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  • TOKYO, Aug 26- Japan's government lobbied hard for a global pact that limits mercury use and to name the resulting treaty after Minamata, the site of a homegrown industrial disaster from the 1950 s when the toxic metal poured into a river, poisoning thousands.

  • TOKYO, Aug 25- Tokyo stocks rebounded to a 3-1/ 2- week high on Monday, led by exporters and others as the yen struck a seven-month low against the dollar after a gathering of central bankers underscored the diverging path of Japanese and U.S. interest rates.

  • Russia allows dairy imports from two Serbian firms Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 | 10:56 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Aug 23- Russia has lifted a ban on dairy imports from two firms in Serbia, the government's food health service said on Saturday, in an apparent attempt to woo the European Union membership candidate amid Moscow's standoff with the West.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 22- The United States has approved anti-dumping duties against South Korea and other producers of steel pipes for the energy sector, a victory for domestic producers hoping to benefit from a boom in the U.S. shale oil and gas industry.

  • GENEVA, Aug 22- China has appealed against a WTO dispute panel report on anti-dumping duties applied on certain Chinese products by the United States, the World Trade Organization said on Friday.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 22- The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday voted to impose anti-dumping duties against steel pipe imports from seven countries, exempting two, handing a victory to domestic producers who had complained that the cheap imports were undercutting their prices.

  • GENEVA/ WASHINGTON, Aug 22- A World Trade Organization dispute panel ruled against Argentina on Friday in a 2012 case brought by the United States, European Union and Japan against Argentine import licensing rules used to restrict imports.

  • GENEVA, Aug 22- China has appealed against a WTO dispute panel report on anti-dumping duties applied on certain Chinese products by the United States, the World Trade Organization said on Friday. It was not immediately clear why China lodged the appeal.

  • GENEVA, Aug 22- A World Trade Organisation dispute panel ruled against Argentina on Friday in a 2012 case brought by the United States, European Union, and Japan against Argentine import licensing rules used to restrict imports.

  • GENEVA- CHINA APPEALS AGAINST WTO DISPUTE PANEL REPORT ON ANTI-DUMPING DUTIES APPLIED ON CERTAIN CHINESE PRODUCTS BY U.S.- WTO.

  • CHINA WTO APPEAL COVERS SOLAR PANELS, WIND TOWERS, STEEL SINKS, LINE PIPES, ALUMINIUM EXTRUSIONS, WTO SAYS.

  • Serbia says it won't impose sanctions on Russia Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 7:53 AM ET

    BELGRADE, Serbia— Despite pressure from the European Union, Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia or curb its food exports to that country, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday. The EU said Friday it welcomes that " Serbia will not increase the state support for its exports to Russia."

  • Thai junta upbeat on economy, but not out of the woods Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 7:41 PM ET
    General Prayuth Chan-ocha was elected Thailand's Prime Minister on 21 August 2014.

    Thailand's junta wants to sell a positive story about its coup saving a troubled economy, but there is little evidence yet of a sustainable recovery.

  • *China July sugar imports more than triple mth before. BEIJING, Aug 21- China's sugar imports more than tripled in July from the month before to 280,000 tonnes as traders took advantage of lower global prices, but pressure from domestic inventory looks set to keep full year imports below 2013' s record levels.

  • Mongolia, China pledge $10 billion in annual trade Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 1:26 AM ET

    ULAN BATOR, Mongolia— China and Mongolia pledged Thursday to almost double their annual two-way trade to $10 billion by 2020 as President Xi Jinping became the first Chinese head of state in more than a decade to visit this sprawling resource-rich nation sandwiched between China and Russia.

  • Earlier this month, Russia banned all meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetable imports from the United States, the European Union, Norway, Canada, and Australia for one year to retaliate again sanctions slapped on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

  • UPDATE 2-JA Solar plans to set up factories in N. America Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:40 PM ET

    Aug 20- Chinese solar products maker JA Solar Holdings Co Ltd expects to set up manufacturing plants in North America next year as the United States expands anti-dumping duties on products made in China and Taiwan.

  • WARSAW, Aug 20- Poland believes Russia may be seeking to extend its ban on imports of food products from the European Union to goods in transit through Russia, Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski said on Wednesday.

  • BERLIN, Aug 20- German exports to Russia plunged in the first half of 2014, led by a sharp fall in car and machinery shipments, amid an escalating standoff between the West and Moscow over Ukraine. The value of German shipments to Russia fell 15.5 percent to 15.3 billion euros in the first six months of the year, data from the Statistics Office showed.

  • BERLIN, Aug 20- German exports to Russia plunged in the first half of 2014, led by a sharp fall in car and machinery shipments, amid an escalating standoff between the West and Moscow over Ukraine. The value of German shipments to Russia fell 15.5 percent to 15.3 billion euros in the first six months of the year, data from the Statistics Office showed.