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China applies to join Pacific trade pact abandoned by Trump

Sep. 17, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China has applied to join an 11-nation Asia-Pacific free trade group in an effort to increase its influence over international policies. Commerce Minister Wang Wentao submitted an application to the trade minister of New Zealand as a representative of the...

Marks & Spencer blames Brexit for store closures in France

Sep. 16, 2021 07:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British retailer Marks & Spencer said Thursday that it will close 11 of its stores in France, mainly in Paris, as a result of fresh and chilled food supply issues related to Britain's departure from the European Union. The group blamed Brexit...

India, Australia call for global action in Afghanistan

Sep. 11, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Top ministers from India and Australia on Saturday called for international anti-terror efforts in Afghanistan, bolstering mutual security ties and blunting China's growing regional assertiveness. Australia's foreign and defense ministers met their...

Australia won't allow UN climate goals in UK free trade deal

Sep. 09, 2021 03:32 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's government confirmed Thursday that it refused to allow climate change goals to be written into a proposed free trade deal with Britain, as pressure mounts on it to make more ambitious commitments to cut carbon emissions. Prime...

2 Australian ministers begin 4-nation visit ending in US

Sep. 08, 2021 04:29 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s foreign and defense ministers are visiting Indonesia, India, South Korea and the United States to bolster economic and security relationships within the Asia-Pacific region, where tensions are rising with China. Foreign Minister...

Workers at Mexico GM plant end contract, oust union in vote

Aug. 19, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Workers at a General Motors plant in Mexico have voted to end a collective bargaining contract negotiated by an old guard union accused of intimidation tactics in earlier votes. It was an early display of the effectiveness of labor mechanisms negotiated under the...

US firm agrees to measures to ensure free union vote

Aug. 10, 2021 22:54 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. parent company of a Mexican factory said Tuesday it has agreed to measures to ensure a free labor vote amid a battle by workers to unseat an old-guard union. The Cardone company operates the Tridonex auto parts plant in Mexico’s border...

Australia flags democracies' trade swing from China to India

Aug. 09, 2021 01:53 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian special envoy and former Prime Minister Tony Abbott said a free trade agreement between his nation and India would signal the “democratic world’s tilt away from China.” Abbott visited New Delhi last week as Australia’s...

Mexican union complains of harassment at leafleting event

Aug. 03, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Supporters of an independent union in northern Mexico said Tuesday they have been harassed while trying to hand out leaflets by beefy representatives of an old-guard union. The mainly women handing out the leaflets said that state police stood by and...

Mexico announces steps to ensure free union vote at GM plant

Jul. 08, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican and U.S. governments announced a plan Thursday to resolve a U.S. labor complaint over attempts to steal a union vote at an auto plant in northern Mexico. The Economy Department promised Thursday to punish any voting abuses and provide...