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  • LA PAZ, April 21- Bolivia will manufacture and market lithium batteries along with German company ACI Systems GmbH, which will invest $1.3 billion in the project, the country's manager of the lithium deposits told the Bolivian state radio on Saturday. Along with Argentina and Chile, Bolivia is part of South America's so-called "lithium triangle," one of the...

  • WASHINGTON— A new federal disclosure shows a Washington lobbyist tied to a bargain-priced condo leased by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt sought to influence the agency on behalf of a client earlier this year. The firm's new filing contradicts denials by both Pruitt and Hart that the lobbyist hadn't conducted any recent business with...

  • WASHINGTON, April 21- The World Bank's shareholders on Saturday endorsed a $13 billion paid-in capital increase that will boost China's shareholding but bring lending reforms that will raise borrowing costs for higher-middle-income countries, including China. "We have more than doubled the capacity of the World Bank Group," the institution's president, Jim...

  • *China market liberalization a move in right direction. WASHINGTON, April 21- A multilateral framework like the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact works better in fixing trade imbalances than a bilateral deal, IMF Deputy Managing Director Mitsuhiro Furusawa said in an endorsement of Japan's calls for Washington to rejoin TPP. Japan and the United States are at...

  • MEXICO CITY— Mexico and the European Union reached a deal to update their nearly 20- year-old free trade agreement on Saturday, including the elimination of tariffs on a number of Mexican agricultural products. Mexico is in ongoing talks with the United States and Canada on overhauling the North American Free Trade Agreement. It said that since the accord took...

  • WASHINGTON, April 21- Despite calls to resist protectionism and for the United States to rejoin a multilateral trans-Pacific trade pact, Japan is gradually shifting gear to adjust to a trade environment shaken up by U.S. Japan ramped up its warning over the damage protectionism could inflict on the global economy, with Finance Minister Taro Aso saying this...

  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday he may travel to China, a move that could ease tensions between the world's two largest economies, as international policymakers acknowledged Beijing needs to change its trade practices. Mnuchin also declined to say what he wants from a trade deal with China, adding, "If we have a deal, you'll know what it looks...

  • The package agreed to consists of $7.5 billion paid-in capital for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and $5.5 billion paid-in capital for the International Finance Corporation, through both general and selective capital increases, as well as a $52.6 billion callable capital increase for IBRD, the World Bank said in a statement.

  • *For EU, Mexico adds to deal already agreed with Japan. BRUSSELS, April 21- The European Union and Mexico reached an agreement on Saturday on a new free trade deal, a coup for both parties in the face of increased protectionism from the United States under President Donald Trump. The agreement in principle with Mexico follows a deal struck last year with Japan and...

  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday he may travel to China, a move that could ease tensions between the world's two largest economies, as international policymakers acknowledged Beijing needs to change its trade practices. Mnuchin also declined to say what he wants from a trade deal with China, adding, "If we have a deal, you'll know what it looks...

  • BRUSSELS, April 21- The European Union and Mexico reached a preliminary agreement on Saturday on a new free trade deal, a coup for both parties in the face of increased protectionism from the United States under President Donald Trump. The preliminary deal with Mexico, which is keen to reduce its reliance on trade with the United States, follows one the EU struck...

  • Canadian online-gambling company Stars Group Inc. says it is buying U.K.- based Sky Betting& Gaming in a deal worth $4.7 billion. In February, Stars Group announced it was buying a controlling stake in Australia's CrownBet Holdings for $118 million. Shares of Toronto- based Stars Group closed Friday at $29.30, giving the company a market value of nearly $4.2...

  • The United States has threatened to impose tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports in a bid to try and force Beijing to stop its companies from stealing American companies' intellectual property. "A trip is under consideration," Mnuchin said at a press conference during the International Monetary Fund and World Bank spring meetings in Washington on Saturday.

  • China to work on trade issues and has discussed the potential. for market openings in China with Beijing's new central bank chief. "A trip is under consideration," Mnuchin said at a press conference during the International Monetary Fund and World Bank spring meetings in Washington.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio crews cleaning up a massive former Cold War-era uranium enrichment plant in Ohio plan this summer to deploy a high-tech helper: an autonomous, radiation-measuring robot that will roll through miles of large overhead pipes to spot potentially hazardous residual uranium. The RadPiper robot was developed at Carnegie Mellon University in...

  • WASHINGTON, April 21- Europe will not choose sides in the trade dispute between the United States and China, a top European official said on Saturday, adding that the European Union's temporary exemptions from U.S. steel and aluminium tariffs should become permanent. European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici said trade was...

  • NEW YORK, April 21- The U.S. Commerce Department has granted ZTE Corp's request to submit more evidence after the agency banned American companies from selling to the Chinese technology firm, a senior Commerce official said on Saturday. The U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security, or BIS, this week banned American companies from selling to ZTE...

  • LAS VEGAS— A home invader wearing a ski mask is holding a woman hostage in her bedroom. The officer in this training exercise was a British tourist, and the victim and intruder were on a life-size video projection inside the Mob Museum in Las Vegas. The courthouse-turned-museum in downtown Las Vegas for years has showcased the area's storied past in organized...

  • EVERETT, Wash.— It's not uncommon to see brand new commercial jets flying in and out of Paine Field, just north of Seattle, defying rain and low visibility that define the region. Smith is the founder and chief executive officer of Propeller Investments LLC., which secured a 50- year agreement with Snohomish County three years ago through a local subsidiary to build...

  • WASHINGTON— The Latest on the global finance meetings in Washington:. The proposal was approved late Saturday by the World Bank's Development Committee, which sets policies for the 189- nation lending agency. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim hailed the action as a demonstration of "renewed confidence in global cooperation."