Jan 27, 2017

Trump welcomes Theresa May to WH with Churchill photo op

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British PM Theresa May and Trump met in the Oval Office to discuss U.S.-U.K. relations before giving a joint press conference at 1p.m. this afternoon.

Trump showed May the new bust of Winston Churchill, and said "it's a great honor" to have the famous leader back, according to White House pool reporters. Trump made a point to get the perfect picture with the bust, asking to move a lamp that obscured the shot.

"It's a great honor to be here," May replied.

May started her day in Washington with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Ceremony before making her way to the White House. The PM gave the first lady a hamper treats from Chequers, and gave Trump an engraved Quaich — an Irish cup that serves as a symbol of friendship — before leaving tonight for Turkey.

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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.

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

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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.