CNN's political reporter Sara Murray has confirmed that CNN has been blocked from attending a White House press briefing this morning. Other reports note that The New York Times, LA Times, and Politico were also blocked. ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX were allowed in but AP and Time have boycotted the event.
France's financial prosecutor has asked an investigative magistrate to open a probe into allegations that presidential candidate Francois Fillon's wife was paid large sums of money for work she may not have done, newspaper Le Parisien reported.
The White House appears to have flip-flopped again because earlier today, according to Axios, Goldman's ex-president Gary Cohn, and chief economic advisor to President Trump, told a group of CEOs that the White House does not support the House GOP version of a border adjustment tax.
South African police used rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to disperse anti-immigrant protesters in the capital, Pretoria. Armed police had formed a barrier between rival crowds of citizens and non-nationals marching in Pretoria, but both sides began shouting at one another and brandishing rocks and sticks, prompting police to disperse the angry mobs.
"China has no intention of seeking foreign trade advantages via an intentional devaluation of the renminbi. There is no basis for the continued devaluation of the renminbi" but "If you must attach the label 'grand champion' to China, then I think China is a grand champion. But we are the grand champions of economic development."
The noose around Kim Jong-Un is getting tighter: asked whether China had a contingency plan for a North Korean collapse, defence ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said Beijing has maintained its usual policy towards Pyongyang, and urged the “relevant parties to refrain from any actions that will escalate tensions”.
Germany's central bank reported its smallest profit in more than a decade in 2016 after setting aside a record amount of provisions against future losses on the bonds it is buying as part of the ECB's stimulus programme, its annual report showed on Thursday. "It is fair to ask ... when we can take our foot off the monetary policy pedal," Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann said.
Speaking at a Reuters activist conference, ValueAct's Jeffrey Ubben, said that his firm had been taking money out of the capital markets as valuations have become overextended, leaving it with $3 billion in cash. "I really feel that the large-cap activist plays are very treacherous with high PEs (price-to-earnings) and not a lot of growth."