15 Apr 2017

Hackers release files indicating NSA monitored global bank transfers

“Hackers released documents and files on Friday that cybersecurity experts said indicated the U.S. National Security Agency had accessed the SWIFT interbank messaging system, allowing it to monitor money flows among some Middle Eastern and Latin American banks.” Source: Hackers release files indicating NSA monitored global bank transfers | Reuters

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15 Apr 2017

Trump administration says no U.S. trading partners manipulate currency

“U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration declined to name any major trading partner as a currency manipulator in a highly anticipated report on Friday, backing away from a key Trump campaign promise to slap such a label on China.” Source: Trump administration says no U.S. trading partners manipulate currency | Reuters

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14 Apr 2017

Hackers release files indicating NSA monitored global bank transfers

“Hackers released documents and files on Friday that cybersecurity experts said indicated the U.S. National Security Agency had accessed the SWIFT interbank messaging system, allowing it to monitor money flows among some Middle Eastern and Latin American banks. The release included computer code that could be adapted by criminals to

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13 Apr 2017

In win for Boeing and GE, Trump says he wants to revive export bank

“President Donald Trump plans to revive the hobbled Export-Import Bank of the United States, his office said, a victory for American manufacturers like Boeing Co (BA.N) and General Electric Co (GE.N) which have overseas customers that use the agency’s government-backed loans to purchase their products.” Source: In win for Boeing

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13 Apr 2017

Trump lifts federal hiring freeze, but jobs will be filled slowly

“President Donald Trump will lift his 2-month-old hiring freeze on federal employees Wednesday, but it still could be some time before open posts at the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs get filled.” Source: Trump lifts federal hiring freeze, but jobs will be filled slowly

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10 Apr 2017

China offers concessions to avert trade war with U.S.

“China will offer the Trump administration better market access for financial sector investments and U.S. beef exports to help avert a trade war, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing officials familiar with the matter.” Source: China offers concessions to avert trade war with U.S.: FT | Reuters

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31 Mar 2017

EU offers Brexit trade talks, sets tough transition terms

“The European Union offered Britain talks this year on a future free trade pact but made clear in negotiating guidelines issued on Friday that London must first agree to EU demands on the terms of Brexit.” Source: EU offers Brexit trade talks, sets tough transition terms | Reuters

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29 Mar 2017

Sterling climbs, shares fall, after Brexit formally triggered

“Sterling hit the day’s high on Wednesday in volatile trade while shares in British companies slipped after British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Council President Donald Tusk said Britain had formally triggered its divorce from the EU.” Source: Sterling climbs, shares fall, after Brexit formally triggered | Reuters

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17 Mar 2017

Pentagon would see 10% spending boost under Trump’s ‘hard-power budget’

“President Trump’s first budget proposal calls for the largest increase in Pentagon spending since President Reagan’s defense buildup in the 1980s, proposing more money to fight Islamic State and to buy stealth fighter jets, warships and new weapons.” Source: Pentagon would see 10% spending boost under Trump’s ‘hard-power budget’ –

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15 Mar 2017

Bolivia aims to rebrand coca, as crop best known for cocaine remains tough sell

“Government officials admit that they underestimated international resistance, largely because in Bolivia, coca is so widely accepted as harmless. ‘We thought it would be easy because we all know the benefits of coca,’ said Felipe Caceres, vice minister of social defense and controlled substances. ‘We had no real understanding that

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