News Headlines - 12 April 2013

Magnitude-5.8 quake shakes southwestern Japan

A moderately strong earthquake jolted southwestern Japan near Kobe around dawn Saturday. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. No tsunami alert was issued.

US and Japan deal paves way for trade talks - FT.com

The US and Japan struck a deal paving the way for Asia’s second-largest economy to join the trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks this year, following more than a year of talks on thorny issues such as US access to the Japanese car and insurance markets.

BBC News - Tax returns show Obama earnings declined in 2012

US President Barack Obama made $608,611 (£395,947) in 2012, down more than 20% from the year before, according to his tax documents. The decline in his pay comes as sales of Mr Obama's books slow. His presidential salary is $400,000.

In New U.S. List, 18 Russians Face Sanctions - WSJ.com

The Obama administration published a list of 18 Russians whom the U.S. will slap with financial and visa restrictions for suspected human-rights violations, most them allegedly linked to the death of a whistle-blowing tax attorney in a Moscow prison four years ago.

Cameron and Merkel to Discuss British Role in Bloc - NYTimes.com

David Cameron, the British prime minister, arrived here on Friday for what a German official called a “not purely routine” weekend visit that will include talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel aimed at demonstrating the close relationship between the two center-right leaders and a discussion of Britain’s future in the European Union.








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