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Aston Martin, the British sports car maker, listed in London today after pricing its IPO at £19 per share. That gave it an initial market cap of around $5.6 billion, but shares were off more than 6% in early trading.

Why it matters: Many are viewing this as something of an investor referendum on both Brexit, particularly in terms of how it will affect supply chains, and on the looming prospect of U.S. auto tariffs on imports from Europe. Per Bloomberg, "The listing marks the first initial public offering of a UK car-maker in more than three decades, since Jaguar was spun into an independent company under Margaret Thatcher’s government in 1984."

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Inside Geoffrey Berman's closed-door testimony

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Geoffrey Berman, the former top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, was expected to say in closed-door testimony today that Attorney General Bill Barr repeatedly urged him to take another job, warned him that getting fired would not be good for his resume or job prospects and steered him toward a high-level Justice Department post in DC.

Driving the news: Axios has obtained a copy of Berman's opening statement for his closed-door hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.

U.S. sanctions Chinese officials over Uighur human rights abuses

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The Treasury Department announced Thursday that the U.S. has sanctioned four Chinese Communist Party officials and the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau for human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.

Why it matters: The sanctions designations, pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Act passed by Congress in 2016, mark a significant escalation in the Trump administration's response to the Chinese government's detainment of over 1 million Uighurs in internment camps.

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Mayor of Seoul found dead

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Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon has been found dead hours after his daughter reported him missing, prompting a massive manhunt, Yonhap news agency reports.

What we know: Park's disappearance came a day after allegations of sexual harassment against him were published in local media, according to the FT, which also reports that his daughter had found a "will-like message."