WTO meeting ends in stalemate after U.S. rebukes, member vetoes

WTO meeting ends in stalemate after U.S. rebukes, member vetoes

FILE PHOTO – China’s Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen speaks next to European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom and Japan’s Vice Minister for International Affairs at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry while Morocco’s Secretary of State in charge of Foreign Trade Rakiya Eddarhem arrives during the Business Forum at the 11th World Trade Organization’s ministerial conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 12, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci December 13, 2017 By Luc Cohen BUENOS…

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Ecuador court sentences VP to six years in jail in Odebrecht graft case

Ecuador court sentences VP to six years in jail in Odebrecht graft case

FILE PHOTO – Ecuador’s Vice President Jorge Glas gives a news conference in Quito, Ecuador, August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Daniel Tapia/File Picture December 13, 2017 QUITO (Reuters) – An Ecuadorean court on Wednesday sentenced Vice President Jorge Glas to six years in jail after finding him guilty in Brazilian construction company Odebrecht SA’s [ODBES.UL] corruption scandal. The prosecutor’s office had accused him of receiving a roughly $13.5 million bribe from Odebrecht through his uncle. Glas was…

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T-Mobile to launch TV service in 2018, buy Layer3 TV

T-Mobile to launch TV service in 2018, buy Layer3 TV

FILE PHOTO: A T-Mobile logo is advertised on a building sign in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 11, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo December 13, 2017 By Anjali Athavaley NEW YORK (Reuters) – T-Mobile US Inc said on Wednesday that it would launch a new streaming television service next year after buying startup Layer3 TV for an undisclosed amount. The moves come as competitors seek ways to provide content to win over customers in a saturated…

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Despite Tillerson overture, White House says not right time for North Korea talks

Despite Tillerson overture, White House says not right time for North Korea talks

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks on the U.S.-Korea relationship during a forum at the Atlantic Council in Washington, U.S. December 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst December 13, 2017 By Matt Spetalnick and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) – No negotiations can be held with North Korea until it improves its behavior, a White House official said on Wednesday, raising questions about U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s offer to begin talks with Pyongyang anytime…

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Britain’s May defeated in parliament over Brexit blueprint

Britain’s May defeated in parliament over Brexit blueprint

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville December 13, 2017 By Elizabeth Piper and William James LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May’s government was defeated on Wednesday, when lawmakers forced through changes to its Brexit blueprint that ministers said could endanger Britain’s departure from the European Union. In a blow to May, already weakened after losing her Conservative Party’s majority in a June election, the…

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Brazil’s Temer warns of economic fallout if pension reform fails

Brazil’s Temer warns of economic fallout if pension reform fails

Brazil’s President Michel Temer attends a meeting with Business Leaders to discuss the pension reform bill in the lower house, in Brasilia, Brazil December 12, 2017. REUTERS/Adriano Machado December 13, 2017 BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Michel Temer warned on Wednesday that the country’s economy could suffer if his social security overhaul bill aimed at cutting Brazil’s huge budget deficit is not approved by Congress. With little over a week left before Congress packs up…

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Exclusive: Ford to base Fusion production in China, ship to U.S. – sources

Exclusive: Ford to base Fusion production in China, ship to U.S. – sources

FILE PHOTO – The Ford logo is seen at the International Auto Show in Mexico City, Mexico November 23, 2017. REUTERS/Henry Romero December 13, 2017 By Paul Lienert (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co plans to consolidate global production of midsize sedans in China in 2020 and ship them to the United States and Europe, three sources said on Wednesday. In North America, the Fusion sedan currently is built in Hermosillo, Mexico, while in Europe, the…

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‘Sahel coalition’ wants victories against Islamist militants by mid-2018

‘Sahel coalition’ wants victories against Islamist militants by mid-2018

French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou arrive for a meeting ahead of a summit with leaders of the G5 Sahel countries to discuss how to speed up the implementation of the G5 West African counter-terrorism force at La Celle-Saint-Cloud, near Paris December 13, 2017. REUTERS/Ludovic Marin/Pool December 13, 2017 By Marine Pennetier and John Irish LA CELLE-SAINT-CLOUD/PARIS (Reuters) – A French-backed West African military force to tackle Islamist militants must secure…

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Algeria’s ruling caste set on orderly succession, when the time comes

Algeria’s ruling caste set on orderly succession, when the time comes

Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia (L) walks with Algeria’s Senate President Abdelkader Bensalah before the arrival of French President Emmanuel Macron at Houari Boumediene airport in Algiers, Algeria December 6, 2017. Picture taken December 6, 2017 REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra December 13, 2017 By Samia Nakhoul and Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerians are facing the eventual departure of their long-serving president, the ailing Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in the knowledge that all is being done to ensure little…

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‘Three Billboards’ leads SAG nominations, Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ shut out

‘Three Billboards’ leads SAG nominations, Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ shut out

FILE PHOTO: Interior of the Shrine Auditorium is viewed prior to the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S. January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo December 13, 2017 By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Small-town dramedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” led the 2018 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations on Wednesday in a list that shut out celebrated veterans like Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis as well as Steven Spielberg’s press…

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