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Japan's Aso says will seek U.S. understanding of TPP's benefitsTOKYO (Reuters) - Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Tuesday that Japan would seek the United States' understanding of the strategic and economic benefits of joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, after President Donald Trump formally withdrew from the free-trade pact.
2 GOP senators would let states keep Obama health law
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Two Republican senators said Monday that they'll propose legislation that lets states keep former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul or opt for a new program providing trimmed-down coverage.
Japan trade minister says will keep stressing importance of TPP to U.S.TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will continue to stress the strategic and economic importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal to the United States, trade minister Hiroshige Seko said on Tuesday.
Dollar on defensive, Asia stocks subdued amid U.S. trade unease
By Wayne Cole SYDNEY (Reuters) - The dollar was under pressure in Asia on Tuesday as U.S. President Donald Trump's focus on trade protectionism fueled suspicions his administration might seek a competitive advantage through a weaker currency. Sentiment took a fresh knock when U.S. Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin told senators that he would work to combat currency manipulation but would not give a clear answer on whether he views China as manipulating its yuan. In written answers to a Senate Finance Committee, Mnuchin also reportedly said an excessively strong dollar could be negative in the short term.
Idaho man charged with federal hate crime in fatal beatingBOISE, Idaho (AP) ? An Idaho man has been charged with a federal hate crime after prosecutors said he lured a gay man to a remote location and then beat him to death.
Australia and New Zealand pledge to salvage TPP after U.S. exitSYDNEY/WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Australia hopes to salvage the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by encouraging China and other Asian nations into the agreement in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull his country out of the pact, its trade minister said on Tuesday. New Zealand's trade minister said ministers from the remaining TPP countries would meet in the next few months to discuss how to save the trade deal, which was seen in Asia as a counterbalance to China's rising influence.Fulfilling a campaign pledge Trump signed an executive order in the Oval Office on Monday pulling the United States out of the 2015 TPP agreement and distancing the United States from its Asian allies.
Kerry Washington calls on women to support women at Sundance
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) ? Oliva Pope gets a lot of credit for being a powerful woman, but it's the woman behind the fictional character who is helping to create real change in an industry that's woefully lacking in women and people of color behind the camera. Kerry Washington on Monday spoke to a group of women at the Sundance Film Festival's annual Women in Film Brunch, telling guests that progress is going to take "courage on all of our parts."
Samsung Q4 profit leaps 50%: firm
Samsung Electronics reported a 50.2 percent jump in fourth-quarter profits on Tuesday despite the humiliating Galaxy Note 7 recall that hammered the reputation of the world's largest smartphone maker. In a statement, Samsung said it posted operating profits of 9.22 trillion won (US$7.9 billion) during the October to December period. For the full year, it said in a statement, "Samsung achieved solid results despite the Note 7 discontinuation in the second half" -- the only reference to the debacle that saw the company withdraw its flagship device.