5 things to know for Wednesday, January 16, 2019

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's withdrawal agreement for leaving the European Union was voted down by lawmakers in the biggest British government House of Commons defeat in almost a century. Here's what else you need to know to start your day.

1. Brexit vote: British lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's divorce deal with the European Union, prompting a no-confidence vote that could overturn her government.

2. Requesting clemency: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has formally petitioned China not to follow through with the execution of a Canadian convicted of being an accessory to drug-smuggling.

3. Redefining masculinity: A new advertising campaign from razor-maker Gillette has attracted a firestorm of both support and criticism online for its implicit support of the MeToo movement.

4. Space plants: Cotton seeds transported to the far the side of the moon in a mini biosphere on China's Chang'e-4 lunar mission have sprouted, according to a report from state-run media.

5. Ferryland iceberg: A massive iceberg that captured global attention in 2017, when it parked beside a tiny Newfoundland town, will be seen around the world again on an international stamp.

One more thing...

Real estate: Despite the toxic mould, peeling ceilings, and animal excrement, a large mansion sitting on an expansive piece of property on Toronto's waterfront has sold for $3.45 million.