Nov 28, 2017

U.K. agrees to pay up to €55 billion to exit E.U.

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The United Kingdom has agreed to pay the European Union somewhere between €45 billion and €55 billion as a part of its Brexit "divorce bill," according to The Telegraph's Peter Foster. The exact amount will be "left open to interpretation" in order to allow Theresa May's government political cover when presenting the final plan to the British public.

Why it matters: May will risk backlash from hardline Brexit supporters in her Conservative Party by agreeing to such a massive bill for Brexit. But the agreement will allow the U.K. and the E.U. to focus on the two huge issues still hanging over Brexit — the sovereignty of the European Court of Justice for E.U. citizens remaining in the U.K., and the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

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The rematch of the century

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The weekend's biggest sporting event is Wilder-Fury II, which despite its name is not an action movie sequel starring Jean-Claude Van Damme but, rather, a boxing match starring arguably the two best heavyweights in the world.

The backdrop: In their first meeting in December 2018, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury put on a memorable show at Staples Center, with Fury surviving a brutal right hand in the 12th round to earn a split-decision draw.

Pro-Trump warrior takes the helm of U.S. intelligence

Richard Grenell in Berlin. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

By picking Ambassador Richard Grenell to be acting director of national intelligence, President Trump has slotted a pro-Trump warrior into the ultimate apolitical role.

What they're saying: James Clapper, the longest-serving DNI (2010-2017), tells Axios it's "very worrisome installing a partisan with no real intelligence experience in this position."

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers as Israel confirms first case

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship — as Israel confirmed its first case among evacuees from the ship.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 76,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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