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Poland pulls out of Israel summit in row over WW2 role

Poland pulls out of Israel summit in row over WW2 role Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki branded the remarks "racist and unacceptable". The leaders of the other three 'Visegrad Group' nations - Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia - all still planned to attend the talks, Israel said, but Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said they would instead consist of bilateral discussions and that the summit would be rescheduled for later in 2019. The diplomatic spat between Poland and Israel has been escalating since Friday, when Israeli media reported remarks by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday suggesting Polish complicity in the Holocaust.


From the 25th Amendment to Vladimir Putin: Five takeaways from Andrew McCabe's 60 Minutes interview

From the 25th Amendment to Vladimir Putin: Five takeaways from Andrew McCabe's 60 Minutes interview McCabe recounted his final months at the FBI, from the hours after James Comey was fired to his assertion that President Donald Trump may have an "inappropriate relationship" with Russia.


White House adviser Stephen Miller defends national emergency in heated exchange on Fox News

White House adviser Stephen Miller defends national emergency in heated exchange on Fox News White House adviser Stephen Miller defended the president's decision to declare a national emergency in a "Fox News Sunday" interview.


A Huge EU Bank Just Ruthlessly Froze People’s Accounts, Sparking Claims of Racism. It Would Never Happen With Bitcoin

A Huge EU Bank Just Ruthlessly Froze People’s Accounts, Sparking Claims of Racism. It Would Never Happen With Bitcoin Spain’s second-largest bank, BBVA, has aggressively frozen up to 5,000 accounts without warning. Many of the accounts belonged to Chinese clients, leading to cries of racism. The bank, however, claims it was acting on Spanish anti-money laundering rules. Spain's second-largest bank has apologized after hundreds of Chinese customers accused the group of racism for freezing their bank accounts without warning https://t.co/3in4Wy6F6C — CNN International (@cnni) February 18, 2019 It’s yet another reminder that traditional banking institutions have the power to shut down and block access to your money without notice.  This is why bitcoin matters. If stored independently, bitcoin cannot


The Latest: Jewish leaders reject 'unjust' picture of Poles

The Latest: Jewish leaders reject 'unjust' picture of Poles WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the dispute between Poland and Israel (all times local):


Germany consults industry about blockchain potential

Germany consults industry about blockchain potential Germany has opened a consultation process on how to tap into the potential of blockchain technology ahead of presenting a strategy by the summer, government sources said on Monday. Berlin is a hub for startup companies of which around 170 in one way or another look at blockchain, the distributed ledger technology that underpins the bitcoin currency. There is great interest from would-be participants and investors across a raft of industries including cars, pharmaceuticals, energy and public sector administration that hope to transform mass market processes via blockchain.


Angela Merkel Ruffled at Prospect of More Trump Hardball Tactics, Sources Say

Angela Merkel Ruffled at Prospect of More Trump Hardball Tactics, Sources Say Merkel’s push back was shaped by her alarm at the U.S.’s increasingly aggressive maneuvers, according to three people familiar with her thinking. Merkel’s chancellery team is concerned at the prospect of further hardball tactics from the Trump administration after fending off U.S. efforts to turn her European Union partners against a new gas pipeline between Germany and Russia, the people said, asking not to be named discussing private conversations.


Parties to resume campaigns after Nigeria poll postponement, president warns against skullduggery

Parties to resume campaigns after Nigeria poll postponement, president warns against skullduggery The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the delay in the early hours of Saturday, just as some of Nigeria's 84 million registered voters were already making their way to polling stations. It cited logistical difficulties and problems with transporting election material to far-flung or conflicted areas, and denied any political pressure had been brought to bear. The electoral commission also said that campaigning would be suspended until the new voting day on Saturday.


Canada Farmers Swap Soybeans as U.S-China Spat Drags on Prices

Canada Farmers Swap Soybeans as U.S-China Spat Drags on Prices Soybean acres in Canada are poised to drop for the second straight year as farmers shift acres to more profitable crops. In addition to the price concerns, some growers are also worried that demand for the nation’s supplies will wither if China and the U.S. eventually strike a trade deal. “I’m probably going to switch into some oats and barley and maybe a little bit of canola and wheat,” said Bill Campbell, the president of Winnipeg, Manitoba-based industry group Keystone Agricultural Producers.


Poland shuns Israel summit amid Holocaust row

Poland shuns Israel summit amid Holocaust row Poland's prime minister on Monday cancelled Warsaw's participation in a summit in Jerusalem, accusing Israel's foreign minister of "racist" comments about the actions of Poles during the Holocaust, in a row that has stoked outrage and soured relations. Mateusz Morawiecki's decision to scotch Poland's involvement in the summit of central European nations follows days of angry exchanges that were originally sparked by quotes from Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu over the role of Poles during World War II. Slovak government spokeswoman Patricia Macikova told AFP this week's summit with Israel and the Visegrad Four (V4) -- the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia -- would be postponed until later in the year following Poland's pull out.


Alabama man awarded $151M in Ford Explorer rollover lawsuit

Alabama man awarded $151M in Ford Explorer rollover lawsuit Jury finds company failed to meet safety guidelines and destroyed testing data.


Alabama man awarded $151M in Ford Explorer rollover lawsuit

Alabama man awarded $151M in Ford Explorer rollover lawsuit Jury finds company failed to meet safety guidelines and destroyed testing data.


This Group's Student Debt Is Increasing at an Alarming Pace

This Group's Student Debt Is Increasing at an Alarming Pace It's probably not who you think it is.


Does Cirrus Logic Have a Future Beyond Apple?

Does Cirrus Logic Have a Future Beyond Apple? The chipmaker is aiming for a turnaround, but the iPhone looms large over its prospects.


EU vows 'swift' riposte to threatened US auto tariffs

EU vows 'swift' riposte to threatened US auto tariffs The EU promised a quick and effective response if the United States imposes import duties on European autos, a spokesman for the European Commission said on Monday. Brussels issued the threat after the US Commerce Department filed a report on Monday that empowered President Donald Trump to apply car duties within the next 90 days. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has labelled as "frightening" the prospect that this report could label European car imports as a national security threat to the United States, enabling the tariffs.


HomeSign Acquisition Will Help Dropbox Expand Business Segment

HomeSign Acquisition Will Help Dropbox Expand Business Segment The e-signature specialist gives cloud storage stalwart Dropbox a boost in the enterprise market.


Aurora shooting victim Josh Pinkard texted love to his wife as he lay dying

Aurora shooting victim Josh Pinkard texted love to his wife as he lay dying One of the victims of a gunman's rampage in Illinois texted love to his wife as he lay dying: "I received a text at 1:24 from my precious husband."


Brazil Aims to Avoid Conflict With Lawmakers in Pension Push

Brazil Aims to Avoid Conflict With Lawmakers in Pension Push Orders from Economy Minister Paulo Guedes are to put on hold plans to cut subsidies and open the economy to foreign competitions, so as to avoid conflicts with the farm and industry caucuses that could jeopardize lawmaker support and create distractions, according to two people with direct knowledge of his thinking. At stake is a constitutional amendment that could make or break both Brazil’s economy and decide Jair Bolsonaro’s political future. The administration has no coalition in Congress and hence must work from scratch to build support for the pension overhaul.


Crispin Odey Is Shorting the Pound Again

Crispin Odey Is Shorting the Pound Again Hedge fund manager Crispin Odey, an advocate of Brexit, renewed his hotly debated wager against the British pound as U.K. lawmakers’ failure to agree on the divorce terms heightened concerns the country may crash out of the European Union without a deal. The fund previously had the equivalent of as much as 130 percent of its assets in a short against the currency.


Here's Why The Best Is Yet to Come for ExxonMobil

Here's Why The Best Is Yet to Come for ExxonMobil The international oil giant is starting to turn the ship, but the really exciting thing is the target destination.


Livni warns over peace and democracy as she quits Israeli politics

Livni warns over peace and democracy as she quits Israeli politics One of Israel’s most prominent dovish politicians, former foreign minister Tzipi Livni, said on Monday she was leaving politics and warned "democracy is in danger". A former peace negotiator with the Palestinians, Livni won recognition abroad for her part in U.S.-brokered talks that aimed to end the decades-old conflict and which collapsed in 2014.But her career has foundered in recent years, along with the Middle East peace process. The United States plans to present a new peace plan after Israel's April 9 election, although expectations of a breakthrough are low.


5 Early Warning Signs From Tax Reform's First Year

5 Early Warning Signs From Tax Reform's First Year Tax season's getting off to a slow start.


China Unveils Plan to Tie Hong Kong, Macau Closer to Mainland

China Unveils Plan to Tie Hong Kong, Macau Closer to Mainland The plan, issued by Xinhua News Agency late Monday, said the government will seek to turn the area into a leading global innovation hub, boost infrastructure connectivity between cities, strengthen Hong Kong’s role as an international center of finance, shipping and trade as well as the center for the offshore yuan business. The Greater Bay Area is challenged by diverging social, legal and customs systems, which have impeded the free flow of resources, according to the outline plan text.


Turkey Cuts the Amount of Cash Banks Need to Hold

Turkey Cuts the Amount of Cash Banks Need to Hold QNB Finansbank estimates the move will release 3.3 billion liras ($623 million) and $2.3 billion into the financial system. Although the central bank hasn’t disclosed how much in funds will be unlocked, Governor Murat Cetinkaya has recently said that steps to manage liquidity in support of financial stability wouldn’t necessarily mark a shift in its monetary policy.


Raytheon wins $1.5 billion UAE air force contract

Raytheon wins $1.5 billion UAE air force contract The agreement was signed at the week-long IDEX military exhibition in Abu Dhabi and followed the award on Sunday of a 1.3 billion dirhams contract to Raytheon to supply the UAE with patriot missiles. The UAE armed forces signed a total of 7.2 billion dirhams in contracts on Monday, including 5.8 billion dirhams with international companies, Brigadier General Mohammed al-Hassani said, speaking through a translator. The UAE has signed a total of 12 billion dirhams in contracts since the IDEX exhibition started on Sunday, he said.


2 Great Stocks for Your IRA

2 Great Stocks for Your IRA These stocks could provide predictable income and strong growth for decades to come.


Ukraine pitches for more EU aid for south-east as elections near

Ukraine pitches for more EU aid for south-east as elections near EU foreign ministers were discussing increasing support for Ukraine, which holds a presidential election next month in tough conditions. Russia annexed its Crimea peninsula in 2014 and backs armed separatists in its eastern industrial Donbas region. The EU is also moving to put more Russians under sanctions over Moscow's standoff with Kiev in the Azov Sea, to the southeast of Ukraine.


Nigeria Counts Cost of Last-Minute Vote Delay as Stocks Tank

Nigeria Counts Cost of Last-Minute Vote Delay as Stocks Tank The one-week postponement, just a few hours before voting was scheduled to start on Saturday morning, rattled investors and led to accusations from both President Muhammadu Buhari’s party and the opposition, led by Atiku Abubakar, of skulduggery against one another. Nigeria’s stock benchmark dropped 2.5 percent by 1.30 p.m. in Lagos, the commercial capital, the most among major indexes globally and its biggest fall since Sept. 12. Dangote Cement Plc, owned by billionaire Aliko Dangote and the largest company on the bourse, lost 3.6 percent.


Nigeria Counts Cost of Last-Minute Vote Delay as Stocks Tank

Nigeria Counts Cost of Last-Minute Vote Delay as Stocks Tank The one-week postponement, just a few hours before voting was scheduled to start on Saturday morning, rattled investors and led to accusations from both President Muhammadu Buhari’s party and the opposition, led by Atiku Abubakar, of skulduggery against one another. Nigeria’s stock benchmark dropped 2.5 percent by 1.30 p.m. in Lagos, the commercial capital, the most among major indexes globally and its biggest fall since Sept. 12. Dangote Cement Plc, owned by billionaire Aliko Dangote and the largest company on the bourse, lost 3.6 percent.


Norwegian Air Shares Plunge During Bid to Raise Cash

Norwegian Air Shares Plunge During Bid to Raise Cash Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA offered shares at 39 percent off a theoretical share price excluding subscription rights as the carrier is raising 3 billion kroner ($350 million) to shore up finances. The company on Monday said it’s selling 91 million shares in a 2-for-1 rights offering to existing shareholders, setting the price at 33 kroner. The issue, announced last month, has been fully guaranteed by investors including billionaire shipping magnate John Fredriksen and Norway’s largest bank, DNB ASA.


India Central Bank to Consider Early $4 Billion Dividend to Government

India Central Bank to Consider Early $4 Billion Dividend to Government The Reserve Bank of India’s board, approved 280 billion rupees ($4 billion) as interim dividend, according to a statement. This is the second straight year that the RBI has announced an advance payment to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. In approving the measure, the RBI is emulating Turkey’s central bank that came to the aid of its government before municipal elections seen as a referendum on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule.


India Central Bank to Consider Early $4 Billion Dividend to Government

India Central Bank to Consider Early $4 Billion Dividend to Government The Reserve Bank of India’s board, approved 280 billion rupees ($4 billion) as interim dividend, according to a statement. This is the second straight year that the RBI has announced an advance payment to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. In approving the measure, the RBI is emulating Turkey’s central bank that came to the aid of its government before municipal elections seen as a referendum on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule.


Uber agrees to pay VAT in Egypt: tax chief

Uber agrees to pay VAT in Egypt: tax chief Uber has agreed to pay value-added tax on its services in Egypt, Egyptian officials said on Monday, a move that may help resolve a long-simmering feud with traditional taxi drivers. The agreement would also apply to other ride-hailing companies, the head of the Egyptian Tax Authority, Abdel Azeem Hussein, said. Egypt's value-added tax (VAT) rate is 14 percent.


New Zealand to Slap ‘Digital Services Tax’ on Internet Giants Google, Facebook: Will this Antagonize the US?

New Zealand to Slap ‘Digital Services Tax’ on Internet Giants Google, Facebook: Will this Antagonize the US? Following the precedent set by some European countries such as Austria, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, New Zealand has indicated it will introduce a digital services tax. This is expected to affect internet giants such as Google and Facebook, according to the New Zealand Herald. Per New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, this is aimed at achieving ‘fairness and balance’ in the country’s tax system. Currently, according to Ardern large internet firms have been fulfilling their tax obligations as required by law: Highly digitalized companies, such as those offering social media networks, trading platforms, and online advertising, currently


CVS's New HealthHub Program Aims to Reinvent the Corner Drugstore

CVS's New HealthHub Program Aims to Reinvent the Corner Drugstore Pharmacy and convenience store chain CVS Health continues to build on its 2014 decision to focus more on health.


A 'no-deal' Brexit could hit 100,000 German jobs, study claims

A 'no-deal' Brexit could hit 100,000 German jobs, study claims The manufacturing nation's employment would be the worst affected by a dip in British buying of foreign goods.


Germany Bans New Wirecard Short Sales in Unprecedented Move

Germany Bans New Wirecard Short Sales in Unprecedented Move Investors globally are immediately prohibited from taking new short positions or increasing existing ones through April 18, according to watchdog BaFin. The short-selling ban was coordinated with Munich prosecutors, who have already launched a probe over potential market manipulation in Wirecard shares. The authority also said it had a statement from an investor who said he had obtained information over a pending FT story about Wirecard prior to publication.


Tariff uncertainty could hurt auto industry more than plant closures in 2019

Tariff uncertainty could hurt auto industry more than plant closures in 2019 Broad U.S. import tariffs and trade restrictions could cost 366,000 jobs, nearly 100 times what’s at stake in GM’s controversial plant closings.


77% of Americans Aren't Up to Date on Key Tax Changes

77% of Americans Aren't Up to Date on Key Tax Changes Are you one of them?


Stocks Mixed as Trade Hopes Fail to Lift Europe: Markets Wrap

Stocks Mixed as Trade Hopes Fail to Lift Europe: Markets Wrap Stocks in Europe and U.S. futures drifted after a rally in Asia boosted shares to their highest level since October on optimism over China’s economy and trade talks. Commodities from oil to copper climbed. The Stoxx Europe 600 nudged higher as gains by telecommunications companies offset declines in carmakers, after President Donald Trump received a report that may be a preliminary step to raising tariffs on auto imports.


Budget Ambush May Bring More Uncertainty for Tax-Wild Romania

Budget Ambush May Bring More Uncertainty for Tax-Wild Romania Opposition parties ambushed policy makers’ plan to narrow the budget gap last week, when they pushed a significant increase in children allowances through parliament. The measure forced the government to raise the forecast deficit to 2.76 percent -- close to the 3 percent ceiling that can trigger penalties from the European Union. While the initial target of 2.55 percent of gross domestic product offered a cushion against potential surprises, the new one, along with optimistic economic growth estimates, may force the government to squeeze more money from the private sector or slash spending later this year.


DC's many prankster activists turn anger into street theater

DC's many prankster activists turn anger into street theater WASHINGTON (AP) — In the nation's capital, it can be hard for protesters to stand out. A group of 50 people — or even 500 — holding signs and shouting hardly merits a second glance in this city of protests.


Kremlin Says Investor Arrest Won't Hurt Business Climate

Kremlin Says Investor Arrest Won't Hurt Business Climate In the wake of his detention, the biggest exchange-traded fund that invests in Russia suffered its worst outflow since November on Friday and the Moex Russia Index started this week with a retreat. President Vladimir Putin knows Calvey and met the American on numerous occasions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Monday.


Kremlin Says Investor Arrest Won't Hurt Business Climate

Kremlin Says Investor Arrest Won't Hurt Business Climate In the wake of his detention, the biggest exchange-traded fund that invests in Russia suffered its worst outflow since November on Friday and the Moex Russia Index started this week with a retreat. President Vladimir Putin knows Calvey and met the American on numerous occasions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Monday.


Britain does not support total Huawei network ban: sources

Britain does not support total Huawei network ban: sources Huawei, the world's biggest producer of telecoms equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and allegations of enabling state espionage, with the United States calling for its allies not to use its technology. Although no evidence has been produced publicly and Huawei has denied the claims, the allegations have led several Western countries to restrict its access to their markets. It's not that simple," one of the sources told Reuters on Monday after a Financial Times report on Sunday said that Britain had decided it could mitigate the risks of using Huawei equipment in 5G networks.


Buybacks and Bumper Profits on the Cards as Mining Giants Report

Buybacks and Bumper Profits on the Cards as Mining Giants Report BHP Group, Rio Tinto Group, Glencore Plc and Anglo American Plc are expected to announce bumper profits over the next two weeks. “This should be a stellar reporting season,” Jefferies LLC analysts said in an emailed note. Iron ore prices surged about 20 percent this year after last month’s deadly dam breach at a Vale SA iron ore mine in Brazil sent the market into turmoil.


EU to react swiftly if Trump slaps tariffs on EU cars

EU to react swiftly if Trump slaps tariffs on EU cars BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says that its reaction will be "swift and adequate" if U.S. authorities conclude that European cars are a threat to national security and should be hit with punitive tariffs.


American and British ISIS brides Hoda Muthana and Shamima Begum plead to go home

American and British ISIS brides Hoda Muthana and Shamima Begum plead to go home Hoda Muthana and Shamima Begum fled to Syria to marry Islamic State group fighters. Now they want to come home.


American and British ISIS brides Hoda Muthana and Shamima Begum plead to go home

American and British ISIS brides Hoda Muthana and Shamima Begum plead to go home Hoda Muthana and Shamima Begum fled to Syria to marry Islamic State group fighters. Now they want to come home.


1 New Workplace Benefit Employees Will Be Sure to Celebrate

1 New Workplace Benefit Employees Will Be Sure to Celebrate Looking to retain valued workers? Here's a benefit your staff will appreciate on so many levels.