International trade

FILE - This Nov. 4, 2019, file photo shows cargo cranes at the Port of Tacoma in Tacoma, Wash. U.S lawmakers are pushing for a ban on exports from an area of northwest China following a report that found widespread use of forced labor. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
September 22, 2020 - 5:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan bill aimed at keeping goods out of the U.S. that are made with the forced labor of detained ethnic minorities in China passed overwhelmingly Tuesday in the House of Representatives despite concerns about the potential effects on global commerce. The House voted 406-3...
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FILE - This Jan. 23, 2015 file photo shows Winston Churchill's family home at Chartwell, England, which is cared for by the National Trust. Britain’s National Trust which looks after hundreds of the country’s well-loved historic sites, published a report Tuesday Sept. 22, 2020, said 93 of its sites have connections with aspects of the global slave trade or Britain’s colonial history. Churchill led the administration of colonies and has been criticized for opposing Indian independence. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)
September 22, 2020 - 10:30 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s National Trust, which looks after hundreds of the country’s well-loved historic sites, has detailed how dozens of its properties have links to slavery and colonialism. A report published Tuesday by the heritage and conservation organization said 93 of its sites have...
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September 21, 2020 - 6:42 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — EU countries remained divided Monday on whether to approve a preliminary free trade deal drafted last year with South American countries because of concerns related to the Amazon deforestation and the respect of European standards. Speaking ahead of a meeting of the 27-nation union’...
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This photo combo shows the candidates for the WTO Director-General selection process at the headquarters of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland, pictured from Wednesday to Friday, July 15 - 17, 2020. Top row form left, Abdel Hamid Mamdouh, of Egypt, Amina Mohamed, of Kenya, Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri, of Saudi Arabia, and Yoo Myung-hee, of Korea. Bottom row from left, Liam Fox, of United Kingdom, Tudor Ulianovschi, of Moldova, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,of Nigeria and Jesus Seade Kuri, of Mexico. (Martial Trezzini, Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
September 18, 2020 - 6:32 am
GENEVA (AP) — World Trade Organization member countries on Friday trimmed a list of candidates vying to become the next director-general from eight to five. They ejected applicants from Egypt, Mexico and Moldova who had been hoping to lead a trade body that has become a lightning rod of criticism...
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September 17, 2020 - 7:37 am
LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England kept its main interest rate unchanged at the record low of 0.1% on Thursday as it gauges the strength of the economy's recovery from recession and what the U.K.’s future trade relationship with the European Union will be. The rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee...
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Containers are placed at a port in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on June 17, 2020. Japan’s trade surplus widened in August as the pandemic pummeled a wide array of industries and sapped consumer demand, according to preliminary data from the Finance Ministry released Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
September 16, 2020 - 12:08 am
MITO, Japan (AP) — Japan’s trade surplus widened in August as the pandemic pummeled a wide array of industries and sapped consumer demand. The 15% drop in exports from a year earlier was outpaced by a more than 20% decline in imports, according to preliminary data from the Finance Ministry released...
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Molten aluminum is seen inside a smelter at the Alouette aluminum plant in Sept-Iles, Quebec, on May 21, 2019. The Trump administration said Tuesday, Spet. 15, 2020, it is dropping taxes on Canadian aluminum, easing tensions with a close ally and preempting Canada’s plans to impose retaliatory sanctions. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 15, 2020 - 3:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it is dropping taxes on Canadian aluminum, easing tensions with a close ally just hours before Canada was prepared to impose retaliatory sanctions. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said the U.S. is ending the 10% tariffs a...
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President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn as he arrives at the White House, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Washington from a trip to Phoenix. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
September 15, 2020 - 12:07 pm
GENEVA (AP) — A World Trade Organization panel ruled Tuesday that Trump administration tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods are illegal, vindicating Beijing even if the United States has all but incapacitated the WTO's ability to hand down a final, binding verdict. The decision marks the...
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FILE - In this June 28, 2017, file photo, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad makes comments about pro-democracy activist and Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo during a photocall and remarks to journalists at the Ambassador's residence in Beijing. Branstad appears to be leaving his post, based on tweets by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo thanked Branstad for more than three years of service on Twitter on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
September 14, 2020 - 8:21 pm
BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to China will step down early next month, ending a three-year tenure marked by a trade war and increasingly bitter relations between the world's two largest economies. Terry Branstad, appointed by President Donald Trump in 2017, confirmed his decision in a phone...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street to attend the weekly session of Prime Ministers Questions in Parliament in London. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has strongly defended his controversial plan to override sections of the Brexit deal that he negotiated with the European Union, arguing that the bloc has an “extreme” interpretation of the treaty that could jeopardize the future of the U.K. In a column Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 in The Daily Telegraph, Johnson said the Internal Market Bill is required to end EU threats to impose a “blockade” in the Irish Sea that he argues could “carve up our country.” (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)
September 14, 2020 - 5:50 pm
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday defended his plan to unilaterally rewrite Britain’s divorce deal with the European Union as an insurance policy against the bloc's unreasonable behavior — even as his former attorney general joined the ranks of once-loyal lawmakers...
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