintroduction of the same bill multiple times.

Next steps: If Mr. Johnson’s plan wins, the government will put forward an accelerated timetable for the legislation, designed to receive approval from Parliament in three days and clear the path for an Oct. 31 divorce.

Rejecting Mr. Johnson’s timetable would enable his opponents to introduce amendments to his plan — such as a referendum or keeping Britain in the E.U. customs union — that could effectively kill it.


In the weeks before Turkey’s incursion into Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan voiced his larger ambition: pursuing a nuclear weapon.

The accounts targeted people in North Africa, Latin America and the U.S. — an indication that the spread of false information is still a big problem as America heads into the 2020 election.

Separately: Facebook executives have been on a charm offensive, courting lawmakers and regulators in the U.S. for its cryptocurrency, called Libra. Tomorrow, Mark Zuckerberg. the chief executive, is expected to testify about the digital currency before the House Financial Services Committee.

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