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1. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announces his departure -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jim Yong Kim, the president of the World Bank, announced Monday he is resigning at the end of January.

Kim's unexpected departure nearly three years before his term was set to expire, is likely to set off a fierce battle between the Trump administration and other countries who have complained about the influence the United States exerts over the World Bank.

2. Huawei calls on US, others to show proof of security risk -

DONGGUAN, China (AP) — The chairman of Huawei challenged the United States and other governments to provide evidence for claims the Chinese tech giant is a security risk as the company launched a public relations effort Tuesday to defuse fears that threaten its role in next-generation communications.

3. China gets US tariff delay but movement on tech unclear -

BEIJING (AP) — Buy more U.S. exports? Done. Tinker with technology tactics that irk Washington and other trading partners? Maybe. But scrap those plans, seen by Beijing as a path to prosperity and influence? Probably never.

4. Trump and Xi agreement buys time in trade war -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The dinner table diplomacy that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping of China conducted over the weekend produced something as vague as it was valuable: an agreement to keep talking.

5. Global trade is at stake as Trump and Xi come face to face -

WASHINGTON (AP) — To hear President Donald Trump tell it, he was made for a moment like this: A high-stakes face-off. A ticking clock. A cagey adversary.

The man who calls himself a supreme dealmaker will have the opportunity this week to put himself to the test. The question is whether he can defuse a trade war with China that is shaking financial markets and threatening the global economy — and perhaps achieve something approximating a breakthrough.

6. Big tech firms pledge training for workers in Southeast Asia -

BANGKOK (AP) — Microsoft, Google and other major technology companies have promised to help provide training in digital skills for around 20 million people in Southeast Asia by 2020 to make sure the region's burgeoning working-age population is a fit for the future job market. Up to 28 million full-time jobs are subject to being displaced, according to a new estimate.

7. China's exports to US tick up as traders try to beat tariffs -

BEIJING (AP) — Growth in Chinese exports to the United States ticked up in October as traders rushed to beat a new tariff hike in a battle over Beijing's technology policy.

Shipments to the United States, China's biggest market, have been unexpectedly resilient since Trump started imposing punitive tariffs goods in July in a fight over Beijing's technology policy. Exports rose 13.3 percent in October over a year earlier to $42.7 billion, up from September's 13 percent growth, customs data showed Thursday.

8. Few men enter teaching: Why it matters -

Alvin Haney has just begun his 26th year at Meigs Magnet Middle School, teaching 7th grade science and coaching track. Of the more than 30 teachers at the school, Haney is one of six males – a high number when considering the national average.

9. China cuts some tariffs – but does not address US complaints -

BEIJING (AP) — China announced more tariff cuts Wednesday on imports of construction machinery and other goods, but took no action to address the U.S. complaints about its technology policy that are fueling an escalating trade battle.

10. China's Xi pledges $60 billion in financing for Africa -

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday pledged $60 billion in financing for projects in Africa in the form of assistance, investment and loans, as China furthers efforts to link the continent's economic prospects to its own.

11. Events -

NPT Reports Town Hall. NPT is hosting Youth & Violence: NPT Reports Town Hall, NPT’s Studio A. The public forum will discuss what is being done to address the public health crisis emerging around youth and violence, including violence experienced by or inflicted on young people. This event will be recorded for later broadcast. Thursday, 6-8 p.m. NPT, Studio A, 161 Rains Ave. Fee: Free but RSVP required. Information

12. US-China trade battle kicks off; markets take it in stride -

BEIJING (AP) — The United States and China launched what Beijing called the "biggest trade war in economic history" Friday, imposing tariffs on billions of dollars of each other's goods amid a spiraling dispute over technology.

13. Why they fight: US and China brawl over high technology -

WASHINGTON (AP) — To understand why the United States and China stand on the brink of a trade war, consider the near-death experience of American Superconductor Corp.

14. Obama-era license aimed to let Iran convert money in dollars -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration secretly sought to give Iran access — albeit briefly — to the U.S. financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal, despite repeatedly telling Congress and the public it had no plans to do so.

15. SKorea, GM agree on funding to help keep local unit afloat -

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday that it has reached an agreement with General Motors to inject $4.35 billion in funding and other measures to turn around the loss-making Korean unit.

16. US-China trade talks center on rivalry over technology -

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese and U.S. officials met face-to-face Thursday in an attempt to resolve a dispute over technology that has taken the world's two largest economies the closest they've ever come to a trade war.

17. GM, Korean union reach tentative agreement on wages, workers -

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — General Motors said Monday that it has reached a tentative agreement with its South Korean labor union on measures to cut costs and allocate new car models to GM Korea factories.

18. 11 nations sign Pacific trade pact as Trump plans US tariffs -

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries signed a sweeping free trade agreement Thursday to streamline trade and slash tariffs just hours before President Donald Trump announced his plans to impose new tariffs on aluminum and steel to protect U.S. producers.

19. Trump to nominate climate doubter as environmental adviser -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will nominate a climate change skeptic with ties to the fossil fuel industry to serve as a top environmental adviser.

The White House on Thursday announced the selection of Kathleen Hartnett White of Texas to serve as chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. White served under former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, now Trump's energy secretary, for six years on a commission overseeing the state environmental agency.

20. Trump vows continued fight in Afghanistan; reversing stance -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reversing his past calls for a speedy exit, President Donald Trump recommitted the United States to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, declaring U.S. troops must "fight to win." He pointedly declined to disclose how many more troops will be dispatched to wage America's longest war.

21. Census: Tennessee population is aging -

Tennessee’s population continues to age, according to recently released census figures.

Since the 2010 census data was issued, and continuing into 2016, residents are getting older in the state.

22. ADB: Asian growth seen steady, US policy uncertainty a risk -

HONG KONG (AP) — Asia's developing economies will see steady growth this year and the next, though the evolving policies of President Donald Trump's administration are a major uncertainty, the Asian Development Bank said in a report Thursday.

23. Fresh concept, familiar faces on Buchanan Street -

Other than the time I interviewed Al McGuire about Magic Johnson while we used the facilities during a March Madness regional round 38 years ago in Murfreesboro, I don’t usually write about visiting the bathroom.

24. Are first-time buyers ready to enter market? -

Jonathan Smoke, an economist with Realtor.com, spoke to the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors at the group’s annual convention last week and showered the membership with graphs, numbers, statistics and other information about the national market, all the while citing Nashville’s numbers as much better than those of other markets.

25. World Bank: East Asian growth to remain over 6 pct in 2016 -

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Growth in developing East Asia and the Pacific is expected to remain resilient despite the slowdown in China and a gloomy global outlook, the World Bank said Monday.

26. Another gain for US stocks, led by banks and tech companies -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose Wednesday as technology companies traded higher for the second day in a row and consumer companies gained steam as cruise lines rose. The beleaguered financial sector recovered some of its losses from earlier this year.

27. Tennessee plans to open offices to recruit foreign business -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials are working to recruit more foreign businesses to the state.

Plans call for the state Department of Economic and Community Development to open an office in Seoul, South Korea, early this year in an effort to attract more Asian businesses.

28. Iran, Saudi Arabia tensions can't halt slide in oil prices -

DALLAS (AP) — Even the escalating tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia, two big oil-producing countries, can't halt the slide in energy prices.

Oil futures spiked briefly on Monday after the news that Saudi Arabia would cut diplomatic ties with Iran, a development that could be seen as a threat to oil supplies.

29. Vanishing bees pose big threat to economy -

Dave Hackenberg, a beekeeper in Florida, discovered 400 of his over 2,000 beehives had been abandoned during the winter.

It wasn’t that the bees were dead and their bodies were scattered around the hives.

30. SE Asia creates economic community, but challenges remain -

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Thirteen years after mooting the idea, Southeast Asian leaders on Sunday formally created a unified economic community in a region more populous and diverse than both the European Union and North America, and one that hopes to compete with China and India.

31. Germany's largest trade union opening US office with UAW -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Germany's largest trade union is opening a joint office with the United Auto Workers in Tennessee to promote labor issues at German automakers and suppliers in the southern United States.

32. Parting thoughts before leaving Asia -

This entry will be my last submission penned while living in Asia, so rather than discuss the market’s recent wiggles, I thought I would share some top of mind takeaways as I prepare to depart Hong Kong.

33. Obama, Abe declare progress, but no breakthrough, on trade -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared progress Tuesday in trade talks between their two nations, stopping short of announcing a breakthrough in negotiations that are central to a massive 12-nation trade deal that would open markets around the Pacific rim to U.S. exports.

34. Eurofix, Autofix expand with purchase of Midas locations -

When you live in an “it’’ city, it’s important to have an “it’’ car, or at least that seems to be the thinking given the number of high-end imports seen around Middle Tennessee these days.

35. Asia’s growth depends on US -

Ni hao! I write to you this week from Hong Kong. For the next 12 months I will be working remotely from China in order to closely evaluate conditions within the Asian economies.

In addition to my usual market musings I will share my Asian insights and inspirations as they arise … like this one.

36. Cyber case puts more strain on US-China relations -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The indictment of five Chinese military officials on cyber espionage charges will intensify friction between Beijing and Washington that has been growing as China gets bolder in asserting its territorial claims in disputed seas in East Asia.

37. Bhutan, Nissan partner on electric cars -

TOKYO (AP) — The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has tapped Nissan Motor Co. to supply electric cars for its taxis and government fleet, hoping to reduce reliance on imported oil.

38. Japan, Tennessee meet in East Nashville at Two Ten Jack -

You know things have changed in East Nashville when a restaurant puts up a valet stand. It happened on opening night at Two Ten Jack.

And even though the valet guys didn’t stick around for regular service, which began two weeks ago, the fanfare over the restaurant’s opening has been warranted. Two Ten Jack, named for a Japanese card game, brings Nashville its first izakaya.

39. Lawmakers put finishing touches on spending bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Funding for implementing the new health care law and other sticking points remain, but negotiators reported significant progress Tuesday on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September.

40. At 20 years, NAFTA hasn't closed Mexico wage gap -

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Looking around a Mexico dotted by Starbucks, Wal-Mart and Krispy Kreme outlets, it's hard to remember the country before the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has dramatically expanded consumer choice and trade since it took effect 20 years ago on Jan. 1.

41. China plans to further restrict car purchases -

BEIJING (AP) — China plans to increase the number of cities that restrict vehicle purchases in a bid to fight pollution and traffic congestion, state media reported Thursday.

With more than 13 million cars sold in China last year, motor vehicles and their emissions have emerged as the chief culprit for the air pollution in large cities.

42. Late to the Chinese market, Ford aims to catch up -

CHONGQING, China (AP) — Dave Schoch has one of the toughest jobs at Ford Motor Co.: catching the competition in the world's biggest car market.

43. Nissan CEO promises growth, calls pay average -

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn promised strong sales growth to shareholders Tuesday in a turnaround from natural disasters and a boycott in China set off by a territorial dispute.

44. Prestigious forum draws decision-makers to Myanmar -

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar is preparing to show off what two years of reform-minded elected government has accomplished as it welcomes hundreds of business titans and decision-makers from around the world to the Asian edition of the prestigious World Economic Forum.

45. Fridrich & Clark’s Smith earns top Realtor honor -

The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors has named Lucy Smith of Fridrich & Clark Realty the 2012 Realtor of the Year.

The award is given annually to the GNAR Realtor member who has made the most significant contribution to clients, the real estate profession and the community. Smith was recognized for her achievements by Brian Copeland, last year’s recipient, at Saturday’s GNAR’s annual Awards of Excellence Gala.

46. Toyota leads industry with nearly 9.75M vehicles sold last year -

TOKYO (AP) — Now it's official: Toyota is once again the world's top automaker.

Toyota Motor Corp. released its tally for global vehicle sales for last year Monday at a record 9.748 million vehicles — a bigger number than the estimate it gave last month of about 9.7 million vehicles.

47. Granbery’s hot spots? Depends on your needs -

The great-grandson of H.G. Hill Sr., Jimmy Granbery started working with H.G. Hill Realty in 1981 and was named CEO in 2002.

The company has more than two million square feet of retail, office and apartment space, and its projects include the upscale shopping/restaurant area Hill Center in Green Hills.

48. East vs. West: Firsthand look an eye opener -

Yin and Yang Since Election Day, stock indices have fallen sharply, reflecting the Washington non-consensus. As we enter another legislative sausage session, investors can’t help but recall the 20 percent drawdown that marked the last high-stakes negotiation.

49. Backstop may ease Europe’s fiscal woes -

Our most recent musings in this space have focused on the political and fiscal dynamics here at home.

While those dynamics are vital and will continue to come more into focus as the calendar turns the page to the fourth quarter, the more pressing short-term focus in the financial markets has been to the east across the Atlantic Ocean.

50. Nokia to cut 10,000 jobs by end of 2013 -

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Corp. will lay off 10,000 jobs globally and close plants by the end of 2013, the company said Thursday, in a further drive to save costs and streamline operations.

51. Merrill returns as VUH chief of staff -

Cardiothoracic surgeon Walter Merrill, M.D., a member of the Vanderbilt faculty from 1983 until 2002, has returned to Vanderbilt to become chief of staff of Vanderbilt University Hospital.

52. Baptist announces 2012 medical staff leaders -

Baptist Hospital has announced its medical staff officers and department and division chiefs for 2012.

Baptist Hospital medical staff officers for 2012 include Dr. Robert M. Hutton as chief of staff; Dr. Mark D. Peacock as vice chief of staff; Dr. Steven H. Tai as president and secretary/treasurer.

53. Rising powers mull bank for developing nations -

NEW DELHI (AP) — Developing nations again seem unlikely to propel one of their own citizens to the World Bank presidency. It may not matter. A group of rising powers is mulling its own alternative to Western-dominated lending institutions.

54. Obama, GOP back in tussle over oil pipeline -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Congress are back where they were before Christmas, locked in an election-season tussle over a proposed 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.

Republicans hope to again force Obama to make a politically risky decision, while he is seeking to put it off until after the November election.

55. US retail sales data give stocks a further boost -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Stocks pushed higher Friday as better than expected U.S. retail sales data and positive corporate news overshadowed fears from Europe's debt crisis.

U.S. retail sales for September rose 1.1 percent, ahead of 0.7 percent market expectations. That indicated to some that the world's largest economy might not be in as much trouble as feared earlier.

56. Wood honored as volunteer of the year -

Jack L. Wood, chairman emeritus of architecture and engineering firm Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc. (BWSC), has been honored by the Nashville Downtown Partnership as its 2011 Volunteer of the Year.

57. New developer sparks hope for Bellevue, mall -

After a few slow months, signs of life and new development are beginning to stir in Bellevue.

A new developer, North Carolina-based Crosland, has met with local officials on the Bellevue Center property, sources confirm. Also, Metro has zeroed in on four possible sites for a long-awaited new Bellevue branch library, an updated land-use plan is being written, and several new businesses have opened.