International agreements

April 17, 2019 - 12:21 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's exports declined in March as shipments to China dropped more than 9%, pulling the nation's trade surplus sharply lower. The data released Wednesday by the Finance Ministry was more or less in line with forecasts. It said total exports for the world's 3rd largest economy fell 2...
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FILE - In this Thursday July 7, 2011 file photo, the pelaton passes the world heritage site Mont Saint-Michel, a rocky tidal island which holds a monastery, during he sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race. Monuments are the emotional backbone of France. That accounts for the despair over a blaze that killed no one, yet seared the collective soul. It is the power Notre Dame had _ still has, despite the charred scars on its Gothic walls. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)
April 16, 2019 - 4:53 am
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Monuments are the emotional backbone of France. That accounts for the despair over a blaze that killed no one, yet seared the collective soul. It is the power Notre Dame had — still has, despite the charred scars on its Gothic walls. It is not only the unique beauty of the...
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In this artist sketch, a Chinese woman, Yujing Zhang, left, listens to a hearing Monday, April 8, 2019, before federal Magistrate Judge William Matthewman in West Palm Beach, Fla. Secret Service agents arrested the 32-year-old woman March 30 after they say she gained admission by falsely telling a checkpoint she was a member and was going to swim. (Daniel Pontet via AP)
April 15, 2019 - 2:40 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge denied bail Monday for a Chinese woman charged with lying to illegally enter President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, saying there was an "extreme risk of flight" if she were released. Federal Magistrate Judge William Matthewman issued the ruling for 33...
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European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom talks to journalists during a news conference at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
April 15, 2019 - 10:25 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union approved Monday its terms for negotiating a new trade deal with the United States, but set up a possible show-down with Washington by refusing to include agricultural products in the talks. Making public the mandate for the EU's executive commission to conduct...
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An image taken from video issued by Nekton shows Seychelles President Danny Faure, left, smiling after speaking from inside a submersible from the vessel Ocean Zephyr, under the water off the coast of Desroches, in the outer islands of Seychelles Sunday April 14, 2019. Faure toured the vessel and was presented with some of the findings and observations made by a British-led science expedition documenting changes taking place beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades (Nekton via AP)
April 14, 2019 - 8:45 am
DESROCHES ISLAND, Seychelles (AP) — In a striking speech delivered from deep below the ocean's surface, the Seychelles president on Sunday made a global plea for stronger protection of the "beating blue heart of our planet." President Danny Faure's call for action, the first-ever live speech from...
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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin during the International Monetary Fund IMF Governors group photo at the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings in Washington, Saturday, April 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
April 14, 2019 - 12:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Global finance officials are pledging closer cooperation in efforts to lift the world economy out of its current slowdown, but tensions persist between the United States and other nations over trade and other issues. Officials wrapped up the spring meetings of the 189-nation...
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Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso, speaks during a G20 news conference, at the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings in Washington, Friday, April 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
April 12, 2019 - 3:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Finance officials from the world's major powers acknowledged Friday that the global economy is in a slowdown, but they forecast that growth will pick up by the second half of this year, thanks to interest-rate policies from the Federal Reserve and other central banks. Officials of...
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In this Sept. 8, 2017, photo, visitors view a scale model of the ECRL (East Coast Rail Link) during the launching of the train project in Kuantan, east coast of peninsula Malaysia. Malaysia’s government says it has decided to resume a China-backed rail link project after the Chinese contractor agreed to cut construction cost by one-third. (AP Photo)
April 12, 2019 - 5:15 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government said Friday it has decided to resume a China-backed rail link project, after the Chinese contractor agreed to cut the construction cost by one-third. The deal follows months of vacillating over the East Coast Rail Link, which connects Malaysia's...
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April 12, 2019 - 4:24 am
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The military overthrow of Sudan's longtime president quickly has raised concerns about whether the upheaval will destabilize neighboring South Sudan's fragile efforts at peace after five years of civil war. Amid the laughter and applause on the streets of South Sudan's...
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A woman holds up the Spanish hashtag #Freedom during a protest against the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, outside the Foreign Ministry in Quito, Ecuador, Thursday, April 11, 2019. On Thursday, Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno allowed British authorities to forcibly remove Assange from Ecuador’s small embassy in London where he was given safe haven in 2012. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
April 12, 2019 - 3:14 am
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London (all times local): 5 a.m. Friends of a Swedish software developer arrested in Ecuador as part of a probe into Julian Assange's alleged efforts to stave off his eviction from the country's embassy are describing him...
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