Economic data due from Asia today (and another Fed speaker!)
US to explore use of military force against N. Korea -WSJ
-PBoC Fixes USDCNY Reference Rate At 6.8809 (prev fix 6.8798)
CORRECTION Japan's Aso: High US yields would have big impact on Asia
Japan's Aso: Economy talks with US to begin in April
Japan's GPIF is struggling to beat the stock market
Japan press not impressed: "Coming not so soon: Trump's 'historic' tax plan"
US stock gap to new highs. Records all around. Dow closes above 21,000
Forexlive Americas forex news wrap: Stocks surge on increased economic optimism
BRAINARD SAYS FED'S EMPLOYMENT AND INFLATION GOALS ARE NEARLY MET, ALLOWING CONTINUED GRADUAL PACE OF RATE INCREASES
FED'S BRAINARD SAYS READY FOR RATE RISE "SOON" GIVEN IMPROVED GLOBAL CONDITIONS AND CONTINUED GROWTH
Fed's Brainard: Rate hike will likely be appropriate soon
Sessions spoke with Russian ambassador during Trump's campaign: report http://hill.cm/O2XqPqK
Homeland Security has only found $20M in existing funds for border wall: report http://hill.cm/bp8KLwL
.@vp swears in Zinke, first Cabinet secretary from Montana, as Secretary of the Interior
Ivanka Trump pushed to include paid family leave, women’s health and environment in Trump speech: report http://hill.cm/2f7Nf6g
Huntsman in talks to serve as US ambassador to Russia: report http://hill.cm/oI0z4DF
Top US general: Trump's revised executive order should reflect "very strong partnership" between US and Iraq http://hill.cm/w127vqX
.@presssec issued invite to family of fallen SEAL Ryan Owens to the White House on Jan 30. Kids toured WH yesterday & went to the Navy mess
Nice Trump wrap from DB's Reid >>
Speech received well by most people participating in this CBS poll.
"But, at first look, Trump appeared to have avoided the kind of misstep that would give his detractors a cudgel to beat him with."
Bailout monitors said to resist offsetting measures http://dlvr.it/NWKGfP
UK House of Lords pass Brexit Bill amendment by 358-256 to force govt to protect EU citizens rights following Brexit
Another informative thread from Simon Cox. 8 tweets in thread , worth the time to check out.
Centre-right UDI party - 28 MPs in the French National Assembly (out of 577) - "suspends participation" in @FrancoisFillon's campaign.
Fillon might be fighting on but he's losing friends
Fillon still hanging in....
FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FILLON SAYS BEEN INFORMED WILL BE SUMMONED ON MARCH 15 BY JUDICIAL MAGISTRATES
Odds & Ends.....
Russian Defense Ministry denies US accusation that Russian or Syrian fighter jets bombed US-backed #SDF force in #Syria near #AlBab
Turkish account called ‘Manbij Operation’ claims Euphrates Shield official declared that Manbij Op. began, several villages taken from SDF
Tripoli and Beida CBLs trade condemnations over IT staff strike and arrests - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/03/01/tripoli-and-beid-cbls-trade-condemnations-over-it-staff-strike-and-arrests/ …
Dayri attacks call by EU parliament president for new migrant camps in Libya - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/03/02/dayri-attacks-call-by-eu-parliament-president-for-new-migrant-camps-in-libya/ …
#Libya State of alert declared tonight, Tripoli
Yesterday the military formation of Ghadamis, west Libya, declared its allegiance to the Libyan National Army (LNA) and Khalifa Haftar.
Long lines at some petrol stations in #Tripoli
EU border agency @Frontex: NGOs support smugglers/mafia by picking up #migrants ever closer to #Libya's coast https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/world/europe/2017-02-27-migrant-rescues-off-libya-encourage-traffickers-says-eu-border-agency-chief/ … #Italy
w/entourage of over 40 from GNA travelling to Moscow, they'll hope "strength in numbers" will help persuade Russia
Direct talks between Tobruk's HoR & Khalifa Ghwell's rival government in Tripoli? Not so far-fetched says HoR member http://almarsad.co/2017/02/28/%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B1%D8%B5%D8%AF-%D8%AA%D9%86%D8%B4%D8%B1-%D8%A3%D9%88%D9%84-%D8%B1%D8%AF-%D9%86%D9%8A%D8%A7%D8%A8%D9%8A-%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%89-%D8%AA%D8%B3%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%B1%D8%BA/ …
Abu Ayub might got injured during an air bombing at a house believed to been staying at Mawsil Al-Jadida
18 ISIL members were killed in an air strike moments ago. They used to be trenched in a building at Mosul Al-Jadida.
ISIL installed a 3-meter tall dirt barrier at the following neighborhoods: Al-Faruq, Al-Sarajkhana, and Bab Al-Tub
50 civilians were killed by an airstrike on Umar Al-Aswad Mosque in the middle of the old city.
ISIL executed 3 of its fighters at Zanjili for refusing to fight.
ISF is preparing to cross the river from northern frontier of the western bank of Mosul.