Hello! Here’s what’s happening on Friday.
1. The Republican party finally announced its massive tax-reform bill. The bill proposes a new top tax rate, new tax brackets, and a lower corporate rate.
2. US President Donald Trump departs for his first official visit to Asia on Friday. His itinerary includes Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
3. Brexit has already weakened England’s economy, according to the Bank of England. The central bank pointed to constraints on investments and labor supply that are slowing down the market.
4. An international arrest warrant was apparently issued for Catalan’s sacked President. Carles Puigdemont fled to Belgium from Spain at the beginning of this week.
5. North Korea has said the US staged bombing drills on the Korean Peninsula. The US Air Force said the exercise was planned in advance and not in response to any recent events.
6. Niger disputed the account of an October mission which killed four US soldiers. A Nigerien officer told ABC News he had asked the US for more soldiers and weapons before the mission, but his request was rejected.
7. Ukraine says it will cooperate with the FBI in the investigation against Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Manafort was recently indicted on charges including working as an unregistered foreign agents for Ukraine.
8. Russian hackers who targeted the US election also targeted many of Putin’s political enemies. The list of targets obtained by Associated Press shows hackers targeted the inboxes of 4,7000 global Gmail users.
9. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with the UK’s Prime Minister Teresa May at Downing Street. The two marked 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, which supported the creation of a Jewish state.
10. Trump’s Twitter account disappeared for 11 minutes. The act, by a Twitter employee on their last day, could have terrifying ramifications for the account’s security.
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