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The economic costs of Syria's civil war

Syria's economy is crippled by six years of civil war and sanctions mean China is increasingly stepping in to supply the country.

Syria's economy is crippled by six years of civil war and sanctions mean China is increasingly stepping in to supply the country.

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German imports jump, exports also strong

German imports were up 3 percent in January from December. Exports were also surprisingly strong underscoring the momentum in Europe's biggest economy

German imports were up 3 percent in January from December. Exports were also surprisingly strong underscoring the momentum in Europe's biggest economy

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What drives Trump's trade policies: protectionism or revanchism?

Emerging technologies and the global resurgence of populism and nationalism that Trump’s presidency embodies, will not make this process easy. But they also make it more important than ever

Emerging technologies and the global resurgence of populism and nationalism that Trump’s presidency embodies, will not make this process easy. But they also make it more important than ever

Business

China's exports and imports surge

China posted much stronger-than-expected trade data for January even as Asia braces for a rise in US protectionism under President Donald Trump.

China posted much stronger-than-expected trade data for January even as Asia braces for a rise in US protectionism under President Donald Trump.

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May talks trade in Turkey for a fresh Brexit boost

Prime Minister Theresa May has left the US and flown to Turkey for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Insiders say it is part of a charm offensive to bolster her hand in negotiations to leave

Prime Minister Theresa May has left the US and flown to Turkey for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Insiders say it is part of a charm offensive to bolster her hand in negotiations to leave

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Trump dumps TTP trade deal

President Donald Trump has fulfilled a key campaign pledge by withdrawing the United States from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.

President Donald Trump has fulfilled a key campaign pledge by withdrawing the United States from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Business

China stresses US mutual interests amid trade war fears

China signals it wants to avoid a trade war after US President-elect Donald Trump names tough-talking Robert Lighthizer as his chief trade negotiator.

China signals it wants to avoid a trade war after US President-elect Donald Trump names tough-talking Robert Lighthizer as his chief trade negotiator.

Business

Trump and Clinton battle over trade and jobs

The US presidential candidates have focused on jobs and trade - particularly the TTIP agreement, between Europe and the US.

The US presidential candidates have focused on jobs and trade - particularly the TTIP agreement, between Europe and the US.

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Wallonia - the mouse that roared

How has the tiny Belgian region brought a landmark global trade deal to the brink of collapse?

How has the tiny Belgian region brought a landmark global trade deal to the brink of collapse?

Europe

Wallonia premier urges fresh negotiations on EU-Canada free trade deal

Paul Magnette leads the regional government in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium, where the parliament has refused to provide its backing for the federal government’s move to approve the

Paul Magnette leads the regional government in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium, where the parliament has refused to provide its backing for the federal government’s move to approve the

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The Brief from Brussels

Hopes and fears over CETA, May continues her European tour but there is trouble back home and a worldwide protest about Ukraine makes its mark in Europe.

Hopes and fears over CETA, May continues her European tour but there is trouble back home and a worldwide protest about Ukraine makes its mark in Europe.

Culture

Coffee, cocoa and fair trade in Peru

In this episode of Peru Life we travel to the mountains where coffee and cocoa abound.

In this episode of Peru Life we travel to the mountains where coffee and cocoa abound.

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Crucial German vote looms on huge CETA trade deal

Opponents of the parallel CETA and TTIP agreements organised mass protests in seven cities across Germany on Saturday.

Opponents of the parallel CETA and TTIP agreements organised mass protests in seven cities across Germany on Saturday.

Business

German jobless rate falls again, retail sales data mixed

German unemployment was down again in August for the 12th straight month. Retail sales grew month-on-month in July, but declined from a year earlier.

German unemployment was down again in August for the 12th straight month. Retail sales grew month-on-month in July, but declined from a year earlier.

Business

German exports plunge in May

There was an unexpected fall in exports from Germany in May and imports barely rose, further indicators of slowing growth in Europe's largest economy.

There was an unexpected fall in exports from Germany in May and imports barely rose, further indicators of slowing growth in Europe's largest economy.

Europe

EU to make online shopping easier with ban on geo-blocking

The European Commission has unveiled proposals which would make it easier for customers in the EU to buy online from other member countries.

The European Commission has unveiled proposals which would make it easier for customers in the EU to buy online from other member countries.

Business

China's February trade weak - exports and imports both down

China's February trade numbers were far worse than economists had expected, with exports down by the most in over six years and imports suffering their 16th month of decline.

China's February trade numbers were far worse than economists had expected, with exports down by the most in over six years and imports suffering their 16th month of decline.

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Scheduled flights restored between United States and Cuba

Officials from the United States and Cuba have signed an agreement to restore passenger flights between the two countries. The signing ceremony in

Officials from the United States and Cuba have signed an agreement to restore passenger flights between the two countries. The signing ceremony in

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Postal flights between US and Cuba receive stamp of approval

Today (December 17) marks one year since the United States and Cuba decided to normalise relations. That was nearly two years after Cuban President

Today (December 17) marks one year since the United States and Cuba decided to normalise relations. That was nearly two years after Cuban President

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US Congress leaders agree to end 40-year oil export ban

US Congressional leaders have agreed to lift the country’s 40-year-old ban on oil exports, a historic action reflecting the impact of a boom in

US Congressional leaders have agreed to lift the country’s 40-year-old ban on oil exports, a historic action reflecting the impact of a boom in

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US and UK dominate global arms industry, says report

A Swedish report on global arms sales ranks defence firms from the United States and Western Europe as dominating the industry. Data published by

A Swedish report on global arms sales ranks defence firms from the United States and Western Europe as dominating the industry. Data published by

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Russian sanctions 'could hit Turkey's GDP by up to 0.7%'

Russian sanctions against Turkey could have substantial impact “if they persist over the next year and are fully applied”. So says a report by the

Russian sanctions against Turkey could have substantial impact “if they persist over the next year and are fully applied”. So says a report by the