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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.
In the Media by Joshua Howat Berger (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Joshua Howat Berger (AFP) - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Rigoberto Diaz (AFP) - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Rigoberto Diaz (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Rigoberto Diaz (AFP)

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Dmitry Zaks (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

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".
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Trudy Harris (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Annie Banerji (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Dmitry Zaks (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Dana Rysmukhamedova (AFP)

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by James Walker - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Tangi Quemener (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Tom Hancock (AFP)

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by AFP

Russia, China try to finish gas talks before Putin's visit

Moscow - Moscow and Beijing plan to wrap up a decade of talks on supplies of Russian natural gas before President Vladimir Putin's expected to travel to China next month, a deputy prime minister said on Monday.
In the Media by AFP

Global trade growth forecast raised to 4.7% for 2014: WTO

Geneva - Global commerce is set to grow by 4.7 percent this year, the World Trade Organization said on Monday, with recovery in rich economies expected to mitigate risks in developing nations.The WTO previously had forecast that trade would expand by 4.
In the Media by Jonathan Fowler (AFP)

Japan, US trade talks fail to close gap over TPP

Tokyo - Intensive talks between Japan and the United States aimed at breaking the deadlock over a huge pan-Pacific trade deal ended Thursday without agreement, as hopes faded of progress before Barack Obama arrives in Tokyo this month.
In the Media by AFP

Mexico overtakes Japan as No. 2 car exporter to US

Mexico - Mexico's booming auto industry has reached a major milestone, claiming to have overtaken Japan as the second biggest car exporter to the United States in the past three months.
In the Media by Laurent Thomet (AFP)

China imports, exports slump in March

Beijing - China's trade volumes fell dramatically in March, official data showed Thursday, despite the country returning to a trade surplus after recording a rare deficit the month before. Imports slumped 11.3 percent year-on-year to $162.
In the Media by AFP

Mexico overtakes Japan as No. 2 car exporter to US

Mexico - Mexico's booming auto industry has reached a major milestone, claiming to have overtaken Japan as the second biggest car exporter to the United States in the past three months.
In the Media by Laurent Thomet (AFP)

France names Pellerin to crucial trade post

Paris - France named dynamic former junior minister Fleur Pellerin to its top foreign trade post on Wednesday as it continues efforts to cut its huge trade deficit.
In the Media by AFP

Britain's goods exports hit three-year low

London - Britain's exports of goods sank in February to the lowest level for more than three years, hit by weaker sales to EU countries, official data showed on Wednesday.
In the Media by AFP
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