Americans' confidence in the stock market experienced the quickest swing the Conference Board has seen, with the number of people who expect stock prices to rise in the next year dropping from 51% in January to 33% this month. More people had negative attitudes toward the stock market than positive in April.
President Donald Trump probably will pull the US out of a six-nation deal signed in 2015 that restricts Iran's nuclear program, French President Emmanuel Macron says. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to urge Trump to remain in the accord when she visits Washington, D.C., on Friday.
The Supreme Court heard arguments about President Donald Trump's order to ban travel from certain countries, and questioning from the justices indicated that the court would likely uphold the ban. Questions included whether the court should consider Trump's tweets during his campaign, whether Trump acted within his power and whether the ban was effectively a ban on Muslims.
Former press secretary Sean Spicer appeared at Madame Tussauds museum in New York to help unveil a wax figure of first lady Melania Trump, which appears next to a figure of President Donald Trump. "I'm not kidding, I looked at a photo I had with the first lady before I left and I mean -- it's pretty remarkable how lifelike it is, and the same thing with the president," Spicer said.
Efforts to prevent conflicts must be scaled up to meet United Nations commitments to sustaining peace, UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak said this week. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for "a holistic approach which prioritizes prevention and addresses the root causes of conflict by integrating peace, sustainable development and human rights."
Peace talks facilitated by the United Nations in Geneva are the political solution needed to address the ongoing conflict in Syria, says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The secretary-general says discussions held by Security Council members at a Swedish retreat have helped ease tensions regarding the conflict.
Funding plateaus have slowed progress toward the eradication of malaria, and many countries are expected to miss targets set in the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030, said Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization regional director for Africa. WHO Nigeria country representative Wondi Alemu urged countries affected by malaria to boost investments and work with development partners on prevention and control efforts.
India is grappling with the issue of child rape, and harsh punishments alone will not solve the problem, warns Siddharth Chatterjee, United Nations resident coordinator to Kenya. Women and children must be educated about their rights so assaults are more consistently reported, while law-enforcement agencies must be trained to respond sensitively and effectively, Chatterjee writes.
Aid organizations should focus on funding farming when working to rebuild Syria, as it would benefit the country's economy while providing people with food and jobs, says Daniel Gustafson, deputy director-general of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. "If you invest in that, you are going to get a quick return," he says.
A survey from the National Association for Business Economics hints at continued economic growth. Congressional Republicans say the growth is driven by recent tax cuts, but 65% of respondents say the cuts haven't affected their hiring or investment plans.
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