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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — In an attempt to climb out of intense debt, Mongolia has reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on a $5.5 billion dollar bailout package.

Yahoo! News reports its main export, copper, has dropped in price by more than 50 percent over the past five years, and the development of mining the sovereign state's wealth of natural resources has been delayed. Slowing growth in China, the country's primary customer, has also contributed to the debt according to Yahoo! News.

Mongolia's national statistics office lists the economy growing at 1.0 percent in 2016 while the debt skyrocket 3.7 trillion tugrik ($1.5 billion).

Yahoo! News additionally reports Koshy Mathai, the IMF's Asia-Pacific deputy division chief, says the bailout will "restore economic stability and debt sustainability as well as to create the conditions for strong, sustainable, and inclusive growth, while protecting the most vulnerable citizens."

Mongolia has a $580 million bond payment due in March and will receive a $440 million loan over the next three years.

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Uber(NEW YORK) -- Uber's CEO said he ordered an "urgent investigation" on Sunday after a former employee wrote a blog post claiming that she had been sexually harassed while working for the company and that her complaints to management had gone unheeded.

Uber head Travis Kalanick said in a statement provided to ABC News that he had instructed the company's head of human resources to immediately investigate the claims contained in a long blog post written earlier Sunday by Susan Fowler, who said that she had worked as a site reliability engineer at the ride-hailing technology company from November 2015 to December 2016.

Fowler, who currently works for the online payments provider Stripe, said that a manager of hers when she worked at Uber had sexually harassed her over online chats. She wrote that after she took screenshots of the conversation and sent them on to HR, no action was taken.

“Upper management told me that he ‘was a high performer’ (i.e. had stellar performance reviews from his superiors) and they wouldn’t feel comfortable punishing him for what was probably just an innocent mistake on his part," Fowler wrote.

Kalanick called the descriptions in Fowler's post "abhorrent," saying that the actions described have no place at Uber.

"I have just read Susan Fowler's blog," he said in the statement. "What she describes is abhorrent and against everything Uber stands for and believes in."

"It's the first time this has come to my attention so I have instructed Liane Hornsey our new Chief Human Resources Officer to conduct an urgent investigation into these allegations," he added. "We seek to make Uber a just workplace for everyone and there can be absolutely no place for this kind of behavior at Uber -- and anyone who behaves this way or thinks this is OK will be fired."

Kalanick also posted his reactions to Twitter on Sunday, embedding a link to Fowler’s blog post.

2/ I've instructed our CHRO Liane to conduct an urgent investigation. There can be absolutely no place for this kind of behavior at Uber.

— travis kalanick (@travisk) February 20, 2017

Uber board member and Thrive Global CEO Arianna Huffington also promised a “full investigation” and asked people to email her directly about the allegations. Kalanick tweeted that Huffington "has my full support."

Just talked w/ Travis & as a representative of Uber's Board I will work w/Liane to conduct a full independent investigation starting now 1/2

— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) February 20, 2017

ABC News could not independently verify the details of Fowler’s story.

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iStock(LONDON) -- Amazon will add 5,000 new full-time jobs in the U.K. in 2017.

According to the BBC, the retail giant is looking to fill a range of positions including software developers and warehouse staff.

The jobs will be housed in Amazon's UK headquarters in London and in the customer service center in Edinburgh. Additionally, Amazon is opening three new fulfillment centers across the United Kingdom.

Amazon's business is booming. The company rolled out the Amazon Fresh, grocery service last summer before its was unveiled in the U.S.

More expansion for the company could be coming soon. The BBC reports, Amazon is close to launching its own-brand fashion label.

The U.K. is Amazon's third largest market in the world behind the U.S. and Germany.

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Alexander Historical Auctions(CHESAPEAKE CITY, Md.) -- A telephone used by Adolf Hitler during World War II has sold at auction in the U.S. this weekend.

The Nazi leader allegedly used the red-painted Siemens phone, which is engraved with a swastika and his name, in the war for the last two years of his life. It is believed to have been Hitler's personal telephone and was recovered from his bunker in Berlin, Germany, in 1945.

A private American collector bought the telephone for $243,000 at an auction on Sunday, according to Bill Panagopulos of Alexander Historical Auctions. The item was expected to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000.

"It would be impossible to find a more impactful relic than the primary tool used by the most evil man in history to annihilate countless innocents, lay waste to hundreds of thousands of square miles of land, and in the end, destroy his own country and people...with effects that still menacingly reverberate today," a description for the listing said.

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iStock(CHICAGO) -- The Kraft Heinz Company has pulled its offer to buy Unilever.

The U.S. food company and Unilever, which houses such brands as Hellman's and Dove, announced the decision on Sunday.

The two companies said in a press release they hold each other in high regard and that Kraft Heinz has the utmost respect for the culture, strategy and leadership of Unilever.

Shares in Kraft Heinz soared 11 percent after reports of its bid for Unilever on Friday.

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Chesapeake Humane Society(NEW YORK) -- These kitties are ready for their close-up.

Retro glamour photos were taken of the cats at Chesapeake Humane Society in Virginia to boost their chance of being adopted.

The results are absolutely purr-fect.

“We were talking about different ways to get the cats noticed this week,” Michelle Dumas, the Humane Society’s volunteer and marketing coordinator, told ABC News. “This year we decided we wanted to something a little quirky to get some attention. We all started talking and it just kind of snowballed from there.”

The organization was inspired to do the photos in honor of Homeless Animal Awareness week.

“We Google-imaged for some interesting backgrounds and had those set up in the meantime,” executive director Deborrah Grulke said of the hilarious laser beams, sparkle bursts and graffiti-covered walls.

Teresa Stephens, the organization's outreach and events coordinator, took the furry feline’s portraits with staff members and now they’re going viral after being posted to Facebook. One cat has already been adopted as a result of the quirky photo shoot.

“The inspiration for the photos was family photos gone wrong,” said Grulke. “We really did it for fun. We knew we needed a hook to get people to start sharing them and the end result was definitely what we were going for.”

The Humane Society already has plans for more crazy photo shoots in the near future.

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moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Chrissy Teigen is not new to speaking her mind.

As New York Fashion Week came to a close Thursday, the mixed-race model, whose mother is Thai, is speaking out about diversity and inclusion in the fashion industry.

"I want it to be a normal thing to be able to see Asian models," Teigen, 31, told E! News at Sports Illustrated's Swim 2017 launch party Friday night.

"I think Asian models are really underrepresented in the industry, of course, especially on the runways or in magazines," she added.

John Legend's wife noted that it was important for her to speak up "as a Asian woman and someone that maybe a lot of people don't think is Asian because I'm mixed."

Teigen's father is of Norwegian and German descent.

Teigen also shared her thoughts on cultural appropriation, a topic that has gotten attention since Vogue magazine published a fashion spread in its diversity issue of white model Karlie Kloss appearing as a geisha.

#NEW @karliekloss for Vogue US March 2017 pic.twitter.com/41tvSiAUe2

— VS PINK (@VSPINK_JPN) February 17, 2017

"I personally am not offended by cultural appropriation of any sort because I feel like it does pay homage, but at the same time there are a lot of beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, Asian women that could do the same thing," Teigen said Friday.

For her part, Kloss posted an apology on Twitter Wednesday after the fashion spread was released.

"These images appropriate a culture that is not my own and I am truly sorry for participating in a shoot that was not culturally sensitive," she wrote. "My goal is, and always will be, to empower and inspire women. I will ensure my future s hoots and projects reflect that mission."

pic.twitter.com/Xem3dkaDZZ

— Karlie Kloss (@karliekloss) February 15, 2017

The fashion spread has since been removed from Vogue's website.

ABC News reached out to a rep for the magazine for comment, but has not heard back.

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Allen Kee/ESPN Images(NEW ORLEANS) --  Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban took his longtime feud with President Trump to the basketball court Friday night, donning a No. 46 jersey during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

With Trump being the 45th president of the U.S., Cuban's attire seemed to be a direct jab to Trump's tweet last Sunday, which read, "I know Mark Cuban well. He backed me big-time but I wasn't interested in taking all of his calls.

Cuban usa No. 46 para responderle a Trump https://t.co/z0z9DG4QbX pic.twitter.com/o7ldFd05rU

— ESPN Básquetbol (@ESPNBasquet) February 18, 2017

I know Mark Cuban well. He backed me big-time but I wasn't interested in taking all of his calls.He's not smart enough to run for president!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2017

When asked about the jersey by ESPN before the game, Cuban made no mention of Trump, instead saying tongue-in-cheek, "I couldn't get 23. This is two times 23." But according to ESPN, no one on the West celebrity squad wore No. 23.

But Cuban, who supported Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign, later said the number choice was "to tweak the s--- out of everybody," according to ESPN.

He added, "It was just to f--- with everybody, because that is what I do," he said. "You've got to have fun with it. You can't take it too seriously. So we'll see."

Earlier on Friday, Cuban wrote a series of tweets slamming the president. "Trump's biggest issues are: No self-awareness, no situational awareness, can't admit mistakes, no leadership skills, can't stay focused," read one of Cuban's tweets.

3)Policies aren't his biggest issue. Every POTUS has detractors. No President makes everyone happy

— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) February 17, 2017


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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The major indexes hit new records Friday as U.S. stocks closed higher for the week.

The Dow gained 4.28 ( 0.02 percent) to finish at 20,624.05.

The Nasdaq jumped 23.68 ( 0.41 percent) to close at 5,838.58, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,351.16, up 3.94 ( 0.17 percent) from its open.

Crude oil prices were flat at about $53 a barrel.

Boeing:
Shares in aircraft manufacturer Boeing climbed 1 percent after President Trump talked about jobs at the company's plant in South Carolina.

"We're here today to celebrate American engineering and American manufacturing," the president said in front of the new 787 Dreamliner. "We're also here today to celebrate jobs. Jobs."

President Trump said he wanted to create more jobs in the U.S. and for Americans to rely on products made in the country.

"God bless Boeing,” he added.

Winners and Losers:  Shares in Kraft Heinz Company soared nearly 11 percent after the food company reportedly made a merger bid for Unilever.

A lower-than-expected fiscal second-quarter earnings report caused Campbell Soup Company's stock to sink about 7 percent.

UnitedHealth Group Inc fell 4 percent after the Department of Justice joined a lawsuit accusing the Minnesota-based health insurer of overcharging the government's Medicare program.

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Courtesy Andy Bridgewater(NEW YORK) -- One 7-year-old is planning ahead when it comes to her career.

Two weeks ago Chloe Bridgewater wrote a letter to Google, expressing her interest in working for the tech company when she gets older. To her father Andy's surprise, CEO Sundar Pichai responded.

Chloe started her letter with "Dear google boss."

"My name is Chloe and when I am bigger I would like a job with google [sic]," she wrote. "I also want to work in a chocolate factory and do swimming in the Olympics."

The student said she likes computers "and have a tablet I play games on." She even bragged about a robot game that her dad gave her.

It wasn't long before Pichai replied with his own letter on Google stationary.

In a letter dated Feb. 3, Pichai wrote, "Dear Chloe, Thank you so much for your letter. I'm glad that you like computers and robots, and hope that you will continue to learn about technology."

"I think if you keep working hard and [follow] your dreams, you can accomplish everything you set your mind to -- from working at Google to swimming in the Olympics," he continued. "I look forward to receiving your job application when you are finished with school!"

Bridgewater told ABC News he was "completely shocked" that his daughter received a response. But he wasn't surprised that she decided to write the letter in the first place.

"She's got determination. She doesn't see the obstacles that we face every day," he explained. "If she wants to do it, she will set out to do it and nothing will stop her."

The father of two remarked that his daughter began "jumping up and down" after receiving the letter.

Still, he's not in a rush to send his eldest daughter off to work.

"My wife and I want for her to be a 7-year-old first and foremost -- play games, laugh and run around," he said. "We'll always encourage her and help inspire her dreams."

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20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) -- Twentieth Century Fox apologized Thursday for using several fake news sites and made-up stories to promote its new movie, A Cure for Wellness. The controversial promotional campaign was criticized on social media.

The studio said in a statement to ABC News, "In raising awareness for our films, we do our best to push the boundaries of traditional marketing in order to creatively express our message to consumers. In this case, we got it wrong."

It continued, "The digital campaign was inappropriate on every level, especially given the trust we work to build every day with our consumers. We have reviewed our internal approval process and made appropriate changes to ensure that every part of a campaign is elevated to and vetted by management in order to avoid this type of mistake in the future. We sincerely apologize."

The promoters of the film created websites with names like NY Morning Post, Salt Lake City Guardian, Houston Leader, Sacramento Dispatch and the Indianapolis Gazette, and they posted realistic-looking news stories about completely fictional events. One story featured President Trump holding a purported secret meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, while another said Trump was going to ban vaccinations.

The stories asked readers to post any complaints about the apparent news by using hashtags like #ACureForWellness. That had consumers posting the A Cure for Wellness taglines, apparently without knowing the stories they were commenting on were fake and that their posts were just a promotion for a film.

When legitimate news organizations exposed the campaign, Fox and Regency were slammed by critics on social media for disseminating fake news at a time when the news media is in conflict with the president over his labeling the reporting of prominent news organizations as untrustworthy.

A Cure for Wellness is out in theaters this weekend.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ever since relations between Cuba and the U.S. have thawed, dozens of flights to and from both countries began popping up, with the inaugural JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Santa Clara, Cuba taking place last August.

But now, airlines are finding that the demand just isn't there, especially for flights to airports outside Havana.

Late last year, American Airlines began reducing the number of flights to Cuba, and now, JetBlue is also cutting back on its service to the island.

“We are continuing to operate our schedule of nearly 50 weekly round trip Cuban flights but have made adjustments to our fleet utilization,” Philip Stewart, a spokesman for JetBlue, told the Miami Herald. “It’s common practice to adjust schedules and fleet type based on customer preferences, especially on routes that are new to the network.”

Stewart told the Herald that starting May 3, the carrier will begin using smaller aircraft for some flights to Cuba, cutting back the number of daily seats offered by 300.

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Marion County Jail(ORLANDO, Fla.) — A Florida man has been charged in connection with a plot to bomb Target stores along the East Coast, with hopes that such an attack would force the retailer's stock to plunge and allow him to cheaply buy its stock, federal investigators announced Thursday.

Mark Charles Barnett of Ocala has been charged with "possession of a firearm (destructive device) affecting commerce by a previously convicted felon," according to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida.

Barnett "theorized that the company’s stock value would plunge after the explosions, allowing him to cheaply acquire shares of Target stock before an eventual rebound in prices," reads the press release.

A Target spokeswoman told ABC News, "Target commends the law enforcement agencies responsible for apprehending this individual. As this is an active investigation, please contact the Public Affairs Office for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida with any additional questions."

Barnett offered an unnamed individual — referred to as a "confidential source" (CS) in the documents — $10,000 to plant bombs in stores in several states, according to the affidavit supporting the criminal complaint cited in the press release.

"Barnett created at least 10 of the explosive devices, disguised in food-item packaging, which Barnett delivered to the CS on February 9, 2017," reads the press release, citing the affidavit supporting the criminal complaint. "Barnett then asked the CS to place the explosive devices on store shelves from New York to Florida. He also provided the CS with a bag of gloves, a mask, and a license plate cover to disguise the CS’s identity from law enforcement."

But the individual contacted law enforcement officials instead of planting the devices in the stores. "Once FDLE received the information we initiated an investigation. Upon determining the nature of the threat we notified and began working jointly with our local, state and federal partners. The arrest in this case demonstrates the importance of collaboration in keeping our communities safe," said Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner Rick Swearingen.

"An explosives expert determined that they were capable of causing property damage, serious injury, or death to nearby persons upon detonation," according to the press release.

Federal agents subsequently searched Barnett's house and "components consistent with those used to create the explosive devices" were discovered, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. These items included rocket igniters, M-5000 explosives and battery sources.

"The swift work of ATF Special Agents, Explosives Enforcement Officers, and other specialized violent crime resources foiled this individual's plot that could have caused great harm to the public," said Special Agent in Charge Daryl McCrary, ATF Tampa Field Division. "Our Federal and State law enforcement partners played a vital role in supporting this investigation, and ATF will continue to work alongside the U.S. Attorney’s Office to bring this case to a successful resolution."

If convicted, Barnett faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. Barnett is currently in custody at the Marion County Jail on state charges for violating his terms of probation

The U.S. Attorney's Office cautioned, though, "a criminal complaint is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty."

According to ABC affiliate WFTV in Orlando, Barrett was already on probation and wearing a court-ordered GPS monitor for a number of felony offenses, including kidnapping, multiple counts of sexual battery with a weapon or force and grand theft.

It is unclear if Barrett has a lawyer.

At close of business on Thursday, Target shares were trading at $65.20 a share, according to NASDAQ.


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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) — Nobody ever wanted to be the thimble anyway, but Monopoly is doing away with the thimble game piece.

The Providence Journal reports that the Rhode Island-based Hasbro, which makes the famous board game, is removing the thimble as a player token.

Voting was held online in a contest that attracted more than 4 million voters from around the world to determine the tokens for an updated version of the legendary board game. The thimble had been part of the game since it was introduced in 1935.  

In 2013, after an online vote, Hasbro replaced the iron with the cat.

The car, battleship, hat, boot, wheelbarrow, Scottie dog and cat will remain in the game. Among the possible new tokens are a hashtag, penguin, rubber duck, a TV, a watch and an emoji of Mr. Monopoly.

Hasbro will reveal the final results on World Monopoly Day, March 19. The winning eight tokens, chosen by fans, will be included in the updated Monopoly in August.

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moodboard/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Immigrants across the U.S. are boycotting work, school and shopping today as part of the Day Without Immigrants, a series of protests intended to illustrate the significant economic
and social impact that immigrants have on the country.

The protests, which were organized on social media, are also a demonstration against President Donald Trump, who has been criticized by some as anti-immigrant and xenophobic for his promises to
deport unauthorized immigrants, build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and use "extreme vetting" on immigrants from several predominately Muslim countries.

Hundreds of business owners in Washington, D.C., Austin, Boston, Philadelphia and other cities are participating in the protests.

"I want to make sure that immigrants, such as myself and others, don’t live in fear," said Andy Shallal, an Iraq-American entrepreneur best known for his D.C.-area restaurant, bookstore and
performance venue chain Busboys and Poets.

Shallal told ABC News he decided to close all six of his Busboy and Poets locations today to push for "humanistic" immigration reform.

"There are times when standing on the sidelines is not an option," he said. "This is one of those times."

While the economic impact of today's boycotts remains unclear, several economic experts told ABC News that the U.S. economy and workforce would be a "disaster" without immigrants.

"If all immigrants were just to disappear from the U.S. workforce tomorrow, that would have a tremendous negative impact on the economy," said Daniel Costa, the director of immigration law and
policy research at the Economic Policy Institute, an economic research think tank based in Washington, D.C.

"Immigrants are over-represented in a lot of occupations in both low- and high-skilled jobs," Costa explained. "You'd feel an impact and loss in many, many different occupations and industries from
construction and landscape to finance and I.T."

Though some U.S.-born workers could fill some of those jobs, large gaps in several sectors would remain and cause a decline in the economy, Costa said.

Immigrants earned $1.3 trillion and contributed $105 billion in state and local taxes -- as well as nearly $224 billion in federal taxes -- in 2014, according to the Partnership for a New American
Economy, based on an analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau's latest American Community Survey. The partnership is a group of 500 Republican, Democratic and independent mayors and business leaders who
support immigration reforms that create jobs for Americans, according to its site.

As consumers, immigrants had almost $927 billion in spending power in 2014, an analysis of the survey showed.

"Immigrants are a very vital part of what makes the U.S. economy work," Jeremy Robbins, the executive director of the Partnership for a New American Economy, told ABC News. "They help drive every
single sector and industry in this economy."

Robbins added that without immigrants, there would be fewer companies and businesses and less patents and inventions.

"If you look at the great companies driving the U.S. as an innovation hub, you'll see that a lot of companies were started by immigrants or the child of immigrants, like Apple and Google," he said.
Apple was co-founded by Steve Jobs, whose biological father was a Syrian refugee, and Google (now Alphabet) was co-founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who was born in Moscow.

Though immigrants make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population, they contribute nearly 15 percent of the country's economic output, according to a 2014 report from the Economic Policy Institute.
The report contains the institute's latest data on immigration and the U.S. economy.

"Immigrants have an outsized role in U.S. economic output because they are disproportionately likely to be working and are concentrated among prime working ages," the EPI report says. "Moreover,
many immigrants are business owners. In fact, the share of immigrant workers who own small businesses is slightly higher than the comparable share among U.S.-born workers."

David Kallick, director of the Immigration Research Initiative at the Fiscal Policy Institute, said Americans should not be fearful that immigrants are "stealing" jobs from them.

"It may seem surprising, but study after study has shown that immigration actually improves wages to U.S.-born workers and provides more job opportunities for U.S.-born workers," Kallick told ABC
News. "The fact is that immigrants often push U.S.-born workers up in the labor market, rather than out of it."
Kallick added that studies he has done found that "where there's economic growth, there's immigration, and where there's not much economic growth, there's not much immigration."

According to Meg Wiehe, director of programs for the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, "undocumented immigrants contributed more than $11.6 billion in state and local taxes each year. And
if the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants here were given a pathway to citizenship or legal residential status, those tax contributions could rise by nearly $2 billion."

Despite their status, undocumented immigrants still contribute "so much in taxes" because they, just like U.S. citizens, have to pay property taxes for their homes or apartments they own or rent,
and they also often pay sales taxes for purchases they make, Wiehe explained.

"Researchers have also found that the vast majority of undocumented immigrants also pay income tax using something called an I-10 income tax return form," she said.

Wiehe added that it is "critical to remember that we are talking about real people here -- mothers, fathers and families who are contributing to our society through their work and the taxes they're
paying."

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