Trade agreements

Barber Sami Matta, left, gives a haircut to Steve Perosino, of Dedham, Mass., right, at Chris & Sam's Barbershop, in Norwood, Mass., Monday, March 23, 2020. The Barbershop is to close by noon Tuesday, March 24, in keeping with Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker's order that all non-essential businesses close at noon Tuesday and remain closed through Tuesday, April 7, out of concern about the spread of the coronavirus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
March 23, 2020 - 4:55 pm
The rapid spread of the coronavirus since it was first reported in China has dealt an unprecedented shock to the global economy. Following are business developments Monday related to the outbreak as governments attempt to stabilize their economies, companies struggle to cope and millions of people...
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FILE - In this Thursday, March 5, 2020 file photo, European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels. Michel Barnier, the European Union's chief negotiator for the future relationship with Britain after Brexit, said Thursday March 19, 2020 he has been infected with the coronavirus. Barnier tweeted that he is doing well and is in good spirits. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)
March 19, 2020 - 11:12 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Michel Barnier, the European Union's chief negotiator for the bloc's future relationship with Britain after Brexit, has been infected with the new coronavirus. The 69-year-old Barnier said in a Twitter video message Thursday that he is doing well and is in good spirits, while the EU...
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Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign rally at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday, March 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
March 09, 2020 - 10:48 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Bernie Sanders proved his 2016 presidential bid was serious with an upset victory in Michigan powered by his opposition to free trade and appeal among working-class voters. Four years later, the same state could either revive the Vermont senator's campaign or relegate him to the role...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., waves to supporters after speaking at a campaign rally in Chicago's Grant Park Saturday, March 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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March 07, 2020 - 9:29 pm
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The Democratic presidential primary is down to two major candidates, and it shows. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are spending their first weekend as their party's last top White House contenders increasingly taking aim at one another. Each...
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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2020 file photo, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks to journalists after meeting with military commanders at the Defense Ministry in Brasilia, Brazil. President Donald Trump and Bolsonaro are expected to discuss the crisis in Venezuela, a possible free-trade agreement between their countries and Chinese telecom company Huawei over a working dinner Saturday, March 7 at Trump's resort in Florida. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
March 07, 2020 - 8:52 pm
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump would not commit Saturday to continue holding off on hitting Brazil with tariffs on imports of its aluminum and steel, saying “I don't make any promises.” Trump commented in the presence of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who Trump was hosting for...
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Specialist Anthony Rinaldi prepares for the day's trading, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, March 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
March 06, 2020 - 8:32 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in January as exports fell but imports fell more. The politically sensitive trade gap with China widened. The Commerce Department said Friday that the divide between what the U.S. sells and what it buys abroad dropped 6.7% in January to $45.3...
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shook up his government on Thursday, firing and appointing ministers to key Cabinet posts. Johnson was aiming to tighten his grip on government after winning a big parliamentary majority in December's election. That victory allowed Johnson to take Britain out of the European Union in January. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
March 02, 2020 - 6:28 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Long-awaited trade talks between the European Union and Britain kick off Monday amid deep tensions over Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s threat to walk away from the talks if not enough progress is made within four months. Britain became the first country to ever leave the EU on Jan...
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures during a visit to the Connection, a homelessness centre, at St Martins in the Fields, London, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (Tim Clarke/Pool Photo via AP)
February 27, 2020 - 12:51 pm
LONDON (AP) — Britain laid out its opening demands for upcomingtrade talks with the European Union on Thursday,including a blunt threat to walk away from the negotiating table if there is no progress within four months. The two sides appear headed for a rocky first round of negotiations as they try...
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French Junior Minister for European Affairs Amelie de Montchalin, right, speaks with Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok during a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers at the European Council building in Brussels, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. European Union ministers are putting the final touches on the mandate that will be the guide for EU negotiator Michel Barnier as he sits own with UK officials to thrash out a free trade deal over the next ten months. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
February 25, 2020 - 12:53 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday gave its chief negotiator a robust mandate for free trade talks with ex-member Britain, setting up a likely clash over the U.K.’s demand to export to the continent on its own terms without the need to necessarily respect the bloc's rules and regulations...
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U.S.President Donald Trump points to a question during a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in New Delhi, India. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
February 25, 2020 - 9:03 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Defending the host who has showered him with pomp and pageantry, President Donald Trump refused Monday to speak out publicly against a controversial new Indian citizenship law pushed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that has sparked deadly protests over discrimination against...
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