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  • NEW YORK, March 27- Waiting until you are retired to travel to all your bucket list destinations? That is what helped spur Valerie Jalufka into action. She has also gone on safari in Tanzania, and visited everywhere from Tasmania to Tierra del Fuego, often with the tour operator Abercrombie& Kent.

  • NEW YORK, March 27- Waiting until you are retired to travel to all your bucket list destinations? That is what helped spur Valerie Jalufka into action. She has also gone on safari in Tanzania, and visited everywhere from Tasmania to Tierra del Fuego, often with the tour operator Abercrombie& Kent.

  • NEW YORK, March 27- Waiting until you are retired to travel to all your bucket list destinations? That is what helped spur Valerie Jalufka into action. She has also gone on safari in Tanzania, and visited everywhere from Tasmania to Tierra del Fuego, often with the tour operator Abercrombie& Kent.

  • LONDON— Tim Barlow pushes a green stamp onto the edge of an unfinished plate, leaving behind the words "Made in England." It's still a piece of unglazed gray clay, a far cry from the gleaming decorated disc of Wedgwood Jasperware it will become, but Barlow and his employers are betting those words will be a selling point as Britain begins the process of leaving the...

  • WELLINGTON, New Zealand— New Zealand and China announced Monday they would open talks soon to expand a successful free-trade deal in place for nearly a decade. New Zealand hopes that a renegotiated agreement would allow it to sell more dairy products to China, while China also hopes to sell more goods in New Zealand and erase a small trade deficit.

  • WELLINGTON, March 27- China and New Zealand ramped up their cooperation on Monday, pledging to expand their existing free trade agreement into what visiting Premier Li Keqiang called China's "most advanced" with a developed country. In a column published on Monday in the New Zealand Herald, headlined "To New Zealand, with love", Li wrote that rising international...

  • MELBOURNE, March 27- London copper slipped for a third day on Monday as risk appetite fell after President Donald Trump's failure to push through healthcare reform fanned concerns over his ability to realize his economic agenda. "On copper there is so much uncertainty, Escondida, Indonesia, the Philippines, but on the demand side it seems China isn't doing too...

  • WELLINGTON, March 27- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pressed for deeper trade ties with New Zealand and warned against global protectionism in a newspaper opinion piece published on Monday before meetings with Prime Minister Bill English and business leaders in Wellington. In the New Zealand Herald column, titled "To New Zealand, with love", Li said "rising...

  • NEW YORK— Should the "Fearless Girl" stand up to Wall Street's charging bull forever? That's the question New York City officials are facing after a statue of a ponytailed girl in a windblown dress went up in front of the bronze bull early this month and immediately became a tourist draw and internet sensation. Holli Sargeant, 20, a visitor from Queensland,...

  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull took a break from trade discussions to kick back at the Australian Football League match in Sydney. China is Australia's biggest trading partner, with bilateral trade exceeding $107 billion and bilateral investment exceeding $100 billion. On Friday, Turnbull rejected arguments...

  • CHICAGO, March 24- U.S. soybean futures dropped 1.6 percent on Friday to their lowest level in more than five months on pressure from rising forecasts for already-robust South American harvests, traders said. Chicago Board of Trade soft red winter wheat rose on bargain buying following four straight days of declines. Chicago Board of Trade May soybean futures...

  • LONDON, March 24- Copper fell on Friday, ending the week 2 percent lower after workers agreed to end a strike at the world's top copper mine in Chile. The price of copper in London dipped briefly on Thursday on news that the strike at BHP Billiton's Escondida mine had ended. "It had led to rising prices ahead of the strike and now I would expect the price to give away some...

  • CHICAGO, March 24- U.S. soybean futures dropped 1 percent on Friday to their lowest in more than four months on pressure from rising forecasts for already-robust South American harvests, traders said. Wheat futures were mixed, with Chicago Board of Trade soft red winter wheat rising on bargain buying following four straight days of declines, while K.C. hard red...

  • *South America supply outlook takes shine off U.S. exports. *Corn also stays weak on bumper South America crop prospects. PARIS/ SYDNEY, March 24- U.S. soybean prices eased on Friday to hit a four-month low as expectations for South American production continued to rise, leading investors to ignore healthy weekly U.S. exports.

  • LONDON, March 24- Copper steadied on Friday but was set to end the week almost 2 percent lower as workers agreed to resume work at the world's top copper mine in Chile. Investors this week were also jittery on prospects that President Donald Trump's healthcare bill would not pass, suggesting he may not be able to muster the backing needed to push through fiscal...

  • MELBOURNE, March 24- London copper was on Friday set to drop more than 2 percent for the week, with striking union members agreeing to return to work at the world's top copper mine, in Chile. "There was a lot of exuberance at the start of the year about President Trump's pro-growth policies and certainly base metals benefitted from that," said analyst Daniel Hynes at...

  • WELLINGTON, March 24- New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English on Friday announced a renewed push to promote free trade in his first major trade policy announcement since taking over as leader last December. New Zealand's $180 billion economy depends on exports, and the country lobbied hard in favour of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

  • LONDON, March 23- Deutsche Bank has chosen a new office for its London headquarters, signalling a vote of confidence in Britain's capital despite the country's decision to leave the European Union. This week Goldman Sachs said it would begin moving hundreds of people out of London as part of contingency planning to retain access to the single market even before...

  • SEOUL/ TOKYO/ MILAN, March 23- The world's biggest liquefied natural gas buyers, all in Asia, are clubbing together to secure more flexible supply contracts in a move which shifts power to importers from producers as oversupply grows. Korea Gas Corp said on Thursday it had signed a memorandum of understanding in mid-March with Japan's JERA and China National...

  • *S.Korea' s KOGAS, Japan's Jera, China's CNOOC sign MOU. Korea Gas Corp said on Thursday it had signed a memorandum of understanding in mid-March with Japan's JERA and China National Offshore Oil Corp to exchange information and "cooperate in the joint procurement of LNG." The unusual alliance of three buyers across three countries will pressure exporters like...