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USTR criticizes 36 nations over IP protection, scrutinizes Canada

WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday labeled 36 countries as inadequately protecting US intellectual property rights, keeping China on its “Priority Watch List” for the 14th straight year and adding Canada and Colombia to that list for extra scrutiny. The US Trade Representative’s wide-ranging annual report on global intellectual property (IP) concerns is separate from the Trump administration’s “Section 301” report on Chinese technology transfer practices that has sparked a series of tariff threats between the world’s…

Trump adviser Cohn criticizes administration’s Charlottesville response

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn said in an interview published on Friday that the administration needs to be more unequivocal in condemning hate groups, but added he was “reluctant” to quit over its response to a recent protest. White supremacist and neo-Nazi activists clashed with anti-racism protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month over a plan to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, a Confederate general in the US Civil War. A man thought to have neo-Nazi sympathies…