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Chinese, Sri Lankan Ministers in Free Trade Talks

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On Tuesday, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana announced in a Beijing reception that a free trade agreement with the Chinese government is nearing completion (Reuters 1). The reception, at which Marapana praised Chinese support of the Sri Lankan economy, marked the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and Sri Lanka. This trade agreement […]

Future of US-South Korea Trade Deal Uncertain

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American President Donald Trump’s economic advisers are divided over the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) in light of the growing North Korean nuclear threat. Two senior administration officials reported on Saturday that Trump may withdraw the US from the five-year-old trade agreement with South Korea (NYT). Advocates of withdrawal called KORUS unfair, while other […]

Microsoft Cuts Thousands of Jobs

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Microsoft, one of the largest companies in the world, announced on Thursday that they planned to lay off 3000-4000 employees across the globe (NYT). The job cuts will come primarily from Microsoft’s Sales and Marketing departments, amidst a mass restructuring of the business’s operations. The cuts will come from locations that are mostly outside of […]

Venezuelan Government Seizes General Motors Auto Plant

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The Venezuelan government seized a General Motors factory and other company assets on Wednesday, causing significant damage to the company and its workers (AP). According to a company statement, General Motors will take “all legal actions” to defend its rights against the “illegal judicial seizure of its assets” (Reuters). The seizure came amongst violent protests […]

Cement Firm Admits Payments to Syrian Armed Groups

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One of LafargeHolcim’s cement plants allegedly paid protection money to armed groups in Syria to continue production in the war-torn country (Reuters). An internal investigation had revealed that the branch in northern Syria had struck “unacceptable” deals with armed groups in 2013 and 2014 to ensure safe passage for company employees and supplies (AP). The […]