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Obama’s Pacific trade push gathers steam

US President Barack Obama’s push to create the world’s largest free trade zone spanning the Pacific gained momentum on Sunday as Canada and Mexico followed Japan into accession talks. At a regional summit in his native Hawaii, Obama said harnessing the huge trade potential of the dynamic region was vital as he wooed countries…

Internet keeps government honest: Google chief

HONOLULU, Hawaii — Broader adoption of the Internet will keep governments on their toes as wired-up citizens exercise their newfound power to check rights abuses, Google chief Eric Schmidt said on Saturday. “In nations and communities around the world, citizens are turning to online tools to keep their governments honest,”…

Obama announces deal on outlines of pan-Pacific trade agreement

HONOLULU (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said Saturday the broad outlines of a deal had been reached on the TranspAcific Partnership trade initiative and he predicted success for the agreement. “I am confident we can get this done,” Obama said as the annual leaders’ meeting of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic…

‘Occupy’ protesters plan march on Honolulu APEC summit

HONOLULU — The killing of a Hawaiian man by a US State Department security agent has galvanized anti-globalization activists who said Thursday they plan to march on a weekend summit of Asia-Pacific leaders here. But activists and security officials said a repeat of the large “occupy” protests that started on…

Mother of WikiLeaks founder to protest Obama visit

The mother of Australian-born whistleblower Julian Assange on Wednesday said she would picket a visit of US President Barack Obama to the capital, Canberra, to rally support for her son. Christine Assange said she would take protests in support of the founder of WikiLeaks to Parliament House next Thursday, where Obama is…

China copyright violations costs almost a million jobs

BIG SKY, Montana — US firms could support nearly one million more jobs if China stopped intellectual property violations, a study said, leading US lawmakers to call for a tough line with Beijing. In a report requested by senators, the US International Trade Commission surveyed US businesses and estimated that…

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