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February jobs report looks solid...EU leaders discuss the future...Violence in South Korea

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 10, 2017 at 3:43 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The data firm FactSet is forecasting a healthy 186,000 new jobs were created in February and that the unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 percent in the first full month under President Donald Trump. The Labor Department releases the report this morning. If the predictions are accurate, it means the Federal Reserve is likely to have enough confidence in the economy to raise interest rates.

BRUSSELS (AP) — The future of the European Union is the focus of summit talks today amid the backdrop of Britain's pending exit and the rise of the right in politics. The 27 EU leaders, minus British Prime Minister Theresa May, gathered at EU headquarters in Brussels to weigh how a future EU should operate; whether it should limit itself to being a trade bloc, steam toward a federal super-state or allow some members to advance at different speeds.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The ouster of South Korea's president by the Constitutional Court amid a corruption scandal triggered violent protests today in Seoul involving supporters and opponents of Park Geun-hye (goon-hay). Officials say two men were killed and that about 30 protesters and police officers have been injured.

BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of airline flights have been canceled in Germany due to a strike by ground crews in a dispute over wages. The union says some 2,000 ground crew personnel it represents will continue the walkout until tomorrow to increase pressure on employers amid new wage negotiations. The union says it hasn't received an offer that would form the basis for negotiations.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tech experts who think they've got everything it takes except the right job could be in line for a free trip to New Zealand to interview for a position. Local authorities and businesses in the capital, Wellington, are offering the trip to 100 talented workers from around the globe as they seek to boost the city's growing tech hub. Some 12,000 people have applied so far.

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