Good morning. Here’s some of the news we’re watching this morning.
Jobless benefits end
Extended unemployment benefits expire for some 1.3 million Americans after Congress fails to extend a recession-era program that steps in after state benefit limits are reached. Syrian air strikes
- An air strike reportedly kills at least 20 at crowded market in Aleppo. The aerial assault is now nearly two weeks old.
- CNN reports that at least three were killed and more than 265 arrested on Friday in clashes as the Muslim Brotherhood defies new penalties for protest. One student was killed when police broke up a protest at Islamic university in Cairo.
Big policy changes in China
- The National People’s Congress formally votes to abolish reeducation labor camps, formalizing Communist Party decision of last month.
- China officially eases the decades-old one-child policy. Now parents may have two children if at least parent is an only child.
- The war on graft intensifies as more than 500 lawmakers in Hengyang city (Hunan province) resign in a bribery scandal.