Free trade

Britain's permanent representative to the European Union Tim Barrow, left, hand delivers British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit letter in notice of the UK's intention to leave the bloc under Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty to EU Council President Donald Tusk, in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Barrow hand-delivered the letter signed by Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May that will formally trigger the beginning of Britain's exit from the European Union. (Yves Herman/Pool Photo via AP)
March 29, 2017 - 8:32 am
LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom filed for divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, overturning four decades of integration with its neighbors, demolishing the notion that EU expansion is inevitable and shaking the foundations of a bloc that is facing challenges to its identity and its place...
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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2017 file photo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Mnuchin says after the battle over health care, the administration will turn quickly to tax reform with the goal of getting a program approved by Congress by August 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
March 24, 2017 - 5:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that the effort to overhaul the nation's health care system has collapsed, the Trump administration is turning its attention to tax reform. President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that the administration will now focus on gaining congressional...
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FILE - In this March 15, 2017, file photo, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks at a press conference after the closing session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Li is due to arrive in the Australian capital Canberra on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, on a mission to expand bilateral ties as U.S. President Donald Trump proposes an “America First” overhaul of global trade. Li’s visit to Australia and New Zealand is the first by a Chinese premier in 11 years. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
March 22, 2017 - 11:48 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — China's premier has warned against protectionism, saying his country planned to close its $50 billion a year deficit with Australia by expanding the trading the relationship rather than retreating from it. Premier Li Keqiang said in a speech in Australia's Parliament...
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FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2015 file photo, a sign marking the location of the TransCanada Keystone underground oil pipeline, running under farmland is seen in Moberly, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
March 22, 2017 - 3:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is taking credit for persuading TransCanada Corp. to withdraw a hefty lawsuit against the U.S. government over the previous administration's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. But the Canadian company says its bid for compensation for the stalled project...
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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin gestures as he arrives at the G20 finance minister meeting in Baden-Baden, southern Germany, Friday, March 17, 2017. (Uwe Anspach/dpa via AP)
March 18, 2017 - 1:35 pm
BADEN-BADEN, Germany (AP) — The world's top economic powers dropped a pledge to oppose trade protectionism amid pushback from the Trump administration, which wants trade to more clearly benefit American companies and workers. Finance ministers from the Group of 20 countries meeting in the southern...
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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, shakes hands with Lawrence Wong, Singaporean minister for national development, at the G20 finance ministers meeting in Baden-Baden, southern Germany, Friday, March 17, 2017. (Uwe Anspach/dpa via AP)
March 18, 2017 - 11:51 am
BADEN-BADEN, Germany (AP) — The world's top economic powers have dropped a pledge to fully oppose trade protectionism amid pushback from the U.S. government of President Donald Trump, who wants to favor American companies and workers more. Finance ministers at a Group of 20 meeting in Germany...
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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, shakes hands with Lawrence Wong, Singaporean minister for national development, at the G20 finance ministers meeting in Baden-Baden, southern Germany, Friday, March 17, 2017. (Uwe Anspach/dpa via AP)
March 18, 2017 - 11:35 am
BADEN-BADEN, Germany (AP) — The world's top economic powers have dropped a pledge to fully oppose trade protectionism, amid pushback from the government of U.S. President Donald Trump. Finance ministers at a Group of 20 meeting in Germany issued a statement Saturday that said only that countries "...
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March 18, 2017 - 5:48 am
BADEN-BADEN, Germany (AP) — Financial officials from the world's biggest economies are struggling to define a common stance in the face of the Trump administration's skepticism about free trade. Finance ministers from the Group of 20 countries comprising more than 80 percent of the global economy...
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Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso, left, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin meet for talks ahead of the G-20 Finance Ministers meeting in Baden-Baden, southern Germany, Friday, March 17, 2017. (Franziska Kraufmann/dpa via AP)
March 17, 2017 - 7:34 am
BADEN-BADEN, Germany (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin headed into a tussle over free trade Friday at a summit that will help set the tone for the global economy. The Group of 20 gathering will be dominated by the question of how strongly to oppose trade protectionism, particularly...
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