Economic policy

FILE - In the this Feb. 16, 2018, file photo released by Japan's Ministry of Defense shows what it says North Korean-flagged tanker Yu Jong 2, left, and Min Ning De You 078 lying alongside in the East China Sea. China says it is "highly concerned" about a reported ship-to-ship transfer on the high seas that could violate U.N. sanctions on North Korea. (Ministry of Defense via AP, File)
February 22, 2018 - 6:18 am
BEIJING (AP) — China is "highly concerned" about a reported ship-to-ship transfer on the high seas that could violate U.N. sanctions on North Korea and has launched an investigation, the foreign ministry said Thursday. Spokesman Geng Shuang said China would "seriously deal" with any Chinese...
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FILE- In this Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, the Wall Street subway stop on Broadway, in New York's Financial District. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
February 21, 2018 - 3:58 pm
Stocks indexes pared early gains Wednesday and were mostly lower in afternoon trading as investors reacted to a late-afternoon surge in bond yields. Bond prices fell, sending the yield on the U.S. 10-year Treasury note to its highest level in four years, following newly released minutes from the...
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FILE- In this Feb. 5, 2018, file photo, the seal of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve System is displayed in the ground at the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington. The Federal Reserve releases minutes from its January meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
February 21, 2018 - 3:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials at their January meeting believed that a brightening global economic picture and the effects of recently passed tax cuts had raised the prospect for solid growth and continued interest rate increases. The minutes of the Fed's Jan. 30-31 discussions showed...
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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2018, file photo, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives at Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence for a meeting in Tokyo. Turnbull flies to the United States on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 accompanied by the largest Australian political and business delegation ever to visit the United States. (Franck Robichon/Pool Photo via AP, File)
February 21, 2018 - 3:16 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull heads to the United States on Wednesday, accompanied by the largest Australian political and business delegation ever to visit the U.S. President Donald Trump's softening opposition to joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be up for...
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Syrian refugees register their names at the Azraq refugee camp job centre for employment on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, about 100 kilometres (62 miles) east of Amman, Jordan. Jordan has promised to provide thousands of work permits for Syrian refugees in exchange for development assistance funds and reduced tariff barriers on Jordanian exports to Europe. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
February 18, 2018 - 10:50 am
AZRAQ REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) — A job center opened Sunday in Jordan's second largest camp for Syrian refugees, the latest sign of an EU-backed policy shift meant to improve the lives of the displaced in regional host countries and discourage them from migrating onward. Dozens of refugees crowded...
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February 16, 2018 - 12:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Commerce Department is saying that imported aluminum and steel threaten U.S. national security and is urging President Donald Trump to impose tariffs or quotas to boost American production. The recommendations unveiled by Secretary Wilbur Ross are likely to escalate tensions...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers speaks to reporters at UN headquarters in New York. Longest-serving Dutch premier, Lubbers who guided his country through economic turmoil to prosperity, and helped shape the foundations of the European Union, has died at age 78, the Dutch government announced Wednesday Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/David Karp, FILE)
February 14, 2018 - 1:21 pm
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ruud Lubbers, the Netherlands' longest-serving prime minister who guided his country through economic turmoil to prosperity and helped shape the foundations of the European Union, died Wednesday at 78. The Dutch government announced that Lubbers died in Rotterdam...
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FILE- In this Nov. 24, 2017, file photo, a shopper looks over clothing at a J.C. Penney store in Seattle. On Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, the Labor Department reports on U.S. consumer prices for January. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
February 14, 2018 - 11:59 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices, excluding the volatile food and energy categories, rose 0.3 percent last month. That was the biggest climb in a year and has intensified inflation fears in financial markets. Overall consumer prices rose 0.5 percent in January, the most in four months, the...
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Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson wipes his forehead as he delivers a speech at the Policy Exchange in London, Wednesday Feb. 14, 2018. The Foreign Office says Johnson will use a speech Wednesday to argue for "an outward-facing, liberal and global Britain" after the U.K. leaves the bloc. (Simon Dawson/Pool via AP)
February 14, 2018 - 11:25 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain should make a clean break with European Union laws and regulations after it leaves the bloc, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Wednesday, arguing that the U.K. will prosper after Brexit by "going global." Johnson, who was a leader of the "leave" campaign during Britain's...
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February 14, 2018 - 5:18 am
BEIJING (AP) — China has appealed to President Donald Trump to settle trade disputes over steel and aluminum through negotiation after Trump said he would soon decide whether to impose tariffs or quotas. A foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, on Wednesday asked Trump to avoid possible...
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