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    • West urges Kosovo, Serbia to restart talks

      West urges Kosovo, Serbia to restart talks

      Western powers this week urged foes Serbia and Kosovo to stop creating obstacles and reboot their stalled dialogue “with urgency”. In a statement, the five so-called ‘Quint’ countries - US, Britain, France, Germany and Italy - warned that otherwise "Kosovo’s and Serbia’s path towards the European Union (EU)" would be prevented.

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    • Signs of hope in US-China trade war

      Signs of hope in US-China trade war

      US retailers and global financial markets got an early Christmas present Tuesday as President Donald Trump's administration announced it is delaying tariffs on key consumer electronic goods imported from China. News that top US and Chinese trade officials spoke by telephone early Tuesday offered further signs of a possible letup in the trade war that had been escalating in recent weeks.

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    • US, China resume trade talks

      US, China resume trade talks

      Top US and Chinese trade officials relaunched trade talks as Washington and Beijing work to iron out a trade deal after a two-month hiatus. According to American media, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke on the phone to Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and Commerce Minister Zhong Shan “to continue negotiations aimed at resolving the outstanding trade disputes” between the world’s two largest economies.

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    • US threatens new tariffs on $4bn of EU goods

      US threatens new tariffs on $4bn of EU goods

      The United States threatened on Monday to impose tariffs on $4bn in European Union goods, citing vague “additional analysis” ostensibly over the lengthy dispute involving subsidies for the world's two largest plane manufacturers. The decision though also came mere days after the bloc restarted trade in essential goods with Iran.

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    • US sending trade delegation to China next week

      US sending trade delegation to China next week

      The US will send a high-level delegation to Beijing next week as trade negotiations with China continue, the White House said. As a statement from Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reads, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will head to Beijing, where they will meet with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He for talks that start on 30 April.

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    • EU countries approve launch of US trade talks

      EU countries approve launch of US trade talks

      EU Member States gave the green light on Thursday for Brussels to open trade talks with Washington, ending months of stalemate due to opposition from France. Yet, France said it would nonetheless make a show of opposing the start of the talks when the negotiating mandate is put to a vote of EU agriculture ministers on Monday, seen as largely symbolic.

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    • US warns of new tariffs on EU goods

      US warns of new tariffs on EU goods

      The United States is threatening to slap tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of imports from Europe, in retaliation for what it calls unfair subsidies of Airbus jets. The proposed tariffs would cover not only aircraft but also wine, cheese, woolen suits, Swiss knives and other signature European products. The proposed levies were announced by President Donald Trump, who argued on Twitter that the EU has "taken advantage of the US on trade for many years" and is now time for a change.

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