Mar. 9, 2018

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U.S. President Donald Trump hailed "great progress" in talks with North Korea after agreeing to meet Kim Jong Un in what would be an unprecedented summit.

President Donald Trump threw his Nafta partners a bone while continuing to reframe trade talks with Canada and Mexico as a stark choice between lofty U.S. demands or steep tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Bipartisan proposals to address gun violence and school safety keep piling up in the U.S. Senate, but there are no plans to vote on them.

Barack Obama and Netflix reportedly are negotiating a deal for the former president and his wife, Michelle, to produce shows exclusively for the streaming service.

The Trump administration rejected a plan by Idaho insurance regulators to sell health plans that don't carry some of the consumer protections required by the Affordable Care Act.

The Trump administration asked China for a plan to cut the annual U.S. trade deficit with the nation by $100 billion, a reduction of more than 25 percent from last year's gap.

The U.S. government has failed to share enough information about cyber threats, including risks to election systems, with federal agencies and states.

Toys "R" Us Inc. is making preparations for a liquidation of its bankrupt U.S. operations after so far failing to find a buyer or reach a debt restructuring deal with lenders.

Based on recent capitalization rates -- net operating income as a share of the purchase price -- office buildings in New York are overpriced by 20 percent, on average, compared with those in major West Coast markets, particularly West Los Angeles and downtown San Francisco.

China is cracking down on pollution like never before, with new green policies so hard-hitting and extensive they can be felt across the world, transforming everything from electric vehicle demand to commodities markets.

JPMorgan Chase executive Daniel Pinto warned equity markets could fall as much as 40 percent in the next two to three years.

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American are still free to travel to the popular Mexican resort city, but after last month's ferry explosion that injured at least 25 people, the U.S. Government is urging caution.

The U.S. State Department said on Thursday that it is offering a $5 million reward for information on Mullah Fazlullah, the chief of the Pakistani Taliban, whose men shot Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

A suspected American airstrike in southeastern Afghanistan has destroyed a Pakistani Taliban-run suicide bombing training center, killing more than 20 militants.

A police officer remains seriously ill in intensive care after being poisoned by a nerve agent when he came to the aid of a Russian spy targeted in Salisbury.

President of China, head of its Communist Party, commander-in-chief of the military and now living Buddhist deity - Xi Jinping has added another title to his growing collection, at least in the eyes of some ethnic Tibetans.

China has taken a string of steps in recent months to clamp down on the cryptocurrency market, including closing exchanges and banning so-called initial coin offerings (ICOs) - digital, token-based fundraising rounds.

Syrian forces pursued a relentless air and ground offensive against Eastern Ghouta on Thursday, moving closer to retaking the rebel enclave but also depriving desperate civilians of vital aid.

Buddhist mobs swept through Muslim neighborhoods in Sri Lanka's central hills, destroying stores and restaurants and setting homes on fire despite a curfew, a state of emergency and a heavy deployment of security forces, residents said Thursday.

Turkey appears to be determined to press ahead with the purchase of Russian-made S-400 air defense systems from Moscow even as the United States pressures Ankara to walk away from the deal. Turkey points out that NATO allies did not pressure Greece to drop its S-300 purchase in previous year, though that deal came under during a much less antagonistic period in the West's relations with Russia.

The Brazilian government will try to negotiate its way out of newly announced U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports but could take stronger action to protect its industry if those talks fall through.

Bitcoin's price plummeted below $9,000 as fears of a cryptocurrency crackdown by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the CFTC escalate.

BBC

North Korea agreeing to discuss denuclearization "is evidence that President [Donald] Trump's strategy to isolate the Kim regime is working," US Vice-President Mike Pence has said. He said the US had made "zero concessions" and "consistently increased the pressure" on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

India's Supreme Court has allowed people to draw up "living wills", meaning they can seek what is known as passive euthanasia. It means medical treatment can be withdrawn to hasten a person's death, if strict guidelines are followed.

WND

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton says North Korea has no intention of scrapping its nuclear program, it's trying to sucker the United States into relaxing sanctions, and it's now just months away from being able to deploy nuclear weapons capable of reaching any point in the United States.

Belgium has started to make iodine pills available free to its 11 million citizens in case of an accident at its ageing nuclear plants, while saying there is no "specific risk."

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