Good morning. Here’s what you need to know on Tuesday.
1. The Russian Ministry of Science, Technology, and Industry signed agreements worth over $4 billion with 14 Chinese companies, including a $3.5 billion investment by PetroChina.
2. A Russian judge overseeing the trial of opposition leader and activist Alexei Navalny said on Monday that 12 of his supporters would be sentenced to jail for allegedly distributing fake documents to the then-presidential candidate.
3. A third company, called Orbsystems, bought data processing patents from Oracle and other large-scale database companies for $1.5 billion.
4. The US government is concerned about a deal under way in Azerbaijan to import products from the UK and China. The firms are looking at a 10-year deal to sell 5,000 GB of retail storage goods to Azerbaijan under the strategic market partnership agreement.
5. A domestic Russian prosecutor is testing two large catalanes into the water of a Siberian lake to determine whether the waters belong to animals, not humans. “The tests are not about raising the temperature,” Natalya Galperina, the head of the environmental group ECPAT, told Reuters.
6. The Trump administration is considering a $1 billion request to slow climate change by reallocating the federal government’s Fossil Fuels Abatement Program and other fossil-fuel subsidies.
7. A top US military intelligence officer is retiring amid questions about the relevance of his role as the head of global intelligence at the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency. Gen. Paul Selva will be succeeded by Matthew Miller, who was widely praised for focusing US military intelligence on two hot spots — North Korea and Russia.
8. One of the world’s biggest cathedrals, the Sydney Opera House, was lit up in red, white, and blue on Monday in what the event organiser described as “the biggest lit skywalk in the world.”
9. Trump has so far refused to comment about the Department of Justice’s widening investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia, despite President Obama renewing his commitment to seek congressional warrants in the probe.
10. In a story widely regarded as a watershed, new study suggests that life can live on Venus as well as Earth. A new study reveals that thanks to oxygen, the thin atmosphere on Venus causes a giant gap between the planet’s clouds and the neighbouring surface.
And finally … Have you met a sweetie? Funny or creepy, so far no one has.