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Stories with subject: International agreements
  • Charter nears deal for Time Warner Cable story has photos
    Updated: May-25-15 6:48 pm

    Charter Communications Inc. is close to buying Time Warner Cable for about $55 billion, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.

  • APEC trade chiefs vow to speed up work in WTO 
    Updated: May-24-15 10:23 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Trade ministers from 21 Asia-Pacific countries on Sunday issued strong support to the World Trade Organization's efforts to boost global trade amid a flurry of regional free trade agreements.

  • Official: Israel thanked US for blocking nuclear document 
    Updated: May-24-15 4:55 am

    JERUSALEM - A senior Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked the U.S. for blocking a global document at the United Nations aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, a rare bright spot amid strained relations between the two countries.

  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-23-15 4:33 am

    WASHINGTON - In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House.

  • US rejects nuclear disarmament document over Israel concerns 
    Updated: May-22-15 9:35 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The United States on Friday blocked a global document aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, saying Egypt and other states tried to "cynically manipulate" the process by setting a deadline for Israel and its neighbors to meet within months on a Middle East zone free of such weapons.

  • Senate approves Obama's hard-fought trade negotiating bill 
    Updated: May-22-15 9:25 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-led Senate has handed President Barack Obama a major victory by approving his request for enhanced trade negotiating authority.

  • Colombian paramilitary warlord wanted in US freed from jail 
    Updated: May-22-15 8:44 pm

    BOGOTA, Colombia - A prominent paramilitary warlord wanted in the U.S. on drug charges walked out of a Colombian jail Friday, becoming the first major paramilitary boss to earn freedom as part of a decade-old peace deal.

  • Abbas: Israeli settlement expansion blocks any peace deal 
    Updated: May-22-15 8:05 am

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday said Israel is blocking peace by continuing to expand settlements on occupied territory, but reaffirmed his support for a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 border.

  • China says work on charter for Asian bank completed 
    Updated: May-22-15 7:36 am

    BEIJING - Negotiators from 57 governments completed work Friday on a charter for a Chinese-led Asian regional bank that is to be signed in late June, the Chinese finance ministry said.

  • Obama sees trade vote as "big step forward" 
    Updated: May-21-15 2:42 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says his trade agenda took "a big step forward" Thursday when it cleared a key Senate hurdle.

  • AP Interview: US secrecy in trade, terror riles EU watchdog story has photos
    Updated: May-20-15 7:28 pm

    BRUSSELS - The U.S. government's restrictions on access to documents and its insistence on secrecy are undermining trust in trans-Atlantic trade talks and anti-terror data exchanges, the European Union's transparency watchdog said Wednesday.

  • Murphy seeks change in trade bill to boost manufacturing 
    Updated: May-20-15 3:12 pm

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, an opponent of trade legislation now before the Senate, is seeking to change it to include a provision supporting U.S. manufacturing.

  • Balancing act for House Democratic Leader Pelosi on trade story has photos
    Updated: May-20-15 11:01 am

    WASHINGTON - As House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi delivered the signature achievement of President Barack Obama's first term: his health care bill. Now Obama's top second-term goal, a major trade deal, hangs in the balance on Capitol Hill and Pelosi is again on the spot.

  • Obama, Senate GOP work together on trade bill 
    Updated: May-19-15 7:46 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration and Senate Republicans worked in unusual harmony Tuesday to advance major trade legislation opposed by many rank-and-file Democrats, an expanding struggle already leaving a mark on the 2016 campaigns for the White House and control of Congress.

  • Otter praises passage of child support enforcement bill 
    Updated: May-19-15 6:58 pm

    BOISE, Idaho - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter praised lawmakers for successfully passing child support enforcement legislation during the Idaho Legislature's 11-hour special session.

  • China's impact looms large as US debates its own trade deals story has photos
    Updated: May-19-15 3:41 pm

    WASHINGTON - If the U.S. doesn't write the rules of international trade, President Barack Obama warns, China will. In fact, China is already helping write those rules, and in some ways has jumped ahead of the game.

  • Chinese PM starts South American investment tour story has photos
    Updated: May-19-15 3:07 pm

    BRASILIA, Brazil - China's Premier Li Keqiang and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff agreed on Tuesday to embark on studies for an ambitious railway linking Brazil's Atlantic coast with a Pacific port in Peru, and announced billions in other investments and trade deals.

  • Clinton defends financial regs for big banks, dodges trade story has photos
    Updated: May-19-15 1:35 pm

    CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Hillary Rodham Clinton sharply criticized Republican efforts to revamp a 2010 financial regulation law as "cynical attempt to game the system for those at the top." But she continued to avoid taking a position on an Asia-Pacific trade pact that has divided fellow Democrats.

  • Pakistan, Afghanistan sign accord to share intelligence 
    Updated: May-19-15 5:10 am

    ISLAMABAD - The spy agencies of Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to share intelligence and carry out "coordinated intelligence operations" against militants operating along their porous border, in the latest sign of improved relations following years of mistrust that undermined the fight against the Taliban.

  • AFL-CIO president: Bad trade deal is worse than no deal story has photos
    Updated: May-18-15 10:20 pm

    PORTLAND, Oregon - The head of the largest U.S. trade union federation said Monday that a bad deal is worse than no deal, and he urged Congress not to support fast-track legislation that would let President Barack Obama present Congress with proposed trade agreements that lawmakers can ratify or reject, but not amend.

  • Legislators pass bill that had been nixed over Islamic law story has photos
    Updated: May-18-15 10:10 pm

    BOISE, Idaho - The Idaho Legislature approved federally mandated child support rules Monday, undoing a rejection that had jeopardized U.S. involvement in an international treaty and threatened to collapse the state's payment system.

  • The Latest: Idaho lawmakers approve child-support bill story has photos
    Updated: May-18-15 9:28 pm

    BOISE, Idaho - 7:15 (MDT)

  • Correction: Vatican-Palestinians story 
    Updated: May-18-15 7:47 pm

    VATICAN CITY - VATICAN CITY - In a story May 16 about Pope Francis meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, The Associated Press erroneously omitted two words when quoting the pope. Francis told Abbas "you are a bit an angel of peace," not "you are an angel of peace." The original Italian quote was, "Lei e un po un angelo della pace."

  • Charter, Bright House extend negotiations over $10.4 B deal 
    Updated: May-18-15 2:47 pm

    STAMFORD, Connecticut - Charter Communications plans to take more time to negotiate its $10.4 billion purchase of fellow cable provider Bright House Networks, but the companies say they remain committed to reaching a deal under the terms announced earlier this spring.

  • US's Nuland meets with Russians to back Ukraine cease-fire 
    Updated: May-18-15 2:02 pm

    MOSCOW - The United States wants to help solidify a shaky cease-fire and support efforts to resolve political and humanitarian concerns in Ukraine's rebellious east, a top U.S. diplomat said Monday after meeting with Russian counterparts.