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The U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan said Thursday he was outraged by a Taliban attack near Bagram airfield this week, and “we’re taking a brief pause,” apparently in reference to peace talks that had recently resumed with the militant group.

“When I met the Talibs today, I expressed outrage about yesterday’s attack on Bagram, which recklessly killed two and wounded dozens of civilians,” Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, tweeted.

He said the Taliban “must show they are willing & able to respond to Afghan desire for peace,” and that “we’re taking a brief pause for them to consult their leadership on this essential topic.”

No coalition service members were killed in Wednesday’s attack, in which Taliban fighters attempted to breach Bagram airfield north of Kabul, but some were evaluated for minor injuries, a spokesman for the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said.

Two Afghan civilians were killed, and more than 70 civilians were reported injured, the spokesman said.

The remaining Taliban fighters barricaded themselves inside the medical building, which is outside the base, and were killed in in a series of airstrikes, the spokesman said.

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The tweets by Khalilzad appear to throw another wrench in peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban.

The State Department late Thursday referred questions about the pause to Khalizad’s tweet. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday condemned the “coordinated terrorist attack in the strongest possible terms.”

Voice of America, citing Suhail Shaheen, who speaks for the Taliban negotiating team, reported earlier Thursday that Taliban and U.S. negotiators agreed to resume talks after “a few days.”

Shaheen reportedly dismissed suggestions the attack hampered negotiations and said the atmosphere in Thursday’s meetings was “good and positive.”

Over the weekend, talks between the U.S. and the Taliban resumed, three months after President Donald Trump abruptly canceled the negotiations aimed at ending America’s longest war.

The U.S.-Taliban negotiations that restarted Saturday in the Qatari capital of Doha aim to reduce violence and lay the groundwork for peace talksbetween the Taliban and the Afghan government, a State Department spokesperson has said.

A separate Western official with knowledge of the discussions said the goal was to “pick up where they left off.”

When Trump made the announcement on Sept. 7 that he was calling off “peace negotiations,” he said he had scheduled a secret meeting the next day at Camp David with Taliban leadership and, separately, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Trump cited a suicide attack in Kabul that killed a U.S. service member.

Eleven other people were also killed in the attack, Trump tweeted at that time, adding: “What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? They didn’t, they only made it worse!” Trump in late November announced that talks with the Taliban were back on.

From 12,000 to 13,000 troops are in Afghanistan, according to Defense Secretary Mark Esper. The U.S. has had boots on the ground since 2001, when American forces toppled the Taliban regime for harboring Osama bin Laden, the architect behind the Sept. 11 attacks.

Since 2001, around 2,300 American service members have died there, according to the Department of Defense. Between January 2009, when the United Nations began a systematic documentation of civilian casualties, and September of this year some 34,000 Afghan civilians died as a result of the armed conflict.

Last month, the Taliban freed two Western hostages, including an American, after holding them in captivity for more than three years.

The hostages were released as part of a deal announced by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in which the American University of Kabul professors, who were kidnapped at gunpoint in August of 2016, would be freed in exchange for three Taliban members.

Abigail Williams contributed.

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An LAPD officer suspected of fondling a dead woman’s body was charged by prosecutors and arrested Thursday, authorities said.

David Rene Rojas was booked by LAPD internal affairs detectives on a warrant that accused him of having sexual contact with human remains, according to the LA County District Attorney’s Office.

Rojas, 27, was arrested without incident at his home in Montebello, several law enforcement sources told NBC4.

The incident happened on Oct. 20 but wasn’t publicly acknowledged until Dec.5, when LAPD Chief Michel Moore said the officer’s alleged conduct had been detected during a random review of video recorded by the officer’s body worn video camera.

“This incident is extremely disturbing and does not represent the values of the Los Angeles Police Department,” Moore said in a statement.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents most officers, said last week it would not provide legal defense for the officer.

Rojas was hired by the LAPD in July 2015, according to records obtained by NBC4. He has been assigned to the Central Division in downtown LA for about two years.

Internal affairs detectives were examining his entire career at LAPD, including a review of other body worn video he recorded while on duty, as part of the investigation, the sources said.

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks at a news conference after restoring diplomatic ties with Kiribati on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, U.S. September 27, 2019.

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Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said on Friday that the United States had seriously damaged the hard-won mutual trust between the countries by criticizing Beijing over issues such as Hong Kong and the treatment of Muslim Uighurs.

“Such behavior is almost paranoid, and is indeed rare in international exchanges, seriously damaging the hard-won foundation of mutual trust between China and the United States, and seriously weakening the United States’ international credibility,” said State Councillor Wang.

Wang, who is China’s foreign minister, said there were deep-seated issues that need to be addressed and  resolved between both sides, issues that are bringing increasingly severe challenges to the future of the countries’ relationship.

Wang was speaking at an annual symposium in Beijing on international affairs and China’s diplomacy.

Bilateral tensions over issues such as the protests in Hong Kong and Beijing’s treatment of its Uighur Muslim minority have flared in recent months, just as both countries tried to work out a deal to end a trade war.

The U.S recently introduced several pieces of legislation that could potentially target top Chinese officials with sanctions over human rights abuses in Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

Beijing has strongly condemned the legislation which it says represents serious interference in its domestic affairs.

Wang said on Friday that China will “resolutely fight against external forces that interfere in Hong Kong’s affairs” and “sever the black hands” supporting revolution in Hong Kong.

Last month, China called on the U.S. military to stop flexing its muscles in the South China Sea and to avoid adding “new uncertainties” over Taiwan, which is claimed by China. 

Wang said the United States had used various international occasions to vilify China’s social system, development path, and mutually beneficial cooperation with other countries, and charged China with all kinds of unwarranted crimes.

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The NBA is expanding its reach into Mexico. Capitanes, a Mexico City-based team from the top Mexican professional basketball league Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional, will be joining the NBA G League starting with the 2020-21 season, the league officially announced on Thursday. 

Capitanes will be the league’s 29th team and the first outside of the United States and Canada. The team will play its home games at the Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera in Mexico City.

“Bringing an NBA G League team to Mexico City is a historic milestone for the NBA which demonstrates our commitment to basketball fans in Mexico and across Latin America,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said.  “As the first G League franchise based outside of the U.S. and Canada, we look forward to welcoming Capitanes to the NBA family.”  

Silver has contentiously championed the importance of continuing to grow the league on an international level, and this is clearly a step to do just that. The league has held successful regular season contents in Mexico City dating back several years, and Silver has previously pointed to Mexico City as a gateway to the rest of Latin America. 

“In terms of a franchise in Mexico City, it’s something that we’re going to look at,” Silver said back in early 2017. “This is a competitive market, well over 20 million people… Clearly coming to Mexico City just because of the huge population here in Mexico but in essence as a gateway to the rest of Latin America could potentially be very important to the league.” 

Starting with the ’20-21 season, Capitanes will play in the G League for an initial term of five years.  

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Soon-to-be U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony. American Samoans, though born in the United States, must apply for citizenship.

Soon-to-be U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony. American Samoans, though born in the United States, must apply for citizenship.

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Despite Donald Trump’s periodic threats to terminate birthright citizenship, it remains the law of the land—except for one small territory. The federal government designates individuals born in American Samoa as “noncitizen nationals,” which denies them a fundamental right granted to those born anywhere else in the country. On Thursday, however, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups ruled this practice unconstitutional, directing the government to recognize the citizenship of individuals born in American Samoa. (More than 55,000 people live on the island, most of whom were born there.) Waddoups’ decision is the first volley in a fight that may force the Supreme Court to assess the scope of birthright citizenship for the first time in more than a century.

The right to American citizenship has long expanded and contracted along racial lines, and it is no coincidence the last remaining class of Americans denied citizenship are non-white. After the American Revolution, the nation followed the English rule extending citizenship to anyone born within the country, including its territories. But in 1857’s notorious Dred Scott v. Sandford, the Supreme Court abolished this principle, ruling that black people could not become American citizens. The 14th Amendment was intended in part to reverse Dred Scott and restore birthright citizenship. Its very first sentence states: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

In 1898’s U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark, the Supreme Court confirmed that this provision guarantees citizenship to individuals born in America, including the children of immigrants. But that same year, the U.S. was launching a foray into imperialism that would bring new, far-flung territories under its control. Previous territories in the continental U.S. had been considered destined for statehood once they filled up with white settlers. But these new territories—like American Samoa, ceded to the U.S. in 1900—were acquired for essentially defensive purposes, not to create eventual new states.

In a series of rulings in the early 20th century known as the Insular Cases, the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution did not apply fully in these new possessions. The court deemed this new territories “unincorporated”—that is, not on the path to statehood. Because unincorporated territories were “inhabited by alien races,” the court reasoned, governing them “according to Anglo-Saxon principles may for a time be impossible.” Thus, only “fundamental” constitutional rights applied. Is birthright citizenship a “fundamental” right? Several justices implied that it might not be in 1901’s Downes v. Bidwell. Yet a majority of the Supreme Court has never squarely held that individuals born in unincorporated territories may be denied American citizenship.

In the following decades, Congress extended birthright citizenship to the nation’s other territories. But it never did so for American Samoa. Today, individuals born on the island receive a passport that says: “THE BEARER IS A UNITED STATES NATIONAL AND NOT A UNITED STATES CITIZEN.” If they move to a state, they are not permitted to vote in elections or work in many government jobs because of their non-citizen status. American Samoa has the highest rate of military enlistment of any U.S. state or territory, yet American Samoans are barred from certain positions in the armed forces because they aren’t citizens. They are the last remaining caste of Americans who receive formal second-class citizenship.

They are the last remaining caste of Americans who receive formal second-class citizenship.

Frustrated by this predicament, three American Samoans living in Utah, along with the Southern Utah Pacific Islander Coalition, filed a lawsuit alleging that the government is violating the 14th Amendment by denying them birthright citizenship. (The plaintiffs are represented by the advocacy group Equally American, which fights for territorial rights.) And on Thursday, Waddoups, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled in their favor. His meticulous 69-page opinion begins with a lengthy exploration of the 14th Amendment’s text and history, both of which suggest that its framers intended it to apply to states and territories. For instance, Sen. Lyman Trumbell, who helped craft the amendment, declared that it “refers to persons everywhere, whether in the States or in the territories or in the District of Columbia.” (Emphasis added.)

In the end, Waddoups concluded that Wong Kim Ark controls this case. The Supreme Court has never overruled (or even questioned) Wong Kim Ark, and the Insular Cases never expressly carved out an exception for territories. American Samoans are therefore “citizens by virtue of the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” and “Congress has no authority to deny them citizenship.” The judge prohibited the government from enforcing any law to the contrary, requiring it to honor the citizenship of those born in American Samoa.

The Department of Justice will appeal Waddoups’ decision to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. The administration’s opposition here cannot be attributed to sheer bigotry. Barack Obama’s Department of Justice took the same position and won in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2016. (The Supreme Court declined to review the case.) There is a real chance that the 10th Circuit will affirm Waddoups’ careful ruling and follow Wong Kim Ark. That would create a circuit split, all but forcing the Supreme Court to resolve the dispute.

Anti-immigrant activists filed a brief in this case, hoping to use it as a vehicle to end birthright citizenship for undocumented immigrants. But the Supreme Court likely has little desire to reverse longstanding precedent by radically rewriting the 14th Amendment. More plausible is the possibility that the court might erode or overturn the Insular Cases, rooted as they are in explicit racism. At a bare minimum, the justices could acknowledge that the Constitution compels birthright citizenship everywhere in the U.S.—even those territories “inhabited by alien races.”

Is this wishful thinking? With this ultra-conservative court, perhaps. But at least the case will force this issue into public consciousness. Far too few Americans know or care about their fellow citizens (or “nationals”) in the country’s overseas territories. A vestige of colonialism, these territories remain trapped in legal limbo, their residents languishing in what one federal judge termed “citizenship apartheid.” And because they have no representation in Washington—no vote in Congress or presidential elections—the courts may be their sole recourse. As Waddoups illustrated on Thursday, the judiciary is perfectly capable of vindicating their rights.

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OTTAWA — When Andrew Scheer entered the already-crowded Conservative leadership race in September 2016, few predicted he’d emerge triumphant.

Scheer had made his career in Ottawa largely through the House of Commons Speaker’s office — a bastion for parliamentary procedure wonks, not partisan politics. He’d been a Conservative MP since the age of 25, but never a cabinet minister, nor someone whispered about as a future Prime Minister. He was seen as a bland but congenial guy.

Scheer’s leadership team, headed by Hamish Marshall, centred its strategy around that congeniality. They calculated that Maxime Bernier, the front-runner for most of the campaign, wasn’t likely to win on the first ballot. That meant attracting down-ballot support was the path to victory. Scheer may not be everyone’s first choice, his team figured, but he could be the second or third choice for far more people than Bernier.

What helped put Scheer over the edge in leadership voting would soon play a major role in bringing him down

So Scheer and Marshall ran a cautious, low-key campaign. Scheer didn’t attack other candidates aggressively. He was friendly to social conservatives. He courted the party’s MPs, growing his caucus endorsements to 32 by the end — the most of anyone. He focused on rural regions with lower numbers of voters, knowing each riding was weighted equally. He championed supply management, and in return, the dairy lobby signed up “thousands and thousands and thousands” of members for him in Quebec, Marshall told the National Post shortly after the vote. Scheer even won Bernier’s Quebec riding of Beauce.

The voting at the May 2017 convention went 13 rounds. Bernier was ahead in every one until the last, when he lost by a sliver. Scheer had started out with just 22 per cent support in the first round, but steadily grew it to 51 per cent on the final ballot.

During the race Bernier hadn’t yet taken on the populist persona that now defines him, but he’d promoted a brash style of libertarianism that would have been a drastic change after Stephen Harper’s leadership. Instead, the Conservatives emerged with what was seen to be a safer choice in Scheer. He was “Stephen Harper with a smile,” not well-known by the public but well-liked within the caucus. Party strategists set to work on marketing him as a credible alternative to Justin Trudeau and the Liberals.


Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer drinks milk to make light of suggestions he was indebted to the dairy lobby, as he takes the stage at the National Press Gallery Dinner in Gatineau, Quebec, June 3, 2017.

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But what helped put Scheer over the edge in leadership voting would soon play a major role in bringing him down. A key moment at the leadership convention came after round 11, when Brad Trost — who had a surprisingly strong showing as an outspoken social conservative — dropped off the ballot. Trost’s voters surged to Scheer, jumping Scheer’s support from 30 per cent to 38 per cent, and putting him within two points of Bernier. Scheer owed his victory in no small part to the social conservative vote.

Scheer had walked a fine line on this subject throughout the campaign, particularly on the issues of abortion and same-sex marriage. A devout Roman Catholic, Scheer was known to personally hold socially conservative views, and it was reflected in his voting record. As a leadership candidate, he proposed policies that strongly appealed to social conservatives: a $1,000 tax deduction for home-schooled children, and a pledge to withhold federal funding for universities that didn’t uphold free speech (a big issue for pro-life student clubs). But Scheer also consistently said throughout the campaign that under his leadership, the party would not reopen debates around abortion and same-sex marriage.

That stance may have worked for a Conservative leadership candidate, but it failed spectacularly two years later during the general election. In August, just weeks before the election kicked off, the Liberals circulated a video of Scheer attacking same-sex marriage as a newly elected MP in 2005. It was a predictable attack, but Scheer and his advisers proved unable to defuse the issue, despite repeated chances to do so. Scheer responded that he “supports same-sex marriage as defined in law,” a carefully worded line that satisfied few, including many within his own party.

Another factor played a role in Scheer’s demise: expectations. Normally, a Prime Minister who had just won a majority would not be expected to lose the next election. But after winning in 2015, Trudeau was hammered by scandals in the lead-up to the 2019 election, and Conservatives began to think they had a very real shot at winning power.

First there was the SNC-Lavalin affair, which saw a rising body count of cabinet ministers and top staffers resigning over the allegation the Prime Minister’s Office had pressured the attorney general to interfere in a criminal prosecution. Then Trudeau was rocked by the revelation in the campaign that he’d worn blackface multiple times when he was younger. Scheer himself played a role in raising the expectations, telling a Toronto radio station in the final days that internal polling numbers showed a Conservative majority.

When the Liberals instead won with a strong minority, the knives were quickly out for Scheer. Some Ontario Conservatives were furious at his sidelining of Premier Doug Ford and his inability to win in the Toronto suburbs. Some Quebec Conservatives were furious over his fumbling of the social conservatism issue. Peter MacKay, a potential leadership contender, made public comments that the election was “like having a breakaway on an open net and missing the net.” Conservative infighting got so bad that allegations fed by insiders were flying on Thursday about whether Scheer had misled Conservatives about using party funds for his children’s private school fees.


Conservative leader Andrew Scheer at a campaign stop in Winnipeg, Oct. 14, 2019.

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Ultimately, many Conservatives just never warmed to Scheer. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, a longtime friend of Scheer’s, made reference to this during his tour of the Greater Toronto Area during the federal campaign. “Now, sometimes people say to me — conservatives, usually — why can’t (Scheer) be more aggressive?” Kenney said to Conservative volunteers at one stop, trying to fire them up. “Well, folks, I’ll tell you why. Because he’s actually just a really nice guy. I call him a severely normal Canadian … Is it such a terrible thing to have somebody who’s fundamentally nice, decent and honest?”

Now the Conservatives will plunge back into another leadership race. In 2017, members came around to the consensus “safe” option, the nice guy. But it didn’t work out in the end, and where the party goes now is anyone’s guess.

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The long-awaited release of Final Fantasy VII Remake is quickly approaching, but in the mean time at least we have this nice, new look at Cloud Strife. Square Enix released the game’s latest trailer tonight at The Game Awards, and its focused exclusively on everyone’s favorite spiky-haired protagonist. The trailer provides a bit of backstory, which should be useful to those new to the game, though it doesn’t answer important questions, like why Cloud’s sword is so big.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is launching on the PS4 on March 3rd, though it’s a timed exclusive, meaning it could hit other platforms in 2021. The release will represent the early, Midgar-focused portion of the original game, while subsequent titles are already in development. “We’re also now starting to continue planning it out and outlining the overall content of the second game,” producer Yoshinori Kitase told The Verge back at E3.

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Tonight at The Game Awards, Riot revealed the first indie games it will be publishing as part of its newly-unveiled Riot Forge label. It’s called Ruined King: A League of Legends Story, and it’s being developed by Airship Syndicate for console and PC. You can check out the first trailer above.

Riot Forge was announced a week ago as a way for Riot to expand the League of Legends universe with smaller, linear games. The idea is that, while Riot focuses on the big, ongoing titles like the core League of Legends, indie studio will craft more narratively driven experiences within the same fictional world. “Riot doesn’t have a ton of traditional experience making completable games, so we’re working with studios who do have that experience and unique style to bring a new look to League of Legends,” Riot Forge head Leanne Loombe told The Verge.

Of course, the new indie titles aren’t the only way Riot is expanding the League universe. At a 10th anniversary event in October, the company announced a number of new games and initiatives, including a mobile version of League, an animated series, and other spin-offs like a fighting game. Riot is also working on its first non-League game with the mysterious team shooter “Project A.”

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LONDON — When Britain voted in 2016 to leave the European Union, its currency plummeted on world markets, reflecting agitation over the economic and financial disruption that seemed to lie ahead.

Three years later, with Brexit still not achieved, trading in the pound has been telling a different story.

The pound, which made steady gains ahead of Thursday’s general election, jumped higher when exit polls pointed to a victory for the Conservatives and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who vowed to complete the rupture with Europe.

In currencies, as in other markets, traders like certainty.

“The market sees a Tory majority as the best outcome in the short term,” said Lee Hardman, a currency economist at MUFG, a Japanese bank. “It gives you more clarity over the direction of Brexit.”

Markets broadly were buoyed by the exit polls from Britain and by the prospects of a trade deal between the United States and China. American markets finished higher on Thursday, and Asian stocks rose early Friday as well.

The pound, a barometer of Brexit confidence since the 2016 vote to leave, has risen on the likelihood that a government with a working majority will be able to wrench Britain’s government out of its gridlock and spare the country from the potentially chaotic effects of leaving the E.U. without a divorce agreement.

It pared its gains briefly on Tuesday night when a newly released poll indicated that the result would be closer than previously estimated.

With a majority, Mr. Johnson would be better able to push through Parliament the withdrawal agreement he negotiated in October with the European Union. The outcome also means that Britain is likely to formally leave the European Union with a deal at the end of January.

The pound has gained roughly 2 percent against the dollar since parliament voted on Oct. 29 to hold a new election.

A stronger pound can be a bad thing for British companies, making it harder for them to sell their goods in the eurozone and beyond and diluting the profits they bring back from overseas. Nonetheless, British markets have also risen since the campaign began, reflecting the prospect of a Conservative victory that would not only reduce the chances of a no-deal Brexit but also avoid the nationalization ambitions of the opposition Labour Party.

The FTSE 250 is up more than 3 percent over that period, pushing the benchmark index of British stocks to a nearly 19 percent gain for the year.

Yields on government bonds have also risen slightly, suggesting that investors are starting to move away from safer investments. Bond yields rise when bond prices fall, and vice versa.

“The market has become less worked up about the chance of a Labour government, and also some hope that a good-sized Conservative majority could kind of lift some Brexit uncertainty,” Andrew Wishart, U.K. economist for Capital Economics, a consulting firm, said before the voting.

Such signals have been a welcome development for the British economy, which has slowed since the 2016 referendum. Amid weak business investment and consumer confidence, economic growth fell to a 1 percent annual rate in the third quarter, the slowest pace in about a decade.

While the pound rallied in recent weeks, it is roughly 10 percent lower than it was immediately before the 2016 referendum. Markets were unprepared for the result, and in the hours after the vote the pound plummeted by about 10 percent. That is the equivalent of an earthquake in the normally subdued foreign-exchange markets. Daily moves of 1 percent are considered quite large for the currencies of rich nations like Britain.

Likewise, yields on government bonds remain low, despite the recent increase. The yield on the 10-year benchmark government bond, known as gilts in Britain, was roughly 0.8 percent in recent days, implying subdued expectations for growth and inflation in the coming years.

Analysts caution that any relief stemming from a Conservative victory may be short-lived.

“We think greater optimism about the ‘divorce deal’ being passed will soon give way to worries about the transition period,” wrote Paul Hollingsworth and Michael Green, U.K. economists with BNP Paribas, in a recent research note.

Even if a Conservative government manages to take Britain out of the European Union with a departure deal, it would still only have 11 months to negotiate its future relationship with the bloc. Under the terms of the agreement negotiated by Mr. Johnson, his government would have until next December to negotiate a new trade deal — a process that usually takes years.

If he fails to do so, the country will again face a catastrophic split from its biggest trading partner. “The tough part is about to begin,” said Richard Falkenhäll, senior foreign exchange strategist at the Swedish bank SEB. “You would see a weaker sterling going into negotiations.”

Amie Tsang reported from London, and Matt Phillips from New York.

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SuperShuttle, the long running airport shuttle service with the distinctive blue-and-yellow vans, is going out of business at the end of the year.

Airports were notified this week that SuperShuttle and sister sedan service ExecuCar will cease operations on Dec. 31.

SuperShuttle general manager Alan Gildersleeve, in an email to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport officials in suburban Phoenix Thursday, wrote, “Unfortunately, our parent company has decided to cease SuperShuttle and ExecuCar operations nationwide effective 12/31 so we will not be continuing our service agreement into 2020.”

Los Angeles International Airport was notified on Tuesday, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Gildersleeve and SuperShuttle President Matt Bushard did not respond to email requests for comment. A representative at SuperShuttle’s reservations center (800-BLUE-VAN) said travelers with reservations after Dec. 31 will get automatic refunds but SuperShuttle has no details on its website about the shutdown or refunds.

Airport shuttle service SuperShuttle is ceasing operations on Dec. 31.

As recently as Sunday, SuperShuttle told customers who commented on their ride on the company’s Twitter account that is looked forward to seeing them again.

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