ABC News – American and Chinese trade negotiators met Wednesday for talks on their bruising tariff war after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the U.S. side might be moving toward a decision on whether to make a deal with Beijing.
Wednesday’s atmosphere appeared amicable. Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, along with China’s economic czar, Vice Premier Liu He, smiled for photos and shook hands after their one-day meeting. | go to source
CNBC – When asked about Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s suggestion that the White House could announce an agreement with Beijing in the next two weeks, the top Trump advisor said, “I think that’s fair.” “Someone asked me how long is the negotiation going to go on and I don’t have a specific answer to that,” he said at the Milken Institute Global Conference. “It won’t go on forever. I think at some point in any negotiation you realize: ‘OK: we’re close to getting something done so we’re going to keep going.’ On the other hand, at some point you just throw your hands up and say ‘you know this is never going to get anywhere.’ | go to source
Over 1800 people are trapped in underground mines in South Africa. The process of rescuing them is slow and, so far, they don”t appear to be in immediate danger.
Seattle Times – South Africa’s department of mineral resources says plans are underway to free a large number of miners caught underground by hoisting them up an adjoining shaft.
The department says it has an inspector monitoring the situation at the Thembelani shaft in Rustenberg run by mining company Sibanye-Stillwater. | go to source
Fox News – A 19-year-old man armed with an assault-type rifle opened fire inside a Southern California synagogue on Saturday as worshipers prepared to celebrate the last day of Passover, killing a woman and injuring three others, authorities said. An unidentified off-duty border patrol agent who was inside Chabad of Poway synagogue fired at the shooter – identified later as John Earnest – missing him, but striking his getaway vehicle, authorities said. | go to source
On one hand, violent crime overall is about the same. On the other hand, knife crimes are crushing it, and not in a good way. This is merry old England we are talking about were, apparently, violent goons and thugs and whatnot have gone from guns to knives, and, well, apparently they are JUST as efficient at the killings with the knives as they are with the guns.
Not that any of that is cool, I’m just saying. Here’s some more actual details about this from the BBC, which, I should point out, like I do with others, is a state sponsored outlet.
BBC – Police recorded 40,829 offences involving knives or sharp instruments in 2018, up 6% on the year before. The Office for National Statistics said cases of murder and manslaughter, excluding terror attacks, increased by 12%. There were 732 killings, up from 655 in 2017 – the highest since 2007. But the separate Crime Survey, based on people’s experiences, points to no significant change in overall crime. | go to source
Express UK – A spokesman for the firm Le Bras Frères told Reuters that some workers of its Europe Echafaudage scaffolding branch had “sometimes” smoked on the scaffolding, despite a strict ban on site. Marc Eskenazi said some workers “had admitted in front of the police that they did smoke from time to time,” confirming a report in the satirical French weekly Le Canard Enchaîné. “We condemn it. But the fire started inside the building… so for Le Bras this is not a hypothesis, it was not a cigarette butt that set Notre Dame de Paris on fire,” he continued | go to source
Mirror UK – Surat, India – A 13-year-old girl is recovering in hospital after plummeting 12 storeys when she lost her balance at a block of flats. Hetal Saroli had leaned over to look at her schoolfriends on the street below, before suddenly falling towards the ground. She crashed into the roof of a bike shed below, which appeared to have broken her fall. | go to source
CBS News – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Russia by train on Wednesday, a day before his much-anticipated summit with President Vladimir Putin. The visit comes as Kim’s recently-feverish diplomacy with the Trump administration, aimed at ridding the North Korean regime of its nuclear weapons, remains deadlocked. | go to source
A recent outbreak of Swine Flu in China has grown to epic proportions just as US-China trade talks have hit a crucial state. The hit to the Chinese economy, a land where 1 in every 2 pigs in the world lives and dies, and, most likely gets eaten, could affect their negotiating power with the US at the trade talks table.
From CNBC – “China’s worsening African swine flu crisis could give the U.S. an edge over China as the two countries try to hammer out a trade agreement, an analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch said Tuesday. China, which is home to about half of the world’s pig population and the biggest pork consumer, has been ravaged by an outbreak of African swine flu recently, a virus for which there is no cure or vaccine.”
It remains to be seen how long it will take for the flu to run its course and what the total damage will be. | go to source
From CNBC: Bombs kill at least 207 in Easter attacks on churches, hotels in Sri Lanka. Key Points: The eight explosions, some of which officials said were suicide bomb attacks, led to an immediate clampdown with the government declaring a curfew and blocking access to major social media and messaging sites. Seven people were arrested and three police officers were killed during a raid on a house in Colombo on Sunday. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe acknowledged that the government had some “prior information of the attack,” though ministers were not told | go to source
Brazil’s High Court has a bad habit of ruling that certain online reports be taken, well, offline. These reports happen to be about corruption. The corruption being investigated is tied to the judiciary. But…it gets better. It’s also tied to one of the justices on the court. But no biggie, nothing to see here. Apparently the Attorney General is having none of it. Raquel Dodge is calling out the court and demanding the orders be revoked. | go to source
In an interview with Wired magazine, lead system architect Mark Cerny said that the PlayStation 5 will be more powerful than its predecessor, thanks to an eight-core AMD Ryzen processor. – Mirror UK | go to source
After hours of battling the fire that destroyed much of the near-thousand-year-old cathedral, authorities have announced that their efforts have saved the core structure of the cathedral, making it possible to rebuild. | go to source
Continuing his practice of setting policy through tweets, President Trump tweeted hopes for a third summit with North Korean kingpin, Kim Jong Un. The North Korean Leader seemed to agree with those plans, suggesting a third summit in a speech earlier last week.
Trump tweets about possible third summit with Kim Jong Un – CBS News
President Trump tweeted about a possible third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday and said the country has “tremendous potential for … extraordinary growth, economic success and riches” under his leadership.
“I agree with Kim Jong Un of North Korea that our personal relationship remains very good, perhaps the term excellent would be even more accurate, and that a third Summit would be good in that we fully understand where we each stand,” Mr. Trump tweeted.
He added: “I look forward to the day, which could be soon, when Nuclear Weapons and Sanctions can be removed, and then watching North Korea become one of the most successful nations of the World!” | go to source
The stair of Pontius Pilate that tradition holds Christ walked before the trial that would ultimately condemn him have been unveiled for the first time in over 300 years.
Stairs Believed to Have Been Climbed by Jesus Prior to His Crucifixion Unveiled in Rome CBN.com
ABC News reports after more than a year of restoration, the 28 steps of the “Scala Sancta,” or Holy Stairs, of the Pontifical Shrine in Rome, was unveiled by the Vatican Thursday.
The stairs have not been seen without their wooden protection for almost 300 years. Their opening comes just in time as thousands of people will visit Rome and the Vatican for Easter. | go to source
A ruling by India’s Supreme Court could lead to the eviction of millions of people who live in forests now deemed ‘protected.’
‘Biggest mass eviction’ of tribespeople could see EIGHT MILLION booted out of their forest homes to ‘protect woodland’ after landmark court ruling in India- The Sun UK
MILLIONS of tribal forest dwellers in India are facing eviction after a ruling by the country’s supreme court. | go to source
Theresa May is still pitching her Brexit deal, hoping for a little fear of Torie revolt to whip her party in shape before the final Brexit vote Brexit:
Theresa May warned dozens of Tories could rebel over no-deal – BBC News
Leaders of the Brexit Delivery group of MPs, comprising Leavers and Remainers, say up to 30 may back alternatives if the PM’s reworked deal isn’t voted on. | go to source