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New Zealand leader says US lacks interest in Asia-Pacific

Jul. 19, 2019 6:32 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The United States is losing interest in the Asia-Pacific region, New Zealand's prime minister said on Friday, as concerns grow about China's expanding influence. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke in Melbourne where she met with her Australian counterpart Scott Morrison to...

Brazil's Bolsonaro: Make South America Great Again

Jul. 17, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

SANTA FE, Argentina (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro urged his South American colleagues Wednesday to borrow a slogan from Donald Trump and focus on making their own nations great rather than emphasizing regional brotherhood. "We don't want a 'Great homeland,'" the far-right Bolsonaro said at a...

AP FACT CHECK: UK leadership contenders make wild promises

Jul. 17, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Promises have been flying thick and fast in Britain's Conservative leadership race, ranging from the plausible to the wild. Contenders Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt both say they will break the country's political deadlock over Brexit, take Britain out of the European Union, boost the economy...

Trump pushes trade deal in formerly blue Wisconsin

Jul. 12, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Donald Trump barnstormed for his new trade deal with Mexico and Canada during a visit to Wisconsin on Friday, hoping that its economic impact will help him to retain a battleground state vital to his re-election effort. Trump told workers at Derco Aerospace the United...

African leaders to launch continent-wide free trade zone

Jul. 7, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Several African heads of state gathered in Niger's capital Sunday to launch a continentwide free trade area that represents an estimated market of $3.4 trillion. The African Continental Free Trade Area aims to create a single unified market for the continent's 1.3 billion people and to...

Brazil president rebuts European criticism over environment

Jul. 4, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro rebutted European criticism over his commitment to the environment on Thursday, saying that foreign leaders have historically influenced decisions that are hindering Brazil's progress. The far-right president said he had flown over Europe twice and...

Brazil: Protecting environment not only European 'interest'

Jul. 2, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's foreign minister said Tuesday that protecting the environment "is not only a European interest" after France said it would ratify a free-trade deal between the European Union and the South American bloc Mercosur only if Brazil respects its commitment to reduce deforestation....

Japan cites security concerns in curbing exports to SKorea

Jul. 2, 2019 3:11 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has defended its decision to impose export restrictions on South Korea, citing national security concerns and its international duty to keep tabs on sensitive technology transferrable for military uses. Yoshihide Suga, the chief Cabinet secretary, said Tuesday that the move was part of...

Mexico conference highlights Ducey's border balancing act

Jul. 1, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey talks often about the strong partnership he has fostered with his neighbor to the south, Gov. Claudia Pavlovich of Sonora, Mexico. And the former chief executive of an international business is an ardent supporter of free trade and the easy flow of business across the...

Vietnam, European Union sign free trade agreement

Jun. 30, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam and the European Union signed a free trade agreement on Sunday, opening opportunities to further boost trade between the euro bloc and one of Southeast Asia's biggest manufacturing nations. The agreement, which was signed by European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom...