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Pence describes Trump’s tenure in attack on US allies

“Speaking before Pence, Merkel questioned whether the US decision to leave the Iran nuclear deal and withdraw from Syria was the best way to tackle Tehran in the region” writes Reuters In Munich for theguardian.com. Mike Pence rebuked European powers over Iran and Venezuela on Saturday, in a renewed attack on traditional US allies, rejecting a call by Germany’s chancellor to include Russia in global cooperation efforts. Source: theguardian.com

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Ordinary Stablecoin or XRP Killer? What We Know About JPMorgan Chase’s New Cryptocurrency

“On Feb. 14, United States banking behemoth JPMorgan Chase announced its own cryptocurrency” writes Stephen O’neal for cointelegraph.com. Clients will reportedly be issued the coins after depositing dollars at JPMorgan Chase.It is fair to say that move comes unexpectedly for JPMorgan Chase, whose CEO, Jamie Dimon, is famous within the crypto community for his anti-Bitcoin (BTC) remarks. Source: cointelegraph.com

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Dem lawmaker rips opposition to Amazon going into New York: ‘Now we’re protesting jobs’

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Alexandria Ocasio-CortezDem lawmaker rips opposition to Amazon going into New York: ‘Now we’re protesting jobs’ Reporter says majority appears to favor progressive tax plans Trump tweets video mocking Dems not cheering during State of the Union MORE (D-N.Y.) and other progressives fiercely opposed” reports thehill.com. Carolyn Maloney Carolyn Bosher MaloneyDem lawmaker rips opposition to Amazon going into New York: ‘Now we’re protesting jobs’ Democrat vows to move forward with impeachment, dividing his party Patricia Arquette, Alyssa Milano rally for Equal Rights Amendment MORE (D) on Friday voiced frustration…

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Apple acquires Pullstring for likely Siri upgrade

“Pullstring went on to work with personal assistant app creation and integration with Google Assistant and Amazon Echo (with Alexa)” reports slashgear.com. Imagine Apple releasing an application that allowed developers to integrate Apple software (especially Siri) in whatever product they desired.Pullstring was created by a group of former Pixar executives, and made its way in the world first with toys. Source: slashgear.com

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U.S. drafts WTO reform to halt handouts for big and rich states

“Many countries see “development” as the fourth role of the WTO, alongside negotiating, refereeing and monitoring compliance with trade rules” reports businessinsider.com. Some WTO members, such as India, insist that a promise to reform the trade rules to boost developing nations, made by WTO ministers in Doha in 2001, must be kept before the WTO can move on to negotiating new rules in other areas. Source: businessinsider.com

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U.S. and China made ‘important progress’ in trade talks: Xinhua

“The U.S. and China have made “important progress for the current stage” of their trade negotiations after Chinese President Xi Jinping met with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in Beijing Friday, the state-run Xinhua reported” writes Markets Reporter for marketwatch.com. President Xi referred to the U.S.-China relationship as among the most important partnerships in the world and therefore, the two countries should maintain healthy and stable ties, according to the Chinese government’s official media agency.Xi also said his country is ready to resolve its trade…

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