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Aug 24, 2013

50 years later, U.S. marchers urge fulfillment of King’s ‘dream’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of marchers converged on Washington, D.C., on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech and to urge action on jobs, voting rights and gun violence.

“We believe in a new America. It’s time to march for a new America,” civil rights leader and MSNBC television commentator Reverend Al Sharpton told the predominantly black crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Aug 22, 2013

U.S. tobacco trade proposal draws fire from both sides

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. trade proposal aimed at eliminating foreign tariffs on U.S. tobacco products while preserving the right of governments to adopt anti-smoking regulations is drawing fire from opposing sides – public health and business groups.

The American Cancer Society and allied organizations said the plan would give tobacco companies a new tool to challenge government anti-smoking measures, while business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Farm Bureau Federation said it would weaken a tenet of international trade law that many U.S. exporters rely on to sell goods abroad.

Aug 18, 2013

Growing number of U.S. lawmakers urge suspension of Egyptian aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A growing bipartisan chorus of U.S. lawmakers said on Sunday that the United States should suspend its $1.5 billion in military and economic aid to Egypt following a violent crackdown on protesters that has left nearly 800 dead.

Senator John McCain, a top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he now supported suspending the aid, even though he initially believed it should be continued after the Egyptian military removed democratically elected President Mohamed Mursi from office last month.

Aug 15, 2013

U.S. boosted by digital trade but internet barriers remain -report

WASHINGTON, Aug 15 (Reuters) – A new U.S. government report
on Thursday highlighted both the growing importance of digital
trade to the United States and a long list of trade barriers
that American internet and other online companies face around
the world.

“The increase in digital trade is having a significant
impact on the U.S. and global economy,” the U.S. International
Trade Commission (ITC) said in the first of two reports on the
issue requested by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus
at the urging of Senator Ron Wyden, both Democrats.

Aug 13, 2013

U.S. sets shrimp duties on 5 countries including India

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday set final duties on billions of dollars of shrimp from four Asian countries and Ecuador to offset foreign government subsidies, but spared major suppliers Thailand and Indonesia from the import tax.

The Coalition of Shrimp Industries, representing shrimp fishermen and processors in several southern U.S. states, filed a petition last year asking the federal government for import relief. The group said it was satisfied with the decision, despite the exclusion of two big exporters.

Aug 13, 2013

U.S. sets shrimp duties on 5 countries, spares Thailand, Indonesia

WASHINGTON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department
on Tuesday set final duties on billions of dollars of shrimp
from four Asian countries and Ecuador to offset foreign
government subsidies, but spared major suppliers Thailand and
Indonesia from the import tax.

The Coalition of Shrimp Industries, representing shrimp
fishermen and processors in several southern U.S. states, filed
a petition last year asking the federal government for import
relief. The group said it was satisfied with the decision,
despite the exclusion of two big exporters.

Jul 26, 2013

FAA seeks $2.75 million quality control penalty for Boeing unit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday said it proposed penalizing Boeing’s commercial airplane unit $2.75 million for taking nearly two years to fix a problem with fasteners on its 777 widebody airplanes.

The penalty was unusual in its size and for the fact that it comes nearly three years after Boeing said it addressed the FAA’s concerns, which stem from 2008. The FAA regularly imposes smaller penalties for rule violations, but multimillion-dollar amounts are far less frequent.

Jul 26, 2013

U.S. FAA seeks $2.75M quality control penalty for Boeing unit

WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Aviation
Administration on Friday said it proposed penalizing Boeing’s
commercial airplane unit $2.75 million for taking nearly two
years to fix a problem with fasteners on its 777 widebody
airplanes.

The penalty was unusual in its size and for the fact that it
comes nearly three years after Boeing said it addressed the
FAA’s concerns, which stem from 2008. The FAA regularly imposes
smaller penalties for rule violations, but multi million-dollar
amounts are far less frequent.

Jul 24, 2013

U.S., Vietnam to intensify talks despite protests

WASHINGTON, July 24 (Reuters) – The United States and
Vietnam have agreed to intensify talks on a regional free-trade
agreement in hopes of finishing by the end of the year, the U.S.
Trade Representative’s Office said on Wednesday, following a
call by labor and human rights groups for negotiations with
Hanoi to be suspended.

“Vietnam has come a long way in addressing its own
challenges to meet the high standards of the TPP (Trans-Pacific
Partnership), but we still have work to do together,” USTR
Michael Froman said in a statement after a meeting with
Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang.

Jul 24, 2013

U.S. groups call on Obama to suspend trade talks with Vietnam

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A coalition of labor and human rights groups on Wednesday urged President Barack Obama to suspend free trade negotiations with Vietnam because of concerns over that country’s treatment of workers and people who criticize the government.

“President Obama must hold Vietnam accountable for its record on worker and human rights before America rewards the country with greater trading privileges,” Teamsters union President James Hoffa said in a statement.