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Mexico’s Foreign Minister Says He’d ‘Step Away’ From NAFTA in the Event of a Bad Deal

Mexico is prepared to cut ties with NAFTA if a win-win deal between its three constituent countries cannot be struck, according to Mexican Foreign Relations Minister Luis Videgaray.
In an interview with Bloomberg TV broadcast Thursday, Videgaray said, “If what is on the table is something that is not good for Mexico, Mexico will step away from NAFTA.”
However, he stressed that this would only be a last resort in negotiations he hoped would better the current free trade agreement between the three countries, which also includes the United States and Canada. A new deal should provision for economic changes that have occurred since the more than two-decades-old NAFTA pact was signed, such as the advent of electronic commerce and the liberalization of Mexico’s energy and telecommunications sectors, he said.
Referencing more than 6 million U.S. jobs he said depended directly on being able to access the Mexican market, Videgaray added: “Both parties have leverage with each other. The ques..

Samsung Holds Off on Adopting a Holding Company Structure

Samsung Electronics


said on Friday it will be difficult to adopt a holding company structure at this time, rejecting U.S. activist hedge fund Elliott Management’s proposal and ruling out for now a long-anticipated succession move.
Investors had expected the global leader in smartphones and memory chips to adopt a holding company structure, as the founding Lee family tries to solidify its control of the Samsung Group flagship ahead of a leadership succession.
But Chief Executive Kwon Oh-hyun told the annual shareholder meeting this was unlikely at this stage, giving investors their first insight into how the South Korean tech giant is approaching a potential restructuring amid a political scandal that has embroiled Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee.
“There are negative effects that would arise from transitioning to a holding company so it does not appear it will be easy to do so at present,” Kwon said, without elaborating what those negatives were.
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Emma Thompson says Donald Trump once asked her out but she turned him down

“Hi, it’s Donald Trump here.”
That’s what Emma Thompson heard as soon as she picked up the phone.
What followed next is a pretty incredible story.
It was the late 1990s, and Thompson was doing a film called Primary Colors with John Travolta, the British actress said during an interview for Swedish news outlet SVT .
SEE ALSO: Samantha Bee: Trump’s budget reveals he ‘has no f*cking clue’
Thompson, who at the time was freshly divorced from Kenneth Branagh, received the call from The Donald while on her trailer on the Universal Studios lot.
After the initial shock, Trump reportedly said: “Yeah, I just you know, I wondered if I could offer you some accommodation in one of my Trump Towers. They’re really comfortable.” Read more…
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Twitter hails ‘braveheart’ mother who jumped on a leopard to save her son

A woman in Mumbai is being hailed a hero on Twitter after reportedly jumping on a leopard to rescue her little son from its claws. The incident is believed to have taken place in northern Mumbai in an area bordering a forest-park.
The animal leaped out of a dense thicket at around 9pm local time. “I started yelling for help, and ran towards my child to grab him. On seeing me approach, the leopard made a dash for the bushes,” the mother recalled.
SEE ALSO: Watch this lion attack a tourist vehicle in a popular biological park
Residents have blamed local authorities for not installing streetlights in the area. The mother, however, managed to avert any serious injuries to her three-year-old. He was given three stitches at a local hospital. Read more…
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Future of farming: smart autonomous drones with eyes on the field

Farmers have another tool to help them in the field.
With smartphones in hand, tech-savvy farmers are able to fly heavy duty drones out to do everything from crop dusting to surveying the health of the plants.
SEE ALSO: Passenger drones will start flying for real in summer 2017
And with smarter software, drones can do more autonomously, making the process more efficient and at far lower cost than hiring a specialised pilot to man an aircraft over the fields.
While makers have offered agriculture drones to the market for two decades now, adoption is tiny, according to Xaircraft, a Chinese maker that’s starting to expand into the U.S. Read more…
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Theresa May runs wrong way after Parliament shooting

Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, after seven people were arrested in raids in London, Birmingham (Picture: PA) CCTV footage showed the moment Theresa May ran the wrong way during the terror attack at Westminster.
The Prime Minister was shown desperately trying to get to… Read the full story
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