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Fleeing war and persecution just got harder. The European Court of Justice has ruled that EU member states are not obliged to issue visas to people who intend to seek asylum in their country. In a setback to demands by human rights groups and MEPs to grant visas to provide refugees with safe passage to the bloc, the ECJ deferred to national governments’ judgment on the issue.

Those hoping to avoid the EU and head to the US were also hit with new restrictions overnight. President Donald Trump signed a new executive order blocking the citizens of six Muslim majority countries from entering the country. It also banned all refugees for 120 days. Syrian refugees can take comfort from the fact that this time limit applies to them too: in Mr Trump’s earlier travel ban, they were prohibited from entering the US indefinitely. (FT, Politico, NYT)

In the news

No more fakes Jack Ma, one of China’s richest men, has called on the Chinese government to do more to combat counterfeiting. In an open letter to delegates of the National People’s Congress posted on China’s Weibo platform, Mr Ma called for counterfeits to be tackled in the same way as drink driving and highlighted laws that enabled 99 per cent of counterfeit activities to go unchecked and gave inappropriately small penalties for those fined. (FT)

North Korea-Malaysia tit-for-tat Malaysia has accused North Korea of holding its citizens hostage after Pyongyang barred Malaysians from leaving the country amid an escalating row over the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother. In response, Kuala Lumpur retaliated., saying that North Koreans would be prevented from leaving Malaysia. For good measure, North Korean state media also announced that its missile tests on Monday were a rehearsal for an attack on US forces in Japan. The announcement came as the US and South Korea began their annual joint field exercises, the largest drills the two forces hold (FT, NAR)

Repealing Obamacare Republicans have unveiled their plan to repeal Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reforms. The draft legislation will roll back much of the government-led healthcare legacy but it is far from certain that it will win enough GOP support to pass Congress. (Washington Post, FT)

European businesses hit out at Beijing The EU Chamber of Commerce in China has slammed Beijing’s high-tech manufacturing plan, which calls for a dramatic increase in domestically-made products in 10 sectors — from robotics to biopharmaceuticals. The chamber warned it could be used to discriminate against foreign companies in favour of Chinese competitors. The plan may also end up wasting a huge amount of capital. (FT, WSJ)

Bye-bye smartphone Danish MPs have left smartphones, computers and tablets at home during a visit to Russia due to fears over hacking. Danish ministries were attacked several times in 2015 and 2016 by a foreign, state-sponsored hacking group, according to a cyber security unit within the defence ministry. Although the country responsible was not named, Denmark’s former foreign minister has warned that Europe should prepare for more hybrid warfare from Russia. (Reuters)

It’s a big day for

Brexit The House of Lords is expected to vote on Tuesday to amend legislation that will give Theresa May authority to start the Article 50 exit process, insisting that parliament should have a “meaningful vote” on the deal she agrees with the 27 other EU member states. Downing Street has warned peers that they could “incentivise” the EU to offer the UK a bad Brexit deal if they maintain their stance on parliament’s role in the deal. (FT)

Keep up with the important business, economic and political stories in the coming days with the FT’s Week Ahead.

Food for thought

Rise of the telepathic machines Does your robot need directions? Are you tired of having to use your voice or your computer to tell it what to do? Fear not! US researchers have built a “mind-reading device” that allows humans to instantly correct a robot with nothing more than brainwaves. But Baxter the Robot is no tech supervillain; it politely blushes when you are wrong. (FT, Wired)

Stuck in the middle with Netanyahu Three criminal probes are testing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reputation for political invincibility, and he, his wife and his friends are all caught in the spotlight. (FT)

Delivering Africa’s first female president Eighty per cent of Liberian women turned out to vote in 2005, bringing a woman into power for the first time in the face of rampant sexism and lingering trauma from a 15-year civil war. Their mobilisation has lessons for other, supposedly less patriarchal societies. (NYT)

Facebook’s dark side Nearly a year after rolling out the live-streaming feature, the company is grappling with the consequences — particularly how to censor the broadcast of violent content. Meanwhile, in the UK the social media site has been criticised for the effectiveness of its content moderation systems after an investigation found that it had failed to act after it was alerted to sexualised images of children. (WSJ, BBC)

Going back in time The Webb telescope has been 20 years in the making and will replace the Hubble when launched in late 2018. Its goal? Time travel — well, peering back into the darkest recesses of the past and helping scientists understand what happened following the Big Bang. It is “on the edge of impossible engineering” and much could go wrong. (Quartz)

Video of the day

Major warns against Brexit expectations The FT’s Henry Mance provides an update of the latest Brexit-related news, from Sir John Major’s warning to the Scottish referendum on independence. (FT)

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