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What's going on this week? – BBC News

It's Monday and we have a busy week ahead of us. Here are some of the most important and interesting stories of the next seven days.

1) Brexit cast (yes, more of it)

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What happens?

It is expected that the British Parliament will receive several votes on Brexit this week ̵

1; including a vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's resignation agreement.

How did we get here?

Originally, the United Kingdom was due to leave the European Union on Friday, March 29.

However, Parliament twice rejected Mrs May's resignation agreement and also voted against a no-deal outcome.

The EU leaders have since offered to postpone the Brexit deadline to either April 12 or May 22 – but it all depends on how MPs vote this week.

Why is that important?

If MPs approve the resignation business, Brexit will be postponed until May 22. If they refuse, the EU says that "all options remain open until 12 April" – but the UK has to explain the next steps before that date.

MEPs must also agree to change the date of departure of the UK – the 29th of March is still legally anchored as the UK leaves the EU.

Whatever happens, it is probably controversial – Brexit is one of the main issues that Britain is currently facing.

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2) Election results in Thailand

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What's going on?

Millions have voted in the parliamentary elections in Thailand, and on Monday preliminary results are expected.

Why is that important?

This was the first parliamentary election since a military coup in 2014.

The elections are primarily a competition between pro-military parties and allies of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra – and it was a colorful race. At some point, the king's own sister was to run for a pro-Thaksin party until a constitutional court blocked her application, saying it threatened the neutrality of the monarchy.

There is hope that this election will lead Thailand towards democracy – though critics say a new constitution will ensure that the imported army will influence the outcome.

  • More about general elections in Thailand

3) Apple's launch event

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What happens?

Apple will release a big product announcement on Monday. It is generally expected that a new video streaming and news subscription service will be announced.

Why is that important?

This has been described as the most significant launch of Apple since the iPhone.

There are rumors that celebrities and directors, including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and JJ Abrams, are on board the streaming service and might even be in the starting lineup.

Apple is certainly keen to inspire everyone – it sent invitations with the slogan "It's Show Time" to journalists. In any case, the launch is likely a sign that Apple feels ready to move beyond selling on iPhones and Macs – and is trying to compete with the eyeballs with streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Video ,

4) The first purely female spacewalk

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NASA astronaut Christina Koch

What's going on?

Two astronauts, Christina Koch and Anne McClain, will make a spacewalk on Friday to replace the batteries of the International Space Station. It is expected to take about seven hours.

Why is it important?

Nasa says they have not decided to mate Ms. Cook and Ms. McClain on the spacewalk as missions are determined by scheduling issues and skills.

But less than 11% of all people in space were women – this mission is therefore seen as a major moment for women in space.

Air traffic controller Kristen Facciol, who will support the two astronauts from Houston, has tweeted: "I can not suppress my excitement !!!!"

And to a pleasant coincidence will be the spacewalk on Friday in the last week of Women & # 39; s History Month take place.

The spacewalk will be streamed live by NASA from 10:30 GMT (6:30 am Eastern Time). The spacewalk begins at 12:20 GMT.

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