Latest Trade agreements News

The Latest: Merkel open to free trade agreement post-Brexit

Sep. 18, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 3:45 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she still sees a possibility for Britain to make "an orderly exit" from the European Union but Germany also is prepared for a disorderly Brexit. Merkel said a day after a telephone call with...

UK envoy tips trade deal with Australia months after Brexit

Sep. 18, 2019 3:42 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Britain's top trade envoy said Wednesday that she expects to strike a free trade deal with Australia within months of leaving the European Union. British International Trade Secretary Liz Truss met with Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham to lay the foundations for a...

Sanders-Biden feud ramps up in front of key union audience

Sep. 17, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The high-stakes fight for working-class voters moved to Pennsylvania on Tuesday as a slate of Democratic White House hopefuls vowed to use the power of the presidency to crack down on corporate America and strengthen organized labor. But beneath all the agreement at the AFL-CIO...

Japanese officials cautious on prospects for US trade deal

Sep. 17, 2019 2:56 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Officials in Japan appeared wary over the prospects for a trade deal with the U.S. after President Donald Trump said he was prepared to sign a pact soon. Japan's chief government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said Tuesday that the two sides are still finalizing details after reaching a basic...

The Latest: Johnson says he can see 'shape' of a Brexit deal

Sep. 16, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 5 p.m. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said after a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that "there is a good chance" of a Brexit deal with the European Union. Johnson says "I can see the shape" of an agreement,...

Asian shares gain on fresh optimism over US-China trade

Sep. 13, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

Stocks were broadly higher in Asia on Friday after gains overnight on Wall Street. Investors have stepped up buying on hopes for an easing of tensions in the costly trade war between the U.S. Japan's Nikkei 225 added 1% to 21,982.06 while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong climbed 0.4% to 27,186.35. Sydney's S&P ASX...

New US envoy Kelly Craft says she will be voice for freedom

Sep. 12, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Kelly Craft presented her credentials Thursday as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and said she is coming to the world organization "as a voice of America's unwavering commitment to democracy, freedom, human rights and, whenever possible, peaceful resolution of...

Mexico says it disagrees with US Supreme Court order

Sep. 12, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Thursday that Mexico's government doesn't agree with an "astonishing" U.S. Supreme Court order that would block migrants from countries other than Mexico and Canada from applying for asylum at U.S. borders. Speaking at President Andrés...

Friendly fire: In trade fights, Trump targets US allies, too

Sep. 11, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has risked turmoil in the financial markets and damage to the U.S. economy in waging his trade war with China, America's top strategic rival. But Trump hasn't exactly gone easy on America's friends, either. From Europe to Japan, the president has stirred up...

Japan's leader taps new Cabinet ministers to freshen image

Sep. 11, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shuffled his Cabinet on Wednesday, adding two women and the son of a former leader to freshen his image but maintaining continuity on U.S.-oriented trade and security policies. Abe, the longest-serving prime minister in Japan's postwar history, kept key...