Japanese business leaders on Monday hailed the agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying the new free trade pact will help boost exports to its partner countries. “We welcome the broad agreement reached (by the 12 countries),” Sadayuki Sakakibara, chairman of Keidanren, said in a statement. After more than five years of negotiations, the United States, […]
Japan’s government believes the just-reached broad accord in Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade negotiations will serve as a tailwind for “Abenomics,” the economic policy package of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The TPP is a grand initiative to “create a free and fair economic zone among countries that share the same values,” Abe told reporters at […]
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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper praised Monday a “historic” accord creating the world’s largest free trade area, saying access to Japan would be a boon for Canadian farmers and resource sectors. Twelve Pacific Rim countries sealed the trade deal encompassing 40 percent of the global economy following marathon talks in Atlanta. “Canadian exporters will gain […]
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Coast Guard concludes freighter missing off Bahamas during hurricane sank; body found; search continues
The captain of the 790-foot El Faro planned to bypass Hurricane Joaquin, but some kind of mechanical failure left the U.S. containership with 33 people aboard helplessly — and tragically — adrift in the path of the powerful storm, the vessel’s owners say. On Monday, four days after the ship vanished, the Coast Guard concluded […]
Thousands of far-right protesters, many wearing T-shirts that read “refugees not welcome,” gathered in Germany Monday to condemn the government for allowing an unprecedented migrant influx. With Europe’s biggest economy expecting to take in up to 1 million people fleeing war and poverty this year, anger has flared among anti-foreigner groups and backers of the […]
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Clinton slams ‘extremism’ in gun control debate, vows in wake of latest mass shooting to press for legal curbs
Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton offered an emotional plea Monday for tougher gun control laws in the wake of a deadly university shooting, decrying the “extremism” that she said has come to characterize the debate over U.S. gun laws. Clinton, the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, vowed to tighten regulations on firearms buyers […]