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Stocks, oil fall on weak data, earnings

A gauge of stocks across the world slipped from record highs on Friday and oil prices fell to end the week little changed as weak economic data and underwhelming earnings drove investors to reverse some recent risky bets.

Daily press briefing at the White House in Washington

White House to begin policy review on North Korea

The United States still has a vital interest in deterring North Korea and will begin a thorough policy review of the current situation, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday, adding that the Biden administration would work with allies on the matter.

Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz arrives at a courthouse in Geneva

Timeline: The battle for Simandou

Simandou in Guinea is home to the world's richest untapped deposits of iron ore but legal wrangling, alleged corruption and the difficulty of access to the mountain region mean it has yet to be developed.

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Special Report: How U.S. CDC missed chances to spot COVID's silent spread

In early February, 57 people arrived at a Nebraska military base, among the first Americans evacuated from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak. U.S. health officials knew very little then about the mysterious new virus, and the quarantined group offered an early opportunity to size up the threat.

EU flags flutter outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels

EU lawmakers condemn Vietnam over human rights crackdown

The European parliament has chastised Vietnam over a government crackdown on activists in the Southeast Asian country and called on EU member states to condemn the campaign ahead of a major ruling Communist Party congress next week.

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