In Brief – N.34 – April 24, 2016

SpaceX has finally landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea, after launching the vehicle into space. It’s the first time the company has been able to pull off an ocean landing, after 4 previous attempts ended in failure.

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation and mentioned parliament speaker Volodymyr Groysman as his potential successor. “We cannot allow destabilization of the executive branch during a war,” Yatsenyuk said.

With the new Bull sequana range of supercomputers, Atos confirmed its strategic commitment to the development of innovative high performance computing systems – the systems needed to meet the major challenges of the 21st century.

The use of offshore companies with a view to funding national security operations abroad seems optimal from a practical standpoint. Yet the possible confirmation of this hypothesis drew large media coverage.

Nomura Holdings Inc., Japan’s largest brokerage, will shut down its European equity operations as it cuts costs after years of failing to become profitable overseas, a person with knowledge of the matter said.

Global growth continues, but at a sluggish pace that leaves the world economy more exposed to risks, said the IMF whose WEO report forecast global growth at 3.2% in 2016 and 3.5% in 2017, a downward revision of 0.2% and 0.1%, respectively, compared with the January 2016 Update.

Iran, Netherlands signed a MoU on economic cooperation as they seek greater bilateral development in sectors like energy, finance, banking, transport, agriculture and health.

“Today, on the ground in Syria and in Iraq, ISIS is on the defensive,” said US President Barack Obama in a lecture about progress in the fight against terrorism at the CIA headquarters.

Mexico’s government will support state-oil firm Pemex with USD 4.2 billion in capital as ongoing low oil prices have impacted the firm’s financial health.

Brazil’s lower house has voted to start impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff over charges of manipulating government accounts.

China’s economic growth has slowed again in Q1 2016 with the world’s second largest economy’s annual GDP growing at just 6.7%.

16 major petroleum producers meeting in Doha, Qatar failed to reach an agreement, possibly setting the stage for further weakness in crude oil prices.

Iphone lasts 3 years. This is what Apple allegedly said within the framework of a communication campaign on the environmental impact of its products and on planned obsolescence.

Verizon’s AOL unit and SoftBank, two large companies headed by two former Google executives, would be the two most credible candidates for the acquisition of internet giant Yahoo.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton notched resounding victories in New York, answering questions about their command of the race as the front-runners moved significantly closer to their party’s nominations.

Intel’s Q1 2016 financial earnings report announced worldwide layoffs of “up to 12,000” staffers, 11% of its total workforce. The move is “to accelerate (Intel’s) evolution from a PC company to one that powers the cloud and billions of smart, connected computing devices.”

Life expectancy declined slightly for white Americans in 2014, according to new federal data, a troubling sign that distress among younger and middle-age whites is lowering average life spans for the white population as a whole.