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North Korea on Saturday launched a ballistic missile that blew up over land, a spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Command said.

As the 100-day mark of Donald Trump’s presidency approaches, a new CNN/ORC poll finds the President reaches this milestone holding on to the lowest approval rating of any newly-elected president at this stage, amid sharp partisan divides and a failure to capitalise on post-election strengths.

Overall, 44% say they approve of Trump’s handling of the presidency, 54% disapprove. That’s about the same as in each of the two previous CNN/ORC polls taken after his inauguration.

That 44% marker puts Trump last among approval ratings for newly-elected presidents at the 100-day point since modern polling began, a trendline that runs back to Dwight Eisenhower.

Trump is last by a significant margin, trailing Bill Clinton’s previous low by 11 points.

The poll finds declining ratings for Trump’s handling of two issues that have been top priorities since he took office — health care and immigration. About 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of Trump’s handling of each of those issues, and both have tilted more negative since early March.

His numbers have held steady, however, on his handling of foreign affairs, national security and the role of commander-in-chief, after taking several high-profile actions on those fronts during the last month.

Assessing his overall use of the military, most (52%) say he’s used it responsibly since taking office.

Two measures of the country’s progress have shown signs of improvement since Trump took the helm. Most, 54%, now say things in the country are going well, up from 46% in February. That matches last year’s high of 54%, reached in October.

Likewise, almost 6 in 10 now say economic conditions in the country are good, an uptick compared with mid-January, and the highest mark on that question since May 2007.

Behind the overall increases in these numbers, however, there have been sharp partisan shifts, with the share of Democrats offering a positive assessment dropping since Barack Obama left office while the share of Republicans on the positive side has risen rapidly.

Still, majorities offer negative impressions of Trump’s presidency so far across a range of questions about his handling of the job.


The U.S. military started moving parts of an anti-missile defense system to a deployment site in South Korea on Wednesday, triggering protests from villagers and criticism from China, amid tension over North Korea’s weapons development.

North Korea has arrested a Korean-American professor for unknown reasons as he was planning to fly out of Pyongyang International Airport on Saturday morning.

Heads of the top multilateral development banks (MDBs) have agreed to strengthen their collaboration with a view to drive private sector investment in sustainable infrastructure across the globe

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, has said demand for oil around the world is expected to rise.

Russia's Supreme Court on Thursday banned the Jehovah's Witnesses from operating anywhere in the country, accepting a request from the justice ministry that the religious organization be considered an extremist group.

British Parliament on Wednesday voted by 522 to 13 in favor of Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to hold an early national election on June 8.

U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) confirmed Tuesday that two Russian TU-95 bombers were intercepted off the coast of Alaska on Monday evening.

In a report titled ‘Leaning against the Wind: Fiscal Policy in Latin America and the Caribbean in a Historical Perspective’, the World Bank forecasts that Latin America and Caribbean countries will break a six-year jinx of economic downturn.

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