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Trillions in global losses as markets nosedive, at least 23 civilians killed by airstrikes in Syria, ​Democrats' own memo cleared for release pending Trump's OK, and more.

by VICE Staff
Feb 6 2018, 3:45pm

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

Stock Market Plummet Goes Global
The Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its largest point drop in history Monday, and a further fall was expected across Wall Street Tuesday. The impact was felt around the world early Tuesday: Share prices plummeted in Asia and Australia, and markets in Europe opened around 3 percent down. Around $4 trillion had reportedly been wiped off the global equities market in the past week.—VICE News

Trump's Lawyers Advise Against Robert Mueller Interview
The president’s legal team reportedly wants him to avoid a face-to-face interview with the special counsel investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election. Several of his lawyers fear a sit-down would open the president up to a perjury charge. Separately, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was expected to refuse to testify before the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday, opening him up to a contempt of Congress charge.—The New York Times/VICE News

New Report Finds 64 Americans Joined ISIS Abroad
George Washington University researchers concluded that 12 of 64 Americans identified as going to Syria and Iraq to fight with ISIS have returned to the US. Nine of those returning have been arrested, while two are not believed to have faced charges. Co-author Seamus Hughes said the “feared wave [of returnees] is only a trickle.”—NBC News

Democrats’ Memo Cleared for Release by House Committee
The House Intelligence Committee voted to allow Democrats to publish its own memo countering allegations made against the FBI in a previous memo assembled by the committee's chairman, Republican Devin Nunes. Both the FBI and Department of Justice were slated to review the document, and President Trump was set to decide by Friday whether it gets a public release.—VICE News

International News

Supreme Court Judges Arrested in the Maldives
Police arrested two of the country's Supreme Court judges when a state of emergency was imposed by President Abdulla Yameen. Proceedings at the high court were suspended after the military took control of the building. Opposition leader and ex-president Mohamed Nasheed asked India to help resolve the crisis.—Reuters

Nearly Two Dozen Civilians Killed by Airstrikes in Syria
Strikes launched by the Syrian government and Russian forces on the rebel stronghold of Eastern Ghouta left at least 23 civilians dead and some 70 others injured Monday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Rescue workers reported at least 18 other civilians were killed by air strikes in the rebel-held Idlib Province on Monday.—Al Jazeera

Polish President Expected to Sign Holocaust Bill into Law
Andrzej Duda said he would approve a bill making it illegal to attribute Nazi war crimes, including the Holocaust, to the Polish citizenry. The president seemed to offer a modest concession, however, when he alluded to asking the country's Constitutional Tribunal to review the legislation. It remained vehemently opposed by both Israel and US.—AP

Zimbabwean Opposition Leader Suffering from ‘Critical’ Illness
A source from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said party leader Morgan Tsvangirai was “critically ill and we should brace for the worst.” Tsvangirai, 65, has been hospitalized in Johannesburg, South Africa, with colon cancer. A spokesman said “the nation should keep on praying.”—Reuters

Everything Else

Tarantino Responds to Uma Thurman Crash Claims
The director said a car crash involving the actress during the production of Kill Bill was “one of the biggest regrets of my life.” Tarantino also claimed that in her weekend interview with the New York Times, Thurman had wanted to “indict” other people for covering up possible causes of the crash.—Deadline

SpaceX Prepares to Fire New Rocket... with a Car
Elon Musk’s company planned to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time Tuesday afternoon. It was slated to carry a cherry red Tesla into orbit as a test load. “It’s either going to be an exciting success or an exciting failure,” Musk said.—CBS News

Actor John Mahoney Dies At 77
Tributes have flooded in for the stage, film, and TV star, best known for his role as Martin Crane on Frasier. John Cusack said “he made everyone around him better,” while Ben Stiller said Mahoney “made a huge difference in my life and many others.”—The Huffington Post

Former American Nazi Official Set to Become GOP Nominee
Arthur Jones, a former American Nazi Party official, was expected to be the only candidate on the Republican ballot for the March primary in Illinois’s Third Congressional District. Jones has called the Holocaust a “racket.”—VICE

Female Label Executives Slam Grammys Chief
Six leading female figures in the music industry penned an open letter describing Recording Academy president Neil Portnow as “woefully out of touch with today’s music, the music business, and even more significantly, society.”—Noisey

Paul Simon Announces Final Tour
The legendary singer-songwriter said he would stop touring after a series of dates in the US, Canada, and Europe this year. Simon called the decision “a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating, and something of a relief.”—Noisey

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