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Russia, China in agreement on North Korea, South China Sea

The foreign ministers of Russia and China on Friday expressed their joint opposition to the U.S. deployment of an anti-missile system in South Korea and said non-claimants should not take …


Canadian dollar rises above 80 cent U.S. mark

The Canadian dollar has hit the 80 cent U.S. mark for the first time since last summer, trading at its strongest level since last June.


Prost! Germany celebrates 500 years of beer purity law

To some it’s the real deal, to others it’s a bland brew, but thanks to a 500-year-old rule everybody can be sure what’s in German beer. Chancellor Angela Merkel was …


Cuba relents, allows Cuban-born travelers on historic cruise

Cuba has loosened a policy banning Cuban-born people from arriving by sea, allowing Carnival Corp. to go forward with the first U.S. cruise to the island in a half-century, the …


China: Can’t sue Cabinet-level agency over Chinese drywall

China’s Ministry of Justice has sent back a lawsuit in which thousands of U.S. homeowners say a Cabinet-level agency should pay for damage to their homes from defective drywall made …


London mayor tells ‘part-Kenyan’ Obama to butt out

London Mayor Boris Johnson, a leader of the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, faced a flurry of criticism Friday for suggesting U.S. President Barack Obama may have …


Senate OKs bill to promote wide variety of energy sources

The Senate approved a wide-ranging energy bill Wednesday that would promote a variety of energy sources and speed federal approval of projects to export liquefied natural gas to Europe and …


Mexico president’s approval at lowest for last 4 leaders

A new poll says approval for Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has fallen to the lowest level for any of the country’s last four presidents.


U.S. budget deficit up sharply to $108 billion in March

The federal government’s budget deficit rose sharply in March, pushing the deficit for the first six months of this budget year above the same period a year ago.


Sue Lani Madsen: Trans-Pacific Partnership will create winners, losers in Washington state

The Trans-Pacific Partnership could help some Washington businesses and industries and hurt others. Sue Lani Madsen is waiting for more information from the U.S. International Trade Commission before deciding whether …


Oil freeze deal likely to be reached, Kuwaiti OPEC official says

Kuwait’s OPEC governor is saying members of the oil cartel and other producing countries likely will reach a deal later this month to freeze production as crude prices sit below …


U.S. trade deficit rises in February to 6-month high

The U.S. trade deficit rose in February to the highest level in six months as the growth in imports outpaced a modest rise in exports.


Presidential campaign roils Obama’s free-trade plans

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton agree on almost nothing. Except for their dislike of a sweeping agreement that would erase most tariffs and other trade barriers among the United States …


Mariners acquires RHP Nick Vincent from San Diego

The Seattle Mariners rounded out their bullpen Wednesday just before the start of the season by acquiring right-hander Nick Vincent from the San Diego Padres for a player to be …


30 deals signed during Chinese president’s visit to Prague

Businesses added a solid 200,000 net jobs this month, according to a closely watched private survey released Wednesday, as the U.S. labor market continued to strengthen even as overall economic …


Michael Senske: TPP paves way for growth at home

TPP strengthens our ties to burgeoning markets, giving our exporters a chance to expand and grow.


Russia’s Gazprom proposes gas deal with Iran

Russian energy minister says Gazprom, Russia’s state gas monopoly, has put forward proposals for the development of oil fields in Iran.


Cuba and Europe sign deal normalizing relations

Cuba and the European Union have signed a deal normalizing their relations after years of tensions spawned by disagreement over human rights on the island.


Chinese inflation accelerates to 2.3 percent

China’s inflation accelerated to 2.3 percent in February, driven by a jump in food prices, but fell below the government’s official target for the year.


Obama cheers economy as ‘pretty darn great’

President Barack Obama says Republicans may be making “doomsday” claims about the economy, but he has another take: “America’s pretty darn great right now.”


Iran invites Boeing to Tehran for aircraft deal

Iran has invited Boeing to Tehran to negotiate a possible aircraft purchase, just after the country signed a major deal with its rival Airbus, Iran’s state television reported.


U.S. trade gap widens to $45.7 billion in January

The U.S. trade deficit rose in January as American exports fell for a fourth straight month.


Mexico government says it won’t pay for Trump wall

The Mexican government has made his first direct response to Donald Trump’s pledge to build a wall along the two countries’ border – and make Mexico pay for it.


U.S. factory orders up 1.6 percent, best in 7 months

Orders to U.S. factories increased in January by the most in seven months, while a key category that tracks business investment plans rose by the largest amount in 19 months.


U.S. manufacturing shrinks for fifth straight month

WASHINGTON – Factory activity in the United States and China – the world’s top two economies – slowed in February, reflecting and contributing to worldwide economic weakness. In the United …


Fix for Portland shipping proposed by ex-Oregon lawmaker

A former Oregon legislator and one-time gubernatorial candidate has proposed creating a shipping authority to help restore shipping business to Portland.


US, Cuba sign deal on commercial flights

The United States and Cuba have signed an agreement to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, starting the clock on dozens of new flights operating …


Federal budget in black for January

The federal government recorded a budget surplus in January of $55.2 billion, helped by a timing quirk that shifted benefit payments to December.


US exports fell in 2015 for first time since recession

The U.S. trade deficit rose in December as American exports fell for a third straight month, reflecting the pressures of a stronger dollar and spreading global weakness. Those factors contributed …


Editorial: TPP a boon to Washington

The Trans-Pacific Partnership removes trade barriers and opens new markets. It could also boost wages overseas and at home.