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  • Negotiators from Taiwan and China met for their first high-level talks on the island in 60 years on Tuesday, with deals on direct flights, cargo routes and food safety expected to be signed later in the day.

  • Germany Will Remain Europe's Economic Powerhouse Friday, 19 Sep 2008 | 10:02 AM ET

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  • Australia Exports, Profits Reap Resource Bonanza Monday, 1 Sep 2008 | 12:26 AM ET
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    Australia's current account deficit shrank by a third last quarter thanks to booming resource exports, though trade still proved a slight drag on economic growth.

  • Retail Sales Drop for First Time in 5 Months Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 | 10:39 AM ET

    Total sales at U.S. retailers edged down 0.1 percent in July on another big drop in auto sales, as consumers strain to keep up spending amid rising prices.

  • US Benefits From Worries About the Global Economy Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 | 10:02 AM ET

    An August poll of fund managers  showed a shift in favor of U.S. assets with a more positive attitude towards the dollar.

  • June Trade Gap Shrinks Despite Oil Price Surge Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 8:37 AM ET

    The U.S. trade deficit shrank unexpectedly in June, as the weak U.S. dollar helped push exports higher and overpowered the effect of record-high prices for imported oil, a Commerce Department report showed on Tuesday.

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    China's economic growth is expected to stabilize in the third quarter, helped by a shift of government policy towards sustaining growth, a major government research institute said on Friday.

  • Clean Tech Opportunities Abound Thursday, 31 Jul 2008 | 12:37 PM ET

    Beijing’s ‘Green’ Olympics are going to be one of the most smog-ridden Games ever but this offers tremendous opportunities for clean technology suppliers, where American firms excel.

  • WTO Talks Boosted by Banana Row Progress Sunday, 27 Jul 2008 | 11:45 PM ET
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    Talks to rescue a global trade deal got another boost on Sunday with progress towards settling a row over bananas and other long-standing disputes, but concerns grew about China's openness to imports.

  • WTO Talks Make "Some Progress," But Mood Somber Wednesday, 23 Jul 2008 | 10:43 PM ET

    A latest round of talks to salvage a global trade deal made "some progress" on Thursday, ministers said but officials said the mood behind closed doors was somber.

  • 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.