International trade

FILE - In this Friday, May 10, 2019 file photo, a container ship is unloaded at the Virginia International Gateway terminal in Norfolk, Va. U.S. factories expanded unexpectedly in January 2020, snapping a five-month losing streak. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, said Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, that its manufacturing index rose to 50.9 in January, from 47.8 in December. Anything above 50 signals expansion. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
February 05, 2020 - 8:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit fell for the first time in six years in 2019 as President Donald Trump hammered China with import taxes. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the gap between what the United States sells and what it buys abroad fell 1.7% last year to $616.8 billion. U...
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A volunteer stands in front of a Communist Party flag as he takes the temperature of a scooter driver at a roadside checkpoint in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang Province, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. China sent medical workers and equipment to a newly built hospital, infused cash into financial markets and further restricted people's movement in sweeping new steps Monday to contain a rapidly spreading virus and its escalating impact. (Chinatopix via AP)
February 04, 2020 - 4:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hyundai Motors is suspending production in South Korea, a sign that the economic fallout from China's viral outbreak is spreading. For other companies bracing for losses from coronavirus, the damage has so far been delayed, thanks to a stroke of timing: The outbreak hit just when...
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In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump's envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Ambassador Richard Grenell listens Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic during a press conference after their meeting, in Belgrade, Serbia. Grenell urged the new Kosovo government to abolish punitive tariffs on Serbian goods that have blocked negotiations between the two Balkan rivals. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
February 04, 2020 - 9:11 am
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's special envoy for Kosovo and Serbia on Tuesday urged the new Kosovo government to follow up on an agreement to abolish punitive tariffs on Serbian goods that have blocked negotiations between the two Balkan rivals. Richard Grenell, who is the U...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, buttons his jacket after holding a joint news conference with Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP)
February 04, 2020 - 12:29 am
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — The countries Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited on a five nation-tour over the last week varied from longtime ally Britain to ex-Soviet republics in Central Asia. But the message he conveyed to his hosts stayed the same: Beware of China. In his trip to Europe and...
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlines his government's negotiating stance with the European Union after Brexit, during a key speech at the Old Naval College in Greenwich, London, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)
February 03, 2020 - 12:41 pm
LONDON (AP) — Britain and the European Union set out clashing opening gambits Monday on striking a post-Brexit trade deal, making it clear that each side is willing to walk away without an agreement rather than compromise on key issues. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent a bravado-filled salvo...
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People wear protective face masks on a street corner in Hong Kong, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. In Hong Kong, thousands of health care workers were threatening to go on strike Tuesday unless the government agrees to talks before a 6 p.m. Monday deadline. Hong Kong has recorded 14 cases of the virus and has cut flights and train and bus connections to the mainland, but a push is growing for the semi-autonomous Chinese city to close the border completely. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
February 03, 2020 - 6:06 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s economy shrank last year for the first time since 2009, government data showed Monday, as the territory struggles with the impact of China's virus outbreak. The economy of the Chinese territory of 7 million people, a major trading and financial center, contracted by 1.2...
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A fishing boat at work in the English Channel, off the southern coast of England, Saturday Feb. 1, 2020. The fishing industry if one of the main subjects for negotiations, after the UK left the European Union on Friday, ending 47 years of close and sometimes uncomfortable ties to Brussels. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)
February 03, 2020 - 4:50 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union will link any access to its market for British products directly to the access that EU boats will be given to U.K. waters, the bloc's chief negotiator said Monday. EU negotiator Michel Barnier underscored the difficulties of the trade negotiations with Britain...
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In this Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, photo scientist and study director Jennifer Molignano uses an electronic pipette to prepare culture medium, a dark pink fluid that provides nutrition to living human skin tissue, as she sets up a demonstration of experiments at a MatTek Corporation lab, in Ashland, Mass. Molignano demonstrated experiments created to evaluate the effects of exposing living human skin tissues to commercially available skin care products, as well as an experiment to evaluate the effects of ultraviolet B rays, a simulation of exposing skin tissues to sunlight. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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February 01, 2020 - 10:46 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A growing number of U.S. states are considering a ban on the sale or import of cosmetics that have been tested on animals, as advocates argue testing products such as lotions, shampoos and makeup on rabbits, mice and rats is cruel and outdated. The cause has gained support from...
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to the Industry Centre at the University of Sunderland, on Friday Jan. 31, 2020. Britain officially leaves the European Union on Friday after a debilitating political period that has bitterly divided the nation since the 2016 Brexit referendum. (Scott Heppell/Pool Photo via AP)
February 01, 2020 - 6:26 am
LONDON (AP) — If you thought the drawn-out battle over the U.K.'s departure from the European Union was painful, wait until you see what comes next. While Britain formally left the EU at 11 p.m. local time Friday, the hard work of building a new economic relationship between the bloc and its ex-...
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File- In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, file photo, a car drives past an under-construction building in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. India’s government expects the economy to expand up to 6.5% in the next fiscal year, starting in April, and hopes to follow China's example in developing labor intensive industries and exports. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)
January 31, 2020 - 6:01 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s government projects the economy will grow up to 6.5% in the next fiscal year, starting in April, and hopes to follow China's example in developing labor intensive industries and exports. An economic survey for 2019-20 presented to Parliament by Finance Minister Nirmala...
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