Global trade

July 08, 2020 - 11:21 am
GENEVA (AP) — Britain and Saudi Arabia put forward late entries for the contest to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organization, joining six others aspiring to lead the Geneva-based trade body that has faced scorn and pressure from the Trump administration. A Wednesday evening...
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July 02, 2020 - 9:21 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit rose for the third straight month in May. Both exports and imports fell as the coronavirus outbreak continued to take a toll on world commerce. The Commerce Department said Thursday that the gap between the goods and services the United States buys and what...
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A Bharatiya Janata Party activist burns a photograph of Chinese President Xi Jinping during a protest in Jammu, India, Wednesday, July.1, 2020. Indian TikTok users awoke Tuesday to a notice from the popular short-video app saying their data would be transferred to an Irish subsidiary, a response to India's ban on dozens of Chinese apps amid a military standoff between the two countries. The quick workaround showed the ban was largely symbolic since the apps can’t be automatically erased from devices where they are already downloaded, and is a response to a border clash with China where 20 Indian soldiers died earlier this month, digital experts said. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
July 02, 2020 - 5:35 am
BEIJING (AP) — China accused India on Thursday of improperly disrupting activities by Chinese companies in the midst of tensions over a bloody clash between forces along their disputed border. China has not taken any retaliatory measures in response to India’s actions and a return to normal is in...
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European Council President Charles Michel, right, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen participate in a media conference at the conclusion of an EU-China summit, in video conference format, at the European Council in Brussels, Monday, June 22, 2020. Top European Union officials held talks Monday with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang at a time of rising tensions between two major trading partners over the fallout from the coronavirus crisis and Beijing's increasing control over Hong Kong. (Yves Herman, Pool Photo via AP)
June 22, 2020 - 1:06 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — Top European Union officials on Monday pressed China’s leaders to open the country’s markets further to European companies, show stronger leadership in reforming world trade’s governing body and step back from the brink in Hong Kong. With criticism mounting that the EU has been...
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FILE - This July 8, 2019, file photo, shows cars to be exported at Kawasaki port, near of Tokyo. Japan’s exports sank 28% in May, 2020, while imports dropped 26% as the coronavirus pandemic slammed global trade. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)
June 16, 2020 - 10:47 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s exports sank 28% in May, while imports dropped 26% as the coronavirus pandemic slammed global trade. The provisional Ministry of Finance data, released Wednesday, showed May was the second straight month Japan recorded a trade deficit. Japan has historically been criticized for...
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A cargo ship approaches the port of Piraeus as other ships are anchored, near Athens, Greece, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. During the new coronavirus pandemic, about 150,000 seafarers are stranded at sea in need of crew changes, according to the International Chamber of Shipping. Roughly another 150,000 are stuck on shore, waiting to get back to work. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
June 16, 2020 - 10:40 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Merchant ship crew members stranded at sea for months due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions could now start refusing to further extend their contracts and stop working, potentially disrupting global trade, the International Transport Workers’ Federation said late...
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FILE - In this Nov. 30 1999, file photo, Seattle police use tear gas to push back World Trade Organization protesters in downtown Seattle. Seattle has a long history of demonstrations, stretching back to labor movements before World War I. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)
June 14, 2020 - 6:53 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Large protests in Seattle over police brutality and racial injustice have again caught the nation’s eye, but big, unruly demonstrations have been part of the city since shortly after it was founded in 1851 by settlers in a log cabin on a lonely strip of land along the Puget Sound...
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French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, left, and European Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan attend a media conference after their meeting in Paris, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. The talks are focused on U.S. tariffs on French wine and other goods. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
June 09, 2020 - 9:35 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s trade commissioner said Tuesday that he is considering standing for the top job at the World Trade Organization if the 27 EU countries endorse him, but he maintains that whoever takes over at the helm of global trade's governing body has a major task ahead of...
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June 05, 2020 - 10:26 pm
BEIJING (AP) — China is advising its citizens not to visit Australia, citing racial discrimination and violence against Asians, in what appears to be Beijing’s latest attempt to punish the country for advocating an investigation into the coronavirus pandemic. A notice issued by the Ministry of...
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A cargo ship approaches the port of Piraeus as other ships are anchored, near Athens, Greece, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. During the new coronavirus pandemic, about 150,000 seafarers are stranded at sea in need of crew changes, according to the International Chamber of Shipping. Roughly another 150,000 are stuck on shore, waiting to get back to work. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
June 04, 2020 - 3:55 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — For nearly four months, Capt. Andrei Kogankov and his oil tanker crew haven’t set foot on dry land. With global travel at a virtual standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Russian captain was forced to extend his normal contract. He still doesn’t know when he’ll be...
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