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EU's Malmstrom urges China to help reform WTO or risk U.S. exit

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PARIS China must make concessions in negotiating reform of the World Trade Organization or risk seeing the United States turning its back on the current system, European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom told a conference in Paris on Friday.

Exclusive: China offer unlikely to spur major trade breakthrough - senior U.S. official

WASHINGTON China's written response to U.S. demands for trade reforms is unlikely to trigger a breakthrough at talks between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping later this month, a senior Trump administration official told Reuters on Thursday.

15 Nov 2018

Two Argentines with suspected ties to Hezbollah arrested ahead of G20

BUENOS AIRES Two Argentine citizens with suspected links to Lebanon's Hezbollah militia were arrested on Thursday ahead of the G20 summit due to take place in Buenos Aires at the end of the month, Argentina's security ministry said in a statement.

World, 15 Nov 2018

USTR Lighthizer denies he said China tariffs on hold

WASHINGTON U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Thursday denied a report that he had told some industry executives that another round of tariffs on Chinese imports had been put on hold as the two nations pursue talks.

15 Nov 2018

Trump to meet North Korea's Kim in 2019, wants plan to end arms programme - Pence

SINGAPORE U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday President Donald Trump plans to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in 2019 and will push for a concrete plan outlining Pyongyang's moves to end its arms programs.

World, 15 Nov 2018

Exclusive: China sends written response to U.S. trade reform demands - U.S. govt sources

WASHINGTON China has delivered a written response to U.S. demands for wide-ranging trade reforms, three U.S. government sources said on Wednesday, a move that could trigger more formal negotiations to resolve a withering trade war between the world's top economies. | Video

Business, 15 Nov 2018

Global regulators hold off designating 'too big to fail' insurers

LONDON Global insurance regulators will put off singling out insurers deemed so important to the financial system that they are required to hold extra capital, in a victory for companies such as American International Group and Prudential .

Business, 14 Nov 2018

Bolsonaro picks army general as Brazil defence minister

BRASILIA Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro appointed retired army General Fernando Azevedo e Silva as defence minister on Tuesday, adding another former military officer to his cabinet while saying that a career foreign service officer may get the top diplomat's job.

Brazil's president-elect says likely to skip G20 due to poor health

BRASILIA Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro is likely to skip the G20 diplomatic summit in Argentina at the end of the month due to his poor health, he told journalists on Tuesday.

World, 13 Nov 2018

U.S. Treasury's Mnuchin spoke with China Vice Premier Liu - WSJ

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has resumed discussions with China Vice Premier Liu He, with the two speaking by telephone on Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing sources.

World, 13 Nov 2018