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  • BEIJING, April 21- China's Finance Minister Lou Jiwei criticised the U.S. proposal for sectors to be closed to foreign investment under a Bilateral Investment Treaty that is currently being negotiated between Washington and Beijing, state media reported. Negative lists are a pivotal element in negotiations between China and the United States to conclude...

  • BEIJING, April 21- China's Finance Minister Lou Jiwei criticized the U.S. proposal for sectors to be closed to foreign investment under a Bilateral Investment Treaty that is currently being negotiated between Washington and Beijing, state media reported. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said it was "critical" that China's negative list be short.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 30 Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia to release the minutes of its April policy meeting- 0130 GMT. GENEVA- European Central Bank Supervisory Board Chair Daniele Nouy speaks at the International Center for Monetary and Banking Studies- 1630 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Sweden's Riksbank Deputy Governor Henry Ohlsson takes part in panel debate- 1115 GMT.

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama has invited Democratic and Republican lawmakers to the White House for a reception thanking them for their work on legislation permanently changing how Medicare pays doctors. He said he would have lawmakers to the White House this week. Instead, doctors threatened to leave the Medicare program, and that forced Congress...

  • WASHINGTON, April 20- Almost 300 business groups from across the United States are urging swift passage of a bipartisan bill in Congress that would "fast-track" trade deals, in a letter they plan to send to congressional leaders on Tuesday. Noting that Washington was negotiating trade deals with Pacific countries and Europe, the letter seen by Reuters, dated...

  • Figures on government spending and debt Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 6:16 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt.

  • *Vast majority sees no disadvantages if Japan stays out of AIIB. The plans for the new bank, seen as a significant setback to U.S. efforts to extend its influence in the Asia-Pacific region and balance China's growing financial clout, have put Japan in a quandary. It does not want to alienate Washington, its closest ally, or bolster rival China especially at the...

  • The Treasury Department auctioned $24 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.025 percent, the same as last week. Another $24 billion in six-month bills were auctioned at a discount rate of 0.09 percent, down from 0.105 percent the previous week. For a $10,000 bill, the three-month price was $9,999.37, while a six-month bill sold for $9,995.45.

  • HOUSTON, April 20- Senator Lisa Murkowski said on Monday she will introduce legislation this year to allow U.S. crude exports, saying the Obama administration shouldn't dare lift sanctions on Iran before scrapping the U.S. crude export ban. While the final framework of the deal has yet to be determined, it appears it would let Iran export far more crude oil than at...

  • Finalists: The Boston Globe for its stories, videos, photos and graphics exposing a poorly regulated, profit-driven housing system that subjected thousands of college students in Boston to unsafe, and even deadly, conditions; and The Wall Street Journal for "Deadly Medicine," a stellar reporting project that documented the significant cancer risk to women of a...

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday that BlackRock Advisors LLC breached its fiduciary duties to clients by failing to disclose that Daniel Rice, who oversaw some energy funds and separate accounts, was running a family-owned oil and natural gas company that ultimately became the largest holding of a fund he ran for BlackRock.

  • Business events scheduled for Tuesday Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 2:05 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— State Unemployment, 10 a.m. Eastern time. Amgen Inc. reports quarterly financial results after the market closes. Discover Financial Services reports quarterly financial results after the market closes.

  • TEHRAN, Iran— A Washington Post reporter jailed for nearly nine months in Iran faces charges of espionage and three other crimes, his lawyer revealed Monday following her first in-depth meeting with the journalist. The Post, citing a statement from defense lawyer Leila Ahsan, said Jason Rezaian also faces charges of "conducting propaganda against the...

  • WASHINGTON— The Transportation Security Administration is tightening security rules for airline and airport workers in the wake of a criminal case in which an Atlanta baggage handler was accused of smuggling guns on commercial jets, Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said Monday. In the immediate aftermath of the December arrest, Johnson ordered a 90- day...

  • "Willie's Reserve" will be grown and sold in Colorado and Washington, where recreational pot is legal. Nelson said in a statement that he's "looking forward to working with the best growers in Colorado and Washington to make sure our product is the best on the market." "Like other industries, branding and creative marketing is a big part of supporting legal cannabis...

  • *Euro slips on Greece worries, dollar. NEW YORK, April 20- European and U.S. stocks rose on Monday after China announced economic stimulus measures while the euro fell against the dollar on worries Greece may default. "What's helped the market today is the story about more stimulus in China," said Rick Meckler, President of LibertyView Capital Management in Jersey...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court has declined to disturb the conviction of a former Goldman Sachs and Procter& Gamble board member on charges of conspiracy and securities fraud. The justices had no comment Monday on their order rejecting Rajat Gupta's appeal of his 2012 conviction for feeding lucrative inside tips about Goldman to a billionaire hedge fund...

  • WASHINGTON— Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker is calling for a reshaping of the U.S. financial oversight regime, which he says is splintered and ineffective. Under the Volcker Alliance's recommendations, the Federal Reserve would keep primary responsibility for financial stability. A new, independent Prudential Supervisory Authority would...

  • TOKYO, April 20- Japan and the United States continued the second of two days of tough trade talks on Monday that could pave the way for a broader trans-Pacific agreement, although Tokyo shrugged off expectations of a bilateral deal in time for a summit next week. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaking on an evening news programme in Tokyo, said negotiators...

  • *China move boost Aussie, euro down on Greece worries. LONDON, April 20- Global stock markets had a mixed start to the week on Monday and core bond yields fell as investors juggled Chinese steps to stimulate its slowing economy and a proposed telecoms deal in Europe with growing worries Greece may default. This, in turn, contributed to an early rise in European shares,...