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South Korea on High Alert as the North Prepares Anniversary Army Celebration

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South Korean officials confirmed that Wu, China's top nuclear envoy, during a visit to Seoul last week said he proposed to visit Pyongyang in person to persuade the North to refrain from further provocations. China had traditionally been Kim's only ally - but now the superpower appears to be bringing down new sanctions on war-mad Pyongyang. Asked about Mr Trump's comment about Mr Xi trying hard to pressure the North, Mr Lu said the two leaders had a full and deep discussion about North Korea ... Read More »

USA 'ready to help bring' Syria conflict to end: Haley

Tillerson reiterated the U.S. belief that Assad ordered the attack, though he stepped back from the United States charge that Russia was covering up Assad's culpability."With respect to Russia's complicity or knowledge of the chemical weapons attack, we have no firm information to indicate that there was any involvement by Russia , Russian forces into this attack", he said. Read More »

Former Giro winner Scarponi dies after being hit by a van

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He won the first stage on Monday. They continued: "This morning Michele went out on his bike for an early morning training and there the tragedy happened". "Immense tragedy. There are no words". The Italian was one of the most liked riders on the circuit and there was an outpouring of sympathy in the cycling world. Read More »

GM Planning Launch of 10 Electric Cars in China by 2020

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General Motors: General Motors GM, which operates in China through a JV with state-owned Shanghai Automotive Industries Corp (SAIC) announced the Buick Velite 5 plug-in hybrid. The decision to make its first electric auto in China highlights the central role China will play in Volvo's electrified future. The Chinese auto market has been flooded with electric vehicle start-ups in recent years after Beijing opened the sector to technology and venture capital investment. Read More »

Analyst's outlook: Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P.'s (EEP)

Wall Street is only getting more bearish on the stock, with 0 of analysts who cover SXE having a buy-equivalent rating. Its last month's stock price volatility remained 4.17% which for the week approaches 5.61%. They expect $0.13 earnings per share, down 23.53% or $0.04 from last year's $0.17 per share. The stock of Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE:BCS) earned "Neutral" rating by Macquarie Research on Thursday, January 12. Read More »

Advanced Micro Devices Sees Unusually High Options Volume (AMD)

Finally, Vetr upgraded shares of Advanced Micro Devices from a "buy" rating to a "strong-buy" rating and set a $16.07 price objective for the company in a research report on Thursday, February 23rd. had its "perform" rating reiterated by analysts at Oppenheimer. Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD ) opened at 13.11 on Friday. Now the shares of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc . Read More »

BP working to control damaged oil in Alaska

A BP oil and gas production well in Alaska's North Slope blew out Friday morning, and on Saturday afternoon, the well was still not under control as responders fought subfreezing temperatures and winds gusting up to 38 miles per hour. Fortunately, there were no reports on the matter of injuries or any kind of unintended harm towards the wildlife of Alaska. BP eventually agreed to pay $18.7 billion to settle all federal and state claims related to the spill. Read More »

Ivanka Trump's global reach, undeterred by a White House job

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The Chinese government granted Ivanka Trump's company new trademarks the same day this month she and her husband Jared Kushner met with the president of China, according to a report . China has defended how it handled trademark applications by the company of First Daughter Ivanka Trump, saying the matter was handled fairly and equally. Read More »

United's 1Q profit fell 69 percent, before dragging incident

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A spokesperson for United told the Times the change is part of the "initial steps" the airline is taking, so it's unclear whether any more reforms to United's booking and seating policies will be coming. United Airlines said a man wouldn't give up his spot on a flight. If a passenger has to be bumped, that must happen prior to boarding. Perry Flint, a spokesman for the International Air Transport Association, which represents 265 airlines, said he had never heard of an airline going ... Read More »

As United posts strong earnings, its CEO apologizes again

United signaled on Sunday that it will no longer let its staff take the seats of already boarded passengers on overbooked flights. The violent removal of a passenger on a United Airlines flight has prompted US Senator Richard Blumenthal to propose a new passengers Bill of Rights that would mandate compensation for travellers involuntarily "bumped" from their airline seats. Read More »

North Korea Threatens America With 'Super-Mighty Preemptive Strike'

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However, Trump has also ordered what he has described as an "armada" to waters off the Korean peninsula as a warning to North Korea. Han added that North Korea will continue to test missiles "on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis". As the pair discussed ways to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions amid mounting tensions, Trump told The Wall Street Journal that Xi went into the history of China and Korea. Read More »

GM plans to launch 10 electric cars in China by 2020

On Tuesday, General Motors Co. said it will produce a gasoline-electric hybrid version of its Chevrolet Volt in China. The Velite 5 will take center stage on the Buick stand at Auto Shanghai 2017, which starts this week. In contrast with the 53-mile pure-electric rating in the USA, the Velite 5 has been rated at 72 miles for the Chinese market, reflecting a different testing methodology. Read More »

Japan, China remain on USA 'monitoring list' for currency

Like Taiwan, none of the five were named as currency manipulators by the U.S. In this Thursday, April 6, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping as he arrives before dinner at Mar-a-Lago resort, in Palm Beach, Fla. Read More »

Oil Tumbles Most in Six Weeks as U.S. Gasoline Supplies Advance

On Wednesday, crude prices tumbled more than 3.5 per cent as USA government data showed domestic crude stocks fell less than expected in the latest week and gasoline stocks posted a surprising 1.5-million-barrel build. Crude oil prices moved lower in early Thursday trading, continuing a downturn sparked by demand-driven factors in the US energy market. Benchmark Brent crude futures were down four USA cents at $55,32 at 6.49am GMT. Read More »

Turkey PM: Opposition Must Respect Referendum Results

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The "Yes" camp won more than 51 percent in Sunday's referendum while the "No" side got nearly 49 percent, according to near-complete results released by Turkey's election authorities. "We will invite our founding chairman to our party and we will feel a huge elation to see him among us", he said. The German government has also questioned the vote after the European Union called for a probe into the result. Read More »

United States tells North Korea: We don't want a fight, don't start one

The 15-member council has strengthened sanctions following each of North Korea's five nuclear tests. Russian Federation has a long record of vetoing resolutions pushed by the US. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will chair a United Nations Security Council meeting on North Korea on April 28 to discuss how the body can combat Pyongyang's banned nuclear and missile programs. Read More »

Watson fires 66 to take lead at Shenzhen International

He got to one shot of the lead with a 67 and then scorched the course with a bogey-free second round to surge ahead to 12-under at the halfway mark. Wiesberger began the day two strokes adrift of overnight leader Bubba Watson but cut the deficit in half with a birdie at the 17th as he completed his first round following the suspension of play on Friday. Read More »

China March steel output climbs to highest on record

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Fixed-asset investment in nonrural areas of China climbed 9.2% in the January-March period from a year earlier, quickening from an 8.9% increase over the January-February period. The official data also suggested a pick-up in domestic consumption as February retail sales jumped 10.9 per cent from the previous year. The latest round of restrictions came after more than two years of policy easing, starting with relaxation of purchase restrictions in 2014 and fueled by the pro-growth policies, ... Read More »

Citi: Oil May Rally 20 Percent This Year on Supply Curbs

A Reuters poll showed analysts expected data to show USA crude stocks fell in the week to April 14. West Texas Intermediate for May delivery slipped 41 cents to $52 a barrel at 11:30 a.m. The benchmark for US oil had also risen for three straight weeks through Thursday, before the Easter break. Overall, June WTI futures advanced to near $51.30 p/b at the United States open with June Brent futures close to $53.40. Read More »

Paris Terror Attack Will 'Probably Help' Marine Le Pen in Election

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Ms. Le Pen, a eurosceptic, is consolidating her base on anti-immigration and anti-globalisation rhetoric, much like Donald Trump did in the US elections a year ago. France will go to the polls Sunday for the first round of its presidential election. The attacker was also killed and may have had accomplices. Read More »

Pence talks on trade in Japan overshadowed by threat of war

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Last week, President Trump said that he hadn't realized how hard it would be to disarm North Korea until he received a short history lesson from Chinese President Xi Jinping. Mr Mattis condemned the attempted missile launch as he began a Middle East tour, telling reporters travelling with him to Saudi Arabia: "The leader of North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile". Read More »

Patriots, Trump hit back on White House crowd

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There were Patriots players that were absent from the visit and had meaningful reasons for protest . Dear Big O, I am writing you this letter to say thank you. It was the team's fifth Super Bowl title since February 2002. The affable Gronkowski opened a door behind White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday afternoon. Read More »

March home sales hit record high, Canadian Real Estate Association says

The information is being collected through the land transfer tax system. The intention of the package is to "give everyone some breathing space" in a frenzied market, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Wednesday. The building industry has warned that rent control will discourage the construction of new rental properties. "I am pleased that the government will activate surplus provincial land like the West Don Lands to create new affordable housing, something I have been urging the Premier to do ... Read More »

Noam Chomsky Roots For Far-Left Candidate In French Election

The attacker - named by the Paris prosecutor's office as Karim Cheurfi - killed one police officer and badly injured two others in the attack at around 9 p.m. Marine Le Pen , the leader of the far-right National Front. France has fully mobilised its security forces, including elite units, to ensure citizens' protection during this weekend's presidential election. Read More »

Man killed, 2 officers wounded in SC shootout

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The officers did return fire at the suspect, hitting and killing him. A Hardeeville Police Department officer and Jasper County Sheriff's deputy were shot at 432 Sanders Road in Hardeeville after responding to a domestic dispute, according to Sheriff Chris Malphrus. Read More »

Canada's Trudeau defends dairy system after Trump blast

In Canada, a market is guaranteed for each farm's quota of milk, and the margin of profit is guaranteed to be fair, something those in the industry say has created the highest quality standards in the world, better care for the animals and also protects against booms and busts that could drive many family farms out of business. Read More »

Trump breaks silence on North Korea, defends reversal on China

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The Treasury also warned that it will scrutinize China's trade and currency practices very closely and called for faster opening of China's economy to U.S. Zhou said plans for the United States and China to spend 100 days looking for ways to tackle the trade imbalance were "just a beginning" and could result in China lifting a ban on American beef and opening up its financial market in the short term. Read More »

Fire crews rush to calls in San Francisco outage

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PG&E reported that power had been restored to all customers after a massive outage in San Francisco . The San Francisco Fire Department notified that it received multiple emergency calls that 20 elevators were stuck with people inside when the outage took place. Read More »

MPs back May's call for snap election

May, who has described herself as "not a showy politician", said she would rather talk directly to voters. With lawmakers having voted by a resounding 522 to 13 to back May's call for an election, the third in a little over two years, the decks have been cleared for the general elections which will predictably be dominated by Britain's vote to leave the European Union less than a year ago. Read More »

North Korea warns Americans: 'Don't mess with us'

North Korea has recently launched ballistic missile tests and threatened to conduct its sixth underground nuclear test. USA officials have been saying for weeks that North Korea could soon stage another nuclear bomb test, something both the United States and China have both warned against. Read More »

North Korean medium-range missile test fails, U.S. says

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Over the past several weeks, as Kim has moved aggressively to advance his nuclear weapons program, the Trump administration has telegraphed a wide range of possibilities as to how the USA might respond. Pence said North Korea's "provocation" was another reminder of the risks that US and South Korean service members face every day "in the defense of the freedom of the people of South Korea and the defense of America in this part of the world". Read More »

US rig count rises 10 this week to 857; Texas up 6

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The price of oil was immune to this round of OPEC's kind-word offerings-or rather "recoiled" would be a more apt description. Separately, a report showed that the mining industry, a sector that includes oil and gas, contributed to GDP growth in the final months of a year ago for the first time since the start of 2015, another sign of increased shale-oilfield activity. Read More »

Crude oil eases for second day on rising USA production

A further rise in supply outside the group could weigh on prices and hinder OPEC efforts to clear the glut, although OPEC officials have said they believe the market can deal with renewed shale growth. "Although the oil market will likely tighten throughout the year, overall non-OPEC production, not just in the US, will soon be on the rise again", it said in the report. Read More »