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The Latest: Tariff agreement hailed by business groups

May. 18, 2019 6:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and U.S. trade tariffs (all times local): 4:50 p.m. Mexico's National Chamber of the Iron and Steel Industry is congratulating the country's officials on the agreement reached with the United States on ending steel and aluminum tariffs. The chamber...

Q&A: Is there a way out of the US-China trade fight?

May. 18, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China have been trading punches over trade for months. And the slugfest has only intensified this month. Claiming that the Chinese had reneged on earlier commitments in trade negotiations, the United States on May 10 more than doubled tariffs on $200 billion in...

Trump lifts tariffs on Mexico, Canada, delays auto tariffs

May. 17, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bogged down in a sprawling trade dispute with U.S. rival China, President Donald Trump took steps Friday to ease tensions with America's allies — lifting import taxes on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum and delaying auto tariffs that would have hurt Japan and Europe. By...

Japan, China agree to boost relations ahead of Xi visit

May. 17, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and China agreed Friday to boost their relations ahead of a planned visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Japan in June, his first since coming to power in 2013. China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the timing is appropriate for the two sides to...

Nissan proposing more board members, with Renault's Bollore

May. 17, 2019 4:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan proposed Friday adding Renault's chief executive, Thierry Bollore, to its board, as well as several outsiders, to strengthen its governance following the arrest of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn. The Japanese automaker's proposals will be put to a shareholder vote at a meeting set...

Japan's trade negotiator: US won't impose quotas on autos

May. 17, 2019 1:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade negotiator said Friday Washington won't be demanding any numerical restrictions on Japanese auto exports to the U.S. Toshimitsu Motegi, the economy minister, told reporters he had confirmed this by speaking with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. The comments could not...

Court being asked to stop dolphin hunts in Japanese village

May. 16, 2019 11:34 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A court in central Japan began hearing arguments Friday over whether dolphin hunting violates animal cruelty laws. The plaintiffs are asking the district court in Wakayama prefecture to stop the permits from being issued. Prefectural Gov. Yoshinobu Nisaka issues the permits for the village of...

Saudis blame Iran for drone attack amid calls for US strikes

May. 16, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia accused Tehran of being behind a drone strike that shut down a key oil pipeline in the kingdom, and a newspaper close to the palace called for Washington to launch "surgical" strikes on Iran, raising the specter of escalating tensions as the U.S. boosts its...

Eric Talmadge, AP's North Korea bureau chief, dead at 57

May. 16, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Eric Talmadge, who as North Korea bureau chief for The Associated Press tenaciously chronicled life and politics in one of the world's least-understood nations, has died. He was 57. Talmadge died this week in Japan after suffering a heart attack while running. A decades-long...

Stocks resilient in face of latest US trade moves

May. 16, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Stocks recovered their poise Thursday after dropping over President Donald Trump's decision to limit U.S. exports to foreign telecoms companies, an order that appeared aimed squarely at China. In Europe, Germany's DAX was up 0.9% to 12,204 while the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares...