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Japan, United States face off in crucial trade negotiations

Japan and the United States on Wednesday began a round of crucial talks aimed at concluding a trade pact seen as critical to the success of regional negotiations, although officials warned that bridging differences would be difficult. FULL STORY »

Japan, fresh from Australia pact: U.S. trade talks "difficult"

Japan, fresh from clinching a trade deal with Australia, said on Tuesday it hoped for a similar result in negotiations with the United States and also for a broad regional trade pact, but said the talks would be difficult. FULL STORY »

USMEF: Red meat exports remain strong in February

Buoyed by double-digit export growth to Mexico – the largest volume market for all U.S. red meat exports – U.S. pork and beef exports performed well in February despite growing concerns about tight supplies and rising prices, according to statistics released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. FULL STORY »

Committee on sustainability assessment, U.N. launch report

The Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA), joined by the five UN agencies of the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards and leading global firms, recently launched "The COSA Measuring Sustainability Report". FULL STORY »

EU to take Russia to WTO in pork ban dispute

The European Union said on Thursday it would soon take Russia to the World Trade Organisation to try to push Moscow to lift its ban on pork exports from the bloc, in a row that has been intensified by the crisis in Ukraine. FULL STORY »

China rejections of U.S. corn top 1 million tons

China canceled purchases of 221,400 tonnes of U.S. corn last week, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Thursday, bringing the total to more than 1 million tons of corn rejected since November in a dispute involving a biotech variety not approved by the No. 3 buyer of U.S. grain. FULL STORY »

World food prices jump again in March

Global food prices rose to their highest in almost a year in March, led by unfavorable weather for crops and political tensions over Ukraine, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday. FULL STORY »

United States urges Japan to make good on trade promises

Japan has to live up to commitments to open its markets as part of talks to create a Pacific free trade zone, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Thursday. FULL STORY »

Japan: U.S. must show flexibility for Pacific trade breakthrough

Japan said last week it would be difficult to achieve a breakthrough in talks with the United States on a Pacific trade deal in time for President Barack Obama's trip to Asia next month unless Washington shows flexibility. FULL STORY »

U.S., Japan plan further trade talks before Obama's Asia trip

U.S. and Japanese trade negotiators will meet this week and next for further talks over farm tariffs and auto exports in the lead-up to President Barack Obama's planned trip to Asia. FULL STORY »

Social media - the global language

Ten years ago, you never dreamed of putting a picture of your breakfast on the Internet, or sharing your musings while you sit in traffic. FULL STORY »

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