US stocks plunge amid coronavirus variant fears – as it happened

  • Major US stock indexes follow European counterparts with sell-offs
  • US says Microsoft Exchange hack shows ‘aggressive behavior’ by China
  • UK and allies accuse Chinese state-backed group of Microsoft hack
  • Explainer: what is the Microsoft hack?

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That’s all from me today. Here’s a rundown of the day’s biggest politics stories:

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Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer will file cloture on a placeholder bill for the bipartisan infrastructure plan tonight, setting up a vote on Wednesday.

Schumer NOW on Senate floor updates the timing of infrastructure legislation: “Tonight in a few minutes, I will file cloture on a shell bill which will act as the legislative vehicle for the bipartisan infrastructure framework. That vote on cloture will take place on Wednesday.” pic.twitter.com/FRGPFkeh8d

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