Brexit, Boeing, China: Your Thursday Briefing

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Theresa May offers to step down to save her Brexit plan, Congress grills regulators over recent Boeing crashes, and China wages a war on fun. Here’s the latest:

Timing: The European Union has given Britain until April 12, which is just over two weeks away, to agree on a strategy. If Mrs. May’s plan is approved — and momentum for reconsidering it had begun to build before her announcement — the E.U. would push Brexit to May 22.

On the same day, the company faced new scrutiny on Capitol Hill as lawmakers asked F.A.A. regulators about oversight of the aviation industry, including how the 737 Max 8 was certified — a process that regulators heavily delegated to Boeing.

“Clearly, confidence in F.A.A. as the gold standard for aviation safety has been shaken,” said Calvin Scovel, the Transportation Department’s inspector general.

Software changes: The updates would give pilots more control over the system and make it less likely to be set off by faulty data, two issues at the center of the investigations into the crashes.

Political calculations: Mr. Modi’s announcement came barely two weeks before a general election, prompting critics to question whether it was a stunt to bolster his re-election chances.

In other China news: The Communist Party expelled the former chief of Interpol, Meng Hongwei, accusing him of abusing his power to finance an extravagant lifestyle and committing “serious” violations of the law.

New New World: Our columnist Li Yuan writes that China has blurred out the earrings of some young male pop stars in television and internet appearances, and that it has barred soccer players from showing their tattoos. It’s part of a broad effort to obscure anything that celebrates money worship, hedonism or individualism.

Facebook: The social media giant said it would ban white nationalist content on its platforms, starting next week. Users searching for that type of content will be redirected to a nonprofit that helps people leave hate groups. The new policy comes weeks after a racist gunman in New Zealand killed 50 people at two mosques and posted live video of the bloodshed on Facebook.

Austria: About a year ago, the suspect in the New Zealand attack gave money to a leader of Europe’s far-right movement. The donation to Martin Sellner, the Austrian head of Generation Identity, has spurred an investigation into whether the group is inspiring violence.

Venezuela: The U.N. appealed to President Nicolás Maduro and Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader, to end a political battle over humanitarian aid that has blocked shipments of food and medicine. As much as 94 percent of the population lives in poverty, according to a U.N. report.

France: President Emmanuel Macron said three Cabinet ministers resigned, including the European affairs minister, who plans to lead the campaign by Mr. Macron’s party for European Parliament seats.

Tips for a more fulfilling life.

Batman observes a bratty other-Bruce, but he is transfixed by Thomas and Martha Wayne: “Dear lord … it’s as if they’ve come alive again! As if I could … reach out and touch them.” Later, he neutralizes their would-be killer.

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