Mar 29, 2018

North and South Korean leaders to meet on April 27

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un just completed a successful visit to Beijing. Photo: KCNA via KNS / AFP / Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a summit at the Korean border village of Panmunjom on April 27, per the AP. Their meeting could set the stage for a meeting between Kim and President Trump, which is currently projected to take place in May.

The big picture: It'll be just the third time that the leaders of the two Koreas have sat down face-to-face since the Korean War ended in 1953. The last two summits occurred in 2000 and 2007.

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GOP sees more hurdles for Trump as coronavirus crisis drags on

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Republicans are increasingly concerned not only about President Trump’s daily briefings but also his broader plan to ease the nation out of the virus crisis and back to work. This concern is acute — and spreading. 

Why it matters: Trump can easily address the briefing worries by doing fewer, but the lackluster bounce-back planning is what worries Republicans most. 

Pandemic forces startups to shift gears

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Spaces CEO Brad Herman had an early warning about COVID-19 because his startup supplies VR attractions to a number of theme parks in China. Realizing that the business he spent the last few years building was going to evaporate, Herman quickly found a new way to apply his team's know-how: helping companies host Zoom teleconferences in VR.

Why it matters: Many startups are rethinking the viability of their core businesses in the wake of the coronavirus. Spaces' move is one of many such pivots likely to crop up in the coming months.

International coronavirus treatment trial uses AI to speed results

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The first hospital network in the U.S. has joined an international clinical trial using artificial intelligence to help determine which treatments for patients with the novel coronavirus are most effective on an on-going basis.

Why it matters: In the midst of a pandemic, scientists face dueling needs: to find treatments quickly and to ensure they are safe and effective. By using this new type of adaptive platform, doctors hope to collect clinical data that will help more quickly determine what actually works.