Feb 15, 2018

Venezuela's Maduro plans to gatecrash summit in Peru

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President Nicolás Maduro has said he will attend this year's Summit of the Americas in April, despite host country Peru claiming the Venezuelan leader is "not welcome," reports AFP.

The backdrop: The summit has brought together the 35 members of the Organization of American States seven times since 1994 to discuss shared policy issues and challenges. Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski rescinded Maduro's invitation following his decision to hold Venezuela's presidential election in April, against the wishes of opposition leaders.

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MLB's Rob Manfred is latest villain in Astros' cheating scandal

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's decision to grant Astros players immunity in exchange for confessions about their sign-stealing scheme has undermined his reputation — and he only made himself look worse on Sunday.

The interview: In a 45-minute conversation with ESPN, Manfred asserted that public shame was punishment enough for the Astros. He also called the World Series trophy "just a piece of metal" and said that taking a title away from Houston "seems like a futile act."

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Economists warn coronavirus risk far worse than realized

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Worries are growing that the economic impact from the novel coronavirus outbreak will be worse than expected and that markets are being too complacent in factoring it in as a risk.

What's happening: The number of confirmed cases has already far outpaced expectations and even those reports are being viewed through a lens of suspicion that the Chinese government is underreporting the figures.

National newspapers thrive while local outlets struggle to survive

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While big national newspapers grow stronger, local newspaper chains that have for decades kept the vast majority of the country informed are combusting.

Why it matters: The inequity between giants like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and their local counterparts represents a growing problem in America as local communities no longer have the power to set the agenda for the news that most affects them.