Jun 26, 2017

U.S. to name China as one of world's worst human traffickers

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The U.S. is planning to name China as one of the world's worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labor, Reuters reports, citing a congressional source and a person familiar with the matter. The sources also said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to classify China as a "tier 3" offender — alongside Iran, North Korea, and Syria.

Why it matters: This follows President Trump's tweet calling out China for not doing enough to help put pressure on North Korea. The move could strain the administration's relationship with Beijing, which Trump has worked to strengthen over the past few months.

China's downgraded ranking is slated to be announced Tuesday in an annual State Department report.

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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

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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.