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Lords challenge Brexit, Sweden questions Trump, parts of Mosul are recaptured, and much more.

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Feb 20 2017, 8:50am

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UK NEWS

Immigrant Song
The UK would take a £328 million hit if all migrant workers stayed at home for a day, according to research from the New Economics Foundation. If all non-British citizens stopped work for 24 hours, the study shows, the nation's GDP would take a four percent hit, and the NHS would be unable to function. – Independent

Lords Have Mercy
A coalition of peers from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservative party will challenge the government on the terms of the Brexit bill. The House of Lords will today debate the issues and amendments, with almost 200 peers keen to speak on the subject. – Observer

Five Thousand More Sail Down the Amazon
Online retail giant Amazon has said it will create 5,000 new jobs in the UK this year. The jobs will be in London's head office, Edinburgh's customer service centre and in three new warehouses. The recruitment will boost Amazon's UK workforce to more than 24,000. – BBC

Bye-Byelection
Allies of Jeremy Corbyn insist that his leadership will continue, even if the party loses one or both byelections in Stoke-on-Trent and Copeland this Thursday. The party is hopeful of wins, but the races are both close and unpredictable. – Guardian

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Coal Mine
China says it will halt all coal imports from North Korea throughout the rest of 2017, following the state's missile test last week. China's Ministry of Commerce said that the decision was made in order to comply with a UN Security Council resolution that China helped to draft and pass last November. – CNN

Sweden in Grip of Imaginary Terror
Swedes have been trying to figure out what Donald Trump meant when he said to a Florida rally "look what's happening last night in Sweden", alluding to a terror attack in the Scandinavian country that didn't actually take place. It is thought that President Trump was confused by something he saw on television two nights earlier. – Chicago Tribune

Mosul Reclaimed
Iraqi forces have seized 15 villages that were previously under ISIS control, as the army prepares to reclaim western Mosul from the terror group. The operation began on Sunday morning as efforts began to reclaim the city's airport. – Al Jazeera

Ecuador Votes
Ecuadorean exit polls have put ruling party leftist Lenin Moreno ahead in the presidential election, but it may not be enough to avoid an April runoff against conservative opponent Guillermo Lasso. Moreno needs 40 percent of valid votes plus a 10 percentage point difference with his nearest rival in order to win. One exit poll gave Moreno 39.4 percent of votes, with Lasso at 30.5 percent. – Reuters

EVERYTHING ELSE

Basically the Plot of 'The Thing'
Scientists have discovered lifeforms in ice crystals deep inside a Mexican cave. The microbial life-forms are new to science, and may have been sleeping for tens of thousands of years. – National Geographic

Tiny Trump Hits Big Time
"Tiny Trump" has taken over the internet, with people shrinking the US President to the size of a child in photos and then sharing the photos online. It's not the most mature critique ever, but given that its target is a man obsessed with public image who's unable to handle even Saturday Night Live parodies, it seems uniquely appropriate. – Gizmodo

Science Remains Real
In the age of "alternative facts", scientists have taken to the streets outside the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Boston, showing their support for research, empirical evidence and facts. It's 2017. –  Motherboard

Third Wave Playboyism
After Playboy announced it was moving away from nudity in its pages, it has gone back on that decision, returning to its most notorious feature. But what does this mean, and how does it relate to the publication's tricky relationship with feminism? –  i-D

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