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Trade on agenda as China's Xi visits New Zealand

Wellington - China and New Zealand agreed to expand their burgeoning trade relationship during a state visit by President Xi Jinping Thursday, including a deal to allow television co-productions to be aired on Chinese media.

Deal with Iran could end isolation but would it stop an arms race?

Paris - A deal on Iran's nuclear programme this week would be a historic step towards ending the country's international isolation, but analysts remain divided on whether it would help stabilise the Middle East or even prevent a regional arms race.

Ukraine outrage over delay on EU trade deal

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is facing a backlash from his staunchest supporters for bowing to Russian pressure and postponing the implementation of an EU trade deal the two sides plan to ratify Tuesday.

A step forward in shark conservation

All trade in five named species of sharks is to be regulated. This means that fishing for the sharks is restricted and to do so without a permit will be illegal across most parts the world.

Putin urges Europeans to have 'common sense' over sanctions threat

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the EU on Monday to show "common sense" and not to engage in mutually destructive sanctions, in his first reaction to the threat of additional punitive measures over Ukraine."I hope that common sense will prevail....

Russia's Putin orders response to Western sanctions

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday ordered his government to draft a response to "unacceptable" Western sanctions over Moscow's perceived backing of pro-Kremlin rebels in Ukraine's volatile east.

Kerry challenges India's Modi over WTO stance

New Delhi - US Secretary of State John Kerry told Narendra Modi that India's refusal to ratify a key WTO trade deal sent the wrong message, as he met the country's new prime minister for the first time on Friday.

Chile, Japan sign mining deals, share earthquake science

Santiago - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sealed a series of deals on a visit to Chile Thursday in areas ranging from mining to minimizing damage from earthquakes.

Putin, Kirchner seek 'multipolarity' in Argentina visit

Buenos Aires - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Argentine counterpart Cristina Kirchner called for a multipolar world order as Moscow sought to boost ties with Latin America amid heightened East-West tensions.

Putin backs Argentine call for 'multipolarity' on visit

Buenos Aires - Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his Argentine counterpart Cristina Kirchner Saturday, backing her call to curb Western dominance of international relations as they cemented a nuclear energy deal.

Putin in Cuba, Nicaragua to rekindle Latin America ties

Managua - President Vladimir Putin made a surprise stop in Nicaragua after visiting Russia's Cold War ally Cuba, part of a tour to increase Moscow's influence in Latin America amid frayed ties with the West.

Putin in Cuba, Nicaragua to rekindle Latin America ties

Managua - President Vladimir Putin made a surprise stop in Nicaragua after visiting Russia's Cold War ally Cuba, part of a tour to increase Moscow's influence in Latin America amid frayed ties with the West.

Putin in Cuba to rekindle Latin America ties

Havana - President Vladimir Putin visited Russia's Cold War ally Cuba on Friday, launching a tour that will see him cozy up to Latin America amid newly frayed relations with the West.

China, Germany in auto, aircraft deals as Merkel visits

Beijing - China and Germany signed a series of trade and investment deals on Monday during a visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel, including agreements on two new Volkswagen factories and the sale of 123 Airbus helicopters.

Whaling dominates Japan PM's New Zealand trip

Auckland - The thorny issue of whaling dominated Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe's whistlestop trip to New Zealand Monday, with Prime Minister John Key saying they had agreed to disagree on the matter.

Japan 'set for first arms export' under new rules

Tokyo - Japan is set to approve its first arms export following relaxation of its self-imposed ban, as the nation aims to boost its global military and economic presence, a report said Sunday.

Ukraine seeks concrete steps from Russia on truce

Kiev - Ukraine on Saturday sought concrete steps from Russia to back up a tenuous truce it extended with pro-Moscow rebels in the hope of calming a deadly insurgency sparked by the country's new westward course.

Wikileaks publishes world information sharing agreement

Wikileaks has released what their writers call the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA). This document, if approved, would allow for international sharing of personal data between 50 countries.

Australian minister to meet ambassadors over East Jerusalem row

Sydney - Australia's foreign minister will meet ambassadors angered by the country's decision to stop referring to East Jerusalem as "occupied", Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Sunday as he stressed there was "no change in policy".

China minister to meet India's Modi in reset of tense ties

New Delhi - China's foreign minister is expected to meet newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday as the nuclear-armed rival giants attempt to reset decades of tense relations.

Rivals India and China hold first major talks since Modi win

New Delhi - Rival giants India and China appeared Sunday to have got off to a "productive beginning" in resetting their frosty ties after the first-high level meeting since hardline nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge.

Russia pushes back Ukraine gas ultimatum after payment

Kiev - Crisis-hit Ukraine won a vital reprieve from Russia on Monday when Moscow pushed back a possible cut in gas shipments, which would also impact parts of Europe, until next week.

Russia clinches economic union with Belarus, Kazakhstan

Astana - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signed a deal creating an economic union with ex-Soviet states Belarus and Kazakhstan, with Ukraine conspicuously absent after it turned its back on Moscow.

Putin to seal new post-Soviet union with Belarus, Kazakhstan

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday arrived in the Kazakh capital where he was set to sign a deal with his Kazakh and Belarussian counterparts creating a new economic union championed by Moscow.

Singapore-based companies sell at record pace to investors

Singapore-based companies are seeing a huge surge in purchases of public businesses as take-private transactions have hit a record $7.94 billion in the four months to April 2014.

China's premier Li Keqiang set for first Africa trip

Beijing - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is to visit four countries in Africa on his first tour of the continent since assuming his position a little over a year ago, seeking to nurture a booming economic relationship.

Eavesdropping row, Ukraine hang over Obama-Merkel talks

Washington - President Barack Obama welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday for discussions on the escalating crisis in Ukraine, her first visit to Washington since revelations that the US may have tapped her mobile phone.

EU firms help power China's military rise

Beijing - As China boosts its military spending, rattling neighbours over territorial disputes at sea, an AFP investigation shows that European countries have approved billions in transfers of weapons and military-ready technology to the Asian giant.

US Treasury warns China over recent yuan fall

Washington - The US Treasury said Tuesday that China cannot be ruled a manipulator of its currency despite the yuan's sharp slide since January.

Cuba, Dominican Republic set up WTO fight over Australia tobacco law

Geneva - Attempts by tobacco-producing nations to sink a landmark law in Australia requiring plain packaging for cigarettes and cigars gained pace Tuesday as Cuba and the Dominican Republic stepped up their fight at the World Trade Organization.
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