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Australia warns of 'arbitrary detention' risk in China

Jul. 7, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Tuesday warned its citizens that they may be at risk of “arbitrary detention” if they visit China, in a move that will further test strained bilateral relations. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in an updated travel advisory for China...

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic outside his residence at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Thursday, June 18, 2020. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

Trudeau turns down White House invitation amid pandemic

Jul. 6, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned down a White House invitation to celebrate the new regional free trade agreement in Washington with U.S President Donald Trump and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Trump and López Obrador are due to meet Wednesday...

FILE - In this Dec. 10. 2019 file photo, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during an event to sign an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement, at the National Palace in Mexico City. Mexico celebrated on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the implementation of the new free trade agreement with Canada and the United States that it hopes will lead to more investment in its struggling economy. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexico celebrates start of new trade accord with US, Canada

Jul. 1, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico celebrated the implementation of a new free trade agreement with Canada and the United States that it hopes will lead to more investment in its struggling economy. President Andrés Manuel Obrador will travel to Washington July 8-9 to meet with with President Donald Trump and...

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, left, applauds prior to delivering a speech during his visit to a public hospital in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Friday, June 19, 2020.  Lopez Obrador is desperate to restart Mexico's struggling economy after being cooped up under social distancing measures due to the new coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Mexican president's plan to meet with Trump draws criticism

Jun. 24, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Wednesday he plans to travel to Washington to meet with President Donald Trump, an announcement that was met with a storm of criticism in Mexico. López Obrador said he wants to make his first trip abroad in the first week...

British High Commissioner to New Zealand Laura Clarke, left, New Zealand's Trade Minister David Parker, center, and New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, right, talk to reporters on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in Wellington, New Zealand. Both Australia and New Zealand announced Wednesday they are starting free-trade talks with the United Kingdom, as each country seeks to rekindle a trading relationship that was severely tested nearly 50 years ago. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

Down Under sets aside historic acrimony in UK trade talks

Jun. 17, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Both Australia and New Zealand announced Wednesday they are starting free-trade talks with the United Kingdom, as each country seeks to rekindle a trading relationship that was severely tested nearly 50 years ago. The U.K. wants to quickly sign multiple trade deals with...

European Energy Commissioner Maros Sefcovic addresses a video press conference following a meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee on Brexit at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Friday, June 12, 2020. The British government said Friday it will delay bringing in full border checks on goods coming from the European Union to relieve pressure on businesses hammered by the coronavirus pandemic. (Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool Photo via AP)

UK delays post-Brexit border checks as virus slams economy

Jun. 12, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government said Friday it will delay bringing in full border checks on goods coming from the European Union to relieve pressure on businesses hammered by the coronavirus pandemic. But the U.K. once again ruled out delaying its full economic break with the bloc beyond the end of...

Spanish award honors Turkish economist wary of globalization

Jun. 11, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Turkish economist Dani Rodrik, whose studies have warned about the flip side of economic globalization, will be this year’s recipient of the Princess of Asturias Social Sciences Award, Spanish organizers announced Thursday. According to the jury, Rodrik, 62, “has strengthened...

Containers are loaded on a ship at Saigon port in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam May 3, 2020. Vietnam on Monday, June 8, 2020, ratified a significant trade deal with the European Union, which is expected boost the country's manufacturing sector and exports, as it recovers from a dip caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

Vietnam ratifies trade deal with EU in boost for economy

Jun. 8, 2020 1:48 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam ratified a landmark trade deal Monday with the European Union that is expected to energize the country’s manufacturing sector and exports, as it recovers from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Lawmakers approved the agreement in their first National Assembly...

The Latest: China orders pangolin protection amid pandemic

Jun. 5, 2020 11:11 PM EDT

BEIJING — China is ordering its highest level of protection for the armadillo-like pangolin as part of its crackdown on the wildlife trade following the global coronavirus pandemic. While the virus is believed to have originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, most scientists say it was most likely...

The Latest: Japan ending state of emergency in 3 prefectures

May. 21, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Japan approves lifting state of emergency in three...