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  • S.Korea President Sacks Ministers for US Beef Deal Monday, 7 Jul 2008 | 3:24 AM ET
    A South Korean protester in a cow outfit holds a placard during a candlelight vigil against U.S. beef imports in front of the Seoul City Hall, South Korea, Wednesday, June 4, 2008. South Korea's opposition parties agreed Wednesday to boycott the new legislature to pressure embattled President Lee Myung-bak to renegotiate a much-criticized beef import deal with the United States. The Korean read " Oppose Import." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    South Korean President Lee Myung-bak sacked three ministers on Monday in his first cabinet reshuffle, trying to restore support for his four-month-old government embattled over an unpopular U.S. beef import deal.

  • Malaysia Exports Jump on Crude, Palm Oil Demand Friday, 4 Jul 2008 | 2:01 AM ET

    Malaysian exports in May jumped 22 percent from a year earlier to a record high, far exceeding market expectations, thanks to high shipments of crude, palm oil and electronics.

  • Australia Boasts Trade Surplus on Resource Boom Wednesday, 2 Jul 2008 | 11:03 PM ET

    Australia's trade deficit came in much as expected in May, but April's shortfall was revised to show the first surplus since 2002 thanks to huge price increases for the country's iron ore exports.

  • RBA Holds Rates Steady, Counts on Slowdown Tuesday, 1 Jul 2008 | 1:40 AM ET

    Australia's central bank held interest rates steady at a decade high on Tuesday, citing  growing evidence that past hikes were working to cool demand and curb inflation in the long run.

  • New Protests as Korea Checks US Beef for Import Friday, 27 Jun 2008 | 12:21 AM ET
    A South Korean protester in a cow outfit holds a placard during a candlelight vigil against U.S. beef imports in front of the Seoul City Hall, South Korea, Wednesday, June 4, 2008. South Korea's opposition parties agreed Wednesday to boycott the new legislature to pressure embattled President Lee Myung-bak to renegotiate a much-criticized beef import deal with the United States. The Korean read " Oppose Import." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Militant protesters blocked trucks from leaving warehouses for a second day on Friday as South Korea resumed quarantine checks on U.S. beef imports, moving to bring the product to market for the first time in nine months.

  • Shorting Oil The Way To Go? Wednesday, 25 Jun 2008 | 12:51 PM ET

    I'm hearing that a very large energy trader--one of largest, actually--took a huge short position yesterday in two oil ETFS--Energy Select Sector SPDR and Oil Service HOLDRs and he's added to those shorts as this market sells off this morning.

  • South Korea to Restart of US Beef Imports Thursday Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | 10:26 PM ET
    A South Korean protester in a cow outfit holds a placard during a candlelight vigil against U.S. beef imports in front of the Seoul City Hall, South Korea, Wednesday, June 4, 2008. South Korea's opposition parties agreed Wednesday to boycott the new legislature to pressure embattled President Lee Myung-bak to renegotiate a much-criticized beef import deal with the United States. The Korean read " Oppose Import." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    South Korea will allow the resumption of U.S. beef imports starting Thursday under new quarantine rules that will exclude meat from cattle older than 30 months old, the president's ruling party said on Wednesday.

  • US and South Korea Close to Deal on Beef Exports Thursday, 19 Jun 2008 | 10:05 PM ET
    A South Korean protester in a cow outfit holds a placard during a candlelight vigil against U.S. beef imports in front of the Seoul City Hall, South Korea, Wednesday, June 4, 2008. South Korea's opposition parties agreed Wednesday to boycott the new legislature to pressure embattled President Lee Myung-bak to renegotiate a much-criticized beef import deal with the United States. The Korean read " Oppose Import." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    The United States and South Korea on Thursday concluded negotiations over a recent deal to reopen the Asian nation's market to U.S. beef exports, signaling they were close to a breakthrough.

  • EU's Mandelson Sees Russia WTO Deal in 2008 Thursday, 19 Jun 2008 | 3:31 AM ET

    Agreement can be reached by the end of this year on Russia's accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), but rows over the trade in meat and timber need to be resolved, the European Union's trade chief said.

  • US, South Korea Press on With Beef Trade Talks Tuesday, 17 Jun 2008 | 7:53 PM ET
    A South Korean protester in a cow outfit holds a placard during a candlelight vigil against U.S. beef imports in front of the Seoul City Hall, South Korea, Wednesday, June 4, 2008. South Korea's opposition parties agreed Wednesday to boycott the new legislature to pressure embattled President Lee Myung-bak to renegotiate a much-criticized beef import deal with the United States. The Korean read " Oppose Import." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    U.S. and South Korean trade officials pressed ahead with negotiations that Seoul hopes will result in new limits to a recent deal to reopen South Korea's market to U.S. beef exports.

  • Euro Zone Swings to Trade Surplus in April Tuesday, 17 Jun 2008 | 6:06 AM ET

    The euro zone unexpectedly swung to a trade surplus in April from a deficit in March, data showed on Tuesday, as the region's strong currency failed to subdue exports and imports expanded quickly.

  • Australia's RBA Felt Rates High Enough in June Monday, 16 Jun 2008 | 11:08 PM ET

    Australia's central bank  concluded that interest rates were high enough to cool the  economy and restrain inflation, at its June policy meeting,  minutes showed on Tuesday, though the board stood ready to tighten further should demand not slow as expected.

  • US, China Sign Business Deals, Eye Investment Pact Monday, 16 Jun 2008 | 9:55 PM ET
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    U.S. and Chinese companies signed 35 business deals in sectors ranging from automobiles to telecommunications on the eve of high-level trade and investment talks between the two countries.

  • South Korea, US Beef Talks Break Down, No Deal Monday, 16 Jun 2008 | 12:36 AM ET
    A South Korean protester in a cow outfit holds a placard during a candlelight vigil against U.S. beef imports in front of the Seoul City Hall, South Korea, Wednesday, June 4, 2008. South Korea's opposition parties agreed Wednesday to boycott the new legislature to pressure embattled President Lee Myung-bak to renegotiate a much-criticized beef import deal with the United States. The Korean read " Oppose Import." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Talks between top South Korean and U.S. trade officials aimed at easing an uproar in South Korea over a deal to resume American beef imports broke down without an agreement, the two countries said on Monday. 

  • South Korea Seeks a Revised Beef Deal Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | 1:13 PM ET

    South Korea said Thursday that it would send its top trade negotiator to the United States to try to revise an agreement on American beef imports that has set off weeks of demonstrations against the government of President Lee Myung-bak.

  • Australia Needs Tight Policy Given Trade Boom : RBA Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | 12:01 AM ET

    Domestic demand in Australia is cooling in the face of higher interest rates but coming stimulus from a trade boom means a tight monetary policy remains essential, the country's top central banker said on Friday.

  • Australia Jobs Fall for First Time in 19 Months Wednesday, 11 Jun 2008 | 10:54 PM ET

    Australian employment fell in May for the first time in 19 months, an unexpected sign of softness in one of the strongest parts of the economy which should lessen the risk of another increase in interest rates.

  • Australia Trade Deficit Drops, Surplus on Horizon Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 11:14 PM ET

    Australia's trade deficit shrank by far more than expected to its smallest in 14 months in April fuelling speculation that surging prices for coal and iron ore exports could make deficits a thing of the past.

  • South Korea's Current Account Surplus at 3-Year High Thursday, 29 May 2008 | 10:41 PM ET
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    South Korea's current account surplus hit a three-year high in April as exports grew faster than imports, central bank data showed on Friday, helping push the won up sharply to a fresh 3-week high against the dollar.

  • Motion Picture Association of America boss Dan Glickman talks about Beijing's efforts to crack down on film piracy ahead of the summer Olympics.