Apr 5, 2017

Haley: U.S. may take unilateral action against Syria

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UN Ambassador Nikki Haley addressed an emergency meeting of the Security Council Wednesday over a resolution condemning the use chemical weapons in Syria:

When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action.— Nikki Haley

Haley also hit back at Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, who defended Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and called the UN's proposed resolution on the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria "unacceptable" and "based on totally fake information."

Haley replied: "If Russia has the influence in Syria it claims to have, we need to see them use it... How many children have to die before Russia cares?"

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 75,465 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.