Apr. 18, 2017

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Vice President Mike Pence pressed South Korea and Japan for better trade terms even as he affirmed U.S. support for its Asian allies in dealing with North Korea.

Conservative activists and House Republican leaders want to eliminate a trillion-dollar tax break that mostly benefits wealthy filers in Democratic states, a push that could further imperil President Donald Trump's hopes of winning bipartisan support for a tax overhaul.

French security authorities arrested two men in the southern city of Marseille for planning an attack during the presidential race, Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said.

Emirates has seen U.S. traffic slip following President Donald Trump's efforts to ban travel from six Muslim-majority countries and restrict electronics on flights from Mideast airports.

Australia will tighten temporary skilled migration visas, scrapping the current 457 program used by almost 100,000 people, as the country's labor market weakens and anti-immigration sentiment spreads among developed nations.

Ten minutes into his first argument as a justice, Justice Neil Gorsuch suggested that both sides in a case involving federal employees were misreading the key federal law. Gorsuch proved to be an aggressive questioner, one tightly focused on statutory wording and perhaps even willing to start what a fellow justice described as a "revolution" in a given area of law.

Oil dropped to the lowest in more than a week on signs U.S. output is rebounding, undermining OPEC's efforts to clear a global glut.

Bank of America Corp. posted a 40 percent surge in first-quarter profit, fueled by stronger trading revenue, and added employees for the first time in more than five years as Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan expressed optimism about the U.S. economy.

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Russia warned Washington against launching a unilateral strike on North Korea, after US Vice President Mike Pence said the era of "strategic patience" with Pyongyang was over.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said the Trump administration's timetable for tax reform is set to falter following setbacks in negotiations with Congress over healthcare. Mnuchin told the Financial Times that the target to get tax reforms through Congress and on President Donald Trump's desk before August was "highly aggressive to not realistic at this point".

The death toll from the collapse of a massive garbage mound near Sri Lanka's capital rose to 26 on Sunday, and activists said 20 more people could still be buried underneath the debris.

Vice President Pence called N. Korea's latest missile test a "provocation," and Sen. John McCain noted even though it was a failure, the Pyongyang learns something new with every launch.

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have now legalized medical marijuana. And eight states - including Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska - plus D.C. have passed laws legalizing recreational marijuana. West Virginia, which has passed a medical marijuana bill, is poised to legalize medical weed as early as this week. And with lawmakers in other states moving to put marijuana laws on the books, the legal weed movement is growing.

On his first trip as U.S defense secretary to parts of the Middle East and Africa, Jim Mattis will focus on the fight against Islamic State and articulating President Donald Trump's policy toward Syria, officials and experts say.

Darknets - the often seamy counterparts of the internet that are accessible only through special programs that help to ensure privacy and anonymity - may be far more resilient to attack than the internet, a new study finds.

Violet Brown spent much of her life cutting sugarcane in the fields around her home in western Jamaica. She attended church regularly, avoids pork and chicken and celebrated her 117th birthday last month. On Saturday, she is believed to have become the world's oldest living person following the death of Emma Morano of Italy, born Nov. 29, 1899.

Venezuela's defense minister declared the army's loyalty to President Nicolas Maduro, who ordered troops into the streets ahead of a major protest by opponents trying to oust him.

In a key moment for the Ukrainian crisis, the UN's highest court will rule Wednesday on a bid by Kiev to stop Russia allegedly pumping money, arms and troops into the country's war-torn east.

BBC

Visitors to the Russian defense ministry website can now take a "virtual tour" of a new military base in a remote region of the Arctic. Such media openness contrasts markedly with Russia's traditional military secrecy. However, the tour does not show any new military hardware.

The top court in Arkansas has halted two executions that were due to start a series of seven in 11 days. Their lawyers had argued they were mentally unfit to face execution and were denied proper assessment. But there was a victory for the state when a federal court lifted an order that blocked all seven executions.

Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez has criticized as "rude meddling" a joint communique by 11 Latin American countries calling on Venezuela's government to "guarantee the right to peaceful protest".

WND

The Internal Revenue Service, the much-feared federal agency, has been ordered by a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to open its records to groups victimized by its obstruction of conservative political activist groups seeking tax-exempt status prior to the 2012 election.

A Muslim man entered a private gathering of Christians in a hotel ballroom in South Dakota, started cursing and livestreaming video on Facebook of the event and then, after he was ushered out, displayed multiple firearms and issued statements the speakers say were a direct threat to their safety.

A new Army Field Manual has been published that concedes the U.S. military dominance in cyberspace is "gradually eroding," according to Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.

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