Good morning! Asia stocks hit 2y high after dovish FOMC minutes w/ South Korea at record, Taiwan at 17y high. Oil at 5wk high ahead of Opec.
Economic data due from Asia today - and PLENTY of central bank speak
Reuters Corporate Survey: 95% Of Japan Firms Have No Desire To Join China's "Belt And Road" Initiative
Reuters Corporate Survey: 87% Of Japan Firms Support Govt's Vow To Block Sale Of Toshiba Chip Unit That Risk Key Technology Leaving Country
Reuters Corporate Survey: 58% Of Japan Firms Favour Cautious Approach To Toshiba Delisting, 37% In Favour Of Delisting
Reuters reports on US Navy freedom of navigation exercise near China
New Zealand budget day - preview
First Philadelphia, now Philippines: Excise tax on sugar-sweetened drinks to hike prices up to 140%
Forexlive Americas FX news wrap: Dollar lower after FOMC meeting minutes
Treasury secretary Mnuchin. Looking at issuing ultra long bonds
Treasury secretary Mnuchin. Looking at issuing ultra long bonds
Dollar falls but recovers a bit after FOMC meeting minutes
US Crude oil futures down $0.11 to $51.36
The FBI will not turn over memos detailing discussions between Trump and Comey to a House committee, chairman says. http://bos.gl/NiyR3VK
Jason Chaffetz chairman of the House Oversight Committee, cast doubt on whether Comey would provide the memos – or whether they even exist.1
“He would not confirm where they are, what their presence-if there is a presence of these documents, he would not say a word about that,” 2
Chaffetz also said that the FBI had refused the oversight committee's request for Comey's memos.3
Still waiting for actual evidence. Hopeful Special Counsel Mueller can put this to rest - one way or the other.
CBO score on new House Health Care Bill has been scored !
CBO: 23M To Lose Coverage After 10 Years Under Revised Bill
CBO $834B Less Medicaid Spending Over 10 Years Under House Bill
CBO Releases Score Of House Passed Health Care Bill - Estimates Health Bill To Reduce Deficits $119B/10 Years
Chaffetz: Congress needs to have oversight on special counsel probe into Russia http://hill.cm/P788wk8
Pressure on Flynn gets ratched up , Page set to testify before House Intel Committee in early June....
Freedom Caucus: We oppose raising the debt ceiling with no conditions attached http://hill.cm/QTNzecb
Israel changes intelligence-sharing rules after Trump leaks info to Russians: report http://hill.cm/n0fBZrn
JUST IN: Sean Spicer noticeably absent from Trump's meeting with Pope Francis http://hill.cm/9dB7xvn
JUST IN: Bad Russian intel influenced Comey's announcement on Clinton email investigation http://hill.cm/FQLDF1w
Ex-US attorney interviewed to replace Comey at FBI: report http://hill.cm/EtYySMG
Thank you for the warm welcome to Brussels, Belgium this afternoon!
Tillerson gets a new #2: Senate votes 94-6 to confirm attorney John Sullivan as Deputy Secretary of State.
This is wild. Even after the FBI determined it was unreliable—they continued to use it as justification for how they were handling the case.
EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Senate's McConnell sees a tough path for passing healthcare bill. http://reut.rs/2qWDpr4
Calling Manchester bombing "horrible" & "unthinkable," Pres Trump says US and allies will win against terrorism. "We will win this fight."
Pres Trump also wants @NATO nations to join fight against ISIS as well as meet 2%GDP burden-sharing obligation for defense spending.
Sec of State Tillerson aboard Air Force One, flying Rome to Brussels, says Trump hasn't made a final decision on Paris climate agreement.
No Trump decision yet on Afghanistan troop increase, Tillerson says. Decision probably "a couple of weeks" away, he said per @margarettalev.
Tillerson also said US wants NATO to formally join ISIS coalition; Manchester attack will only strengthen allies' resolve
“I don’t think you can expect to se any trade agreements," Tillerson on AF1 re: NATO. But "frank discussion" on why trade imbalances exist.
Russia likely won't be allowed to rejoin G7 til "address the situation in Ukraine," Tillerson on AF1, per @margarettalev.
Joe Lieberman no longer being considered for FBI director. President's team has hit the restart button on the search for a new FBI Director
Christians captured, buildings seized and torched, prisoners freed at Marawi City in the Philippines.
EXCLUSIVE: Maute Group slaughtered 9 civilians after they were flagged down at a checkpoint manned by terrorists in Marawi | @jun_veneracion
Churchgoers 'taken hostage' amid Marawi siege, a day after Philippine President Duterte declared martial law http://aje.io/nwau
BREAKING: Brazil's agriculture ministry evacuated after protesters break in
This is getting some further airing and more reaction in the $USDBRL now
Brazil situation sliding from bad to worse..
Two explosions hit public-transport terminal in Indonesia's capital. Police say cause is unclear http://aje.io/zybd
UPDATE: Two confirmed dead in Jakarta after double explosions hit public-transport terminal http://aje.io/3nyq
UK ....Manchester Attack Featured
BRITISH POLICE SAY 5TH SUSPECT ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH #MANCHESTER BOMBING WAS CARRYING A PACKAGE, WHICH IS NOW BEING ASSESSED: RTRS
#BREAKING Libyan security force: Brother of alleged Manchester bomber "was aware of all the details" of attack plans. (AP)
MORE: Brother of Manchester attacker arrested in Tripoli was planning 'terrorist act' in Libyan capital - counter-terrorism police
Special Deterrence Force / Rada arrests Hashim Abedi, born in Manchester 04/08/1997, brother of Salam Abedi the attacker of Manchester.
Hashim Abedi "knew about the attack of his brother" and "was with him in UK for the preparation". Hashim Abedi left UK on 16 April 2017.
Rada Force arrested him yesterday while he was receiving 4,500 LYD from Salam Abedi. Both brothers belong to Islamic State, acc.to S. Abedi.
Further info on Manchester...
Father to @AP: alleged Manchester bomber in Libya a 1.5 months ago preparing to visit Saudi Arabia. Says UK police have arrested another son
Father of alleged Manchester bomber tells the @AP from Tripoli: "We don't believe in killing innocents. This is not us"
#BREAKING: Manchester Police investigating a "network" in concert attack
Police are hunting a possible bomb maker following the Manchester suicide attack
Latest police operation in central Manchester
Manchester police say they have made three more arrests over concert bombing
Odds & Ends....
In south Libya, LNA units - 116, 12 - took control of Tamanhint airbase as the Third Force coalition withdrew towards al Jufrah & Sabha.
Pres. Council member Ahmed Hamza meets w/ the Turkish Ambassador, discuss ongoing work at 5 power stations in Ubari http://alwasat.ly/ar/news/libya/142833/ …
#Mosul old city map update.
Bitcoin now has hit 2,600......
Beat goes on , bitcoin crosses 2,500.....
Premium rate on South Korean Bitcoin Exchanges nearly reached 30% on May 23rd !
Digital Currency Market Cap Crosses $90 Billion(!) https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/digital-currency-market-cap-crosses-90-billion/ …