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Belgian region rejects EU ultimatum for Canada deal

Brussels - The head of the Belgian region of Wallonia on Wednesday said he still refused to sign off on a EU-Canada trade accord and asked that a visit by Canadian premier Justin Trudeau be delayed.

Belgian minister's twitter feed hacked, amid trade deal tensions

Brussels - The twitter account of Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders was hacked on Tuesday, his ministry said, just hours after EU ministers failed to agree on a trade deal with Canada due to opposition by Belgium.

Czech leaders reassure China as Dalai Lama visits

Prague - Czech leaders sought to stave off China's anger in a statement on Tuesday, a day after exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrived in Prague.

Brexit deal to be modelled on EU-Canada pact: Spain

Luxembourg - A troubled trade deal between the EU and Canada is the only model for a future pact between the bloc and post-Brexit Britain, Spain's Foreign Minister said Monday.

Thousands march in Europe against EU-Canada trade deal

Paris - Thousands of people demonstrated Saturday in France, Spain and Poland against a EU-Canada free trade deal and a far more ambitious agreement with the United States.

Bangladesh, China firms ink multi-billion deals as Xi ends tour

Dhaka - Bangladeshi and Chinese firms have signed $13.6 billion in trade and investment deals on the sidelines of President Xi Jinping's brief tour to the South Asian nation, a trade group official said Saturday.

Protectionism's rise a balancing act for World Bank, IMF

Washington - Protectionism's rise in Europe and the United States is pushing the world's economic leaders toward a delicate balancing act: defending globalization but acknowledging the pain that sometimes comes with it.

China's Li seeks new tack in ties with Cuba

Havana - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said it was time for a new direction in relations with Cuba, during a landmark visit to the Americas' lone communist-ruled state.

EU looks beyond Obama to clinch free trade deal

Bratislava - A last-gasp push to seal a landmark free trade deal between the European Union and the United States before the end of Barack Obama's presidency has failed, EU ministers agreed on Friday.

Japanese PM in Cuba to 'open new page' in ties

Havana - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Cuba for the first visit to the country by a Japanese premier, saying he wants to "open a new page" in relations.

EU ministers scramble to salvage US trade deal

Bratislava - European trade ministers scramble Friday to salvage talks on a massive free trade deal with the US amid growing calls in key powers France and Germany to abandon negotiations.

Protesters rally across Germany against TTIP trade deal

Berlin - More than 160,000 demonstrators thronged seven major cities across Germany on Saturday in protest over a massive transatlantic trade deal, dealing a new blow to the disputed accord.

EU-US trade talks have lost support in France: official

Paris - An ambitious EU-US free-trade agreement no longer enjoys political support in France, the country's junior trade minister said Wednesday, while conceding that Paris could not block the talks."The (European) Commission has the perfect right...

Mercosur blocks Venezuela from presidency, threatens suspension

Caracas - The founding members of the South American trading bloc Mercosur announced Wednesday that they have taken over its rotating presidency to block Venezuela from the post, threatening to suspend the country if it fails to comply with obligations.

Argentina woos investors at 'mini Davos'

Buenos Aires - Argentina opened a major investment conference Tuesday, seeking to persuade executives from the world's top multinational corporations to bet on Latin America's third-largest economy and its new center-right government.

US challenges China's $100 bn rice, cereal subsidies

Washington - US President Barack Obama launched legal action against "unfair" Chinese rice, wheat and corn subsidies at the World Trade Organization on Tuesday, setting up a culturally sensitive multi-billion-dollar trade spat.

France rules out imminent EU-US trade deal, wants talks halted

Paris - France said Tuesday it wanted to halt thorny EU-US trade talks as President Francois Hollande said there would be no deal until after President Barack Obama leaves office in January.

Inside Nepal's forgotten medieval kingdom

In Nepal's isolated, high-altitude desert of Upper Mustang, a new road to China is bringing economic transformation to the former Buddhist kingdom, once a centre for trans-Himalayan commerce.

In Nepal's Himalayas, hopes of closer China ties

- Twice a year, a normally deserted border checkpoint high on the Tibetan plateau throngs with activity as traders from Nepal flock to do business with their giant northern neighbour China.

Putin says 'painstaking work' needed to rebuild Russia-Turkey trade

Sanktpeterburg - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that restoring trade ties with Turkey will take time and work, after his first meeting with counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan since Ankara shot down a Russian warplane last November.

Beijing slaps EU, Japan, S. Korea with steel duties

Bejing - China said Sunday it has started imposing anti-dumping tariffs on certain steel imports from the European Union, Japan and South Korea, as Beijing itself comes under fire for similar trade practices.

Britain eyes new trade deals for Brexit in early 2019

London - The minister charged with securing new trade deals for Britain outside the EU said Sunday he was aiming for a Brexit date of January 1, 2019, as London made overtures towards Australia and Canada.

Ukraine and Canada sign 'milestone' free trade deal

Kiev - Ukraine and Canada signed a "milestone" free trade agreement on Monday designed to bolster support for the war-scarred former Soviet republic in the face of an increasingly assertive Russia.

G20 nations pledge to boost trade despite growing protectionism

Shanghai - The world’s top 20 economies will work to boost sluggish global trade despite growing protectionism, overcapacity concerns, and uncertainty over Brexit, G20 trade ministers said Sunday at a meeting in Shanghai.

EU urges swift ratification of Canada trade deal

Strasbourg - The EU Commission on Tuesday urged national parliaments to swiftly ratify the long-delayed EU-Canada trade deal, an agreement that is largely seen as a model for a proposed deal with the US.

Netanyahu says Israel, Kenya share terrorist threat

Nairobi - Israel and Kenya should work hand-in-hand against terrorism, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in Nairobi on Tuesday during the second leg of a four-nation Africa tour.

EU-Canada deal should be put to German parliament: Merkel

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that the German parliament should be consulted on the EU's free trade deal with Canada, setting her on a collision course with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.

Putin extends Western food embargo to end of 2017

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday extended to the end of 2017 Moscow's embargo on food items from the West imposed in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine.

Putin mends ties with Turkey, lifts tourism ban

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday lifted restrictions on travel to Turkey after mending ties with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seven months after Ankara downed a Russian jet, triggering a raft of sanctions.

Canada to lift travel visa requirement for Mexicans

Ottawa - Canada will rescind travel restrictions on Mexicans at the end of this year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced during a visit by his counterpart President Enrique Pena Nieto on Tuesday.
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