Mar 21, 2017

North Korea: we're not afraid of Trump's threats

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A North Korean envoy to the UN told Reuters the country is "not afraid" of a potential ramping up of sanctions by the US.

Choe Myong Nam said North Korea would continue with the "full acceleration of the nuclear programs and missiles programs" amid "hostile activities" by the US and South Korea.

Last week Secretary of State Tillerson said the US considered pre-emptive military action against Pyongyang "an option" and called the country's nuclear program an "imminent" threat.

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Coronavirus cases rise, as warnings of global pandemic grow

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

We may be "at the brink" of a global pandemic, warns a top U.S. public health official, as cases continue to spread despite containment efforts. Meanwhile, the global economy is being affected, including the tech manufacturing industry.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,000 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 136 new deaths since Tuesday.

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Sanders and Bloomberg, both 78, battle over heart health

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Mike Bloomberg and Bernie Sanders' presidential campaigns sparred Wednesday over which 78-year-old is in better cardiac health.

The big picture: The line of attack comes as Sanders, the race's current frontrunner, is set to meet Bloomberg, who has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to make a splash in the race, face-to-face for the first time on the debate stage in Nevada.