Trade policy

FILE - In this June 16, 2017 file photo, the Facebook booth is seen at the Vivatech, a gadgets show in Paris, France. France has adopted a pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook despite threats from the U.S. Just ahead of the vote Thursday, French economy minister Bruno Le Maire said allies needed to settle differences "without using threats." (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
July 11, 2019 - 12:29 pm
PARIS (AP) — France has adopted a pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook on Thursday, despite U.S. threats of new tariffs on French imports. The final vote in favor of the tax in the French Senate on Thursday came hours after the Trump administration announced an...
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In this image from file video provided by UK Ministry of Defence, British navy vessel HMS Montrose escorts another ship during a mission to remove chemical weapons from Syria at sea off coast of Cyprus in February 2014. The British Navy said it intercepted an attempt on Thursday, July 11, 2019, by three Iranian paramilitary vessels to impede the passage of a British commercial vessel just days after Iran’s president warned of repercussions for the seizure of its own supertanker. A U.K. government statement said Iranian vessels only turned away after receiving “verbal warnings” from the HMS Montrose accompanying the commercial ship through the narrow Strait of Hormuz. (UK Ministry of Defence via AP)
July 11, 2019 - 11:59 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The British navy said Thursday it stopped three Iranian paramilitary vessels from disrupting the passage of a British oil tanker through the Strait of Hormuz in a brief but tense standoff stemming from the U.K.'s role in seizing an Iranian supertanker a week...
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July 10, 2019 - 3:51 am
BEIJING (AP) — The top U.S. and Chinese trade envoys have spoken by phone in their first contact since Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to resume stalled talks on ending a tariff war. The Commerce Ministry said Beijing's envoy, Vice Premier Liu He, talked Tuesday with Trade...
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during a meeting with business leaders at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Moon criticized comments by Japanese officials who questioned the credibility of Seoul’s sanctions against North Korea while justifying Tokyo’s move to strengthen controls on high-tech exports to South Korea, which triggered a full-blown diplomatic dispute between the neighboring U.S. allies. (Bae Jae-man/Yonhap via AP)
July 10, 2019 - 12:03 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday criticized comments by Japanese officials who questioned the credibility of Seoul's sanctions against North Korea while justifying Tokyo's stricter controls on high-tech exports to South Korea. The issue has become a full-...
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Notices campaigning for a boycott of Japanese-made products are displayed at a store in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Japan said Tuesday it does not plan to retract or renegotiate its stricter controls on high-tech exports to South Korea, a day after the South Korean president urged that the issue be resolved through diplomacy. The signs read: "We don't sell Japanese products." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
July 09, 2019 - 8:55 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan said Tuesday it does not plan to retract or renegotiate its stricter controls on high-tech exports to South Korea, a day after the South Korean president urged that the issue be resolved through diplomacy. Tokyo tightened the approval process for Japanese shipments of...
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July 07, 2019 - 11:08 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Several African heads of state have gathered in Niger's capital to launch a continentwide free trade area. The African Continental Free Trade Area aims to create a single unified market for the continent's 1.3 billion people and to boost economic development in an estimated...
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A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Shares fell back in Asia on Wednesday as the euphoria from President Donald Trump’s truce with China’s Xi Jinping on trade faded. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
July 03, 2019 - 4:58 am
TOKYO (AP) — Shares roses in early European trading on Wednesday after the S&P 500 index hit another record high. Germany's DAX added 0.6% to 12,605.28 while the CAC 40 in Paris also climbed 0.6%, to 5,609.54. Britain's FTSE 100 picked up 0.5% to 7,598.88. U.S. shares looked set for gains ahead...
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FILE - In this July 1, 2019, file photo specialist Erica Fredricks and trader Robert Charmak work on on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 2. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
July 02, 2019 - 5:00 pm
Stocks shook off an early wobble to eke out small gains Tuesday, nudging the S&P 500 index to an all-time high for the second straight day. Communications services, technology and consumer goods companies helped push the market higher. Those gains outweighed losses in energy and financial...
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July 02, 2019 - 7:03 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is considering tariffs on an additional $4 billion of goods from the European Union over what it considers to be illegal aircraft subsidies. Whether it does so depends on the results of a World Trade Organization assessment of EU subsidies on large civil aircraft,...
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South Korean Trade, Industry and Energy Minister Sung Yun-mo, center, speaks during a meeting at Korea Trade Insurance Corporation in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, July 1, 2019. South Korea plans to file a complaint with the World Trade Organization over Japan's imposition of restrictions on its exports of key technology materials to South Korea. Sung said Monday that the Seoul government sees Japan's move as retaliation against South Korean court rulings ordering Japanese firms to compensate South Korean plaintiffs over forced labor during World War II.(Ahn Jung-won/Yonhap via AP)
July 02, 2019 - 3:11 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan has defended its decision to impose export restrictions on South Korea, citing national security concerns and its international duty to keep tabs on sensitive technology transferrable for military uses. Yoshihide Suga, the chief Cabinet secretary, said Tuesday that the move was...
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