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  • US travel company begins booking flights to Cuba Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 8:57 AM ET
    A young woman talks on her mobile phone as she walks past a mural depicting Cuban revolutionary leaders January 24, 2015 in Havana, Cuba.

    CheapAir.com on Thursday started providing customers with a simple way to book a trip to Cuba online.

  • BEIJING— China imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports that took immediate effect Thursday amid criticism that its citizens' huge appetite for ivory has fueled poaching that threatens the existence of African elephants. China is the world's largest importer of smuggled tusks, although Beijing has campaigned against illegal ivory. After China acquired a...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 26- The European Union said on Thursday it was escalating a dispute with Russia at the World Trade Organization over what it said were excessive import duties on paper products, refrigerators and palm oil. The challenge is the latest in a series of WTO disputes with Russia, the EU's third-biggest trading partner, since Moscow joined the body in 2012,...

  • U.S. lawmakers battle over currency in trade deals Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:04 PM ET

    A bipartisan bill introduced this month and proposals from other lawmakers seek to stop trading partners such as China and Japan from manipulating exchange rates to make their goods cheaper for overseas buyers. It encompasses 12 Pacific Rim trading partners including Japan, whose stimulus program has helped lop off a third of the yen's value since late...

  • KIEV, Feb 25- Ukraine's central bank banned most commercial currency trading for the rest of the week on Wednesday and jumped into the market to buy dollars, reversing a free-fall in the hryvnia that it called "irrational". At day's end the central bank announced it had bought $80 million at an official rate of 28.046 to the dollar, close to the rate at the start of the...

  • KIEV, Feb 25- The value of Ukraine's free-falling hryvnia was in limbo on Wednesday after the central bank banned nearly all commercial currency trading until the end of the week, a decision denounced by the prime minister as bad for the economy. Exporters in Ukraine are required to sell 75 percent of their hard currency income. After later emergency talks with...

  • *Shipments to China -20 pct, to Japan -7.5 pct. BANGKOK, Feb 25- Thai exports were far weaker than expected in January, which will renew pressure on the military-led government to boost economic stimulus and on the central bank to cut rates. Exports, worth more than 60 percent of the economy, fell 3.46 percent in January on the year, the Commerce Ministry said on...

  • MUMBAI, Feb 25- Hindu nationalists in India have stepped up attacks on the country's beef industry, seizing trucks with cattle bound for abattoirs and blockading meat processing plants in a bid to halt the trade in the world's second-biggest exporter. "We are doing everything legally, but these people harass us and disrupt our work for no reason," said Mohammad...

  • *Shipments to China -20 pct, to Japan -7.5 pct. BANGKOK, Feb 25- Thai exports were far weaker than expected in January and imports tumbled again, renewing pressure on the military government to get the stumbling economy moving. Exports, which equal more than 60 percent of gross domestic product, dropped 3.46 percent in January from a year earlier, the Commerce...

  • SEOUL, Feb 25- South Korea said on Wednesday it and China had completed the "initialising" process on a bilateral free trade agreement and were aiming for formal signing of the pact within the first half of this year. China is the world's largest exporter and South Korea ranks seventh. The deal comes as South Korea has yet to decide whether to join the United...

  • MEXICO CITY, Feb 24- A meeting aimed at sealing a Pacific trade deal has been called for April, Mexico's economy minister said on Tuesday, adding he was optimistic it would be finalized in the first half of 2015.. "I am very optimistic that there will be good news for the TPP in the first half of this year," Ildefonso Guajardo told Reuters, referring to the Trans-Pacific...

  • SINOP, Brazil, Feb 24- Brazilian truck drivers protesting high fuel prices for a seventh day on Tuesday interrupted supplies of diesel and raw materials across the country and threatened to hold up grains exports at ports in the middle of a record harvest. President Dilma Rousseff called an emergency meeting, hoping to defuse the strikes, which threaten the...

  • MUMBAI, Feb 25- Hindu nationalists in India have stepped up attacks on the country's beef industry, seizing trucks with cattle bound for abattoirs and blockading meat processing plants in a bid to halt the trade in the world's second-biggest exporter. "We are doing everything legally, but these people harass us and disrupt our work for no reason," said Mohammad...

  • Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen warned Congress on Tuesday against a bid to crack down on currency cheats and said adding currency rules to trade deals could hobble monetary policy. "I would really be concerned by a regime that would introduce sanctions for currency manipulation into trade agreements when it could be the case that it would hamper or even...

  • LONDON, Feb 24- With strong trade and banking links with Greece, Bulgaria and its Balkan neighbors remain highly vulnerable to the threat of Greek financial collapse, even though dependence is lower than it was a few years ago. while Bulgaria sends around 7 percent of its exports to Greece, this graphic shows: http://link.reuters.com/cek24w.

  • *Russia may review tax on wheat exports in March. MOSCOW/ KIEV, Feb 24- Officials in both Russia and Ukraine are considering tougher trade protections to keep food prices from spiraling as their currencies collapse, with Moscow taking more aggressive steps than Kiev to control exports. The Russian rouble has lost nearly half its value and the Ukrainian hryvnia...

  • LONDON, Feb 24- Brent crude oil reversed early losses to trade back above $59 a barrel on Tuesday as Libya's largest oilfield stopped production, and as traders awaited U.S. oil inventory data to see whether it would show another large increase. The Sarir oilfield in Libya shut because of a power cut, in a further blow to exports from the OPEC member.

  • Barbara Lee and John Fleming are highly dubious at best about President Barack Obama's requests for enhanced powers to make trade deals and to deploy the U.S. military. Ideological chasms usually separate Democrat Lee of California— one of Congress' proudest liberals— and Republican Fleming of Louisiana, among its staunchest conservatives.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 23- The United States' top trade official urged lawmakers on Monday to update legislation streamlining the passage of trade deals through Congress to reflect the new global economy. Bipartisan negotiations are continuing on the final form of a bill which will restrict Congress to a yes-or-no vote on trade deals in exchange for setting...

  • When West Coast docks will catch up: Port boss Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 9:19 AM ET
    A container ship is docked at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., in this aerial photo taken Feb. 6, 2015.

    Congestion at 29 ports following a months-long labor dispute has reached "epic proportions," the Port of Long Beach CEO tells CNBC.