Jan 21, 2019

Report: Secret missile site found in North Korea ahead of summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Trump. Photo: Korea Summit press pool. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images.

Researchers from Beyond Parallel, a project sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, have discovered a secret ballistic missile base in North Korea ahead of a likely new U.S.-North Korea summit, NBC News reports.

Why it matters: The group estimates North Korea could have as many as 20 undisclosed missile sites. President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed to hold another nuclear summit sometime in February, even though Pyongyang and Washington have not made any substantial progress on denuclearization since the first summit last summer.

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Jobless claims spike to another weekly record amid coronavirus crisis

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6.6 million people filed for unemployment last week, a staggering number that eclipses the record set just days ago amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to government data released Thursday.

Why it matters: Efforts to contain the outbreak are continuing to create a jobs crisis, causing the sharpest spikes in unemployment filings in American history.

Debt crisis awaits in emerging markets

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Many of the world's poor and developing countries could begin defaulting on their bonds in the coming weeks as the coronavirus outbreak has led to massive outflows from emerging market assets and real-world dollars being yanked from their coffers.

Why it matters: The wave of defaults is unlikely to be contained to EM assets and could exacerbate the global credit crisis forming in the world's debt markets.

Netanyahu re-enters coronavirus quarantine after health minister tests positive

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu re-entered self-quarantine on Thursday after his health minister, Yaakov Litzman, tested positive for coronavirus, according to the prime minister's office.

Why it matters: The development comes less than 24 hours after Netanyahu exited several days of self-quarantine after one of his aides tested positive last week. Litzman's infection is even more damaging to Israeli senior government officials, including Netanyahu's national security adviser and the director of the Mossad, as many were in close contact with him in the past week and now face self-isolation.