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Good morning, globe-trotters. Here’s what you need to know on Wednesday, December 19. Secretary of State for Trade Liam Fox will reportedly walk out of the British government after key ministers backed a proposal…

What you need to know on CNN Tech today

Good morning, globe-trotters. Here’s what you need to know on Wednesday, December 19.

Secretary of State for Trade Liam Fox will reportedly walk out of the British government after key ministers backed a proposal to regulate online platforms in a bid to curb “fake news.”

Mr. Fox – who has been the government’s most vocal advocate for free trade – has warned that companies such as Google and Facebook have been “accomplices” to the spread of fake news, The Telegraph reported.

A report released on Monday by the all-party parliamentary group suggested any regulation should be limited to companies that traffic in fake news. The group also recommended that laws to tackle the issue be brought in too quickly.

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Delays continue to haunt train workers striking Wednesday after RMT union members rejected a last-ditch pay offer from national rail operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR).

The union said some train staff had suffered “hundreds of pounds of damage” to their phones after leaving messages for their employers outside stations as part of protests over pay, saying their phones had been “replaced with water.”

According to the Guardian, drivers and conductors (outsiders) have sought refuge in a local pub as planned strikes on Southern continue to cause headaches.

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Spain’s ruling party on Tuesday won parliamentary approval for a bill that would make it easier for local authorities to acquire land and restore homes burned down by the Spanish Civil War.

Spain’s parliament overwhelmingly backed the draft legislation, which will be used to collect compensation for property owners. It passed with 331 votes in favor and 50 abstentions.

Spain is attempting to heal centuries of divisions with the reconciliation effort following the Civil War, which began in 1936 when General Francisco Franco’s forces went on the offensive against the republic.

The bill is now awaiting the king’s approval. Read more.

The Paris climate accord will last another year thanks to a global agreement to extend it until the end of 2020.

Speaking on Tuesday in the French capital, he said he was “happy and relieved” that countries including India and Chile would join the 195 nations that had agreed to extend the pact.

Mr. Macron said he hoped all of the deal’s 27 signatories would be able to join a permanent international pact. Read more.

Italy won’t deliver new refugees to Italy, according to the Minister of the Interior, who said this would apply to people rescued at sea.

In an interview with OTE TV on Tuesday, Matteo Salvini, the leader of the far-right League, said the refusal to accept new migrants would apply to “the number of people who are saved at sea” – not all EU refugees.

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And, Airbus declared a cash loss of 3.3 billion euros ($3.8 billion) in 2018 in a disappointing year for the European aerospace giant, sending its shares plummeting.

Analysts had expected a loss of around 3 billion euros. In its statement announcing its results for the year, the company said Airbus would deliver close to its medium-term target of reaching double-digit growth in the second half of the year, which it reached at the start of this year.

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