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.
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.
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.
Brazil's president-elect vs a jaguar – Just three weeks before he takes office, Jair Bolsonaro is facing a corruption scandal. It seems that while his son Flavio Bolsonaro was a state lawmaker, his personal driver's bank account swelled into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. What's more, the driver evidently made a transfer directly to Jair Bolsonaro's wife.
250,000: Some 250,000 people left Turkey for work, political, social, or cultural reasons in 2017, twice the number recorded in 2016. The combination of economic turmoil and deepening authoritarianism have pushed younger and more cosmopolitan Turks abroad: almost half of the emigrants were between 25 and 34 years old and 57 percent came from big cities like Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir.