- French minister: 2015 climate deal must avoid US Congress Updated: Jun-01-15 1:11 pm
BONN, Germany - The global climate agreement being negotiated this year must be worded in such a way that it doesn't require approval by the U.S. Congress, the French foreign minister said Monday.
- German politician casts doubt on UK timetable for EU change Updated: Jun-01-15 8:55 am
LONDON - A prominent German lawmaker has cast doubt on British Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to fundamentally change the European Union, arguing that a two-year timetable is too short to resolve the legal issues needed for a treaty change.
- South Korea, China sign free trade deal Updated: Jun-01-15 5:52 am
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea and China signed a free trade deal Monday that will remove tariffs on more than 90 percent of goods over two decades.
- Obama's trade agenda faces tougher odds heading into House Updated: May-31-15 12:10 pm
WASHINGTON - After several near death experiences in the Senate, the trade agenda that President Barack Obama is pushing as a second term capstone faces its biggest hurdle yet in the more polarized House.
- Spain makes US rapid force at Moron base permanent Updated: May-29-15 9:37 am
MADRID - The Spanish government approved an accord Friday permanently granting the U.S. military a presence at a southwestern base as a center for a rapid reaction force to deal with crises in Africa and elsewhere.
- Cyprus leaders look to open 2 more crossings across divide Updated: May-28-15 9:35 am
NICOSIA, Cyprus - The leaders of Cyprus' rival Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities on Thursday agreed to open two more crossing points across the island's north-south divide as reunification negotiations ramped up.
- Sanders wants Clinton to take stand on trade deal Updated: May-27-15 5:03 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Sen. Bernie Sanders is questioning why Democratic presidential rival Hillary Rodman Clinton won't take a stand on the emerging trade deal with Pacific nations, which he calls "enormously important issue" she's been dodging.
- Park Service doesn't always profit from sale of public bison Updated: May-26-15 2:17 pm
RAPID CITY, South Dakota - Last fall, hundreds of publicly owned bison went to private owners, but there wasn't always an exchange of money.
- Charter nears deal for Time Warner Cable Updated: May-25-15 6:48 pm
Charter Communications Inc. is close to buying Time Warner Cable for about $55 billion, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.
- APEC trade chiefs vow to speed up work in WTO Updated: May-24-15 10:23 am
MANILA, Philippines - Trade ministers from 21 Asia-Pacific countries on Sunday issued strong support to the World Trade Organization's efforts to boost global trade amid a flurry of regional free trade agreements.
- Official: Israel thanked US for blocking nuclear document Updated: May-24-15 4:55 am
JERUSALEM - A senior Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked the U.S. for blocking a global document at the United Nations aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, a rare bright spot amid strained relations between the two countries.
- Senate clears White House-backed trade bill Updated: May-23-15 4:33 am
WASHINGTON - In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House.
- US rejects nuclear disarmament document over Israel concerns Updated: May-22-15 9:35 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The United States on Friday blocked a global document aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, saying Egypt and other states tried to "cynically manipulate" the process by setting a deadline for Israel and its neighbors to meet within months on a Middle East zone free of such weapons.
- Senate approves Obama's hard-fought trade negotiating bill Updated: May-22-15 9:25 pm
WASHINGTON - The Republican-led Senate has handed President Barack Obama a major victory by approving his request for enhanced trade negotiating authority.
- Colombian paramilitary warlord wanted in US freed from jail Updated: May-22-15 8:44 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia - A prominent paramilitary warlord wanted in the U.S. on drug charges walked out of a Colombian jail Friday, becoming the first major paramilitary boss to earn freedom as part of a decade-old peace deal.
- Abbas: Israeli settlement expansion blocks any peace deal Updated: May-22-15 8:05 am
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday said Israel is blocking peace by continuing to expand settlements on occupied territory, but reaffirmed his support for a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 border.
- China says work on charter for Asian bank completed Updated: May-22-15 7:36 am
BEIJING - Negotiators from 57 governments completed work Friday on a charter for a Chinese-led Asian regional bank that is to be signed in late June, the Chinese finance ministry said.
- AP Interview: US secrecy in trade, terror riles EU watchdog Updated: May-20-15 7:28 pm
BRUSSELS - The U.S. government's restrictions on access to documents and its insistence on secrecy are undermining trust in trans-Atlantic trade talks and anti-terror data exchanges, the European Union's transparency watchdog said Wednesday.
- Murphy seeks change in trade bill to boost manufacturing Updated: May-20-15 3:12 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, an opponent of trade legislation now before the Senate, is seeking to change it to include a provision supporting U.S. manufacturing.
- Balancing act for House Democratic Leader Pelosi on trade Updated: May-20-15 11:01 am
WASHINGTON - As House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi delivered the signature achievement of President Barack Obama's first term: his health care bill. Now Obama's top second-term goal, a major trade deal, hangs in the balance on Capitol Hill and Pelosi is again on the spot.
- Obama, Senate GOP work together on trade bill Updated: May-19-15 7:46 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration and Senate Republicans worked in unusual harmony Tuesday to advance major trade legislation opposed by many rank-and-file Democrats, an expanding struggle already leaving a mark on the 2016 campaigns for the White House and control of Congress.
- Otter praises passage of child support enforcement bill Updated: May-19-15 6:58 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter praised lawmakers for successfully passing child support enforcement legislation during the Idaho Legislature's 11-hour special session.
- China's impact looms large as US debates its own trade deals Updated: May-19-15 3:41 pm
WASHINGTON - If the U.S. doesn't write the rules of international trade, President Barack Obama warns, China will. In fact, China is already helping write those rules, and in some ways has jumped ahead of the game.
- Chinese PM starts South American investment tour Updated: May-19-15 3:07 pm
BRASILIA, Brazil - China's Premier Li Keqiang and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff agreed on Tuesday to embark on studies for an ambitious railway linking Brazil's Atlantic coast with a Pacific port in Peru, and announced billions in other investments and trade deals.
- Clinton defends financial regs for big banks, dodges trade Updated: May-19-15 1:35 pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Hillary Rodham Clinton sharply criticized Republican efforts to revamp a 2010 financial regulation law as "cynical attempt to game the system for those at the top." But she continued to avoid taking a position on an Asia-Pacific trade pact that has divided fellow Democrats.