Good morning, here’s your Friday morning briefing to set you up for the day ahead. Look out for these three things happening around the world today.
Stormy Daniels challenges Trump NDA in court
The lawyer of adult film actress Stormy Daniels will today argue that the case involving his client and President of the United States Donald Trump should not be heard through arbitration.
Trump filed papers in federal court in April asking for the case against him, regarding an alleged affair that he had with the actress in 2006, is settled through arbitration (via a third party), rather than in a court.
As Daniels signed a non-disclosure agreement stating that any issues would be resolved through arbitration in exchange for a $130,000 payment ahead of the 2016 presidential election, the judge accepted Trump’s request. However, her legal team argues that the NDA is invalid as it was not signed by Trump personally.
Trump’s team have said that she could owe as much as $20m for breaching the agreement.
Arbitration would generate less public interest and provide Trump, who denies the allegations, with a better chance of keeping the details of the alleged affair a secret.
The hearing will begin at 5pm London time.
North Korea celebrates Korean War conclusion
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will today offer the biggest indication yet that his hostility towards the United States is over.
Today is Victory Day in North Korea, which marks the anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement, which effectively ended the Korean War in 1953.
This is traditionally celebrated with a military rally as a show of might against US imperialism. However, reports suggest that North Korea has cancelled this year’s parade following successful talks between Jong-un and US President Donald Trump last month.
North Korea has promised to end its nuclear weapons programme and denuclearise the Korean peninsula.
As part of the agreement, the remains of soldiers that lost their lives in the Korean War could also be handed over to US officials today.
Longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century
Most of the earth will see the moon turn red tonight, in what is set to be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century.
A total lunar eclipse is the result of the moon passing through Earth’s innermost shadow. Rather than going dark, light from the sun that bounces around the edge of the earth will turn the moon a dark red colour.
The main phase of the eclipse is expected to last approximately one hour and 43 minutes. The next total solar eclipse this long won’t be until June 2123.
The eclipse will be most visible from parts of the Middle East, east Africa, India and China. It can also be viewed from Europe, Australia and parts of South America. However, North America and Greenland will miss out.
While doomsday theorists have been quick to warn of the end of the world, the blood moon is unlikely to have any lasting effects on humanity. Unlike a solar eclipse, the blood moon can be safely viewed without the need for protective eyewear.