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Obama implores Vietnam to embrace human rights

President Barack Obama urged communist Vietnam on Tuesday to abandon authoritarianism, saying basic human rights would not jeopardise its stability, after Hanoi barred several dissidents from meeting the US leader.

Obama banishes Vietnam war era with lifting of arms ban

Hanoi - US President Barack Obama on Monday scrapped a Cold War-era ban on weapons sales to Vietnam, as ties between the former foes grow closer thanks to trade and mutual fears of Chinese expansion in disputed seas.

Obama lands in Vietnam to boost security, trade ties

Hanoi - US President Barack Obama landed in Vietnam late Sunday for a landmark visit capping two decades of rapprochement between the former wartime foes, as both countries look to push trade and check Beijing's growing assertiveness in the South China Sea.

EU won't sacrifice food safety for U.S. trade deal: German minister

Berlin - The EU won't sacrifice its high food safety standards for better US auto market access in a transatlantic trade deal being negotiated, a German minister said Friday.

Tunisia-Libya border trade will resume 'very soon': Tunisia

Jarjis - Tunisia is confident that trade at the main border crossing with Libya will resume "very soon", local authorities said, nearly a week after the Libyan side imposed a blockade.

France says EU-US trade pact talks likely to stop

Paris - Negotiations for a vast US-EU trade pact, which aims to create a free-trade zone covering 850 million people, are likely to grind to a halt because of Washington's reluctance to make concessions, a top French trade official warned Tuesday.

France warns could nix TTIP if agriculture threatened

Paris - France will reject the ambitious TTIP transatlantic trade pact if it endangers the future of French agriculture, President Francois Hollande warned Sunday.

Trump vows 'America first' foreign policy

Washington - Republican White House frontrunner Donald Trump promised a top-to-bottom overhaul of US foreign policy Wednesday to put "America first" and make its allies pay up.

No EU-US deal without health, environment guarantees: France

Paris - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned Tuesday that there could not be a transatlantic trade pact without strict guarantees that French quality standards would be kept up.

Trade deal foes plan major German rally on eve of Obama visit

Hanover - Opponents of a proposed transatlantic trade deal hope to draw tens of thousands onto German streets Saturday, on the eve of a visit by US President Barack Obama.

China restricts North Korea exports

Bejing - China on Tuesday imposed restrictions on imports of North Korean coal and iron, Beijing's commerce ministry said, in line with United Nations sanctions on the country following its nuclear and missile tests.

Djibouti's strategic position draws world's armies

Arta - A French warship ploughs through the sparkling waters between Africa and Arabia on a joint training drill with the US that highlights Djibouti's growing strategic role for the world's militaries.

U.S. further eases Cuba restrictions ahead of Obama visit

Washington - The United States further eased travel and trade restrictions with Cuba Tuesday, just days before a historic visit to the communist-ruled island by President Barack Obama.

EU, Cuba normalize ties in 'historic step'

Havana - The European Union and Cuba signed a deal to normalize relations, including an agreement on the delicate issue of human rights -- a breakthrough just ahead of US President Barack Obama's historic visit to the island.

Obama welcomes 'quite good-looking' Trudeau to White House

Washington - Barack Obama welcomed Canada's youthful Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his "quite good looking Canadian delegation" to the White House Thursday, for a pomp-filled visit designed to rejuvenate US-Canada ties.

Panama aims at end June for much-delayed canal expansion

Panama - Panama is aiming to inaugurate its newly expanded canal at the end of June, the head of the state canal authority said Wednesday, nearly two years behind schedule and $2 billion over budget.

Guinea and Turkey sign deals on defence, health, energy

Conakry - Guinea and Turkey signed multiple deals in areas including defence, health and energy during a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the west African nation.

Asian wildlife traders harness social media: Conservationists

Kuala Lumpur - Social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram are increasingly being used in Asia as platforms for the illegal trade in a range of threatened species such as orangutan and sun bears, conservation groups said Thursday.

China industrial overcapacity damaging global economy: Study

Bejing - China's overcapacity in heavy industries is wreaking "far-reaching" damage on the global economy, with steel production "completely untethered" from market demand, the European Union Chamber of Commerce of China said Monday.

U.S. dominates arms trade as Asia, Mid-East boost imports

Stockholm - The global transfer of major arms has risen in recent years, with the United States increasing its dominance of the trade while the flow of weaponry to Africa, Asia and the Middle East has increased, a new study published Monday showed.

Thousands march in Brussels against cheap Chinese steel imports

Brussels - Thousands of European steelmakers descended on the EU capital Brussels on Monday demanding that officials do more to stop the flood of cheap imports from China.

Pacific Rim nations sign giant trade deal amid protests

Auckland - The US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the biggest trade deals in history, was signed in New Zealand on Thursday as protestors demonstrated over fears for jobs and sovereignty.

France calls for end to US sanctions on Cuba during Castro visit

Paris - French President Francois Hollande called Monday for an end to US sanctions on Cuba during a historic visit to Paris by President Raul Castro, seen as a key step in rebuilding ties with the West."President Obama...

Cuba's Raul Castro in France for historic visit

Paris - Cuba's President Raul Castro began an official state visit to France on Monday, his first ever to Europe, which is being seen as a key step in rebuilding his island nation's ties with the West.

Cuba's Raul Castro on grand bridge-building France trip

Paris - Cuba's Communist President Raul Castro will be welcomed under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris during a rare state visit Monday to showcase his island's warming ties with big world powers.

U.S., Canada to seek new ways to fight IS after jets withdrawn

Quebec City - The United States and Canada vowed Friday to work together in the fight against the Islamic State, even if Ottawa plans to withdraw its jets from the campaign.

Rouhani pitches Iran as safest country in Middle East

Rome - President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday described Iran as the safest and most stable country in the Middle East as he urged international investors to help modernise the country's sanctions-hit economy.

Ukraine expands bitter trade war with Russia

Kiev - Ukraine on Wednesday ratcheted up its trade war with Russia in reprisal for Moscow's seeming efforts to slash its westward-leaning neighbour's economic ties with other former Soviet states.

Germany leaves Cold War behind in Cuba business visit

Havana - Germany reached out to bury old Cold War tensions with Cuba on Thursday by launching a trade visit with major companies such as Volkswagen, Siemens and Bosch.

No holiday cheer as Turks in Russia dread 2016

Moscow - Mehmet Ali Duzcu usually holds a holiday party for his small team of colleagues in Moscow, but this year he is in no mood to celebrate.
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