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  • *Greenpeace says documents show talks should be stopped. BERLIN, May 2- A sweeping free trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States would lower food safety and environmental standards, Greenpeace said on Monday, citing confidential documents from the talks. Greenpeace opposes the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment...

  • BRUSSELS— Talks to create a massive free trade zone between the United States and the European Union continue to be held back because of disagreements on key issues, making success under President Barack Obama's administration ever less likely. Worsening the climate was Monday's release by Greenpeace of confidential negotiating texts that the...

  • Trump says China is 'raping' America

    GOP front-runner Donald Trump once again criticizes the US trade deficit with China by using the term 'rape.'

  • BERLIN, May 1- German industrial output is expected to increase at a faster pace this year despite weaker growth in exports, the BDI industry association said in its latest report, which was seen by Reuters on Sunday. Domestic demand has replaced foreign trade as the main support of Europe's largest economy, and the government predicts gross domestic product...

  • BAGHDAD— Iraq says April crude oil exports have increased by 2.3 percent from the previous month, filling cash-strapped coffers amid an acute economic crisis. Oil Ministry spokesman Assem Jihad, said Sunday that daily oil exports averaged 3.364 million barrels last month, worth $3.343 billion. Iraq holds the world's fourth largest oil reserves, and oil...

  • DUBAI, May 1- Iran's oil exports to South Korea have more than quadrupled to 400,000 barrels a day since international sanctions were lifted in January, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh was quoted as saying on Sunday by the Shana news agency. Iran, whose exports to South Korea were less than 100,000 barrels a day before sanctions were lifted, has since worked to quickly...

  • *Exports to China, U.S. and EU all fall. SEOUL, May 1- South Korean exports fell at a sharper pace in April as fewer working days ate into shipments already suffering from weak global demand and low global commodity prices, and the trade ministry said it was not optimistic about conditions in May. The International Monetary Fund cut its world growth forecast to 3.2...

  • SEOUL, May 1- South Korean exports fell at a faster pace in April than March in annual terms as fewer working days ate into shipments already suffering from weak global demand and low global commodity prices, government data showed on Sunday. Preliminary data showed April's exports slid 11.2 percent down from a year earlier to $41.05 billion, while imports also...

  • SEOUL, May 1- Following are South Korea's preliminary export and import figures for April, released by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Sunday:. APRIL* MARCH Balance 8.8 9.9 Exports 41.0 43.0 -11.2 -8.1 Imports 32.2 33.2 -14.9 -13.9* Revised figures released on April 15. NOTES:- Reuters poll: Exports were seen down 11.0 percent in April over a year earlier...

  • Trade Representative Daniel Mullaney and European Commission lead negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercera said on Friday they concentrated on less controversial areas such as small and medium enterprises and technical language. But both insisted after their 13th negotiating round in New York that they can still reach a deal this year before U.S.

  • WASHINGTON, April 29- The U.S. Department of Commerce said on Friday it had launched trade investigations into imports of certain carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate from a number of countries, including Brazil, China and Korea. It said it initiated anti-dumping duty probes of so-called CTL plate from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy,...

  • WASHINGTON— The Treasury Department has placed five countries— China, Japan, Germany, South Korea and Taiwan— on a new monitoring list designed to pressure foreign governments to tackle large trade imbalances with the United States. The action was disclosed in a report the administration sent to Congress on Friday. The report, which by law Congress must submit to...

  • Iran economy looking to tourism, trade

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports from Iran about the country's push to diversify its economy away oil and towards tourism and exports.

  • Shipments from Argentina will also battle for business against Brazil's sizable safrinha crop in the months ahead. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says corn planting in Argentina is expected to shoot to 4.2 million hectares in the 2016/ 17 season, compared to 3.2 million hectares in the 2015/ 16 crop year. The USDA's office in Argentina forecasts 2016/ 17 corn...

  • ABIDJAN, April 29- Small Ivory Coast cocoa exporters have defaulted on delivering tens of thousands of tonnes of beans, blaming a poor quality crop and the Coffee and Cocoa Council's decision to ban exports of small beans, sources said on Friday. At least 48,000 tonnes of cocoa beans have not be delivered, said a source at the Coffee and Cocoa Council, posing another...

  • Inside Iran: Saffron, rugs & pistachios

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports Iran is known for more than just oil. The country is known to produce what is considered the best Saffron in the world and their red pistachios are famous worldwide... and the beautiful rugs are self-explanatory.

  • American investments in Iran

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports although the lifting of nuclear sanctions against Iran allows non-US companies to conduct business there, that doesn't necessarily mean the Iranian government wants American investments.

  • TAIPEI, April 29- Taiwan's trade-reliant economy shrank by a worse-than-expected 0.84 percent in the first quarter as exports tumbled, pressuring the new government to come up with stimulus measures and cementing views the central bank will cut interest rates again in coming months. The island's economy is clearly struggling to shake off last year's...

  • WASHINGTON— Eight former secretaries of defense are pushing congressional leaders to back one of President Barack Obama's top priorities and pass a free trade agreement they say is fundamental to national security. The bipartisan group has penned a letter stating that the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement will strengthen alliances with regional...

  • CHICAGO, April 28- U.S. corn futures rose 1.9 percent on Thursday, with concerns about crops in South America spurring export demand for U.S. supplies, traders said. "The exports were a big wake-up call," said Mark Schultz, chief analyst at Northstar Commodity Investment Co.. Chicago Board of Trade May corn futures settled up 6-1/ 4 cents at $3.87 a bushel.