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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, the Melia Cohiba hotel stands tall as workers repaint pavement markings along the Malecon in preparation for Pope Francis' visit in Havana, Cuba. The Trump administration is preparing to tighten the six-decade trade embargo on Cuba on Monday, March 4, 2019 by allowing some lawsuits against foreign companies using properties confiscated by the Cuban government after its 1959 revolution, U.S. officials say. Major investors in Cuba include Spanish hoteliers Iberostar and Melia, who run dozens of hotels across the island. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan, File)
March 04, 2019 - 12:34 pm
HAVANA (AP) — The Trump administration announced Monday that it is symbolically tightening the six-decade trade embargo on Cuba by allowing lawsuits against Cuban companies using properties confiscated after its 1959 revolution. The announcement limits lawsuits to a list of about 200 Cuban...
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FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2019, file photo President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Washington, with from left, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan. William Barr’s confirmation as President Donald Trump’s second attorney general cut the roster of “acting” Cabinet secretaries and White House officials by one, but some say too many “actings” are still on the job, most visibly at the Defense Department. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
March 04, 2019 - 8:08 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States on Monday put an end to a dispute with the European Union over diplomatic protocol and lauded the 28-nation bloc as "one of America's most valuable partners." U.S. Ambassador Gordon Sondland announced that "effective immediately" a recent diplomatic demotion of the...
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A currency trader watches computer monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March 4, 2019. Asian stocks rose Monday after news reports said Washington and Beijing are close to reaching an agreement as early as this month to end their costly tariff war. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
March 04, 2019 - 7:20 am
BEIJING (AP) — Most global stocks rose Monday after news reports said Washington and Beijing are close to an agreement to end their costly tariff war. Benchmarks in London, Frankfurt, Shanghai and Tokyo advanced after Bloomberg News and The Wall Street Journal, citing unidentified sources, said...
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Australia Minister of Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham, left, and Indonesia Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita, right, shake hands during an Indonesia-Australia Cepa signing ceremony and Business forum in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
March 04, 2019 - 12:30 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia and Australia signed a free trade agreement Monday that will eliminate many tariffs, allow Australian-owned hospitals to operate in the giant Southeast Asian country and increase work visas for young Indonesians. Trade ministers from the two countries signed the...
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A currency trader walks by the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March 4, 2019. Asian stocks rose Monday after news reports said Washington and Beijing are close to reaching an agreement as early as this month to end their costly tariff war. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
March 03, 2019 - 10:59 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks rose Monday after news reports said Washington and Beijing are close to reaching an agreement as early as this month to end their costly tariff war. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul advanced after Bloomberg News and The Wall Street Journal, citing unidentified...
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Remain supporters shelter from the wind and rain across the street from parliament in London, Thursday Feb. 28, 2019. British Prime Minister Theresa May has offered Parliament the chance to delay Britain's scheduled March 29 departure if lawmakers fail to approve her divorce agreement with the bloc.(Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)
March 01, 2019 - 1:32 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain and the European Union are set to formally divorce before the month is out — but the mood in London and Brussels in Friday was less frenzied than it has been at times of late. Though the divorce proceedings, started by Britain's 2016 vote to leave the EU, remain fraught with...
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FILE-In this Sept. 3, 2018 file photo, a lobster walks on the ocean floor near a lobster trap off Biddeford, Maine. Maine officials say lobstermen brought more than 119 million pounds (54 million kilograms) of the state's signature seafood ashore in 2018, with the second-highest value on record. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File
March 01, 2019 - 12:26 pm
ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — Maine lobstermen brought more than 119 million pounds (54 million kilograms) of the state's signature seafood ashore last year, an increase that helped to propel the total value of Maine's seafood to the second-highest value on record, state officials said Friday. The value...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi. Trump said he walked away from his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un because Kim demanded the U.S. lift all of its sanctions, a claim that North Korea's delegation called a rare news conference in the middle of the night to deny. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)
March 01, 2019 - 7:26 am
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — President Donald Trump said he walked away from his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un because Kim demanded the U.S. lift all of its sanctions, a claim that North Korea's delegation called a rare news conference in the middle of the night to deny. So who's...
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In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, photo, a laborer works in an aluminum factory in Suixi in eastern China's Anhui province. A survey shows Chinese manufacturing activity fell to a three-year low in February amid a tariff battle with Washington and weak global demand. (Chinatopix via AP)
February 28, 2019 - 1:18 am
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese manufacturing activity fell to a three-year low in February amid a tariff battle with Washington and weak global demand, a survey showed Thursday. The monthly purchasing managers' index by the government statistics bureau and an industry group fell 0.3 points to 49.2 on a 100...
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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2018 photo, a lobster walks into a lobster trap on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean off Biddeford, Maine. Preliminary data from the federal government shows U.S. lobster exports to China held steady during the year despite tariffs imposed during trade hostilities between the two countries. China is one of the biggest buyers of American lobster, which is hauled to the shore mostly in the New England states and Canada. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
February 27, 2019 - 12:42 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — America is still sending millions of pounds of lobster to China, but members of the seafood industry remain on edge about the future of the United States' relationship with one of its most important customers. The U.S. exported more than 17.6 million pounds (8 million...
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