Economic data due from Asia today
South Korea ForMin: US VP Pence To Visit South Korea April 16 -18
China To Unveil Plan To Boost Shanghai Insurance Industry – News
US major indices end the day with modest gains
Forexlive Americas forex news wrap: One day closer to US employment
Goldman Sachs preview of the Nonfarm payroll report
US Politics .....
It looks like Russia's decision in the next few hours to veto (or not) a UN resolution on Syria will be extremely consequential.
Defense Secretary Mattis to brief President Trump on military options in Syria http://nbcnews.to/2nQ16io
Trump gets briefing on military options for Syria , after alleged airstrike by SAA..
"Something should happen," Trump told @ToluseO. Phrase made news around world.
“Those steps are underway”: Tillerson says U.S will organize international coalition to oust Assad
NEW: Trump has told some members of Congress he is considering military action in Syria in retaliation for chemical attack (@DanaBashCNN)
US Senate has voted to trigger the "nuclear option"(on party lines 52-48)..Neil Gorsuch can now be confirmed by simple majority of 51 not 60
SENATE REPUBLICANS UNLEASH NUCLEAR OPTION FOR GORSUCH: BBG
It's happening: Senate Democrats just put up 41 votes to filibuster Gorsuch. Next up: Republicans go nuclear.
What happens when North Korea tests a missile that could reach the U.S.?
The Chinese delegation has left Mar-a-Lago, per @ToluseO
A picture worth studying...
“We’ve had a long discussion already and so far, I’ve got nothing, absolutely nothing,” Trump jokes, of Xi. But "developed a friendship."
Chinese press now getting a tour of Mar-a-Lago dining room. Nameplates show US official seated closest to Trump and Xi will be Kushner
Trump stops by press cabin on Air Force One. Asked two main goals for Xi summit, he said trade and North Korea. per @ToluseO
Trade to top the agenda of Trump-Xi meeting as US trade deficit w/China more than deficit w/all other trading partners combined (via Fathom)
On Bannon removal from NSC role, Spicer says Trump gave McMaster full control. McMaster "runs all these major decisions of restructuring."
On Obamacare repeal, Sean Spicer points to Mark Meadows' comments as encouraging. Amendment "shows tremendous progress by the team."
Mick Mulvaney: Restarting health-care effort is key to GOP’s agenda
Meadows: Freedom Caucus would vote for Pence’s proposals on AHCA
Newly popular, Obamacare is still losing insurers - The election of Donald Trump seems to have done wonders for...
House Rules Cmte making last-minute plans to hold meeting today on an amendment; vote would signal progress.
White House prods House Republican leaders to make last-minute tweaks to Obamacare replacement bill before lawmakers for 2-week spring break
New retirees suffer big cuts http://dlvr.it/NqKyYq
Tsipras confident of deal at Eurogroup, lenders less so http://dlvr.it/NqJqBX
Mortgage demand grows, but banks avoid loan issues http://dlvr.it/NqKNR8
Greece seeks adviser for OTE stake sale http://dlvr.it/NqGytc
Unemployment rate unchanged in January http://dlvr.it/NqGz74
Tsipras hails tunnel opening as proof of Greek recovery http://dlvr.it/NqDstl
Embattled French candidate Fillon pelted with flour at campaign rally http://f24.my/139B.t
The race to be French president narrows as Emmanuel Macron ties with Marine Le Pen http://bit.ly/2nO3JBv
Macron Slips Post Debate Making Him Tied With Le Pen, Poll Shows - Bloomberg
VIDEO - French presidential election: Where do the candidates stand on immigration? http://f24.my/12ub.t
Macron's lead narrows in French presidential election: polls http://reut.rs/2o5Eq0g
This is the fast-talking, far-left showman shaking up the French presidential election: http://reut.rs/2nbOohV
UK could allow EU freedom of movement after Brexit, Boris Johnson says http://reut.rs/2oFJJoN
#Tories agree to concessions in transitional #EU deal - #losingbrexit https://www.ft.com/content/cab3160c-1ac0-11e7-bcac-6d03d067f81f …
As Varoufakis says,UK should go for the Norway option as a transitional plan. Give us time to see if there is a better deal, if any
The UN Envoy to Libya Kobler, met Al-Sweihli & a number of members of the House of Representatives on Thursday in Tripoli.
UN's #Libya GNA PM Sarraj in #Germany yesterday with #AFRICOM and US Ambasasdor. VOA refers to it as 'Obama's #Iraq' https://www.voanews.com/a/libya-un-backed-government-head-meets-with-us-officials/3798928.html …
Oil Crescent group threatens to block oil pipelines to eastern oil terminals - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/04/06/oil-crescent-group-threatens-to-block-oil-pipelines-to-eastern-oil-terminals/ …
GNA reports 30 percent shortfall in Q1 state revenues - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/04/06/gna-reports-30-percent-shortfall-in-q1-state-revenues/ …
Unity Government allocates more than $10 billion for imported goods in 2017 http://alwasat.ly/ar/news/libya/138056/ …
More market reaction to US strikes on Syria: Brent Crude shoots up to close in on $56 US 10Y yield drops to 2.31%
Secretary of State calls out Russia tonight regarding chemical weapons and Syria....do people still see Tillerson as a Putin puppet ?
Secretary Tillerson says that US has high confidence that this latest attack as well as the past 3 in #Syria were sarin gas attacks.
"We weighed action versus inaction" - NSA HR McMaster in decision to carry out strikes in #Syria
Pres Trump declined to take any questions at the conclusion of his statement announcing the US strike on Syria.
NEWS: DOD tracked the Syrian aircraft that conducted the chemical weapons strike: https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2017-04-06/trump-orders-missile-strike-against-syria …
.@barbarastarrcnn saying DoD briefing were multiple conversations w Russians thruout day to inform them of strikes, so not to hit them
Pentagon official tells CNN the strikes targeted runway, aircraft and fuel points; missiles launched from warships in E Mediterranean.
Is POTUS seeking a Coalition to remove Assad ?
BREAKING: Trump says strikes on Assad regime airbase is in the 'vital national security interest'
TRUMP SAYS ASSAD USED DEADLY NERVE AGENT TO KILL MANY
One question answered - Russia was informed ahead of US airstrikes on Syria.
TRUMP EXPECTED TO SPEAK THIS EVENING ON SYRIA STRIKE: CNN
On President Donald Trump's orders, US warships launched 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles.
Strike against Syria has begun: US military official confirms more than 50 Tomahawks fired at an airfield near Homs (via @ckubeNBC)
Target is reportedly Shaayrat Airbase south-east of Homs, Opp sources initially claimed Syr aircraft that hit Khan Sheikhoun came from here
Russian Forces have used the airbase before for refuelling etc, not sure if they have anything there though
59 Tomahawk missiles hit Shaayrat Airbase and targeted runway, bunkers, ammo/fuel storage sites + air defence systems also reportedly hit
Two U.S. destroyers positioned in eastern Mediterranean for possible Syria missile strike http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2017/04/06/two-u-s-destroyers-positioned-in-eastern-mediterranean-for-possible-syria-missile-strike/ …
BREAKING: Russian official at UN warns the US against the use of military action against the Assad regime
BREAKING: Israeli PM Netanyahu wants buffer zones on Syria's borders with Israel and Jordan (Via Haaretz)
BREAKING: US Secretary of Defense General Mattis is the 'key voice' advising President Trump on attacking Assad regime
BREAKING: Reports that journalists are being told to remain at Pentagon and 'chatter' of military strike on Syria as soon as tonight
BREAKING: UN Security Council vote on Syria chemical weapons attack has been cancelled
BREAKING: Hezbollah is in a state of alert, amid fears they may be targeted in strike on Assad regime
BREAKING: Iranian diplomats' families being transferred from Damascus to South Beirut, amid reports of possible US strike on Assad regime
BREAKING: Claims Assad regime is evacuating assets from bases amid reports Trump Administration is considering military action against Syria
Israel's Channel 10 reports that the Israeli cabinet will convene on Sunday to discuss possible humanitarian intervention in Syria.
The global chemical weapons watchdog OPCW says it has "initiated contact" with Syrian authorities over Tuesday's nerve agent attack.