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  • NEW YORK, Nov 17- J. Crew Group Inc, known for its preppy men's and women's clothing, said on Saturday that its Chief Executive Officer James Brett is leaving the company, effective immediately. The decision, which leaves the retailer without a CEO ahead of the key holiday shopping season, was described in a statement as a mutual agreement between Brett and the New...

  • The Maldives, famous for its luxury resorts on palm-fringed islands, is the latest in a number of small countries where China has invested millions of dollars building highways and housing as part of its Belt and Road Initiative. Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, which is seeking to claw back ground in a country it considered as part of its area of influence,...

  • DUBAI, Nov 17- Iran and Iraq could raise their annual bilateral trade to $20 billion from the current level of $12 billion, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, despite concerns over the economic impact of renewed U.S. sanctions. Iranian trade officials denied that any food-for-gas scheme could be set up as Iran was a net exporter of food to Iraq.

  • SEOUL, Nov 17- Chinese President Xi Jinping intends to visit North Korea next year after receiving an invite from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea said on Saturday, which would make Xi the first Chinese leader to do so since 2005.. Xi told South Korean president Moon Jae- in in a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation...

  • SHANGHAI, Nov 17- Four new outbreaks of African swine fever have been reported in China's provinces of Jiangxi, Yunnan and Sichuan as well as the municipality of Shanghai, the agriculture ministry said on Saturday. Ten pigs had died from the disease and 10 others had fallen ill on a farm with 150 hogs in the southeastern province of Jiangxi, the ministry said on its...

  • DUBAI, Nov 17- Iran and Iraq could raise their annual bilateral trade to $20 billion from the current level of $12 billion, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, amid concerns in Tehran over the economic impact of renewed U.S. sanctions. Rouhani's remarks, made after a meeting with visiting Iraqi President Barham Salih, came about two weeks after the United...

  • SEOUL, Nov 17- Chinese President Xi Jinping intends to visit North Korea next year after receiving an invite from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea said in a statement from its presidential office on Saturday. Xi told South Korean president Moon Jae- in that he would "make time" to visit North Korea next year, Kim Eui-kyeom, spokesman for South Korea's...

  • DUBAI, Nov 17- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday Iran and Iraq could raise annual bilateral trade to $20 billion from the current level of $12 billion, in remarks carried live by state television.

  • *China says U.S. protectionism damaging global growth. PORT MORESBY, Nov 17- The United States and China swapped barbs over trade, investment and regional security at an Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit on Saturday, as growing fault lines among members suggested little prospect of consensus at the weekend meeting. Vice President Mike Pence said there...

  • *China says U.S. protectionism damaging global growth. PORT MORESBY, Nov 17- The United States and China swapped barbs over trade, investment and regional security at an Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit on Saturday, as growing fault lines among members suggested little prospect of consensus at the weekend meeting. Vice President Mike Pence said there...

  • PORT MORESBY, Nov 17- The United States will join Pacific ally Australia to build a naval base on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island, U.S. Analysts say a Chinese presence on Manus Island could impact the West's ability to navigate the Pacific while offering Beijing close access to U.S. bases in Guam. Pence said the United States would partner with Australia and PNG on...

  • *China says U.S. protectionism damaging global growth. PORT MORESBY, Nov 17- The United States and China swapped barbs over trade, investment and regional security at an Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit on Saturday, as growing fault lines among members suggested little prospect of consensus at the weekend meeting. Vice President Mike Pence said there...

  • *China says U.S. protectionism damaging global growth. PORT MORESBY, Nov 17- The United States and China swapped barbs over trade, investment and regional security at an Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit on Saturday, as growing fault lines among members suggested little prospect of consensus at the weekend meeting. Vice President Mike Pence said there...

  • Vice President Mike Pence met with Taiwan's envoy to the APEC summit, Morris Chang, on the sidelines of a business forum on Saturday in Port Moresby, according to a media report. Despite Taiwan's lack of diplomatic recognition by the vast majority of countries, APEC allows the island to participate as a separate economic, rather than political, entity.

  • *Pence says U.S. could double tariffs on China. *U.S. will not change course until China changes. PORT MORESBY, Nov 17- The United States will not back down from its trade dispute with China, and might even double its tariffs, unless Beijing bows to U.S. demands, Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday.

  • Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday the United States will not end its trade action against China until it amends its trade polices. Speaking at an Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Papua New Guinea, Pence said the United States would not remove trade tariffs with China until it changes its policies. "We have taken decisive action to address...

  • *Globalisation leaving some people behind- Malaysia's Mahathir. PORT MORESBY, Nov 17- Fault lines were quick to emerge over the future of free trade as leaders gathered for an Asia-Pacific summit on Saturday, with some calling for radical change while others argued for a return to the status quo on globalisation. "The trade war between the U.S. and China has...

  • PORT MORESBY, Nov 17- Chinese President Xi Jinping warned on Saturday that the shadow of protectionism and unilateralism was hanging over global growth, joining other Asia-Pacific leaders in urging free trade. "One who chooses to close his door will only cut himself off from the rest of the world and lose his direction," Xi said at an Asia Pacific Economic...

  • PORT MORESBY, Nov 17- Russian Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev warned against growing protectionism and argued for clear cut and transparent rules on trade. Medvedev was speaking in Russian at the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Papua New Guinea, where U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is due to speak later about President Donald Trump's commitment...

  • PORT MORESBY, Nov 17- Global leaders must promote free trade, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday. Speaking at the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Papua New Guinea, Morrison urged leaders to embrace free, open trade, rejecting protectionism. "The test for us now, for all of us is to stand up for the economic values we believe in.