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A demonstrators wearing a yellow vest clenches his fist as protesters open the toll gates on a motorway near Aix-en-Provence, southeastern France, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced a suspension of fuel tax hikes Tuesday, a major U-turn in an effort to appease a protest movement that has radicalized and plunged Paris into chaos last weekend. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
December 04, 2018 - 9:48 am
PARIS (AP) — The French government's decision to suspend fuel tax and utility hikes Tuesday did little to appease protesters, who called the move a "first step" and vowed to fight on after large-scale rioting in Paris last weekend. In a major U-turn for the government, Prime Minister Edouard...
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A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. Asian shares were mostly lower Tuesday as investors wondered if a 90-day tariff truce was enough for the U.S. and China to resolve a range of issues from technology development to trade. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
December 04, 2018 - 7:49 am
LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets gave up Tuesday many of the gains they recorded in the previous session when a 90-day trade tariff truce between the U.S. and China shored up investor sentiment. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany's DAX was down 0.8 percent to 11,377 while France's CAC 40 fell 0.8...
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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin talks with reporters about trade negotiations with China, at the White House, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
December 04, 2018 - 12:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is celebrating the 90-day truce it reached in its trade war with China as a significant breakthrough despite scant details, a hazy timetable and widespread skepticism that Beijing will yield to U.S. demands anytime soon. "This is just an enormous, enormous...
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A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. Asian shares were mostly lower Tuesday as investors wondered if a 90-day tariff truce was enough for the U.S. and China to resolve a range of issues from technology development to trade. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
December 03, 2018 - 10:46 pm
SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower Tuesday as investors questioned if a 90-day truce in a tariffs battle will allow the U.S. and China to resolve a range of issues from technology development to trade. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index shed 1.0 percent to 22,356.80 and the Kospi...
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December 03, 2018 - 4:54 pm
LONDON (AP) — Energy giant Royal Dutch Shell agreed Monday to set short-term goals for reducing carbon emissions that will be linked to executive pay, a response to pressure from investors who said urgency was needed to fight climate change. Shell said the targets will be set for rolling three- or...
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December 03, 2018 - 11:51 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump kept up pressure Monday on congressional Democrats over funding for his promised border wall, even as lawmakers appeared likely to avert a partial government shutdown this week with a stopgap measure. Democrats have little interest in providing the $5...
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Kosovo Serb MP's stand in protest as they refuse to leave the Kosovo parliament building to protest against the 100 percent tax imposed on all goods imported from Serbia, in Pristina, Sunday Dec. 2, 2018. The group said they would express their concern to European Union’s Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn who is scheduled to visit Kosovo upcoming Monday. (AP Photo/Florent Bajrami)
December 03, 2018 - 9:57 am
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — European Union's enlargement commissioner is visiting Kosovo to try to push authorities to revoke a recent decision to impose a 100-percent tariff on goods from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Johannes Hahn met with Kosovo's top officials Monday after earlier visiting...
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President Donald Trump with China's President Xi Jinping during their bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
December 03, 2018 - 5:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The dinner table diplomacy that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping of China conducted over the weekend produced something as vague as it was valuable: an agreement to keep talking. Forged over grilled sirloin at the Group of 20 summit Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, second right, and China's President Xi Jinping, second left, attend their bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A U.S.-Chinese cease fire on tariffs gives jittery companies a respite but does little to resolve a war over Beijing's technology ambitions that threatens to chill global economic growth. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
December 03, 2018 - 2:57 am
BEIJING (AP) — A U.S.-Chinese cease fire on tariffs gives jittery companies and investors a respite but is no sign the two sides have changed stances in a war over Beijing's technology ambitions that threatens to chill global economic growth. On Monday, Asian stock markets welcomed President Donald...
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December 03, 2018 - 12:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of business economists foresee U.S. economic growth remaining solid next year, with unemployment falling further and only a slight chance of a recession. But they express concern about potential risks, notably from trade conflicts. In its latest forecast being released...
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