Jan 23, 2015

TPP chief negotiators to meet in NY on Monday

Chief negotiators from the 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative will gather in New York starting Monday, with an eye on a fresh ministerial meeting to secure a deal, according to Japanese officials. The weeklong session of negotiations through Feb. ...

Full text of Obama's State of the Union address

Jan 21, 2015

Full text of Obama's State of the Union address

The full text of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, as prepared for delivery and provided by the White House: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, my fellow Americans: We are 15 years into this new century. Fifteen ...

Key quotes from Obama's State of the Union address

Jan 21, 2015

Key quotes from Obama's State of the Union address

The following are key quotes from U.S. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday: Economy Turning the page “We are 15 years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation ...

Clashes threaten Donetsk civilians

Jan 20, 2015

Clashes threaten Donetsk civilians

Deadly clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels threatened civilians in central Donetsk on Monday, with shelling hitting a hospital and warnings of insurgents launching attacks from residential areas. Ukraine also made fresh accusations of Moscow backing the separatists, alleging that hundreds of Russian ...

China's economic growth sank to 24-year low in 2014: survey

Jan 18, 2015

China's economic growth sank to 24-year low in 2014: survey

China’s annual gross domestic product growth slowed to its weakest rate in more than two decades in 2014, according to an AFP survey, projecting further deceleration in the world’s second-largest economy this year. The median forecast in a poll of 15 economists saw the ...

Battle for key eastern Ukrainian airport intensifies

Jan 18, 2015

Battle for key eastern Ukrainian airport intensifies

Clashes between Ukraine’s army and pro-Russian rebels for control of Donetsk’s airport intensified Saturday, with explosions and heavy gunfire shaking the area throughout much of the day and at least six more people killed. Kiev rushed reinforcements to the snowy eastern front lines, while ...

New York Gov. Cuomo to lead trade mission to Cuba

Jan 18, 2015

New York Gov. Cuomo to lead trade mission to Cuba

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will lead one of the first trade missions to Cuba from the United States since the Obama administration loosened travel and trade restrictions on the communist-ruled Caribbean island, his office confirmed Saturday. The Democratic governor will be promoting an ...

Jan 17, 2015

Japan, U.S. target reaching broad TPP agreement at March meet

Japan and the United States have agreed that 12 countries discussing a Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal should hold a ministerial meeting in the first half of March to reach a broad agreement, informed sources said on Friday. Officials from Japan and the United ...

Jan 16, 2015

U.S. eases travel, trade with Cuba from Friday: Treasury

The United States will ease travel and trade restrictions with Cuba on Friday, implementing last month’s agreement to begin normalizing ties with the Cold War-era foe. “Today’s announcement takes us one step closer to replacing out-of-date policies that were not working and puts in ...

U.S. takes first steps to ending Cuba trade embargo

Jan 16, 2015

U.S. takes first steps to ending Cuba trade embargo

The United States eased decades of trade and financial restrictions on Cuba, opening up the country to U.S. telecommunications, construction and financial services in a slew of changes announced by the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Treasury. The new rules, effective on Friday, are ...