Apr. 20, 2017

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In an interview with the Wall Street Journal last week, Trump said Xi told him during a recent summit that "Korea actually used to be a part of China." The comments sparked outrage in Seoul and became an issue in South Korea's presidential race, prompting the foreign ministry to seek to verify what Xi actually said.

U.S. Steel will ask a trade agency Thursday to investigate its claims that rival Chinese manufacturers colluded to fix prices to undercut competitors in the American market on the same day President Donald Trump will order a separate Commerce Department probe of steel imports.

Canada's push to legalize recreational marijuana is rippling beyond its borders as companies move to boost exports of medicinal pot.

Eight countries control land in the Arctic Circle, five have coastlines to defend, the temperature is rising, the ice is melting, the race for newly accessible resources is beginning. And Russia is gaining ground.

GM shut operations in Venezuela after authorities seized the automaker's plant and took vehicles in the first nationalization of a major company's facilities in the country in more than two years.

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week while total benefit rolls dropped to the lowest in 17 years, indicating the job market remains tight, a Labor Department report showed Thursday. Jobless claims increased by 10,000 to 244,000 (forecast was 240,000) in the week ended April 15.

Wall Street pros have dived headlong into dark pools, exclusive private exchanges where they can trade stocks with each other in secret. Now comes an entrepreneur with a new twist: a dark pool for the masses, especially young investors. Call it a kiddie pool. Ustocktrade provides a bit of adventure -- and operates primarily as a philanthropy. All that appeals to one of his target audiences, college students, who make up a fifth of customers. The CEO views inexpensive investing as a way to help clients pay off school loans.

Laurence D. Fink, chief executive officer of BlackRock Inc., said the lackluster growth of the U.S. economy and uncertainty around the Trump administration's ability to quickly pass key reforms pose a risk to markets. "There are some warning signs that are getting darker."

American Airlines pilots will be surveyed about reactions to the carrier's new uniforms after about 100 reported rashes, itching and other symptoms similar to those experienced by hundreds of flight attendants.

Student accommodation offers better returns than offices and residential housing, making it an attractive asset for pension and sovereign wealth funds looking for stable income and higher yields in a low-return world.

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The calendar may take no notice of April 20, but for marijuana users around the world, it's an annual day of pot celebration closer to, say, Stoner's Christmas.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday ordered an investigation into corruption allegations against a senior civil servant related to the use of funds intended for handling a humanitarian crisis in the northeast of the country.

Over the course of just a few days last spring, a river fed by a melting glacier in Canada's Yukon region completely changed course - an unprecedented event that scientists say is the first case of "river piracy" observed over such short period of time. The culprit? Greenhouse gas-driven climate change.

Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed the tomb of a nobleman from more than 3,000 years ago, the latest in a series of major discoveries of ancient relics that Egypt hopes will revive a tourist business that has been hit by political instability.

North Korean state media warned the United States of a "super-mighty preemptive strike" after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States was looking at ways to bring pressure to bear on North Korea over its nuclear program.

With the simple submission of a technical sanctions waiver, oil giant Exxon Mobil created a potential PR headache for the White House. Exxon is seeking a greenlight from the U.S. government to bypass sanctions on Russia and resume doing business with the country's state-owned oil giant Rosneft.

The United States will counter any North Korean attack with an "overwhelming and effective" response, Vice President Mike Pence vowed Wednesday.

BBC

Prosecutors in the northern Nigeria state of Kaduna have charged a group of 53 people with conspiring to celebrate a gay wedding.

Two court rulings dealt a blow to the US state of Arkansas in its attempt to put to death seven inmates within days.

A Saskatchewan woman has been charged with human smuggling following a months-long cross-border investigation.

At least three people have been killed in Venezuela in protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

WND

The U.S. Green Party has put out a briefing paper for party activists instructing them to work with the Council on American-Islamic Relations and other Islamists in fighting "Islamophobia" and "oppression in all its forms."

In nations such as Pakistan, the penalty for "blasphemy" against Islam or its prophet is death. While the sentence has not been imposed in recent years, some people who have been accused of blasphemy have been murdered by Muslim vigilantes before they can get to court. An estimated 65 defendants, lawyers or judges involved in blasphemy cases have been murdered since 1990.

Russia has claimed it can disable the entire US Navy in one fell swoop using powerful electronic signal jamming.

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