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The Reuters Daily Briefing

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

by Judith Langowski


Here’s what you need to know.

Countries gather in Montreal to protect biodiversity, Musk’s Neuralink is under investigation for violations of animal-welfare laws, and stakes are high in Georgia’s runoff election.

Today’s biggest stories

Atlantic Puffins are seen among the daisies on Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, Wales, Britain July 16, 2019. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden/File Photo

Puffins, like these two on a Welsh island, are very vulnerable to changes in the environment. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden/File Photo


Countries are gathering for a key U.N. nature conference in Montreal, known as COP15, aiming to set new global targets to protect what’s left of Earth’s wildlife and natural spaces. More than 10,000 participants are expected to attend the summit over the next two weeks. Here’s their agenda.

A drone attack on an airfield in Russia’s Kursk region set fire to an oil storage tank a day after Moscow accused Ukraine of audacious drone attacks on two air bases deep into Russian territory. Meanwhile, Kyiv is expected to remain without electricity for the coming days.

People in China’s capital Beijing were allowed to enter parks, supermarkets, offices and airports without showing proof of a negative COVID-19 test. “Beijing readies itself for life again” read a headline in the government-owned China Daily newspaper.

Indonesia’s parliament approved a new criminal code that bans sex outside marriage with a punishment of up to one year in jail, despite worries the laws may scare away tourists and harm investment. However, it will not come into effect for three years.

Neuralink, SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks at the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles.

Neuralink, SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks at the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles in 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo


U.S. law enforcement is investigating Elon Musk’s medical device company Neuralink, for potential violations of animal-welfare laws. Staff raised internal complaints that its animal testing to develop a brain implant for humans is being rushed, causing needless suffering and about 1,500 deaths, as this exclusive report by Reuters business correspondent Rachael Levy shows.

Goldman Sachs plans to spend tens of millions of dollars to buy or invest in crypto companies, showing a willingness to keep investing even after the collapse of the FTX exchange. Read our exclusive report. And sign up here to our new weekly newsletter, Reuters Crypto Wire.

The airline industry will become profitable again next year for the first time since 2019 as a snapback in air travel continues following nearly two years of COVID-19 restrictions, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), expecting a net profit of $4.7 billion.

U.S. President Joe Biden will visit the Arizona plant of TSMC as the Taiwanese chipmaker is set to more than triple its planned investment in the factory to $40 billion, among the largest foreign investments in U.S. history.

Railroad investor resolutions in the U.S. urge paid sick leave for workers. This comes after Biden signed legislation to block a rail shutdown, which did not include unions’ key sticking point of paid sick leave.


There’s a lot at stake in Tuesday’s runoff election in Georgia between Democrat Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker: Biden’s Democrats hope to expand on their razor-thin Senate majority, while former President Trump tests his clout as he seeks the Republican nomination for 2024. See our live results map here.

The suspect in the fatal shooting of five people at the LGBTQ nightclub, Club Q, in Colorado Springs, on November 19, is set to be formally charged, potentially facing dozens of counts including murder, attempted murder, assault and hate crimes.

The Respect for Marriage Act, which passed the U.S. Senate last week, is expected to pass the House of Representatives with bipartisan support. It was designed as a backstop to the Supreme Court ruling and would protect the federal recognition of same-sex marriages.

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority (6-3) appeared ready to rule that an evangelical Christian web designer has a right to refuse to provide services for same-sex marriages. These creative services are protected by the First Amendment guaranteeing free speech, the justices indicated.

The Biden administration is convening a virtual meeting on Thursday with oil and gas executives to discuss how the United States can support Ukrainian energy infrastructure, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

Japan's Shuichi Gonda and Eiji Kawashima look dejected after the penalty shootout as Japan are eliminated from the World Cup. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez


Japan crumbles in shootout, Brazil produces a footballing masterclass, and the first casualty of the tournament is Germany’s team director Oliver Bierhoff.


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