Apr 3, 2017

Julian Assange will get to stay after Lenin wins Ecuador vote

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Socialist candidate Lenin Moreno (@Lenin on Twitter) appears to have prevailed in Ecuador's presidential election, although rival Guillermo Lasso is challenging the results as fraudulent after winning 3 of 4 exit polls.

Why it matters: Lasso has promised to evict WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange from Ecuador's embassy in London, while Moreno says he can stay. In a tweet after the results, Assange wrote: "I cordially invite Lasso to leave Ecuador within 30 days (with or without his tax haven millions)..."

Where it stands: 97% of the votes are in, with Moreno at 51% and Lasso at just under 49%, per the AP. Lasso said he is "not going to allow" the "very sickening" results to stand, while Moreno joined outgoing President Rafael Correa in singing "leftist classics."

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China tries to contain coronavirus, as Apple warns of earnings impact

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

As China pushes to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus — placing around 780 million people under travel restrictions, per CNN — the economic repercussions continue to be felt globally as companies like Apple warn of the impact from the lack of manufacturing and consumer demand in China.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,775 people and infected more than 70,000 others, mostly in mainland China. There are some signs that new cases are growing at a slower rate now, although the World Health Organization said Monday it's "too early to tell" if this will continue.

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Apple will miss quarterly earnings estimates due to coronavirus

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple issued a rare earnings warning on Monday, saying it would not meet quarterly revenue expectations due to the impact of the coronavirus, which will limit iPhone production and limit product demand in China.

Why it matters: Lots of companies rely on China for production, but unlike most U.S. tech companies, Apple also gets a significant chunk of its revenue from sales in China.

America's dwindling executions

The Trump administration wants to reboot federal executions, pointing to a 16-year lapse, but Pew Research reports the government has only executed three people since 1963.

The big picture: Nearly all executions in the U.S. are done by states. Even those have been steadily dropping for two decades, per the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) — marking a downward trend for all executions in the country.