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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…

Eleven nations – but not US – to sign Trans-Pacific trade deal

SANTIAGO: Eleven countries are expected to sign a landmark Asia-Pacific trade agreement in Santiago on Thursday, as an antidote to the increasingly protectionist bent of the United States, which last year pulled out of the pact. The signing ceremony comes the day after Europe and the International Monetary Fund urged US President Donald Trump to step back from the brink of a trade war sparked by plans to slap duties on steel and aluminum imports. The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership…

Muslim nations call for summit if Trump recognises Jerusalem

RIYADH: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Monday called for a summit of Muslim nations if the United States takes the controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. President Donald Trump faces a key decision this week over Jerusalem's status, potentially reversing years of US policy and prompting a furious response from the Palestinians and the Arab world. The 57-member OIC sought to amplify concern over the possible move in an emergency meeting on Monday in the Saudi Arabian Red Sea…

World’s nations gather to rescue ocean life

PARIS: It took a decade to get to the negotiating table, and it could easily take another to finish the job, but UN talks in New York to safeguard life in the high seas finally begin in earnest Monday.