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China blocks up to $5 billion in US farm sales

WASHINGTON – The United States could sell China $5 billion more in farm goods if Beijing cut trade barriers, according to an official study Tuesday that is likely to stoke trade tensions between the two powers. “Results suggest that the elimination of Chinese tariffs and non-tariff measures could lead to…

US tells states to protect rights of people with AIDS

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US government on Monday ordered US states and territories to ensure occupational trade schools and licensing agencies don’t discriminate against applicants who have HIV or AIDS. The Department of Justice (DOJ) sent letters to the states after learning that applicants were being denied admission to public…

US tells states to protect rights of people with AIDS

WASHINGTON – The US government on Monday ordered US states and territories to ensure occupational trade schools and licensing agencies don’t discriminate against applicants who have HIV or AIDS. The Department of Justice (DOJ) sent letters to the states after learning that applicants were being denied admission to public and…

Whoops: Gingrich praises NAFTA for shipping out American jobs

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich found himself in a bit of a log-jam with his inner-conservative Monday night. Appearing on a conservative talk radio program, Gingrich praised the Clinton-era North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), taking the decidedly internationalist view that it was positive because it created jobs in Mexico.…

US Trade Rep Ron Kirk a top candidate for next Commerce Secretary: report

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Wednesday named Commerce Secretary Gary Locke the next ambassador to China, as rumors swirled about who might replace him. US Trade Representative Ron Kirk seemed to be the name on most lips in Washington, alongside a number of dark horse candidates. According to The…

US report urges action against BitTorrent sites

A report by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has classified some of of the most prominent BitTorrent websites as examples of online marketplaces that merit investigation for possible intellectual property rights infringements. BitTorrent is a popular peer-to-peer (P2P) communications protocol for file sharing that excels at…

US trade chief urges Europe to open market to GM foods

BRUSSELS – A top US trade official said she will bang down the door of the European Commission Thursday in a bid to break a long-standing impasse blocking the march of genetically-modified foods. “When Europeans come to the United States, they come and enjoy our cuisine without any fears,” Deputy…

US Treasury cleared China of currency manipulation

WASHINGTON – The US Treasury cleared China of official accusations of currency manipulation Friday, but said progress toward allowing the yuan to appreciate was “insufficient.” In a report to Congress, the Treasury said that China, eight other countries and the eurozone had not manipulated exchange rates “for purposes of… gaining…

Obama presses China’s Hu on rights

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama pressed Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday to let the value of China’s currency rise and delivered a firmer message on U.S. concerns over Beijing’s human rights record. Amid the pomp of a state visit, both leaders spoke glowingly about cooperation but made no…

Business brisk at Tucson gun show week after rampage

TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) – Thousands of shoppers browsed for guns at a trade show in Tucson on Saturday, a week after a shooting rampage that killed six people and raised questions about permissive gun laws in the United States. “People see it as either guns are going to get banned,…

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