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Facing almost certain defeat for the Brexit deal she spent over two years negotiating, British Prime Minister Theresa May now faces an even more immediate challenge: rebellion from within. Ms. May will face a motion of no confidence tonight after 48 members of her Tory party opted to contest her leadership.

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Trade negotiations between the US and China took another step forward yesterday, with the Chinese taking steps to lower tariffs on US automobiles from 40 to 15 percent. The move further eases tensions after Presidents Trump and Xi declared a "trade truce" in Buenos Aires earlier this month.

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Google boss Sundar Pichai trekked to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to answer questions from lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee. It was the Indian-born CEO's first public appearance before Congress, after he declined an earlier invitation to testify on foreign election interference alongside executives from Facebook and Twitter before the Senate Intelligence Committee in September. You can catch Pichai's full three and a half hours in the hot seat here.

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Google's Pichai is just the latest Silicon Valley leaders to travel to Washington to speak with Congress – following trips by the CEOs of Facebook and Twitter earlier this year. The firms in the fastest growing industry in the US have suffered under the weight of calls for heightened regulatory scrutiny and increased sensitivity to the politically disruptive impact of their business models. Here's a look at the wild ride in their share prices over the past 18 months.

WHAT WE'RE WATCHING

Joseph Kabila's Intentions – The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) says he will leave office after elections on 23 December. Kabila has been in power since 2001, when he took over after his father's murder. He was supposed to step down in 2016 but has repeatedly postponed holding a presidential election.

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Hard Numbers

23 million: On Monday, a record 23 million people in France tuned in to watch President Macron's speech addressing the ongoing "Yellow Vest" protests that have swept across the country over the past month. Total domestic viewership for the speech was higher than for France's World Cup victory last year, which counted about 22.2 million French viewers.

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