Reuters: Stocks slipped in late mornng trading Friday as investors held off from making risky bets ahead of the first round of the closely contested French presidential election. Centrist Emmanuel Macron is leading most opinion polls for Sunday's election and is expected to contest a second round run off with Marine Le Pen head of the anti-European Union and anti-immigration National Front
Reuters: North Korea said Sunday it was ready to sink a US aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might as two Japanese navy ships joined a US carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific. President Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to rising tension over the North's nuclear and missle tests and its threats to attach the US and its Asian allies.
CNN: "Chinese air force land-attack, cruise-missle-capable bombers were put on 'high alert' Wednesday as the US sees evidence that the Chinese military is preparing to respond to a potential situation in North Korea a US defense official tells CNN. The official said the US has also seen an extraordinary number of Chinese military aircraft being brought up to full readiness through intensified maintenance..."