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Members of parliament in the UK could see their seats disappear from under them. Prominent politicians, including former chancellor George Osborne, Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn and dozens of other MPs will have to find new constituencies after a comprehensive redrawing of England’s parliamentary boundaries abolished their seats. The boundary changes— slated to be implemented in 2018 — would reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600 and ensure constituencies have a similar number of registered voters, fulfilling a pledge by former prime minister David Cameron to “cut the cost of politics”.
Opposition politicians have accused the ruling conservatives of gerrymandering. The Labour party will be worst hit by the changes but 17 Conservatives will also lose their constituencies — the same number as the party’s working majority.
However, former prime minister Mr Cameron is unlikely to be affected by the changes. He resigned as Conservative MP for Witney on Monday, saying he did not want to become “a distraction” to Theresa May, his successor. (FT, Guardian)
In the news
Syria’s shaky ceasefire A US-Russia brokered truce has got off to a rocky start with violations reported in several parts of the country. There is widespread scepticism of the agreement by rebel groups in Syria but humanitarian agencies are hoping that it will hold long enough for them to deliver much needed aid, particularly in the rebel-held area of Aleppo. (WaPo)
Plastic fiver The UK’s first “ plastic” banknotes are entering circulation. Fifteen per cent smaller than the current notes, they are made of polymer and will survive “a splash of claret, a flick of cigar ash, the nip of a bulldog and even a spin in the washing machine”, according to Bank of England governor Mark Carney. (FT)
Clinton on the defensive Hillary Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis has sparked criticism over the Democratic nominee’s candour, while Republican rival Donald Trump said he will release the detailed results of a physical examination this week as the health of two of the oldest candidates for president comes under greater scrutiny. There is a long line of presidents who concealed ill health, from Woodrow Wilson to Ronald Reagan. Meanwhile, Mr Trump also accused the Fed of bowing to pressure from the Obama administration for enacting policies he once supported. (FT) Keep track of the 2016 race with our daily US politics newsletter. Sign up here.
HMS Terror found 168 years after doomed voyage The long-lost ship of British polar explorer Sir John Franklin, HMS Terror, has been found in pristine condition at the bottom of an Arctic bay in Canada, researchers have said, in a discovery that challenges the accepted history behind one of polar exploration’s deepest mysteries. (The Guardian)
Brazilian power broker expelled In the country’s latest corruption scandal, former speaker of the lower house of congress, Eduardo Cunha, was ejected by fellow congress members over accusations that he had stashed millions of dollars in Swiss bank accounts. Mr Cunha was one of the key figures behind the impeachment of former president Dilma Rousseff and he accused her supporters of seeking revenge against him. (BBC)
It’s a big day for
Hank Greenberg The 91-year-old former chairman and chief executive of insurer AIG is headed to court to try to convince a judge that he had nothing to do with two accounting frauds at the company in the early 2000s. (FT)
Britain’s incoming EU commissioner The European Parliament’s civil liberties committee is set to decide whether to back the candidacy of Sir Julian King for “commissioner for the security union”. (FT)
Food for thought
How Big Sugar distorted heath science The sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and promote saturated fat as the culprit instead, newly released historical documents show. The documents suggest that five decades of research into the role of nutrition may have been largely shaped by the sugar industry. (NYT)
Living from loan to loan in Mongolia Since the commodities boom turned to bust, the country has traded self-sufficiency for indebtedness. (FT)
A two-tier model to revive Europe Gideon Rachman argues that the EU should view Brexit not as a threat but as an opportunity to reinvigorate itself. (FT)
The al-Qaeda plot to nuke DC In 2003, US intelligence chiefs were so worried about the possibility of a nuclear terror attack, they asked the British to take over their spying in case something “catastrophic” went down. (The Daily Beast)
Beer goes with K-pop Exports of South Korean beer have grown by 10 per cent a year since 2010 thanks to Asia’s love for the country’s pop culture. Despite the beer’s reputation for thin body and dubious taste, drinkers around Asia are buying the tipple after watching their favourite TV characters quaff popular South Korean brands. (NAR)
Video of the day
Why US oil imports rise The FT’s Greg Meyer explained how the relation between global and domestic oil markets has created a spike in US oil imports. (FT)
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