North Korea No Longer Demands Withdrawal of American Troops

Kim Jong-un, after opening up to the possibility of meetings with China and potentially the United States, has demonstrated more efforts and openness towards negotiations of denuclearization with Washington as he withdrew the demand for American troops to clear out from South Korea this Thursday. This decision came as a surprise as North Korea has repeatedly demanded that the 28,500 American troops in South Korea to be removed and refused any negotiations regarding its nuclear developments until it was done. The United States, because of this demand, has been reluctant…

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Cuba Welcomes New Leader, Does it Signal a Change?

Cuba has welcomed its newest leader, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, on Thursday, which marks the beginning of a new page of diplomacy between Cuba and the United States. The foundation established by the Obama administration has been opening Cuba back to the global picture from the Cold War, yet the transition from Raul Castro to Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez and its potential impact on this relation remains unknown, yet has the world political stage watching. In a conversation with American lawmakers almost three years ago, Mr. Diaz-Canel failed to generate a response…

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IRS Server Crashes, Have you Filed Your Taxes yet?

The actual deadline to file tax forms was April 17, Tuesday. However, an extension has been announced by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This leniency is because of the complications that the IRS server has encountered. Before the server recovered at five past five on Tuesday evening, many taxpayers have observed an error on the webpage. Apparently, the page that allows taxpayers to pay through their bank accounts have crashed, as told by CNBC. To be exact, the web pages that were affected were the “Direct Pay” and the “Payment…

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Potential for Peace? Trump Recruits Mike Pompeo for North Korean Meeting

President Trump seems to be shifting his diplomatic strategies and attitudes towards North Korea, an area that has long been a bit of a political black sheep. He nominated Mr. Mike Pompeo last month to be the secretary of state and planned a meeting between the United States and North Korea in the near future. In fact, he has sent Mr. Pompeo, who is still currently the C.I.A. director, to North Korea to meet with Kim Jong-un. This diplomatic decision is interesting as President Trump has entrusted Mr. Pompeo, a…

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When Will Puerto Rico Catch a Break? Electricity Problems Flare up Again

Puerto Rico is once again, finding itself in the dark. The country has been going through major electricity failures since Wednesday, and seven months after Hurricane Maria, the island is still undergoing repercussions of the damage on its electrical grid. According to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, in order to restore electricity to the 1.5 million residents on the island, the process could take up to three days. This incident followed another widespread electricity failure just one week ago. Since Hurricane Maria, the island’s electricity grid never fully recovered…

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